Doors open at 10.45am
Community Archivist, Oliver Wooller tells the story of Hall Place as a boys school. Hailed as the Eton of Kent, for seventy years Hall Place Academy flourished under a series of remarkable headmasters.
One of these, Hadarezzer Stone, may have been the inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge, the villain of Charles Dickens master piece A Christmas Carol. Its pupils were equally distinguished. They included the Duke of Bassano, son of one of Napoleon’s favourite ministers and the future Lord Connemara, Governor of Madras, forced to resign in disgrace, when his wife sued him for divorce on the grounds of his adultery with their maid, Hannah Moore.
Then there was George Pepple, a Nigerian Prince, who returned to his homeland to become King of Bonny.
Advance booking essential. Located in the Historic House