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"Revd. Henry Venn Elliott had visited the clergy daughter school at Cowan Bridge, (later Casterton School), attended by Charlotte and Emily Bronte (and the inspiration for Jane Eyre) founded in 1832 by the Revd. Carus Wilson and was keen that there should be "a similar institution in the South".
The pupils were "destined to be governesses" and Henry Venn Elliott considered Brighton as the place to build the school........"
My Brighton and Hove. This article refers to the school in 1990 and includes information, not all of which is available in the various Histories of the school in our possession. We are grateful to 'My Brighton and Hove' for permission to include it.
Charlotte Elliott (18 March 1789 – 22 September 1871) was an English poet, hymn writer and editor.
Charlotte, third daughter of Charles Elliott, a silk merchant of Clapham and Brighton and sister to Henry Venn Elliott, ...
SMHA Virtual Common Room Reunion Lunch - Saturday 6th July 2019
The second Reunion Lunch was in Brighton and was attended by 21 members of SMHA, from several 'eras'.
One of the group photos taken after lunch. Further photographs in the 'Members only' Gallery.
The NEXT event is likely to be 2022, owing to the global problems in 2020/21.
If you are not yet reconnected with us, do get in touch (below) so that you can find out all about it.
Charlotte Bronte, 'Jane Eyre' &
St Mary's Hall. Written by former Head Pamela James in 1980, this article deals with the link between 'Lowood' (Cowan Bridge/Casterton School) and SMH. Apologies for the less than perfect quality of the scan of a poor quality original.
Douglas D'Enno, son of SMH Old Girl Anne-Marie Burns who was a pupil at the school in the 1920s, has written a fascinating book about East Brighton and Ovingdean. (The volume is intended as a companion to his previous publication, 'Rottingdean through Time'.)
Douglas spent some time at the school taking photos for the book which is available from Amazon (link below).
This photograph of the school, taken from the book, will, I am sure, interest readers.