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Liverpool Collegiate School

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Liverpool Collegiate School

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Liverpool Collegiate School

Liverpool Collegiate Institution opened its doors to pupils (although only sixth formers were allowed through the FRONT doors!) on 6th January 1843. The impressive red sandstone building which stands on Shaw Street was designed by architectural prodigy Harvey Lonsdale Elmes in a glorious neo-Gothic style (all pointy windows, turrets and crenellations). The Institution was a day school for boys, sons of middle-class Liverpudlians, which aimed to provide them with a suitable education encompassing instruction in the sciences, commerce and religion. The second verse of the school song (in Latin, of course) began “Intellect spurs us on, manliness inspires us.”

When the Shaw Street building ceased to be a school in 1986 it fell into terrible disrepair and arsonists gutted most of the inside. Innovative urban regeneration company Urban Splash, with Shed KM architects, took on the task of transforming the site into top class residential properties. Liverpool Collegiate now boasts 95 one- and two-bedroom apartments, a gymnasium and private parking; and the old octagonal Assembly Hall has been converted into a secluded walled garden.


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I wonder whether I might suggest a contender from the North West: Harvey Lonsdale Elmes's Liverpool Collegiate School, one of the great Northern grammar Schools and, since its closure and relaunch as innovative city-centre accommodation, an icon of redevelopment

William Hughes

My Name is Andrew Jones. I attended the school from 1976 to 1981. I left the school without a single exam due to my own lack of hard work. I found the high standards difficult to comply with and was nothing but trouble for staff such as Taffy Edwards and Mr Manning-Fox. I was aware that the school had a long and distinguished history and when on task I enjoyed the classics class and English. The building itself was outstanding particularly the the main hall and the organ which was played at every morning assembly including when we sang the school song in Latin. I remember the day that Leonard Rossiter visited the school as a special guest for prize giving. Although I left the school under a cloud the importance of learning that was instilled into most of the pupils came back to me. I am now a Psychologist which I would not have achieved without the experience of attending the Liverpool Collegiate. Thank you.
Andrew Jones

I attended the Collegiate from 1961 until 1969. I received a wonderful education there participating in the CCF, playing rugby and field hockey and being exposed to some fine educators. I still have my report books; a silent commentary on my emerging personality and character. I suppose that it was here that my insatiable curiosity was stimulated, nurtured and occasionally mocked! Still, I have many fond memories of Mr.Croft (Latin), Jack Clancy (Math), Mr Hays (Chemistry), 'Mad' Mary Hill (Physics) and of course Sid (Chalky White) with the CCF. I became CSM of the CCF and appeared headed for a military career until I left for Ireland and University. On the whole, a wonderful experience and a great foundation for adulthood.
Alan Kent

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My nomination is the garden shed.