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photoblog image Alma Mater....

Alma Mater....


...or the Liverpool Collegiate Grammer School for Boys. I attended this learned institution in the early 1960s and it went rapidly downhill after I left in 1965.  I well remember the old drafty class rooms and the wooden benches in the lecture theatres. I can still remember the first verse of the school song Paen Esmedunas, strange how some things stick in your mind.

Vivat Haec Soldolitas
Decus Esmedunae
Nulli Usquan Postabenda
Semper In Caelum Tollenda
Magnae Virum Cunae



Changed to a comprehensive school it was eventually closed in 1985 after a fire. It has now been been renovated, after a long period of dereliction, into a series of luxury apartments by Urban Splash, an urban regeneration enterprise company. It's location however is in an area that is a bit dodgy to say the least, just down the road from the Everton Lockup.

Alma Mater....


...or the Liverpool Collegiate Grammer School for Boys. I attended this learned institution in the early 1960s and it went rapidly downhill after I left in 1965.  I well remember the old drafty class rooms and the wooden benches in the lecture theatres. I can still remember the first verse of the school song Paen Esmedunas, strange how some things stick in your mind.

Vivat Haec Soldolitas
Decus Esmedunae
Nulli Usquan Postabenda
Semper In Caelum Tollenda
Magnae Virum Cunae



Changed to a comprehensive school it was eventually closed in 1985 after a fire. It has now been been renovated, after a long period of dereliction, into a series of luxury apartments by Urban Splash, an urban regeneration enterprise company. It's location however is in an area that is a bit dodgy to say the least, just down the road from the Everton Lockup.

comments (15)

Nicely tweaked and straightened Les- were you the cause of it's demise? wink
Les Auld: Probably just one of the sticks David, I think going comprehensive was a significant reason as well.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 13 Jan 2008, 01:34
This looks like it's straight out of Harry Potter, Les! It's fabulous PPg!
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, there was not much magic there though.
  • urban8
  • Stoke-lying-somewhere-over-the-River-Trent
  • 13 Jan 2008, 07:34
It's certainly a fantastic building, Les, and you'd never think it used to be a school!
And good old Urban Splash - they are certainly taking on some strange buildings, such as this one but also the large hotel on Morecombe's seafront promenade. Good luck to them, let's hope it helps turn around places like this.
Les Auld: Urban Splash have done, or are in the process of doing, quite a few developments in the north. Thanks for the comment.
It seems, like me, you are part of the baby boomer bulge created straight after the war then Les. Schooldays ... we never forget them. Great feel to this. richard
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, 1948 was the year. Sometimes I would like to forget them though.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Jan 2008, 09:25
Love the juxtaposition of the grand old building and the sleazy sign! Wonder how much they're charging for those apartments.
Ingrid
Les Auld: Thanks Ingrid, £135,000 and upwards, I aw one on one of the property programmes on TV not so long back and I was not too impressed with it.
I remember it well I used to pass it every morning on my way to work. I cut a very sad sight. Delighted to see it finally renovated. As you say not the most glamorous part of the city of culture.

Your HDR rendition does it proud and the signage is just priceless.

To answer Aniedog, a one bedroom arpartment is currently on sale for £135,000.
http://www.thinkproperty.com/property/12095752
Les Auld: Thanks Alistair, spent five or more years here and often just wanted to go past it.
  • Ann
  • Suc sur Erdre - France
  • 13 Jan 2008, 11:39
Strong building, nice sky and B&W ... Everything is there to have a great photo !!!
Les Auld: Thanks Ann, appreciate the comment.
I am with Ginnie about Harry Potter. Very moody shot. I like it
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, Harry potter and his friends would have made my schooldays much better I think.
  • tim
  • leeds, uk
  • 13 Jan 2008, 12:40
stunning Les, and the sign lol just adds so much more to the scene.smile
Les Auld: When I drove down there and saw the sign the picture just came together. Thanks for the commnet Tim.
I just love the sign Les!
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, just had to take the picture when I saw the sign.
  • Obioma
  • United States
  • 13 Jan 2008, 21:57
Like what you've done with this. Looks great
Les Auld: Thanks Obioma, appreciate your stopping by and commenting.
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 13 Jan 2008, 23:43
Fine old gothic pile and I love the juxtaposition with the sign.
Les Auld: Thanks Ian, gothic inside and out,
  • Ellie
  • at home
  • 14 Jan 2008, 00:03
Superb building, and the accommodation would be command high prices even there!
Les Auld: It used to be cold in the winter Ellie but I suppose they have taken care of that now. Thanks for the comment.
  • Nigel Clack
  • a big puddle in Gloucester
  • 15 Jan 2008, 11:12
I like the effect and the inclusion of the sign
Les Auld: Thanks Nigel, I just had to include the sign, it was just saying take my picture.
Very good treatment! I like. How you have done it?

P.D.:I have seen this one effect in several images yours!
Les Auld: Thanks Jose, it is an HDR image, finished off in Photoshop by converting to B&W and then bleeding some colour back in by reducing the opacity of the b&W layer.

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