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Opening of the new buildings by the Duke Portland in 1931

The Duke of Portland opens the last of the buildings to finally complete the "quad" in 1931.
1 Jul 2020
Written by Simon Langley
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The Duke of Portland inspecting the guard of honour with Headmaster Dr Shirley looking on
The Duke of Portland inspecting the guard of honour with Headmaster Dr Shirley looking on

If you look at the architecture in different parts of Worksop College, you will notice that there is quite a mix of styles and none of it quite matches. This is because (despite the grandest of plans at the outset) the building work on the main buildings was not completed until the early 1930s; until this time much of the College was left incomplete. When the East Wing was eventually completed, it finally created the originally envisaged “quad”. N.B. it is presumed to be lower than the other wings (in particular the opposite West Wing which stands at double its height) as the funds were not available at the time for it to be build the fully planned original height. On completion of the remaining buildings, the Duke of Portland officially opened them – as captured here by British Pathe:

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