Sir Alfred Paton, an Old Boy of the school, bequeathed to The National Trust 20 acres land bordering Thurstaston Common with a proviso to the bequest stating that this area was to be available to the Rugby Club to use as a playing area in perpetuity. So Paton Field came into existence.
I'm wondering when he went to Calday grammer, if by Old Boy it means ex pupil. Did they take in boarders? Going off census information, 1871 and 1881, he is recorded at Nottingham, there's a snippet in the 1877 Nottingham Guardian newspaper, the piece titled, Oxford Local Examinations. Alfred Vaughan Paton, Nottingham High School, more or less reporting he'd won a place.
God help us, Come yourself, Don't send Jesus, This is no place for children.
Sir Alfred Paton was the eldest son of Nonconformist theologian John Brown Paton (1830-1911) who was principal of the Nottingham Congregational Institute from 1863 to 1898. Alfred attended Nottingham High School and Clifton College before being awarded a scholarship at Trinity College Oxford to study Classics. As well as being a director and President of the Liverpool Cotton Association, he was Chairman of Rainford Potteries Ltd.
In his will Sir Alfred directed that his body be cremated and the ashes deposited in the rock at the top of Caldy Hill in the centre of the Heath Garden on his property there, land which was to be conveyed to the National Trust for the use of the public.