Founded in 1552, Royal Shrewsbury School in Shropshire is one of the leading independent schools in the country. Pupils come here from all over the world, and their achievements in the classroom, the sports' fields and on the River Severn are recorded on the school's oak honours' boards for generations to admire.


Each job is designed through careful listening of the clients needs. This way we can create a beautiful and functional piece of art. 

New oak boards are made by the school's carpenters based on the existing ones displayed through out the old school buildings. The school's painters finish them to match old and I traditionally sign write them with black enamel and gold leaf headings.


Music Scholarships, Heads of House, Housemasters and the Oxbridge Boards which show the achievements former pupils gained at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.


Eton Fives' courts showing winners and runners up of this classic game. 

The Eton Fives' boards where designed by myself influenced by the design of the building's gable. I made working drawings from which the school carpenters could carry out their work whilst I concentrated on the signwriting of the panels.


Shrewsbury School is high above the banks of the River Severn. It has a fine and very important rowing history. The place often to record this is on the old oars which have rowed to victory many times in prestigious races such as the Henley Royal Regatta. These are hand painted, traditionally signwritten, finished in 23 1/2 carat gold leaf, brush varnished and left to age.

The beautiful chapel built in the grounds of Shrewsbury School has been recently decorated, Pugin red forms the basis of this. It has a wonderful detailed interior with gold leaf lettering that I've created from the ideas of the Chaplain help to add interest and personality to this building.

All work is copyright of David Kynaston © 1988