Friday, January 04, 2008

Heritage Issues on the St. Thomas' Site

There are four main Victorian buildings on this site, which formed part of the original 1841 Workhouse complex and these are to be restored and adapted for the College.

As part of the overall heritage strategy it is proposed to use a space within the former Workhouse as a Historical Exhibition Centre and this will be open to staff and students as well as members of the public. It will contain and exhibit old photographs and records of the Workhouse.

In the last year several Victorian items were found within the original workhouse buildings. They provide an historic insight into Victorian times and include some old shoes and aprons, belonging to inmates, a Victorian Christmas card, newspapers dated 1889 and several old clay pipes. These have been loaned to the Stockport Story Museum but will be returned, for display, when work is complete.

Work to replace the roof and restore the exterior of the 1841 buildings will start in February 2008 and should be complete by October the same year.

(This information was taken from 'Flagship' the college's own magazine).