Bryngwyn School

Bryngwyn School.
The Bryngwyn School was proposed to built as a Boys School to take the overflow and ease pressure from the Queen Street Schools.

In July 1907 The Abertillery Urban District Council’s Education Committee invited Tenders from builders to erect the Bryngwyn School on a site close to the Steam Laundry, near Six Bells, Abertillery. They also invited Tenders for the position of Clerk of the Works in connection with the same project. to be handed into Mr N. J. Llewellyn Secretary to the Education Committee, District Council Offices, Abertillery.

In July 1907 The Abertillery Education Committee consisting of the following members – Mr W. Lewis (Chairman); Mrs King; Alderman W. Thomas J.P.; Mr D.Lewis; Mr T. Smith; Mr A. T. Jenkins; Mr E. J. William and Mr N. J. Llewellyn (Secretary): They stated that they  ahd received 12 Tenders from builders for the building of the proposed new Bryngwyn Boys School and that they had accepted the Tender of Mr D. J. Vaughan of Tredegar at £4,985 and the building work was to go ahead. The Committee also accepted the Tender of Mr Dan Lloyd of Llanhilleth as Clerk of the Work at Bryngwyn Boys School at a salary of £2. 10s per week.

The Official Opening of the Bryngwyn Boys School.
On Monday 1st March 1909 the Bryngwyn Boys School was officially opened. The Bryngwyn Boys School had been erected by the Abertillery Education Authority to take the place of the Queen Street Boys School in order that the latter might provide additional accommodation for the Queen Street Girls department.

The Bryngwyn School was opened by Mr E. J. Williams (Councillor) in the presence of the following members of the Committee – Mr G. Purnell; Mr G. Little; Mr D. Smith; Mr G. Jones; Mr F. Athay; Mr T. H. Prichard; Mr J. E. Flowers; Mr A. T. Jenkins; Mr R. Downs; Mr J. Carter; Mr N. J. Llewellyn (Secretary to the Committee); Mr N. G. Lewis F.I.A.S. (Architect); Mr Dan Lloyd (Clerk of the Works): Also present were – Alderman P. Wilson Raffan J.P. (Vice Chairman of the Monmouthshire County Council) Mr Llewellyn Blunt (Headmaster of the new School) and Mr L. Lewis (Building Inspector): Mr N. G. Lewis the Architect handed the the key to Mr E. J. Williams the Councillor with which he performed the opening ceremony.  Later the party had lunch at the Bush Hotel, Abertillery, catered by Mr D. B. Evans the Landlord.                             
 A descriptive account of the schools – The School was situated on the side of the Pontypool Mountain overlooking the Southern part of Abertillery and near the Steam Laundry. It provided accommodation for 500 Boys. It was built on the modern principles. The elevations and boundary walls were of Llancaiach Stone and the best Ebbw Vale bricks. The School consisted of a large central Hall with six Classrooms, Cloak Rooms and Lavatory accommodation. There was also a Masters Room, Stores and Caretakers Rooms all fitted with necessary conveniences. The whole of the building was heated by the Grundy Patent Ventilating Grates. It had ventilation and natural light which was considered perfect. The building was constructed by Mr D. J. Vaughan of Tredegar, the Architect was Mr Gasenius Lewis F.I.A.S. of Abertillery all at a cost of £4,980.  

The Bryngwyn School is still open though will close along with Queen Street School in about 2017-18 and the children will be transferred to the new School at the Six Bells Colliery site.

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