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Report - Crookham Court School - Newbury - March 2014

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by sentinel, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. sentinel

    sentinel 28DL Regular User
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    Went with a little explore with bassboyjoe.

    Place is sealed tight, found a entry, but only ended up with a pocket full of energy drink for my efforts :eek:
    Had a little look around the out buildings which proved interesting enough.

    Little 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.


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  2. Seffy

    Seffy Bally up lads!
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    Good effort, shame (but possibly not) that the house is sealed now!
     
  3. sentinel

    sentinel 28DL Regular User
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    I know what you mean. There was some crude writing around the place and considering the past of this place would be a matter of time that someone destroy the main building.
    To many failures at the moment. Need to get in somewhere good. All part of the fun though. Can't have it easy all the time
     
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