The original building at Harrow School containing the Old Schools & Old Speech Room. Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee, Ph.D, Contributing Editor, Victorian Web. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL.]

Inside this original Harrow School building is the old Fourth Form. Here the headmaster would have been enthroned at one end of the form while the usher would have sat in an armchair at the other. The most interesting part of this room now is the black panelling, on which many famous Old Harrovians, including Sheridan and Byron, etched their names (Stevenson 70). On an outside wall is a plaque to the future Lord Shaftesbury, commemorating the time in his schooldays when he encountered a pauper's drunken funeral and burned with "shame and indignation" at the sight.

Last modified 23 November 2007