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Report - Lillesden School for Girls/ Bedgebury Lower School, Kent, Feb 2011



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I visited with Catullus. It took us longer than predicted to get there, and so by the time we arrived we only had an hour before it got dark. It took us about 3 hours to explore this place though, so by the time we finished it was pitch black. A good torch was essential, as the floor boards are completely rotten. After exploring the inside of the building, I attempted to take some exterior shots in the dark and could see bats flying around above the building. The view of the house from the front (where the towers are), in the dark, with bats circling above all contributed to a rather spooky atmosphere.

Some history from Doctor Who Locations (http://www.doctorwholocations.net/locations/lillesdenschool):

The school occupies what used to be the Lillesden Estate Mansion, built at the estate (south of Hawkhurst) in 1855 by the banker Edward Loyd, who moved there after marrying. The house and estate remained in the family until just after the First World War, when it was then sold and eventually became the Bedgebury Girls Public School.
The school closed around 1999 and has been abandoned ever since. Due to the theft of its lead roof, water damage is now sadly causing the buildings to collapse. However, it is now owned by a property developer and expected to be converted into private apartments at some point in the future.
I also found the planning permission details:

Application: TW/07/02315/FULMJ Date Valid: 26 July 2007
Date Received: 10 July 2007 Officer: Clare Penney
Address: Lillesden Park
Hastings Road
Hawkhurst Cranbrook Kent Phone: 01892 526121 EXT 2604
Parish/Ward: Hawkhurst Map Ref.: 575653/129012
Proposal: Change of use and alterations to Lillesden House to 14 residential apartments with new residential development of 15 apartments and 11 houses, associated car parking and access; demolition of former ancillary school buildings.

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