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Listing request for Sussex school

The Victorian Society has asked English Heritage to recognise Wadhurst College in East Sussex as a building of national importance.

Wadhurst College, originally known as South Park, is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a nineteenth century mansion. It was designed as a private home by Aldophus Croft, the architect behind the Grade II* listed Cavalry and Guards Club in London.

The house remained a private residence until the 1930s when it was taken over by Wadham College, an independent girls' school. It later became part of Bellerby's College, which closed the site down nearly 7 years ago. Since then nothing has happened, and the empty house remains at risk from vandals and thieves.

'A building like this must not be allowed to deteriorate. Wadhurst College is a wonderful example of an1880s Domestic Revival country house, which reflects the stylistic influences of the day,' said Heloise Brown, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society. 'Its architectural and historic interest should be recognised and the house brought back into use.'

The Victorian Society hopes that English Heritage will recommend Wadhurst College for listed status, affording it some protection from any future plans to knock it down.

 

Wednesday 1 April, 2009

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