Abbey Account Rolls record payments to the ‘magistro scolarum pro erudicione puerorum’.
The School moves from the Almonry to Dean’s Yard.
The Benedictine monastery is dissolved but Henry VIII ensures the survival of the School.
Following the brief restoration of the monastery under Mary I, Elizabeth I issues a new charter to ‘The College of St Peter at Westminster’.
First Election Dinner following the Election of scholars to Trinity College Cambridge and Christ Church Oxford.
Elizabeth I attends the annual Latin Play.
The former Monks’ Dormitory is first used as the schoolroom.
Richard Busby becomes Head Master, remaining in post until his death in 1695.
Execution of Charles I: Busby leads the School in prayers for the King on the day of his beheading.
The Busby Library and Ashburnham House are built.
Fire of London – Dean Dolben and the Scholars save St Dunstan’s in the East.
Westminster boys first formally attend a Coronation.
The Scholars move into the new dormitory designed by Lord Burlington.
First recorded cricket match: Old Westminsters vs Old Etonians.
Grant family begins to manage a boarding house.
First recorded ‘Pancake Greaze’.
First cricket match against Eton at Hounslow Heath.
Vincent Square is secured as a playing field for the School by Dean Vincent.
The Water ledger, recording rowing at the School, begins.
Westminster’s victory over Eton at rowing hastens the death of William IV.
Last wholly oral format of The Challenge
Prince Albert and the Prince of Wales attend Latin Play.
Public Schools Act gives Westminster independence from Westminster Abbey.
Ashburnham House is purchased on the death of Lord John Thynne; new day boy house (Ashburnham) is started.
First non-classical curriculum.
The School’s first science building is built in Great College Street.
George V, Queen Mary, the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) and Prince Albert (later George VI) attend the Pancake Greaze.
The School unveils its First World War memorial – 224 Old Westminsters are known to have died in the conflict.
The Busby Library is destroyed in an air raid and the Head Master’s secretary is killed.
College and School are severely damaged in the air raid that also destroyed the House of Commons.
Girls first become full members of the School.
Opening of the Robert Hooke Science Centre.
Queen Elizabeth II visits the school to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter and unveils a statue of Queen Elizabeth I by sculptor Matthew Spender.
Opening of the Sports Centre
in the former Royal Horticultural Hall.