Hereford Cathedral School: A History Over 800 Years


Howard Tomlinson

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A grammar school was probably first attached to Hereford Cathedral in the late 12th century.

Over the following 800 years, the Cathedral School overcame the absences of medieval chancellors; was strengthened by new cathedral statutes and the generosity of its early 17th century patrons; weathered the storms of the civil war in the 1640s; prospered during the Restoration period, and became the beneficiary (in the 1680s) of the Duchess of Somerset’s largesse; endured the scandal of headmaster who ran into financial difficulties in the late eighteenth century; avoided closure when numbers fell to single figures in the late 1840s; fought off threats of mergers; was restored during the latter part of the Great War and the depression years; muddled through years of austerity during the Second World War and immediately after; was modernised in the 1950s and 60s; adopted co-education in the following decade and has flourished as a fully independent school since 2004. How HCS survived such traumas and adapted to these changes form a central theme of this book, which also places the school’s development within the context of its wider community in Hereford and beyond.

It is a rich and complex story of survival and growth of one of Hereford’s oldest living institutions.

Canon Dr Howard Tomlinson was Head of History and Housemaster at Wellington College, before his appointment at Hereford Cathedral School, where he was Headmaster from 1987 to 2005. He is the author and editor of several books and articles on aspects of early modern English History, including the post-Restoration chapter in the millenium History of Hereford Cathedral.

Hardback| 688 pages | 242 x 171 mm | 2018
28 colour and 93 b&w illustrations
ISBN 978-1-910839-23-2


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