The House can be broadly divided into three main areas. At the centre of the House, we have the wonderfully cosy and atmospheric charm of “The Ship” with the House Room as its hub. It is here that the majority of Lower School boys have their rooms – in twos and threes mostly – and this is also where you find the main Television Room, the Games Room and Matron’s Room.

A key feature of The Ship is the Fourth Form dormitory, a fantastic dormitory for up to 12 boarders where so many lifelong friendships have taken root. It is a crucial element of the bonding and adventure that are so much a part of their first year in East, and it is quite common for the departing Upper Sixth to refer to their year in “the dorm” as one of the highlights of their time at Cranleigh and to beg to be allowed back in for their final week of school.

On the East side of the Quad we have two corridors of Sixth Form rooms, which give the East Wing the feel of a university hall of residence. The greater independence and space is excellent preparation for their next step into Higher Education.

In the West Wing of the House we have the “Old Day Res”, which has recently been refurbished to provide a new Sixth Form Common Room and various new studies. This refurbishment has been a key part of the process to fully integrate the day boys and boarders within the House.

At the centre of it all is the Housemaster’s House, and above it the Deputy’s Housemaster’s flat, with the result that there’s not too much that the boys can get up to without one or other of us finding out about it!

We are also lucky to have the East Lawn – a vast swathe of lawn on the front of the School which is the special privilege of the East boys.


East is a boys’ house of 100 boarders and day boys situated at the heart of the School on the east and south sides of the Quad. It can rightly claim to be the oldest house (the others no longer exist in their original form) and the only one still located in roughly the same area as when it opened. That area, however, has changed hugely, from the early large dormitories into a warren of corridors and split-level rooms.

In its early days East was home to younger pupils and day boys who were kept apart from the boarders. It was also for a time a halfway house where new boys stayed for a term or two to help them acclimatise to the senior school, before eventually becoming a house like any other in the 1920s.

East was the first house to have its own newspaper – the East House Chronicle – which ran for several years and continued throughout World War Two as a means of keeping old boys in touch with their contemporaries from the house. During the War, East had to vacate the house to make way for Carn Brae, the prep school which was evacuated to Cranleigh for the duration of the conflict.

Easts’ reputation for sporting excellence dates back to the 1970s when housemaster Brian Gowen used to vet the lists of new boys, earmarking any he felt were potential rugby players or cricketers.

East is linked with the girls’ house Martlet.