Friday, April 9, 2010

The Craig School in Windermere

Not much time to write today, but here’s another find: Images of a place that up until today I couldn't have been sure existed. Information from Windlesham House told me that "The Craig" in Windermere, Westmorland, Cumbria, opened its doors in 1899. For some reason, though, I'd been unable to connect with anything else about it.

That is until this morning, when I discovered:

The Craig School was founded in 1899 by William Snow in a house which had been built in 1833. The school carried on as normal during the war, with the upper and lower playing fields and the main building in use. There were between 40 and 60 boarders at a time. The School closed in 1966 and a housing estate now stands on the site.

George Mills would have taught there between 1926 and 1933, likely after his stint at Warren Hill School in Eastbourne, according to his dedication to Meredith and Co. in 1933.

I also happened upon this letter to the Cumberland & Westmorland Herald by Penelope Grierson (nee Hewetson) written on 29 January 2005:

"Sir, Many of your readers will remember a boys’ prep school in Windermere, called The Craig, which started in 1899 and closed in 1966. The two headmasters were William Snow (1899-1936) and his son-in-law, Edward Hewetson (1936-1966).

It was located in Lake Road between the police station and Beresford Road. The boys went on to public schools (St. Bees, Sedbergh, Rossall, Shrewsbury and St. Edward’s, Oxford, amongst others), some of them winning scholarships.

Cricket and football were keenly taught and played, and the boys had regular expeditions to the hills, especially climbing Helvellyn each summer to see the sunrise.

Geoffrey Fallows (1950-1955) is writing a book giving the story of The Craig and invites all old boys with memories of their time at the school to get in touch with him."

I hope their reunion went exceptionally well and was very rewarding…

And, as always, if you have any information about George Mills and the time he spent working under Headmaster William Snow at The Craig—or anywhere else—please let me know!

1 comment:

  1. My name is Edward V. Gorog, and attended the Craig School in Windermere. 1959-1962 ( From a fading memory I think these dates might be correct or thereabouts?) I am trying to track down if anyone has kept any old school photographs during that period.