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Report - Our Lady’s Convent & Bryn Hafod, Kettering - Nov 13

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by The devil child, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. The devil child

    The devil child 28DL Regular User
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    Visited on my own yesterday evening, This was built by Alfred Gotch for Charles Wicksteed in the early 1900's. He lived there till 1931, It was later taken over by the Ursuline sisters in 1944 who owned other properties on the land and made it into a convent school. The 1st closure of the high school was 1972 and the junior school closed decades later in 2003. A lot of original features still remain within the buildings like the stair cases, fire places and a lot of other woodwork its defo worth a visit if your in to old Victorian architecture :thumb I have got to admit this place freaked me out a bit which iv'e never been before while exploring and iv been doing it 15 years, i read a paragraph on a report from 2010 from mongrel which said this...

    On 25th February 1931, Charles Wicksteed was taken ill with a severe attack of influenza, followed by slight pneumonia and fits of deep depression and sleepiness. He was confined to his bed at Bryn Hafod until Saturday 14th March, when he attended an event in Wicksteed Park. With his health slowly improving, although still suffering from depression, he again visited the park on the afternoon of Wednesday 18th March and inspected the paddling pool. That evening he retired to beat 10.30pm and slept until about 4am on Thursday 19th March 1931. It seems he then awoke and, distraught with depression, went to the kitchen, put his head inside the gas oven and killed himself. He was found sometime after 6am by one of the maids who had smelt gas. He left no note, nor made any mention of taking his own life. The coroner recorded a verdict of “suicide whilst of unsound mindâ€￾ at the inquest held on Friday 20th March 1931 at Bryn Hafod.

    ahhhh now i see why it feels eeiry :D sorry for the amount of pics there was a lot to capture ;)

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    Buiding 2 (Charles wicksteeds house)
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    A couple of externals at night
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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     

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