About Richards House

Welcome from the Head of Richards House

"In Richards House, we strive to be ourselves and have faith in ourselves. Our attitude is not to go out and look for success personally, but to aim for success for the House. We create that "give it a go" attitude within the walls of Richards. No matter what your ability, you put your best foot forward to benefit the House. Personal success will follow."

Angus Dysart-Paul
Head of House 2016

History of Richards House

richards house bigThe decision to build Richards House in 1953 was a reluctant one, for the Board of Governors was worried that, should there be another depression, there would not be enough boarders to fill it. The architect, Heathcote Helmore, was asked to draw up alternative plans, with either two and three floors. The choice of the former was made and by mid-1956 it was ready for occupation.

1998-99 saw the addition of the third floor, to the specifications of Sir Miles Warren and further alterations during 2000 saw the addition of the Old Boys’ Theatre between the House and the Quadrangle.

The House was named after Reginald James Richards, twelfth Headmaster of Christ’s College. Richards had come to College in 1906 as a 13 year old Entrance scholar and left in 1912 having been Head Prefect for two years. In his final year at College he won both a University National Scholarship  and  the Ormsby medal.

The Richards House symbol is the lion rampant.