Jubilee School

The Jubilee School established on Green Batt in 1811. It was named to honour the golden jubilee of George III and was set up by the Duke of Northumberland. The purpose was the education of 200 poor boys from the neighbourhood who would be clothed, fed and educated at the expense of the Duke. The name quickly evolved to become the Duke’s School.

According to the local newspapers the school was for the boys of the neighbouring poor, to be clothed, fed and educated at “his Grace’s sole expense and bounty, enacting, as an express clause in this permanent institution, that the natal day of the Regent should be observed forever as a holiday, in order that the boys, as they grow up, may learn to reverence and bless that Prince, to whose honour this munificent establishment has been consecrated.”

Following the establishment of the National School in 1849, the Duke’s School became the provider of an advanced education for 80 boys. It was one of the 5 Alnwick schools recognised under the Elementary Education Act of 1870. The school moved to new premises in 1904, built at the Duke’s expense on Hope House Lane

When the school moved to Hope House Lane in 1904, the building became the public library and is now a residential property.