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Tbolt

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Bit of History


The school was purchased by the High School in 1912 and it's believed before this functioned as a private residence. Built of stone construction in a Georgian design the building functioned as the Infants School catering to the 3 to 7-year-old age bracket.

The land on which the house was built was a part of the Fawcett Estate which was sold in building plots 1837-42. George Smith was a Leeds banker and one of the first to move from the city centre into Headingley. By 1886 the occupier was Miss Caroline Lambert. The design of the stair hall and the cast-iron balustrade is identical to those in Woodhouse Hall, Hyde Terrace (qv), also by Clark. (Douglas, J (Victorian Society) pers.


According to Leeds Girls High Online the architect is thought to have been John Clark, as the design of the stair hall and the cast-iron balustrade is identical to those in Woodhouse Hall, Hyde Terrace, also by John Clark.


Th'explore

I rarely explore these days but got a late night msg from non member Porky Pig saying he was going on a border incursion from gods country to the old enemy on the wrong side of the hills and wanted backup
(knowing that if we get caught they would rough him up a bit and let him go whilst keeping me as a sex slave given my dashing good looks)


With darkness still surounding us and the good folk of Lancashire still tucked up in bed I jumped into his newly purchsed french thing and off we went.
We reached the target still in darkness as the place is in a very busy area with lots of main road activity and residential buildings​


Once through the most insecure security fencing I've seen in a long time we were quickly in the building waiting for daylight.
Its fair to say there is not too much left in this building but it really doesn't matter once daylight breaks and you are greeted with the central staircase and entrance hall.....It's just beautiful tbh.


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This must have been beautiful in its day and was a really nice place to explore for a couple of hours​

despite what I had been led to believe French cars don't actually smell of garlic and snails.....who knew???

8/10 on this one.
Thanks for the heads up Mr Pig.
 

Tbolt

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Cheers ace, its probably only worth it if you are in the area
 

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As you said must have been nice in its day. What stands out is the staircase and the mosaic floor. I would like to take a mop and a bucket of soapy water and run it over that mosaics to see what's underneath.
 

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As you said must have been nice in its day. What stands out is the staircase and the mosaic floor. I would like to take a mop and a bucket of soapy water and run it over that mosaics to see what's underneath.

Some reports I've seen from a few years back look like it had carpet tiles over the floor!
 
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