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Report - Hampton House, Malvern Feb 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by huey, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. huey

    huey 28DL Regular User
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    Part of the sprawling empire that was once the Malvern Colleges, this place now sits empty, mid-conversion. Its too easy to gloss over places like this especially when access isn't easy and there's a huge complex to explore but this place deserves a story of its own. So here it is.

    THE EXPLORE
    Explored with CheltOriginal, I thought this place had a really nice feel and look to it, more so than the more modern 'built to purpose' buildings. The unusual access method was discovered by my partner in grime and just made the day more memorable. Some say its Edwardian but id say it was Victorian, it was definately designed by Edward Elmslie (the school later was renamed after him.) Made of Malvern stone and Grade 2 listed in 1979, it still has many original features left to do it justice.

    THE HISTORY
    Like most country houses this place has changed name and adapted to the times. During the war many places like this lay dormant as the men had gone to war and demand for huge money swallowing pits understandably diminished. In order to survive they were put to other uses and the that's what happened here- after laying empty between 1914-1917 the house became a boarding school in 1922.
    Boarding for girls aged 13 years or older and a prep school for girls 7-13 years old. When it became part of the Malvern College complex isn't clear, for a time it was actually the teachers residence.

    The early days
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    And today, sadly minus scores of giggling schoolgirls
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    Some lovely features
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    The back of the house also enjoyed stunning views over the Malvern hills
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    Hampton House actually had its own swimming pool. Filled in when the school closed, it was located below the wall bordering the road- the natural water source at the southern end of the open air pool fed the pool and the water feature.

    In 1916
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    In the 1980's
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    External clue to the last use of the place...
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    And from the inside
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    Always my favourite part, what will the stairs be like?
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    Murals everywhere
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    Massive landing to first floor, stairs to another floor, huge rooms everywhere...
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    ...and access to the attic
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    Which revealed this unusual lead lined gulley across the entire width of the attic, never seen that before.
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    The top floor seemed to be the caretakers domain- self contained with its own bathroom, kitchen etc and a fetching reminder of past wallpaper fashions
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    1965 when the teachers lived here and the extension still survived, what happened to it I don't know.
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    And an obligatory old staff piccy
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    A couple of rare personal touches found in the basement, which was also used as classrooms
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    And to finish-

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    Conversion turning this place into a block of 5 apartments is well under way. No doubt it will be renamed, pulled around and be changed, but I guess its already used to that.
    Hope you enjoyed and as always, thanks for looking.
     

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  2. merryprankster

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    :thumb very nice mate!
     
  3. merryprankster

    merryprankster Conrod the Barbarian
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    "unusual access method" mine was pretty unusal aswell ;)
     
  4. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nice ones mate :thumb

    That bloody swimming pool looks cold ;)
     
  5. weezdeez

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    A thoroughly enjoyable read. Thanks for putting the time and effort into compiling this - my cuppa tea :)
     
  6. huey

    huey 28DL Regular User
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    Mine too,mucho gratitude
     
  7. Oxygen Thief

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    Nice report mate, thanks. Be full of top hats and masks at the weekend.
     
  8. huey

    huey 28DL Regular User
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    Ha,yes it will,OAP's with too much spare time and money staring out of the windows all day- reporting people like you and me!
     
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