In 2010 we opened a new Higher Line (Sixth Form) boarding house, named after Thomas Weld, who gifted Stonyhurst to the Jesuits in 1794. Father Michael Holman SJ, who, at the time, was the Provincial of the Jesuits in the British Province, attended the official opening by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester.
Weld House with its 40 en-suite bedrooms, large lounge area, kitchens and accommodation for resident staff, was a significant building project and the first to alter the Stonyhurst frontage in 50 years. The development was overseen by English Heritage and the stone and timber work was completed by Stonyhurst’s own stonemasons and joiners.
Headmaster, Andrew Johnson, said at the time:
“We are delighted to be opening Weld House, which is needed to accommodate an increasing number of boarders. It has been carefully designed to harmonise with Stonyhurst’s historic buildings. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who supported this appeal.”
The £5 million building cost was partly funded by the generosity of more than 150 OS, parents and former parents and a significant donation from Henry Weld Stewart (OS62)