Wallace House has been in continuous use as a school boarding house since 1931.
The private side of Wallace House, originally known as Elmdene, was built in 1897 by a member of the Trevett family (possibly Isaac Orchard Trevett (1842-1925), ironmonger) as a private residence. Later it became a private hotel.
In September 1930 the property was purchased by Headmaster Charles Boughey for £3360. Boughey rented the property to the School Governors who opened it in Lent term 1931 as a waiting house for boys, the majority of whom were destined to pass on to the School House. In summer 1931 a large wing was added providing accommodation for 24 boys.
In November 1952, the School Governors purchased Elmdene for £4,250. The house was extensively enlarged in 1967, and in 1977 it became a full house and was renamed Wallace House after Headmaster Alexander Ross Wallace.
Former Wallace boys have included Jack Galsworthy (broke the world record in 2016 with Freddie Wright for the youngest pair to row the Atlantic) and Giles Whittell (author and journalist).
House letter: e.
House colours: red and navy.
House magazines: Elmdene Chronicle.
1931-1976 Elmdene (waiting house):
1931 Max Westlake (OS) (1895-1987)
1942 Arnold Andrews DCM (1895-1973)
1943 Vivian Green (1915-2005)
1946 John Melvin (1916-1999)
1948 Geoffrey Watkins (1907-1992)
1955 Timothy Brook (1906-1991)
1965 David Oldham (1932-1988)
1975 Jeremy Barker
1977- Wallace House:
1977 Jeremy Barker
1988 Geoffrey Fisher
1993 Patrick Haigh
2005 Giles Robinson
2016 Andrew Nurton (OS)
- Elmdene and Wallace House photographs
- Elmdene boys’ accounts of the bombing of Sherborne on 30 September 1940
- History of Sherborne School’s Boarding Houses
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