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UK Battenhall Mount, Former St Mary’s Convent School, Worcester - February 2017

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Last month @SpiderMonkey and I were given the heads-up on this place and after a quick Google we decided to head down to Worcester at the next available opportunity. We noticed a few people had tried before, only to find active security scuppering their success, so we were slightly apprehensive about what we may have to deal with. It would seem we got lucky with timing and found it relatively relaxed. I had serious wind that day!

 

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History

 

St Mary’s Convent School was originally Battenhall Mount, an impressive house built around 1865-9 for William Spriggs, a Quaker and Worcester Clothier, in the Italianate style popularised by Prince Albert. In the 1890s the house was enlarged in a matching style by the architect John Henry Williams of Worcester for the Hon. Alfred Percy Allsopp. Allsopp was a local brewer who owned the Star Hotel and was Mayor of Worcester in 1892, 1894 and 1905. The original house is now incorporated into the South West corner of the property.

 

The building was used as a convalescent home during the First World War. It then became the home of the Sisters of St. Marie Madeleine Postel, a Roman Catholic Teaching Order, in 1933. St. Mary’s was a popular and well-regarded independent nursery and school until its closure in 2014.

 

Italianate styled interior, matching the external appearance...


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Moving into the music room, which was just as impressive with its large fireplace


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And this drawing room!

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Entrance lobby and top of the tower

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Moving further, we find the later addition of buildings that forms the main concentration of classrooms

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Yes, we tried it out!

 

Nursery

 

St Mary's School also has a nursery in the same grounds, in a separate building set a little away from the main buildings.

 

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Well covered and good job for getting it done. Lovely pictures as usual. 

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14 hours ago, The_Raw said:

always good to hear some flatulence updates :thumb 

 

Those little details make all the difference :-P

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8 hours ago, darbians said:

That's really nice. You told me it was nothing special before you went.

 

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Really good report!  So good to see an abandoned place that hasn't been trashed. Wouldn't mind a wonder around this place myself ;-)

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Emmm... Huh.. What to say.

The first pic made me wanna go in there and explore.

After seeing the rest of the set, I'm ready to start scheduling a trip to your side of the pond...

 

This is beyond sweet and awesomeness!!

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