|Listing: Teacher Training College, now used
as College of Education. 1899. By T. H. Fleeming
and Son. ... A good, well proportioned example.
Comment: The listing calls this building the College of Adult
Education. It was built for educational purposes and has always been in
educational use; but the exact nature of what went on in it, and its official
name, has changed from time to time. People call the building, and whatever the
current institution is, "Old Hall Street". In recent decades its mainly
part-time courses, both vocational and recreational, have been of great
importance to the city and well supported. The house to the far right was part
of the original building and is said to have been the caretaker's house.
Lucky caretaker! Perhaps it was really the headmaster's or principal's
||The listing says that it "a good, well
proportioned example". But an example of
what? How would one describe this style?
Anyway, note the front wall, which reflects the
ground floor windows.
This town centre site is lined with trees (London Planes) - which is
remarkable and very nice (but makes getting a decent photo of the building very
difficult.) In about 2004 it was resurfaced and the street furniture
altered - to excellent effect with minimal cost and effort.
The Old Hall was originally the moated stately home of the Leveson family,
roughly on the site of this building; it later became one of Wolverhampton's
largest japanning works. In the square opposite this building the paving
contains markers of its extent.