Isle of Sheppey
The Isle of Sheppey is an island off the northern coast of Kent, neighbouring the Thames Estuary, centred 42 miles from central London. It has an area of 36 square miles; the island forms part of the local government district of Swale. Sheppey is derived from Old English Sceapig, meaning "Sheep Island". Today's island was known as the "Isles of Sheppey" which were Sheppey itself, the Isle of Harty to the south east and the Isle of Elmley to the south west. Over time the channels between the islands have silted up to make one continuous island. Sheppey, like much of north Kent, is formed from London Clay and is a plentiful source of fossils; the Mount near Minster is the highest point on the island. The rest of Sheppey is low-lying and the southern part of the island is marshy land criss-crossed by inlets and drains used for grazing. Sheppey is separated from the mainland by a channel called the Swale. In concert with the Wantsum Channel that once separated the Isle of Thanet from mainland Britain to the east, Yantlet Creek at the Isle of Grain to the west, it was used in ancient times by ships navigating to and from ports such as Chatham and London to reduce exposure to bad weather in the Thames Estuary or North Sea.
The Kingsferry Bridge was first built in 1860. Over time, there have been four bridges built over the Swale at this point. All bridges had to allow sufficient clearance for shipping heading to the commercial docks at Ridham: 19 July 1860: The London and Dover Railway built the first bridge to an Admiralty design, it had a central span raised between two towers. Trains and road traffic were able to use it, as with the next two bridges. 6 November 1906: The South Eastern and Chatham Railway replaced the first bridge with one having a "rolling lift" design. It was worked by hand, but by electricity. October 1959: Kingsferry Bridge, a lifting bridge was installed, able to lift both the road and the railway line to allow ships to pass beneath. May 2006: The Sheppey Crossing was completed and opened on 3 July; this four-lane road bridge rises to a height of 95 feet at mean high water springs above the Swale, carries the A249 trunk road. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic, as well as the railway, are still obliged to use the lifting bridge, which still provides the most direct link between the island and the Iwade/Lower Halstow area.
On 5 September 2013, fog caused a 130 vehicle pile-up on the Sheppey Crossing bridge and its northern approach. With eight people hurt, another 30 hospitalised and a further 120 classified as "walking wounded", the incident was the county's worst road accident in twenty years. Four ferries connected the island to mainland Kent: the King's Ferry to Iwade, the Harty Ferry to Faversham, one from Elmley, a passenger ferry connecting to the Port Victoria railway terminus on the Grain Peninsula; the most active of these, the Harty Ferry, ceased operation at the start of the First World War, although there was a short lived attempt to start a small hovercraft service between the Harty Ferry Inn and Oare Creek near Faversham in 1970. The complex of causewayed enclosures at Kingsborough Manor attests to the importance of the island's high ground during the neolithic and bronze ages. Prehistoric and medieval occupation has been found by archaeologists in advance of development at Neat's Court and St Clements CofE Primary School in Leysdown.
In the year 835, Viking invaders attacked Sheppey. It is the first known account of a major Viking raid in Southern England. Sheppey would go onto suffer from subsequent raids, its vulnerable coastal monasteries providing a convenient target for the Danes. In 855, Sheppey as part of the kingdom of Wessex, became the winter camp of an occupying Viking force the raiders from prior attacks. Raiding continued in the springtime, with Sheppey's minsters being used by the invaders as feasting halls or general headquarters. Shurland Hall, near Eastchurch, is named after the De Shurland family. In 1188 Adam de Shurland possessed a mill with more than 1,000 acres of mixed land marsh with a small meadow: he let a number of cottages thereabouts. A curious tale surrounds a 14th-century member of Sir Robert de Shurland. According to legend, Sir Robert resolved to ask the king for a pardon. In 1327 he rode to where the king's ship was anchored, off the Isle of Sheppey, gained forgiveness. Returning, he met a witch who said that de Shurland's horse, Grey Dolphin, which had borne him so bravely to the ship, would be the death of him.
Sir Robert killed the horse and cut off its head. A year Sir Robert was walking along the shore when a shard of the horse's bone pierced his foot. Blood poisoning set in and Sir Robert died. Sir Robert de Shurland possessed the Manor of Ufton in the parish of Tunstall, Kent, in the reign of Edward I. After he attended the prince in Scotland, to the siege of Carlaverock, where he was knighted, in 1300, he obtained a charter of free warren for his manor of Ufton. Shurland died in 1327 leaving as his heir a daughter Margery who married William the son of Alexander Cheyne of Patrixborne, Kent. To William passed the manor of Shurland, it remained in possession of the Cheyne family until the sixteenth century when it was sold by Sir Henry Cheyne. During the First World War troops were billeted at the Great Hall, it suffered considerable damage as a result. Shurland Hall is a Grade II listed building. In 2006 a grant of £300,000 was made by English Heritage to restore the hall's façade; the Spitalfields
Northamptonshire, archaically known as the County of Northampton, is a county in the East Midlands of England. In 2015 it had a population of 723,000; the county is administered by Northamptonshire County Council and by seven non-metropolitan district councils. It is known as "The Rose of the Shires". Covering an area of 2,364 square kilometres, Northamptonshire is landlocked between eight other counties: Warwickshire to the west and Rutland to the north, Cambridgeshire to the east, Bedfordshire to the south-east, Buckinghamshire to the south, Oxfordshire to the south-west and Lincolnshire to the north-east – England's shortest administrative county boundary at 19 metres. Northamptonshire is the southernmost county in the East Midlands region. Apart from the county town of Northampton, other major population centres include Kettering, Wellingborough and Daventry. Northamptonshire's county flower is the cowslip. Much of Northamptonshire's countryside appears to have remained somewhat intractable with regards to early human occupation, resulting in an sparse population and few finds from the Palaeolithic and Neolithic periods.
In about 500 BC the Iron Age was introduced into the area by a continental people in the form of the Hallstatt culture, over the next century a series of hill-forts were constructed at Arbury Camp, Rainsborough camp, Borough Hill, Castle Dykes, Guilsborough and most notably of all, Hunsbury Hill. There are two more possible hill-forts at Arbury Thenford. In the 1st century BC, most of what became Northamptonshire became part of the territory of the Catuvellauni, a Belgic tribe, the Northamptonshire area forming their most northerly possession; the Catuvellauni were in turn conquered by the Romans in 43 AD. The Roman road of Watling Street passed through the county, an important Roman settlement, stood on the site of modern-day Towcester. There were other Roman settlements at Northampton and along the Nene Valley near Raunds. A large fort was built at Longthorpe. After the Romans left, the area became part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, Northampton functioned as an administrative centre.
The Mercians converted to Christianity in 654 AD with the death of the pagan king Penda. From about 889 the area was conquered by the Danes and became part of the Danelaw – with Watling Street serving as the boundary – until being recaptured by the English under the Wessex king Edward the Elder, son of Alfred the Great, in 917. Northamptonshire was conquered again in 940, this time by the Vikings of York, who devastated the area, only for the county to be retaken by the English in 942, it is one of the few counties in England to have both Saxon and Danish town-names and settlements. The county was first recorded as Hamtunscire: the scire of Hamtun; the "North" was added to distinguish Northampton from the other important Hamtun further south: Southampton – though the origins of the two names are in fact different. Rockingham Castle was built for William the Conqueror and was used as a Royal fortress until Elizabethan times. In 1460, during the Wars of the Roses, the Battle of Northampton took place and King Henry VI was captured.
The now-ruined Fotheringhay Castle was used to imprison Queen of Scots, before her execution. George Washington, the first President of the United States of America, was born into the Washington family who had migrated to America from Northamptonshire in 1656. George Washington's ancestor, Lawrence Washington, was Mayor of Northampton on several occasions and it was he who bought Sulgrave Manor from Henry VIII in 1539, it was George Washington's great-grandfather, John Washington, who emigrated in 1656 from Northants to Virginia. Before Washington's ancestors moved to Sulgrave, they lived in Lancashire. During the English Civil War, Northamptonshire supported the Parliamentarian cause, the Royalist forces suffered a crushing defeat at the Battle of Naseby in 1645 in the north of the county. King Charles I was imprisoned at Holdenby House in 1647. In 1823 Northamptonshire was said to " a pure and wholesome air" because of its dryness and distance from the sea, its livestock were celebrated: "Horned cattle, other animals, are fed to extraordinary sizes: and many horses of the large black breed are reared."Nine years the county was described as "a county enjoying the reputation of being one of the healthiest and pleasantest parts of England" although the towns were "of small importance" with the exceptions of Peterborough and Northampton.
In summer, the county hosted "a great number of wealthy families... country seats and villas are to be seen at every step." Northamptonshire is still referred to as the county of "spires and squires" because of the numbers of stately homes and ancient churches. In the 18th and 19th centuries, parts of Northamptonshire and the surrounding area became industrialised; the local specialisation was shoemaking and the leather industry and by the end of the 19th century it was definitively the boot and shoe making capital of the world. In the north of the county a large ironstone quarrying industry developed from 1850. Prior to 1901 the ancient hundreds were disused. Northamptonshire was administered as four major divisions: Northern, Eastern and Southern. During the 1930s, the town of Corby was established as a major centre of the steel industry. Much of Northamptonshire remains rural. Corby was designated a new town in 1950 and Northampton followed in 1968; as of 2005 the government is encouraging d
Joseph Damer, 1st Earl of Dorchester
Joseph Damer, 1st Earl of Dorchester was a country landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1741 to 1762 when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Milton. He was associated with the reshaping of Milton Abbey and the creation of the village of Milton Abbas in Dorset, south-west England. Damer was the eldest son of Joseph Damer MP of Winterbourne Came, his wife Mary Churchill, daughter of John Churchill of Henbury, Dorset, he was from a wealthy family and his great-uncle was a money-lender in Ireland. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin in 1734–5, he married Lady Caroline Sackville, daughter of the 1st Duke of Dorset on 27 July 1742. Damer was returned as Member of Parliament for Weymouth in the 1741 general election at the age of 21, he was returned for Bramber in the 1747 general election and Dorchester in the 1754 general election. Damer was created Baron Milton of Shrone Hill, Ireland on 30 May 1753 and Baron Milton of Milton Abbey on 10 May 1762. In 1751, Damar commissioned architect John Vardy to build him a London residence on Park Lane.
He purchased Milton Abbey and embarked on an ambitious project to reshape the surrounding valley. He replaced some existing buildings at the Abbey with a mansion house for his own use. Landscape gardener Capability Brown was commissioned to remodel the surrounding grounds; as a wealthy landowner Damer set about the systematic removal of the neighbouring small town of Middleton and its residents. By 1780, most of the residents had been relocated to a new purpose-designed and built model village, Milton Abbas half a mile south-east of the Abbey; the original town was razed to the ground and landscaped, most of the site disappearing beneath a new ornamental lake. Damar's wife Lady Caroline died on 24 March 1775 at the age of 57 and he commissioned the Italian sculptor Agostino Carlini to create a magnificent tomb to her memory in the Abbey Church, he was created first Earl of Dorchester and Viscount Milton in 1792. His Park Lane mansion became known as The Dorchester, it was replaced by an Italianate building during the mid-19th century, but the name lives on as it is now the site of the Dorchester Hotel.
Damar died in 1798. He and his wife Caroline had three sons; the eldest, born in 1744, married the sculptor Anne Seymour Conway in 1767. She separated from him after seven years. Deep in debt, John Damer shot himself in 1776; the second son, born 1746, was an MP and succeeded his father as Earl of Dorchester. Joseph Damer and the town of Milton
Milton Regis is a village in the district of Swale in Kent, England. Former names include Milton-next-Sittingbourne, Milton Royal, Middleton and Middletune, it has a population of about 5,000. Today it is a suburb of Sittingbourne although this has not always been the case, Milton Regis has the older and richer history; until around 1800 Sittingbourne was a smaller hamlet and under the control of the Manor of Milton Regis. The ancient settlement was near the church, the current Milton Regis dates back only to 1052. There are many fine timber-framed houses and buildings remaining including a Medieval Court Hall that dates back to 1450; the town and Manor of Middleton Regis as it was called was recorded as the largest and most powerful manor in the Lathe of Scraye. Milton Regis was part of the Sittingbourne and Milton urban district; the area occupied by Milton Regis is low lying marshy, land along the banks of Milton Creek. The creek is a drying arm of the River Swale; the Swale connects in the west with the lower reaches of the River Medway and provided the main transport route to the cities and towns of Rochester and Maidstone.
The Medway drains into the Thames esturary and allows inshore craft easy passage up to London and beyond. The eastern end of the Swale connects directly into the Thames estuary near Whitstable. Small coastal craft can navigate down the Thames into the North Sea and by the short sea passage to Europe. Around a mile to the south of Milton runs the old Roman road of Watling Street linking London to Canterbury and Dover. One of the small hills in the area is occupied by Holy Trinity Church, the area below this between the hillock and the creek was the original site of the town; the area is prone to flooding, after the sack of 1052 the town centre was moved atop the next hillock south where it remains to this day. The old site is the northern part of the Milton Creek Country Park; the early history of the site is speculative based on geography and the few remains found. An excavation at Castle Rough to the north of Milton Regis in 1972 uncovered around a hundred Mesolithic flint artifacts, they indicate an unknown flint factory was in the vicinity.
Further north, beyond the modern Kemsley village, there used to be a neolithic site from which worked stone implements have been retrieved. The site was destroyed by brick earth digging in the 1880s; the 1972 dig at Castle Rough revealed sherds of Romano-British pottery in the disturbed layers. The Romans established the town. Local tradition records that princes Hengist and Horsa in their takeover of the kingdom of Kent from the local sub King Vortigern in circa 449 built a fortress or garrison near the remains of a Roman fort. In 680 the Queen Seaxburh of Kent the widow of King Eorcenberht of Kent, passed the Kingdom of Kent to her eldest son at his coming of age crowning him King of Kent at a grand ceremony held at the doors of Holy Trinity Church, Milton. There she became a nun: St. Seaxburh... took the holy veil at the minster, called Milton in Kent. And the island in Sheppey belongs to Milton; the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for 893 records: "Then... Haesten came with eighty ships into the mouth of the Thames, made himself a fort at Milton Royal".
This naval force was only part of a larger fleet of 250 ships, the remaining group under the command of Jarl Harald landing at Appledore in the Romney Marsh in the south of Kent. It has long been supposed that this fort was at Castle Rough, but modern archaeological research has thrown doubt on the identity; the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records Godwin, Earl of Wessex, a powerful nobleman at the time, burning the town to the ground in 1052, one of several Royal towns and property possessions belonging to King Edward the Confessor, that were destroyed by Earl Godwin's army, during a dispute which lasted over many years, due to Earl Godwin's challenge and claim to the throne of England. The town was rebuilt to its former eminence. Domesday Book of 1086 records the town. Noting it as a town and a port of wealth, whereby William the Conqueror, took it into his personal possession and gave it into the hands of his half brother Odo for safe keeping, appointed a portreeve, Hugh de Port, to preside over the town.
He was to become the shirereeve or Sheriff of Kent. Edward Hasted notes. Queen Philippa was given the hundred by her husband King Edward II. A document of 1 anno Richard II exempts the men of the hundred from "all watch and ward" on the sea coasts. Local folklore has assigned the origins of Castle Rough to the Iron Age, Romans and Horsa, Haestan and to a medieval fortified manor house. In order to investigate it further, the 1982 dig put in a trench on the southern side of the mound. Various layers of dumped material were identified; the topsoil yielded a silver penny of Henry VI issued in York between 1454 and 1460. The base layer contained green glazed pottery of the 13th–14th century; the extant earthworks are therefore no earlier than circa 1300. In 1798, the town was described as "... nor is it in any degree pleasant, the narrow streets, or rather lanes in it, being badly paved, for the most part inhabited by seafaring persons and oyster-dredgers". The church has a long history, it is believed to occupy what was a pagan site of worship.
Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Surrey to the west and East Sussex to the south-west; the county shares borders with Essex along the estuary of the River Thames, with the French department of Pas-de-Calais through the Channel Tunnel. The county town is Maidstone. Canterbury Cathedral in Kent has been the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England, since the Reformation. Prior to that it was built by Catholics, dating back to the conversion of England to Catholicism by Saint Augustine that began in the 6th century. Before the English Reformation the cathedral was part of a Benedictine monastic community known as Christ Church, Canterbury, as well as being the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury; the last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury was Reginald Pole. Rochester Cathedral is in Kent, in Medway, it is the second-oldest cathedral in England, with Canterbury Cathedral being the oldest. Between London and the Strait of Dover, which separates it from mainland Europe, Kent has seen both diplomacy and conflict, ranging from the Leeds Castle peace talks of 1978 and 2004 to the Battle of Britain in World War II.
England relied on the county's ports to provide warships through much of its history. France can be seen in fine weather from Folkestone and the White Cliffs of Dover. Hills in the form of the North Downs and the Greensand Ridge span the length of the county and in the series of valleys in between and to the south are most of the county's 26 castles; because of its relative abundance of fruit-growing and hop gardens, Kent is known as "The Garden of England". Kent's economy is diversified. In northwest Kent industries include extraction of aggregate building materials and scientific research. Coal mining has played its part in Kent's industrial heritage. Large parts of Kent are within the London commuter belt and its strong transport connections to the capital and the nearby continent makes Kent a high-income county. Twenty-eight per cent of the county forms part of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the North Downs and The High Weald; the name Kent is believed to be of British Celtic origin and was known in Old English as Cent, Cent lond, Centrice.
In Latin sources Kent is mentioned as Canticum. The meaning is explained by some researchers as "coastal district," or "corner-land, land on the edge". If so, the name could be etymologically related to the placename Cantabria a Celtiberian-speaking coastal region in pre-Roman Iberia, today a province of Spain; the area has been occupied since the Palaeolithic era, as attested by finds from the quarries at Swanscombe. The Medway megaliths were built during the Neolithic era. There is a rich sequence of Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman era occupation, as indicated by finds and features such as the Ringlemere gold cup and the Roman villas of the Darent valley; the modern name of Kent is derived from the Brythonic word kantos meaning "rim" or "border", or from a homonymous word kanto "horn, hook". This describes the eastern part of the current county area as coastal district. Julius Caesar had described the area as um, or home of the Cantiaci in 51 BC; the extreme west of the modern county was by the time of Roman Britain occupied by Iron Age tribes, known as the Regnenses.
Caesar wrote that the people of Kent are'by far the most civilised inhabitants of Britain'. East Kent became a kingdom of the Jutes during the 5th century and was known as Cantia from about 730 and recorded as Cent in 835; the early medieval inhabitants of the county were known as the Kent people. These people regarded the city of Canterbury as their capital. In 597, Pope Gregory I appointed the religious missionary as the first Archbishop of Canterbury. In the previous year, Augustine converted the pagan King Æthelberht of Kent to Christianity; the Diocese of Canterbury became England's first Episcopal See with first cathedral and has since remained England's centre of Christianity. The second designated English cathedral was in Kent at Rochester Cathedral. In the 11th century, the people of Kent adopted the motto Invicta, meaning "undefeated" or "unconquered"; this naming followed the invasion of Britain by William of Normandy. The Kent people's continued resistance against the Normans led to Kent's designation as a semi-autonomous county palatine in 1067.
Under the nominal rule of William's half-brother Odo of Bayeux, the county was granted similar powers to those granted in the areas bordering Wales and Scotland. Kent was traditionally partitioned into East and West Kent, into lathes and hundreds; the traditional border of East and West Kent was the Medway. Men and women from east of the Medway are Men of Kent, those from the west are Kentishmen or Kentish Maids. During the medieval and early modern period, Kent played a major role in several of England's most notable rebellions, including the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, led by Wat Tyler,Jack Cade's Kent rebellion of 1450, Wyatt's Rebellion of 1554 against Queen Mary I; the Royal Navy first used the River Medway in 1547. By the reign of Elizabeth I a small dockyard had been established at Chatham. By 1618, storehouses, a ropewalk, a drydock, houses for officials had
Earl of Dorchester
Earl of Dorchester, in the County of Dorset, was a title in the Peerage of Great Britain. It was created in 1792 for 1st Baron Milton, he was a politician but is best remembered for the reshaping of Milton Abbey and the creation of the village of Milton Abbas in Dorset. Damer had been created Baron Milton, of Shronehill in the County of Tipperary, in the Peerage of Ireland, in 1753 and Baron Milton, of Milton Abbey in the County of Dorset, in the Peerage of Great Britain, in 1762. In 1792 he was made Viscount Milton, of Milton Abbey in the County of Dorset, at the same time he was given the earldom, he was succeeded by his elder son. The second earl was a politician and notably served as Chief Secretary for Ireland between 1794 and 1795, he was unmarried and the titles became extinct on his death in 1808. The title Countess of Dorchester had been created in the Peerage of England in 1686, together with the title Baroness Darlington, as life peerages, for Catherine Sedley, a mistress of King James II.
Both titles became extinct on her death in 1717, but her heirs were Earls of Portmore in the Peerage of Scotland. Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester Joseph Damer, 1st Earl of Dorchester George Damer, 2nd Earl of Dorchester Marquess of Dorchester Baron Dorchester
Milton Abbey School
Milton Abbey school is an independent school for day and boarding pupils in the village of Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum in Dorset, in South West England. It has 211 pupils as of September 2018, in five houses: Athelstan, Hambro and Tregonwell; the school is co-educational. The school has a rural campus, with facilities that include a gym, swimming pool, shooting range, golf course, a 320-seat theatre, art department and design block, an astro turf hockey pitch, an outward bound area, a 15th-century dining hall, an Abbey chapel that can be traced back to the 10th century and grounds designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown. Recent building developments include interactive golf simulator; the main house, built by Joseph Damer, 1st Earl of Dorchester from 1780 onwards, houses the administrative hub of the Estate, the Staff Common Room, the King's Room, two of the boys' boarding houses and a girls' boarding house. Two newer buildings finished in 2013 hold the remaining girls' and boys' boarding houses.
The Abbey forms the central heart of the school. A chapel service takes place for the whole school twice a week. On Monday there is Wednesday a whole school assembly. On Sundays the school gathers for a formal Sunday worship, there are regular communion services throughout the term; the school, although a Church of England foundation, welcomes people of any faith, of none. The abbey church is built in a mixture of Ham stone, Chilmark stone and flint and consists only of the choir, central tower and transepts, its style is decorated gothic dating from the mid-14th century with some 15th-century details in the tower and north transept. The eastern Lady Chapel was demolished after the suppression and some alterations were made by Wyatt in the late 18th century; the Earl and Countess of Dorchester were generous to the church, their joint tomb, designed by Robert Adam with sculpture by Agostino Carlini, is to be found in the north transept. The most striking feature of the church's interior, however, is its south window, designed as a Tree of Jesse by Augustus Pugin.
Other features of interest are the 14th-century pulpitum and sedilia, the 15th-century reredos and pyx canopy, the 16th-century monument to John Tregonwell. Milton Abbey in Dorset was a Benedictine foundation, but only part of the church now survives and is used as the Milton Abbey School chapel. A college of secular canons was founded here by King Athelstan, in 933, there are two medieval paintings of the king and his mother in the chancel; this foundation was replaced in 964 by a Benedictine monastery by King Edgar. The medieval church burned down in 1309, although rebuilding started straight away it did not reach its present size until about 1400. One of the church's benefactors was Sir John Tregonwell, whose family came into the possession of the buildings in 1540 following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. Tregonwell fell from the roof of the church in a childhood accident, but his life was saved when his wide pantaloons filled with air and broke his fall. In thanks, he bequeathed his library to the church.
Sir John was buried in an altar tomb in the Abbey Church. In 1752, the buildings were bought by the Damer family: in 1771, to make way for a new house and landscaped estate, the 1st Baron Milton demolished the remaining abbey buildings, keeping only part of the church as a private chapel, the adjacent market town of Milton in 1780; the new house was designed by the gardens by Capability Brown. Several members of the Damer family were buried in the family vault in the Abbey Church. In 1852, the merchant banker Carl Joachim Hambro acquired Milton Abbey to make it his family home, he set about a major restoration programme, including an extensive refurbishment of the Abbey itself. The Hambro family developed and lived at Milton Abbey until 1932, when it was sold and for a while they moved to Hedge End Farm nearby, followed by a permanent move to Dixton Manor in Gloucestershire. Milton Abbey School was the setting for "Bamfylde School," in the 1980 13-part T. V. series of R. F. Delderfield's To Serve Them All My Days.
It featured in the first of the Ripping Yarns by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, titled Tomkinson's Schooldays. The parklands were landscaped in the late 18th century by Capability Brown, they are Grade II* listed in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. In 2009, the school started to develop a farm, worked on by staff, to promote environmental awareness and work towards an element of self-sufficiency. Traditional vegetables are grown, in addition to herbs, cutting flowers and some crops; the estate has a small number of pigs, sheep and ducks. The school has a golf course which winds around the Abbey Church. Designed by Peter Alliss and opened in 1972, it is a nine-hole course with par-3 and par-4 hours, used by pupils and by visitors, who are required to pay a small green fee; the school employs a PGA Professional. 1954–55: Revd. Dr. C. K. Francis Brown – founding Headmaster 1955–69: Cdr. R. H. Hodgkinson – an Officer in the Royal Navy. 1969–79: W. M. T. Holland – a housemaster at Eastbourne College.
1979–87: S. R. D. Hall – housemaster at Haileybury, subsequently appointed as Warden of Glenalmond. 1987–95: R. H. Hardy – housemaster at Eton College. 1995–2010: W. J. Hughes-D'Aeth – previ