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Wirral Education Centre

A Grade II Listed Building in Birkenhead, Wirral

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Latitude: 53.3915 / 53°23'29"N

Longitude: -3.0212 / 3°1'16"W

OS Eastings: 332186

OS Northings: 388784

OS Grid: SJ321887

Mapcode National: GBR 7YB6.QY

Mapcode Global: WH87D.K0KT

Entry Name: Wirral Education Centre

Listing Date: 28 March 1974

Last Amended: 10 August 1992

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1201607

English Heritage Legacy ID: 389172

Location: Wirral, CH41

County: Wirral

Electoral Ward/Division: Birkenhead and Tranmere

Built-Up Area: Birkenhead

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Merseyside

Church of England Parish: Birkenhead Christ the King

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text


789-1/13/60 (North East side)
28/03/74 Wirral Education Centre
(Formerly Listed as:
(North side)
Conway Secondary School)


School. Dated 1903. By T. W. Cubbon. Brick with gold
terracotta dressings and Westmorland slate roof. Free
classical style. Long 3-storeyed 18-bay building composed of a
series of 7 blocks, loosely symmetrical about a central
projecting entrance block. This central block has doorway with
banded pilasters and balcony over carried by Caryatids. Giant
segmental pediment above, over Venetian window. Mansard roof
and wood turret with lead octagonal cap. Paired windows on
each floor flanking this entrance, and terracotta panels with
raised lettering reading "Birkenhead School Board Higher
Elementary School". Symmetrical flanking blocks each of 3 bays
with segmentally arched windows and banded brick and
terracotta detailing to first storey. Second storey
articulated by pilasters dividing the windows. Each block
terminated by wide angle pilasters with terracotta panels
incorporating monograms and terminating in turrets with
statues in niches. The rest of the building is articulated as
a series of elements, the varied fenestration expressing
internal plan, all enriched with a similar range of decorative
detail (eg the large 1st-floor round-headed window under
segmental pediment breaking the cornice, to left). Return
elevation to Burlington Street is similarly detailed, and
incorporates the original Girls Entrance. Boys entrance
towards the left of the main front.

Listing NGR: SJ3218688784

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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