Knole 2018

History of Knole House:

Knole, one of the largest private houses in England, was built by Thomas Bourchier when Archbishop of Canterbury in 1454.  It was used as a retreat by various bishops until Archbishop Cranmer gave the house to Henry VIII in 1538.  It then passed to his daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, who granted it to Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset in 1603. Knole is sometimes referred to as a calendar house, having 365 rooms, 52 stairs and 7 courtyards.  Built of Kentish ragstone, it is names after the top of the hill, or ‘knoll’ on which it stands.

Nestled in a medieval deer-park, Knole is vast, complex and full of hidden treasures.  Originally an Archbishop’s palace, the house passed through the royal hands of those such as King Henry VIII, to the Sackville family – Knole’s inhabitants from 1603 to today.  Inside the show rooms, art lovers will find Reynolds, Gainsborough and Van Dyck to admire.  Textiles enthusiasts can marvel at the 17th-century tapestries and furniture that make the collection internationally significant.

When the house system changed in our school, Knole was one of the original houses formed.  We have always been an enthusiastic house and always will be.  Each year, our Year 7’s visit Knole house. It is certain that every member of the house will remember this trip forever.

House Colour: Blue

The special reason behind our house colour:

The colour of ocean and sky, blue is perceived as something that has a deeper meaning to it. This colour is one of trust, honesty and loyalty which, describes us perfectly. Blue represents the calmness and intellectuality and a deer is considered to be extremely noble which shows the strong relationship between the two.

Your Knole House Team for 2017-2018:

Senior House Leader Mrs K Sanders
House Captain Lola 12F
Deputy House Captain Lucie 12E
Deputy House Captain Caitlyn 12E

House motto - Knole one can bring us down

House Badge

Our Charity Last Year:

A warm welcome from knole house for the upcoming school year! Our last charity days were in aid of Refugee Action, and we raised a total of £163.20 through penny trails and non uniform days. Our house team is extremely proud, and we cannot wait for our next charity days, where we have the opportunity to raise money for our new charities, Cancer research and Dogs trust. Thank you for your continued efforts, and remember to 'just keep swimming!’

House Mascot: Bambi

While Bambi is born as an awkward young fawn, his mother teaches him the expectations and responsibilities of deer’s within the forest. Through his early childhood experiences with woodland pals Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk, the traumatic sudden death of Bambi's mother at the hands of hunters, his courtship of the lovely doe Faline, and his rescue of his friends during a raging forest fire; we last see the mature, antlered Bambi assuming his proper place as the Prince of the Forest.

Having deer at the Knole house, we decided that choosing Bambi as our house mascot was very appropriate. Though the story has a few tragic moments, the protagonist manages to overcome his fears and lives up to the expectations set out for him by his parents by persevering and believing in his ability. The house team has considered these skills to be highly relatable to the ethos at the Knole house.

Year 7 House Visit

On Thursday, 21st September we visited Knole house in Sevenoaks. As we arrived at Knole House we saw the two types of deer, sika and fallow, that were spread around the park outside. When we went inside the house we were greeted by fossils of deer that existed thousands of years ago.

Some of us analysed artefacts found in Knole when the National Trust searched it for ancient objects: we got to smell, feel and see how they could be used and what category of people would use these objects as part of their everyday life. We wrote notes and drew pictures and annotated them to show what the object was like. At the end of this we could take photos and sketch in our pad or rough book.

We also had a look at Tudor costumes, some unbelievable, we couldn’t believe people wore ruffs, a bit like a really stiff, tight collar. We were shocked to hear that rich women on special occasions wore the average amount of over 7 different petticoats!!! We also were given a demonstration of the heavy layers of clothing including a metal frame to hold the numerous skirts. After a while we got to try on Tudor costumes but none as complicated, uncomfortable as the one formerly explained, thankfully.

At the end we could visit the shop or the tall towers with amazing views. This meant we could take photos of Knole house at such a height looking down on it like a bird’s eye view. However, some of us decided to visit the shop and were fascinated by so many items available to buy such as magnets, bags and calendars.

We all had an exciting time and wish we had more opportunities to visit the ancient building, which our house was named after.

Soumya 7K