Drury Road, HA1

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Joseph Drury (February 11, 1750 – January 9, 1834) was headmaster of Harrow School between 1785 and 1805, and first of a dynasty of Drurys to teach there. After attending Westminster School he went to Trinity College, Cambridge. But had to give up his studies after running out of money, so took up a position as an assistant master at Harrow. While there he was ordained deacon in 1773 and priest in 1779. He was re-admitted to Trinity in 1774. His son Henry Joseph Thomas Drury was a master at Harrow, where he was tutor to Lord Byron. This is one of a cluster of streets named after teachers and headmasters at the school: Edward Ernest Bowen (about 1885 – 1901); Montagu Butler (1859 – 1885); Charles Vaughan (1845 – 1859); Benjamin Heath (1771 – 1785); and Robert Carey Sumner (1760 – 1771).

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