In the 1870s the area around the Obelisk was starting to be developed and the first house to be built was The Knoll, so called, presumably because it nestled into the hillside. My photographs show modern houses built on roughly the same spot.
In 1875 the Reverend G B Cox was the owner of what was then called ‘Knoll House’ and the 1871 census shows that it was already a school as he had 9 male boarders living in, aged between 11 and 17. The house seems to have passed through another teaching clergyman, the Rev Fox and then, by 1907, Mr Tinniswood had a school at ‘The Knoll’ although he moved on in 1914.
By the start of WW 2, the building was a select boarding school for about 30 girls aged 8-17.
By 1960, The Knoll was providing a home for the Catholic school of St Tarcisius which was forced to move from Obelisk Street because of the re-development of the town centre. In 1971 the school was split into a two parts and the younger children moved to the old Yorktown Primary School which was renamed St Gregorys.
In 1996 The Knoll/St Tarcisius school building itself was redeveloped and the school moved again to its present site in Tomlinscote Way and renamed St Augustines.