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.
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.
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.
I’ve mentioned Durning Road – the original site of Edge Hill College – a few times but now we get to look at maps!
Thanks to EDINA’s Historic Digimap service which Edge Hill subscribes to we can see old maps of the area. The map above is from 1908 and shows how the old tram system ran straight past the college.