Langley Foundation Timeline
1363 Thomas Langley born.
1385 - Appointed Rector of Radcliffe.
1386 - Begins employment in Gaunt’s household as a clerk in the Treasury.
1396 - Rector of St. Alphange.
1397 17th March - Ordained as a Priest in Coventry Cathedral.
1399 June - Langley joins Bolingbroke at Pontefract. Appointed Bolingbroke's secretary and keeper of the Ducal Signet.
1399 13th October Bolingbroke crowned Henry IV
1399 29th October - Langley appointed Archdeacon of Norfolk.
1400 January - Appointed Keeper of the King's Signet.
1401 1st July - Appointed Dean of York.
1401 3rd November - Hertford Castle, appointed Keeper of the Privy Seal.
1403 8th August - Installed as Dean of York.
1404 10th October - Elected Bishop of London, Innocent VII refuses his candidature.
1405 2nd March - Appointed Chancellor.
1405 23rd March - Langley elected Archbishop of York, Innocent VII refuses to accept Langley.
1406 8th August - Consecrated in St Pauls.
1407 30th Jan - Resigns as Chancellor. Appointed de facto 1st Foreign Secretary.
1407 4th September - Enthroned in Durham.
1411 6th June - Created a Cardinal. Henry IV declines on his behalf.
1413 20th March - Death of Henry IV at Westminster.
1413 9th April - Langley in attendance and named as executor.
1414 January - Langley meets envoys from Charles VI at Durham House.
1414 5th March - 7th April at Bishop Auckland.
1414 31st May - Langley named as Head of Embassy to France.
1414 8th June - Founded a Song School and a Grammar School at Palace Green.
1414 8th August - Arrives in Paris.
1415 25th October - Battle of Agincourt.
1417 23rd July - Appointed Chancellor for the 2nd time.
1418 - Assumes complete control of the Government.
1422 28th September - Resigns as Chancellor.
1422 16th November - Appointed Chancellor for the third time.
1423 20th October - Last address to Parliament.
1424 16th July - Resigns as Chancellor.
1430 Virtually retires from public life at the age of 67
1437 20th November - Dies in his Palace at Bishop Auckland.
From Founding School
1414 - Thomas Langley Founded a Song School and a Grammar School, on the east side of Palace Green, Durham City . There seems no doubt that the Grammar School was the future Durham School.
1437 - Thomas Langley died.
1541 - Cuthbert Tunstall, then Bishop of Durham and trustee of the Langley Schools, offered the Langley Schools to the newly formed Dean & Chapter. The deed in which he hands over control is dated 31st May 1541 and survives to this day in perfect condition.
1640 - The School continued in Langleys buildings until 1640, when they were destroyed by the Scots. During the Civil War the ruined buildings were impossible to replace and for many years the masters taught where they could.
1661 -New buildings were eventually erected on the west side of Palace Green and here the School remained until 1844 when it moved to its present site.
1844 - The School moved from Palace Green to its present site across the river.
Various buildings and extensions have been added to the School in the passing years, including in 1956 the completion of a Chapel in the grounds and the Chapel steps which are a memorial to the Old Dunelmians killed during both World Wars.