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The Former Bilston Girls High School, [wolverhampton College]

A Grade II Listed Building in Bilston, City of Wolverhampton

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Latitude: 52.5702 / 52°34'12"N

Longitude: -2.0843 / 2°5'3"W

OS Eastings: 394384

OS Northings: 296938

OS Grid: SO943969

Mapcode National: GBR 1PR.W0

Mapcode Global: WHBFZ.YNNG

Plus Code: 9C4VHWC8+37

Entry Name: The Former Bilston Girls High School, [wolverhampton College]

Listing Date: 1 August 2000

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1381143

English Heritage Legacy ID: 481503

ID on this website: 101381143

Location: Green Lanes, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV14

County: City of Wolverhampton

Electoral Ward/Division: Bilston North

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Bilston

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Bilston St Leonard

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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895-1/15/10038 Bilston
01-AUG-00 The former Bilston Girls High School,
[Wolverhampton College]


School. 1929-30; by Col G. C. Lowbridge, architect for Staffordshire Education Committee. Red brick with painted stone dressings. Clay plain tile hipped roofs. Brick axial and end stacks with stone cornices.
PLAN: The main front and side classroom ranges are built around two courts separated by a central hall, and with lower classroom ranges and an art room at the back.
Neo-Georgian style.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys. Symmetrical 3:9:5:9:3 bay SE front. The end and centre bays project, the 5-bay centre advanced again by a 3-bay pedimented centrepiece with a modillion cornice; the projecting bays have giant Composite pilasters. The pediment at the centre contains a coat of arms and the doorway below has a moulded architrave with a scrolled open pediment, panelled double doors and an overlight; stringcourse at first floor level and tall 15-pane sashes in exposed cases. 3:5:3 bay left [SW] elevation, the end bays with similar giant pilasters. The right [NE] elevation is only eight bays. At the rear there are lower single-storey ranges enclosing two courts separated by a large hall with big round-headed windows with glazing bars; around the courts are glazed cloisters and behind the school there is the detached art room with a tall lateral chimney stack.
INTERIOR: Entrance vestibule with pilasters and square piers supporting a coffered ceiling. Hall has broad pilasters, a moulded cornice and a segmental vaulted plaster ceiling; the gallery has been partitioned from the auditorium. The library is above the entrance in the front range.

Included as a particularly imposing example of a local authority high school of the inter-war period; these buildings were in the vanguard of state secondary education to an advanced level for girls.

Listing NGR: SO9438496938

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