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Which House has broken the most world records?

The answer is Harper with 6!   Joint second are Abbey House and School House with 5.  Third is Lyon with 2.  Joint fourth with 1 each are The Green, Wallace, Abbeylands, Westcott and The Digby.

Details of the world record breakers by House:

Harper House (6)
1953: World Record […]

John Warmington (1942-2019)

John Warmington, MA, Dip Lib, ALA, died suddenly in December 2019.

John was appointed Librarian at Sherborne School in 1985 and held the post for eleven years until 1996.  Previously, John was Deputy Librarian at Westminster College, Oxford, and held qualifications from the Universities of Southampton and Sheffield.

As a boy, John attended Edgarley Hall prep school […]

The 1923 General Election

The last time a general election was held in December was in 1923 when the Conservative Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin called a general election for Thursday, 6 December 1923.

At Sherborne School, the 1923 election debate was followed keenly by masters and pupils alike and in the School Archives can be found the reactions of a […]

Archive film footage of Sherborne School

As the British Film Institute reveals the Top 10 most-watched films from its Britain On Film archive, we can reveal that our most-watched archive film footage is … ‘A Year at Sherborne 1965-1966’, which has […]

David Sheppard: Batting for the Poor

David Sheppard: Batting for the Poor.

Written by Andrew Bradstock.

Published by SPCK, November 2019.

Available in hardback or eBook.

In this first full biography of the celebrated cricketer, bishop and Old Shirburnian David Sheppard, Andrew Bradstock reveals an engaging portrait […]

100th anniversary of Sherborne’s 1st Festival of Five Lessons and Carols

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Sherborne School’s first Festival of Five Lessons and Carols.

Find out about the Sherborne’s Festival of Five Lessons and Carols

Visit Sherborne School Archive News for more stories from the archives.

Posted 29 November 2019 […]

The architects of Sherborne

‘Lector si monumentum requiris circumspice’.  

The epitaph on the tomb in St Paul’s Cathedral of the architect Sir Christopher Wren – ‘Reader, if you seek his monument, look around you’ – can also apply to the architects of Sherborne – School and town.  Built using Sherborne Inferior Oolite and Ham Hill stone, the buildings of Sherborne blend together […]

Daphne Holmes (1928-2019)

Mrs Daphne Holmes (1928-2019) died at Sherborne on 23 September 2019.

In 1952, Daphne Woosnam was married to Hughie Holmes (1910-1993) in Builth Wells, with Mickey Walford as Hughie’s best man.

Hughie Holmes had joined the teaching staff at Sherborne School in September 1932 and was Housemaster of Lyon House from 1946 to 1961.  He went on […]

David Smart (1944-2019)

David Sydney Smart MA (1944-2019) died at the Yeatman Hospital on 14 September 2019.

David was appointed mathematics master at Sherborne School in 1967 and was Head of Mathematics from 1972 to 1987.  He was Director of Studies from 1985 until his retirement in 2004.

A service of thanksgiving for David’s life will be held in Sherborne Abbey […]

Sherborne’s A Bridge Too Far hero

On 20 September 1944, Abbey House’s Lieutenant Jack Grayburn was killed in action at Arnhem during Operation Market Garden.  He was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration awarded for gallantry in action.

The story of the failed […]