Haileybury School (978 words)

Historical Context Essay


The institution now known as “Haileybury School”, formerly known as the “East India College, Haileybury”, has particular importance in the history of the United Kingdom and India because from June 1805 until 1856 it became mandatory for appointees to the East India Company Civil Service to be trained there.

On 23 October 1805, two days after the Battle of Trafalgar, the Honourable East India Company bought at auction in Garraways (the famous coffee house in the City of London) Hailey Bury House in Hertfordshire, 18 miles north of London, as premises for a college at which it would train new Company staff, called ‘Writers', who typically entered service aged 17-18 and had varying standards of education. The proposal had …

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Clark, Robert. "Haileybury School". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2008
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=4155, accessed 14 December 2018.]

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