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Hele's School, Exeter

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Image taken 2021.
Image taken 2021.
Image taken 2021.
1908 stone commemorating the school extension. Image taken 2021.
1931 stone commemorating the school extension. Image taken 2021.

Hele's Endowed School opened on 15 January 1850 in Hele Road, St David's Exeter with a capacity for 88 boys who received instruction in reading, writing, arithmetic, mathematics, English grammar and history. Those under 10 years old paid 21s, and those over 42s per year.

1849 December. 'Hele's Exeter Boy's School.— Mr. Emanuel Dommett, one of the assistant masters of the Bishopwearmouth school, has been unanimously elected Head master of the above school, which will be opened for the reception of pupils early in January....'[1]

1851 Living at Hele's School, Exeter: Emanuel Dommett (age 42 born Honiton), Schoolmaster.[2]

1861 Living at School House, St. David's Hill, Exeter: Charles Long (age 48 born Exeter), Headmaster of Commercial and Mathematical School. With his wife Amelia and their three children.[3]

1871 Living at Hele's School, Exeter: Charles Long (age 48 born Devon), Headmaster. With his wife Amelia and their three children.[4]

1881 Living at Hele's School, Exeter: Charles Long (age 57 born Devonshire), School Master. With his wife Amelia and two children.[5]

1889 Listed. Hele's Endowed School. Charles Long, Head master.[6]

1891 Living at Hele's School, Exeter: Richard Addiscott (age 38 born Newton St. Cyres), Schoolmaster and Widower. With his mother and sister and daughter.[7]

1901 Living at Hele's School, Exeter: Richard Addiscott (age 48 bor Newton St. Cyres), Schoolmaster and Widower. With his sister and daughter

1908 The school buildings were extended. Headmaster: J. L. Penny. Architect: O. E. Ware and Son. Builder: R. Wilson and Sons. Chairman of Governors: C. T. K. Roberts.

1911 Living at Hele's School, Exeter: James R. L. Perry (age 37 born Milford Haven), Headmaster of Public Secondary School. With his wife and daughter.[8]

1921 Came under the control of Exeter City Council.

1923 Hele's Endowed School. Frederick George Snowball, Head Master.[9]

1931 Further new buildings were added, designed by the City Architect John Bennett. Builder: D. Stoneman. Headmaster: A. E. Nicholls.

1935 Hele's Endowed School. Arthur Eastwood Nicholls, Head Master.[10]

1938 Plans were mooted to relocate the school to Quarry Lane in Heavitree, but these were put in abeyance due to the Second World War.

On 1 November 1938 the first School Squadron of the Air Cadet Defence Corps in Great Britain was founded at Hele's School as No.13 Squadron of the Air League. The squadron evolved into the school's combined cadet force.

1939 Arthur Eastwood Nicholls, Head Master.[11]

1955 Samuel L. Medler, head Master.[12]

1959 The school moved to a new site at Southam Farm, next to Quarry Lane, and the Hele Road site was taken over by Exeter College.

1966 Hele's Boys Grammar School, Annexe and playing fields in Quarry Lane, Exeter.[13]

During the summer of 2005, many of the old Hele's Buildings at Exeter College were demolished to make way for new facilities, although some of the Gothic Revival buildings from the 1850s remain.


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Sources of Information

  1. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 22 December 1849
  2. 1851 Census
  3. 1861 Census
  4. 1871 Census
  5. 1881 Census
  6. 1889 Exeter Directory
  7. 1891 Census
  8. 1911 Census
  9. 1923 Exeter Directory
  10. 1935 Exeter Directory
  11. 1939 Exeter Directory
  12. 1955 Exeter Directory
  13. 1966 Exeter Directory