Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Wellington College

Hello

Welcome to the blog!

Yesterday I posted about a very entertaining Craft Fair that was held in the Sports Centre belonging to Wellington College so today I thought I would tell you a little bit about the College.

Wellington College is an independent co-educational school - a fee-paying private school - that takes both day and boarding pupils between the ages of 13 and 18, there are just over 1,000 pupils there at the moment.  It is situated in beautiful grounds with excellent facilities and is one of the UK's most successful schools.








The College was set up as a memorial to the Duke of Wellington by the Prime Minister of the day Lord Edward Stanley, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a charitable educational institution for orphans of army officers.  The first 76 boys arrived in January 1859 and shortly afterwards Queen Victoria performed the opening ceremony.  In those days, the Army orphans paid between £10 and £20 a year.  Nowadays, only a minority of boys and girls are the children of military officers and can expect to pay as a boarder £11,375 a term and £8,350 as a day pupil.  If you would like to have a bit more information, here's their website.

Past pupils of the College include Peter Snow, Sir Nickolas Grimshaw, Rory Bremner, Will Young, Sebastian Faulks, James Hunt and the Reverend Richard Harries.
Peter Snow, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Rory Bremner, Will Young, Sebastian Faulks, James Hunt and the Right Reverend Richard Harries. - See more at: http://www.wellingtoncollege.org.uk/2167/our-vision/college-history#sthash.UNL2DY4l.dpuf
Peter Snow, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Rory Bremner, Will Young, Sebastian Faulks, James Hunt and the Right Reverend Richard Harries. - See more at: http://www.wellingtoncollege.org.uk/2167/our-vision/college-history#sthash.UNL2DY4l.dpuf

The Wellington Health and Fitness Club, where the Craft Show was, is located within the grounds and offers Members a wide variety of sports, including swimming pools, squash, tennis, gym and they are currently building a Real Tennis court.  There's also a cafe for those too exhausted to go home!

As an aside, the Duke of Wellington, well known for his defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, 200 years ago, used a blotter to write his important government papers and this is going up for auction in October - here's a report. It's expected to make thousands of pounds. Nothing to do with Wellington College though!

Cheerio for now!

2 comments:

  1. Interesting to read more about the history of the college. I don't think that I will be bidding for the blotter though! xx

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