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Hall life in 1921

Hall life in 1921

The problem of providing accommodation for students after the First World War, a time of increased demand for university education, is clearly demonstrated in these views of Canynge Hall in 1921, taken from a brochure produced to further a University appeal. 120 students were in residence at the time, paying £2 per week. When in 1922, thanks to the generosity of H.H. Wills, Mortimer House opened, as an additional hall for men, Canynge Hall’s capacity was reduced to 78 students. The residents’ day began with a roll call at 8.00. Not surprisingly, perhaps, the Warden was a Captain N.B. Lethbridge, the commander of the O.T.C. A student of ‘Canine Hall’ groaned ‘O Lord, how long!’ and another rhymed: ‘There is a hostel large / Not far away, / Where we get bread and marg / Three times a day.’ Austerity could not crush the student spirit, however, as a poem addressed to the freshers of 1920 suggests: ‘Where’er your homeland, be it far or near, / A hearty welcome we would you give. / May all your days be full of pleasant cheer, / And may you learn to love the life we live.’