Helen (heleninwales) wrote,
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Old footbridge

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It was cold again overnight, but that meant a lovely sunny winter morning to follow. This is part of the grounds of the local FE college. Before it was a college, it was a girls' grammar school, dating back to 1876. There are more grounds on the other side of the road, which is one of the main routes into town. A bridge was built to enable the pupils to cross safely without being in any danger from the traffic. The bridge is no longer used because it's become unsafe.

Old Footbridge

An interesting thing I learned during the guided walk around town on Saturday was that back in the 1860s, there was some money available to the town. There were two suggested projects. The first was to restore the old building that was said to be a court house used by Owain Glyndwr and the other project was to build a school for girls. There was already a grammar school for boys, but no provision for older girls. The town held a referendum and the school won. It closed in the 1960s, replaced by a co-ed comprehensive secondary school and, eventually, the building became the FE college.
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