8. Charterhouse School

‘I haven’t the remotest notion where a single thing of mine has got to.’

Senior boys were given studies, and monitors (prefects) were assigned a special shared room, that younger boys were required to keep tidy. Walter Norris Nicholson (born in 1877) attended the school in the 1890s. The following extract from Nicholson’s diary in 1895 gives us a flavour of life at Lockites (another of the Charterhouse houses).

Fri Jan 25

After Chapel I began to change my study. I am moving into Collinge’s old study, the head monitor’s study unpacked my portmanteau and my playbox

Thurs Jan 31

I sat in a dressing gown and rug in my study during banco [evening preparatory work] tonight

Sun Feb 3

I gave a tea party in my study this afternoon. J.L. Ash, J.N. Henderson and C.O. Wallace came to tea.

Wed Feb 6

Henderson’s bed was broken the night before last. Wallace jumped onto it and broke near one of the legs. They propped it up with a chair. It was an awfully funny sight.

Thurs Feb 14

Monitors room has been cleaned!! I havent the remotest notion where a single thing of mine has got to My study fag has got a knack of stopping out on the days he cleans my study.

Mon Feb 18

I have bought a lot of things for my study lately and have altered it a lot.

As well as the studies for senior boys, all pupils had their own cubicles in the dormitories. These rooms could be surprisingly domestic as the boys filled them with things from home.

From the diaries of W.N. Nicholson, 1895-6, Charterhouse School Archive, 180/2/2.
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Boys packing outside their cubicles in the early twentieth century. Photograph by Alexander Hay Tod, former pupil and assistant master at Charterhouse, Tod Albums, Charterhouse School Archive, 077/4.

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Shared washrooms in the early twentieth century. Photograph by Alexander Hay Tod, former pupil and assistant master at Charterhouse, Tod Albums, Charterhouse School Archive, 077/3.

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A boy playing chess in a carefully decorated pupil study, early twentieth century.
Photograph by Alexander Hay Tod, former pupil and assistant master at Charterhouse, Tod Albums, Charterhouse School Archive, 077/3.

 

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