PETITION ALERT: Urgent Call to Help Save Wales' First Girls' School
15th March 2020
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has backed a petition launched by local campaigners in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales to save the Victorian Girls Grammar School in Cowbridge from demolition.
Despite urgent calls from local campaign group SAVE Cowbridge Girls School, The Victorian Society and local politicians, the developer still seeks to demolish the handsome building to construct four houses and a block of 30 flats.
Their petition to the Welsh Assembly has already gained over 3,000 signatures and urges the Welsh Government to step in to protect the building through listing and conversion.
The deadline for signing the petition is midday this Wednesday 18th March and we encourage you to make your voice heard to stop the loss of this impressive and historic building.
Our photos show the building’s original historic features remain ostensibly intact, both internally and externally, including the original hall and staircase. Only five schools surviving from the period are listed across Wales, yet Cowbridge was turned down for listing by CADW in 2019, who claimed more intact examples existed which were already listed.
Tudur Davies, of SAVE Cowbridge Girls' School says: “The former Cowbridge Girls’ School survives as a prominent and attractive testimony to a pivotal moment in Welsh history and the equal opportunities afforded to underprivileged girls of the time. We are disappointed that despite our efforts, the developer still seeks to demolish the buildings in their entirety so that nothing will remain of this nationally important building.”
Marcus Binney, executive president of SAVE Britain’s Heritage says: "SAVE's report Too Good to Lose illustrates numerous examples of handsome girls' and boys’ schools rescued from decay and given a new lease of life through residential use. We strongly support local efforts to save and revive this notable local landmark.”
Opened in 1896, Cowbridge was the first girls’ intermediate school to be built in Wales (and England) as a result of the Welsh Intermediate Education Act of 1889. The school closed as the local girls’ comprehensive school in 2011 and is now in need of restoration and re-use.
Full details of the campaign can be found at https://oldgirlsschool.wales.