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Christ's Hospital School
Thursday 20 June 2019

Visit Review

Thirty members enjoyed a visit to Christ’s Hospital School, a hugely impressive collection of buildings set in 1200 acres of lush Sussex countryside.

It was hard to believe that it was originally established to give poor children from central London food, clothing and an education. It remains primarily a boarding school.  Over 70% of the children receive bursaries or sponsorship.  Our guides on the day were some of the senior pupils dressed in the traditional uniform - blue coat and yellow stockings - dating back to 16th Century.  In a wide ranging tour we were told that some of the buildings were brought over to Horsham brick by brick from Newgate Street not far from St Paul’s Cathedral when the school moved out of London in 1902.  We were able to question our guides who were charming and articulate about school life and customs.  The school boasts many famous former pupils including Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Augustus Pugin and Barnes Wallace.  

In the late afternoon we were served sandwiches, cakes and tea in the huge dining hall dominated by the 1680’s Anthony Verrio painting of the King granting a Royal Charter to Christ's Hospital.  After tea, we visited the museum where there are many memorabilia and artefacts reflecting 460 years of fascinating history. 

Huw Jenkins