Helping towards the restoration of the Old Debating Hall
When the Union launched its appeal for funds to restore the Old Debating Hall, the Trustees of the Landmark Trust were immediately interested. They were in any case more than willing to support the restoration programme, both of the building and of the wall-paintings inside it, but there was the chance too that here was a long-wished-for opportunity to make a Landmark right in the centre of Oxford. So while offering to support the restoration financially, they also enquired whether there was any part of the Union building that was no longer used, and which could be converted into a flat.
It so happened that in 1983 the Steward, Walter Perry, was about to retire and the Committee of the Oxford Union Society decided to take the opportunity to reorganise and reduce their staff. The old office of Steward was to be done away with and his work combined with other jobs for a non-resident House Manager. So the Steward’s House at the end of the north wing and with its own entrance on to St Michael’s Street was to fall empty. Part of it was already used for kitchens and staff offices, but there was no obvious future use for the bedrooms on the first floor and accordingly these were offered to the Trust, with part of the ground floor as well.
A lease on the flat was drawn up in 1985, plans were prepared, and work started in 1986.
A short history of the Steward's House
The full history album for the Steward's House
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