Christ's Hospital and Peter Symonds stone plaque in Winchester
Which was founded in the year of our Lord 1607
By Peter Symonds
a Native of Winchester
and afterwards a Mercer
in the City of London.
The Endowments of this House are applied to the maintenance
of Six Old Men. One Matron. and Four Boys;
and also to the assistance of one Scholar
in each of the Two English Universities.
The name of such a Benefactor
Is remembered with gratitude by Posterity.
Christ's Hospital, also called The Bluecoat School, Housey and CH, is an English coeducational independent day and boarding school with Royal Charter located in the Sussex countryside just south of Horsham in Horsham District, West Sussex, England that follows much of the "public schools" tradition. It is a charity school, giving children from poorer backgrounds the chance to have a better education. The school was originally founded in the 16th century in Greyfriars, London and Hertford.
Peter Symonds (c. 1528–1586/7) was a wealthy English merchant and benefactor, most notable for founding a number of almshouses for charitable endeavors in Southeast England. His most prominent achievement was the foundation of an almshouse in Winchester which later was recommissioned into Peter Symonds College.