Thursday, April 07, 2016
The Old School, Billesdon
George Villiers, later the Duke of Buckingham and a favourite of James I, was educated in Billesdon between 1602 and 1605. (He was born in 1592.)
Most authorities dismiss the tradition that George Fox, a found of the Quakers, was educated there some years later. (He was born in 1624.)
The Old School in the village does not date back quite that far. It was put up by William Sharpe of Rolleston in 1650.
Nineteenth-century antiquarians feared its loss, but - no doubt much restored over the centuries - it still stands today.