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Report - Westwood School, Blithbury - March 2016

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Ruby_Explorer, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. Ruby_Explorer

    Ruby_Explorer 28DL Full Member
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    Westwood School for autistic children, closed in 2002. Originally Pipewood camp opened in1940 for School Girls that were evacuated from Birmingham during the War, closed in 1945 (I guess when the war ended)

    I've been here a few times over the last few years - its recently been cleaned up. Most of the foliage that surrounded a lot of the building has been cut down and trimmed, actually making most the the building easier to access.

    Also the inside of most of the building have been cleaned up (Or people have taken more stuff away with them? Unsure why though) most of the old toys and beds and general rubbish have been moved out of the bigger spaces. Still lots of drug paraphernalia and interesting items though.

    The main hall space - not sure what it was used for but probably assembly and similar. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Inside the hall.
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    A christmas booklet inside the hall.
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    A paper from 2 years after closure.
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    Back buildings, more dormitories and classrooms. The building on the right of this picture had some strange items in it. There was a couple of tables with what looked like prosthetic hands covered in fake blood on top of white sheets that had something underneath them.
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    Right building entrance[​IMG] ...

    Nature claiming its rightful place.
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    And the building on the left of this, one of the dormitory buildings. Coat hooks.
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    Old toys...
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    Blueprints and building supplies, renovation?
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    There used to be more of these, someone has been greedy.
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    Kitchen area.
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    Health and Safety has to be on point.
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    The sports hall.
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    Fire door keep shut.
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    The loft space.
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    Outside spaces.
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    One thing that hasn't changed since I first visited, and my favourite part of Westwood is this...
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    Tree Chair.

    I still find it very strange that even though it was closed down legitimately (and not abandoned due to any disaster) toys, furniture and useable items, such as nappies, were just left there. Abandoned like the building itself.

    Its almost like they rushed to leave or felt the items were tainted.

    Be interesting to know why? or at least to hear peoples opinion on this.

    Ruban.
     
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    Very interesting looking place is this!
     
  3. Ruby_Explorer

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    It is! Im just uploading a video which i'll post a link to in here.

    You can have a look through my eyes, almost.
     
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    5 minute video through most of the site:

     
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    Looks an interesting place, wouldn't mind a wander round here myself.
    I really like the pic with the ivy coming into the corridor :thumb
     
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    Pictures are far too big, please resize them to 1024 pixels.
     
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    WIll do a little later when I get chance! Apologies.

    Ruban
     
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    All sorted!

    Thanks for the advise ;)

    Ruban.
     
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    Some nice shots there.

    We got busted by a very unhappy man in that corridor last August. He runs it as an airsoft site so maybe that’s why it’s been cleared outside?
     
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    Yorrick, you're probably right!

    I honestly didn't know that either, just thought it'd been left. Although saying that when I did some reseach on it a few years back I did find it was up for sale and now I cant find that. Unless I've missed something? Correct me if i'm wrong.

    Ruban.
     
  11. Yorrick

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    You’re right. Yours for £500,000! http://www.vebra.com/property/3845/24655359

    Makes more sense that it’s been cleared ready to be sold. The land registry still shows it as part of Horizon School next door, along with several fields beyond, so it’s not been sold yet.
     
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    Bargain!

    Airsoft/paintball would be very good here.

    If this was closer to a town (not quite so in the middle of nowhere) then it would have already been bought my housing developers.
     
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    Interesting place, good pics:thumb
     
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