is best known as the founder of the Leicester Greencoat School. He was born in
1683, the son of the landlord of the Horse and Trumpet Inn. When he grew up, he
took over the running of the pub.
1732, at the age of 47, he became Mayor of Leicester. He became very rich, and
with his fortune, he founded the Leicester Greencoat School for boys. It was
originally on the site occupied by the Leicester Grammar School. There were 35
boys, and they wore green uniforms with red collars and green caps.
Newton was a
very religious man. He attended divine service regularly and was not only very
fussy about punctuality, but he was also very precise. On one occasion he
actually attacked the son of the Parish Clerk. Apparently the boy had rung the
bells in an irregular rhythm. Alderman Newton broke his cane over the boy’s
head, and he retaliated by pushing the unsuspecting alderman down the steps in
the bell tower.
original Leicester Greencoat School was on the site now occupied by Leicester
Grammar School. His school is still in existence, but changed its name to
Alderman Newtons’ school, moving site to Glenfield Road. It is now part of New