An interesting Victorian unmarked silver School Prize Medal.
A Victorian unmarked silver School Prize Medal for Bank House, Runcorn, awarded in June 1842 to Francis Twigg for ‘General Good Conduct and Attention to Studies.’
The theologian and mathmetician, William Allen Whitworth, was born in 1840 at Bank House, where his father, William Whitworth, was the Schoolmaster. The house seems to have ceased being a school by the 1850 when it was the home of the soap maker, John Johnson.
This rare medal is referred to as being in the author’s collection in ‘Notes on some North Staffordshire families : including those of Adams, Astbury, Breeze, Chalinor, Heath, Warburton & c.’ by Percy W.L. Adams., published in 1930. The work contains some details of Francis Twigg’s life and that of his family in Burslem, Staffordshire. Francis Twigg was bom 4th March, 1826, and died (unmarried) in London, 26th February, 1853. St. Paul’s Church, Dale Hall, has a vault where members of the Twigg family are interred.
Good and toned.
Diameter – 3.60 cm.; Weight – 21.20 gms.