Crookham Court School aka Harlequin Manor, Berkshire

Crookham Court

Crookham Court is a manor house built around 1850. The house had many uses over the years, including use as a family home and as a school until it's closure in the 1990s.

Visited April 2014 Berkshire, England Abandoned

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.

Crookham Court - Main Hall
Crookham Court – Main Hall
Crookham Court - Main Hall
Crookham Court – Main Hall
Crookham Court - Main hall side view
Crookham Court – Main hall side view
Crookham Court - Main Hall
Crookham Court – Main Hall
Crookham Court - Looking up in the hall
Crookham Court – Looking up in the hall
Crookham Court - Looking up in the hall
Crookham Court – Looking up in the hall
Crookham Court - Hall with the fisheye lens
Crookham Court – Hall with the fisheye lens
Crookham Court - On the staircase
Crookham Court – On the staircase
Crookham Court - View from the top
Crookham Court – View from the top
Crookham Court - Door detail
Crookham Court – Door detail
Crookham Court - Green corridor
Crookham Court – Green corridor
Crookham Court - Steps in the corridor
Crookham Court – Steps in the corridor
Crookham Court - Stained glass windows
Crookham Court – Stained glass windows
Crookham Court - The library still full of books
Crookham Court – The library still full of books
Crookham Court - Sofa in the library
Crookham Court – Sofa in the library
Crookham Court - Books on the shelves
Crookham Court – Books on the shelves
Crookham Court - Sports hall
Crookham Court – Sports hall
Crookham Court - Changing room
Crookham Court – Changing room
Crookham Court - Sports shirts and equipment
Crookham Court – Sports shirts and equipment
Crookham Court - Gymnasium
Crookham Court – Gymnasium
Crookham Court - Equipment in the gym
Crookham Court – Equipment in the gym
Crookham Court - Boarding room
Crookham Court – Boarding room
Crookham Court - Ornate mirror in a boarding room
Crookham Court – Ornate mirror in a boarding room
Crookham Court - Dressing room
Crookham Court – Dressing room

Next, we move into the other buildings around the site….

Crookham Court - The science lab
Crookham Court – The science lab
Crookham Court - School-work left on the benches
Crookham Court – School-work left on the benches
Crookham Court - Store cupboard in the science lab
Crookham Court – Store cupboard in the science lab
Crookham Court - Music room with piano
Crookham Court – Music room with piano
Crookham Court - Chapel
Crookham Court – Chapel
Crookham Court - Organ in the chapel
Crookham Court – Organ in the chapel
Crookham Court - Organ keys detail
Crookham Court – Organ keys detail
Crookham Court - External
Crookham Court – External
Crookham Court - External
Crookham Court – External

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