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Celebrating Shirburnians: the Powys family

Three generations of the Powys family attended Sherborne School.  Not only were John Cowper Powys and his brothers Littleton Charles Powys, Albert Reginald Powys, Llewelyn Powys and William Ernest Powys pupils at the School, but also their uncle, Littleton Albert Powys, and John Cowper Powys’ son, Littleton Alfred Powys.

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Alan Turing and the ‘Nature of Spirit’

When Alan Turing’s school friend Christopher Morcom died in February 1930, aged just 18, Alan wrote to his mother saying, ‘I feel sure that I shall meet Morcom again somewhere & that there will be some work for us to do together, as I believed there was for us to do here.’


A Shirburnian’s eye view of the Pack Monday Fair

‘You must run, you must go, if you’re fond of fun and foolery,
All the world and cousins are sure to be there,
Never stop, quickly-hop, a pin for prudish schoolery,
Such a centre of attraction is “Pack-Monday” Fair.’

Sherborne’s Pack Monday Fair takes place on 16 October 2017, […]

The Bain of their lives

John Bain holds the distinction of being the only Shirburnian to have played international football (soccer) for England.  Find out more about The Bain of Their Lives

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Shirburnians who have represented their country in sport

History of Sherborne School’s Playing Fields & […]

‘Nothing ever happens in Sherborne’

At 4.40pm, on a cloudy Monday afternoon in September 1940, several hundred bombs fell on the sleepy market town of Sherborne.  Seventeen civilians were killed that day and 766 buildings damaged.  Remarkably, neither the Abbey, Almshouse or Sherborne School were not hit.  Find out more about […]

Battle of Britain Day, 15 September 2017

Between 10 July and 31 October 1940, eight former pupils of Sherborne School lost their lives during what became known as The Battle of Britain:

Aston Maurice Cooper-Key (School House 1932-1933), Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force, died on 24 July 1940, aged 21.


Sherborne’s first unbeaten season, 1906-1907

Sherborne’s 1st XV celebrated their first unbeaten season in 1906-1907, winning 11 matches out of 11, scoring 24 goals and 41 tries. The fixtures that year included three inter-school games against Llandovery College, St Paul’s and Tonbridge.  On 17 November 1906, the team won a 41-5 […]

Back to School with Mr Chips

During the summer holidays in 1968, Hollywood came to Sherborne to film Goodbye, Mr Chips, starring Peter O’Toole, Petula Clark and Sir Michael Redgrave.

Find out more about Goodbye, Mr Chips: Hello, Sherborne!

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‘The Battle of the Mud’: the Third Battle of Ypres, 31 July-10 November 1917

King, HR‘Summer Hols begin’ wrote the Rev. H.R. King in his diary on Tuesday, 31 July 1917.  The Rev. Henry Robinson King (1855-1935), a master at Sherborne School, kept a daily diary in which he recorded the weather, world events (in red), […]

Experiences in the RFC by Lieutenant Antony Henry Whitford-Hawkey, November 1917

Experiences in the Royal Flying Corps by Lieutenant Antony Henry Whitford-Hawkey (1899-1918) (The Green, September 1913-20 June 1917).  Published in The Shirburnian, November 1917.

When I left Sherborne to join the R.F.C. last summer term just before Commemoration I little thought what lay before me. I had visions of getting […]