Beaumont College

September is the start of the new academic year as children all over the country head back to school. The Society of Jesus is recognised throughout the world for its work in establishing and running schools, colleges and universities. This blog post gives a brief overview of some of the collections of school records held here at the Jesuits in Britain Archives and, in particular, the records of Mount St Mary’s College, which is celebrating the 175th anniversary of its establishment this...
Image of rare books in the Jesuits in Britain Archives
This week's From the Archives post has been guest-written by work experience student, Natasha Wilkinson.Hello! My name is Natasha Wilkinson, I am 16 years old, and for the past week I have been doing work experience with the Archives of the Jesuits in Britain. I wanted to do my work experience here because I am very interested in history and hope to pursue a career that is related to history in some way in the future. To begin with, I was unsure of what to expect from working in the archives,...
Next month alumni of Beaumont College will travel to the battlefield of Verdun to commemorate the Beaumont Old Boys who fought and died in the First World War. Beaumont College in Old Windsor, Berkshire, was run by the Society of Jesus from 1861 until its closure in 1967. Over 600 Old Beaumont boys (OBs) are known to have served during the course of the war. The final casualty figure stands at 132 OBs – for a comparatively small school this figure is thought to be among the highest of any...
Detail of the Butler Bowden Cope: Beaumont Union
Former students of Beaumont College have planned a series of special events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its closure. The school in Old Windsor, Berkshire, was founded by the Jesuits in 1861 and, although it closed in 1967, its spirit lives on through the Beaumont Union of Old Boys. One of the highlights of the year will be a visit in May to the First World War Verdun Battlefield. It is believed that up to 50 Beaumont alumni fought at Verdun, either in the main battle in 1916 or in...
Soldiers in the trenches at Verdun on the Western Front, Wikipedia Commons
Alumni of Beaumont College, the Jesuit school in Berkshire from 1861 until 1967, are planning a trip to the Verdun Battlefield in May 2017, thereby completing their homage to the Old Beaumont boys (OBs) who fought and gave their lives in France during the First World War.Beaumont was probably the only school founded in the 19th century specifically to educate sons of the Diplomatic Corps and others posted to London. It attracted a following from all over the world but especially from France and...
Patrick Burgess MBE, who was educated by the Jesuits at Wimbledon and Beaumont Colleges, has been made Chancellor of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Patrick (pictured below) has had a long association with the Order of St John and had been its Honorary Legal Counsel since 2007. He was installed as Chancellor of the Order by its Grand Prior, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, at the Priory Church in Clerkenwell, London. This...
Former students of Beaumont College in Berkshire will be recalling those who gave their lives in two World Wars when they gather at the historic War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. Mass organised by the Beaumont Union (BU) will be celebrated at the Grade II* listed War Memorial on Sunday 9 November.“One of the purposes of the BU is to arrange Masses to be said for our deceased,” says Old Boy Robert Wilkinson. “In this instance, it’s not just for those that gave their...
A crucifix from Loyola Hall Retreat Centre has found a new home - suspended over the altar in the brand new church dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes in Hungerford, Berkshire. Parishioner Paul Burrough turned to the Jesuits when he was looking for furnishings to adorn the church replacing the ‘temporary’ 1939 structure. The first Mass in the new church in April attracted over 200 people – about twice the number who used to attend in the old church.“I was a Jesuit boy,...