2020 Heritage News Stories


The original Boys’ School was founded in 1620 by John Harrison, citizen and Merchant Taylor of London.

The Guild of Merchant Taylors in London is one of the twelve great City Livery Companies that have survived from medieval times. The Merchant Taylors’ Company was originally an association of citizens controlling the craft of tailoring; over the years members’ interests spread into commerce and philanthropy. Merchant Taylors’ Schools are proud of their historical links to the Company, and still welcome visitors from the Company every year. We are a famous School with an enviable reputation. We are determined to remain true to the guiding principles of our founder: to provide an academic education to pupils from the surrounding area.

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2020 Heritage

2020 is the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School by John Harrison, Merchant Taylor of London.

To mark this event, the archivists at the Boys’ School and the Girls’ School have organised a display on the Schools’ website of 400 objects [200 from each school] which have, in some way, a connection with the history of the school.

The objects featured, along with brief descriptions and explanations, will each appear on the website for one week beginning on Friday 4 March 2016 and changing each Friday until early 2020.