July 1867

A meeting in the Village agreed to petition the Post Office and the London Brighton and South Coast Railway to consider changing the spelling of the name of Cranley “as perpetual annoyances have arisen to the residents of Cranley and Crawley”. Both organisations agreed to the switch of the spelling to Cranleigh. The Sussex Agricultural Express predicted that “the public will readily adopt it”.

The second Speech Day took place on Tuesday, July 23. The day started with the presentation of prizes by the Heasdmaster in the large School Room (now the Reading Room) interspersed with readings by some of the senior boys. Everyone then adjourned for lunch in the dining hall (the room which is now the Williams Library) where lengthy speeches were delivered.

The guest of honour was Sir Stafford Northcote, a leading Conservative MP who went on to become Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary, who had been invited by his friend, George Cubitt. His speech dealt largely with the subject of middle-class education – Nortcote was on a parliamentary commission looking into the subject – but he finished with an appeal which was to produce almost immediate results. “Such an institution as this is not complete without a chapel. The first thing that struck me as I was driving up and admiring the general appearance of the building was the absence of a tower or spire or something to give more effect. Mr. Cubitt told me that you were working for a chapel with a spire to give the desired effect (a laugh) to the whole of the building. Then build your chapel, and make this institution what it ought to be, the great Church of England middle-class college in this part of the country.”

The School broke up on Thursday, July 25 after the usual supper on the night before.