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PostWinchester College and Prof. Hilton (Mary Hilton Huyck, USA, 11/06/13 1:36 am)
What an interesting exchange about England's most famous public schools! Now I understand the background of a tile that my father affixed to the wall of my parents' patio, where they ate many meals when the weather was nice. As I recall, the tile showed a handsomely dressed pig, standing on his hind legs as if human and looking sternly straight ahead. Underneath the pig were the following words: "Manners makyth man." I never thought to ask my father about that tile. Now I know!
When Ronald Hilton was about eight years old, his family moved from Torquay to Winchester. He did not attend Winchester College. Instead, he and his older brother went to Taunton. Taunton was, I believe, a private day school. (I have no idea whether Taunton had boarding students. The Hilton boys lived at home.) After Taunton, Ronald won a scholarship to go to Christ Church, Oxford. He was later a graduate student at Magdalen. I enjoyed reading the piece he wrote in 2002 about the famous English public schools and Oxbridge. Ronald never spoke much about Winchester College, but Winchester Cathedral was a different matter. He was able to see the cathedral from one of the windows in their house, and I suspect that the view figured largely in his memories of his youth in Winchester. His mother was very devout, and she and her sons attended a smaller nearby parish. Ronald, though, was inspired by Winchester Cathedral, and I suspect that that is what began his life-long love of Gothic cathedrals. In Ronald's will, he left a bequest to Winchester Cathedral for, in his words, "the fabric of the cathedral." When I read his will, I was charmed by his terminology. I think he meant that he wanted the money to go toward the maintenance of the physical plant and not for programs or clergy salaries. Incidentally, he also left a bequest to Oxford, so clearly he had enduring respect and affection for both Winchester Cathedral and Oxford University.
With best regards, Mary Hilton Huyck
JE comments: And a very warm WAIS greeting to Mary and Philip Huyck. "Manners makyth man": I propose we add "woman and man" and make it a secondary WAIS motto, right after "Pax, Lux, et Veritas."
Here's the Wikipedia entry on Taunton. Of note is its founding date, 1847--a mere youth among UK public schools: