As you know I am new here and dont own a DSLR as yet but I do intent having a look at Cotton College in the future.
I have looked on all the forums but I am quite supprised that no one has been in yet.
Some history: It was founded in 1763 by William Errington at Sedgley Park, Wolverhampton, at the recommendation of Bishop Richard Challoner. In 1873 it moved to Cotton Hall. The original house appears to date back to 1630 and was most probably built by the Morrice family before Thomas Gilbert moved there. This began an association of the Gilbert Family and the Earl of Shrewsbury as Land Agents and Industrial Entrepreneurs over the next decades till Cotton Hall was sold in 1884. After its sale to the Earl of Shrewsbury it was then used by the Oratorians, and then the Passionists, then finally the secular clergy of the archdiocese of Birmingham. The school closed in 1987 due to financial difficulties, and the structure has fallen into a state of disrepair. Only Saint Wilfrid's church remains intact.
My Father used to run a camera club and photographed the place with permission in the mid 90's, even then the "grand hall" had been subjected to a minor fire, his photos were amazing, maybe it was those that got me into this.
From what I can recall the place has/had the school itself a sprots complex with indoor pool and the dorms. There was an empty head masters house behind the Church too.
The perimiter has been fenced and there are signs and a caravan. I looked at gaining access to the grounds some years back a few times and remember missing security by seconds but I dont think that there is much movement there now. I do remember security dogs running about before but again presume they have gone too.
I do remember that the buildings were once full of furniture but predict that after 24 years things may be a little different now.
The place only about 3 miles from Alton Towers.
Anyone had a look??