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Report - Crookham Court School - Newbury - March 2014

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by bassboyjoe, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. bassboyjoe

    bassboyjoe 28DL Full Member
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    Bit of 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.


    Visited with Sentinel. We hadn't seen any reports for a while, but thought we had an idea of entry and headed over there. Unfortunately the main building is secured tight, but it wasn't a complete waste as we had a mooch round the buildings surrounding it.

    I wanted to get this up, to add some reports to my name, and get a bit more trust under the belt ;)

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    The swimming pool has claimed another victim. This is the first time I've seen a badger in person :(

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  2. sentinel

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    Nice Photo's mate....mmmmmmmm wonder who that other member was ;)
     
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    Good effort with the pics considering you couldnt get into the main building :) Same thing happened to us but didnt really bother reporting on the rest of it.
     
  4. bassboyjoe

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    Thanks! There was quite a lot to wander round. I think we were still there for about 2.5 hours in the end, the science rooms yielded the most stuff! I wanted to get something up because I don't often post! (i think its been about 3 years since my last ahaha)
     
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    poor badger!
     
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    Where was that organ hidden? I missed that on 2 visits
     
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    Some good snaps there :thumb
     
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    Some nicely processed shots here.
     
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    Nice photos here, shame about the main building, I'd love to get in there :thumb
     
  10. sentinel

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    It's fully closed down now, Shame got into a room, but door was screwed shut from the inside, really thought we were in luck , O well going to have some failures from time to time. If anyone does the same sorry about the smell of energy drink, damn shard of glass, better the can than me I guess. Bassboyjoe had an interesting idea, but there was no way I was that agile.. Nice to see though, He's got some skills
     
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    Ha Sentinel, same thing happened to me at social club with energy drink, put the bag down and it landed on a nail spraying red Monster everywhere! Nice shots Bassboy, looks very interesting though I feel a little sorry for the badger!
     
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    Shame it's still locked tight. It's great inside. The out buildings are still interested. We went with a model but didn't get any pool shots are the police turned up looking for Crookham Manor and have a look around and bumped into us. No problems with them, they just asked us to leave.
    From the science lab - https://www.flickr.com/photos/chancy51/10232096293/ (link rather than embedded image as it's have a bit of nudity).
     
  13. WhoDaresWins

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    Where was that organ? Completely missed out on seeing that beauty. Poor little badger :(
     
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