St Anne's Chapel and Old Grammar School

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Shortly after 1550 St. Anne’s became the town’s Grammar School, a role it probably took over from St. Nicholas Chapel, another former chantry chapel in the town. It offered a classical education, for boys only, with an emphasis on Latin. Over time the curriculum would have broadened to include other subjects like Greek, mathematics, astronomy, law, music and drama.

Lessons would have begun at dawn and not finished until the evening. The boys, aged between eight and fourteen, would often have boarded with the Master, who was retained by a stipend largely funded by the fees paid by the parents. The principal purpose of this education was to prepare students for university or the priesthood.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences, Sacred space

Opening hours

St Anne's will be open every Tuesday and Thursday (except when an event is on) from 11am to 1pm.

It's free to come in, so come along and see inside this lovely old building.

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Social History

St Anne's Chapel and Old Grammar School
The Square
EX32 8LN



01271 78709

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