Hampton Court House

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Hampton Court House
Hampton Court House from Bushy Park 04.jpg
Hampton Court, Hampton
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Coordinates51°24′29″N 0°20′32″W / 51.40817°N 0.34230°W / 51.40817; -0.34230Coordinates: 51°24′29″N 0°20′32″W / 51.40817°N 0.34230°W / 51.40817; -0.34230
TypeIndependent day school
MottoFortiter In Re Suaviter In Modo
FoundersEliana Houstoun-Boswall and Alex Houstoun-Boswall
Department for Education URN133443 Tables
HeadmasterJon Hind
Age3 to 18
Colour(s)Pink and black          
Former pupilsOld Courtiers

Hampton Court House is an 18th-century building on the edge of Bushy Park in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, built the house in 1757. Hampton Court House houses a co-educational independent school and also hosts events such as weddings and the filming of movies.

The school[edit]

Hampton Court House School, or HCH as it is popularly known, was founded by Lady Eliana Houston-Boswall and her son Alexander Houston-Boswall, after splitting from her partner Sir Alford Houstoun-Boswall in 1996; together they had previously founded The Harrodian School in 1993. Hampton Court House School opened its doors in September 2001 after extensive refurbishments.[1]

The Sixth Form, led by former Westminster School headmaster Tristram Jones-Parry, opened in September 2015. It was the first school in the UK to start lessons in the afternoon.[2][3][4]

The building[edit]

The Grade II listed building fronts Hampton Court Green and backs on to Bushy Park. It was built around 1757 by George Montagu Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, for the opera singer Mrs Anna Maria Donaldson,[5] and was designed by architect Thomas Wright. In 1771, after the death of the Earl, it was let to the Earl of Suffolk, then to the 4th Earl of Sandwich; Charles Bingham; Admiral Lord Keith; and the 3rd Earl of Kelly. In 1883, Thomas Twining of the Twinings family of tea and coffee merchants bought the house for his daughter and her husband Auguste de Wette.[6] In 1971, the Teddington Theatre Club converted the picture gallery into a theatre.[7]

The estate is Grade II* listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.[8]

Notable students[edit]


  1. ^ Why I Moved: Back to school, again
  2. ^ School Introduces No mornings policy for tired teenagers
  3. ^ Neuroscientist, Dr Christopher-James Harvey interviewed on the BBC World News Channel
  4. ^ Later School Start Times in Adolescence: Time for Change
  5. ^ Lord Lucan and others at Hampton Court House
  6. ^ Thomas Twining III - Scientific, educationist and polymath
  7. ^ The London Encyclopaedia, edited by Ben Weinreb
  8. ^ Historic England, "Hampton Court House (1000175)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 7 June 2017
  9. ^ "AS LIONS Feat. BRUCE DICKINSON's Son AUSTIN: 'World On Fire' Lyric Video". blabbermouth.
  10. ^ "Vince Cable's grandson, Ayrton, co-founds African 'change-maker' schools". innovate my school.
  11. ^ "Isabella Blake-Thomas on IMDb". IMDb.
  12. ^ "Nell Tiger Free on IMDb". IMDb.

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