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John Radcliffe : (1650 – 1 November 1714) was an English physician, academic and politician.

But where did it all start? John Radcliffe was born in Wakefield, in our beautiful Yorkshire. He went to Queen Elizabeth Grammar school as well as our very own Northallerton Grammar School. Later on he graduated from the University of Oxford. He obtained his MD in 1682 and moved to London shortly afterwards. There he enjoyed great popularity and became royal physician to William III and Mary II. He was so well-regarded that a number of landmark buildings in Oxford, including the Radcliffe Camera (in Radcliffe Square), the Radcliffe Infirmary, the Radcliffe Science Library,] Radcliffe Primary Care and the Radcliffe Observatory were named after him. The John Radcliffe Hospital, a large tertiary hospital in Headington, was also named after him.

This year, we have created a house system, where houses are named after a former student. Radcliffe house, couldn’t have Dr John Radcliffe writing about himself for obvious reasons, but if you are interested in finding out more about this Northallerton Grammar School former student, please read one of the following books:

  • Hone, Campbell R. (1950) The Life of Dr. John Radcliffe, 1652–1714, Benefactor of the University of Oxford. London: Faber and Faber.
  • Guest, Ivor (1991) Dr John Radcliffe and His Trust. London: The Radcliffe Trust, 595 pages ISBN 0-9502482-1-5.

Mrs Winn ( Head of Radcliffe House) and Miss L Robson ( Deputy Head of Radcliffe House)

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