Bolton School Former Pupils

100 Objects

The 100 Objects Project aims to celebrate the places and objects that best typify life at Bolton School.

Nominations for the 100 Objects were taken during the 2012-13 academic year and a full list can be seen below.

Voting for the ‘Top Ten’ Object continued throughout the 2014-15 academic year, and the final list, announced at the two Grand Reunion assemblies on Saturday 25th September, is as follows:

1 Three Kings from Persian Lands
2 The Grey Book
3 The Carol Services in the two Divisions
4 Tarmac and Fairy Liquid
5 The Christmas Angels
6 The Deportment Girdle
7 The Great Halls
8= GD Peggy Purses with the School Crest
8= The School Song – 40 Years On
8= The Sergeants

If the list of 100 Objects has prompted happy memories of School, we would love to hear them.  Please share your memories and photographs with us by emailing, and we will record them for posterity in our digital ‘Memory Book’, at the ‘Memories of School’ section of the School website.

The 100 Objects, as voted by Bolton School Alumni:

The Chained Library The portraits of the Headmistresses
The Monitors’ Boards in B Corridor, Boys’ Division School Dinners and the Dinner Ladies
The Sergeants The School Crests
The School Song – 40 Years On The red sandstone buildings
The Language Room flags The Distinction / Excellent Book
The blue clock in the Hall, used for exams The train set from model railway club
The white gloves Three Kings from Persian Lands
Old style form group dining Fire watching
The Boltonian The toaster from the Sixth Form Common Room
The Monitors’ ties The Direct Grant, Assisted Place and Bursary Schemes
Trek Camp ‘Tarmac and Fairy Liquid’ – Ginger sponge with lemon and lime sauce
The Head Girls’ book The School Prayer
The McClean spoons The Grey Book
School photographs The Great Halls in the two Divisions
The old Scout Hut at Woodlands The Deportment Girdle
The homework planner The velour hat (pictured)
Speech Day Miss Higginson’s bookshelf
The Organs in the two Divisions Sports jerseys and caps
The Headmaster’s Garden, Saxelby Gateway and Memorial Cross, and Sundial The wooden crate used to carry provisions on trek camps
The old Beech House Robin Cottage
The Dining Halls in the two Divisions The Honours Boards (pictured)
Vimto from the Tuck Shop The yardstick –  “used for measuring the distance between girls and boys and also girls’ skirts”
The Turret Library The old Swimming Pool
The Levels A jar of smoke from the Master’s Common Room
The Millennium Ketch – Tenacity of Bolton Assemblies in the Great Halls
Pink gingham summer dresses The Centre Quad
The Hymn Book The School cap
The old tuck shop in the cottage by the Levels The bust of Lord Leverhulme
Sitting at top table with Miss Higginson Cautley
The Tillotson Pavillion The School Song – If God Built not the House
The ‘swoosh’ as we all stood up at Speech Day The Carol Service
The Undercroft The miniature theatre in the East Wing
The bell rung to signify Grace at the start of lunch Beauty and order points given weekly for form room tidiness
The lecterns in the Great Halls The Christmas Post
Patterdale Hall The Christmas Angels in the Great Hall
The Indoor shoes The pay phones outside the two main entrances
The Prefects’  gowns The window poles
The pig sties A memento from the original football pavilion at Turton
The old desks with lift up lids and ink pots The parquet floor tiles
The smell of polish on the first day of term The Dining Room tables and benches
The Pill Box Good friends and laughter
The Memorial Staircase Chairs from the Great Halls
Christmas lunch Colours Badges
The Coronation Lanterns The Bolton School dinner service
The red lights outside the Heads’ Studies A lacrosse stick
Lord Leverhulme’s portrait The Gymnasium in each Division
The Centre Arch and Clock Tower Playing football on ‘the Quad’ at break
Peggy purses with the School badge, to put money in (pictured) Badges: House, Prefect etc
Green Eurythmics tunic and knickers The OBA President’s Chain of Office
The rugby tour of South Africa in 2008 in memory of Danny and Johnny The underground air raid shelter