Hero who shortened World War Two attended threatened school -
As a second Public Meeting is called about the fate of the former Wilnecote School buildings in New Road, The Tamworth and District Civic Society (TDCS) has made a further startling discovery in its battle to save the Victorian buildings from demolition by Staffordshire County Council.
In addition to boasting Basil Champneys -
Staffordshire County Council drew up plans last year to sell the former school site
to Housing 21 to build some 50 social housing flats in place of the beloved landmark
However, the town’s civic society has been doggedly on the case of protecting the
heritage buildings since it was re-
The most famous pupil of the Wilnecote Schools has always been considered to be footballing
legend Harry Hibbs (1906-
Now, David has uncovered the fact that Tamworth’s Second World War hero Colin Grazier,
George Cross, also attended the school. Grazier’s story was little known until the
1990s because of the Official Secrets Act, but he is now world-
David explained: “I thought that Colin spent all his school days at Two Gates. I
was talking to the well-
David asked: “What more information does Tamworth Borough Council want in order to
act urgently to protect these remarkable and historically significant buildings?!
We have attractive, landmark structures that enhance our environment and townscape,
that served as a useful community asset, which were designed by one of the most famous
architects in British history, which have two former pupils who are of local, national
and international significance. They can easily be incorporated into the Wilnecote
Conservation Area as any site visit shows, and are outstanding candidates for inclusion
in the Local List. These two actions are immediately open to Tamworth Borough Council
to implement straight away in order to protect the buildings from the county council.
If the councillors and officers at Tamworth Council let down their residents and
electors on this issue and these buildings are lost, it will be unforgivable and
to their everlasting shame and disgrace. They need to stand up for Tamworth against
Staffordshire County Council -
Both TDCS and the national charity for Victorian and Edwardian buildings, The Victorian Society, are pressing Tamworth Borough Council to protect the buildings by adding them to the Local List of significant buildings, and to the Wilnecote Conservation Area, without any further delay. The Victorian Society states: “our belief is that the historic school buildings are attractive, characterful and worthy of retention. Furthermore, they are – like many former school buildings – eminently capable of being repurposed." Two former Council Leaders and Mayors, Irene Davies and John Garner, have also publicly called upon the present council leadership to act immediately to protect the borough’s heritage.
The Public Meeting will be held in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Watling Street, Wilnecote, on Thursday 18th August, starting at 7.30 p.m..