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.

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Your Knole House Team for 2019-2020:

Senior House Leader Mrs K Sanders
House Captain Abbie 12G
Deputy House Captain Katie 12F
Deputy House Captain Rachel 12E

House motto - Knole one can bring us down

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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 Wednesday 19th  September, my form and I visited Knole House, Sevenoaks. Unfortunately, the day started off with rain but we refused to let that spoil our mood. When we reached the house, we were kindly welcomed by the deer that were surrounding the area. After eating our lunch, we were split into two groups and proceeded to tour the house. Our first stop was a chair. Weird, right? Let me explain: there was a project where the Knole team were making every visitor sit on the chair in order to see how many visitors it would take for it to start to wear away. 

Next, we looked at Tudor costumes. We were shown a demonstration of how rich Tudor women would dress up on special occasions. Women could wear up to nine petticoats and they wore a lot of layers!

Then we got to try some costumes on ourselves – luckily we didn’t have to wear the thousands of layers that a rich woman would have worn back then!

After this, we got to visit the King’s bedroom. We learnt about how the items are preserved and how much effort it takes. On the trip, we learnt lots of interesting facts and we were surprised that no-one knew the exact number of rooms in the house!                                                                                  

Our final stop was the gift shop where we got to buy souvenirs and treats. We all had a fantastic time and it was a great bonding experience for our form.

Temi 7K

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      Knole group pic