A stunning large sampler depicting The Birmingham Free Grammar School. Signed by BETTY HOLT and dated 1847. Great condition short tear bottom left corner beyond the border pattern. The School was founded in 1552, it was not until Francis Jeune was appointed Headmaster in 1835. He erected a new building as depicted on the sampler, on the same site, in the Gothic Revival style of architecture.Employing Charles Barry and Augustus P. Ugin it was the first step of a partnership that would lead to an even weightier collaboration, the rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament after the great fire of 1834. If there was one snag in Barrys building, it was its position. Hallowed cloisters and reverential quiet were luxuries Victorian Birmingham afforded it for long. To a degree this was self-inflicted, for when the governors leased King Edwards land at the rear of the school to the London & Birmingham Railway Company they were signing the buildings death warrant. Smoke and steam would soon be enveloping its walls, and Latin verbs drowned out by the 9.15 from Euston. A century later almost exactly a century after Barrys school opened it came down. And Birmingham lost one of its great buildings. The item "ANTIQUE NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER BIRMINGHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL Betty HOLT 1847" is in sale since Saturday, March 14, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Fabric/Textiles\Samplers". The seller is "fossils77" and is located in ashford, Kent. This item can be shipped worldwide.