The ‘old’ Green, Greenhill, 2015.

From 1865 to 1999, the Sherborne School boarding house known as The Green occupied the former Angel Inn on Greenhill.  In 1999, the boarders moved across the road to Greenhill House which was renamed The Green.

The Angel Inn was a coaching inn, built around 1750.  On 31 August 1865, the Rev. O.W. Tancock opened the former Angel Inn as The Green, a school boarding house with 12 boarders.   In 1872, Tancock purchased the house from Messrs. Ffooks for £2200, and in 1872-1873 added a dormitory wing and studies costing £1801.  The property was sold by housemaster to housemaster until in 1929 the School Governors purchased it, with the help of Sir Edward Iliffe, for £6,300 from the Rev. W.J. Bensly.  In 1999 the building was sold to Ash Mill Developments Ltd. who converted it into flats.

The Green boarding house from 1999 (formerly Greenhill House).

The ‘new’ Green, 1999.

The ‘new’ Green in the former Greenhill House was opened as a school boarding house in September 1999 by Lord Robert Iliffe, grandson of Sir Edward Iliffe who in 1929 had helped purchase the ‘old’ Green for the School. To accommodate the new house a wing and a housemaster’s house were built in the former garden.

Greenhill House was built in the 17th century by the Eastmonts, a family of rich clothiers.  In 1722, the house was inherited by John Eastmont’s daughter, Dorothy, who was married to Carew Hervy Mildmay (1690-1784) MP of Hazlegrove, Somerset.  In 1807, the house was purchased at auction for £670 by Thomas Fooks (1775-1844), a Sherborne solicitor and School Governor. The house remained in the Fooks/Ffooks family for the next 153 years, being occupied by a number of tenants, including Major James John Loudon McAdam (1841- 1910) and the Rev. Arthur Field (Old Shirburnian).

In January 1915, Mrs McAdam, as Commandant, set up a VAD auxiliary hospital at Greenhill Court on Greenhill.  The Greenhill Hospital remained open until 10 December 1918, having by then treated 904 patients.  In May 1916, four revolving huts for the purpose of ‘open-air treatment’ were erected in Mrs McAdam’s garden at Greenhill House (now The Green). Soon the number of revolving huts was increased to eight, with brick paths connected them around the edge of the garden.  In the centre of the garden were two large marquees and a recreation hut, making it one of the completest outdoor hospitals in Dorset. It is believed that Greenhill was the first hospital in Dorset to try this treatment, which was found to be particularly beneficial to patients suffering from septic wounds or gas poisoning. Although the outdoor treatment proved very beneficial to the patients, it was hard work for the nurses who had to attend to the patients in all weathers.

In 1960, Greenhill House was acquired by the School Governors.   Bequests from the Rev. Arthur Field and from Dr Elizabeth Gourlay in memory of her brother A.B. Gourlay paid for the renovation of the building.  The garden of the house features in Horace Annesley Vachell’s novel The Other Side  (1910).

In January 1977, the Greenhill House Study Centre was opened for international students with Frank Francis as its first Warden (Principal).  By 1991 the Study Centre had outgrown Greenhill House and, thanks to a generous bequest from the Bow family, it moved down the road to Newell Grange and is today known as Sherborne International.

Former pupils of Sherborne School who have boarded at The Green include Jimmy Adams, Anthony Berkeley Cox, Charlie Cox, Christopher Curwen, Nick Greenstock, Charles Hudson VC, Frederick Octavius Pickard-Cambridge Albert Reginald Powys, Llewelyn Powys, William Ernest Powys, John Tallent, Chris Vacher, Philip Wayre.

House letter: c.

House colours: yellow and black.

1865 Osborne William Tancock (1839-1930)
1880 Thomas Ward Wilson (1849-1924)
1905 Henry Dunkin (1861-1949)
1921 William James Bensly (OS) (1874-1943)
1929 Herbert Henry Brown (1891-1963)
1936 Samuel Hey (1904-1977)
1951 Laurence Seymour May (1914-1997)
1966 Michael Richard Gratwicke Earls-Davis (OS) (1921-2016)
1975 David Oldham (1932-1988)
1984 Michael J. Cleaver
1996 Giles D. Reynolds
2008 Alistair M. Hatch (OS)
2018 Stephen K. Byrne

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