This school began life as the Diocesan School, opened by the Reverend James Duncan in 1843. Philip Brannon, who in 1849 executed a fine engraving of the school, stated that the it was “on a large scale, well conducted with a situation delightful and airy in the upper part of Prospect Place”.

The success of the school necessitated larger premises and in 1853 Duncan leased Bellevue House and transferred his school, now called Southampton Collegiate School, there. The new premises included playing fields, on what had been part of the grounds of Bellevue House, and a gymnasium, in what had once been the Orangery. The college was continued for another ten years after Duncan’s death by his widow until 1886, when she decided to give up the college. The house and grounds were sold off for development. College Place and College Terrace on the Avenue commemorate the school.

Southampton Collegiate School

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Southampton Collegiate School. Philip Brannon’s engraving of the school, c.1850.

Further reading:

Southampton Occasional Notes, 2nd Series by ‘Townsman’, p30. (HS/h)
Picture of Southampton (1849), by Philip Brannon, p63. (HS/h)
More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p50-52. (HS/h)


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