EVANS HOUSE - BRIEF HISTORY
Evans is the oldest boarding house at Sedbergh School. It became the residence of the Headmaster in 1784 and as the school grew, became a boarding house in 1878. Refurbishments have greatly enhanced the accommodation over the years but the fundamental structure and character of the House remain the same, as does the House emblem – a wasp – and its associated colour, yellow. The list of distinguished Old Evanians includes Brigadier Jock Campbell, who won the Military Cross in the First World War and the Victoria Cross at the battle of Sidi Rezegh in the Second, and Frederick Guthrie Tait, twice winner of the Amateur Golf Championship, killed in the Boer War in 1900. There is a strong connection to William Wordsworth, whose sons were in the House. Herbert Capstick, the only Jamaican to serve with the RAF in the Battle of Britain, was an Old Evanian, as was John Spencer, former England and Lions rugby captain. Other more recent Old Evanians of note include James Wilby, Will Greenwood and Adam Rickitt.
HOUSEMASTER AND FAMILY
Evans currently houses 56 boys, a Resident Tutor and Assistant Housemistress, and the Housemaster and his family. Jon Lidiard has been Housemaster for four years, having previously been Deputy Housemaster both in Evans and Winder House. He is also Head of Classics at Sedbergh, as well as running the 3rd XV rugby team and being Master in Charge of Fives. In his spare time, he is an avid fell-runner. His wife Naomi teaches Latin and English at Sedbergh, as well as assisting in the Drama department. Jonathan and Naomi have three young children and a springer spaniel; all of which keep them very busy!
In addition to several common rooms and a junior and senior boys’ kitchen, Evans boasts its own high-spec gym, a terrace outside the dining room and two walled gardens. We are in the process of building our own Cinema!
ETHOS AND VISION
Boys in Evans House can expect to be challenged in all areas of school life, whether academically, on the sports field, on the stage or on the fells. We believe that this will develop effective and responsible leaders, such as the current Head of School, whom we are proud to boast amongst our number. The north side of Evans House faces onto Sedbergh town and as such we are many people’s first and sometimes only experience of Sedbergh pupils and Sedbergh values. This is a responsibility we take seriously and Evanians are often characterised as being particularly worldly wise and outward looking. They develop these qualities within a nurturing environment which above all else has a family feel; the central section of the House was originally the Headmaster’s house and it very much has the feel of a home, as noted by many of our visitors.