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  • Writer's pictureMrs Helen Hughes (May 1941)

1923: Clearing the site

The work of clearing the site went on continuously during the winter months and a high wooden fence was erected which hid these operations from the passer-by. The removal of some of the smaller houses made it necessary to reinforce the wall of No. 31 and it was decided to take No. 32 for the Principal's Lodge. This is a Georgian house with panelled rooms which is said to have been built by a butler at Jesus College. It had been a lodging house for some years and a few structural alterations were necessary.

No. 23 was taken as the Porter's Lodge and temporarily adapted for the use of Wesley House. The front rooms became Common Room and Lecture Room, and the Rev Harold Roberts, who returned in October as Assistant Tutor, had his rooms in that house also.


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