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Thorpe Underwood Estate | Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate
  • February2016
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The Estate

The Estate

At the heart of our magnificent campus, with all its modern amenities, is Thorpe Underwood Hall,beautifully situated half way between Harrogate and York. From the earliest days of Christianity in England there has been a building on this site, described in the Doomesday Book as Chirchbie, Usebrana and Useburn and in 1150 as Kirkby Juxta Useburn (the church beside the Ouse Burn).

In 1292, the Monastery of Fountains Abbey obtained a licence of 'free warrant' at Thorpe Underwood Hall, which the Abbot and his monks chose as a retreat for their 'solace, profit and pleasure'. The circular 'Stewpond', now beautifully restored, is still to be seen, so called because the monks used the fish it provided to have food always available 'in anticipation of the passing wayfarer'.

During the 19th century, Anne and Branwell Brontë lived and taught at the House for a time. Following a disastrous fire in 1895, today's building, designed in the Tudor style, was constructed by William Aneley of York. The architect Walter H. Brierley (who also designed County Hall in Northallerton), won an architectural award for his design work. Many of the oak beams from the original building were saved and used in the main hall, and much of the stonework, thought to be Roman, was probably quarried at Aldborough.

The campus on the Thorpe Underwood Hall Estate extends to over 200 acres of grounds and includes an enclosed, walled, 'secret' garden, a formal rose garden with a fountain, and acres of informal lawns. A team of gardeners keeps the entire site in beautiful condition. As a foundation for a happy and secure school environment, the Thorpe Underwood Hall campus has few equals.

Visitors to our Campus during the holidays are often given a "Visitors Guide to the Estate" - please ask if you are interested

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As soon as you arrive with us you sense that, compared with other schools, here is somewhere special, friendly and pleasingly different. Our campus is exceptional.