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Thomas Hall, Exeter

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formerly Great Duryard, Exeter

1936 Great Duryard and 14 acres purchased by the University College of the South West of England at a total cost of £5,327.[1][2]

1936 It was renamed Thomas Hall after Charles Vivian Thomas, a Cornish businessman who helped fund its transfer to the University

Originally providing accommodation for male students, during the early part of World War II it was used for the students of the Royal Free Hospital Medical School who were evacuated to the city. After the war it was a hall for female students.

In July 2013, the new Exeter Steiner Academy announced that it had secured the purchase of the hall for use as its permanent school premises from 2015

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Sources of Information

  1. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 27 March 1936
  2. Western Times - Thursday 25 March 1937