Lyon House, Richmond Road, c.1912.

Lyon House has been in continuous use as a school boarding house since 1912.

In 1910, the School Governors purchased from the Digby Estate a plot of land in Richmond Road known as ‘Sherrin’s Field’ for the purpose of building a new boarding house. In January 1911, R.T. Milford was appointed Housemaster of the new boarding house which was then still being built.  While Milford awaited the completion of the new house he set up a temporary boarding house with four boarders in Gainsborough House in South Street, Sherborne.

The new boarding house, named after former Headmaster Ralph Lyon (1795-1856), was opened on 25 January 1912 with sixteen boarders.  The building cost £6836.9.7, including £620 for the land. Lyon House shares the distinction with School House of having been constructed solely for educational purposes.  Later additions to the premises include the ‘sweat house’ (1936), the Ross Room and first floor Reading Room (1969/1970), additional studies above the sweat house (1974), and the Boissier wing (2006).  In 1940, the boys dug in the garden a 150 feet trench topped with 1,000 sand bags.  The Garden of Remembrance was built in 1946 and designed by the architect Oswald Brakspear, a former Lyon House boy.

Former pupils of Sherborne School who have boarded at Lyon House include J.C.Critchell BullockTimothy Carlton Cumberbatch, Phil Harvey, Tim Heald, Adrian & Stuart Jardine, Stanley Johnson, Robert Kitson, Peter Lane, John le Mesurier, Christopher Morcom, A.T. Lennox-Boyd, Jonathan Marsden, Peter Roderick Oliver, Alastair Pilkington, R.G. Pine-Coffin, David Sheppard, H.B. Stallard, Hugh Swynnerton Thomas, John Wilsey.

House letter: g (formerly house letter of Mapperty House).

House colours: blue and black (formerly house colours of Ramsam House).

1911  Robert Theodore Milford (1862-1935)
1914  Alexander Hamelin Trelawny-Ross (OS) (1884-1967)
1946  Hugh Francis Winnington Holmes (1910-1993)
1961  Peter Clement Boissier (1921-2004)
1969  Roger A.C. Ketley
1983  Michael J. Hatch
1995  Patrick S. Francis
2006  Guy Briere-Edney
2011  Ben Sunderland

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