Sir William Turner (12 September 1615 – 9 February 1693)

William Turner was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire, in 1615, the third son of the Turner family of Kirkleatham. In 1632 he was apprenticed to Jerrard Gore, a draper in the City of London. William prospered in this business and became a prominent member of the City community.He was knighted in 1662 and served as Lord Mayor in 1668. He became a merchant banker, and was involved in the rebuilding of the City after the Great Fire of 1666. William never married and devoted much time and money to charitable causes involving education and care for the poor, such as Bridewell Hospital in London and the Almshouses in Kirkleatham, opened in 1676.He died in 1692 and in his will he left £5000 to establish a boys’ school in Kirkleatham. Called the Free School, this opened in 1709, and was the first in a series of schools bearing his name to be located in the Redcar area of North Yorkshire. His charitable legacy continues through the Sir William Turner Foundation.

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Annual Reunion

The Old Coathamians’ Annual Reunion will be held at the Waterwheel Inn, Liverton Mines on Saturday 17th June 2017 at 7.00pm. Around thirty or forty Old Coathamians – students and staff - meet each year to catch on each other’s news. We hope that you will be able to join them. Please spread the word as far as possible via your Facebook contacts.

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