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Report - Tewkesbury High School for Girls - Feb 2011

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    We drove passed this en route to Bentham, so I popped back for a proper look before I forgot about it.

    Tewkesbury High School for Girls was founded in 1882 by the vicar, Hemming Robeson, as a Church of England day and boarding school. In 1969 the decision was made to unite all schools in Tewkesbury under one roof, and in 1972 Tewkesbury School was founded.

    in 1973 the old girls school was taken over by the local Abbey and re-opened with just 5 pupils. Pupils sung evensong at the Abbey four nights a week - Monday to Thursday, as well as their regular schooling.

    After numerous fund-raising attempts, the school finally went into administration and closed in 2006, with 85 pupils in the final year.

    There were signs that the building had started having work done, but I don't know who by or for what. I only explored the original 3 story building, eventually running out of time to take a look around the new areas.

    I entered around the back (which was originally the front) and found this rather fetching gate next to this rather fetching car.

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    After that it was just a question of getting in. You can see various extensions on the left, and there is a further building behind me.

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    The main entrance hall, and front room. MK, you're a knob.

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    Further on there was the entry hall to the first extension and another set of stairs.

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    Which lead through to where I assume the work has started...

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    Then I found a hidden gem - a basement! Who knew?

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    It looked a lot like some of these underground rooms had been in use as classrooms, which was interesting (and probably bloody cold!)

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    Back up stairs to yet another staircase, which I left and went to find the original.

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    But I got sidetracked again, and found my way to the rear entrance.

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    Finally upstairs and onto an empty landing with lots of empty rooms.

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    Well, almost empty.

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    Having a mooch a bit further from that first landing found some slightly more interesting rooms, with some old macintoshes. I wonder if they still work...

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    There was also this intrigueing skinny radiator... Sadly no access onto the balcony today, but maybe next time. Still, a view at arms length through the window.

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    The second floor had a few more interesting rooms again, not entirely empty like the ground and first.

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    But on the second floor I found another staircase that kept going up. Loft space? No, a wall had been installed to block the rest of the staircase...

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    A bit of bonus climbing led to a tiny box of space with a tinier 18" square hatch, which it turned out opened onto the roof!

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