University of Chester unveils plans for Warrington move

The centrepiece of the University of Chester’s shift from Warrington suburb to town centre will be a teaching facility named for the abolitionist campaigner, Sarah Parker Remond

The University of Chester has released details of its move from a Warrington suburb into the town centre.

It was announced in January that the Padgate campus would be closing, with the Warrington Guardian reporting that the site is likely to be become housing.

The first stage of the transfer to the town centre, the refurbishment of a leased unit in Time Square, is due to be operational in time for the coming academic year.

The unit is set to become a ‘shop front’ for the university in the Cheshire town, acting as both a learning opportunities information point and education space for hire.

The university has also completed the purchase of Mersey Bank House, a 1996-built office building, which will house teaching provision in nursing and education.

Once refurbished, the space will be renamed the Sarah Parker Remond Building, in honour of the abolitionist and women’s rights campaigner.

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A daughter of the most prominent African American family in Salem, Massachusetts, Remond gave a series of lectures in the town’s music hall and Red Lion Hotel in 1859, two years before the start of the war that would ultimately bring about an end to slavery.

Her first talk, free to enter, was described by contemporary accounts as the best attended public event in Warrington’s history.

“I appeal on behalf of four millions of men, women, and children who are chattels in the Southern States of America,” she told her audience. “Not because they are identical with my race and colour, though I am proud of that identity, but because they are men and women.”

The transfer of the Warrington campus from town fringes to centre is scheduled to be completed by September 2022.

Sarah Parker Remond

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