The former's past pupils include Wayne Rooney - as well as Sean Mercer, who murdered 11-year-old Rhys Jones - while the latter has produced 19 British Prime Ministers, including William Pitt the Elder
, the first Duke of Wellington, William Ewart Gladstone and David Cameron, as well as members of the Royal Family, such as Princes William and Harry.
1708: William Pitt the Elder
, 1st Earl of Chatham, was born in London.
In terms of his esteem his heroes rank as follows: (1) the poet Alexander Pope; (2) the statesman William Pitt the Elder
, first Earl of Chatham; (3) the liberal philosopher John Locke, who just crossed the eighteenth-century starting line by dying in 1704; and (4) the painter Joshua Reynolds.
Mr Mitchell's Tory colleagues gaze at paintings of former prime ministers Gladstone, Disraeli, Pitt the Elder
, Pitt the Younger, plus a scattering of distinguished British military heroes from the 18th and 19th centuries.
He is also a freeman of the town - along with WILLIAM PITT the ELDER
and LORD NELSON.
Once elected to Parliament from Aylesbury--his only opponent in the race withdrew after Wilkes bribed uncommitted voters, a common practice at the time--Wilkes aligned with the Whig faction of Pitt the Elder
and Lord Temple, which soon found itself in opposition to the ministry (that is, government) of Lord Bute, a Whig of a very different sort.