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National Poetry Day: Sherborne’s Poet Laureate

Today, on National Poetry Day, we celebrate the former Poet Laureate and Old Shirburnian, Cecil Day-Lewis CBE.

In 1947, Cecil Day-Lewis wrote a poem about visiting the annual Sherborne Chrysanthemum Show during his first term at Sherborne School:

The Chrysanthemum […]

Denis Eagar’s War Hymn, September 1914

Lo! In the Heights, & the valleys of England
News of a great & a terrible war
GOD of our nation & GOD of our Empire
Help us, we pray thee, & guard thou our shore.

In September 1914, a 15 ½ year old pupil at Sherborne School wrote the words and music for ‘War Hymn’.  The […]

T.S. Eliot’s friendship with a Sherborne Schoolmaster

The poet T.S. Eliot was born 130 years ago on 26 September 1888.

In 1963, Eliot wrote to the secretary of the Merton Society at his former Oxford college saying, ‘My closest friend at Merton, whose name was Culpin, was taken late because of bad eyesight and was killed, I think, on […]

International Day of Peace, 2018

This year’s U.N. International Day of Peace celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The theme this year is the right to peace.

Boys and staff at Sherborne School have been asked to make an origami Peace Crane which will form an installation […]

Sir Reginald Blomfield & the architecture of Sherborne School

Find out how a friendship formed in the 1870’s at Exeter College had a profound impact for over 30 years on the architecture of Sherborne School: Sir Reginald Blomfield: ‘the man responsible above all others for the aspect of modern Sherborne’

Posted 13 September 2018 by Sherborne School […]

The McEnery family and the First World War

Dr William McEnery served as a medical practitioner in Sherborne for 40 years, living with his family at Semington House in The Avenue.  During the First World War, Dr McEnery served on the board of the Sherborne Urban Military Service tribunals.  With seven of his children serving their country, one of whom was […]

Embroidered curtain presented to Sam Hey on his retirement from The Green

In 1951, on his retirement as housemaster of The Green, Sam Hey (1904-1977) was presented with an embroidered curtain.

The curtain was signed by every boy then in The Green and their signatures, along with garden flowers, were embroidered onto the curtain by Sam […]

Sherborne’s Olympian sharpshooter: Torsten Ullman

70 years ago on 29 July 1948 the 14th Olympics Games were opened by King George VI at the Empire Stadium at Wembley.

Amongst the competitors was Torsten Ullman, a former Sherborne School pupil, who represented Sweden in the men’s pistol events.

Find out more […]

140 years of Commem

140 years ago on 30 July 1878, the first Commemoration Day (Commem) was held at Sherborne School.

Find out more about the history of Commem at Sherborne School.

Posted 29 June 2018 by Sherborne School Archives.

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Field Society visit to Stonehenge, 28 September 1895.

The following account of a visit made by Sherborne School’s Field Society to Stonehenge on 28 September 1895 was published in The Shirburnian (November 1895):

‘On Saturday, September 28th the Field Society made an expedition to Stonehenge.  An expedition had been suggested in the summer term but had been crowded out by […]