History of Temple Grove School


Temple Grove has featured in a number of stories written by OTGs, but two well regarded histories have been published. ‘Cradle of Empire’ an amusing story of a Preparatory School since 1810, written by Meston Batchelor (the Headmaster who created the Trust) and ‘Waterfield’s School’, by Simon Wright (who taught Latin and History at the School and was a wonderful archivist of its history). A short History of Temple Grove, written by Gervase Morley, is available here, but a copy of  'Waterfield's School' can be ordered from the Trust Executive.

Former Pupils

The alumni of Temple Grove have, and continue, to pursue an eclectic range of careers. The original House Names (Grey, Bell, Grenfell and James) exemplify this diversity. Grey was named for Viscount Grey of Fallodon who, as Foreign Secretary had worked tirelessly in the cause of peace up to August 1914. Bell for Bishop George Bell of Chichester. He was particularly known for his steadfast condemnation of the indiscriminate bombing of German cities and also his support for persecuted clergy in Nazi Germany. Grenfell was for the Grenfell twins; Francis - who was one of the earliest soldiers to be awarded a VC in the Great War - and his brother River, who were both killed in action.

They were the eighth and ninth of nine brothers to attend Temple Grove. And James was named for the scholar and a Provost of Eton, Montague Rhodes James. He was also known for his ghost stories, still regarded as the best of the genre.
Just a few of the many current OTGs who are well known in their very varied fields include
Pen Hadow, the Arctic adventurer, Mark Pougatch, the sports commentator and the archaeologist Francis Pryor.

(Please note the Trust cannot vouch for all the information in the links to personalities.



The Trust looks after a large number of artefacts from Temple Grove School, including all the school cups, the memorial stones from the Chapel and furniture etc. in a secure store near Tunbridge Wells. The extensive archives of photographs, school magazines, scout records, cricket score books from the turn of the last century - and much else – are all being cared for by the Archives Department of East Sussex County Council. The ESCC are shortly to commence the cataloguing of many of these items. In the meantime if you would like to know more about the holdings please contact the Trust Executive. Visit the Archives page to view a selection of online documents and images - it is intended to increase these.