Author delves into 400 years of history

Royal Mathematical School pupils with Clifford Jones SUS-160804-152540001
Royal Mathematical School pupils with Clifford Jones SUS-160804-152540001

A former Christ’s Hospital pupil, Clifford Jones, has researched records dating back 400 years to uncover the captivating history of The Royal Mathematical School, set up by Charles II in the 17th Century at Christ’s Hospital to teach pupils mathematics and navigation for entry into the Royal Navy.

His book, ‘The Sea and the Sky’, reveals material never published before and detailed descriptions of the significant contributions made by Samuel Pepys, Robert Hooke, John Flamsteed, Sir Christopher Wren, Sir Isaac Newton among many others.

The book also covers the amazing stories of pupils who were trained in the art of navigation and then travelled the world on voyages of commerce and exploration.

The Royal Mathematical School exists today and pupils whose families have a Royal Navy connection can be assessed to enter through the RMS Foundation.

Three pupils have this privilege and in recognition, wear a silver badge on their uniform.

They met Mr Jones in the school’s museum where he showed them a silver pocket watch and an Elementary of Navigation workbook, which historically were given to each Royal Mathematical pupil before they set sail.

Archie Dawe, Year 13 pupil said: “My dad worked on submarines and I am immensely proud of my family link with the Royal Navy.

“I am equally proud that this connection is still recognised by Christ’s Hospital.

“Currently I am studying A level maths in the Royal Mathematical School at Christ’s Hospital and it has been so interesting to discover more about its unique history from Mr Jones and his fascinating and well documented book.”

To order a copy of ‘The Sea and the Sky’, please contact the Christ’s Hospital museum by emailing chmuseum@christs-hospital.org.uk

For more information visit http://www.christs-hospital.org.uk/