St. Anselm Hall

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St. Anselm Hall
MottoCredo ut Intelligam
(I believe so that I may understand)
TypeUniversity halls of residence
Dr. Ben Walker

St Anselm Hall, known colloquially as Slems, is a hall of residence in the Victoria Park campus of the University of Manchester.

Victoria Park, Manchester electoral ward of the unitary authority of Glasgow

Victoria Park is a suburban area of Manchester, England. Victoria Park lies approximately two miles south of Manchester city centre, between Rusholme and Longsight.

University of Manchester public research university in Manchester, England

The University of Manchester is a public research university in Manchester, England, formed in 2004 by the merger of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and the Victoria University of Manchester. The University of Manchester is a red brick university, a product of the civic university movement of the late 19th century.


The hall was founded by the Church of England in 1907 and later licensed by the University as an official hall of residence. The University bought it in 1956 and subsequently extended it from a capacity of about 70 to its current capacity of 130 students. The hall building is a Grade II Listed building. [1]

Church of England Anglican state church of England

The Church of England is the established church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior cleric, although the monarch is the supreme governor. The Church of England is also the mother church of the international Anglican Communion. It traces its history to the Christian church recorded as existing in the Roman province of Britain by the third century, and to the 6th-century Gregorian mission to Kent led by Augustine of Canterbury.

Listed building Collection of protected architectural creations in the United Kingdom

A listed building, or listed structure, is one that has been placed on one of the four statutory lists maintained by Historic England in England, Historic Environment Scotland in Scotland, Cadw in Wales, and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in Northern Ireland.

Until September 2017 the hall only admitted male students, being possibly the last university-owned all-male hall of residence in the UK. [2] It has a twin all-female hall named St Gabriels. [3]

Hall Grounds

St Anselm Hall is situated on Kent Road East, and occupies the southern side of the road entirely with its buildings. These are the main building, the chapel, an onsite gym, and the Warden's lodge.

The main building can, again, be subdivided into the dining hall, the on-site bar and the residential wings, each with individual names. Schuster (formerly known as Kent Hall) is the main part of the hall, and formerly the property of the exceptional mathematical physicist Arthur Schuster. As well as housing numerous students, it also contains the hall's own library and the Junior and Senior Common Rooms. The first extension to take place was the Dewar wing, named after the 4th Warden of the Hall Revd. Canon Dewar (1922-1927), which took place in 1927. Manor and Summerfield are the two newest wings, both being built as part of the extensions to the hall carried out by the university in the 1960s. [4]

Arthur Schuster Anglo-German physicist

Sir Franz Arthur Friedrich Schuster FRS FRSE was a German-born British physicist known for his work in spectroscopy, electrochemistry, optics, X-radiography and the application of harmonic analysis to physics. Schuster's integral is named after him. He contributed to making the University of Manchester a centre for the study of physics.

The Chapel lies behind the Main building, and stands as a monument to the religious tradition at St Anselm Hall. Every year, one student is elected as a Sacristan in order to better integrate the Chaplaincy and the student body.

The Warden's Lodge is a detached house in the hall grounds built for 8th Warden Revd. Canon Prof. Preston (1948-1963), though now it houses postgraduate students.

Formal Hall

St Anselm Hall is one of the last remaining halls to partake in a formal dinner, otherwise known as Formal Hall, which takes place every weekday during term time. It is mandatory for all members of the hall to wear gowns to dinner, tutors and students alike.

Proceedings start with all students entering the dining hall, after the doors have been opened by the catering staff. Once everyone is stood behind their seats, the JCR president makes any announcements and once completed, instructs the student closest to the entrance to bang the serving spoon, which is done three times. This signifies to the warden and tutors that they are to enter, which they do upon hearing this. They make their way to the top table, and the warden then gives the hall grace, and dinner may start. Upon finishing, the warden arises, at which point everyone else also stands, and leaves, thus signifying the end of dinner, meaning everyone may now leave.

The usual hall grace given before formal hall is Benedictus benedicat (May the Blessed One give a blessing). After dinner the grace given is Benedicto benedicatur (Let praise be given to the Blessed One (if you believe Benedicto is dative); or Let a Blessing be given by the Blessed One (if you believe Benedicto is ablative)). [5]

After Christmas dinner Floreat Aula Sanctus Anselmi (May St. Anselm Hall flourish) is traditionally toasted, alongside "The Queen, the Duke of Lancaster".

Cellar Club

The Cellar Club is the onsite bar, and is the self-titled cheapest bar in Manchester. This is mostly due to the fact that the bar is one of the last student-run bars in Manchester, and the staff are residents within the hall who volunteer their time there. Originally located within the snooker room in the open Junior Common Room, it was relocated under the dining hall and expanded under Warden Smalley in the 1970s. The bar was renovated again in the 1990s to allow for a greater variety of socials.

These socials are organised by an elected representative within the hall. The events range from bar crawls to in-house events. There is also a weekly pub quiz run by students.


The Warden has responsibility over the welfare all of the residents in St Anselm Hall and is point of contact between students and the University.

The Wardens Plaque is one of many in the dining hall and serves as a catalogue of the former wardens and their time spent in the role. Warden Plaque2.jpg
The Wardens Plaque is one of many in the dining hall and serves as a catalogue of the former wardens and their time spent in the role.

1907 – 1914 The Rev. T.B. Allworthy
1914 – 1915 The Rev. T.H. Cleworth
1919 – 1922 The Rev. Canon H.G. Chevassut
1922 – 1927 The Rev. Canon L. Dewar
1928 – 1933 The Rev. Canon D. Armitage
1934 – 1939 The Rev. T.H. South
1939 – 1948 The Rev. Preb G.J. Inglis
1948 – 1963 The Rev. Canon Prof R.H Preston D.D.
1963 – 1972 G. North
1972 – 1977 The Rev. Canon S.S. Smalley
1977 – 1981 Dr R.G. Davies
1982 – 1987 The Rev. Dr R.J. Elford
1988 – 1990 J. Yates
1990 – 1991 Dr J.P. Kane
1992 – 1993 Dr J.V. Ramsbottom
1993 – 2005 Dr A.A. Mawby
2005 – 2014 Dr C. Bloomfield
2014 – 2016 L. Turner
2016 – present Dr B. Walker

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