town in Berkshire, England, on the Thames, near London: site of a private preparatory school for boys (Eton College)
A town of south-central England on the Thames River opposite Windsor. Eton College, one of England's largest and most elite public schools, was founded by Henry VI in 1440.x
- He founded no less than three colleges, two at Oxford, one at Higham Ferrers, while there is reason to believe that he suggested and inspired the foundation of Eton and of King's College.
- On the 18th of July 1542 it was surrendered to Henry VIII., and its possessions granted to Robert Dacres on condition of maintaining the grammar school and paying the master £10 a year, the same salary as the headmasters of Winchester and Eton, and maintaining the almshouse.
- That he was at Oxford, and probably a scholar at one of the grammar schools there, before passing on to the higher faculties, is shown by a letter of the chancellor addressed to him when provost of Eton (Ep. Acad.
- Though reckoned first headmaster of Eton, there is no definite evidence that he was.
- William Westbury, who left New College, "transferring himself to the king's service," in May 1442, and appears in the first extant Eton Audit Roll1444-1445as headmaster, was probably such from May 1442.