|Edward, the Duke of Wessex about to meet the principal Pauline Waterhouse O.B.E.|
Hidden away at the top of the stairs in the main building are two plaques dating back to the beginnings of the college. At the time the college was known as "Blackpool Technical College" Who knows how many staff and students have walked past these two plaques and not even noticed them let alone even read them. Of course I can include myself in this, as I have even attended twice!
There are some more photos of the college now after the rebuild and modernisation in the Datastore too.
This is the information on the plaques.
ALD. J. COLLINS J.P. ALD.T.P.FLETCHER. J.P. ALD.T.G.LUMB J.P. ALD. J. POTTER. J.P. COUNR.W.DUGDALE COUNR. F.W.HALTON COUNR. J.HILL. COUNR. E.HOLT. J.P. COUNR. F.I.NICKSON COUNR. MABEL A.QUALE COUNR J.ANDERSON JUNR. COUNR. J.B.SINGLETON COUNR. E SMITH COUNR. J.SMITH
COUNR. H.A.THICKETT. J.P. COUNR.C.WILKINSON MISS M.E.GARNER MRS. F.W.HALTON. J.P. MRS. L.J.HILLMAN MRS.L.NEWSOME MRS. L.STANSFIELD REV.F.A.FARLEY M.A. B.D. REV C.W.MACREADY. B.A. REV. FATHER OLDHAM.S.J. SIR CUTHBERT GRUNDY J.P. DOCTOR J.HARRIS MR. A.P.ANDERSON BSc. MR S. DAWSON MR. G FOX J.P. MR. G, HUMAN
J.C. ROBINSON F.R.I.B.A ARCHITECT
F.E. HARRISON. M.C. M.A. DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
The second plaque referring to the opening on the same day faces the dedication plaque. Many of the names are the same.
This is the information:
GOVERNORS OF THE TECHNICAL COLLEGE 1936-37
COUNR. F, I, NICKSON CHAIRMAN
MR. GEORGE FOX, J,P, VICE-CHAIRMAN
COUNR. J.B. SINGLETON CHAIRMAN SITES AND BUILDINGS SUB-COMMITEE
GOVERNORS REPRESENTING BLACKPOOL EDUCATION COMMITEE
ALD. W.S.ASHTON J.P. ALD. T.P.FLETCHER J.P. COUNR.D.J.BAILEY.J.P. COUNR. W.R. DUCKWORTH J.P. M.P. COUNR. F.W. HALTON COUNR. J.HILL COUNR. MABEL A.QUALE COUNR. H.A. THICKETT J.P. MISS M.E. GARNER MRS L.J.HILLMAN MR G.HUMAN
GOVERNORS REPRESENTING LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
ALD. C.F.CRITCHLEY J.P. ALD.G.M.ROBERTSON J.P. MRS.H.BADDERLEY J.P. MISS J HODGSON
Wm. JONES F.COLL. H. A.M.C. PRINCIPAL
H. BANKS. M.I.M. & CY.E.
BOROUGH ENGINEER AND SURVEYOR
The college was built in 1936 to 1937 by Potts, Son and Hennings, They also built the town hall as well as Raikes Parade, which was another part of the college. These architects were very busy in the north of England. Edward Potts was well known for designing Mills.
Buried away in a corridor out of the way there are 4 framed pieces. 2 are photos and 2 are old timetables. Seems a pity to let them either disappear into a skip. or into somebodies study.
|The Foundation Stone laying|
|Outwardly little has changed|
Even the telephone box is the same, more cars too,
but almost the same.
|Some of the subjects are no longer taught!|
|I think the prices of courses are pretty much the same too!|
This is an image of the St Anne's Campus. It did seem to be used for mainly night schools and practice by the "Big Band" The college sold it under a previous administration. Much of the college buildings were sold and then flattened for building. This is one of the few that actually remain.
There is a selection of photographs from this area of the campus here as well as Fleetwood.
Many people may not be aware that the college also has training facilities in the port of Fleetwood itself. There are also pictures added to the data store of the inflatable as well as the radar station. The website of the college is here also