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Suffragette Soup?

From 1890 to 1893, the Dorset Suffragette Evelina Haverfield (1867-1920) lived at West Hall, an Elizabethan manor house at Folke near Sherborne, Dorset.  Three years earlier, in February 1887, Evelina (née Scarlett) had married Major Henry Wykeham Brook Tunstall Haverfield RA (1846-1895) and by 1890 they had two sons, John […]

Creating The Digby

Read Peter Currie’s account of founding The Digby boarding house in September 1964, Creating The Digby


Posted 29 January 2018 by Sherborne School Archives.

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Candler v Dick and the battle for the Calcutta Cup, 1938

The first live televised broadcast of a rugby match took place eighty years ago on 19 March 1938.  The match broadcast that day was the final round of what is now known as the Six Nations Championship but which was then played between the four Home Nations.

That year, England […]

The Halliday Cup

The Halliday Cup for music was presented to Sherborne School by Ronald James Rivers Halliday (1902-1963) in memory of his brother, Second Lieutenant Charles Graham Rivers Halliday (1897-1917) who was killed in action at Ypres on 13 June 1917.

Charles Graham Rivers Halliday was born on 28 June 1897 at Shawford, Hampshire.  […]

The Feast Day of St Emerenciana

The Feast Day of St Emerenciana (also known as St Emerentiana) is celebrated by the Catholic Church on 23 January.

Emerenciana was a foster sister of St Agnes and was stoned to death when she was found praying at Agnes’s tomb. She is often represented holding stones and lilies and is the […]

Ghosts of Christmas Past: Christmas celebrations at Sherborne School in the 1870s

This account of Christmas celebrations at Sherborne School in the 1870s was written by the daughter of Headmaster Hugo Daniel Harper:

‘Always on the night before the School broke up for the Christmas holidays we had a great festivity, much looked forward to by all of us, as well […]

Marley’s Ghost: the day Charles Dickens came to Sherborne

‘Marley was dead: to begin with.  There is no doubt whatever about that.’  So, began Charles Dickens’s reading at Sherborne’s Literary and Scientific Institution on Thursday, 21 December 1854.

Charles Dickens was a close friend of the Shakespearean actor-manager, William Charles Macready (1793-1873), who […]

A Greek Poem in The Shirburnian

This article has been submitted by James Kierstead (Abbeylands).  James is a former editor of The Shirburnian and winner of the Marson Greek Prize, and is now a Lecturer in Classics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand:

Not long ago I received an email from my old guitar-teacher (and keen local historian), […]

Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC, DL, known affectionately as Monty, was born on 17 November 1887.  Educated at St. Paul’s School and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, he served with distinction in both the First and Second World Wars and, from 1946 to 1948, […]

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November

A schoolboy’s account (pre-health and safety!) of the 5th November at Sherborne School in 1858:

‘In those old days, the 5th of November with us used to constitute a pleasant object to look forward to in the middle of the half.  At least I think […]