Ramsam House, Greenhill, 1899

Ramsam House was used as a boarding house for Sherborne School from 1855-1860 and 1868-1890.

Ramsam House on Greenhill is named after Peter Ramsam, Abbot of Sherborne 1475-1504.  The building dates from between the late-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century.  In 1834, Ramsam House and Abbots Fee were owned by solicitor Charles Hutchings (Old Shirburnian and School Governor) who occupied Ramsam House and leased Abbots Fee to William Simon Penny (Old Shirburnian).

From 1855 to 1860 the Rev. John Thomas Pearse (1829-1912) boarded a few Sherborne School boys at the premises.  On 4 September 1861, John Kidd FRAS (c.1834-1891) leased the premises from Charles Hutchings and built a schoolroom at the back of the building, opening it as a private school, ‘The Sherborne Academy’.  In 1868, Ramsam House reverted to Sherborne School when the Rev. Percival Robert Clifton (1835-1872) transferred his boarders there.  On Clifton’s death in June 1872 the house passed to the Rev. Hugh Penderel Price (Old Shirburnian) (1844 -1902) who built a Fives Court behind the house.  Price argued with the Headmaster E.M. Young and in April 1890 left Sherborne taking many of his boarders with him to Weymouth College.  The Headmaster had hoped to transfer Price’s boarders to W.B. Wildman’s house, Mapperty, but instead, some boys transferred to The Green and sixteen boys left the School.

From 1899 to 1902 the house, renamed Wingfield House, was the first home of Sherborne Girls’ School.  In 1921, the house was used by the Headmistress of Lord Digby’s School and some of her boarders.  During the Second World War, the building was taken over by the military authorities and became known as ‘Ransome House’.  In 1948, the house was purchased by the Yeatman Hospital for nurses’ accommodation.

Former pupils of Sherborne School who boarded at Ramsam House (Price’s house) include C.D. BakerW.Y. DawsonW.A.S. EdwardsG.A. EllisR.H. Kendle, Lawrence Koe (artist), A.W.F. Sayres, Hugh Corbet Vincent (Wales Rugby International).

House colours: blue & black (later used by Lyon House).

1855-1860     John Thomas Pearse (1829-1912)
[1861-1868     Sherborne Academy, run by John Kidd (c.1834-1891)]
1868-1872     Percival Robert Clifton (1835-1872)
1872-1890     Hugh Penderel Price (OS) (1844 -1902)

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