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.

Crookham Court
 

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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.

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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