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Celebrating Shirburnians: Arthur Carr

The 21st May 2017 marks the 124th anniversary of the birth of the England Test cricketer, Arthur William Carr (1893-1963).

Arthur Carr arrived at Sherborne School in September 1907, aged fourteen, having briefly attended Eton College, from where he was expelled for idleness.  While at Sherborne Carr was a member of the 1st XI […]

Arthur Carr: The Rise & Fall of Nottingham’s Bodyline Captain

Arthur Carr The Rise & Fall of Nottinghamshires Bodyline Captain by Peter WynneThomasA new biography of one of Sherborne’s finest cricketers, A.W. Carr, is now available from Chequered Flag Publishing

In Arthur Carr: The Rise and Fall of Nottinghamshire’s Bodyline Captain, Peter Wynne-Thomas […]

Researcher explores 1924 expedition to the Canadian Sub-Arctic

Modern day explorer Carsten Iwers has this week been carrying out research in the Sherborne School Archives into an expedition made through the Canadian Sub-Arctic in 1924/25 by Old Shirburnian James Critchell Bullock (Lyon House 1913-1916).  In 1950, Critchell Bullock donated to Sherborne School a collection of diaries, letters and photographs made during […]

House Histories

Abbeylands, c.1900Histories of Sherborne School’s current and former boarding houses are now available online.

They include, where available, copies of the house photographs for each year, but there are gaps in our collections that we need your help to fill.  If you have any […]

Celebrating Shirburnians: Peter Twiss OBE

Peter TwissOn 10 March 1956, Old Shirburnian Peter Twiss (1921-2011) became the first man to fly faster than 1,000 mph.

Twiss, who attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) from 1935 to 1938, was a test pilot for Fairey Aviation and broke the World absolute air speed […]

International Women’s Day: an historical perspective

‘Even a Public School might be a little better for having two or three very carefully chosen women on the staff’

For 390 years, Sherborne School was a bastion of maleness with the boys being taught by a teaching staff made up entirely of men.  This all changed in 1941 with the […]

Celebrating Shirburnians: Professor A.N. Whitehead

The 15th February 2017 is the 156th anniversary of the birth of the mathematician and philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947).

Whitehead attended Sherborne School (School House) from September 1875 to July 1880.  During his time at Sherborne he was Head of the School and a member of the 1st XV and 1st XI.  […]

Celebrating Shirburnians: Sir Christopher Chataway

Today, 31 January, would have been the 86th birthday of Sir Christopher Chataway (1931-2014).

Chataway is remembered as a fine athlete.  During his lifetime he broke a number of world records, including in 1954 the 5,000 metres world record with a time of 13:51.6, and in 1955 in broke his own 3 […]

Shirburnians: Men of Might & Muscle

If you need inspiration to spend more time at the gym then look no further than John Newman Taylor who served as Gymnastic Instructor at Sherborne School for 26 years from 1886 to 1912.

Find out more about John Newman Taylor & Sherborne School’s first gymnasium.

Visit Sherborne School Archive […]

‘You can’t imagine a public school engine leading a train astray, can you?’

Sherborne Schools Class nameplate, Wallace House (given to School in 1963)As many boys prepare to depart Sherborne for the Exeat weekend on board the ‘Sherborne Special’ to Waterloo, we thought it might be fun to remember the ‘Schools’ class of locomotives introduced by Southern Railway in 1930, and in […]