Good to know they’ve sent someone in to secure this historic building once more – but it was a shame to have been once again writing about another architectural piece of Bath’s heritage under threat. Anyone walking in Broad Street on Thursday would have seen that the old KES Junior School had been vandalised.
A door had been forced – leaving the 18th century Grade 2* listed building vulnerable to further vandalism or squatters.
This school taught King Edward’s pupils from 1754 to 1986 and was sold eventually to Samuel Smith’s Brewery in Yorkshire.
I left a message on the answerphone in their press office and hoped someone will get back to me. They didn’t!
The gradual decay of this building has been of great concern. Its owners have so far appeared in no rush to do anything with it or sell it on.
At least the building has now been made secure. Adrian Nelson who is Senior Conservation Officer for B&NES told Bath Newseum:
“I have been in contact with the local retained architects and they have informed me that they are aware of the situation and securing the building.
Many thanks for your interest and informing us of this for which we are very grateful.”
It’s time Samuel Smith’s Brewery either bring forward proposals or sell this historic building to someone who will preserve its future.