December 1866

The Dean of Exeter gave a patriotic speech in which he said that the School “had to remember they were Surrey boys and Cranley boys, not forgetting which, they would be sure to remember they were English boys”.

He then pleaded for funds to clear the remaining debt from the initial build – £1700 – to allow further construction to take place. His public comments reflected the private discussions among the council who were growing increasingly concerned that donations had all but dried up.

Before breaking up on the 12th December, the School underwent a general written examination by the masters which seems to have passed without incident.

However, the last week of the term was marred by a scarletina outbreak. One boy, 11-year-old Edward Butterfield, was deemed too ill to travel home and a few days after the end of term he died in the “Sick House” and was buried in the Village churchyard, Dr Merriman conducting the service. “He was one of the most promising boys in the School in every respect” noted The Cranleighan.