Did your ancestor attend St Saviour’s Grammar School in Southwark? This database is a list of admissions to St Saviour’s Grammar School, Southwark over three centuries. The records date back to the 17th century, over a century before civil registration and England’s first national census. School records are a great way to fill the gaps in between birth and marriage dates on your family tree. Use the Additional Keywords to search by parent’s name, occupation or address.
Each record includes a transcript of the information found in the original admission books from St Saviour’s.
Age – at the time of admission
Birth order – whether your ancestor was the 1stor 2nd born, oldest or youngest in the family
Name of father or mother
St Saviour’s Grammar School in Southwark was created in 1543 from the unification of St Margaret’s and St Mary Magdalen parishes. Early education in grammar schools focused on learning Latin and Greek. The school received its charter from Queen Elizabeth in 1563. On 26 May 1676, a fire rapidly spread through Southwark and burned for 17 hours, killing 20 people, destroyed 500 homes and destroyed St Saviour’s Grammar School. The school was rebuilt and remained on its original site until 1839. The buildings had become dilapidated and the school population was dropping, therefore, St Saviour’s was moved to a smaller building. The number of students continued to fall and it was decided that St Saviour’s would amalgamate with St Olave’s Grammar School in 1896. St Olave’s is still open today and is amongst England’s top grammar schools.