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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0992
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1845-1967
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 4.72 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Commercial Travellers' School | 1845-1918 x Royal Commercial Travellers' School | 1918-1965 x Royal Pinner School | 1965-1967


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Royal Commercial Travellers' Schools at Pinner derived from a small school for the orphans of commercial travellers founded on the initiative of John Robert Cuffley in 1845 at Wanstead, then in Essex. In 1855 the foundation stone of a larger school with accommodation for 140 was laid by the Prince Consort on a site in Hatch End. The building, in red brick with stone dressings in the Gothic style, was enlarged in 1868, 1876-7, 1878, 1905, and 1907. There were 365 boys and girls, all of them boarders, in 1937. The school, which provided a grammar school education, was renamed the Royal Pinner School, Hatch End, in 1965. By this date it was in financial difficulties and it was closed in 1967, although a Royal Pinner School Foundation was set up to help pupils who had been receiving a free education. The buildings were divided between Harrow College of Further Education and a Roman Catholic primary school

From: A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 4: Harmondsworth, Hayes, Norwood with Southall, Hillingdon with Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Perivale, Ruislip, Edgware, Harrow with Pinner (1971), pp. 265-269 (available online).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Royal Commercial Traveller's School, Pinner, 1845-1967, including half yearly Court of Governors minute books; Board of Management minute books; General Purposes Committee minute books; Executive Committee minute books; Building Committee minute books; Education Committee minute books; staff testimonials; maintenance and building agreements; pupil medical registers; register of Science and Art classes; pupil monthly report books; inventories; rules and regulations; deeds and legal documents relating to the school lands and buildings at Wanstead and Pinner; financial accounts; bequests; plans of the school at Pinner; annually printed lists of rules, officers and subscribers; copies of the "Rules and Bye-laws for the Government of the Institution"; papers relating to the election of Governors; programmes, invitations and notices relating to events; papers relating to the closure of the School; booklets, pamphlets, press cuttings and prospectuses; photographs of the school buildings, staff, Governors and Board of Management, school events, and pupils at work and play.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Divided into sections: School Administration; Records of Title; Financial Records; Plans; Printed Material; Pictures and Photographs.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1968.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also ACC/0923 and ACC/2473 for more records of the School. Some records remain in the custody of the Royal Pinner School Foundation.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July to October 2009

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