Roxeth has links going back to the Victorian times with Harrow School and three of our houses are named after famous people connected to Harrow School.


CHURCHILL: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874 –1965) was a British politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 (that is, for most of the Second World War) and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, Churchill was also an officer  in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British Prime Minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States. He was a student at Harrow school.

LYONS: John Lyon (1514–1592) was a farmer and benefactor who founded Harrow School in 1572.He was an educated man who lived in Harrow on the Hill. As a wealthy farmer, he was able to endow Harrow School, and this led to the creation of The John Lyon School. He established a trust for the maintenance of Harrow Road and Edgware Road. Since these roads are now owned and maintained by the council, the income from his estate is controlled by John Lyon's Charity who give grants to various projects in the Harrow area.

SHAFTESBURY: Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (1801-1885) was also a pupil at Harrow School. Lord Shaftesbury was known as the Reforming Lord Shaftesbury and the Poor Man’s Earl, because many of the reforms he championed helped the poor and the working class of Victorian Britain. In 1849 his son, Ashley Cooper, died at Harrow School. The boys were so upset they wanted to do something to remember him and they contributed £600 toward building Roxeth School. Thus the connections we still have to the Shaftesbury family. The present Earl of Shaftesbury came to open our new rooms in the Infant building in 2011.

In the past few years the children have added two famous women to our houses-women who have made a difference in their lives.


SEACOLE: Mary Seacole(1805 –1881) was a Jamaican-born woman who set up a 'British Hotel' behind the lines during the Crimean War, which she described as "a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers," and provided help for wounded servicemen on the battlefield. She was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991. In 2004 she was voted the greatest black Briton.

RICHES:Naomi Riches (1983- ) lived and went to school in Harrow. She is registered blind. She competed for Harrow in the London Youth Games as a disabled swimmer at the age of 12 and she was a National Disabled Swimming champion. Riches took up rowing whilst at the RNIB College in Worcester. She competes in the legs, trunks and arms adaptive mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+) event. She won gold medals in the event at the 2004, 2005 and 2006 World Rowing Championships and won silver in 2007. She was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Paralympics held in Beijing, China, as rowing made its debut at the Games, she won a bronze medal in the mixed coxed four. In 2011 she competed at the World Rowing Championships held at Lake Bled, Bled, Slovenia. She won the gold medal in the LTAMix4+ event. Riches was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in the mixed coxed four event. The event took place between 31 August and 2 September at Eton Dorney, and the GB crew won the gold medal. She was inducted into the London Youth Games Hall of Fame in 2012. Naomi was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to rowing. Naomi is a regular visitor to Roxeth and we are very proud of our links to her.

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