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If some of these sums seem small by modern standards, an updating of them is instructive. By most indices the purchasing power of the pound sterling was in 2004 some 16 times less than it had been in 1954. 6 million. With the school now having a legal existence and a site, and with money coming in, it was time to start building. An architectural competition was launched in March. W. Thornton White of Cape Town, who had agreed to act as assessor of the 16 designs which were submitted. The drawings were on view in the Cathedral Cloisters in Salisbury, and the winners and runners-up were presented with prizes by Sir Ellis Robins.
The biggest single donor was the British South Africa Company and its various offshoots, which thanks to the efforts of Ellis Robins had donated £5,000 and had promised loans (redeemable at 5% in 20 years but never redeemed) of £80,000. The 30 G E T T I N G STARTED Beit Trust grants amounted to £45,000 spread over the years 195458. Underlining the school's role within the Federation as a whole, the Northern Rhodesian government had given a loan of £25,000 and the various copper belt mining companies donated some £10,000.
His uncle was chairman of the Stepney Council for Social Welfare. Bishop Winnington-Ingram (who was to ordain Edward priest) had inveighed against the slum landlords when he had been Bishop of Stepney, and continued his denunciations when he became Bishop of London. Archbishop Lang, whom Luke Paget succeeded at Stepney, was something of a father figure to many of the young men who worked in the slums after university; he advocated ensuring that all prospective clergy be trained in Economic History, the Poor Law, and the laws of health and housing.