- Trent College
Trent College is a
co-educational, public, boarding School, located in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, England. It was founded in 1868 by Francis Wright; the foundation stone being laid by William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire.
In 1865, Francis Wright proposed the foundation of Trent College at a meeting of the Midland branch of the Clerical and Lay Association. At the time, he intended Trent College to be one of many schools established in the region; in fact, it was the only one of its kind in the area.
Francis Wright was an influential man, a partner in the
Butterley Company– the greatest industrial concern in Derbyshire by the time of his death – as well as High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire(1842) and Deputy Lieutenantin the counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. He and many of the notable men of Derbyshire, Staffordshireand Nottinghamshirebecame the founding Directors of Trent College.
The School opened its doors in April 1868 to the first contingent of 53 boys. The first boy registered was H.Lindley. Four months later, the school roll had risen to 118 and, by 1870, 225 boys were registered as pupils. The school’s initial success was hit by the outbreak of
Scarlet Feverin 1873 and the death of its first Headmaster, Thomas Ford Fenn, in 1883. Francis Wright was actively involved with the school until his death in 1873. However, the school experienced a new peak of success in 1875 when the chapelwas opened in his memory.
The foundation stone of The Chapel was laid after the death of Francis Wright, and is a memorial to him. The building cost £300 and was designed by a Mr Robinson of
Derby. The building has been re-modeled three times; firstly in 1949 by Sir Albert Richardson, President of the Royal Academy, then the chancelwas re-ordered after the new organ was installed in 1976 and finally in 2001 the pews and lighting were replaced. The west door curtain, was a part of the interior of Westminster Abbeyat the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The wooden collection plates are carved from olive wood and cheese from the Garden of Gethsemane outside Jerusalem, where Jesus Christwas arrested before his Crucifixion. These were a bequest from the Broadhurst family.
Buildings and facilities
The Warner Library is the school library, which was built by pupils in 1929. It contains about 6500 books, fiction, non-fiction and reference materials and has nine networked computer terminals.
Headmasters and Headmistress
Rex Alston, Cricket commentator
Albert BallVC MC, English First World Warfighter pilot
Sir Arthur Frederick Blakiston, 7th Baronet
Georgia Groome, actress
Alexander Obolensky, Russian Prince, and International Rugby Union player for England
Kukrit Pramoj, thirteenth Prime Minister of Thailand
Seni Pramoj, three times Prime Minister of Thailand
Harry Daft( 1866– 1945), England footballer
*John Birch, former Master of the Choristers at
List of Victoria Crosses by School
* [http://www.trentcollege.net/ Trent College]
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