Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Harrow School : The Fourth Form Room

Harrow School - Fourth Form room - photograph


 By far the most interesting room at Harrow School, which was founded in 1571, is the Fourth Form Room. It is the original schoolroom of John Lyon's foundation, and still contains the old canopied seat provided for the first master, and the uncomfortable forms upon which the first generation of Harrow boys sat. Carved on the dingy oak panelling which surrounds the room are the names, rudelv cut by their own hands, of Byron, Sir Robert Peel, Sir William Jones, Lord Palmerston, Sheridan, and of many other Harrovians who became famous in after-life. This historical class-room-the largest of the Harrow rooms, though small in comparison with the Upper School at Eton-is now used only for prayers.