Lea Road School, Gainsborough: A Disused Local Landmark

Closed: Gainsborough's historic Lea Road School (Image: Google Street View. Gainsborough’s former Lea Road School)

Gainsborough’s historic Lea Road School hit the news in 2013 when English Heritage spoke out on the condition of the empty Edwardian structure. The local landmark, which was built in 1906 as an infants and junior school, was converted into a business centre back in the early 1990s before eventually closing down for good. When the article appeared in the Gainsborough Standard, Lea Road School had already been empty for a number of years, amid concern from residents and the local authorities over its condition.

English Heritage told The Standard at that time that the former school was owned by Lincolnshire County Council and suggested “that they should secure the building and make temporary repairs to the roof to stop it deteriorating further while options for re-use of the building are explored.”

Lea Road School, a landmark of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, while in use as a business centre (Image: Richard Croft. Lea Road School in use as a business centre)

A council spokesperson, meanwhile, told the newspaper that “unfortunately, the building is in a conservation area, and we’ve not been allowed to demolish it.” Earlier this month, the grand former infants school, which fronts directly onto the main A156 road, was still firmly shuttered.

(Image: Dave Bevis)

Writing on Facebook, the Gainsborough Heritage Association said: “Gainsborough’s Lea Road School (latterly called “South County School”) was opened as Lea Road Council Scool in 1906 for the last 30 years or so till its closure in 1993 it was purely an infants school. Previous to that it was mixed infants and senior Girls, the Boys going to Benjamin Adlard.

(Image: Mat Fascione. The disused Lea Road School seen from the River Trent)

“After closure, the building was rented out as office space, but that use has fairly recently ended with the opening of a modern business centre elsewhere in the town. Between Marshalls and our current home in the Old Post Office we had an office here which stored a lot of our archives.”

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