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125 Years of Wellington College

By A.W. Beasley

In his introduction to THE LIGHT ACCEPTED, the author reminds us that for some 14 years after its endowment by Sir George Grey, Wellington College existed only in the abstract, so that it is from 1867 the school counts the years which make 1992 its 125th jubilee.

Each of the five quarter-centuries which followed has displayed a specific character: in the first the young institution was buffeted about, first by frequent changes of abode and then, even upon its present site, by as frequent upheavals in its administration. In the active 25 years of Firth's time as a headmaster, he and the school grew together in reputation, and the school in size - First was already a physical giant.

The third period was one in which depression and another war mocked the hopes of 1918, and at the end of it the school was even dispossessed of its home; yet by the centennial year 1967 the school and its surroundings might have seemed to a returning Old Boy to be utterly secure.

It was not to be, of course: 1968 saw an end of stability, for Wellington College as for the wider world; so that the later quarter-century has become one of often painful rebuilding.

It is the people and events of those years who appear in these pages, the crises and conflicts, the growth of a school community in the broadest sense; the sharing of light to which the school motto refers, and the passing on of that light from generation to generation.

Hardback - 286 pages

Published 1992

Very good + condition - spine and left hand side of dustjacket lightly sunned
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