The historic architecture of the Lillesden Estate Mansion (later becoming the Lillesden School for Girls and then becoming the Bedgebury Lower School) is located on Hastings Road in Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, Kent, England.
The Lillesden Estate was bought and built by Colonel Edward Loyd. The home was passed down to the son of Edward Loyd and was requisitioned and used in World War I as a hospital for wounded soldiers. After the World War the house and a few acres were sold separately to the Saint Wilfred’s Boys Preparatory School in 1922. 14 years after it was sold again and became the Saint Cuthbert’s Girls School. Sadly, World War II occurred in 1940 and it was requisitioned as a hospital again. After the war was over it became a school again, this time the name was changed to Lillesden and expanded. By 1975, the school merged with Bedgebury and became the Bedgebury Lower School. Unfortunately for the school it was closed in 1999 due to lack of students.
The dilapidated Lillesden School has been sold without renovations. It has recently been up for auction in February of 2012. The buildings and property were for sale but the listing was removed which may mean that someone bought the old school. The plans are stated to be that of apartments and house developments. You can see it here which states “DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY! A Grade II listed manor house set within approximately 23 acres with PLANNING PERMISSION GRANTED for conversion into 14 luxury apartments, 4 detached houses and a terrace of 6 houses”. It allegedly sold for 2 and a half million Euros. As of 2013, it does not seem that many changes have been made yet for the future development.
Theft of the lead roof caused extreme water damage to the inside, though a temporary roof was put up to help against the elements.
Where is the decaying Lillesden School for Girls located? You can check it out with these coordinates. 51.03385,0.503915.
Images 1 and 3 used under the Creative Commons License Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic. Images 1 and 3 by Jason Rogers. Images 2 and 4 used under the Creative Commons License Attribution 2.0 Generic. Images 2 and 4 by Alex Ridgeway.