Giggleswick School is a public school (English private boarding and day school) in Giggleswick, near Settle, North Yorkshire, England.[1]

Giggleswick School
The entrance of Giggleswick School
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TypePublic school
Private school
Boarding and Day School
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Established1499; 525 years ago (1499)
Department for Education URN121740 Tables
HeadmasterSam Hart (senior school)
James Mundell (junior school)
Age2 to 18
Enrolment464 pupils
Former pupilsOld Giggleswickians

Early school edit

In 1499, Giggleswick School was founded on half an acre of land leased by the Prior and Convent of Durham, to James Carr, the chantry priest at the parish Church of St Alkelda, to enclose and build, at his own expense, one 'Gramar Scole'.[2] By 1512 the school consisted of two small, irregular buildings, next to the parish church. The school was run by the chantry priests until Edward VI dissolved the position. The school was saved by the petition of the King's Chaplain, John Nowell, and in 1553 it received its royal charter. The charter granted land and endowed it with the title: The Free Grammar School of King Edward the VI of Giggleswick. There is some evidence that there was a school on the same site from an earlier date. Giggleswick has claims to be one of the oldest public schools, although claims vary depending on the criteria used. [citation needed] In 2012 the school celebrated its 500th anniversary with numerous events throughout the year, including a ball, an outside concert and fireworks display.

Stefan Paul Allesch-Taylor CBE FKC, British entrepreneur, philanthropist, broadcaster, and educator was educated at Giggleswick

Victorian period edit

The school continued in its original location until 1867, when it moved out of the village centre up the hill to its present location. At this point, a major expansion of the school and its facilities began. Boarding accommodation was added, playing fields were laid out, and new classrooms built.

The only remaining part of the second school, the covered courtyard, was converted into a shooting range, used by the school's Combined Cadet Force contingent and by units of the Territorial Army (Army Reserve).

School chapel edit

In 1897, work began on the school chapel, a gift from local landowner and school governor Walter Morrison (MP), which is now a grade II* listed structure.[3] The architect, T.G. Jackson designed the building to Morrison's unusual specifications: a Gothic structure with a dome, that fitted into the surrounding landscape as naturally as possible. It was Morrison's wish that the building should be completely fitted and furnished inside, to allow for no unsympathetic alteration in the future.[4]

The interior was filled with expensive fixtures and fittings. The pews were made of imported cypress wood, the floors covered in marble, and the organ was made by Henry Willis & Sons, a leading organ makers at the time. It was rebuilt in 2005 by GO-Organ Builders Ltd.[5] The chapel's dome was covered in copper which developed a distinctive green verdigris colour, reverting to the original bronze colour after restoration in the late 1990s. The interior of the dome was decorated with mosaics depicting angels playing musical instruments, with the four gospel writers at each corner of the base. The altar furniture is made of sterling silver and Brazilian rosewood. It was presented to the school in memory of Sir Douglas Glover, an old boy and school governor.[citation needed]

Modern school edit

In 1934, the school was enlarged by the addition of a preparatory school, Catteral Hall for pupils aged 7–13, a new boarding house was created from the Georgian Beck House in the village (Style House), and in 1966 another boarding house, Morrison, was opened. In the 1980s the school became co-educational.[6] In the late 1990s a pre-preparatory school, Mill House for children aged 3–7 was opened in the grounds of Catteral Hall, and more recent expansion at the school has created a library, dining hall, sports facilities and science laboratories and refurbished the boarding accommodation.

In the 2000s, Giggleswick School (senior, 13–18), Catteral Hall (prep, 7–13) and Mill House (pre-prep, 2–7) were reorganised to create Giggleswick Junior School (2–11) and Giggleswick School (11–18) under a unified Giggleswick brand.

Giggleswick is one of only 18 schools to possess a Royal Marine cadet force, which became affiliated with HMS Bulwark in the autumn of 2004.

Pupils from the school (and pupils from Cranleigh School and Charterhouse School) operate the manual scoreboards at the Open Championship golf tournament. These pupils receive recognition on television each year from golf broadcaster Peter Alliss, on both the BBC in the UK and on ESPN and ABC in the United States.

In January 2022 a new headmaster, Sam Hart, replaced outgoing headmaster Mark Turnbull.

Boarding houses edit

There are four boys' boarding houses:

Nowell, Paley and Shute are located in the main body of the school (called the Hostel), while Morrison, the most recently built is further from the main school campus. As well, Nowell has recently been refurbished to fit the times.

The two girls' houses are:

  • Carr, named after James Carr
  • Style, named after George Style[8]

There is a mixed junior boarding house for pupils in years 4–8 which is also the house for day pupils in years 7 & 8, called Catteral House.

1927 eclipse edit

The grounds of Giggleswick School near the chapel were selected as the official observation post for the 1927 solar eclipse[9] from where Sir Frank Watson Dyson, the Astronomer Royal, had an uninterrupted view of the flaming corona of the sun through the 23 seconds of its total eclipse. In 2014 the school was rebuilding its own observatory.

Notable alumni edit

For notable alumni, sometimes referred to as Old Giggleswickians,[10] see Category:People educated at Giggleswick School including:

Headmasters edit

  • 1499–1518 James Carr, Founder of the Rood Chantry[23]
  • 1548–1560 Richard Carr, Incumbent of the Rood Chantry[23]
  • 1615–1619 Christopher Shute, Vicar of Giggleswick, 1576–1626[23]
  • 1619–1641 Robert Dockray, Vicar of Giggleswick, 1632–1641[23]
  • 1642–1647 Rowland Lucas[23]
  • 1648–1656 William Walker[23]
  • 1656-1656 William Bradley (Temporary)[23]
  • 1656–1684 William Briggs[23]
  • 1684-1684 John Parkinson[23]
  • 1685–1712 John Armitstead[23]
  • 1712–1744 John Carr[23]
  • 1744–1799 William Paley (& father of the namesake alumnus theologian)[2][24]
  • 1800–1844 Rowland Ingram[23][25]
  • 1846–1858 George Ash Butterton[26]
  • 1858–1866 John Richard Blakiston[23]
  • 1866–1867 Thomas Bramley (Provisional)[23]
  • 1867–1869 Michael Forster (Provisional)[23]
  • 1869–1904 George Style[23][27]
  • 1904–1910 William Wyamar Vaughan[28]
  • 1910–1931 Robert Noel Douglas[29][30]
  • 1931–1955 E. H. Partridge
  • 1956–1960 Niale Shane Trevor Benson
  • 1961–1970 Owen John Tressider Rowe
  • 1970–1978 Richard Creed Meredith
  • 1978–1986 Ian Watson
  • 1986–1993 Peter Hobson
  • 1993–2001 Anthony Millard[citation needed]
  • 2001–2014 Geoffrey Boult
  • 2014–2022 Mark Turnbull
  • 2022– Sam Hart (from January 2022)[31]

Notable former masters edit

References edit

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  3. ^ Historic England. "Giggleswick School Chapel (Grade II*) (1131724)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
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