History of OBH

Old Buckenham Hall is probably the ‘most travelled’ prep school in England.   But in spite of its many moves it is still the same school as the one founded by Misses Ellen and Margaret Ringer in 1862 in a terraced house (which still stands) in the Wellington Esplanade in Lowestoft in Suffolk.

The founders were two spinsters who set up what was then known as a Dame School.  This flourished to such an extent that ten years later they built South Lodge, a solid, ugly, four-square, four-storey house situated a short distance away on a prominent site, literally a stone’s throw of the sea.  It had double thickness glass and double weighted slates to cope with East Coast storms.  Perhaps surprisingly considering the conditions, the school flourished and gained a reputation for sound scholarship….

We hope you enjoy reading about how OBH was founded and has developed over the years in this book.


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