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Rescue plan for Harwich's Esplanade Hall
12:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Harwich and Manningtree News
CAMPAIGNERS say there has been a major breakthrough in a bid save a historic school building.
There were fears for the future of Esplanade Hall, in Harwich, after it needed tens of thousands of pounds of repairs.
The building is all that remains of the old Esplanade School which was built in 1813 and educated generations of youngsters.
It had been left to rot because no-one would claim ownership of the building.
Now the parish church has accepted it is the owner.
Legal issues are still being sorted out but the church is expected to register the building and then hand it over to the Friends of Esplanade Hall.
Friends' spokesman Janet Goodall said: "We would like to turn it into a charitable trust and run it as a community hall."