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Historian appeals for fresh use for old grammar school
AN historian has urged education bosses to find a fresh use for the historic former Burnley Gramar School building.
The grade II listed building, designed by William Waddington and first opened in 1873, was used until recently as a link centre by Burnley College.
But it is now vacant and Coun Roger Frost, also chairman of Burnley Civic History, has more than one interest in its immediate future.
He said: “It is a very good building, probably William Waddington’s finest, and I would not want it to fall into disrepair. I hope someone will come along and put it to good use.
“The good thing about the building, from a development point of view, is that it comes with its own parking because you have the old courtyard at the back of the building.”
Coun Frost is also eager to secure permission to install an information board in the grammar school grounds, detailing some of the town’s most historic relics.
The school gardens house the town’s original Market Cross, which dates back to 1294, and a 17th century cross, and remnants of the original town well and old stocks.
Civic society supporters erected display panels several years ago, giving the background of the artefacts, which has now been lost, but have indicated they will fund a replacement.
The grammar school gardens also used to be home to cannons dating back to the Crimean War, which were presented to the town in 1867.
But they were later melted down for the war effort in 1941.
Burnley College was unavailable for comment yesterday.
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