Plaque

St Stephen's School - Boys entrance

Inscription

St Stephens National Schools
MA  Boys Entrance  DG
These schools are erected to promote definite religious teaching. Jesus said "Feed my lambs" St John 21.15.
True religion is an habitual recollection of God and intention to serve Him and this turns everything to gold: Isaac Newton.
Example teacheth, company comforteth, emulation quickeneth, glory raiseth: Bacon.
{Either side of this last section quotation is a Christian cross, the top section encircled with a crown, the lower section with an 'S'.}

The two S's probably indicate 'St Stephen's'.

Site: St Stephen's School, W2 (2 memorials)

W2, Westbourne Park Road

The school was founded and largely paid for by John Brooks, the father of Gothic architect James Brooks (1825–1901). One might expect a benefactor to chose his own son as architect for the work, though we can find no confirmation that this was the case here.

Saint Stephen's National School was opened in 1859 for mixed juniors and infants. Building enlarged 1897. In 1903 it had accommodation for 866 pupils. Architect Arthur Thomas Bolton was responsible for various additions to St Stephen's National Schools.

The 1856 construction of St Stephens church (nearby to the south east) was partly funded by the incumbent, the Rev. H. W. Brooks - who, it would seem likely, may be related to John and James Brooks.

Sources: Historic England (has a photo of the interior), St Stephens, Aim25, Westminster (downloads a pdf), The Victorian Web, ODNB.

St Stephen's church itself is just 2 streets away to the south-east.

Both plaques prominently carry the monograms MA (or AM) and DG (or GD) but we cannot explain them.

This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
St Stephen's School - Boys entrance

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Sir Francis Bacon

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Sir Isaac Newton

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St Stephen's School - Girls entrance

St Stephen's School - Girls entrance

We thank our tireless Latin consultant, David Hopkins, for his work here.

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