A look around the former Willaston School

NANTWICH has lost a claim to fame. The town was home to the International Centre for Elim Pentecostal Church, but that changed in September 2009 when the college moved to a magnificent, four-storey, new home in Malvern.

  The college occupied a building founded in 1899 as Willaston School. This later became St Joseph's - a rehabilitation school for under-privileged boys. It was


taken over to become the Elim Pentecostal's national theological college in recent years, and then it was known as Regents Theological College. 

   But before the college left, Nantwich Museum sought and received permission to go round the building and take photographs for its records. The pictures were taken by Nantwich historian, Andrew Lamberton.

   By arrangement with the then museum Curator,

Anne Wheeler, Andrew sent me a selection of those pictures. My thanks to all.

   There are a number of buildings on the site, including an indoor baths and The Grove which faces on to London Road. This was the home of Philip Barker, on whose wishes the building was founded.

   The Nantwich Elim Church now worships in The Chapel, accessed via London Road.
















The front view of the building














The front elevation showing Willaston school's coat of arms


The upper storey of the main block of the college


The 1899 foundation stone

A plaque commemorating the building of The Grove (Thomas Barker, AD 1837)   A stained glass window in the Chapel   The front doorway of The Grove

The front room of The Grove


The chapel


One of the college's bedrooms

A second page of pictures | Old Nantwich Pictures No 9 | What's On - Churches | The Regents Theological College website | Old slides

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