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St Joseph's Chapel - December 2012

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Another one of my birthday splores with SK, brilliant day and this was a lovely one. We only ventured in to the chapel as the light was fading. My pics aren't that great as was still getting to grips with the lens.

Designed by Edward Pugin in 1868 the college started life as a orphanage when it opened in 1868. It became the Junior Seminary St Joseph's College from 1925 -1940.

The buildings were also used as a ballet school between 1950 - 1990, but some of the building where damaged in the 1987 storm and the insurance was not enough to cover the repair bill. It was during this time the chapel was converted in to a theatre.

In 1993 it became The Jameah Islamiyah School where in 2006 the school was searched following allegations of training and recruiting terrorists. It was reported that Abu Mamza and groups of around 30 of his followers held terrorist training camps at the school, including training in, AK47 rifles handguns and mock rocket launchers. A number of arrests were made.

In 2007 the school was eventually closed after failing a ofsted inspection.

Splored with SK

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Thanks for looking people :jump

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