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Report - Crookham Court Manor School, Berkshire - February 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Palisade, Apr 20, 2015.

  1. Palisade

    Palisade 28DL Regular User
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    Right, here goes. Not my first explore (although I am fairly new) but my first report on 28DL. I'm sorry about the poor quality of the photos….
    It was a bit of an unplanned trip as we (myself and two non-members) had actually been on our way to a nearby quarry, but we realised that we were close to Crookham Court Manor, and decided to check it out (yes I know It's been done to death!)

    When we approached the front of the building we saw the front lawn had been taken over by a group of travellers, complete with a number of caravans and a bonfire. Unsure of how they’d feel about us walking straight though their camp, we decided to go around the back. In hindsight, we needn’t have been so cautious, as they turned out to be very friendly…

    As we explored this huge building, the thing which struck us the most was how sudden its desertion seemed to have been. This was particularly so in the case of the library with its rows of books still in place, and the science room which looked as if it had been abandoned mid-lesson!

    We finally bumped into a couple of the travellers just as we were coming out of the library, and I think everyone jumped a little bit! The travellers looked particularly on edge, until we said hello and explained that we were just exploring. I couldn’t work out whether or not they were joking, but they seemed pretty convinced that the house was haunted, and they had come to investigate after they heard (our) voices.

    As we got chatting, the two travellers told us a little about the history of the building (which none of us had researched). I won’t go into the details here, as there are several reports on this site that have already done so. I will simply say that the school has a rather sad history due to several reports of child abuse being carried out by members of staff. It was strange how learning of this completely changed the feeling of the building, and the remainder of our exploration was noticeably more sombre.

    Photos accompanying this report are below. If you have seen any older reports you will notice that the place has seriously deteriorated in recent months, partly due to general lack of maintenance, but mostly due to vandalism. I took a little while getting around to writing this report, and it seems that in the short time between my visit in February and Paulh90’s visit in March, the first floor bannisters were totally destroyed.

    WARNING FOR FUTURE VISITORS: Due to rotting floorboards there is now a dangerous hole in the floor of one of the upstairs corridors. If you step here you WILL fall through so be careful!

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    Thanks for reading!
     
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  2. JaneEyre

    JaneEyre The clumsiest explorer in Yorkshire!
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    Nice first report, I would have enjoyed a bit of the history tbh, I think you will need to put a location in the title (Berkshire, we know it is there but ti is still nice to have a location in the title) but other than that the photos are nice :)

    Also you dont *always* have to be afraid of us (ex) caravan dwellers :D we are not all bad haha but good work on getting out there and getting a report up!
    Can't wait for the next one xxx
    <3 Jane
     
  3. Palisade

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    Thanks for the feedback JaneEyre :thumb. Yes I probably should have put a bit of history in there. I didn't just because I'd read so much in other people's reports. About my caution towards the travellers, that experience was actually a bit of an eye-opener to us! We had obviously been stereotyping without even realising it, but like I said they were friendly and we actually had a really good chat with them!
     
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    Great first report. I enjoyed reading about what happened etc. Agree with JaneEyre mind, a bit of history would make it better. Nice work overall though :thumb
     
  5. Miss Mayhem

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    Nice first report, you have some good shots there.
    Just add in the history as previously mentioned then
    you will be spot on. :thumb

    All I would say is put the history and 'the visit' in titled separate
    Paragraphs.

    Good job , looking foward to seeing some more stuff :thumb
     
  6. Garou Garou

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    Welcome, Palisade. Nice write up.
     
  7. Palisade

    Palisade 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks guys for all the helpful feedback :D
     
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    I'm new to the Berkshire area, tried to find this in Crookham the other day but couldn't find it. Anyone got more specific directions?
     
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    Looks a good find. Might try this myself.
     
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    I'm from the local area and it really is fascinating to see how drastically this place has declined over the past year or two, largely due people smashing the hell out of it. Now most of the windows are broken it feels like it is decaying much faster.

    I would say to anyone deterred, however, that this house is largely safe (barring a hole in one floor and a lack of banisters) and still a wonderful explore. It isn't hard to imagine how beautiful the grounds would have been back in the school's heyday - such a pity that it's now on it's knees.

    I will certainly get down there in the summertime, providing it hasn't been boarded up once more and get some shots for a report. Some rooftop shots might be in order.

    Great report by the way my friend, very well documented!

    Hey JMul, if you or anyone else still need directions feel free to PM me.
     
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  11. Palisade

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    There is also a total lack of security, including no fences, which makes it a nice relaxed explore :thumb
     
  12. BethRose

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    Wow great shots some of my family members are travellers and I understand your concern, we ourselves had trouble in the community once before but they tend to be relaxed if you are. To be honest most travellers are worried what your doing wandering about thinking you may cause trouble. I tend to just wave if I'm getting strange looks :D
    Brill find though looks amazing!
     
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    Hi great photos! Can you possibly give me a grid reference or a location nearby road etc as I'm not far from Thatcham! Thanks
     
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    You've just asked the same question four times, I deleted the others, and I'll delete you if you keep on.
     
  15. Indy14

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    I'm new to this sorry.
     
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