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Report - Crookham court school, Thatcham - June 2014

Lolly92

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#1
Visited with Lenston, The_Raw and a non member.

This is probably one of the best explores that I've done. Great location, awesome company and it definitely helped that this place is so photogenic and there's so much to see. It's such a shame about the history of the goings on in this building because it's such a stunning place! I could have wandered around for hours and hours taking everything in but our next location (and the pub) called.

History taken from a previous report by The_Raw -
Crookham Court stands on the former site of Crookham manor house, built around the start of 14th century and destroyed in 1543, and subsequently Crookham House which was demolished around 1850. The construction of the current building started around this time and continued in two more phases over the next fifty years. It served several purposes over the years such as a manor house, a junior school and a school for children of people serving at Greenham Common. It was abandoned for some time after the US Air Force left the area and purchased in 1961 when it was used as a boarding school until 1990, after which point it was apparently used as apartments (although this isn’t too obvious from looking at the place) and has been abandoned since 2007.
In 1988 there was a well-publicised case of child abuse by several members of staff which was covered on Esther Rantzen’s show That’s Life. This had apparently been going on for thirty years but it was only when the headmaster Mr. Gold joined the school in 1987 that it was discovered and reported. Three were convicted, including the principal who was the owner of the building. Over twenty years later the teacher who had been set free was also convicted when another victim came forward; he has tried appealing but been denied. Currently another of the old teachers is facing 57 charges relating to sex abuse, 20 of those charges are from his time at Crookham Court.
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H1971

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mmmmm very nice, loving the staircase, well apart from the graffiti that is, you have some fab shots :)
 

The_Raw

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#7
Liking this a lot! Top marks for the photos and great to meet you, a trip to Wales beckons! :)
 

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