Manchester Tie & Scarf
The Chaytow Group Since 1850.
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|Ye distant spires, ye antique towers,
That crown the watery glade,
Where grateful science still adores
Her Henry's holy shade;
And ye that from the stately brow
of Windsor's heights th' expanse below
Of grove, of lawn, of mead survey,
Whose turf, whose shade, whose flowers among,
Wanders the hoary Thames along
His silver-winding way;
Ah, happy hills, ah, pleasing shade,
Ah, fields beloved in vain,
Where once my careless childhood strav'd,
A stranger yet to pain!
I feel the gales that from you blow
A momentary bliss bestow,
As waving fresh their gladsome wing,
My weary soul they seem to soothe,
And, redolent of joy and youth,
To breathe a second spring,
On A Distant Prospect To Eton College, Thomas
- So begins the famous elegy to Eton
College, one of Britain's oldest and most historic "public"
schools. The tradition of public schools (which here in the US we call
private schools) dates far back in England's history, back to the time
of the Henry kings. Eton was founded in 1440 by Henry VI for the
education of his son, the future Henry VII.
I love the ancientness of the whole idea of British school colors and
patterns. I know that their origins are even older than the schools
themselves; that they are as old as ancient Scottish tartans. School
clothes and colors are a way of "marking the tribe." Of
making you one of a group; apart from the "others," whether
on a field of battle or a cricket field. The classic stylishness of
the look, always so chic and contemporary, never marks time or trend.
The style is above that. The graphic use of color always works. These
school clothes are items one keeps, and wears, for a lifetime.
British public schools like Eton remain exclusive to a large degree;
admission has always been based on one's family background, wealth,
and, but not always exclusively, one's academic acumen. Eton College
is a primary school, even though it is called a college. Both Princes
William and Harry, the sons of Diana, Princess of Wales, attend Eton.
Upon graduation, many of the graduates of
these rarified public schools (if they didn't go into the Navy, Royal
Air Force, or other military branch), then attend either Oxford or
Cambridge Universities. Both Oxford and Cambridge are very ancient
(founded in the 12th Century), very historic. Oxford and Cambridge are
comprised of many separate colleges, each of which has its own
specialized areas of study, dining halls, and, of course, colors and
shields (what we call badges).
In the British tradition, one's school is one's universe, and at
boarding schools like Eton, the insularity of one's universe is even
more profound. One had, and has, school hymns, school songs, a school
credo, but as I have said, perhaps most visually arresting, school
"colors" -- evidenced in the students' jackets, scarves,
ties, cut of pant, and sports gear.
The colors, the ornament, the cut and
style, the crest and creed, have remained essentially constant. The
long line of tradition has not been broken even through divisive
religious unrest (the Reformation), many, many wars, and the thousands
of societal changes that have occurred in England through the
As you see in these images, we have used authentic British public
school jackets and caps, and Oxford and Cambridge college scarves, not
as uniforms, but as elements of a wardrobe, for a person of student
age, or not, and accessorized them in a non-traditional way.
Enjoy this trip through history that remains as fresh today as it must
have seemed hundreds of years ago.