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The Leys School

History of the Leys School

Pevsner’s Cambridgeshire notes that the school was:

‘founded by Methodists in 1875, The Leys is Cambridgeshire’s chief expression of public school architectural tradition. But at the heart is a villa built probably in 1815 (now Headmaster’s House).’

Royal Commission Survey of Cambridge 1959: the Leys School, headmaster’s house …. the land was enclosed in 1811; the house is traditionally dated 1815, which is possibly on stylistic grounds, and shown on R G Baker’s map of 1830. …. inside many original fittings survive….

Listed buildings at the school are: The King George V Gateway & Library (1913-14), the Chapel (1905-6) and the Headmaster’s House (c1820).

There is a Wikipedia entry on the school.

The Leys

In the grounds of Leys College


William Fiddian Moulton, 56, headmaster, b Staffs

Hannah, 51, b Beds

Elizabeth Green Moulton, sister, 48, b Salop

Mary Clunie, visitor, widow, 87, b Kent

George Edward Green, 28, assistant master modern, b Hunts

William Fiddian Moulton, 25, assistant master classical and modern, b Surrey

Alfred Hutchinson, 24, assistant master science, b Middlesborough

George Osborn, 27, assistant master mathematics and science, b Manchester

Charles Henry French, 29, assistant master mathematics, b Somerset

Joseph Clark Isard, 34, assistant master classical and modern, b Kent

Ernest Edward Kellett, 26, assistant master classical and modern, b Kent


1913-4: King George V Gateway

George V Gateway Leys School



Jack Overhill records in his diary for 4 May 1941:

I saw sheep and baby lambs on the playing field of the Leys School, now an annexe of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, this morning …



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