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Report - Malsis School, Nr Keighley - August 2017

hamtagger

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#1
Malsis School, Crosshills

Malsis School is located in the village of Crosshills in North Yorkshire. It was a co-educational independent pre-prep and preparatory school for pupils aged 3 to 13 years. The school was founded in 1920, and closed due to falling pupil numbers in 2014. Two former pupils called Jamie and Jonathan Seddon heard the place had closed after a failed merger with Giggleswick School. They had done quite well for themselves after leaving here, (turning over 190 million squid this year apparently), so decided to buy the place. So "Seddon Construction" now own the place and although their public vow is to save the schools heritage, my hunch is that it'll end up developed into some kind of housing estate like everywhere else normally does. The full story in a local rag is here..
http://www.cravenherald.co.uk/news/14094747.display/

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The Explore..

Recently decided to go and have a look around this old "school for boys and girls aged 3-13". When I saw pictures starting to surface last month, the name "Malsis" rang a bell. Maybe I had read about it's closure a few years ago and forgotten or maybe not, anyway the old part of the school looked stunning so we drove the 2 and a bit hours across to have a look. The last jibba jabba I had read on facebook was indicating that the place was locked down, but it was worth a try anyway and I'm glad @Urbexbandoned and myself made the effort to check. It's always worth checking eh. We recce'd a couple of possible angles and spent a bit of time circling the place and generally just looking out for any secca activity. A few metres past the perimeter we were greeted by a loud recorded message saying something about images being recorded on CCTV and blah blah. We retreated outside and within a few minutes a bloke appeared and we assumed he was the security guard, turns out it was @moz88 and he was there for the same reason as we were. Good to meet you mate. We headed back into the grounds and gave the numerous cameras, with PiR sensors a wide berth and to be honest it wasn't looking good for access after a good look at the place. Some fresh boards in places and evidence of recent contractor work in the grounds. Rather than do one defeated, and after I had been into a building but couldn't find a way to the main building, we decided fuck it and went for a bit more of a risky option that paid off but left me with some nice bruises, a two metre freefall, and a squashed set of bollocks..

The entrance hallway and staircase with the Headmasters office shooting off to the side was nothing short of spectacular.
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Headmaster's study
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Roof detail reflected in a large mirror to one end
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An equally ornate ceiling in an adjacent room, with the lights still working.
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An asbestos removal team had been in up until the 14th July 17 and it seems they had ripped up the carpets/flooring in areas.
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There has been quite a few extensions to the main original "hall" over the years and these housed many of the dorms, classrooms and sports areas. Surprising how quickly the ivy had found it's way in in some of these areas.
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The little mini chapel was a nice bonus, and unexpected after walking through a rabbit warren of modern plasterboard shit.
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Seventeen former pupils had lost their lives during WW2 and each of their names were incorporated into the stained glass of the church.
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The performance theatre.
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Props room.
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I then headed into the cellars for a look around and it was pretty empty, but full of spider's webs with a few random bits to look at like this room which would've had a train set which unfortunately had been removed and only the tables remained.

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Larder area.
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Moving on to find the swimming pool. Initially @moz88 found it first but both entrances were locked. Luckily we had noticed the key cabinet about an hour before in another part of the school..

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The shower/changing rooms.
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The pool.
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There's a few other areas which I have taken pictures of but nothing really worth extending the report beyond the 30 above, so thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated.
 
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Chris C

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#9
Raised in nearby Skipton, I attended this school from 1955-1960, so found the pix absolutely fascinating. I live in Surrey now but I happened to passing Cross Hills in 2011 so drove up the drive but the place was deserted, all locked up. In 2016 I was passing by again but this time noticed the gates, back and front, were barred. Entering from the big front door there was a large dining hall to the right and assembly room to the left, then the head's study on the left and next to that before the straits the library. Opposite was a smaller dining hall, then at the end of the hall a doorway led to a corridor to classrooms. There was a model railway in the basement. A bit sad to see it like this. Thanks.
 

hamtagger

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#10
@Chris C It must be sad to see the place like this for sure, and unfortunately it took a turn for the worse not too long after my visit. Pretty much all of the modern extension was systematically graffitied and vandalised then demolished leaving only the main house. Apparently two former pupils own the place now, and are in charge of the development?
 

Chris C

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#11
@hamtagger - I posted an old photo of the building as it was in the late 50s, taken by me, on another thread relating to Malsis. A great deal of the modern extension - the buildings that turn the corner - was built while I was a pupil there. I had read about the former pupils having bought it. They're going to build homes on the site but retain the old building as some sort of care home I think. Unfortunately the only two former pupils with whom I stayed in touch, both friends, have both died so I can't draw their attention to your wonderfully evocative photos.
 

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