Heads of Blundell's

Century Heads School Events
17th 1604 - 1647 Revd Samuel Butler 1601 Death of Peter Blundell
1604
Opening of Blundell's at Lowman Green
1610 First Sidney Sussex scholar nominated
1615 First Blundell's Balliol Scholar
1626 Exeter Assizes held in the Schoolroom
1645 School used as Fairfax's HQ in seige of Tiverton Castle
1648 - 1651 Revd Henry Osborne  
1651 - 1669 Revd Henry Batten 1660 Charles II lands at Dover; celebrated as a holiday until 1884
1669 - 1684 Revd George Hume  
1684 - 1698 Revd John Sanders  
18th 1698 - 1730 Revd William Rayner 1705 Bampfylde Moore Carew, King of the Gypsies, joins the school
1725
First known OB Day
1730 - 1733 Revd Samual Smith 1730 Feoffees forbid cockfighting on Shrove Tuesday
1733 - 1734 Revd John Jones  
1734 - 1740 Revd Samual Wesley  
1740 - 1757 Revd William Daddo  
1757 - 1775 Revd Philip Atherton  
1775 - 1797 Revd Philip Keats 1780's Two OBs head of Oxford Colleges
1787 School rebels against Usher, Thomas Wood
19th 1797 - 1823 Revd Dr William Richards 1804 Bicentenary
1809 Jack Russell enters Blundell's
1815 Numbers of pupils rise to 200
1820 Master Richards organises first Speech Day
1823 Teaching of Maths begins
1823 - 1834 Revd Dr Alldersey Dicken 1828 School rooms heated for the first time
1834 - 1847 Revd Henry Sanders 1838 Legal dispute with Tiverton begins
1844 Income from school lands rises to £900
1846 Chancery decision banning boarders; numbers fall to 31
1847 - 1874 Revd John Hughes 1861 First issues of the Blundellian
1865 Licensed boarding houses allowed
1865 Sir John Heathcoat Amory becomes a school governor
1874 - 1917 A L Francis 1877 The Russell, an arduous annual school run, begins
1879 Sale of Prawle lands to raise funds
1882 The school moves to Horsdon; SH and OH open
1883 North Close opens; Chapel consecrated
1887 Westlake and Petergate founded
1900 Arrival of Nobel Prize winner A V Hill, and T Knox Shaw
1904 Tercentenary
1911 Cole's Chemistry Lab opened
20th 1917 - 1930 Revd A E Wynne 1926 FH opens; extension of Chapel
1930 - 1933 Revd A R Wallace  
1934 - 1943 Rt Revd N V Gorton  
1943 - 1947 Revd R L Roberts  
1947 - 1959 J S Carter 1954 Gymnasium built
1956 History block and Physics labs open
1959 - 1971 Revd J M Stanton 1967 Dining Hall and new Big School opened by the Queen Mother
1971 - 1981 A C S Gimson 1975 Arrival of first girl.
1977 First girls' house (GH) opens
1980 NC fire
1981 - 1992 A J D Rees 1984 Sports Hall opens
1989 Ondaatje Hall opens
21st 1992 - 2004 J Leigh 1993 Girls admitted at 13; NC becomes a girls' house
1995 Floodlit Astro-pitch opens
1997 SH becomes a junior (11-13) house
1999 New Biology and Physics Laboratories
2000 St Aubyn's School opens 'on campus'
2002 Modern Languages block and Beale Centre open
2004 Quatercentenary; new Westlake opens
2004 - 2012 I R Davenport 2007 Popham Academic Centre and Music School extension open
2008 Prep School extension opens
2009 Gornhay Astro-turf and East Pavilion open
2009 Major boarding house refurbishment, Petergate
2010 Major boarding house refurbishment, Old House
2011 Major boarding house refurbishment, Francis House
2012 Fitness Centre opened
2012 Major boarding house refurbishment, School House
Autumn 2012 R W Thane  
2013 - Mrs N A Huggett