Wren and Gurney

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Wren and Gurney was a crammer which specialised in preparing candidates for the public examinations of the army, the United Kingdom civil service and Indian civil service.

The college was founded in 1874 as a partnership between Henry Palin Gurney and Walter Wren and became known as the foremost institution of its day in preparing candidates for competitive examinations, its success measured by the number of its students within the army and the English and Indian civil services. Its activities were conducted in Powis Square, London.[1] After the partnership was formally dissolved in 1894 on Gurney's departure, the business continued under the stewardship of Wren alone[2] until his death in 1898.

William Wyse, the classical scholar, was among those engaged as a tutor at the college.[3] Students included:


  1. ^ Obituary of Walter Wren The Enquirer and Commercial News, August 12, 1898
  2. ^ The London Gazette, 3 August 1894
  3. ^ "Wyse, William (WS878W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. ^ Scott, Ann (2009), Ernest Gowers – Plain Words and Forgotten Deeds, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 0230580254, p. 14
  5. ^ "Army and Civil Service Examinations. — Messrs Wren and Gurney Prepare Resident and Daily Students for all competitive examinations". The Times [London]. 25 August 1888. p. 13. Retrieved 27 May 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ Richard Stevenson (2005). Bengal Tiger and British Lion: An Account of the Bengal Famine of 1943. iUniverse. pp. 70–. ISBN 978-0-595-36209-7.