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Westbrook Hay School
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Westbrook Hay School seen from the golf course
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Coordinates51°44′20″N 0°30′57″W / 51.7388°N 0.5158°W / 51.7388; -0.5158Coordinates: 51°44′20″N 0°30′57″W / 51.7388°N 0.5158°W / 51.7388; -0.5158
TypeIndependent school
Religious affiliation(s)Anglican Church of England
Campus size26 acres (11 ha)

Westbrook Hay School is a culturally significant great house located in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England, that has housed the independent Westbrook Hay Prep School since 1963.

Listed building[edit]

Westbrook Hay was built in the 17th century and remained in the ownership of the Ryder family (Richard Ryder, then Granville Ryder and then Dudley Ryder)[1] until the Second World War, after which it became the headquarters of the Hemel Hempstead New Town Development Corporation.[2]

A Grade II listed building on the National Heritage List for England,[3] Westbrook Hay School is in a rural location on 26 acres of parkland overlooking the Bourne valley, off the A41 between Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire.[4]

During the 1950s, the 590 m (650 yd) drive became the Westbrook Hay Hill Climb.[5] The building began housing a school in 1963, and it was listed on the National Heritage List in 1966 as "Westbrook Hay School".[3]

Prep school[edit]

Westbrook Hay Prep School is a co-educational independent school for children from rising 3–13 years. Augustus Orlebar, a former housemaster at Radley College, established the school in 1892 in Bedford as a boarding school for boys. It moved to Hinwick House near Wellingborough shortly thereafter, when it was named "Hinwick House School",[6] and then to Gadebridge House in Hemel Hempstead in 1914.[7] The school remained there until the Commission for New Towns forced it out of those premises as part of the development of the new town in 1963.[8] That year the school moved to Westbrook Hay and took its present name.[4]



  1. ^ "Granville Ryder". UK Parliament. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  2. ^ "The Orange Walk - Woods & Meadows of Westbrook Hay". Box Moor Trust. 2009. Archived from the original on 12 November 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b Historic England. "Westbrook Hay School (Grade II*) (1348435)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Welcome". Westbrook Hay Preparatory School. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  5. ^ Motor Sport, September 1953, Page 462.
  6. ^ Prospectus for Hinwick House School. Principal. 1905.
  7. ^ "Our history". Westbrook Hay School. Retrieved 11 August 2013. Archived 29 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Gadebridge House/School". Hemel Today, The Gazette. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  9. ^ "The Cricketer Schools Guide 2021 by The Cricketer - Issuu". issuu.com. p. 146. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Alex Hales: 10 facts about one of the rising stars of English cricket". Cricket Country. 3 January 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Raef Bjayou: What Raef did next". Great British Life. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  12. ^ Dickson, Mark. "Independent Schools Football Association - Notable Current Players - Men". www.isfa.org.uk. Retrieved 12 June 2022.

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