Reunion to Celebrate Christ’s Hospital Girls’ High School in Lincoln

Scothern resident, Jane Burgess, is the secretary of the organisation for pupils who attended the Lincoln Christ’s Hospital High School on Wragby Road, and the previous four schools that came together in 1974.

Jane is organising a get together of one of those previous four schools: Christ’s Hospital Girls’ High School on Lindum Hill. Jane explains, “In May we are celebrating 80 years of the school and commemorating 50 years since its closure. At the reunion we will be visiting the old school, now Lincoln UTC, in the morning and then going on to the new school for entertainment in the afternoon”.

After some local opposition, Christ’s Hospital Girls’ High School Lincoln first opened its doors in premises on Monks Road in September 1893, before the new Watkin’s building opened on Lindum Hill in May 1894. The first headmistress was 27-year-old Miss Agnes Body (headmistress 1893-1900), who came from a teaching post at the highly prestigious Cheltenham Ladies’ College.

Two of the first pupils to the school were sisters Lucy and Grace Watney, who were ushered in by their brother. In total, records show thirty-five children were admitted on that first morning. Most of the children were fee-paying, but there was one, Edith Barker, who was one of the first batch of the Christ’s Hospital Foundation Scholars.

Train girls, as the name suggests, were those who attended Lincoln Christ’s Hospital Girls’ High School by train from the outlying villages. The Admissions Register shows that several children at that time travelled to the School from Bardney on the former GNR line from Louth, whilst others arrived from Navenby, Welbourn and Waddington on the former Grantham to Lincoln Line.

The school was open for 80 years before comprehensive education came to Lincoln and four schools came together to form Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School on Wragby Road in 1974.

Anyone interested in joining in with the reunion celebrations can contact Jane via janeeb53@hotmail.com to register their interest.