Ashburne Hall (to which Sheavyn House is an annex) is a University of Manchester hall of residence for students on the Fallowfield Campus, situated 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the main university campus (the Oxford Road Campus). The hall has catered accommodation offered to mainly undergraduate students, though some places are reserved for postgraduate students
Ashburne Hall was founded in 1900 by Samuel Alexander, R. D. Darbishire, C. P. Scott and Alice B. Cooke as a hall of residence for women students. (Two halls for men had already been founded in association with Owens College.) It was first located at Ashburne House in Victoria Park (donated by R. D. Darbishire for the purpose) and remained there until the removal to "The Oaks" (which was then renamed Ashburne Hall) in 1910. The new site was on Wilmslow Road at the corner of Old Hall Lane, Fallowfield.
By 1930 the hall had been extended by new buildings and enriched by the bequest from Lord Morley of his personal library. At a later date Sheavyn House was built in the grounds and commemorates Dr Sheavyn who had been warden of the hall.
Present day, Ashburne Hall still thrives. A collection of ex-students combined to form Old Ashburnians A.F.C.
Norman Gillson is the current warden of Ashburne Hall.
- Sheavyn, Phoebe A. B. (1939) Ashburne Hall, 1900-1930, in: The Journal of the University of Manchester, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 66-70
- Yggdrasill; 1997/98 (centenary issue of the Hall magazine, containing 15 contributions by various hands)
- "Accommodation prospectus for Fallowfield". University of Manchester (The).