Old grammar school could be listed building
2:05pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A STRIKING 1930s building, which has touched the lives of thousands over generations in Thornbury, could be soon be declared national ‘treasure’.
Town bosses are poised to enter talks with South Gloucestershire Council to have the old grammar school, now Castle School’s sixth-form centre, and the adjoining headmaster’s house on Gloucester Road included in the National Heritage List for England.
To be successful, leaders will have to make a strong case to English Heritage and fully demonstrate the post-16 facilities are of evident cultural, architectural and historical significance.
Recently-elected independent Cllr Graham Lanfear, the man behind the scheme, broached the idea to his fellow councillors a few weeks ago.
He told the Gazette: "I believe that by listing these buildings it will safeguard the historical and well-documented importance the community of Thornbury, its civic leaders and other dignitaries have placed on education in the town since 1570.
"The listing of these buildings which have considerable architectural merit in their own right will safeguard and complete the physical link by identifying and preserving the buildings used for grammar school purposes in Thornbury from 1570 to 1972 and Thornbury’s sixth form education from 1972 to the present day.
“This includes the former Grammar School’s Headmaster’s House which was erected in 1894 when the status and standing of the Headmaster was clearly recognised and is demonstrated by its size and setting."
Thornbury Grammar School moved into the Gloucester Road facilities from The Hatch on Castle Street in the 1930s. The school, which became Marlwood, later relocated to Alveston. The vacant building was taken over by Castle School in 1972.
Protected properties come under three categories: Grade I status, Grade II* and Grade II, the most common designation, which makes up 92 per cent of the National Heritage List for England.
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