Former Clarendon Primary School will be demolished this week after mystery fire

Firefighters at the blaze at the former Clarendon Primary School

Firefighters at the blaze at the former Clarendon Primary School

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A PRIMARY school building — destroyed in a mystery blaze — is set to be bulldozed this week.

A demolition team has taken charge of Clarendon Primary School’s former building in Clarendon Street after it was gutted by a huge fire last Monday.

The building was already listed for demolition after the school vacated it to move into new facilities in April.

After the fire extensively damaged the roof of the Victorian building, Bolton Council moved to speed up the demolition process.

According to a spokesman, the building should be knocked down either today or tomorrow, with a demolition team on site now.

Ken Green, aged 88, attended the school between 1929 and 1938, and lived directly opposite the building in houses owned by his father’s employer LMS Railway.

He left aged 13 to get a job but has happy memories of the old building.

Mr Green said: “I remember bits and bobs really, but some things really vividly. We used to have little desks and our own little ink pots.

"We had some great times there. The best thing was going out on the park over the road, playing football and using rounders sticks for posts.”

Mr Green, aged 88, still lives in Great Lever and said the sight of the devastating blaze ruining the old building had angered him. He added: “I was really annoyed when I saw the news. If it was deliberate, I wouldn’t have thought anyone would want to do anything like this. It was a sad end.”

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “It was the council’s intention to demolish the former school building following the opening of the new school and a contractor was in the process of being appointed.

“We appointed a demolition contractor who took control of the site once the fire service completed their work.

“For their own safety, we would urge people not to climb any fencing or enter the site by any means.

“Following demolition of the building, the site will be retained as open space.”

The results of an investigation into the cause of the fire were inconclusive but the fire service has not ruled out arson

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3:08pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Ernagy2 says...

Such a disgrace how Bolton Council treat old buildings. They were told to secure the building, didn't, let it burn down and now they can happily demolish it.
Such a disgrace how Bolton Council treat old buildings. They were told to secure the building, didn't, let it burn down and now they can happily demolish it. Ernagy2
  • Score: 12

5:35pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Mr Happynotsad says...

Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?
Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied? Mr Happynotsad
  • Score: -3

6:19pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Replytohatersandscum says...

Mr Happynotsad wrote:
Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?
Something to do with you being a ****
[quote][p][bold]Mr Happynotsad[/bold] wrote: Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?[/p][/quote]Something to do with you being a **** Replytohatersandscum
  • Score: -24

6:22pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Mr Happynotsad says...

Well if Muslims can't get there own way they burn things down haven't you been watching the news?
Well if Muslims can't get there own way they burn things down haven't you been watching the news? Mr Happynotsad
  • Score: 30

6:49pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Tim Burr says...

Mr Happynotsad wrote:
Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?
Hello Thomas.

There has never been an application for an Islamic Centre on Clarendon Street.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Happynotsad[/bold] wrote: Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?[/p][/quote]Hello Thomas. There has never been an application for an Islamic Centre on Clarendon Street. Tim Burr
  • Score: -32

6:58pm Wed 30 Jul 14

pradagucci says...

Mr Happynotsad wrote:
Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?
It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Happynotsad[/bold] wrote: Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?[/p][/quote]It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea. pradagucci
  • Score: -22

7:11pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Dirty Hamed says...

pradagucci wrote:
Mr Happynotsad wrote:
Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?
It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea.
You build it--- I'll knock it down xx
[quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Happynotsad[/bold] wrote: Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?[/p][/quote]It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea.[/p][/quote]You build it--- I'll knock it down xx Dirty Hamed
  • Score: 6

7:16pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Tim Burr says...

Dirty Hamed wrote:
pradagucci wrote:
Mr Happynotsad wrote:
Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?
It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea.
You build it--- I'll knock it down xx
Thomas, you do realise, you're rubbish at trolling? Any chance you can start paying your arrears off too?
[quote][p][bold]Dirty Hamed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Happynotsad[/bold] wrote: Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?[/p][/quote]It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea.[/p][/quote]You build it--- I'll knock it down xx[/p][/quote]Thomas, you do realise, you're rubbish at trolling? Any chance you can start paying your arrears off too? Tim Burr
  • Score: 1

7:17pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Dirty Hamed says...

Replytohatersandscum wrote:
Mr Happynotsad wrote:
Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?
Something to do with you being a ****
No you're a **** >>>>
[quote][p][bold]Replytohatersandscum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Happynotsad[/bold] wrote: Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?[/p][/quote]Something to do with you being a ****[/p][/quote]No you're a **** >>>> Dirty Hamed
  • Score: 2

7:19pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Dirty Hamed says...

Tim Burr wrote:
Dirty Hamed wrote:
pradagucci wrote:
Mr Happynotsad wrote:
Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?
It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea.
You build it--- I'll knock it down xx
Thomas, you do realise, you're rubbish at trolling? Any chance you can start paying your arrears off too?
^^^^^^Traitor^^^^^^^
[quote][p][bold]Tim Burr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dirty Hamed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Happynotsad[/bold] wrote: Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?[/p][/quote]It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea.[/p][/quote]You build it--- I'll knock it down xx[/p][/quote]Thomas, you do realise, you're rubbish at trolling? Any chance you can start paying your arrears off too?[/p][/quote]^^^^^^Traitor^^^^^^^ Dirty Hamed
  • Score: 4

7:43pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Dirty Hamed says...

Has Ummah found another bank yet, haha
Has Ummah found another bank yet, haha Dirty Hamed
  • Score: 6

8:32pm Wed 30 Jul 14

pradagucci says...

Dirty Hamed wrote:
Has Ummah found another bank yet, haha
Of course, you think it runs on ONE bank??????
[quote][p][bold]Dirty Hamed[/bold] wrote: Has Ummah found another bank yet, haha[/p][/quote]Of course, you think it runs on ONE bank?????? pradagucci
  • Score: -44

8:40pm Wed 30 Jul 14

pradagucci says...

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http://www.digital-r esistance.com/insigh t/ex-israeli-soldier -speaks-out-shocking -truth-about-israel/ pradagucci
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9:02pm Wed 30 Jul 14

pradagucci says...

pradagucci wrote:
Mr Happynotsad wrote:
Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?
It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea.
There is no such organisation called NWMEG I just made that up! Don't believe everything you read! With all the low thumbs!
[quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Happynotsad[/bold] wrote: Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?[/p][/quote]It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea.[/p][/quote]There is no such organisation called NWMEG I just made that up! Don't believe everything you read! With all the low thumbs! pradagucci
  • Score: -34

10:36pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

All of the above aside - I sensed foul play was about to happen to that building a few months ago.

Something is in the air and a quick sale of land is on the cards...

On many occasions in recent years where certain zones have been earmarked for development, a fire has just suddenly, miraculously happened.

The Mill, paint factory Spa Rd junction, old Co-Op buildings, Old fire station... a couple of others that are on the tip of my tongue... oh Clarenden School *titter*
All of the above aside - I sensed foul play was about to happen to that building a few months ago. Something is in the air and a quick sale of land is on the cards... On many occasions in recent years where certain zones have been earmarked for development, a fire has just suddenly, miraculously happened. The Mill, paint factory Spa Rd junction, old Co-Op buildings, Old fire station... a couple of others that are on the tip of my tongue... oh Clarenden School *titter* Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 3

11:44pm Wed 30 Jul 14

united99 says...

Dirty Hamed wrote:
pradagucci wrote:
Mr Happynotsad wrote:
Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?
It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea.
You build it--- I'll knock it down xx
Dirty hamed you'll get bulldozed first before the school a-----e.
Plenty of other banks have their money so don't loose sleep Dirty Harry......ps it's going to be green space
[quote][p][bold]Dirty Hamed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Happynotsad[/bold] wrote: Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?[/p][/quote]It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea.[/p][/quote]You build it--- I'll knock it down xx[/p][/quote]Dirty hamed you'll get bulldozed first before the school a-----e. Plenty of other banks have their money so don't loose sleep Dirty Harry......ps it's going to be green space united99
  • Score: -2

5:56am Thu 31 Jul 14

Dirty Hamed says...

united99 wrote:
Dirty Hamed wrote:
pradagucci wrote:
Mr Happynotsad wrote:
Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?
It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea.
You build it--- I'll knock it down xx
Dirty hamed you'll get bulldozed first before the school a-----e.
Plenty of other banks have their money so don't loose sleep Dirty Harry......ps it's going to be green space
Taxi for Islam !!
[quote][p][bold]united99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dirty Hamed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Happynotsad[/bold] wrote: Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?[/p][/quote]It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea.[/p][/quote]You build it--- I'll knock it down xx[/p][/quote]Dirty hamed you'll get bulldozed first before the school a-----e. Plenty of other banks have their money so don't loose sleep Dirty Harry......ps it's going to be green space[/p][/quote]Taxi for Islam !! Dirty Hamed
  • Score: 1

5:59am Thu 31 Jul 14

Dirty Hamed says...

united99 wrote:
Dirty Hamed wrote:
pradagucci wrote:
Mr Happynotsad wrote:
Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?
It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea.
You build it--- I'll knock it down xx
Dirty hamed you'll get bulldozed first before the school a-----e.
Plenty of other banks have their money so don't loose sleep Dirty Harry......ps it's going to be green space
And who's gonna bulldoze me, you ? wheezy old 40 cigs a dayer !!
[quote][p][bold]united99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dirty Hamed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Happynotsad[/bold] wrote: Take it has nothing to do with a new Islamic centre application to be built there which was denied?[/p][/quote]It seems like your talking verbal diahorrea again. Go on share the link from the Bolton council planning website to prove your claim. I hope it does turn into a super mosque now, thanks for the idea. I'll get in touch with the NWMEG (North West Mosque Expansion Group) and suggest the idea.[/p][/quote]You build it--- I'll knock it down xx[/p][/quote]Dirty hamed you'll get bulldozed first before the school a-----e. Plenty of other banks have their money so don't loose sleep Dirty Harry......ps it's going to be green space[/p][/quote]And who's gonna bulldoze me, you ? wheezy old 40 cigs a dayer !! Dirty Hamed
  • Score: 0

8:33am Thu 31 Jul 14

Mohamed 1985 says...

We all know who did this and why so let's just forget about it. There's nothing we can do about it bolton council are corrupt
We all know who did this and why so let's just forget about it. There's nothing we can do about it bolton council are corrupt Mohamed 1985
  • Score: 5

11:00am Thu 31 Jul 14

Col Maguire says...

Yet another development site that 'apears' to have been fast tracked by Arson!. look at Horwich... Greenwood hotel and Mechanics institute etc,etc,etc.. Yup something smells a bit around the area (Usually smells of burning wood)....

Mind you, I may be just a tad over suspicious!
Yet another development site that 'apears' to have been fast tracked by Arson!. look at Horwich... Greenwood hotel and Mechanics institute etc,etc,etc.. Yup something smells a bit around the area (Usually smells of burning wood).... Mind you, I may be just a tad over suspicious! Col Maguire
  • Score: 3

11:44am Thu 31 Jul 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Bolton Council should be investigated over this 'incident' they are so blo0dy corrupt!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Bolton Council should be investigated over this 'incident' they are so blo0dy corrupt!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 4

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