Marling School bids farewell to historic Long Corridor
MARLING staff, students and former pupils gathered together to pay a formal farewell to the grammar school’s much-loved Long Corridor recently.
A special ceremony was held on Saturday (October 19) to say goodbye to the historic building which is due to be demolished next month to make way for new modern facilities costing some £3.7 million.
Finished in 1921, the corridor originally housed the school’s chemistry labs and was only supposed to act as a temporary solution until purpose-built buildings could be erected.
But well over 90 years later the wooden structure is still standing and it has come to occupy a special place in the hearts of Marling old boys.
“I think we have been surprised by the fondness with which old boys remember it,” said Jane Bradly, the school’s librarian.
“Former pupils who return remember knocking on the heating pipes in the Long Corridor to communicate with each other.
“It has been so much a part of the school for 90 or so years and it will linger fondly on in the memories of the old boys. It will definitely be different when it’s gone.”
The new build, which is scheduled for completion in spring 2015, will include modern classrooms, office space, toilets and a contemporary canteen.
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