Non Members Page

Welcome to the Non Members section of the website. Below you will find snippets of information or interest.

Additionally, non members can view five galleries of images by clicking HERE

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Miss Meades’ history of the first 120 years of St Mary’s Hall.


"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........"



Our Founder, Henry Venn Elliott and his family deserve wider recognition! This link connects you with Brighton and Hove Discoverer’s fascinating article.


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.


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A press release on the St Mary's Hall & Roedean merger .



Written by Commander Martin, School Bursar in the 1970's.

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A Victorian St Mary's Hall Pupil - Sarah Jane Isabella Wolff Alexander - born 10th November 1826........

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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, ... 

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Brighton History - this is a useful resource for anyone researching the school in the context of its setting.


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 (contact button below) so that you can find out all about it.

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A history of St Mary's Hall 1836 - 1936 written by TJ Elliott TD MA, (Great Grandson of the Founder)

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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.

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Emily Elizabeth Steele Elliott (1836-1897). Author of Hymns and Religious Publications.

(Niece to Henry Venn and Charlotte)

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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.