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Crowland's Old School House restored and converted by developers




Crowland's skyline has been transformed after the conversion of a former place of education into three homes.

The Old School House, in Postland Road, has been "sympathetically restored" by Cambridgeshire-based developers, The Brightfield Group, after planning permission was granted by South Holland District Council in July 2019.

Each of the four-bedroom homes has been named after an abbot of Crowland, Longchamp, Mersh and Ulfcytel, with the bell tower having been restored as part of Mersh House.

The Old School House in Crowland has been transformed into three new homes.Photo supplied by The Brightfield Group. (43454805)
The Old School House in Crowland has been transformed into three new homes.Photo supplied by The Brightfield Group. (43454805)

The Grade II-listed building dates back to 1856 and was originally used as a primary school before it became part of the town's former St Guthlac's Secondary School until 2007.

It then fell into disrepair and an arson attack in June 2010 left extensive damage to the roof, walls and rooms.

A Brightfield Group spokesman said: "The Old School House has been sympathetically restored using traditional techniques and modern materials.

"The properties were given unique names to honour the rich history found in Crowland, including the Benedictine monastery, Crowland Abbey and Trinity Bridge.

"Various options were considered before the final layout was decided on and the whole building was stripped back to an empty shell as new, fully insulated floors, walls, windows and ceilings were fitted.

"The properties were completely rewired with new plumbing, gas and electrics, with the tower in Mersh House fully scaffolded, inspected and repaired so that it stands for another 164 years."

Crowland district councillor Jim Astill said: "The building was in a sorry state for a number of years and during that time it suffered an arson attack.

Support for conversion of The Old School

"So for someone to invest in bringing the building back into use as residential is fantastic news.

"Postland Road is one of the main routes into the town so, from a visual perspective, these works have definitely improved the building."



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