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  1. Explored with Starlight & Chopper I won't bore you with the history of this place, although very sad and horrid, i am sure most, if not all know the story's behind this place. if you want to see some history, check out Lara's cracking report here : http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/showthread.php/6234-Crookham-Court-School-2013 or ya know... Google --- pre-warning, some photos contain hdr's, i am still in a learning process, so sorry if i've over crooked them --- After a first failed attempt, we returned adamant and hopeful that access would be available, luckily for us it was. As uneasy as i felt the first time around the site, once gaining access this had flown over me as the smell of dampness and musk hit my nostrils, we got our cameras out and did what we do best !, on the photographics ! At least she is still here Anyone for a game of Cricket ?! The first signs of getting wreaked, the bath tub on the piss =[ Amazingly the curtains are still here.. can't say that about the fire place in the same room though Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the prettiest splorer's of them all Rotten to the core We spent a while in this room, so gorgeous around the bottom of the staircase was littered with Tv's o.O Doors, doors and rather unsettling door... Damn it chopper ! Rubba dub dub, no i didnt get in the tub Now very very wrecked =[ Didn't stop us from having some fun though Boo ! 10 points if you know where this is Thanks for looking !! Rest can be seen : http://www.flickr.com/photos/urdex/sets/72157637393522795/
  2. Crookham Court Hi guys, first post here! Visited with Miss.Anthrope in December 2014, I wont put to much history up because you all know the place. A bit about the school: Crookham Court School, in Crookham Road, closed in the late-1980s after finding itself at the centre of a national scandal when three members of staff were convicted of sexually abusing pupils. The site comprises 7.32 hectare of land and contains Crookham House together with a number of outbuildings, including the chapel, stables, gym, classrooms/woodwork room/artrooms, portacabin flat, and various storage buildings. There is also a swimming pool, tennis court and playing fields on the site. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Thanks for looking guys!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Crookham Court (sometimes called Harlequin Manor) is a mansion in Berkshire built around 1850, when a previous manor house on the same grounds was destroyed by fire. The building was added to over the next 50 years in two further phases. Crookham Court served many purposes over the years. Originally built as a family home, but later became a junior school for the children of military personnel serving at nearby RAF Greenham Common. Once the air force had left the area the house sat unused until 1961 when it was purchased and redeveloped for use as a boarding school. The school was operational until 1990, after which time the rooms were used as bedsits until 1997. A well-publicised case of child abuse by several members of staff was revealed in 1988 when a new head teacher took over the school. Three men were convicted including the principal who was also the owner of the building. Over 20 years later another teacher was also convicted when another victim came forward. Our Visit Not a lot to say about this one, this was the first stop on a day of exploring with Kriegaffe9. It was a shame to see the library has gone downhill somewhat over the last year, but the rest of place was only suffering natural decay, no signs of other damage. 1. Main Hall 2. Main Hall 3. Main Hall Side View 4. Main Hall 5. Hall with the fisheye lens 6. On the staircase 7. View from the top 8. Doors and wall Details 9. Green corridor 10. Steps in green corridor 11. Stained Glass Windows 12. The library still full of books 13. Sofa in the library 14. Sports hall 15. Changing room 16. Sports shirts and equipment 17. Gymnasium 18. Equipment in the gym Boarding room Ornate mirror in a boarding room Dressing room Next, we move into the other buildings around the site…. The science lab School-work left on the benches Store cupboard in the science lab Music room with piano Chapel Organ in the chapel Organ keys detail Thanks for looking. I have many more reports on my website - bcd-urbex.com
  4. This was one for the first places I saw when I started this lark and always wanted to go and have a look, so last weekend my sparring partner and myself set off at a early hour and made our way down the M4. We got to our parking place and walked in. I must say we were very disappointed that we were unable to get into the main building due to new woodwork over some of the windows and doors. To make the most of it we headed into the other buildings avoiding the cottage at the front of the building. Still managed nearly a hour and half there so came away happy. Full set here https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/sets/72157646634353490/ That's all folks!!!!!
  5. 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. It's a shame that this beautiful building has such a sordid history from recent years, it makes you feel a little uneasy knowing what went on in there. At least some justice has been carried out though and hopefully there will be more convictions to come. I visited with bassboyjoe who suggested the trip in the first place and did all the driving, top man. We turned up expecting to only have access to the outer buildings so we were well chuffed to find a way into the main bit, everything was accessible apart from the library room. That hall is just stunning, you could take pics in there all day long, there's a lot of other cool stuff to see all over the building too. Thanks to Joe for making this trip happen, I'd say a bit more if a didn't have a hangover the size of China, hope you enjoy my piccies! Thanks for looking
  6. Strange feel about the place, as we all know the atrocities that went on here. But we had a really good day, and cracking company! Splored with Skeleton Key, Nelly, Trog and Peaches Standard hallway shots We found a little pet cemetery on our way out Thanks for looking people
  7. Dirty and depressing. That is how the standard of living at Crookham Court School was described in the years approaching its closure. Serious safety hazards, severe bullying and humiliation at the hands of unchecked pupils and unsatisfactory teaching standards, but there was worse to come. Far far worse. Despite demands for an inquiry, parliament was told by the Department of Education that it was 'powerless to act' in the face of mounting stories of over 30 years of sexual abuse experienced at the boys boarding school by teaching staff after Michael Gold, the then new headmaster, blew the whistle. He barely received recognition for his efforts in finally bring justice for the victims and never taught again. In the end it was increasing media scrutiny and public outcry lead by Esther Ransen, investigating child abuse as a presenter on the BBC's "That's Life" programme, that finally brought an end to the years of abuse and the school was closed in the late 80s. Several members of staff, including the principal and school owner, were all convicted of serious sexual offences against pupils from Crookham Court, with a fourth recently sentenced to four years imprisonment after being found guilty of four counts of assault while acting as a teacher at the school. The case had a strong influence on the Children Bill as it went through Parliament, resulting in a new regime of boarding and welfare inspections by social services. Recent developers plans to restore the school and convert outbuildings into an eight bedroom house and 12 small properties have been approved so while some semblance of Crookham Court will remain with any luck it's ghosts and the shadow it casts over the lives of the pupils who lives where irrevocably changed by their experiences at the school may finally be put to rest. - As sites go it was one of the best this year has offered so far, but as an explore it was a sobering one to put mildly. Visited with my good friend Pen15 and another explorer who isn't on the site. After stumbling about trying to find the place in what could only be best described as an urbex comedy sketch come to life, the trees finally parted and Crookham Court loomed over us. After a brief nose around the out buildings and a quick dip in the pool to photograph the remains of Fantastic Mr. Fox (the poor bugger's luck finally ran out it seems) we were soon inside and spent most of the day exploring every nook and cranny before our luck too also ran out and we were spotted, thus a quick exit was made, leaving Crookham Court forever behind us. Say cheese! The famous mobility scooter. Our time was cut short so a traditional group shot around it was abandoned. The Library. The absolute highlight of the site. Some arseholes have made a good very attempt at nicking the fireplace in here. This is why we can't have nice things. An infamous tomb revered by deranged fanatics and reviled by everyone else. And Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard. (Joking aside, what the hell is scientologist materials doing in a school? Didn't they suffer enough?) The classic novel based on the classic sequel to the classic film based on the classic novel. Thanks for looking. And as a quick personal note, this is my first report on a site since the one on Severalls I made when I first ever joined a exploring community (28DL) nearly 5 years ago. Won't SK be proud! See you in 2018 folks!
  8. The manor has been posted a few times, so I chose not to bother with the main buildings. I'm surprised no-one has made more of a feature of this lab before though. Was a nice little treat for me finding it Thanks for looking. Hope you enjoyed!
  9. So its been a few weeks since I visited here with my Mrs, and Zotez from 28. We got in nice and early, and what a lovely warm day we had for this! Here is some history stolen off Phantom Bish from 28dayslater I seriously wasn't sure what sort of feel to go for on this. Its a lovely building on a lovely day, but the atrocities that went on here can never be forgotten, so I have tried to mix a bit of warm and cold on this report. #1 #2 #3 I'd have shopped out that alarm, but after all I am reporting on this place as is #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157633478770762/with/8731774374/
  10. Splored with Skeleton Key, Lara, Trog and Peaches 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’s served several purposes 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 In 1988 three of the teaching staff were sentenced to a total of 26 years in prison for the long term sexual abuse of pupils, the school closed in 1989 and in 2012 another teacher, and then United Nations Head of Security in Kosovo was jailed for four years after a pupil filed complaints with police after informing his counseller of the abuse from his teenage years Yup, like some of the staff here would lend you 10p to phone Esther After we got out to get the externals we got spotted and gave it legs, we may have ended up using the neighbours garden as a short cut and found an animal graveyard, Pet Sematary or what?