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  1. 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 in 1999
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. Lillesden School for girls..terribly trashed but so captivating even in this state.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. This all started with a text message from Obscurity/Desertion on Thursday about a new explore we'd recced a couple of weeks before. So at midnight on Friday night, Obscurity, Frosty and Fat James roll up at my house and before we know it it's 2:30am. I'm still not sure who suggested it first, but most of us ended up staying up all night in eager anticipation of the new fresh explore the next day . . . . . Well with all our enthusiasm and the best made plans this wasn't to be our day, luck was not on our side and our origenal plans turned into an epic fail of mamouth proportions (but never fear we shall return. ) The problem we were then stuck with was what to do? Stuck in the Middle of the Kent countryside at 7:00am with no contigency plan just made the whole business of being awake for 24hrs even worse. Thanks to the power of statellite Navigation, we realised we wern't actually a million miles away from Hawkhurst so after brief discussion we ended up at good old Lillesden Mansion. I hadn't been here since May 2009 so it was interesting what another year of decay does to a place. Now there's always some confusion with the name of this place, as it's had two uses in its time. The Mansion was built by Edward Loyd in 1855 and was known as lillesden after the name of the estate which it was on. After the great war, the mansion and estate was sold and became Bedgebury school, a private school for girls, which remained its use until the school closed in 1999. There is still a school which bears this name in the area. In early 2009 work appered to start on the buildings, the scaffolding which you now see over parts of the roof was errected, temporary doors were put up to keep people out, all the rubbish was cleared out and they even replaced some of the lead on the roof to try and make the place watertight. Some of the stone supports were replaced by props and then, well, nothing. Work just stopped and that was that. Doing some digging through the planning website to try and find out what's happening to this place, you can see quite a bit of the history of the building, various planning consents from the late 70's and earyl 80's, but the most interesting document is from 2009 which granted planning permission for re-development into 14 aprtments with a further 10 dwellings to be built on the ajoining land, so something will happen to this place in the not too distant future I expect. Anyone interested, here's the link http://pa.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/online- ... WS2BW0HB00 Anyway, on with some photos. I've done something a bit different in some of these, and deliberately tried to re-take photos I took in 2008 so I could see the difference between then and now. No one ever takes enough photos of the outside of this place, it really is quite a special building. Inside, well it's a different story, the place really is starting to fall apart now. ABOBE: Nov 2010 - BELOW Oct 2008 LEFT: Nov 2010 / RIGHT: Oct 2008 LEFT: Nov 2010 / RIGHT: Oct 2008 ABOVE: Nov 2010 / BELOW: Oct 2008 ABOVE: Nov 2010 BELOW: Oct 2008 If you look hard enough, there's still elements to remind you this was once a mansion house Thanks for looking! M.
  8. 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
  9. 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 ....
  10. 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
  11. 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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