13 Cathcart Hill


Rushbrooke, William George13 Cathcart Hill, c. 1878-1926 (48 years)

Born in Ampthill, Bedfordshire in 1849, W. G. Rushbrooke was to become one of the finest teachers of his day. As a child William boarded at Salway House, a preparatory school in Leyton. Salway’s principal, Dr J.R.  Aldom was a prominent Wesleyan Methodist who would regularly march his charges to chapel. Aged thirteen, William then continued his education at the City of London School, then located near Cheapside He was Captain of the School when he left C.L.S. in 1868 and remained a life-long friend of Dr. Abbott, the school’s then headmaster. A brilliant academic, Rushbooke  gained a scholarship at St. John’s College, Cambridge University and graduated as sixth Classic in 1872, later being elected a Fellow.  Almost immediately he was to return to his old school, City of London as Second Classical Master, a post that he held for more than twenty years.

Rushbrooke, William George. A First Greek Reader. Clarendon Press, 1878Rushbrooke, William George. The Synoptic Gospels. 1880, Macmillan & Co.Rushbrooke, William George. The Common Tradition of the Synoptic Gopels. Macmillan & Co., 1884.These three titles were all published whilst W.G. Rushbrooke was living at No. 13 Cathcart Hill and teaching Classics at the City of London School. The Common Tradition of the Synoptic Gospels was written with his former headmaster, Edwin A. Abbott.



An 1830s print showing the school building of 1835–1883 in Milk Street.

An 1830s print showing the school building of 1835–1883 in Milk Street.

City of London School (new premises, Victoria Embankment, opened 1885)

City of London School was originally in Milk Street near Cheapside.  It relocated to new premises in Blackfriars in 1883. W. G. Rushbrooke  taught at both addresses in his 21 years with the school. C.L.S. was (and is) a day school and those pupils that required boarding would have to lodge with one of the masters. And so it was with Mr Rushbrooke at No. 13 Cathcart Hill. Mr Rushbrooke was a keen cricket player and as enough boys were boarding at his house it was decided that they would form their very own cricket elevens team. The Cathcart Hill Cricket Club was born.





Rushbrooke, William George. CHCC, July 1887







Rushbrooke presentationPresentation by the masters to Mr Rushbrooke                                                                                                                                                                                         In 1893 was appointed headmaster of St Olave’s Grammar School in Southwark where he remained until 1922. In addition W.G. Rushbrooke was also made Dean of the College of Preceptors from 1911-1926.

Rushbrooke obit 1


Rushbrooke obit 2


Rushbrooke, William George. Dying letter from Kelsey. Haweva & Normanby Star (N.Z.), 24 Sept 1914, page 2

Dying letter from former pupil, Raleigh Napier Kelsey. Hawera & Normanby Star (N.Z.), 29 Sept 1914








2 Responses to “13 Cathcart Hill”

  1. F. Rowntree says:

    W.G. Rushbrooke was headmaster of the school attended by my grandfather. I have some notes and letters written by him among my mother’s copious archive and wonder if they would be of interest to you.There are also some newspaper cuttings. Please let me know if you want me to send them, there are not many and would be easy to post.
    Regards, Felicity Rowntree

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