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  1. Ok wanted to see this for a while so at 2 am decided to go look. Visited with acid reflux even though he stayed in car has he was shattered and stranton. Explore. Ok work is well on way here with lots of the building ripped up and several outside buildings now rubble. But most was still here. Was a wonderful explore and had some really nice features. However due to time never got to see has much has i would have liked but hell atleast i saw what was left. The computer room with headphones is sadly gone also much of the other stuff is also gone. I was late to party on this . Nevermind was still worth the look. History. Leeds Girls' High School (LGHS) was an independent, selective, fee-paying school for girls aged 3–18 founded in 1876 in Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It merged with Leeds Grammar School in 2005 to form The Grammar School at Leeds. LGHS was founded in 1876, at a time when female education was limited but expanding. Frances Lupton and other members of the Ladies’ Honorary Council of the Yorkshire Board of Education decided that campaigning for access to the universities was of little use without better all-round education for girls, equivalent to what boys received at traditional academic grammar school. Established interests prevented the use of existing charitable funds, so Lupton and her colleagues created a new way forward: a joint stock company. The school motto was Age Quod Agis, which means "do what you do". While seemingly tautological at first glance, it is in fact a corruption of the Biblical exhortation, "whatsoever thy turn thy hand to, do it with all thy might". The pupils were divided into four houses, named after the four patron saints of the United Kingdom: Andrew, David, George and Patrick. Girls were placed into the houses that their families had been in before them. There were various house competitions throughout the year, mainly sports and arts orientated, the main one being the house music competition during the spring term. The school had three sections situated in the western suburbs of Headingley: Infant School (Rose Court): 3 to 7-year-olds Junior School (Ford House): 7 to 11-year-olds Senior School: 11 to 18-year-olds The Infant School (Rose Court) was situated on the large Senior School site on Headingley Lane, while the Junior School (Ford House) operated 1 mile (1.6 km) down the road in a converted mansion house. The Senior School building was built in the early 1900s, and efforts are currently being made to have the building listed. The fine oak wood panelling in the Assembly Hall detailed where Old Girls went to university on completion of their education at LGHS. The furniture within the Senior School Library was designed by Robert Thompson (The Mouseman), but was sold when the school moved to Alwoodley Gates (the Leeds Grammar School site). In 2004 LGHS was the highest performing school within the Leeds LEA area, achieving top results at both GCSE and A Level. In 2005 LGHS merged with Leeds Grammar School to form the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL). The merged school administration took over LGHS in August 2005, however the schools did not physically merge until September 2008. At that time the Junior School (ages 7–11) and Senior School (ages 11–18) moved to Alwoodley Gates. Classes for girls and boys between the ages of 11 and 16 remain segregated, but all extracurricular activities are mixed. The Infant School moved to the Ford House building next to a new nursery school, currently operating as GSAL'S Rose Court Nursery and Pre-Prep. The school building was used as a filming location for the fictional St Matthews' Hospital in the new ITV medical drama Monroe, which was scheduled for broadcast in 2011. Pics: Fake lift lol Last of the computer desks Fellow explorers Guess some people are not fans of a certain other site or some of there people. And Acid couldn't give a fook lol. Would put a pic up but do-sent deserve a spot on my pics lol. But sure those who have been have seen the black board. But enjoy this pic instead. Ok hope you all enjoy sorry diden't get the door shot somehow we missed it has it was total darkness lol. Thanks for looking all
  2. Hi Guys not posted in a long while so her is one from me now The History, LGHS was founded in 1876, at a time when female education was limited but expanding. Frances Lupton and other members of the Ladies’ Honorary Council of the Yorkshire Board of Education decided that campaigning for access to the universities was of little use without better all-round education for girls, equivalent to what boys received at traditional academic grammar school. In 2005 LGHS merged with Leeds Grammar School to form the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL). The merged school administration took over LGHS in August 2005, however the schools did not physically merge until September 2008. Hope you like
  3. Visited With Hamtagger and Session9 Now Public thanks to the wonderful world of Social Media. After a successful morning in York and Leeds we decided to head for our "Main Splore of the Day" We decided that this weekend was the time to get the old girl done before it becomes impossible to enter or destroyed by the youths of Leeds. And getting inside was not an easy task, after checking all of the obvious spots and Hamtagger falling off a roof into a pool of 8 inch water. We decided that the only way in was potentially suicidal. So we went for it. And it was worth every second! Inside, the school really is a beauty, it feels like 3 different locations in one. A modern School, an Old School and a Hospital. I just wish we went there earlier because it was hard to get anything decent in the dark so we had to rush around in the last hour of daylight we had. History LGHS was founded in 1876, at a time when female education was limited but expanding. Frances Lupton and other members of the Ladies’ Honorary Council of the Yorkshire Board of Education decided that campaigning for access to the universities was of little use without better all-round education for girls, equivalent to what boys received at traditional academic grammar school. Established interests prevented the use of existing charitable funds, so Lupton and her colleagues created a new way forward: a joint stock company. The school motto was Age Quod Agis, which means "do what you do". While seemingly tautological at first glance, it is in fact a corruption of the Biblical exhortation, "whatsoever thy turn thy hand to, do it with all thy might". The pupils were divided into four houses, named after the four patron saints of the United Kingdom: Andrew, David, George and Patrick. Girls were placed into the houses that their families had been in before them. There were various house competitions throughout the year, mainly sports and arts orientated, the main one being the house music competition during the spring term. Pictures 1 Classroom 2 The Green Corridor 3 Fake Hospital Sign For the ITV Drama "Monroe" 4 Bathroom in the dark 5 Science Class 6 Classroom steps 7 Hallway steps 8 "Hospital" Props 9 Mattie's Cafe 10 Time to leave? 11 Darkness Falls 12 When you suck at night photography, light paint As always, Thanks for looking
  4. Leeds Girls High School was founded in 1876 and was an independent, selective, fee-paying school for girls aged 3 to 18. In 2005 it was decided to merge with Leeds Grammar school although this didn't physically take effect until September 2008. The main building, which I visited, is the Senior school and was built in the early 1900's. So far, so routine. However, within minutes of being inside we were perplexed as to whether it was a school or a hospital!! There were the usual hospital signage for Neurosurgery, Faversham Ward, etc. and notice boards had posters about flu jabs. Had I made some monumental cock-up I wondered. It was only when we ran out of daylight and preparing to exit that we did a quick google search and found the answer. Large parts of the building had been used for filming a medical drama called Monroe starring James Nesbitt. Monroe is described by ITV as "a brilliant and unusual neurosurgeon, a flawed genius who never lets anyone forget his flaws or his genius." Filming started in September 2010 and was aired in March 2011 with a 2nd series in 2012. So internally some of the school rooms are still as they were but unfortunately others have been lost to be made into 'St Matthews Hospital'. Eight weeks were spent converting the school into the hospital set, with the ward set built in the old library. Not sure where that was, but did find Mattie's Cafe! After many recces, the 1st visit was with an ex-member and I did a follow up visit to re-do some shots and catch some I missed 1st time round.
  5. Been here many times before, as I'm sure most of us have! A 50mm trip this one, quite enjoyed doing handheld stuff for a change. Anyone know whats happening with this place?
  6. Tricky to know where to put this, as it's later life was as a school, but it started life as a manor. Lillesden Manor was built in 1855 by Edward Lloyd and was lived in by the family until sometime after the 1st world war, when the house was brought and converted into a private school known as Bedgebury Girls. The school vacated the premises sometime around 1999, and the place has been empty ever since. Quite well known to those of us in the South, it first cropped up on the exploring radar around 2007 when the first reports surfaced, and was in much better condition then than it is now. Work did start sometime in 2009 with the roof being extensively repaired, scaffolding being put up and the building was sealed up. This didn't last for long however, and the building soon fell into dis-repair again. However according to those we met inside (Lillesden was a busy old place this weekend, we bumped into at least 3 different groups of people) the place has apparently recently been sold with renewed planning permission for conversion into 14 flats - lovely. Well at least it's going to be saved and not decay any more. I've visited here many times, it's not that far from me and has to be one of my favourite places to spend time in, not least of all because of the fantastic grounds over the back of it, which have many mature trees and shrubs and even thou they've been neglected for many years still look fantastic. I wasn't going to bother with a report, as the place really is looking a mess inside now, but for those who've never seen it and really I suppose as one last tribute to the place before work starts, I shall stick up some photos below. So welcome to Lillesden I've always referred to this as the 'Blue Room' There used to be a mirror here, sadly now smashed. However amazingly the one on the landing is still intact, and I still love that domed ceiling. One of my favourite views across the back of the place from the fire escape at the top - I have the same shot from 2008 and 2010. If you look hard enough, there's still clues as to the buildings past as a manor. Safe - never seen this before, that door's always been locked! Probably the most intact room there, it still has it's floor and ceiling and the light still has the bulbs in! Conservatory Clock Tower (The clock faces the road on the other side) I hope the conversion is sympathetic to the building, I'd love to see how it ends up, I may even try and pop back in the coming months. :-) Thanks for looking.
  7. Lillesden School for girls..terribly trashed but so captivating even in this state.
  8. Right people, it's back to school for you lot! luckily for the guy's it's a girls school!! The school was designed by J. M. Bottomley and G. T. Wellburn of Leeds and built in 1910. It was built in an Edwardian Baroque style, in an English cross bond utilising red brick and with white faience dressings. In 1971 the school amalgamated with Doncaster Grammar School and was renamed Hall Cross Comprehensive. The building here is the Waterdale location.
  9. An old classic but well worth a look in but beware of the floors, oh and the falling masonry Splored with SK, Tommo and Klempner _______________________________________ Lillesden School for Girls occupies what used to be the Lillesden Estate Mansion, built at the estate (south of Hawkhurst) by the banker Edward Loyd, who co-founded the Loyd Entwistle & Co bank, which later became the District Bank and ultimately the National Westminster (Natwest). Loyd had Lillesden Mansion built after he married Caroline Louisa Foster on the 12th March 1846 at Ashton-on-Mersey. He bought the Lillesden estate at Hawkhurst, Kent in 1853 and built the mansion, finished in 1855. Throughout the building there are strong signs of a Scottish connection - for example there is an abundence of thistles in the stonework and decorative motifs, but Lloyd himself was of Welsh descent. His wife was from a distinguished Jamaican family and was in fact born there, so the Scottish connection will have to remain a mystery. After the Great War the house and its estate was sold and became Bedgebury Public Girls School. The school sadly closed in 1999 due to a number of issues, mainly falling pupil numbers, low demand for all-girls schools and a merger that ‘went wrong’. The TV fashion guru Trinny Woodall was one of the more famous alumni, and the school did boast extremely high standards for £4,300 per term. The closure seems to have shocked parents and pupils alike, as grades were at an all time high and bankruptcy was not an issue. The building itself was a grade II listed French-style chateau, set in 200 acres of Kentish gardens and forests, with ponies stabled in the grounds, a dreamland for children. It was, as one child was quoted as saying, ‘too perfect to last’.†It is a relatively well known fact among "Whovians" (Doctor Who fans) that several episodes of "The Curse of Fenrick" featuring The Doctor and Ace were filmed in the building. The house has had a large amount of its lead roof removed and the elements had started to take their toll on the place before the developers erected a tin roof over part of the building. It still stands in a series of stunning terraced lawns with well cultured trees and wild roses that clamber up the brick walls.
  10. History of this place has been covered many times all over the internet. 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 and there are no signs of restoration in the near future. The building has become worse by the month and large amounts of damage and graffiti have occurred.
  11. 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 developed and expected to be converted into private apartments at some point in the future Ive seen previous reports and it really is a shame to see how trashed it is..the copper fairys have stripped it even the frame from the mirror is gone..This was a quick visit on our way back from west park and would have been rude not to pop in.. Visited with space invader.. I managed to avoid falling into this pool and after my luck at WestPark wasnt taking any chances Thanks for looking ,shame this place really is trashed..was also used for a dr who episode so i believe
  12. I visited this place in March 2010. It had been one of many on my list but had never wanted to travel to it with not a lot else in the area. I had visited it once before but didn’t get in as the police were in the area and asked us to leave before we even got to the wall. After visiting Essex with my girlfriend I decided to crack this one on my way back. What a place, the grounds are amazing and the building is beautiful. Upon entering the building it was clear that it had become irreparable and the damage was immense, some being caused by previous visitors and some by Mother Nature. The building had a very eerie feel about it and noises could be heard throughout the explore although no-one was there. I have tried to reflect my view of the place in my photos; a very spooky and dim building. History: The school occupies what used to be the Lillesden Estate Mansion, built at the estate (south of Hawkhurst) in 1855 by the banker Edward Lloyd, 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 developed and expected to be converted into private apartments at some point in the future. 1. The Rear of the Building 2. The Front of the Building 3. Looking up what would have been a very grand staircase 4. 5. Looking Down the Stairs 6. One of the Many Corridors 7. The Heart Of the Building 8. One of the Lovely Bay Windows 9. And Another Thanks for looking
  13. Having spent hours taking / editing photos over the past week or so, it seems that I have remarkably little history to put along with report, however I deem that it would be a shame if I did not write a bit to go with the photos. Not sure how many people on here will know about the last week or so of my life, but never fear! I'm currently bored as fuck and may delve into emotional rambling at any second, anything to pass the time! It seems that due to; my lack of being around, lack of doing anything constructive, lack of doing anything really.. I have been having rather server arguments with the parents that I'm still having to share a roof with; (I know I know, I need to fucking move out, but I'll come on to that) have seen fit kick me out, so to speak. In other words I've spent the last week or so sleeping on Maniac's sofa (cheers dude, love ya ) and not really done anything other then explore and watch dave. So here is the first of a number of reports I'm going to be putting up over the next week or so. This is my problem, running a car and renting a flat funded only by student loans and a part time job simply will not work, so for the moment living with the parents is my only choice. Hence my general attitude is that I do not particularly want to be there, which is obviously somewhat resented. My lifestyle is also not massively liked either, constantly ditching uni work for the next explore, or climbing, or anything at all come to think of it. My problem is motivation, I have none, at all... The number 1 priority in my life at this current point in time is UE, thats really quite sad isn't it? So I have decided that after I finish up with uni, (if I finish) I am going to devote my life to it... It can only be the next logical step... Previously in life I have wanted a secure job, money, cars, nice house etc, and until I was my redundant from architecture I was well set to achieve this. However going from copious amounts of the green stuff to nothing in the space of a week can change perspectives.. I can no longer see myself completing the same mind numbing routine every day. I constantly seek change, any excuse to get away from everything, no longer caring about money, cars, jobs etc. I guess all I want in life is to be free... Probo ftw!! Either that or a girlfriend ....
  14. Why a small bit of? Well basically this place is in the middle of a housing estate, we knew it was going to be risky and we weren't wrong. 15 minutes later and we were being brought out of the place by Kent finest law enforcement officers, there were precisely 6 of them and a police dog unit as well. The irritating thing about the whole affair is if it weren't for some pikey following us into the building who was after niking copper, then we'd probably have not been caught. They saw him entering through the same window we'd just climbed through. Police were OK, stop and search and away we went. I don't know an awful lot about the place, except it's been closed around 2 years, and is set for redevelopment into housing - the building is due to be demolished I believe. I think planning has only recently been approved, so hopefully it'll be there a while longer yet I only got a few pics that are worth posting, as we only got about half way down the first floor corridor before we got caught. Maniac.
  15. Visited with Fluff and Maniac, Visited with Fluff and Maniac, 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 developed and expected to be converted into private apartments at some point in the future. It was also used as a location in Dr Who Hope you like the pix, Peace out. Shadz 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 developed and expected to be converted into private apartments at some point in the future. It was also used as a location in Dr Who Hope you like the pix, Peace out. Shadz
  16. Visited with Swamp Donkey and Maniac Amazing frozen swimming pool!!! - Maniac has some great videos of us playing there haha I think it was Hawkhurst, I can't really remember hah so correct me if I'm wrong, does anyone have any history on this place?
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