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Canada hall is located at Fearnhead/
Padgate three miles northeast of the town
of Warrington and one mile from Bruche
The site covered 40 acres and was
constructed to a similar design to Bruche
hall and the Royal Navy Gosling camps in
the same area as well. The camp was
constructed with the standard H-Block
accommodation buildings, ablutions,
messing facilities and a central activity
hall used as a dance hall, theatre, and
The camp was originally tenanted by
Canadian servicemen during World War 2 and
later the camp was occupied by the USAAF
from the nearby Burtonwood air depot
station 590 by WACs Women's Army Corps,
& it was then decided to use Canada
hall to accommodate the WACs there to keep
them away from the men the WACs stayed
there until the end of the war, buses and
trucks transported the WACs to and from
the Burtonwood Air depot.
After world war 2 during 1946 Lancashire
Education committee decided to use Canada
hall camp as an emergency training college
to train 360 male students demobbed from
the armed services to train a teaching
profession, the principal there was G.
Harrison, MA, the last ex-servicemen left
at easter 1949.
During 1949 the ministry of education
recognized the college as a permanent
teacher training college for female
students, providing two-year teacher
training courses, & also during this
period of time, the students were still
using the old military world war 2 camp
So, in 1955/59 work began on the building
of the new purpose-designed luxurious
accommodation blocks, each one housing
about 50 students, members of the 1955/59
courses were the first to move in from the
old world war 2 H-Blocks.
During the late 1960s, the site was
renamed Padgate College of Education.
The current position of Canada hall today
is the Warrington campus of the University
and location map
main entrance shortly after world
of Canada hall during 1960, the 7
blocks can be seen to the right
world war 2 buildings to the left.
rural science class around the world
war 2 buildings during the early
Living conditions in the world war 2
H-blocks during 1954.
war 2 buildings can be seen in the
foreground and one of
built luxurious accommodation blocks
is in the
left background 1960.
One of the
new accommodation blocks, and to
the left are
the world war 2 buildings 1960.
cover of Sagax, the campus magazine
of 2 of the accommodation blocks.
7 of these
buildings were constructed.
of students at the Warrington
the University of Chester.
flight testing outside the control
tower at RAF Burtonwood with a WAC
Corps during world war 2. The WACs
at RAF Burtonwood
accommodated at Canada hall, their
work included many
as warehousing and secretarial
Aerial photo of Canada hall with its
modern buildings, now known
Warrington Campus of the University
of Chester. The world
buildings have long since been
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