Battenhall Mount (former St Mary’s Convent School), Worcester

An abandoned Roman Catholic school with impressive original Italian style features as well as classrooms.

Battenhall Mount / St. Mary's Convent School
 

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.

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - The gatehouse on Battenhall Avenue

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – The gatehouse on Battenhall Avenue

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.

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - External of the original Italian styled building

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – External of the original Italian styled building

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - The Italianate style continues inside

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – The Italianate style continues inside

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - Underneath a column-supported bridge in the Italian styled original buildings

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – Underneath a column-supported bridge in the Italian styled original buildings

Battenhall Mount - Looking across the bridge

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Battenhall Mount – Looking across the bridge

Battenhall Mount - Italian styled hall

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Battenhall Mount – Italian styled hall

Battenhall Mount - Grand fireplace

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Battenhall Mount – Grand fireplace

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - Fireplace in the grand music room

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – Fireplace in the grand music room

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - A stage at the other end of the music room

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – A stage at the other end of the music room

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - Bay windows and elegant ceiling

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – Bay windows and elegant ceiling

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - Grand staircase with pictures hanging on the wall

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – Grand staircase with pictures hanging on the wall

Battenhall Mount - Entrance lobby

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Battenhall Mount – Entrance lobby

Battenhall Mount - Top of the tower

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Battenhall Mount – Top of the tower

Battenhall Mount - Wood panelled room

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Battenhall Mount – Wood panelled room

Battenhall Mount - Music practice room

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Battenhall Mount – Music practice room

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - Plush drawing room

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – Plush drawing room

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - Conference room

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – Conference room

Battenhall Mount - Library shelves

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Battenhall Mount – Library shelves

Battenhall Mount - The library

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Battenhall Mount – The library

More recent additional school buildings

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - Corridor leading to the later classrooms

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – Corridor leading to the later classrooms

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - More corridors

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – More corridors

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - Cloak rooms

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – Cloak rooms

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - Science lab, just it was the day it closed

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – Science lab, just it was the day it closed

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - Science lab

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – Science lab

Battenhall Mount - Scales in lab

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Battenhall Mount – Scales in lab

Battenhall Mount - Textiles classroom

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Battenhall Mount – Textiles classroom

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - Arts and Crafts Classroom

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – Arts and Crafts Classroom

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - More modern science classroom

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – More modern science classroom

Battenhall Mount - Classroom

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Battenhall Mount – Classroom

Battenhall Mount - Computer room

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Battenhall Mount – Computer room

Battenhall Mount - Food Tech Room

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Battenhall Mount – Food Tech Room

Battenhall Mount - Another lab

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Battenhall Mount – Another lab

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - One of the large, older styled classrooms

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – One of the large, older styled classrooms

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - Sinks in a bathroom

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – Sinks in a bathroom

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - View from stage in the hall

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – View from stage in the hall

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - Trampoline in the school hall

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – Trampoline in the school hall

Externals of the main buildings

Battenhall Mount, Worcester - The later school buildings

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Battenhall Mount, Worcester – The later school buildings

Battenhall Mount - Original building

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Battenhall Mount – Original building

Battenhall Mount - Side entrance

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Battenhall Mount – Side entrance

Battenhall Mount - Rear elevation of the original building

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Battenhall Mount – Rear elevation of the original building

Nursery

The nursery was in a separate building, set a little away from the main buildings

Battenhall Mount - Open plan foyer of the nursery

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Battenhall Mount – Open plan foyer of the nursery

Battenhall Mount - Nursery classroom

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Battenhall Mount – Nursery classroom

Battenhall Mount - Tin cloakroom in the nursery

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Battenhall Mount – Tin cloakroom in the nursery

Battenhall Mount - High chairs for the really young kids

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Battenhall Mount – High chairs for the really young kids

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