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Country house 

Edward Haytley's portrait, The Montagu Family at Sandleford Priory, circa 1744. The present Sandleford Priory is a Grade I listed building in 54 acres (22 ha) of parkland landscaped by Capability Brown. It was erected around the old priory buildings between 1780 and 1786 by James Wyatt, for Elizabeth Montagu, the social reformer, patron of the arts, salonist, literary critic and writer who helped organise and lead the Blue Stockings Society. It was later inherited by her nephew, Matthew Montagu, 4th Baron Rokeby. Her friend Hannah More was there often and described it in 1784. 

School 

The house became a school in 1948. St Gabriel's School was founded in 1929 in Mill Hill in London. In 1939 the school was evacuated to West Ogwell Manor[17] in Devon for the safety of the pupils and because their Mill Hill, London site was requisitioned. The school remained in the West Country until 1943 when it relocated to Ormonde House, Newbury. After Easter in 1948 the school moved to Sandleford Priory. There is now a school community of over 460 pupils, 60 teaching staff and 20 support staff. It is associated with the traditional Church of England values. This includes Communion once every school term (with exceptions if the student has a valid explanation for not being able to attend) and all students have to take "Religion, Philosophy and Ethics" (Religious Education) for GCSE.


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