Three Headmasters: (1) Cecil Reddie and Abbotsholme

  • W. A. C. Stewart


ABBOTSHOLME opened its doors in October 1889 and it has continued in unbroken occupation of the same estate ever since, not even being displaced through two world wars. This estate is just within the south-west border of Derbyshire, the river Dove running through it and joining the Churnet not far away. If any one man should be named as the originator of twentieth-century innovation in English education it is Cecil Reddie, the founder of Abbotsholme, but for reasons which will appear he has seldom been given this recognition in England.


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  1. 1.
    B. M. Ward, Reddie of Abbotsholme (London, 1934), introduction by Professor J. J. Findlay, p. 15. A recent assessment of Reddie appears as part ii of Skidelsky, English Progressive Schools. The most recent is a doctoral thesis of the University of Nijmegen in Holland by Google Scholar
  2. Dr. J. H. G. I. Giesbers. This has been translated into English and is entitled Cecil Reddie and Abbotsholme (1970).Google Scholar
  3. 7.
    Reddie, Abbotsholme (London, 1900), p. 5.Google Scholar
  4. 12.
    Geddes widened Le Play’s formula from ‘family ’ to ‘folk ’, which enabled him to view towns and cities as living organisms and not only as collections of family units. See S. H. Beaver, ‘The Le Play Society and Field Work ’, in Geography (July 1962), p. 230.Google Scholar
  5. 15.
    From an obituary notice of Edward Carpenter by Reddie in Everyman, 11 July 1929.Google Scholar

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