The Knapton Bursary

In 2011, two nonagenarian ladies left an astonishing legacy of £325,000 to Hereford Cathedral School. At present investment rates, the income generated from this amazing gift will enable the School to create a fully funded place for a talented musician to attend the School. Thereafter the place will be award to a further child and so on. The first pupil to benefit from their generosity started in September 2011.


The Knapton sisters

In a heartfelt letter, the child’s parents say “without this extraordinary gift it would simply not be possible for our child to attend the School. This is without question a life-changing opportunity and we can not thank the ladies enough for making reachable the unreachable.”

From a modest background, both ladies were delivered by Dr Fonseca in Ebbw Vale. Their father was a master tailor from Cowbridge and their maternal grandparents farmers in Staffordshire where they spent many happy holidays.

Miss Barbara Hilda Knapton and her sister Mrs Kathleen Mary Cavill both trained as teachers and taught throughout their working life. In the final months of their lives they approached their solicitor Mr Fonseca, grandson of the doctor, to draw up their wills. They requested that their estates be used in part, to create enduring funds to enable musically talented, but economically challenged young people to access first class education with a strong musical tradition. Two colleges also benefited from the ladies estates.

If you would like to know more about leaving a legacy to the School in your will please contact Mrs Claire Morgan-Jones on 01432 363590.