‘One of the more agreeable features of the school.’
Adrian Daintrey, who attended Charterhouse in the 1910s, found life in his house rather abrasive, although he managed to avoid corporal punishment. He found solace, however, in the school library. ‘One of the more agreeable features of the school where boys of every house and age group were free to go, and even to converse in hushed tones.’ The library was open to the boys most hours of the day and Daintrey appreciated its warmth. He got on well with the librarian, Mr Stokes, whom he found ‘less aloof than the masters’.
Like other public schools in this era, Charterhouse invested substantial funds in educational spaces. The library was developed in the 1870s and was managed by sixth-form pupils. It moved into a larger space in 1875 and was furnished with stained-glass windows and oak chairs and tables.
Charterhouse also started a museum at about this time, when 120 staff and boys formed the ‘Art and Science Society’. In the early 1890s a purpose-built museum was erected.
Use the links to the left to explore this on-line exhibition.
- Introduction – Living away from home
- Charterhouse School: page 2
- Royal Holloway University of London website
- Holloway Sanatorium in the display
- Visit Royal Holloway University of London’s on-line gallery: Snapshots of Institutional Life.
- Surrey History Centre website
- Charterhouse School: page 1
- Charterhouse School: page 4
- Charterhouse School website
- Find out about Godalming
- Common Lodging Houses and Surrey Towns in the display