Sunday 12 February 2012: Another Brick in the Wall
Regeneration? Pre-generations would disagree!
The above was a beautiful architectural building "Eastbourne Secondary Modern" The school was opened on September 28, 1936, the end of its last term in September 2009.
It was replaced by an academy, futher down the road...
It had been two separate schools - Boys and Girls, they merged in 1957. Arguably, former pupils will say that this magnificent building should have remained and been refurbished. On that note I would tend to agree as it would have made great apartment's with sports complex, as it stands in its own grounds surrounded by trees and large green lawns (Once playing fields) this in my personal opinion would have been a great spot for such dwellings as it's only 10 minutes away from Darlington train station and 15 minutes to town. The building despite being a school commanded its own presence very well!
On the way to town I decided to vary my route today and that was when I captured the above, two thirds of the school was already demolished. (So I am pleased that I managed to capture a slice of history before it was completed grounded) But the one thing I did notice was that everything was being reclaimed, so you do have to ask yourself, if the existing materials are good enough to be reclaimed why knock it down in the first place?
I will now keep a close eye from the spot I captured above and create a journal of what is to happens to the site.
For the record, I never attended this school in Darlington and also no real history to be found on the internet which is a shame.