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Report - Crookham Court Manor House/School, Newbury - April 2013

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by chrisr86, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. chrisr86

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    Posted in 'manor houses' as that's how it started life. I'm not code-naming it as the real name is public knowledge now.

    Explored with Phantom Bish and two non-members. Bishy’s had his eye on this place since at least mid-last year; we’ve tried access every so often but to no avail until this visit.

    The history:

    Crookham Court stands on the former site of Crookham manor house, built around the start of 14th century and destroyed in 1543, and subsequently Crookham House which was demolished around 1850. The construction of the current building started around this time and continued in two more phases over the next fifty years.

    It’s served several purposes such as a manor house, a junior school and a school for children of people serving at Greenham Common. It was abandoned for some time after the US Air Force left the area and purchased in 1961 when it was used as a boarding school until 1990, after which point it was apparently used as apartments (although this isn’t too obvious from looking at the place) and has been abandoned since 2007.

    In 1988 there was a well-publicised case of child abuse by several members of staff which was covered on Esther Rantzen’s show That’s Life. This had apparently been going on for thirty years but it was only when the headmaster Mr. Gold joined the school in 1987 that it was discovered and reported. Three were convicted, including the principal who was the owner of the building. Over twenty years later the teacher who had been set free was also convicted when another victim came forward; he has tried appealing but been denied.


    It’s quite sad reading all of the stories from former pupils online, especially when you’re walking around and consider what happened there for so long. A shame such a beautiful building with so much history has to be tainted in such a way too.

    Just natural decay here. The only graffiti is from when the building was in use.

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    Quite a bit of staircase porn in this building.

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    It's also a bit of a maze, so great for lovers of corridor porn too. Everybody wins.

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    No idea who paula and Chels are or why they painted this on the inside of a store room door.

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    There's some furniture here and there.

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    And then there's this...

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    That's a lot of books.
     
    #1 chrisr86, Apr 14, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2013

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