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Sevington Victorian School is a wonderful resource. Set in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside it is a perfect period piece. The school offers a unique learning experience because, as we like to say, 'history comes to life'.

Sevington School was built by Joseph Neeld. He had inherited a vast fortune and he used it to buy Grittleton House and the land around it. It was originally opened in 1849 and Miss Squire became the teacher eleven years later, aged just twenty. She taught there until 1913, for over fifty years.   The school room was built to hold twenty-five pupils, but by the time she retired there were only three pupils on roll.  When the school closed, everything was left untouched. Today we can still see how the schoolroom looked in Miss Squire's time along with her desk, pointer and blackboard. On the wall there is a picture of Joseph Neeld, the original benefactor who built this remarkable school. It is lovely to think of him still surveying his work!

Our website gives you all of the information that you need to plan your school or group visit, as well as:

  • what you can expect from your visit;
  • our amazing new curriculum resources;
  • a wonderful history of Joseph Neeld, the original benefactor;
  • an overview of the school in Victorian times;
  • a fascinating insight into Miss Squire's prospectus;
  • full details of how you can help this unique charity, as well as what you will get out of it!

When you have had a good look around, contact us for more information, or download our booking forms here.

Donate to Sevington

Click on the button below to go to our LocalGiving page where you can support our project of helping making visiting easier for the disabled by making a donation.

Every penny counts; thanks for your support.
Sevington Victorian School depends on your kind donations.

Some of our visitors young and adult have mobility problems and they struggle with our limited facilities. We do not have a proper disabled toilet and the gravel paths around the school can be challenging for wheelchair users and walkers. We believe the school could provide a valuable community resource for the people with mobility or other special needs if we upgrade our toilets and paths.

We are an independent charity and receive no government grant, so we are raising money to improve our facilities by replacing the inadequate toilet block and building paths that are wheelchair friendly. We have conducted a feasibility study and obtained planning permission and the builders quotes which set the cost of the work at £70,000.

Donations Tracker
£53,000 out of £70,000

Thank You!

A big thank you goes to:

Tesco Bags of Help

St James Place Foundation

Chippenham Area Board

The Jack Lane Trust

The Dixey Rose Findlay Charitable Trust

The Ammco Trust

Grittleton Parish Council

The Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust

Garfield Weston Foundation