The national architecture charity the Victorian Society has released its annual Top 10 Most Endangered Buildings List. It highlights what it considers the most at-risk Victorian and Edwardian buildings and structures throughout England and Wales.
The campaign aims to expose the plight of the buildings in the hope that increased awareness and appreciation will help save them. The public nominate buildings to be featured in the list, and the Victorian Society then decides the most endangered from these public nominations.
Cowbridge School in the Vale of Glamorgan was built in 1896.
The Victorian Society says it was one of 94 County Intermediate Schools designed to mainly cater for children who had little or no prospect of attending independent public schools due to their social status or financial situation.
It now lies derelict and is said to be under threat of demolition.
Cowbridge School is a beautifully crafted building, solid, handsome and capable of being reused. Its thoughtless demolition would be a huge blow to the town. Many other Victorian school buildings are in a similar position – these buildings can and should be reused.