Carmel College – Abandoned Jewish Boarding School, Oxfordshire

Carmel College Oxfordshire

Carmel College was a boarding school primarily for Jewish students. It became the most expensive boarding school in the UK until it's closure in 1997.

Visited January 2015  UK Oxfordshire, UK Abandoned

History of the abandoned Carmel College

Carmel College was a boarding school in Oxfordshire with predominantly Jewish pupils. The school opened in 1948 as Europe’s only Jewish boarding school. For this reason the school had a substantial number of foreign students. The school was often referred to as the “Jewish Eton” and Carmel College alumni were often called “Old Carmelis”.

The school practised a mainstream orthodox Judaism – this was usually more orthodox than the practice of the pupils families, with the aim of turning out Anglo-Jews who were authentically both English and Jewish.

The school became the most expensive boarding school in the UK, with typical fees of £30,000 per year in 1996. Pupils were required to sit entry exams and the selection process was competitive.

The school was heavily affected by the Labour governments decision to terminate government assisted placements and ran into financial difficulties. This combined with diminishing attendance caused the school to close in 1997.

 

Carmel College - Wide view of the entrance lobby
Carmel College – Wide view of the entrance lobby
Carmel College - Main staircase
Carmel College – Main staircase
Carmel College - Main staircase
Carmel College – Main staircase
 
Carmel College - Side room
Carmel College – Side room
Carmel College - View from on the staircase
Carmel College – View from on the staircase
Carmel College - Hall fireplace
Carmel College – Hall fireplace
Carmel College - Fireplace in hall
Carmel College – Fireplace in hall
 
Carmel College - View across large hallway
Carmel College – View across large hallway
Carmel College - Entrance foyer
Carmel College – Entrance foyer
Carmel College - Entrance foyer
Carmel College – Entrance foyer
 
Carmel College - Main Entrance
Carmel College – Main Entrance
Carmel College - Top of the stairs
Carmel College – Top of the stairs
Carmel College - On the stairs
Carmel College – On the stairs
 
Carmel College - Top of stairs
Carmel College – Top of stairs
Carmel College - Shadows cast through bannister at top of stairs
Carmel College – Shadows cast through bannister at top of stairs
Carmel College - Library
Carmel College – Library
 
Carmel College - Bookcase in Library
Carmel College – Bookcase in Library
Carmel College - Large wood panelled room
Carmel College – Large wood panelled room
Carmel College - Fireplace in room with carved wood
Carmel College – Fireplace in room with carved wood
Carmel College - Fireplace detail
Carmel College – Fireplace detail
 
Carmel College - Picture and staircase
Carmel College – Picture and staircase

Carmel College - Classroom
Carmel College – Classroom
 
Carmel College - Classroom
Carmel College – Classroom
Carmel College - Ornate wood panelling around fireplace
Carmel College – Ornate wood panelling around fireplace
Carmel College - Ornate wood room
Carmel College – Ornate wood room
 
Carmel College - One of the dormitories
Carmel College – One of the dormitories
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