The brand-new Edge Hill campus (of 1933)

Thanks to the generosity of Edge Hill alumnus and Honorary Fellow Anne Laing, we are able to look at these amazing images of the campus during its first two years of opening, 1933-35.

Here are a few selected images. You can see them all as a slideshow or gallery.

Scan 3
Note view straight through to the Quad.

Scan 1
Note haywain.

Scan 15
Lovely snow image – the footprints lead to what looks like an allotment.

scan 11
Do not try this in the present. (Is this Ruff Lane?)

scan 12
A beautiful, formal shot of Hale Hall.

These candid snaps are both evocative and informative. Thanks Anne!

Lancashire Hall

Lancashire Hall

An interesting article about the old Lancashire Hall from an issue of Edgeways:

ONE of Edge Hill’s best-known buildings has been demolished to make way for a multi-million pound new development.

Lancashire Hall, home to thousands of students since it was built in 1962, has been pulled down, to be replaced by an exciting new £4 million teaching and learning centre, part of Edge Hill’s commitment to an investment of a further £12 million over the next three years.

The demolition of Lancashire Hall – thought to be the tallest residential building in West Lancashire – attracted interest from alumni around the world.

One former student asked for a brick from the building, and the alumni office received many letters reminiscing about the good times students had there.

The hall, officially opened by Princess Margaret on May 22, 1963, had room for around 100 students. It has also housed the Student Union and various offices in the past.

But with more students choosing to live at home, the decision was taken to clear the site for a new teaching and learning centre for Sports Science and Health Studies.

Lancashire Hall was “stripped out” before a giant machine was brought in to “bite” pieces from the structure, slowly demolishing it bit by bit.

Work on the new building is expected to start in September, and it is scheduled to be ready for use from September 2001.

The building, on two levels covering nearly 4,000 square metres, will provide a range of state of the art teaching and testing facilities, including laboratories for physiology, psychology and biomechanics.

The building will be close to the Sporting Edge to complement and share the existing facilities, whilst extensive landscaping will be carried out around the new development.

Further news on the progress of the new building will be featured in the next edition of Edgeways.

125 banners

125 Years

I’ve not walked in the front entrance of Edge Hill for a week or two so didn’t notice when these two huge banners with “1885-2010” and “125 Years” went up but I took a photo earlier. I really like it!

Durning Road Enlargement

Durning Road Expansion

These architects’ plans show the proposed enlargement to the Durning Road site in the early 20th century. The extension opened on 31st October 1903 with three new classrooms, two laboratories, a library, gymnasium and two additional dormitories.

Durning Road Expansion

Despite extensive fund raising, the College was still had a debt on the building works to the tune of £7,000 – the Grand Bazaar I wrote about the other day raised £3,900 to go towards this.