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Latitude: 51.6972 / 51°41'50"N
Longitude: -3.038 / 3°2'16"W
OS Eastings: 328353
OS Northings: 200341
OS Grid: SO283003
Mapcode National: GBR J4.46JX
Mapcode Global: VH79S.9L8R
Entry Name: Swimming Pool and Gymnasium at West Monmouth School
Listing Date: 28 August 1997
Last Amended: 28 August 1997
Source ID: 18842
Building Class: Education
Location: In Cwm Fields about 1000m west of Pontymoile roundabout, and about 50m behind the main school building.
Community: Pontymoile (Llanfihangel Pont-y-moel)
Locality: Cwm Fields
Built-Up Area: Pontypool
Traditional County: Monmouthshire
A combined gymnasium and swimming pool designed by Henry Stock. This is an interesting and early example of such a facility at a school. The combination of the two facilities in one building demonstrates that it was not originally intended to heat the water to any great extent.
Built of hard red brick with Welsh slate roof with ridge tiles, and a stone band at first floor cill level. Two storey five bay building which clearly expresses its purpose through its architectural treatment. The three centre bays are separated by pilasters, the ground floor is blind with a segmental arcade, the upper floor has large windows with segmental heads which fill the centre three bays completely; the outer bays are blind. The windows are wooden framed with three lights and two mullions, each pane is divided in four. Stepped buttresses to the end gabled elevation, stone verge to gable, plain roof. The other gable end has another large window but with a flat head.
The interior is little altered with a tiled swimming pool on the ground floor beneath a ceiling supported by steel girders. Above the gymnasium is plain with a wooden floor and panelled ceiling.
Included for group value with West Monmouth School, and as an interesting and early example of such a facility at a school.
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