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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The Annual Service of Remembrance

The Annual Service of Remembrance for the former pupils of Sir William Turner’s School will take place this year on Friday November 10th.

It will be held at Redcar & Cleveland College, Corporation Road, Redcar, in the Sir William Turner Lecture Theatre. The ceremony starts at 10.30am so guests will be arriving after 10.00am. The ceremony is usually completed by 11.20 and there will be light refreshments provided by the College to follow.

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