About the book
An account of the Crypt School, Gloucester, the staff, pupils and their times.
Written by former pupil and past president Charlie Hannaford, this book looks back at the history of the school against the background of world events. Delving into the archives and oral history of former staff and pupils the book provides a fascinating history of an important school.
About the author
Charlie attended The Crypt School in Gloucester and then studied at Durham University, coming close to being dismissed from university after an academically disastrous second year, but was saved by the intervention of Zoologist David Barker. After graduating from Durham with a 2:1 he continued his education at Churchill College, Cambridge, and represented Cambridge University R.U.F.C.
He taught Biology at Sherborne School from 1968 to 1970, and later at Clifton College and Millfield. He retired to France in 1997 returning in 2019.
A long term member and supporter of the Old Cryptians Club, Charlie was President of the Club in 2017/18.
Rugby union career
Charlie played rugby at the very top level, playing most of his career at Bristol (although he turned out a few times for the superior Gloucester club(!)) and made his test debut against Wales, scoring a try in a 22–6 defeat. His final international appearance came against France in the same tournament. He later toured the Far East with England, playing against Japan.