What are wanted are an Art Room for the teaching of Drawing, a room for Physical Exercises, a Library, a room adapted for Science Teaching, and Sleeping Accommodation for the Students who now go out td sleep in the two rented houses in Durning Road. All these can be provided on our own land without unduly or inconveniently encroaching on our recreation ground; and sleeping accommodation can be provided for an additional number of Students, as for those who now occupy the two houses. These houses have only been allowed by the Education Department as a temporary expedient. If these additions could be made, the
rent paid for the houses would be saved, and the value and usefulness of the College would be greatly enhanced. Plans have been prepared, the carrying out of which is estimated to cost upwards of £10,000. This is a large sum, but if the whole cannot be raised by donations, the remainder required might, perhaps, be raised by loans at interest. But to make such a loan possible, it will be necessary to have a considerable fund from donations.
The Committee, therefore, earnestly appeal to the friends of the College to provide them with the necessary funds for putting the College on a footing consistent with the requirements of the present day.
On behalf of the Conimittee,
THOMAS C. RYLEY,
Liverpool, October, 1900.
Another item of Trix Cooke’s sent in by Barbara Taylor. This is an invoice dated 22nd December 1950 for payment of £24 16/-.
It’s interesting to see how not much has changed in the last 60 years and the bill is being sent to Mr Cooke, presumably Trix’s father. You’ll be relieved to know that the fees were paid the next month:
If you’re interested in what that amount of money represents you can plug it into the National Archives currency converter to find out that £24 16/- is equivalent to 17 days wages for a builder or five stone of wool!
1st August 1951
Dear Miss Cooke
Congratulations on your success in the Final Examination. It does credit both to your own hard work and to the College, and I am all the more pleased about it because I know that it is no mere ‘flash in the pan’ but that your teaching will reflect in days to come the high standards you have set yourself.
With all fond wishes,
M. I. Bain
This letter is one of a number of items sent in by Barbara Taylor, Trix’s niece and herself now headteacher at Burscough Bridge Methodist School. We’ll have more from Trix Cooke soon!
There is no doubt that Miss Hale was a very great lady; to most of us a remote and powerful presence, yet to anyone in real distress she could be infinitely kind. Her mental capacity and her ability to deal with the many difficulties that wartime brought were without parallel. She was really an old lady, 66 years old when I left College but neither her demeanour nor her dress showed it.
There was never any doubt that she was “The Principal”.
A.M.E. Walker, student 1915-17.
From a letter written in the 1990s about one of Edge Hill’s most loved and respected Principals.
100 years ago and Edge Hill was celebrating it’s twenty fifth anniversary:
May 18th, 1910.
Memorandum from the Principal.
My Dear Students,
You will be glad to know that the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the College will be kept on July 2nd next.
Note the date, for the fourth Saturday in June – the date of our usual Annual Gathering – is found to be inconvenient. Please let me know by filling up and posting the enclosed card at once whether or not you will be able to keep Festival with us.
Details of Public Luncheon, Entertainments, &c, will be sent to you later on receipt of your acceptance.
Sarah J. Hale.
Something tells me this won’t be the last we hear from Sarah Hale!