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St Paul's Tour a Huge Success

Led by Dr Graham Goddard (B 64), a group of OHs and guests were treated to an intimate and insightful tour of Wren's masterpiece, with a particular focus on its varied connections to Haileybury.

Dr Graham Goddard (B 64) delivers his Haileybury-themed tour of St Paul's Cathedral
Dr Graham Goddard (B 64) delivers his Haileybury-themed tour of St Paul's Cathedral

An intimate group of OHs and their guests enjoyed a wonderful repeat performance of last year's hugely-successful Haileybury-themed tour of St Paul’s Cathedral courtesy of official guide Dr Graham Goddard (B 64).

Interspersed with Graham’s enigmatic brand of humour and self-deprecation the tour was again very well-received. As well as providing us with a fascinating insight into the history of one of the nation’s most iconic buildings, Graham again delivered an informative narrative and detailed insights into the hallowed walls of the cathedral and the building's many Haileybury connections.

Famous Haileyburians

At St Paul's, you are never far away from people who have had a dramatic impact on the history of Britain, indeed of the world; it is fascinating to see where these overlap with the story of Haileybury itself.

For example, the tour began on the very spot on the steps where Clement Attlee (L 1896) stood for Winston Churchill’s funeral in 1965. It then proceeded to take in the well-trodden burial place of Sir Henry Melvill in the dark recesses of the vast crypt to the impressively ornate marble grave and memorial to Sir Henry Bartle Frere.

Melvill and Bartle Frere are of huge significance to Haileybury of course and both now have houses named after them. Sir Henry Bartle Frere was Governor of Bombay and later High Commissioner of the Cape Colony; Revd Henry Melvill, the last Headmaster of the East India College before it closed for good in the 1850s, reopening as Haileybury College in 1862.

Afterwards several of the tour group gathered in the friendly and informal setting of the crypt cafe to enjoy a light lunch. Anecdotes of Haileybury days gone by and continued lifelong connections and friendships with peers were shared with humour. As with last year, this was a super morning and one we hope to repeat. Sincere thanks to Graham for sharing his knowledge with fellow Society members.

Would you like to host an event or lead a tour for OHs?

If, like Graham, you continue the Haileybury spirit of service ethic as a volunteer guide, for example at an historic property or a museum, and feel able to host a small gathering for Society members do please get in touch (members@hailsoc.org). Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed and our office will support all administration needs. We would love to hear from you!

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