North Norfolk Railway’s bid for Victorian-style classroom

Swaffham Junior School pupils dressed up as second world evacuees on the Poppy Line.

Swaffham Junior School pupils dressed up as second world evacuees on the Poppy Line. - Credit: Colin Finch

Temporary classrooms which are on their 'last legs' could be demolished at a heritage railway attraction for a new Victorian-style structure.

The planning application for a new education building at the North Norfolk Railway's (NNR) Holt station on Cromer Road, High Kelling, has been submitted to North Norfolk District Council.

Colin Borg, from the NNR, said: 'At the moment there are two tired looking temporary buildings and we wanted to create something more in keeping with the railway.'

The current buildings, used by 80 school visits each year, were built just over 10 years ago and were put up when the volunteers at the NNR started getting involved with education.

It is hoped the new red brick building would include late Victorian features found in the former primary school in Melton Constable.

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The design and access statement said the Holt station was being developed to represent a pre-war country station and the proposed building would suit the 'architectural milieu of the era'.

If built, there would be separate boys and girls entrances, a hall, kitchen, canteen, toilets and cloakrooms, and two offices.

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Mr Borg said the education department of the NNR, known as the Poppy Line, had expanded enormously. 'It is very much part of our social responsibility as a community attraction and we pay a great deal of importance to it,' he said.

One of the most popular activities with the children includes dressing up as 1940s evacuees.

The consultation for the plan finishes on November 29.

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