This building was up until 1998 The Holy Cross Roman Catholic school a voluntary aided school for boys and girls.
It closed its doors in 1998 and about a year later Hereson school for boys took over the premises and there very old school along with its ww2 shelter was demolished to make way for new houses(as they do).
Now the Hereson school for boys and Ellington girls school merged onto a new build site around September 2009.After getting into all this urbex lark it occurred to me that if the Hereson school from the former Holy Cross site had merged then indeed it must be sitting empty. After some excitement I mentioned this too a few of the guys who all agreed we should look into this! Luckily for us I spoke to a lad who lives over the road from me and was a Hereson pupil who on hearing of my plans stated that the old school site was still very much in use and the older pupils with exams etc not far away had stayed on at this site so defiantly not empty or derelict,and said he would give me the nod when they had finished there exams and had indeed left the school.
Now after some digging rumours it was to be converted came up and another bit of info from The neighbouring college who I was informed used some of the building at the site that it was to be demo’d and they had been given a date to clear out there equipment and such like.
Fast forward a few weeks and opportunity arose so myself and Space Invader Jumped at the chance…..
The building so the foundation stone with date on says MCMXXIX.. 1929..from what we can gather it was a TB hospital/convelesant home run by Roman catholic nuns and used during the ww2 period where it’s rumoured that there’s an underground tunnel(shelter)..but no signs of it on site or the grounds..there is also believed to be a Anglo Saxon burial ground within the grounds!
The date it became Holy cross school im not sure as research on the school/hospital from Google came up with nothing ,the info came from another source along with a name for the hospital which ive either misheard or just hasn’t any history findable from my efforts
This site is set to come down so if its something you would like a look at id be quick
As its to be borded up with 24/7 security(allegedly)
So on with some pics from the day..and a big thanks to Space Invader for sorting this one..
Friday, 29 July 2011
Monday, 18 July 2011
This was our second visit ,1st visit we met security just on their side of the fence and was shown out..Fastforward 8 days this time armed with Obscurity we set off earlier..we gained access onto the site then into the building thru a rather small mucky asbestos filled "hole"...after several enjoyable hours inside we ventured down to where we could hear what sounded like an electrical buzz ..so as we assumed some sort of power was on Obs and Maniac ventured down,as it turns out it was power for the mobile fone transmitters and some sort of vents...Sooo we all started to wander towards the side wings of the hospital when all of a sudden the lights come on..In a flash we all started to run...space invader looked back and caught a glimpse of what he thought was a man in police uniform..we ran quicker..thing is we wasnt really sure where we was running to as our acces wasnt a simple straight forward door..any how we all found our way back to the hatchway with secca close behind..obs dived in camera still on tripod calling for us to get in,tbh there wasnt gunna be the room and as us three watched obs dissapear into the gap one security appeared not far behind us..we then started to put our kitt away as we heard him say"are these the three you caught last week"at that point secca from last week walked in..i Said so can ytou show us a safe way out then mate..not his call he said..sop the 1st secca said its delete your pics or ill call the police..to be honest he has no right to make us delete pics and neither do the police ...fact is to make life easier we did just that.well maniac wiped his clear i got someway thru dleting and said all done..space invader went thru the motions but didnt remove his...so this is my excuse for not having all the pictures i wanted even tho i have software recovery for sd card..so not as many pics as id like for a report