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Papers of Edward Lyttelton, Head Master 1905 - 1916



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7th son of 4th Lord Lyttelton, Edward Lyttelton (1855-1942) was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. A notable cricketer, he played for both school and university. In 1880 he went as an assistant master to Wellington, moving to Eton in 1882 and to Haileybury as headmaster in 1890. Returning to Eton as Head Master in 1905, he had to deal with many problems, notably the relations between classical and non-classical masters, but he lacked the organisational skills of his predecessor Dr Warre, freely confessing that financial matters bored him. In March 1915 he preached a sermon at St Margaret's Westminster which was felt to be pro-German, thus unleashing a storm of protest; the boys offered support, saying they knew his patriotism to be beyond question, but the Provost and Fellows were forced by the pressure of public opinion to censure him, and after a decent interval he resigned. From 1918 - 1920 he was Rector of Sidestrand, Norfolk, and in 1920 he became Dean of Whitelands Teacher Training College, Chelsea, where he remained for nine years. In 1931 he was made an Honorary Canon of Norwich.


1906 - 1914

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COLL/P6/7 and COLL/FELL.8 for reaction to his sermon. COLL/P8/105 for a letter on discipline and self-government at Eton when he was a boy. ED 379 for character sketches by Geoffrey Madan and Richard Martineau.

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DNB 1841 - 1950; C. Alington : Edward Lyttelton. An Appreciation (John Murray, 1943); E. Lyttelon : Memories and Hopes (John Murray, 1925; A. Robinson in History Today, November 1993
Vale Eton College Chronicle, 1 February 1917

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