Let's just say it has been a few years now since I have wanted to go and visit Crookham Schools infamous beautiful yet mystical manor house. I have always heard about stories/rumours not only just of the past, but friends visiting and had wanted to go see what the hype was about as I love an adventure with my camera!
Some quick history in case you maybe have not heard about Crookham Court before...
“Crookham Court stands on the former site of Crookham manor house, built around the start of 14th century and destroyed in 1543, and subsequently Crookham House which was demolished around 1850. The construction of the current building started around this time and continued in two more phases over the next fifty years.
It’s served several purposes such as a manor house, a junior school and a school for children of people serving at Greenham Common. It was abandoned for some time after the US Air Force left the area and purchased in 1961 when it was used as a boarding school until 1990, after which point it was apparently used as apartments (although this isn’t too obvious from looking at the place) and has been abandoned since 2007.
In 1988 there was a well-publicised case of child abuse by several members of staff which was covered on Esther Rantzen’s show That’s Life. This had apparently been going on for thirty years but it was only when the headmaster Mr. Gold joined the school in 1987 that it was discovered and reported. Three were convicted, including the principal who was the owner of the building. Over twenty years later the teacher who had been set free was also convicted when another victim came forward; he has tried appealing but been denied ”
I ended up finding out some of my friend’s parents “live literally next to the house”, I got prepped up and I suggest any future goers please do some research/prep before going so to have the best exploring possibilities. When we arrived I was shocked at how close the school manor house was, it was literally next to the house.
We ventured around the abandoned building taking it all in of how it used to be and at the front, I couldn’t help but imagine how it was back in the day. As we entered from an open doorway we found a rustic interior with strangely, a candle already lit... very creepy! We did hear some noises as walking into what would have been the main hallways and staircase but later found out that one of my other friends was there too. Phew!
The house is full of strange objects, paintings, graffiti, beautiful old yet ruined decor with some very strange places and classic materials seemed to be left behind from years ago. It was fascinating for me, I must of really annoyed my friends as I couldn’t stop exploring every room and wanting to get like a hundred photos (Sorry guys), but we all had a great time and ventured on finding some underground dungeons and a bizarre bunker type room. Let’s hope not for strange reasons anyways...
Every room was filled with a new story and knowing me I was almost examining everywhere to find some truly unique characteristics of this building. We even found in some of the outer buildings where the classrooms were that there was some very creative artwork, plus a scary piano that still worked so we had a little piano session but after how sinister it sounded we decided to decline. I was the only one willing to go onto the roof as it's not that easy to get onto, I won't give away the fun of finding the way up but let's just say that the Green door holds the key! It was stunning on the roof with breathtaking views of the landscape/surroundings but watch your step on those tiled roofs.
Another thing to mention is to be very careful where you step or touch, if you do decide to go there you will understand once seeing that below your feet a lot of the time is rotted floorboards so keep eyes open and a torch as, during the day even some lower levels where we met a ghost will be chilly/dark. We all remember finding some beautiful looking rooms that looked demolished which were unfortunate but some places as it started to get later during the day gave you the chills or a strange vibe.