Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Eagle House


Thanks for calling in, great to see you.

With the Heritage Open Days on, I ventured to a local Prep School owned by Wellington College, somewhere I have passed  many, many times but have never visited before.

Here's a bit of background before we start the tour and just to mention at this stage, there will be coffee and a chocolate cookie at the end!  So Eagle House started life in Hammersmith, London in 1820, founded by Joseph Railton and named Eagle House due to the large house opposite the school which had two solid lead eagles at the gateway. By 1833 the house was in poor condition so the School moved to Wimbledon and in 1886 to Sandhurst to give the boys fresh air, open spaces and countryside.

 Luckily the building they rented from Dr James Russell was vacant as he had spent so much money on the Artisans creating the wonderful stained glass and wood carvings that he couldn't afford to live there. It had been designed to combine his medical practice and a hunting lodge, which was a huge passion of his.

The school was owned by subsequent Headmasters right up until 1968 when Wellington College bought it, Bigshotte School also moved in in the 1970s and nowadays children from 3-13 are educated in the day and boarding school.  Around 30-40% of pupils go on to study at Wellington College when they have passed the entrance exams.

Let's have a look at the main building.

The initials of Dr. James Russell and his wife are above the entrance.
Some of the stained glass in the entrance

The wooden gallery around the hall is stunning with more stained glass above, an eye-catching fireplace with exquisitely carved foliage topped by an eagle.  All around the doors are beautiful carvings, all different. Here's just a taster.

I just couldn't get good enough photos to show you what it is truly like.  Needless to say, I was very impressed and caught a glimpse of the cookies as well.

More to come another day.



  1. That is a beautiful and impressive building indeed. Great stained glass windows... In Barcelona in Gaudi's Palau Guell there are a lot of wood carvings as well. This reminded me of it. A great post - thank you.

    1. One day I'll get to Barcelona and have a good look round.

  2. Looks like a wonderful building! I love the wood carvings. I like the Heritage Open Days weekend and getting to see inside some buildings you wouldn't normally get to see:)

    1. They're a great idea and free too which is always a bonus! :-)

  3. Oh, this is wonderful - love the carvings and the stained glass! Such lucky students!

    1. They are, aren't they! I wonder if they notice. x