Powell House


Powell House
Sedbergh School
LA10 5RZ
Tel: +44 (0)1539 244028

Housemaster: Mr John Seymour (jhs@sedberghschool.org)

Emblem: The Chameleon

Colours: Pink

Powell House – Brief History

Powell House was developed from what had been the Masters’ Hostel which was built in 1893 to house bachelor masters to save them having to find lodgings in the town. During the First World War pupil numbers grew to such an extent that the provision of a new House had to be planned and so the Masters’ Hostel was converted and extended into what we now know as Powell House, occupied by boys for the first time in 1916. It is named after one of Sedbergh’s famous

Old Boys and one of its greatest benefactors, Sir Francis Sharp Powell whose generosity paid for the many of the Schools buildings. His portrait hangs in Powell Hall, which is also named after him. To begin with Powell could not field teams of its own so joined with the other new house, Winder, to form a team known as the “United Houses”.

The first Housemaster was Mr WF Henning. The Sedberghian for June 1916 records “The Hostel is no more … from its ruins arise our seventh House, called Powell. There under the aegis of Mr Henning with a small leaven of seniors, some dozen newcomers are finding life a very pleasant affair.”

Powell has been much extended and altered over the years and lost much of its yard to the Sports Hall in the late 1980’s. Powell House has a magazine called the Chameleon and no one has yet been able to ascertain the reason for the colour pink having been assigned to Powell as a House colour.

1916 - 1918 W F Henning 
1918 - 1931 A Cawood 
1931 - 1939 G C Fawcett 
1939 - 1944 F H Chawner 
1944 - 1947 H G Wilkins 
1947 - 1954 R A Cooper 
1954 - 1966 J V Begley 
1966 - 1978 I F MacDougall 
1978 - 1993 E A D Campbell
1993 - 2003 M P Ripley
2003 - 2013 C P Webster
2013 - J H Seymour

Famous sons include - 
Professor Sir Christopher Booth, (1937 – 42) , starting as a researcher in digestive diseases, Chris Booth became an influential professor of medicine at London’s Royal Postgraduate Medical School, and then director of the Clinical Research Centre at Northwick Park Hospital. 

 Leonard Boden, FRSA, (1925 – 28) , portrait painter, during his career painted Baroness Thatcher, Pope Pius XII, HRH the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh as well as other members of the royal family. Was described as ‘one of the most notable British portrait painters of his time’.

 Andrew Ratcliffe, (1962 – 65), Andrew Ratcliffe is a figurative painter, predominantly concerned with painting and drawing the figure from life. He has exhibited extensively in Britain and abroad including the National Portrait Gallery and has been a John Moores prizewinner. The first commissioned work he did was of the Prince of Wales, and he has done several more of him over the years.

Simon Beaufoy, (1983 – 85), screen writer, his best known works are perhaps the Full Monty and Slum Dog millionaire for which he won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as winning a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award.

The Rt. Hon. Sir Richard McCombe (Lord Justice McCombe) (1966 - 70)

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