Ref no40715
TitleRecords of Bristol Grammar School
DescriptionThe earliest records of the Bristol Grammar School, formerly the Free Grammar School, the Charter and associated deeds, dating from 1532, are now in the School collection, 40715, as these, with other property related records were handed to the School on Incorporation in 2004. The Thorne family, who were the active members of the group which obtained the Charter by which the School was granted an endowment and a permanent building, made the City Council the Trustees. City Records (Council Proceedings and Mayor's Audits) show that the school was in existence before the 1532 Charter, and that it was supported by the Council, which provided a room over the Frome Gate rent free. From 1532 to c1835 the Council held the school property in trust and there are references in the minutes and audits throughout this period to Grammar School matters notably the appointment of and payments to masters and ushers.
In c 1835 such charitable trusts were withdrawn from the Council and put in the hands of Municipal Trustees, and from that time the Bristol Municipal Trustees took care of the Grammar School's investments, properties including building repairs and equipment, salaries and wages and entrance examination administration. Governors worked with the Trustees and the administrator of BMC was Clerk to the Governors. All these records therefore are held within 33041, the BMC deposit. In the later 20th century the School appointed a Bursar, and gradually most of these functions moved to the School. The exception was administration of investment properties which remained with BMC until Incorporation. In c 2004 Bristol Grammar School, along with Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Red Maids School, became independent of BMC (Incorporation) and from that point all records are generated by and owned by the School. The School is entitled by legal agreement to access to the earlier records, and they cannot be disposed of by Bristol Charities, the successor to Bristol Municipal Charities.
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