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Demolition Photographs - April 20th 2003
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Porth Sec with cherry blossom

Another view of Porth Sec with cherry blossom

View of the School from the railway bridge by the Police Station

The Last Spring
After seeing around a hundred Springs dawn in the Rhondda, that of 2003 is the last for the old School.

If you walked to school from Porth Square, this was your view of the school as you crossed the railway bridge.

View of the School from Grawen Street

View of Grawen Street from the Main Hall

The Main Hall, with floorboards stripped and doors removed

On the other hand, if you approached from Grawen Street, this is the view you'll remember.

And if you climbed the wallbars in the Main Hall during 'gym', this is the view you had of Grawen Street.

The dais in the Main Hall from where hundreds of Morning Assemblies were delivered by Mr Emlyn 'Boss'  Morgan has long gone. Now the floorboards have been lifted, the doors removed and the fixtures and fittings taken down.
(Weren't there glass fronted cabinets/
bookcases along the wall on the right?)

A wider view of the Main Hall, with floorboards stripped and doors removed

Looking up through the ceiling of the Chemistry Lab into the Art Room

Looking though from Form 1a to the Art Room

A wider view of the Hall.

The dust of a century diffuses this view taken from the Chemistry Lab (of 1951-5) looking
up though the floor into the Art Room above.

Taken from Form 1a (of 1951-5), the view looks through Form 1b (green paint) to the Art Room beyond.

The ceiling of the Chemistry Lab seen from the Art Room

The view through the Main Hall from the Boys' staircase landing

Floor board timber stacked in the playground

Timber from the ceiling of the Chemistry Lab piles up in the foundations.
Looking down through the Art Room floor from the back of Form 1b.

Looking from the top of the Boys' staircase, through the doors of the Main Hall, and beyond to the landing of the Girls' stairs.

Timber from the ground floor classrooms overlooking Birchgrove is stacked in the Boys' yard. It will be used to make reproduction antique furniture.

The view from Chevron Street

A School in a landscape, viewed from Birchgrove quarries

The view from St Paul's Church, Birchgrove

The School from Chevron Street.
A gym replaces the netball courts of 1951-55.

Building in a Landscape One
Mount Pleasant seen from the quarries above Birchgrove.

Building in a Landscape Two
Mount Pleasant seen from St Paul's Church, Birchgrove.

Demolition photographs  ...   May 6 ... May 21 ... May 27 ... June 1 ... June 7 ... June 9 ... June 14 ... June 26 ... July 8 ... July 12

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