Literary masters

Cyril Connolly
In 1916 Cyril Connolly won the prize with Eric Blair second, both from St Cyprian’s, Eastbourne. Cyril Connolly was an influential English literary critic and writer, founder and editor of Horizon and author of Enemies of Promise and The Unquiet Grave.

Eric Blair (George Orwell)
Pen name George Orwell – English novelist and essayist, best known for Animal Farm and 1984.

Political figures

Kwasi Kwarteng
He won the prize in 1988. A Conservative MP since 2010, he was appointed in July 2019 as Minister of State for Business and Energy and a Privy Councillor. He has written Ghosts of Empire and A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires.

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 University Academics

Jeremy Butterfield
Winner in 1968, is a philosopher at the University of Cambridge, noted for his work on the philosophical aspects of physics and science. He is senior research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Scott Mandelbrote
Winner in 1980 and 1981, is Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Peterhouse, Cambridge and Fellow of All Souls, Oxford. He has published widely, especially on Sir Isaac Newton.

University Challenge

Alexander Guttenplan
Winner in 2003, captained Emmanuel College, Cambridge to win University Challenge in 2010,

Ralph Morley
Winner in 2005 and 2006, captained Trinity College, Cambridge to win in 2014.

Kwasi Karteng
He was a member of the Trinity College, Cambridge team that won in 1995.

Previous Townsend-Warner Prize Winners

2019R Leon-VillapolasWestminster Under
2018R Leon-VillapolasWestminster Under
2017H CollinsSt Paul's Preparatory
2016F FiroozyeWetherby Preparatory
2015J OrlyWestminster Under
2014J McGuireSt Paul's Preparatory
2013J McGuireSt Paul's Preparatory
2012W MonaghanKing's Junior Wimbledon
2011J HaggerKing's Junior Wimbledon
2010W DrakeKing's College Cambridge
2009D de SilvaQuainton Hall
2008J MendelsohnArnold House
2007J MannionVinehall
2006R MorleyKing's Junior Canterbury
2005R MorleyKing's Junior Canterbury
2004S GilbertVinehall
2003A GuttenplanThe Hall
2002M OstrowskiSt Paul's Preparatory
2001J MedlandThe New Beacon
2000H SmithVinehall
1999E BlainSummer Fields
1998H EllisWellesley House
1997N JohnstonKing's Junior Wimbledon
1996N JohnstonKing's Junior Wimbledon
1995J NeichoThe Hall
1994K MortonThe Hall
1993T EdlinLyndhurst House
1992A HadleyKing's Junior Wimbledon
1991P RobertsEagle House
1990D CameronWellesley House
1989SPM AllenMowden Hall
1988TC PakrashiKing's Junior Wimbledon
1987K KwartengSt Paul's Preparatory
1986M CollinsHolmewood House
CC SpinkMowden Hall
1985A OrmondThe Hall
1984JW HayWellesley House
1983D TurnerKing's Junior Wimbledon
1982S BakerRed House
1981S MandlebroteThe Dragon
1980S MandlebroteThe Dragon
1979JR LockDulwich College Junior
1978JDR KewleyDownside
1977JDR KewleyDownside
1976GD GoodlandLincoln Cathedral
1975M PriceUniversity College Junior
1974G PhilipsSt Paul's Preparatory
1973MW InglebyWoodleigh
1972WP LedwardWellesley House
1971MS MiddleditchBrambletye
1970EJ BroadbentRossall Junior
1969WA FeatherbyRipley Court
1968JN ButterfieldKing's House
1967DAL CranstonLocker's Park
1966JP SimpsonCheam
1965PHB ThomasOld Hall
1964CPM GriffithThe Dragon
1963DJ HabbakukThe Dragon
1962TH CockeAldro
1961TH CockeAldro
1960KM KafetzThe Hall
J SturgessWellington House
1959RJ WaterlowPort Regis
1958TC HaslerAbberley Hall
1957TC HaslerAbberley Hall
1956JR ArcherBramcote
JGR MartinRyleys
1955F LambertThe Dragon
1954J TowseSt Michael's
1953APM WrightChafyn Grove
1952APM WrightChafyn Grove
1951APM WrightChafyn Grove
1950J DunbabionThe Dragon
1949J DunbabinThe Dragon
1948J TullochHordle House
1947R LayardThe Dragon
1946JS KingTerra Nova
1945JS KingTerra Nova
1944MK SimpsonWellesley House
1943UnkownKing's Canterbury Junior
1940UnkownOakley Hall
1939WB NormanSt Peter's Court
1932 to 1938 Winners unknown
1931C Powell-CottonHawtreys
1929 and 1930 Winners unknown
1928W EmanuelThe Dragon
1927W EmanuelThe Dragon
1926UnknownOakley Hall
1925C MowatThe Dragon
1924GJF MackaySt Cyprian's
The Prize was known as the
Harrow History Prize
from 1885 to 1923
1920 to 1923 Winners unknown
1919WJL ChristieSt Cyprian's
1918SJ LotbiniereSt Cyprian's
1917No competition
1916Cyril ConnollySt Cyprian's
Eric BlairSt Cyprian's
1915JA Hamill-StwartSt Cyprian's
1912 to 1914 Winners unknown
1911J Acheson-LyleSt Cyprian's
1907 to 1910 Winners unknown
1906D HusseySt Cyprian's
1905Winner unkown
1904CH RoseThe Dragon
1903 Winner unknown
1902R HaighThe Dragon
Miss Kit LynamThe Dragon
1901R LaffanThe Dragon
1900 Winner unknown
1899J GamlenThe Dragon
1898CH RoseElstree
1897 Winner unknown
1896WE MoberlyThe Dragon
1894 and 1895 Winners unknown
1893HB WilsonElstree
1892 Winner unknown
1891AC MeddElstree
1890LE BermanElstree
1889LE BermanElstree
1888LE BermanElstree
1886 and 1887 Winners unknown
1885M Glibart SmithElstree

Past Team Winners of the Batsford Shield

First presented in 1981

2019Westminster Under
2018Westminster Under
2017Westminster Under
2016King's Junior Wimbledon
2015The Hall
2014Westminster Under
2013St Paul's Preparatory
2012St Paul's Preparatory
2011King's Junior Wimbledon
2010King's Junior Wimbledon
2009King's Junior Wimbledon
2008The Hall
2007Shrewsbury House
2005The Hall
2004Shrewsbury House
2003King's Junior Wimbledon
2002King's Junior Wimbledon
2001St Paul's Preparatory
1999King's Junior Wimbledon
1998The New Beacon
1997The New Beacon
1996The Pilgrims'
1995Summer Fields
1993Eagle House
1992Summer Fields
1991Summer Fields
1990King's Junior Wimbledon
1989King's Junior Wimbledon
1988St Paul's Preparatory
1987St Paul's Preparatory
1986Holmewood House
1985The Hall
1984Wellesley House
1983King's Junior Wimbledon
1982Cranleigh Preparatory
1981King's Junior Wimbledon

Top 30 Winners


1Rafael Leon-VillapolasWestminster Under177
2James O'Connell NashChorister School Durham170
3Jack van den HeuvelMarlborough House165
4Thiv TharmarasaWestminster Under161
Rory O'HareKing's Junior Wimbledon161
6Maximus WalkerWestminster Under158
7Vinicius GreeneHomefield155
Theo SmithThe Prebendal155
9Rajesh PakrashiWestminster Under153
10Mani CollinsSt Paul's Juniors150
Alvin ZhouSummer Fields150
12Jonny BrownArnold House149
Fergus PimCargilfield149
Edgardo QuintavelleWestminster Under149
15Denis GoshchanskyThe Hall148
Felix PeerlessRokeby148
17Rohan GeorgeSt Paul's Juniors147
Alexander LeeWestminster Under147
Anshuman NautiyalWestminster Under147
Joshus ReinigerKing's Junior Wimbledon147
Rishik VishwanathanWestminster Under147
22Oliver SextonVinehall146
23Kit HarrisonKnightsbridge School145
Ayan NandiDulwich Prep145
25Blake MorrisThe Hall144
26Sebastian EatwellArnold House143
27Ben de LaszloTwyford142
Alexander PangWestminster Under142
Luke ParkerWestminster Under142
30Oliver BoscawenSunningdale141
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