Exploring the UK abandoned school

Author medwayboy - Last updated: 12.02.2011

The morning had arrived and I was up early for the trip down.. This was going to be a solo as the trusty crew were all busy with work commitments.
The manor had been sitting on my hit list and today was it’s lucky day…

The History first….

Lillesden Estate Manor was built in 1855 for the banker Edward Loyd who co-founded the Loyd Entwisle & Co bank.

After the Great War the house and it’s estate was sold and became Bedgebury Public Girls School. The school sadly closed in 1999 due to a number of issues, mainly falling pupil numbers, low demand for all-girls schools and a merger that ‘went wrong’. The TV fashion guru Trinny Woodall was one of the more famous alumni, and the school did boast high standards at £4,300 per term. The closure seems to have shocked parents and pupils alike, as grades were at an all time high and bankruptcy was not an issue.

The school was a grade II listed French-style chateau, set in 200 acres of Kentish gardens and forests

Camera bag ready with me D90 fully charged and the D40 sitting in wait as the back-up should the need arise… It was not needed…

Travelling down the sun made a great change from the cold dull weather we had been having and this only lifted my spirits to make this a great day…
Arriving mid morning with some great info from a trusted friend I parked up, checked I had everything and made the short walk to the site… I had expected it to be on the left as I walked down, but passing a derelict manor it became apparent this was the place… A quick call confirmed it and I was there…

Access had been easy and walking round the manor the entry point was soon apparent… Quick check around and I was in…
I was not going to be disappointed and this was going to be a bit special…

Using the natural light through the windows made photographing the manor a joy.. So much light to work with… Having checked the forecast I knew I had time on my hands before sunset….Back up was my Lenser P7 to fill the dark spaces that light couldn’t reach.. Quick explore and then onto the photographing…

1..A stripped out shower block was my first find..

2.. Moving through the ground floor




6.. The lovely conservatory


One of the most striking parts of the manor is the staircases and huge mirrors that leads to the upper floors…





Moving through the house some of the great features and outbuildings..






#1sophos9February 12, 2011, 7:06 pm

Great work on this dude, processing is spot on

#2medwayboyFebruary 12, 2011, 7:14 pm

Many thanks sophos and it’s down to your great site and it’s fantastic members for inspiring me every day…

#3Mum PullenFebruary 12, 2011, 10:40 pm

Am very impressed. Your talents are wasted, but then I always new that.

Much love

#4Nicholas B. GervinFebruary 24, 2011, 3:23 am

Great work, That hallway shot with the checkered floor, priceless!

    #5medwayboyFebruary 24, 2011, 3:46 am

    Many thanks Nick… Looking forward to seeing yours 🙂

#6Andre GoviaApril 24, 2011, 10:06 am

Nice work here Brotha ! looks like this place i going down hill fast ! shame about the mirrors and all the Graffitti on the main stairs now ! great set

Andre govia

#7noro8May 6, 2011, 1:21 pm

Great work.Cool place-lovely pics!

#8danJune 16, 2011, 3:33 am

great shots and processing. I like conservatory shots a lot

#9ThomasJuly 8, 2011, 6:25 am

Eine großartige Seite! Beste Grüße – Thomas

#10HayleySeptember 13, 2011, 5:32 pm

I rememebr visiting this school when my older sister was there (I never attended there, only the upper school) it was a beautiful place and I would do it up in a heartbet if had the millions.
Lovely photography, caught such a sadness about the place.

#11MattApril 16, 2012, 6:19 pm

Fab series of shots. Some of those upper story corridors look awesome. Makes we want to go there!

#12JennyMay 3, 2012, 8:45 pm

Amazing photos! This place is up for sale right now to be developed.

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