This mid-size room is quietly located to the rear of the property and looks out onto the remains of a Victorian courtyard, originally known as Silverwell Yard.  It is mainly used for one-to-one counselling sessions, but the small sofa can comfortably seat two people.

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This room commemorates Sarah Corbett (nee Woodhead) 1851 - 1908, who was one of the first women to graduate from Girton College, Cambridge University in the 1873, and where she is still referred to in the College's anthem. In the Girton College Review, she is described as a "stalwart north-country girl with an erect figure and a fine pair of shoulders..."!

In 1879 Sarah came with her husband and two young children to be the headmistress at a new girls' school based in Silverwell House.  In later years John, her son, became a famous hill walker, whose name is linked to 220 hills Scottish Hills between 2,500 and 3,000 ft in height.  These are collectively known as 'The Corbetts' and those who climb all of them as 'Corbetteers'.  Whilst Catherine, Sarah's daughter, graduated as a doctor and like Dr Mallett's grand-daughter served in the battle zones of Serbia and Russia during the First World War. 

In 1880 a smaller enterprise aimed at educating girls merged with the new school (noted in the Bolton Evening News Advert, above, in August 1880).  Within two years the business moved again to Chorley New Road and became Bolton School (Girl's Division).  However, Sarah Corbett's poor health led to her leaving her job and Bolton in 1882.

Sarah Corbett (fourth from the left), during her time at Girton College, Cambridge circa 1873

If you would like to know more about the history of Silverwell House, click here for details.

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