Excerpt from Early Yorkshire Schools, Vol. 1: York, Beverley, Ripon
It may seem a startling statement, but it is the fact that there are only two institutions in England which are older than this York Grammar School. They are the Archbishoprics of Canterbury and York. And it is perhaps doubtful whether even the Archbishopric of York is older, that is, whether its creation did not carry with it the creation of the school.
I am bound to confess, however, that the title of Our Oldest School was a misnomer. I fortunately guarded myself against a mistake, which I am now able to set right, by saying (p. There is indeed one school which might possibly claim an even higher antiquity than York, if it could prove its title, viz. The so-called King's School' at Canterbury. At present it claims only to date from Henry VIII., who is, however, no more, and in someviii s. Peter's school, york.
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