Wednesday, 4 November 2009

My first 'grown up' home

I happened to catch a glimpse of a TV series currently on called 'Trinity' the other night and immediately recognised the building.  This is it - the Founders building at Royal Holloway, University of London.  I was 18 and I spent a year living in one of the rooms in the third floor of this building - Room 330 if memory serves me right.

Can I admit that this amazing building was one of the main reasons for choosing this university?!  It was a funny little room with a fireplace, an old wardrobe (now I would think it was vintage chic, but at the time didn't appreciate it), a washstand with a granite top, a huge old desk and a sash window that wouldn't open.  The floorboards were painted black and showed the dust all the time.  I bought loads of plants the first week at 'Freshers Fayre' and they slowly passed away by Christmas through my lack of looking after them (and probably the not being able to open the window issue). Sadly I don't have any pictures of the room to share - and I'm wondering if that's because although I loved the idea of living here it didn't quite feel like 'home'.

So I never took any pictures. Makes a great film set though.


  1. That's quite the building. All those chimneys. It's kind of hard to imagine anyone actually living in it!

  2. Wow that is quite the student housing! I spent my first year in this place,_Syracuse_University.jpg

    With all the glory of late 1950s built-ins!



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