Subseries 06 - Ashburnham

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Reference code

GB 2014 WS-02-HOU-06




  • 1891-1973 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 box and 8 ledgers

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Archival history

Ashburnham House was founded in 1881 and was a house for day pupils. It derives its name from the building Ashburnham House, which Westminster School acquired under the terms of the Public Schools' Act of 1868. The ground floor was seen as the ideal space to house some of the increasing quantity of day pupils in the school, and the day house established there became known as Ashburnham House from its location. The House started as an overflow of Homeboarders House and gradually gained status as a separate House. Often the two houses only combined for games and in all other respects were quite distinct. In 1891the two Houses separated.

Between 1941-1949 Ashburnham House was again combined with Homeboarders House, and the two Houses were collectively known as Homeburnham. The Houses separated after the Second World War.

Although Ashburnham relocated after the Second World War, first to parts of 17 and 18 Dean's Yard and then to a house at number 6, Dean's Yard, in 1956, the name has remained. This has given rise confusion that the House called Ashburnham is not actually located in Ashburnham House.

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Scope and content

This collection contains material relating to Ashburnham House. It includes 8 House Ledgers which give details of events within the House, such as accounts of sporting events and music competitions. There are administrational records of Ashburnham House which contain House lists, registers of attendance and financial accounts. As well as this there are materials which give details of discipline within the house, including warnings and punishments given for bad behaviour.

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System of arrangement

I have arranged the material into four sub-series; House Ledgers, Administration of Ashburnham House, Accounts and Discipline.

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Conditions governing access

Access to collection items is granted to bona-fide researchers, by prior appointment, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including Data Protection.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the item. Copies are supplied in accordance with Westminster School's Policy on Archive and Heritage Collections, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of items in the custody of Westminster School must be sought from its Governing Body.

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  • English

Script of material

  • Latin

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Archivist's note

This catalogue was prepared by Emma Down, student at UCL, at Westminster School Archive, April-May 2013.

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