Crookham Court School aka Harlequin Manor, Berkshire
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.
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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.
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.
Next, we move into the other buildings around the site….