You may wonder the cost to build our beloved university, it was no less than the sum of £250,000 - which is equivalent to around £15m today! And where did the money come from? £150,000 was generously provided by Sir Jesse Boot himself, with the source of the other £100,000 dramatically revealed on the day by Lord Haldane himself:
"In this matter some odd person turns up, and sometimes he won't have his name mentioned, and the money appears where you least expect it. An odd thing happened to me the other day.
"I received an anonymous letter in which the writer, who would not give me his name or address, or tell me who he was, said: 'I have been following this movement for the creation of a new University. I am particularly interested in the Midlands, and understand that you are to be present at the laying of the foundation stone of the new University. Well (he said). I have directed my bankers (a great bank in London) to pay over to you £100,000'."