Hull Collegiate School's 360° Virtual Tour
It all starts with a visit; an opportunity to look around the School with our unique, interactive 360° virtual tour.
You can explore Tranby Croft and the grounds at your own leisure, meet the teachers, and get a glimpse of life at HCS, all from the comfort of your home.
Heritage Open Days
We are pleased to announce we will be opening our doors as part of this year's Heritage Open Days event week in September.
Tranby Croft was built in 1876 for the Hull ship owner Arthur Wilson. Constructed in yellow brick and featuring a high tower at one corner for views across the Humber, no expense was spared on the lavish interior, from its delicately stuccoed ceilings to sumptuous wood carvings, the building is an attempt to personify wealth and prestige with Wilson's initials prominent in many of the features. You will also see the room the Baccarat Scandal of 1890 took place, a scandal which intimately involved the Prince of Wales and which rocked late Victorian society.
Explore the former home of Mary and Arthur Wilson, Tranby Croft in Anlaby. Now the setting for Hull Collegiate School, one of the area's leading independant schools. The house has a wealth of history and tales to tell including the Royal Baccarat scandal.
We would like to invite you for a tour of our beautiful building. Entry is FREE. There are four dates available with a maximum number of 20 people per tour. Prebooking is essential.
The Royal Baccarat Scandal by author and historian Michael Scott
Thursday 23rd September 5.30pm refreshments for 6pm start.
We are excited to announce that Michael Scott, author and historian, will be delivering a talk at Tranby Croft about the famous baccarat case, based on his book ‘Royal Betrayal: The Great Baccarat Scandal of 1890’. Praise has been overwhelming for Michael’s work – reviews have included the words ‘gripping’, ‘colourful cast-list’, ‘riveted’, ‘spellbinding’, ‘the definitive account’, ‘unputdownable’. His talk will focus on the two nights spent at Tranby Croft in September 1890 during which a card game was instigated by the playboy Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), and played in his presence alongside other members of high society such as Lieutenant Colonel Sir William Gordon-Cumming, Lord Somerset, General Owen Williams, Berkeley Levett, Mary Wilson and her daughter Ethel with husband, and Mary’s son Stanley (Jack).
Michael will refer to the many archives he consulted from The Royal Archives at Windsor Castle as well as a number of papers and diaries relating to the Gordon-Cumming family. He will present the story as it happened, including the drama, the dilemmas, the blackmail, the bias and the cover-ups. He will, ultimately, present you with the background to have a good understanding of this unique local case. It will be up to you to decide, did Gordon-Cumming cheat? Or was he a scape goat for something else?
This is a unique opportunity to hear about a local story which shook the very foundations of the monarchy. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the talk and to buy a signed copy of Michael’s book.
Tickets are FREE. Booking is essential.
Please note, places are limited due to Covid and we politely ask attendees to wear face masks and respect social distancing.
We are also offering two tours of the ground floor including the Baccarat Room before the event. These are limited to groups of 10 starting at 4.30pm and 4.45pm. If you like to book a place on either of these, please email Carrie.Mertens@tranby.org.uk