The inscription on the front of the school at Buxton says that the school was endowed by John Wright in 1796.
This refers to the banker John Wright of Esher and Dudwick who died in 1798.
Margaret Sewell says (in her history of Buxton) that in 1830 , Mrs Tuckett gave £900 for the support of a school at Buxton for poor children, in conformity with the will of her first husband, John Wright of Esher and Dudwick.
Message In A Bottle
The following Message was found in a bottle on site while building Rowan House.
The Red House
Aug 27th 1896
I, Thomas Babington sen., By the goodness and mercy of God after being Govenor of the above institution for a period of 40 years deposit the following in a bottle in the angle being repaired with blue hard bricks by John Allen, bricklayer of Hevingham in the county of Norfolk.
The following gentlemen were the founders of the Buxton Reformatory;-
John Wright, Buxton
George Keith Brooke
John Hy Gurney, Catton
Sir Edward Buxton, Cromer
All now deceased
There successors were
William Watts Wickes (of the belt, Aylsham) now deceased and Philip Edward Sewell of Clare House, Catton with Mr Marsham, Rippon Hall ( now deceased)
Mr Sewell is at the present date ( with Mrs C.L.Buxton)
Major Thomas H. Babington jur.
Superintendent and Matron
L.Edwards Tailor and shoemaker
James Lusher Head Porter and Cook
John Chester Schoolmaster
Thomas Skipper Team man etc
Louisa Meredith assistant matron & housekeeper
May the above live long and be made a blessing to the boys
The old reformatory established in 1853 and certified in 1855 Was Managed by John Wright of Dudwick house
While I Thomas Babington and Elizabeth, my wife was Governor and Matron Which offices we held from the years 1855 to 1896 God has been good to us all these years. We have now retired but still live here. We are the only ones alive as all who were with us are now in eternity. God has been good to us. Bless his Holy name for ever and ever.