Wigton School

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Wigton School (also called Brookfield School or Friends' School) was a private boarding school on the outskirts of Wigton, Cumbria. The school was opened on 4 September 1815 by the Society of Friends (Quakers) for Cumberland and Northumberland. The initial student intake was 9 boys and 8 girls in premises at Highmoor in existing buildings. These first buildings were leased at an annual rent of 27 guineas.[1]

In 1826, the main school site opened at Brookfield, commissioned by the Society of Friends. A London architect designed the buildings in classic Georgian style.[1]

The school motto was "We seek the truth." The school badge comprised a shield with a green background and diagonal river to represent the school's rural location with a beck (small brook) running through the grounds. On one side of the diagonal was a lamp to represent knowledge. On the other side was a set of scales to represent fairness and tolerance, key Quaker virtues.

The school expanded over the years. Student numbers peaked in the mid-1970s at around 210. Following the peak, student numbers declined and in 1984 the school closed.[1] The school's historic main building was destroyed by fire in 1989.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Wigton Old Scholars' Association: The School". Wigton Old Scholars' Association. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 54°49′12″N 3°10′53″W / 54.8201°N 3.1815°W / 54.8201; -3.1815