Walden School placed on draft list of ‘locally significant assets’

PUBLISHED: 14:22 18 June 2018

Walden School in April, 2018.

Walden School in April, 2018.


Walden School, the independent school which closed last year, has been listed on Uttlesford District Council’s draft local heritage list.

The draft document contains a list of structures and assets considered to be significant to the character of the area and the public are invited to provide feedback on the list.

The list includes assets such as homes, historic signposts and telephone boxes which have to meet criteria such as rarity, social value and archival interest.

The purpose of the list is to identify historically and locally important structures across the district, and celebrate their contribution to the local distinctiveness of Uttlesford.

In the document, Walden School (originally Friends School) is described as: “A large Victorian structure that opened in 1879. It is set in large grounds fronting Mount Pleasant Road and surrounded by later additions. The tall, earlier structure, constructed of red brick with tiled roof has a prominent tower to front, refined architectural detailing, tall chimney stacks and window detailing.”

In a letter to the Reporter, Jeanette Hargreaves said: “Before he passed away in 1883, local man and very generous philanthropist George Gibson gifted the Friends School site for the ‘education and benefit of the community’ of Saffron Walden.

“The good intent of George Gibson should be enforced by the town, district and county. It should be the duty of all the councils to the entire local community not to buckle to the demands of those who are only self-serving.”

Listings were identified as part of conservation area appraisals and conservation management plans and also include those nominated by the public.

The deadline for the public consultation on the list is 3.30pm on July 4. People can take part in the consultation by using the feedback form online at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/heritagelist-consultation.

After the six-week consultation period, amendments will be made in response to comments and councillors will be asked to approve the final version of the list, which will then be used in the process of determining planning applications.

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