Namesake: Alfred Edward Housman (1859-1936) an English poet who wrote a collection of 63 poems, the most well known being 'A Shropshire Lad'; first published at his own expense after several publishers had turned it down.
His colleagues and students were surprised by the emotional depth and vulnerability it revealed in an apparently distant and self-contained man.
At first the book sold slowly, but during the Second Boer War (1899-1902) Housman's nostalgic description of rural life and young men's early deaths struck a chord with English Readers and the book became a bestseller. His popularity increased during World War 1.
Head of House: Mrs Jo Fathers
House Captain: Orla Bolter
Deputy House Captains: James Amos, Emma Pearce, Rachael Tozer, Isobel Butter, Abbi Worley-Foster, Katie Mouzakitis, Ben Tweats