KINGS SCHOLARS ETON COLLEGE 1970S
Kings Scholars line up and collect their annual traditional 3d piece from the College Provost. Known as Threepenny Day. Eton near Windsor Berkshire, England 1975.
Kings Scholars or Collegers as they are known line up to receive a new threepenny piece from the Provost in a 400 years old tradition.
Dr Roger Lupton 1456–27 February 1539 or 1540 was an English ecclesiastic, lawyer-cleric, chaplain to Henry VII and also to Henry VIII and Provost of Eton from 1502-1535.( The chairman of Eton’s governing body. ) His death is commemorated each year on 27 February at Eton College.
The annual distribution took place after lunch in the College Hall by the Provost Harold Caccia,(Provost 1965-1977) and was confined to the seventy Kings Scholars. Originally the Provost received 2s 8d, other members of staff 1s 4d and less depending on status. Scholars and choristers received 1d each. The scholars still received the one penny in a three penny pieces, the other twopence being from the gift of Provost Bost who succeeded Lupton.
With the introduction of decimal coinage in 1972, and the abolition of the threepenny piece. Provost Caccia bought up large stocks of redundant coin to ensure continuation of this custom.
The Captain of School, Provost Harold Caccia, The College Butler with tray and Master-in-College, Rev. Canon P. Pilkington.
The Captain of the School would get any 3ds left over owing to absentees.