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Report - Bellerby's College - Wadhurst - April 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Urbexbandoned, Dec 11, 2015.

  1. Urbexbandoned

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    Prior to Bellerby's taking over this school in about 1995 it was known as Mayfield College. Mayfield was founded by the Duchess of Leeds as an Orphanage. In 1868 a Roman Catholic Order of Religous Brothers, known as the Xaverians Brothers, moved from Hastings to run Mayfield College as an independent boys boarding school. The school continued to flourish under the direction of the Brothers until 1977 when, due to a shortage of vocations into the Brothers, the school was taken over by the Mayfield College Educational Trust. It retained strong links with the Brothers several of whom still lived and taught at the College. However in about 1995 the Trust felt unable to continue the administration of the school and it was sold to Bellerby's of Wadhurst, they changed the name of the school to Bellerby College, Mayfield. The college closed in approx 2004.

    The Explore

    So this place cropped up in my FB news feed a while back and I wanted in. I have never asked anyone details on how to find anywhere. I have asked for advice or tips but never locations. I have always sat and researched myself. This was probably one of the hardest, which is why it became so frustrating. Either I was stupid or having a real blonde moment. I was still adamant I wasn't gonna ask anyone. I got to the point I was chatting to one of my mates who had been recently and he provided me with everything I needed to know. Then when I looked it up online I could have kicked myself because I had seen it allready [​IMG]

    Anyway, as you can imagine I was pretty excited about this one, having wanted to see it for about 4 months and actually having the opportunity to drive to it this was it. I was driving the journey and all the time thinking shit, I hate dogs. Especially barky ones. That was my only concern, I knew I was getting in here. There was to be no fail.

    You ever go out with a group of people and wish you hadn't? This was one of those times. The amount of noise they made was ridiculous. This wasn't the first time they had been like that but I can only be thankful this was one of the last with them. And people using their flash on their camera's in daylight... One of my pet hates. You live and learn I guess.

    So parked the car up walked a little way down to it and went in exactly how I was told to, found access which was really easy and that was it, I was in!

    Walking round the corner in to a corridor where there were plants growing off the skirting board and a bath in the middle I kinda loved it allready. Spent quite a lot of time wandering round and got what I wanted in terms of pics. Anyone who has been exploring with me knows that I like to venture off and do my own thing. Saw the main house, the accommodation block, the swimming pool and the other little block with the clock in. I understand that some of this has been torn down now.
    It had lots of decay, the sort I love. Lots of wood too [​IMG] Very pretty and I can imagine in it's day it was was more stunning than I had seen.

    Left the building feeling quite pleased that I had got to see it after all.


    I would have liked to have seen it without all that shit around it...

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    Loved this room..

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    wood!

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    They obviously liked animals

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    Thanks for looking!
     
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  2. BillAnd

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    nicely captured
     
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    That would have been something special in its day... Well done..
     
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    Nice one, the last photo is ace!
     
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