Eton College - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour panorama showing the exterior of Eton College taken from the junction of Sough Road, High Street and Common Lane in Eton. Image taken in early April 2011.
Eton College - FURTHER INFORMATION
Eton College - Windsor visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Eton College' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Berkshire.
Eton College is most commonly referred to as simply Eton, and has become synonymous with Eton village in Berkshire. Found north of the River Thames close to Windsor and Windsor Castle, it is one of the most famous public schools in the UK. From the front, the college is dominated by Eton College Chapel.
Eton has a reputation as the chief nurse of England's statesmen, with many of the nations statesmen, judges, civil servants and businessmen of the Establishment having passed through it's doors.
Eton College was founded by King Henry VI in 1440 as "The King's College of Our Lady of Eton besides Wyndsor". He intended that it would educate up to 70 poor boys who would then go on to Kings College in Cambridge. Today, it is one of the most expensive public schools in the land, though bursaries of up to 90% of the fees are still available to those who pass stringent entrance exams.
Though it quickly gained much land and endowments, it fell from royal favour when Henry was deposed by Edward IV in 1461 and the new king annulled all grants to the college and confiscated many of the treasures and land. Continued survival of the college depended on wealthy benefactors and fees.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: Eton High Street (60, 61, 63, 68), Windsor Town Centre, Castle Hill (5, 6, 6A, 71, 77, 582, M4)
Flight: Heathrow Airport, 12 miles east of Windsor.
Road: Windsor is close to junction 6 of the M4, about 30 miles west of central London and 8 miles from the M25.
Train: Windsor & Eton Central Rail Station, Windsor & Eton Riverside Rail Station.