Moreton Hall (Suffolk)

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For the listed building in Moreton Morell, Warwickshire, see Moreton Hall.
Exterior of Moreton Hall in 2005

Moreton Hall is a Grade II* listed building in Bury St. Edmund's, a market town in the county of Suffolk, England. It was designed by the English architect Robert Adam and built in 1773 as a country house for John Symonds (1729–1807), a clergyman and Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University. The building was originally known as "St. Edmund's Hill". It was later called "The Mount" and from 1890 "Moreton Hall".[1]


Not to be confused with Moreton Hall School in Oswestry
Moreton Hall Preparatory School
Established 1962
Type Prep day and boarding school
Religion Roman Catholic
Headmaster Simon Head
Location Mount Rd
Bury St Edmunds
IP32 7BJ
Local authority Suffolk
DfE number 935/6026
DfE URN 124877 Tables
Students 96 (2012)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 3–13
Colours Blue
Affiliation IAPS

Since 1962, the building and surrounding 30 acres of parkland have been used by the Moreton Hall Preparatory School, an independent co-educational preparatory school founded by Lady Miriam Fitzalan-Howard (daughter of Lord Howard of Glossop) and her husband Commander Peregrine Hubbard. Hubbard and Geoffrey de Guingand served jointly as the school's first headmasters. The Moreton Hall School Trust acquired the freehold to the building and parklands in 2009.[2] It is affiliated with the Roman Catholic church but accepts all pupils regardless of denomination.


The school is divided into two sections: pre-prep and prep. The pre-prep takes pupils from aged 2 years and 8 months to 7 years. Prep consists of pupils in Years 3-8.


Boarding is offered to pupils aged 8 and above. Older pupils usually choose to board as many go on to independent boarding schools. They are cared for by two resident matrons who are assisted by some teachers and gap year students. The Headmaster and his family reside nearby and are actively involved in the boarding programme.[3][4]


  1. ^ British Listed Buildings. Moreton Hall School, Bury St. Edmund's (English Heritage Building ID: 466967)
  2. ^ "Land deal for Moreton Hall school". Bury Free Press. 22 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Boarding
  4. ^ Boarding brochure

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Coordinates: 52°14′47″N 0°44′16″E / 52.2464°N 0.7378°E / 52.2464; 0.7378