Piece of Dartford’s History to be Auctioned Off: Former School Property on the Market

Historic School in Dartford Set to Be Auctioned Off

A significant piece of Dartford’s history is about to change hands as the Rosemary Centre, once home to Wilmington County Primary School, is set to go under the hammer at an auction.

Located on High Road, the Rosemary Centre was a former site of the North West Kent Alternative Provision Service, which provided educational services to students aged five to 16. However, the majority of its services have been relocated to a main hub in Richmond Drive, Gravesend, and the property is now being sold by Kent County Council.

The nearly one-acre property consists of a main single-story building and three rooms on a second floor that were once used by the school’s headmaster. With its size and location, the property has the potential to be used for a variety of commercial purposes or even be converted into residential units, subject to necessary approvals.

However, the news of the auction has been met with mixed reactions from the local community. Some former students have expressed sadness at the closure of the school, with one person commenting that they attended from 1963 to 1970. Others have suggested that the property would be better used for a medical facility or a specialized educational provision.

The site also holds a significant historical value, with a war memorial honoring soldiers from Wilmington who fought in both world wars, as well as a plaque commemorating the school’s former students. Local councillor George Holt has emphasized the importance of preserving these memorials and ensuring the land remains of community value.

As the auction date of May 1st approaches, the future of the Rosemary Centre remains uncertain. However, one thing is for sure – this historic property holds a special place in the hearts of many in the Dartford community.

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