Features

Charlotte Calnan – Cranleigh’s next Olympian?

Posted on 24 February, 2017

Graham Otway met new Great Britain international Charlotte Calnan (West 2016) after she was named as part of the 33-woman squad that for the next three-and-a- half years will be built to try to win another golf for GB at Tokyo in 2020

The origins of the Gower Club

Posted on 25 November, 2016

When Charles Gower, the man known as the architect of Cranleigh rugby, died in 1963, a group of Old Cranleighans decided something needed to be done to commemorate all he had done. And so the Gower Club, which plays an annual match against the 1st XV, was formed

Rugby’s winning start

Posted on 21 October, 2016

In the third article marking the centenary of Cranleigh rugby, we look back at the first full inter-school match when Epsom were well beaten on St Andrew's.

The architect of Cranleigh rugby

Posted on 19 October, 2016

The arrival of 26-year-old Welshman Charles Gower at Cranleigh in January 1916 set in motion the switch of Cranleigh from a relative backwater to a respected public school, a change achieved almost entirely through success on the rugby field

A history of Cranleigh rugby

Posted on 17 October, 2016

A history of Cranleigh School rugby, from its low-key start in 1916 through the glory years of the 1920s, the revival in the 1950s to the remarkable success of the last few years.

From tiny acorns …

Posted on 19 September, 2016

On September 18, 1866, less than a year after the School had opened, the first formal picture of the boys of the Surrey County School was taken on the South Field after the inaugural Speech Day

Cranleigh’s Olympic septet

Posted on 9 August, 2016

Cranleigh has produced surprisingly few Olympians, but here are the seven who have appeared in the summer Olympics … so far

The bloody month of July

Posted on 31 July, 2016

While much has been written about the first day of the Battle of the Somme (July 1, 1916) when there were 19,240 British soldiers killed, the appalling loss of life continued for the remainder of the month. Twenty Old Cranleighans died in July, more than 10% of the total lost in the conflict overall; all but one of those fell in France.

A soldier’s story

Posted on 6 July, 2016

Lionel ‘Leo’ Last (House 1906) died early on the opening morning of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. It took a hundred years for his name to finally be included on the Cranleigh war memorial

Jolyon Palmer: ‘I’m better than my dad’

Posted on 6 July, 2016

Jolyon Palmer (North 2009) speaks about the driver who inspired him most, what he would have been had he not gone into racing, and how he is the best in his family