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North Street Foundation Stone

I have just seen David Seeley's 2013 addition to the pictures inside the building which show a foundation stone adjacent to the gate into the school yard from North Street, which was laid by John Wyld D.C.L.F.R.G.S. Deputy Master of the Worshipful Company of Clothmakers on May 10th (year not clear).

In part answer to your question, David, about the meaning of the letters after his name, I think FRGS relates to Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society. Assuming this is the James Wyld who lived from 1812-1887 he was a well known geographer. He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Clothmakers in 1875. I haven't been able to work out what the DCL relates to.

Anyone else WRVEprepared to have a go at deciphering the year and the meaning of the letters?

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1937 -1944

Current location (optional) Huntingdon

Re: North Street Foundation Stone

The stone was laid by James Wyld not John as I said in my previous post,
Sorry

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1937 -1944

Current location (optional) Huntingdon

Re: North Street Foundation Stone

Thanks, David. When I first looked at the initials I thought the first two initials might turn out to be 'Deputy Chairman'; could the 'L' then be(of the) 'Local' or 'Loyal'? What do you think?

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley

Re: North Street Foundation Stone

Doctor of Canon Law or Doctor of Civil Law would fit - did his career fit with either of these?

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-65

Current location (optional) Leeds

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Thanks for this ,David. I think you have certainly 'nailed' this man, James Wyld(The Younger), builder of 'Wyld's Great Globe' in Leicester Square back in 1851.( I'm sure I saw this on "Q.I." some years back) He joined the Royal Geographical Society in 1830 at the age of 18, his father having been Geographer Royal for some 14 years before. He inherited the thriving family map and globe-making business at the age of 24. Further details of the man can be found on his Wikipedia site which shows a picture of him together with a description and lay-out design of the hollowed out, Great Globe, some 60' in diameter. There is also a list of 'citations' which failed to throw any light on the letters 'D.C.L.', although I did note that his father was instrumental in introducing Lithography into this country which could relate to the 'L'. He was also M.P. for Bodmin and involved himself with setting up Technical Colleges in Manchester and Leeds, which could be where Keighley latched on to him towards the end of his life. David

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley