St Brandon's School

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St Brandon's School was an independent school incorporating an infant and junior school and a senior boarding school for girls, located in the town of Clevedon in Somerset, in South West England, opened in 1831 and closed in 2004.

History[edit]

The school was founded in 1830 by Reverend Holmes, minister of Christ Church in Gloucester, and Miss Abraham,[1] as the Clergy Daughters' School, opening in Gloucester in 1831.[2] In 1833, the school moved '..to a house on the Royal Fort site',[2] and in 1862 to Great George Street on St Brandon's Hill in Bristol,[2] in premises for which the architect was William Venn Gough.[3] The name of the school was changed to St Brandon's Clergy Daughters' School after its location[1] in 1904 to distinguish it from other Clergy Daughters' Schools at Brighton, Casterton and Darley Dale,[2] and this was shortened to St Brandon's School in the 1930s.[4] A junior department was opened in Henbury in 1933, and plans were made to move the senior school there.[2] During World War II, the school was evacuated to the Bishop's Palace in Wells.[2] In 1945, it bought and moved to Clevedon Hall, where it remained until 1991.[1][2] It erected some additional school buildings in the grounds,[5] including a new wing which was opened by the Duchess of Gloucester in 1958.[6]

The school had financial difficulties, with debts of about £1 million,[5] in late 1990, and the senior school was closed in July 1991.[1] The infant and junior schools were sold in 1992[2] and continued as coeducational institutions in lower grounds of the Clevedon Hall estate.[1] St Brandon's School was closed[5] in 2004,[7]

Accident[edit]

In the Burns' Day storm in 1990, a conservatory collapsed, and a pupil was killed[8] and four, or possibly five,[9] others injured.[10]

Notable former pupils[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Clevedon Hall – a glimpse into its past". Clevedon Hall Estate. 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Records of St Brandon's School". Archives. Bristol City. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Clergy Daughters' School, Great George Street, Brandon Hill". Bristol Information – List All Schools. Bristol Web. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "St Brandon's Clergy Daughters' School". Bristol Records Office 1930s–1942. The National Archives. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Clevedon Hall, (also known as St. Brandon's School), Bristol, England". History. Parks & Gardens Data Services. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Arson at old St Brandons school, Clevedon". Clevedon people. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Clevedon Hall Development Brief – Consultation draft". North Somerset Area. 13 April 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "St Brandon's School, Clevedon, Somerset, UK". Urban-Explorers forum. StumbleUpon. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "UK storm payout 'may hit £350m'". news.bbc.co.uk (BBC). 20 February 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2007. A block of stone fell onto a dinner hall at a school in Bristol killing one girl and injuring five others. 
  10. ^ Johnson, Angella; Brown, Paul; Buckingham, Lisa (26 January 1990). "Storm wreaks deadly havoc". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 

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Coordinates: 51°26′14″N 2°51′51″W / 51.43722°N 2.86417°W / 51.43722; -2.86417