Bishop Gore School is founded - On this day in history


14 September 2016
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Bishop Gore School was founded on 14 September 1682

On this day in history, 1682: Bishop Gore School, one of the oldest schools in Wales, is founded by Hugh Gore (1613–1691), Bishop of Waterford and Lismore.

The school was established as a Free Grammar School, initially in Goat Street, for ‘the gratuitous instruction of twenty boys, sons of the most indigent burgesses, and in the event of a dissolution of the corporation, to sons of the poorest inhabitants of the town’. Since then it has changed name and location several times. It has been on its current Sketty site in Swansea since 1952. Bishop Gore was an all-boys grammar school until 1970, but is now co-educational.

There have been many notable Old Goreans, but perhaps the most famous is Dylan Thomas, the poet, playwright and author.

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