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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

Copyright © 2007

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Sunday, 3 February 2008
by Brad Storey


At the head of the staircase leading to the second floor is a bust in bronze of Sir Thomas Storey, the donor. On the left is a lady's cloak-room, passing which, entrance is gained to a handsome corridor, 65 feet in length and 11 feet in width. At the end of this corridor is the Picture Gallery, 70 feet in length and 32 feet in width, well lighted from the roof. At one end is a raised platform, and at the other a domed niche, in which is a group of sculpture in white marble, representing Her Majesty Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort. The walls of the Gallery are hung with many fine pictures, including excellent examples of the works of local artists. There is a good portrait of Sir Thomas, painted by Karel Klic.

Leading out of the Art Gallery is a large room, called the "Music Room," which is useful for meetings of societies, committee meetings, &c. The Principal's room and a useful Committee room are also on this floor. At the opposite end of this corridor is a room which was originally intended to be used as a Museum, but which is now utilised as a Magazine Reading Room. The corridor, which is well lighted by a beautiful bow-window, executed by Messrs. Shrigley & Hunt, contains the busts of distinguished Lancastrians,

    Professor, Sir Richard Owen, K.C.B.
    Dr. Whewell, Master of Trinity.
    Professor, Sir William Turner, K.C.B., Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh University.
    Sir Robert Rawlinson, K.C.B.

The whole of the upper storey is devoted to the School of Art, and consists of spacious rooms specially designed and arranged for the teaching of art in all its branches.

The advantages thus provided by this magnificent building were so largely accepted by the young people of the town, that it was found that the accommodation was inadequate, and in the year 1904 Mr. Herbert Lushington Storey, J.P., D.L., eldest son of Sir Thomas, anxious to continue the valuable work thus commenced by his father, offered to build an extension to the present building, and in this way commemorate, at the same time, the accession of King Edward VII.

The new portion extends up Castle Hill as far as the offices occupied by Messrs. Paley and Austin, architects, who have carried out the work of erection in conformity with the original building. The new block is four storeys in height, and approached from the main staircase of the Institute by a corridor on each floor running the length of the additional buildings, and lighted from the area at the back.

The ground floor is devoted almost entirely to technical work, the rooms comprising an Electrical Laboratory, metal work and forge room, manual instruction room, and a science lecture room.

On the first floor there is a small lecture room, a large double class room with a folding glazed partition, and a cookery and laundry room. These latter, for the teaching of Domestic Science, are especially well fitted with every convenience. This floor can be approached from Castle Park.