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!

Edge Hill Metal

In a previous post I visited Edge Hill station and mentioned that the arts and culture space Metal was housed in one of the buildings but since I visited at 7pm on a Sunday night it was unsurprisingly closed!

The other day BBC Breakfast visited Metal in a feature about old railway buildings:

What happens to old railway buildings when they are no longer needed?

Many old waiting rooms, parcel offices and station pubs have fallen into disrepair – but now a new scheme has been launched to restore these listed buildings and give them a new lease of life.

The BBC’s Susannah Streeter visited Edge Hill in Liverpool, one of the oldest surviving stations in the world – where one of the disused platform buildings has been transformed into an art gallery and creative space.

Still Nobody Cares, And Nobody Learns

125 by 125 is back after the mid-season hiatus with more miscellany from the history of Edge Hill.  Today’s post came in just too late to be included in the main 125 and is from Liverpool-tech-geek-entrepreneur Adrian McEwen.  Last week Adrian blogged about the changes happening right now in the Edge Hill district of Liverpool. I recommend reading the post in full:

Since before I moved to Liverpool, huge areas have been boarded up or ‘tinned’ – part of the New Heartlands initiative to regenerate the areas. I’m not sure how long that’s been the case but even so, that’s almost two years and it’s only in the past couple of months that the bulldozers have moved in and flattened the houses. I don’t know how much longer it will take them to build the new estates, but there are houses nearing completion on another building site in Edge Hill and they must’ve been at least a year in the building.

Fascinating watching and listening to the videos from 1971 and comparing that to the idealised images from the Hovis advert filmed nearby.

While he was down there researching the post, Adrian took some photos of the former Edge Hill College site:

Former Edge Hill College site

Thanks again to Adrian for sending me the link.

Edge Hill Winery

Only time for a couple more other Edge Hills and today yet another from across the pond:

Established in 1867, Edge Hill was the first significant three-level, gravity-fed winery in Napa Valley, and by 1880, it was one of the four wineries responsible for over half of the Valley’s wine production. In 1999, this legacy inspired Edge Hill’s new steward, Leslie Rudd, to begin the historic restoration of the winery and estate, and return Edge Hill to the prominence it had enjoyed in the 19th century. The restoration of Registered Distillery No. 209 (built on the estate in 1882, and pictured here) is now finished, and we have turned our sights to the old stone winery, which should be completed sometime in 2006.

Edge Hill, Georgia

An alert from Google this morning led me to find some more Edge Hills on Wikipedia including the City of Edge Hill, Georgia:

Edge Hill is a city in Glascock CountyGeorgiaUnited States. The population was 30 at the 2000 census. It currently is the smallest town in Georgia.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 30 people, 11 households, and 9 families residing in the city. The population density was 161.7 people per square mile (61.0/km²). There were 16 housing units at an average density of 86.2/sq mi (32.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.67% White, and 3.33% from two or more races.

There were 11 households out of which 45.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 90.9% were married couples living together, and 9.1% were non-families. 9.1% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 114.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $58,125, and the median income for a family was $59,375. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,409. There were 18.2% of families and 9.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 50.0% of those over 64.

Thanks to the wonders of Google Street View you can even see what it’s like to walk around:

Edge Hill, Georgia on Street View

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Not getting off at Edge Hill


This post has been saved – unwritten – as a draft since I started this series of posts. The plan was to catch a train to Edge Hill one weekend, take a look around and some photos and write something interesting for the blog.

That hasn’t happened.

Instead I find myself with just a dozen posts before reaching 125 and no time to spare to visit my Edge Hill Station in the way I’d originally planned. Instead yesterday evening while in the vicinity I did a “drive by” photo shoot.

When I turned up the station was deserted – the ticket office closed and trains passing through without stopping on their way to Lime Street. For a station with such a history it’s a shame to see it so underused but there is perhaps still hope for it.

Last year one of the station buildings dating from 1836 was converted into a space for use by Metal, an “artistic laboratory to champion the need for continual investment in artistic investigation and the development of innovative ideas”.

Alas at 7pm on a Sunday evening it was closed, but at least that gives me a reason to get off at Edge Hill next time I’m passing through.

If you feel I’ve not done Edge Hill station justice, you’re probably right. Go check out what Scott, “railway architecture fan” and former Edge Hill student had to say about it on his travels around every station on the Merseyrail map.

The walk file: Edge Hill, Warwickshire

Yesterday’s Financial Times featured details of a walk up Edge Hill in Warwickshire:

Even at this limited altitude, just a couple of hundred metres above sea level, the views west show the plains of south Warwickshire stretching far into the horizon. A mile and a half down from the trail is the spot where, in 1642, the Battle of Edgehill – the opening contest of the civil war – was fought. King Charles I’s troops massed on the hill before the battle to observe their Roundhead enemies.

Edgehill Mountain Park, San Francisco, California

Ocean View Cantilever

People have now started telling me about other Edgehills and Edge Hills they’ve heard of and today’s hat tip goes to Andy Butler for pointing me to Edgehill Mountain Park in the Golden State.

Edgehill Mountain Park might be stretching the definition of mountain a little but it looks interesting nonetheless. A little searching led me to and some photos on Flickr. Paul Furman of Bay Natives (San Francisco’s premier source for California native plants :-)) has kindly said I can use a few of the photos and pointed me to some more information.

Edgehill Mountain Park was founded in 1985:

Edgehill Mountain is part of a western San Francisco greenbelt which stretches through the center of the city, connecting Mt. Davidson, Hawk Hill, Twin Peaks, and the area around Laguna Honda reservoir. Originally part of Adolph Sutro’s San Miguel Ranch, the property was sold following his death in 1898. After the land became one of the city’s first subdivisions, known as Claremont Court, houses were built on the mountain’s western and southern slopes. The first major problems began in 1952 and ’53 when winter rains sent part of Edgehill Way and one home sliding down the mountain. In 1985, Edgehill Mountain Park was established when the city purchased one acre of the mountain’s undeveloped western slope and designated the area an Open Space Park. In 1997, a slope above some newly constructed homes collapsed during a rainstorm, cascading mud and rock onto the houses below and sending an unmistakable warning that the park could not survive the environmental destruction generated by further residential development.

We also have maps of Edgehill Mountain Park allowing me to satisfy one of my other obsessions!

It’s a shame I hadn’t heard of Edgehill Mountain Park last year when I drove from San Francisco to New York – maybe I’ll pay a visit next time I’m over there!

Edgehill Studios Cafe

In Edgehill Village, Nashville Tennessee there’s a coffee shop where everybody knows your name: Edgehill Studios Cafe.

Edgehill Studios constantly crop up on my Twitter alerts (even more often than the Groove Armada song!) with people going down for a coffee or to see some live music. One such alert popped up this morning so
thanks to the wonders of YouTube and Spanish-language television you can see what it’s like to watch a gig at Edgehill Studios Cafe:

It seems Edgehill have the opposite problem to the University as former employee, Mark Kelly Hall explains:

I worked at a cafe just off Music Row called Edgehill Studios Cafe for a couple of years, getting the word out about the place and its events through music listings, printed calendars, flyers, radio spots and the ever-changing PowerPoint presentation running on the flatscreen TV behind the counter.

It was an ongoing effort (and often a losing battle) to get people to say the name, the whole name, and nothing but the name of the cafe. Especially one of the original owners (a big-idea guy). Sure, as long as we all knew what we were talking about, fine, but effective branding is essential, as any marketing novice or Disney employee will tell you, so name consistency kind of, uh, matters.

One day we heard from someone who had tried to find us by calling information and they were told we weren’t listed. Then I noticed we were listed in the phone book as Edge Hill (2 words) Studios Cafe. Which explains the EH logo (which, I was told, was given about a day’s worth of design consideration–not enough, people). I couldn’t help but think that if I’d only been there at the beginning, I could’ve prevented some confusion. My strong recommendation would have been to drop the “studios” altogether; even though it supported the cool concept of a multifaceted creative space…it also no doubt confused people, given our aforementioned location off Music Row (where there are a remarkable number of recording “studios”). And we got one inquiry from someone looking for living space (another kind of “studio”). Or maybe they would’ve ignored me altogether, I don’t know.

The Battle of Edgehill

This painting depicts the eve of the famous Battle of Edgehill in Warwickshire. It’s part of a collection at the Walker Art Gallery but unfortunately my sources inform me it’s not currently on display. But there are lots of other nice things there along with a great little coffee shop!