The Venue

King Edward VII Upper School
Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2PW

King Edward VII Upper School, which has been the venue since 2012, is on Glossop Road, on the right hand side going away from the city centre, a short distance beyond the Royal Hallamshire Hospital on the right, and before one reaches the shopping area at Broomhill. Glossop Road is a continuation of West Street, going out of the city centre.

The school occupies a site bounded by Glossop Road to the NW, and Newbould Lane to the SW. Clarkhouse Road runs along the SE perimeter.

There are two entrances which may be used, both by pedestrians and by vehicles, one on Glossop Road itself, and one on Newbould Lane.

Access to the building should be limited to the central entrance, which features eight tall Corinthian columns, and is reached via stone steps which rise up to the first floor.

Location Map

Map showing the location of the venue

Buses

From Sheffield City Centre:

120 about every 8 minutes from Flat Street, near railway station (goes past school).
51 and 52/52A about every 15 minutes from Arundel Gate or High Street; get off in Broomhill and the school is a short walk down the hill.

History

The main building of King Edward VII Upper School, the venue of the congress, originally started out as the Wesleyan Proprietary Grammar School. It was completed in about 1838, at a cost of more than £10,000, which was on top of the £4,500 paid for the six acres of land. The architect was William Flockton, and the design was of an ambitious classical style. It had accommodation for about 250 boarders. It soon became known, by royal patent, as Wesley College.

In time Wesley College became King Edward VII Grammar School for boys, run by the local council. A number of local chess-players used to attend “King Ted’s”, including Geoff Frost, Steve Mann, Ken Norbury and the late Barry Wardle. In those days King Ted’s habitually won the Sheffield schools’ chess league run by the Sheffield & District Chess Association, and reached the semi-finals of the Sunday Times schools competition at the first attempt, in the late 1960s. Later chess-playing pupils at King Ted’s included Ken Kay and Paul Bailey.


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