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Sherborne’s International Rugby Players

Having enjoyed a fantastic weekend of rugby, here are some Sherborne international rugby stats you might enjoy:

Who are the most-capped Shirburnians?

Armistice Day: a time for celebration or quiet reflection?

On the 11 November 1918, the bells rang out across the country announcing the signing of the Armistice.  Many greeted the news with elation and wanted to celebrate, but others thought it should be a time for quiet reflection.

Find out how news of […]

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 […]