Lowther Street School
Gifted seat of learning
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The land and building in Lowther
Street were given during
the 19thC by Lady Maud Lowther, second wife of Thomas
Legh of Lyme Hall, who lived at one time at Shrigley
Hall. It was given in Trust such that its purpose was
for the education of local children. The Deed stated
that if it should ever cease to be used for educational
purposes ownership should default to the Crown Estate,
and this is what happened in the late 1990s.
The extension on the west end (two below) is not shown
in the architect's original drawing (right) and appears
to have been added later though we know it has been there
a long time.
An attempt was made in 2007 by Bollington
Initiative Trust (BIT) to acquire the building from
the Crown Estate. Unfortunately this was frustrated by
the 2008 economic downturn and the attempt was abandonned.
In 2011 the Crown Estate sold the site and the buyer
obtained planning permission to restore the building
and divide it into two houses, and to build two additional
cottages in the playground to the left of the existing
building. These are now under construction (autumn 2012).
|The front perimeter wall has particularly unusually shaped
and rather beautiful coping stones, a curve up the face
which is reflected in the shape of, and within, the gate.
The gate post tops are also particularly attractive. Regrettably,
since the picture (below left), was taken one of these
tops has been stolen. If you just happen to know where
this item is please return it or let
us know where it is.