|Motto||Pro Patria Populoque
(For the country and the people)
|Type||Independent day and boarding school|
|Chairman of the Governors||C. M. Clapp FCA|
|DfE URN||113575 Tables|
|Students||550 (senior school approx.)
/300 (preparatory school approx.)
|Colours||red & white|
|Former pupils||Old Blundellians|
Blundell's School is a co-educational day and boarding independent school located in the town of Tiverton in the county of Devon, England. The school was founded in 1604 by the will of Peter Blundell, one of the richest men in England at the time, and relocated to its present location on the outskirts of the town in May 1882.
Whilst the annual full boarding fees are £28,200 per year, the school offers a range of scholarships and bursaries, and provides flexi-boarding. The school has 350 boys and 225 girls, including 107 boys and 65 girls in the Sixth Form, and is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.
Peter Blundell, one of the wealthiest merchants of Elizabethan England, died in 1601 having made his fortune principally in the cloth industry. His will set aside considerable money and land to establish a school in his home town "to maintain sound learning and true religion". Blundell asked his friend Sir John Popham, the Lord Chief Justice of England, to carry out his wishes, and appointed a number of local merchants and gentry as his first trustees (known as feoffees). The position of feoffee is no longer hereditary, but a number of notable local families have held the position for a considerable period: the first ancestor of the current Chairman of the Governors to hold that position was elected more than 250 years ago, and the Heathcoat-Amory family have a long tradition of service on the Governing Body, since Sir John Heathcoat-Amory was appointed in 1865.
The Old Blundell's School was built to be much larger and grander than any other in the West Country, with room for 150 scholars and accommodation for a master and an usher. The Grade 1 listed building is now in the care of the National Trust and the forecourt is usually open to visitors. One ex-Blundell's boy was the writer R. D. Blackmore —in Lorna Doone he used the Blundell's triangular lawn as the stage for a fight between John Ridd and Robin Snell.
Peter Blundell's executors established links with Balliol College, Oxford, and with Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and large sums were settled to provide for scholarships for pupils of the school to attend those colleges. The first Sidney Sussex scholar was nominated in 1610 and the first Blundell's Balliol scholar in 1615. The links with these colleges still continue today, although without the closed scholarships.
In 1882 the school moved to the present Horsdon site, one mile from the original location. The new buildings were designed by Hayward & Son of Exeter, and built in red Halberton stone, the foundation stone was laid by the Earl of Devon, chairman of the governors, in June 1880.
The School's War Memorial was carved by the school's sculpture teacher, Estcourt J. Clack and is a replica of the Celtic Cross in Eyam churchyard, but with the missing part intact.
The clocktower contains a statue by Alain John, a pupil of the School and aspiring sculptor, who joined the RAF as a navigator and was killed during the Second World War. The statue was subsequently re-cast at the commission of Neville Gorton, then Bishop of Coventry, and stands in the ruins of the old Coventry Cathedral as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the war.
In 1989 Ondaatje Hall was opened, following a donation by OB Sir Christopher Ondaatje for its construction. Among its many facilities is a 150 seat professional theatre, which as well as putting on in-house productions is also used for public performances.
Girls were admitted at 13 in 1993 making the school fully co-ed, and to make room for them the boys' boarding house North Close (NC) was converted into a girls' house.
In 1997 School House (SH) became a junior house for pupils aged 11–13.
The prep school St Aubyn’s was moved to the Blundell’s campus in 2000, taking over the dayboy house Milestones (M) and the Sanatorium, and was renamed Blundell’s Prep School, it currently has about 300 pupils from two and a half years to eleven. The current Headmaster is Andy Southgate.
A change to the way the U6 boarders are housed took place when the old Westlake (W) was sold off and the new Westlake was built on the site of the CCF parade ground. Opened in 2004, the new Westlake houses all boys and girls who are in their final year.
The two latest developments to have been completed were the extension to the Music school, and the building of the Popham Academic Centre, which houses the new Economics and Business School department, the new server for the school intranet and a dedicated IT teaching area.
Rugby is the main sport played at Blundell's in the Autumn and Spring terms. The earliest mention of ‘football’ in the Blundellian was in 1861 and the first recorded ‘rugger’ match played by boys at Blundell’s was in 1868 against Tiverton RFC, making the school one of the oldest anywhere to formally play the game. The Blundell’s crest still proudly hangs in the main room at Twickenham in recognition of this.
The strongest years for Blundell’s were the two decades post WW2, when R.C.C.(Clem) Thomas gained 26 caps for Wales 1949-59 (Captain 1958-9), R.A.W. Sharp (Richard) won 14 caps for England 1960-67 (Captain 1963 & 1967) and D.J. Shepherd won 5 caps for Australia 1964- 66. Both Thomas and Sharp played in two tests for Britain in South Africa.
Blundell's won the Rosslyn Park National Sevens title in 1981 and won the second ever Open Final 28-0 against Dulwich College, in 1940. The Blundell’s XVs continue to compete at the highest level amongst the public schools of the South West, with Bryanston, Millfield, Cheltenham College and Clifton College among their regular opponents.
Currently Jack Maunder (pupil) is playing for England U16 Rugby
One annual tradition is the school's cross country run known as the Russell, named after OB Jack Russell. It was first run in 1887, and 2009 saw the 129th run. The Russell has changed over the years with different courses introduced to accommodate the different ages and sexes of pupils at the school. The current senior course is 4.85 miles.
Cricket at the 1900 Olympics
Four Old Blundellians played in the gold medal winning Great Britain cricket team at the 1900 Summer Olympics, the only time cricket has featured in the Olympics. Great Britain was represented by an unofficial touring club team, the Devon & Somerset Wanderers Cricket Club (formed by William Donne in 1894 and made up from Old Blundellians and members of Castle Cary Cricket Club).
Southern Railway Schools Class
The School lent its name to the thirty third steam locomotive (Engine 932) in the Southern Railway's Class V of which there were 40. This Class was also known as the Schools Class because all 40 of the class were named after prominent English public schools. Blundell's, as it was called, was built in 1934. The locomotive bearing the School's name was withdrawn from service in January 1961. In 2009 Hornby produced a model of this particular Schools class locomotive. As the product photograph shows, while the name of this locomotive has been variously quoted as Blundells or Blundell's the apostrophe does actually appear on the nameplate.
||This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability or notability policies. (May 2012)|
William Hogarth engraved the Letterhead for the invitation to a dinner for former pupils of the School in 1725 and the Ticket for Tiverton School Feast in 1740, (image of print courtesy of Antiqueprints.com).
Notable former pupils include the following and those on the separate page at Old Blundellians.
A to D
- Brigadier Sir Robert Arundell, Governor of the Windward Islands and Barbados
- Vernon Bartlett, journalist and politician
- Edward Bellew, drainage inspector and winner of the Victoria Cross
- R. D. Blackmore, author of Lorna Doone
- Professor Richard Bowring, Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge
- William Buckland, geologist
- George Bull, theologian and bishop
- Sir Giles Bullard, High Commissioner to the West Indies
- Bampfylde Moore Carew, rogue and imposter
- Dom Aelred Carlyle, missionary and monk
- Charles Cornwallis Chesney, soldier and military writer
- Sir George Tomkyns Chesney, soldier and novelist
- Ben Collins, Formula 3 racing driver and the infamous Stig
- John Conybeare, Bishop of Bristol and notable 18th-century theologian
- John Davis, Welsh cricketer
E to K
- John Ebdon, writer
- Sir John Eliot, English statesman
- Charles Rossiter Forwood, lawyer and Attorney General of Fiji
- Francis Fulford, Anglo-Catholic bishop of Montreal
- John Gay, philosopher
- Michael Gilbert, writer of fictional mysteries and thrillers
- General Sir Douglas Gracey, Commander in Chief Pakistan Army 1948-51
- Sir Charles Harper, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of St. Helena 1925–1932
- Thomas Hayter, bishop of Norwich 1749–61, bishop of London 1761–62
- Abraham Hayward, man of letters
- Archibald Hill, Nobel Prize winner
- David Gordon Hines, developer of co-operatives in Tanganyika and Uganda
- Walter Farquhar Hook, Tractarian vicar of Leeds
- James Amiraux Jeremie, academic and churchman
- Sir John Jeremie, governor of Sierra Leone
- C. E. M. Joad, intellectual, broadcasting personality and fare dodger
L to R
- Geoffrey Lampe, theologian and winner of the Military Cross
- Sir Wilfrid Edward Le Gros Clark, surgeon, primatologist and paleoanthropologist who disproved Piltdown Man
- Robin Lloyd-Jones, Author
- Jeremy Lloyds, Test Cricket umpire
- General Sir George Malcolm, army officer
- Thomas Manton, Puritan clergyman
- Sir John Margetson, former British Ambassador to Vietnam, the United Nations, and the Netherlands.
- Vic Marks, Somerset and England cricketer
- John Marrack, (10 February 1921 – 7 November 2009) naval officer, Queen's Harbourmaster 1962.
- Claire Marshall, journalist
- Rt Hon Michael Mates, former MP (constituency of East Hampshire)
- Hugh Morris, England cricketer and current Managing Director of the England and Wales Cricket Board
- Sir Gordon Newton, Editor of the Financial Times
- Sir (Cecil) Rex Niven, Lieutenant-Governor of Nigeria
- Sir Christopher Ondaatje, author and donor to the Labour Party
- Admiral Sir William Pillar, Fourth Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Supplies
- Sir John de la Pole, 6th Baronet
- Ben Rice, novelist
- Jack Russell, Victorian hunting parson, dog breeder
S to Z
- Peter Schidlof, Austrian-British violist and co-founder of the Amadeus Quartet
- Edward Seymour, 16th Duke of Somerset
- Evelyn Seymour, 17th Duke of Somerset
- Percy Seymour, 18th Duke of Somerset
- Richard Sharp, England Rugby Captain
- Sir John Squire, poet, writer, historian, and influential literary editor
- Lord Stokes, industrialist and peer
- Jon Swain, award winning writer whose memoirs were portrayed in the film The Killing Fields
- Frederick Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury
- Clem Thomas, Wales Rugby Captain
- Sir Charles Edward Trevelyan, English civil servant, governor of Madras
- Henry Hawkins Tremayne, creator of the Lost Gardens of Heligan
- General Sir Walter Walker, controversial soldier and writer
- Arthur Graeme West, war poet
- General Sir John Whiteley, Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff 1949–53
- Cyril Wilkinson, Great Britain hockey player and Olympic Gold Medallist
- Geoffrey Willans, humorist and co-author of Nigel Molesworth series
- Sir Matthew Wood, Lord Mayor of London, MP for the City of London and close friend of Queen Caroline
- John Wyndham, author whose work included The Day of the Triffids
- 2013- Nicola Huggett
- 2012-2013 Randall Thane
- 2004-2012 Ian Davenport
- 1992-2004 Jonathan Leigh
- 1980-1992 A.J.D.Rees
- 1971-1980 A.Clive S.Gimson
- 1959-1971 Revd J.M.Stanton
- 1947-1959 J.S.Carter
- 1943-1947 Revd R.L.Roberts
- 1934-1942 Rt Revd Neville Gorton
- 1930-1933 Revd Alexander Ross Wallace
- 1917-1930 Revd Arthur Edwin Wynne
- 1874-1917 A.L.Francis
- 1847-1874 Revd John Hughes
- 1834-1847 Revd Henry Sanders
- 1823-1834 Revd Dr Alldersey Dicken
- 1797-1823 Revd Dr William Richards
- 1775-1797 Revd Philip Keats
- 1757-1775 Revd Philip Atherton
- 1740-1757 Revd William Daddo
- 1734-1740 Revd Samuel Wesley
- 1733-1734 Revd John Jones
- 1730-1733 Revd Samual Smith
- 1698-1730 Revd William Rayner
- 1684-1698 Revd John Sanders
- 1669-1684 Revd George Hume
- 1651-1669 Revd Henry Batten
- 1648-1651 Revd Henry Osborne
- 1604-1647 Revd Samuel Butler
Notable former masters
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Former masters of Blundell’s have included:
- Terry Barwell, cricketer
- Estcourt J. Clack (known as Jim) sculptor and woodworking teacher.
- Manning Clark, historian
- Eric Gill, sculptor, typeface designer and printmaker
- Neville Gorton, Bishop of Coventry
- Malcolm Moss, politician
- Grahame Parker, sportsman
- Cyril Parkinson, naval historian and author of the bestselling book Parkinson's Law
- Gilbert Phelps, writer and broadcaster
- Lawrence Sail, poet
- Willi Soukop, sculptor
- Sir Stephen Spender, poet and essayist
- Mervyn Stockwood, missioner to the School and later Bishop of Southwark
- Samuel Wesley (the Younger), poet and churchman
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