Headmasters in the late 19th century

Edward Rimell's memories

“About the year 1860, I entered upon my school life at Campden Grammar School, under the Head Mastership of a certain Rev. G.B. Dodwell, who was also Rector of Aston Subedge. This worthy gentleman left for Canada soon after my arrival, such event being, I assure you, a mere coincident. And full well I remember his remarkable agility, in spite of one leg being shorter than the other. And also his favourite motto: ‘If you keep your eyes open, your ears open and mouth shut you will learn something of every fool you meet in life.’

Dr. S.F. Hiron, DCL, followed the above, both as Head Master and as Rector of Aston Subedge, and it was not until 1871 that Dr. Iron [sic] ‘expressed his personal wish to be relieved, at Michaelmas, from the office of Head Master.’

The Rev. J. Foster next took office, and was in turn succeeded by Mr. F.B. Osborne, who was the first lay Head Master. Mr. W. Matthew Cox then held a long term of office, and Mr. Bright, his successor, needs no introduction. As scholar, friend, and clerk for seven years to the Governors, I have seen all the aforesaid holding the reins of power.”

Robert Cook writes: “After Dr. Hiron came Mr. Foster’s successful Headship to 1888. And then Mr F B Osborne was appointed. His term of service was to take the School into the twentieth century and very different circumstances.

The vacancy was advertised, but only in the ‘Guardian’, the minutes tell us. Lord Harrowby objected to this and wrote that advertisements should have been put in the ‘Times’ and other papers. However, Mr. Osborne was selected, the first Headmaster not in holy orders.” (Chipping Campden School 1440-1990)

This page was added on 29/01/2015.

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