All aboard the school ship!

Castleford Civic Trust are to hold an open day at the old Three Lanes End school, Castleford.'L to R) Sandra Wright - Chair, Tony Wallis,  Reg Lavine, Gavin Prewer, Joan Prewer.'p305a235

Castleford Civic Trust are to hold an open day at the old Three Lanes End school, Castleford.'L to R) Sandra Wright - Chair, Tony Wallis, Reg Lavine, Gavin Prewer, Joan Prewer.'p305a235

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A CASTLEFORD primary school designed like a ship will throw its doors open to the public next month.

The old Three Lane Ends Primary School on Methley Road - designed by architect Oliver Hill between 1937 and 1939 – will reopen its doors to history enthusiasts on September 7.

The former primary school, which used to be called Whitwood Mere Infant School, is part of Castleford Civic Trust’s Heritage Open Day programme which looks to promote buildings of historical interest.

Coun Tony Wallis, vice chairman of the trust, said: “Every year the civic trust tries to open a building which has architectural importance that’s not normally accessible to the public.

“The importance of this building is that’s it’s actually shaped like a ship and was designed that way.

“You can see it in the curve of the school and in the balconies, it looks as though you’re on a luxury liner. You can just imagine looking out to sea as you would from the deck, and the windows are round too, to represent the portholes of a ship.”

Heritage tours will run between 11am and 4pm.

Coun Wallis added: “We’re hoping there will be an exhibition and display, followed by tours of the building and its architectural features.

Heritage Open Days is a national three-day event. Visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk for details.