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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 […]

Shirburnians and the Battle of Britain


Between 10 July and 31 October 1940, six former pupils of Sherborne School lost their lives during what became known as The Battle of Britain:

Aston Maurice Cooper-Key (1918-1940) (School House 1932-1933), Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force, died on 24 July 1940, aged 21.


Petronella Macnaghten (1929-2019)

It was with great sadness that the School community heard that Petronella Macnaghten had died on 28 August 2019.  Petronella arrived at Sherborne in 1974, when her husband Robin Macnaghten was appointed Headmaster.  On Robin’s retirement as Headmaster in 1988, Robert Glen wrote the following tribute to […]

Could you pass the new boys’ test?

As we welcome all the new boys for their first day at Sherborne School, we wonder how many new (or old boys!) could pass the test set for new boys at the School in the 1960s?  How did you do?

New […]

Sherborne School & the Second World War

As we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, we look at the impact of the war years on Sherborne School.

From the changes it brought to the day-to-day life of the School, with the building of air raid […]

Sherborne School & the Bledisloe Cup

In 1931, Charles Bathurst 1st Viscount Bledisloe (1867-1958), an Old Shirburnian and then Governor-General of New Zealand, donated a cup for the national Rugby Union teams of Australia and New Zealand to compete for.  Over 80 years later, New Zealand’s All Blacks and Australia’s Wallabies still compete for the Bledisloe Cup, which remains […]

Studying climate change in Sherborne

A series of charts recording the weather in Sherborne between 1874 and 1886 have been digitised and are now available online.

The daily readings taken from a weather station at Sherborne School reveal the temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, ozone and rainfall during a period known as the Agricultural […]