Haygrove demolition 4 compressed new

Bridgwater school loses iconic facade

A DEMOLITION team has started work on the iconic red brick facade of the original building that was home to Haygrove School from 1973 and to Dr Morgan’s Grammar School from the 1930s.

The work is expected to take a number of weeks.

Beginning on the east-side, a channel through to the inner quadrangle will be exposed, and from there, the classrooms and offices that form the distinctive school quadrangle will be demolished.

They will make way for a landscaped area that will become the main walkway to the new Haygrove School building, the staff car park and home to new tennis and netball courts.

Headteacher Mr Aaron Reid said, “We are of course, very sad to see the old building disappear. It has been a part of the fabric and history of Bridgwater since 1937 when Dr Morgan’s Grammar School for Boys moved to Durleigh Road from premises on Mount Street.

“Our history is important to the school community and to the wider local area and we are working on ways to commemorate this heritage within our new premises, including plans for preserving the clock face that has sat proudly at the top of the red brick tower for decades and re-purposing some of the famous red bricks.

“A visual timeline that tells the story of Dr Morgan’s contribution to education in the town is also in the pipeline.

“I am so looking forward to having the opportunity to welcome current, past and future members of our school family into our new premises as soon as we are able.”

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