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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 19th August, 2018)

Britannia Bridge


Britannia Bridge
Another shot of Britannia Bridge school being demolished.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: DTease on 19th August 2018 at 00:51

"I think the robbers may have got in via the roof constable Haywain"

Comment by: Anne on 19th August 2018 at 07:15

Where have they put the kiddies from this school, or where is the nearest school next to this? What I mean, how can you put the whole school children in another school!! What are the powers that be up to?
One thing is for sure, houses will replace the school.

Comment by: Bryan Traynor on 19th August 2018 at 09:55

A new school has been built behind the old one.

Comment by: Veronica on 19th August 2018 at 10:22

All the money that's spent on recycling and yet such a solid building is 'wasted'! What does happen to all the lovely bricks and roof tiles/ slates I wonder. It looks as if it's being taken down carefully.
The good Constable will have his work cut out keeping an eye on it at night - all that lead!

Comment by: Anne on 19th August 2018 at 11:05

We're going to get confused with two Anne's

Comment by: Anne on 19th August 2018 at 11:23

The new school has been built on the site of the old nursery which had an entrance on Winifred st. The nursery was built around 1949/50, this on the site of the large communal concrete air raid shelters, a number of which were situated the length of Winifred st. Also, where the new school is there was during the war years and for a short time following a vegetable garden existed tended by the senior girls from the school. Probably part of the "dig for victory" campaign.

Comment by: Barrie on 19th August 2018 at 13:56

In answer to your question Veronica, I would think that the slates,some roof timbers and bricks (if in good sound condition) would be salvaged and possible sold on to reclamation dealers. If the bricks are being stacked and wrapped as mention in the previous PAD,then I guess the demolition contractor has an outlet for them. Bricks were made in imperial sizes pre 1970 so patching old buildings etc should be done in old bricks.

Comment by: Veronica on 19th August 2018 at 16:01

I see Barrie- I bet the new building doesn't have such good bricks though. Those look like Accrington bricks and I know the new similar bricks aren't the same size. I'm not sure they still make them.

Comment by: Pat McC on 19th August 2018 at 16:53

We built a house using bricks reclaimed from a girls’ school in Southport. They were more expensive than new ones - demolition is a lucrative business.

Comment by: Anne H on 19th August 2018 at 17:00

At 7:15 was me! Who are you then?

Comment by: Anne on 19th August 2018 at 18:45

I'm t'other Anne, started at this school in 1945.

Comment by: Anne H on 20th August 2018 at 18:26

Oh, i'm not that old lol.

Comment by: Anne on 20th August 2018 at 21:23

That's sorted then but are you a true Lower Incer.
I enjoy being that old, still a lot to do.

Comment by: Anne on 20th August 2018 at 23:41

No, but a younger Higher Incer.

Comment by: Sam h on 27th August 2018 at 10:52

If the bricks and slates are good enough to be re -sold then the school is good enough to be re- vamped best possibly Accrington brick ,the new school won't last as long just chip board and plastic .use to go Thursday mornings for woodwork from Spring view school with mr haliwell in1960s ,oh to be back then.

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