St James' school Devonport Way, Chorley.
by Estelle Briers. (Jul 2010)
St James' Church
of England Primary School, Devonport Way, Chorley, Lancashire
The dedication plaque above the door reads AD 1872. As all the
stonework was carefully removed for re-use, it may still exist.
The building was being used by Runshaw College to train Beauty
Therapists ( hair removal ) when I moved onto the estate in
My earliest photos were taken after the closure, when attempts
were being made to find another use for the building so as to
save it. But there was no serious campaign. The file p7240005
gives a date of 24/07/05. p2724006 shows the leaking roof.
The roof tiles were removed on 18/07/09 in the space of 3 days.
Tiles had illegally been removed the week before.
Dereliction followed. There are photos of the stripped roof in
several weather conditions.
Complaints about safety and drunken gatherings were made to the
Council and Police. The large car park behind the building was
shielded from view. Drug dealing was happening. Fires were
regularly started. Youths climbed onto the roof and turret.
Demolition began on 01/04/10. And suddenly stopped again. The
site was left in an unsafe state. Councillor Kahn protested in
local newspapers about plastic ties at eye level being a danger.
I went out and cut them off with secateurs. When the press
phoned me about it I said the main danger was the large iron
gate hanging on one hinge outside the present school, but they
did not seem concerned by this.