St Peter's School

George Yeld

George YeldGeorge Yeld (1845 – 1938) was a Classical Master at St Peter’s School.  He taught here for 52 years, from 1867 to 1919, and he appears to have been a popular teacher, organising the annual play (always Shakespeare).  He married Emily Elizabeth Adams, sister of the Reverend Thomas Adams who taught mathematics at St Peter’s, and had four sons, all of whom attended our School.

Yeld was a man of many interests.  Alongside his passion for teaching, he was a climber and explorer, editing the Alpine Journal for thirty years.  He was also a keen botanist and gardener, breeding and hybridising Hemerocallis (daylily) and Bearded iris.  He was the first to introduce a hybrid, “Apricot”, which won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Certificate of Merit in 1892.

Yeld George Gerrards CrossAs a Master at St Peter’s, Yeld occupied the cottage that is now our Music School.  Some of his daylilies still survive in the garden.

It is our aim to build our collection of Yeld’s daylilies – in the intervening century, many have been lost to us, and the varieties of those remaining have become uncertain.  The full list of his varieties is below, and we would warmly welcome any help in sourcing any examples.  If you can help, please contact Hannah Hamilton, Director of External Relations, on 01904 527 363, or at h.hamilton@stpetersyork.org.uk.

Variety Discovery Status
Amber 1930 Donations welcome
Apricot 1893
Auranthe 1934 Donations welcome
Aurelia 1930 Donations welcome
Balsara 1937 Donations welcome
Bretwalda 1937 Donations welcome
Chrysolite 1906 Donations welcome
Corona 1905 Donations welcome
Estmere 1906 Donations welcome
Flame 1906 Donations welcome
Flamid 1908 Donations welcome
Flammea 1906 Donations welcome
Francis Dwarf 1895 Donations welcome
Gelasma 1937 Donations welcome
Gold Dust 1906
Gramercy 1931 Donations welcome
Halo 1906 Donations welcome
J.S. Gayner 1928 Donations welcome
Magnifica 1935 Donations welcome
Marigold 1931 Donations welcome
Meg 1930 Donations welcome
Miniken 1933 Donations welcome
Miranda 1929
Moidore 1930 Donations welcome
Moonlight 1937 Donations welcome
Omphale 1933 Donations welcome
Orange Vase 1912 Donations welcome
Orangeman 1906
Pyrrha 1931 Donations welcome
Radiant 1931
Rita 1937 Donations welcome
Sayda 1937 Donations welcome
Sica 1934 Donations welcome
Sirius 1931
Sovereign 1906 Donations welcome
Tangerine 1906 Donations welcome
William Dean 1906 Donations welcome
Winsome 1925 Donations welcome