Dunchurch-Winton Hall

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Dunchurch-Winton Hall
Motto Carpe Diem
Established 1868
Closed 9 July 1993
Type Preparatory School,
boarding and day school
Religion Church of England
Head Masters Mr. Marshall and Mr Olsen
Location Dunchurch
CV22 6PD
52°20′09″N 1°17′26″W / 52.335854°N 1.290593°W / 52.335854; -1.290593Coordinates: 52°20′09″N 1°17′26″W / 52.335854°N 1.290593°W / 52.335854; -1.290593
Gender Co-educational
Ages 3 ½–13 ½

Dunchurch-Winton Hall was a boarding and day Preparatory School for boys and girls from 3 ½ to 13 ½ years. Pupils joined the Main School at 7 ½, while from 3 ½ to 7 ½ they attended the Pre-Preparatory Department which was housed separately in the grounds.

Originally built as a hunting lodge for the Duke of Buccleuch in 1840,[1] the School was an amalgamation in 1940[2] of Dunchurch Hall founded in 1868 and Winton House, founded in 1863 by the botanist and author Charles Alexander Johns. Dunchurch Hall had been on the site since 1883 and is now an English Courtyard development with the original Hall retained as part of the development.

The School prepared pupils for entry to Public Schools as well as for the 12+ entry examination to local state schools.

The School stood in 25 acres of gardens and playing fields in the Warwickshire village of Dunchurch.

The School’s motto was “Carpe Diem”.

Dunchurch-Winton Hall closed on 9 July 1993 and was subsequently sold to English Courtyard who used land from part of the playing fields to build retirement cottages and apartments.[3]

There are memorials to the former pupils of Dunchurch Winton Hall School who fell during the First and Second World Wars in St Peter's Church, Dunchurch.[4]


  1. ^ "Dunchurch Hall". English Courtyard Association. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ A passion for nature: 19th-century naturalism in the circle of Charles Alexander Johns. Hypatia Publications. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Residential property: Bidding to land upmarket building plots at Dunchurch". thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ "St Peter's Church Windows - Dunchurch, Warwickshire - Stained Glass Windows". Waymarking.com. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 

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