7. Charterhouse School

‘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.

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A sketch of the ‘Writing School’ at Charterhouse, early twentieth century. From G.H. Kitson’s Album, Charterhouse School Archive, 67/23.

From Adrian Daintrey, I Must Say, (Chatto and Windus, 1963), p.45.
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Photograph showing the interior of the museum in 1914. From the Photo Album of Josiah Denyer, 1914, Charterhouse School Archive, 0138.

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Photographs showing the interiors of the museum and library in 1882. Charterhouse School Archive, 162/1/3.

 

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