Edge Hill isn’t the only educational establishment in Ormskirk celebrating an anniversary this year – Pontville School on Black Moss Lane is 100 years old in 2010 – happy birthday!
The archive contains a very interesting artefact – a directory listing every student to pass through the College in its first 30 years. The back page of the booklet lists some fascinating statistics including the following snippets:
Number who have passed through the College: 1,705
Number who did not complete the training: 4
Total number who became certified: 1,701
209 are Head Mistresses
The number of Married Students: 527
The number of Married Students engaged in Teaching: 24
On day one of this blog I posted Sarah Hale’s invitation to the Twenty-Fifth anniversary of the College and today we get to see a glimpse of the event itself with the photo of those who attended taken at 4pm, July 2nd, 1910.
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!