Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School
Renovations to Old School
In April 2007, a past student and regular visitor to this website
emailed us to say that work had begun on a conversion of the only remaining part of
the old school in Trecynon. Apparently, builders had started to convert the tower
building as well as the immediately adjacent room into what is thought will be a house.
Because we knew almost nothing about what was happening, we visited the site to view
progress. The photographs below were taken in September and November 2007. Progress
was initially slow last Spring, but developments are moving more quickly now. We remain
hopeful that at least one part of the old school will survive. We understand that
the clock is still in Llanelli.
This photograph was taken from just inside the park looking over
the wall and down Hirwaun Road towards the clock tower. Hidden behind the tree on the
right, but just visible, is the stone gable of the room next to the clock tower. (Sept.
This photograph is taken from where the rear entry to the old school
was situated. The tower and the existing gable on the front façade of the building
can be seen together with the new blockwork. Inside the tower, we saw new first floor
beams. (Sept. 2007)
Compare this with the first photo, taken from a similar place within
the Park. We see that the roofing is now on, and the building almost watertight. (Nov
Boarding has been erected along the pavement in Hirwaun Road. (Nov
Lord Merthyr takes an interest in the building work. (Nov 2007)