A number of the schools I visit are housed in modern, purpose built buildings. Last month, I spoke at Winifred Holtby School in Hull, a well-designed, new school in the heart of Bransholme which has given a boost to the local community. Some schools are housed in historic buildings, some with notable connections. The first time I spoke at St Peter’s School in York, on the subject of Parliament, I was presented with a framed picture of its most famous old boy – Guy Fawkes!
Last Friday, I spoke at Hull Collegiate College and Doncaster Hall Cross School. Both are housed in historic buildings. The former has at its heart a former country mansion which had been owned by the Wilson family, owners in the 19th Century of a major shipping company. The building, Tranby Croft, is pictured. The room in which I spoke was next to one that witnessed an event towards the end of the 19th Century that led to a national scandal. Here’s a quick question: what occurred at Tranby Croft that led to a major court case with royal connections?