P-05-949 SAVE COWBRIDGE OLD GIRLS’ SCHOOL FROM DEMOLITION
petition was submitted by Sara Pedersen having collected 2,080 signatures
online and 3,442 on paper (not final), a total of 5,522 signatures.
Text of Petition
We call on the National
Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to protect the former
Intermediate School for Girls’ in Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan. This was the
first intermediate school to be built specifically for the education of girls
in Wales (and England) and is the subject of a planning application for
demolition. Failure to protect it will lead to the loss of a nationally
important historic asset.
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, a pivotal moment in
Welsh History. Amid its contemporaries, Cowbridge was highly unusual in
including accommodation for boarders from the outset and largely funded by a
The original character of
the school survives to a very high degree, both internally and externally,
including the original hall and staircase. Only 5 comparable (of 95) schools
are listed across Wales. A survey of them all confirms that Cowbridge survives
to an equivalent degree to some and a better degree than others.
The architect, Robert
Williams, was a pioneer of his time and renowned for being a radical, prominent
advocate of building conservation, national pioneer of social housing, promoter
of the Welsh School of Architecture and proponent for the publication of
building literature in the Welsh language. He later went on to work in London
and then Egypt for the Davies Bryan family, where many of his buildings still
stand and are nationally protected.
In summary, the former
Cowbridge Intermediate School for Girls’ 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 urge the Welsh Government, as
custodians of our heritage, to protect this building either through listing or
the provision of additional social housing funding to allow its conversion.
Reference: Scourfield (2019).
FORMER COWBRIDGE COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL, ABERTHIN ROAD, COWBRIDGE - AN HISTORICAL
AND ARCHITECTURAL APPRAISAL.
The Committee acknowledges and applauds the tireless
campaigning undertaken by the petitioner throughout this process. Following the
debate in the Senedd on 16 February members concluded that they have done all
that they can to support this petition, and therefore agreed to now close the
petition and thank the petitioner.
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Business type: Petition
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
Status: For consideration
First published: 25/03/2020