Delve into Sevenoaks School's history with these fascinating articles researched and written by archivist Sally Robbins.
Histories of the school, written by former staff, are available to buy through Sevenoaks School Foundation - A School Transformed: Sevenoaks School 1898–2002 by Mike Bolton, former Undermaster (published 2019) and Sevenoaks School: A History by Brian Scragg (published 1993).
Email the archivist if you have any comments or questions, or would like to donate an item to the school archives.
Francis and Albert Gomez: From Sevenoaks to Trinidad
Always interesting and sometimes quite surprising, are the variety of ways Sevenoaks alumni have made their mark on world trends over the years.
None more so than the part played in the development of the flavouring Angostura Bitters, an essential ingredient in many cocktails. Albert Gomez was one of the school’s first international students, a founder member of Johnsons and all-round sportsman whilst at the school; he went on to become the House of Angostura’s chief chemist and creator of some of the most well-known beverages associated with the brand.
This article, kindly provided by Albert's eldest daughter Jill Gomez, has been combined with research in the school archives and genealogy to create a fascinating tale of the impact a Sevenoaks education can have in the most unexpected but influential instance.