This week down memory lane we look at John Pell who was a 17th century mathematician born in 1611.

From 1654 to 1658 Pell acted as Cromwell’s political agent in Zurich.

He returned to England and took holy orders.

In 1661 he was appointed rector of Fobbing.

He was educated at Cambridge and in 1644 become professor of mathematics at Amsterdam.

His name is given to the Pell Equation.

One of Pell’s achievements is the invention of the division sign.

He built the school in the top photo at the back of the church and the rectory next to the church that still survives is named Pell House.