Hull Grammar School (C
Background to the Hull Grammar School
Hull Grammar School was endowed by John
Alcock, Bishop of Worcester in 1479. The son of a Hull apprenticed
merchant, Alcock eventually rose to become Lord Chancellor. This
school, for boys only, was situated on the south side of Holy
Trinity Church. The school would occupy several other locations
around the city until in 1953 it moved to new buildings, on what
would eventually be called Bishop Alcock Road, on Bricknell
In 1988 under reorganisation proposals, the
name of school was to disappear. On hearing this, a group was
formed to try and save it’s name and traditions. This resulted in
the creation in 1989 of a new independent Hull Grammar School, a
co-educational school for pupils upto the age of 18 years.
It occupies the site of the former Marist College on
Cottingham Road. By 1991 the school was in severe economic
difficulties and eventually merged with Hull High School to
form the new Hull Collegiate School in 2005.
What do the records of the Grammar
School tell me?
These records give an insight into
the role the school played within Hull and its close links with the
city. Many of its old boys have gone on to fill important roles in
many areas such as the legal and ecclesiastical professions,
industry, commerce and the arts. Old boys include: Andrew Marvell
in the 1630s; William Wilberforce in 1776; Rev. Richard Johnson,
first Anglican chaplain to New South Wales in 1786 and Roderick
Wilson Day, a member of Scott’s Antarctic expedition in 1912, as
well as many local civic and business leaders. In addition, the
records provide an example of the type of education a grammar
school could provide generally.
What do the records
They contain the records of the School
Governing Body (1905-1990); Headteachers papers (1924-1995);
Records relating to the Grammar School and the Charity Commission
(1894-1990); Records relating to buildings (1875-1989); Staff
records (1893-1990); Pupils records (1881-1996); Publications
(1889-1997); Events (1880-2000); Records relating to Old
Grammarians (1750-2002) and the Hull Grammar School Parents,
Teachers and Friends Association (1971-1990).
How do I access the
Much of the collection is available for
anyone to use and has been given the unique reference number C
DEHG. However, some of these records will be subject to the Data
Protection Act (see our Closure Guidelines for more
information). The collection has also been added to the
History Centre's online
catalogue. A paper version of the catalogue is available for
use in the searchroom at Hull History Centre.