Who you calling a mug?

I got back into the office this morning to find this Edge Hill University College branded mug on my desk:

Edge Hill University College: mug

It’s quite likely that someone is trying to tell me something, but I think it’s great!  I really like how the old logo’s “waves” have been turned on their side.

In the background you can see the new home of IT Services in the Durning Centre – more of that in a future post!

Update: Flickr which I use to host photos is playing up at the moment – might work if you look at the photos direct.

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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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.

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!

Edge Hill Secondary Modern School for Boys

Edge Hill Secondary Modern School for Boys

This photo of Edge Hill Secondary Modern School for Boys was published in The Crest, Edge Hill’s magazine, in 1959. The school was built on the site of the original college in Durning Road.

According to this website the school opened in 1957:

There were Primary and Secondary schools. The Girls’ Secondary Modern was the first to close, in 1973, when it amalgamated with Newsham Secondary into Fairfield Secondary Modern. The Head, Miss C E WATSON, transferred to Fairfield. When it closed in 1982, the head of the infants was Mrs O B WALSH. She remained with Kensington Infants which used the old Edge Hill Secondary Girls’. The Boys’ Secondary school closed in 1982. Pupils were scattered, many of them going to New Heys. The Head, Mr A H THOMAS retired, and the building was used for a time as part of Old Swan Technical College.

Edge Hill, Groove Armada

Groove Armada

It’s time to start a new series of posts that will run over the next few months.  This one will look into some of the other Edge Hills and Edgehills that are out there.  First up is one that regularly crops up on my Twitter search for “Edge Hill”, the song by popular beat combo Groove Armada.

According to Wikipedia (so it must be true, right?) Edge Hill is from the 2001 album Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub) and featured in the Tomb Raider movie.

You might be able to find the song on YouTube but since they’re of questionable legality I’ll just link through to the Spotify track – contact me if you want an invite.