The Lancashire College of Agriculture at Hutton
The Lancashire College of Agriculture [1. For readers interested in the College, a good history is found at the website of Myerscough College, the successor to Lancashire College as more land was added and the College expanded.] at Hutton, about six miles to the west of Preston, comprised an older building and new accommodations of offices, lecture rooms, refectory, communal rooms, and dormitories for the pupils. Started in 1892, the county purchased a farm and land near Hutton in 1894. Around it was a range of farm buildings, greenhouses and many acres of agricultural land. When I attended, it was quite isolated near the small village of Hutton. I think maybe there was an infrequent bus service from Preston. We found both the facilities and the training we received excellent, starting in October 1939.
Life at the College of Agriculture
I was excited about being admitted to the College for the extended class, the first time I left home. Veronica and I enjoyed the months we spent there. What I liked about it, apart from being away from home in Liverpool, was the cleanliness and order. We were fortunate to be in the new wing of the Institute were we shared a bedroom with another girl. It was bright, clean with windows onto the grounds and fresh as a new pin. Outside the window I could hear the “quiet” of the country, the birds and animals. Along the corridor was a bathroom with plenty of hot water. We ate in the refectory with excellent meals at set times, or if we were working out with sandwiches provided, and our laundry was done for us. Evenings there was the common room where we socialized with the other girls and entertained ourselves. It was so different from the chaos of home.