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Report - Malvern College Prep School, Worcester, December 7th 2014

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  1. man_gone_wrong

    man_gone_wrong 28DL Regular User
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    After spending the morning exploring Selly Oaks we drove down to Malvern from Birmingham to explore the old abandoned prep school. Of all the places I have visited while exploring this has to be the best for the scenery, absolutely stunning

    After a bit of fannying about gaining access and walked about inside we were surprised how much renovation work had happened to the place. Walls, radiators, pipework etc. ripped out and the place stripped to its bare bones. We soon realised there wasnt a lot left here apart from the piano and wall of mirrors

    We shot all we wanted to apart from the turqoise skylight but couldnt find it. Eventually after climbing down a collapsed staircase and across rotten floorboards we found it, just a shame I hadnt bought the wide angle lens before I came here lol

    History

    Following Malvern's prominence as a spa town in the earlier years of the nineteenth century and the advent of the railway, Malvern College was founded by a group of mainly local businessmen. It opened in January 1865 to two dozen boys and half a dozen masters. Initially, there were two Houses but expansion was rapid and by 1877 there were six Houses and 290 boys. In the 1890s, the number of pupils nearly doubled and a further four Houses were added, thus creating the broad outlines of the campus familiar to us today. Originally housed in the Main Building, a separate Chapel was also built during the 1890s.

    The Chapel records over 600 Old Malvernians and Hillstonians who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars. Further expansion of pupil numbers and buildings continued after the Great War but during the Second World War the College suffered more than any other comparable independent school, being twice ejected and shrinking to half its former size. Required to make way for the Admiralty between October 1939 and July 1940, it found a temporary home at Blenheim Palace. The College underwent a further period of exile from May 1942 to July 1946. Ordered out at one week's notice, the school was housed with Harrow School.

    The College's premises were then occupied by the Telecommunications and Radar establishment, and there is more than a grain of truth in echoing Eton's Waterloo claim that the Second World War was won on the playing fields of Malvern College; indeed, the modern Defence Research Agency is still sited on former College land. Since 1946, the College has continued to build new facilities - Medical Centre 1967, Arts Centre 1974, Sports Hall 1977, Technology Building 1992 - and has also played a significant role in the development of educational projects. In 1963, it was the first independent school to have a language laboratory, it pioneered Nuffield Physics in the 1960s, Science in Society in the 1970s, and the Diploma of Achievement in the 1990s.

    Today's co-educational College came about in 1992 when three successful schools (Malvern College, Ellerslie Girls' School and Hillstone Prep) were brought together. Also at the beginning of the 1990s, Malvern continued to be at the forefront of innovation by being one of the first schools in Britain to offer the International Baccalaureate in the Sixth Form.

    Over the last twenty years Malvern College has shown itself to offer all that is best in co-education. The ratio of boys to girls is presently 60:40, and the College has remained a proper boarding school with over 500 pupils on campus during the weekends. In recent years, the College has embarked upon the most significant period of development since its foundation almost 150 years ago including an All Weather Pitch in 2005, the refurbishment of the Pavilion, with the addition of 12 new classrooms, in 2006 a new Medical Centre in 2009, two new boarding houses (No.7 and Ellerslie House) in 2010, a new state-of-the-art Sports Complex and Entertainment Centre in 2010 and the refurbishment of the Ron Hughes Rackets Courts 2011. In addition, a programme of House refurbishment is underway. In 2008 Hillstone Prep merged with the Downs Prep School at the Downs’ Colwall site, which has been transformed with the development of new classrooms, sports hall, all weather pitch, and art room, along with a refurbishment of the boarding facilities, to create a first class prep school which now is The Downs Malvern

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  2. clebby

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    Nice work, was here the other week. I think the skylight's only turquoise because of it's got a sheet of tarpaulin over it though :rolleyes:
     
  3. man_gone_wrong

    man_gone_wrong 28DL Regular User
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    You know what, the idea of it being a tarpaulin didnt cross my mind haha

    Is the place even more wrecked from these pics to when you went?
     
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    Looks much the same tbh, perhaps work has halted.
     
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    Nice that...like the staircase....quality :thumb
     
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    But was it as much fun as Selly MK2 mate :rolleyes:

    Looks like you had a good mooch, nice pics & ditto the staircase :thumb

    Don"t think i"ve seen this one before ? :thumb

    Any externals ?

    As for pic 2, i can hear M"s shutter going 1..2..3..4.. :tumbleweed :yawn :sleep;)
     
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    Nicely captured, I was actually wondering just the other day if this place was still about.
     
  8. man_gone_wrong

    man_gone_wrong 28DL Regular User
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    There was a silver Golf parked up next to a digger on the drive when we was there
     
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    man_gone_wrong 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers fella :thumb

    Staircase looks nice but its a death trap lol
     
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    man_gone_wrong 28DL Regular User
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    Well the pics from here turned out better than the Selly ones, corridor after corridor after corridor, delete delete delete :)
    Cant beat sitting in the cold and dark for a few hours waiting for light ;)

    Could do with getting the wide lens on the stairs but its a bloody long way to go just for that lol

    It has been posted before, a while back I think. You should know me by now, I never get round to or cant be bothered with externals lol

    As of M, think he is still there, waiting..... :D
     
  11. man_gone_wrong

    man_gone_wrong 28DL Regular User
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    Thank you bud!

    Yeah its still about, well the outside is. Looks like most of the inside went a long time ago
     
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    I popped by at the weekend, looks like quite a bit has changed since you went. Some decent photos of the place
     
  13. man_gone_wrong

    man_gone_wrong 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers bud. The way they was ripping it out there will be nothing left of the old school
     
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    Oh dear, I went to Hillstone and there are many hidden places that maybe the builders don't know about, did you investigate the legendary 'forbidden well' or the mysterious-downward-spiraling-into-the-abyss-staircase (both forbidden areas/straight expulsion), for example?
     
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