St Stephen's College, Broadstairs
St Stephen's College boarding school was situated on North Foreland Rd in Broadstairs between 1867 and 1991.
Within the ground...s were several buildings other than the main school and dormitories, there were stables, a chapel and a swimming pool amongst others.
I remember the site being derelict around 1998 and playing here with my friends, there had been a fire in the old stables and everything was vandalized and falling apart. I was fascinated with it. It was as if it was abandoned with old desks, chalk boards and lockers all still there with personal items such as school books still in the lockers.
The school was demolished and a housing development built there around 2001, which includes the north wing of the original boarding school building which is listed and is now converted into flats known as St Stephen's Manor.
Before the site was fully demolished an archeological dig took place which unearthed some bronze age 2000-700BC graves with human remains!
If anyone has any more information or old photographs I would love to see them! It really is this place that started my love for history and in particular abandoned buildings so please share!
Around the turn of the century a lot of Convalescent Homes for Children started to appear around the coast. These were built for various reasons, some were for ...the children of wealthy families who would send their children for a holiday by the sea to recuperate after illness or injury and some for set up for children of the workhouse who were very ill often with Tuberculosis. Orphaned children were also sent down in the hope of finding a placement as a servant.
In Broadstairs we had Heart of Oaks (not sure where this was, can anyone help?), St.Marys which was the largest housing up to 300 children on Stone Road opened in 1887 and closed 1958, also on Stone Road was St.Davids 1899 closed 1974, Woodstock Home of Rest, St.Micheals, The Coronation Memorial Convalescent Home and The Convalescent Home of the Victoria Hospital for Children at Chelsea 1892. St.Peters Orphanage for children (whose parents died of Cholera) was on Lanthorne Road 1868, as was The Warwick Rechabite Convalescent Home, The Metropolitan Convalescent Home 1895 (The Foreland School is now built in the grounds), The Muller Convalescent Home for Jewish Children. Yarrow Convalescent was on Ramsgate Road along with Holy Cross Roman Catholic Covalescent Home 1930 (closed 1962 and run as a school, demolished 2012) and Wainwright Convalescent Home 1891 and Clevedon House were both on Eastern Esplanade!
I think its an awful shame to have lost the majority of these big old buildings, they look very impressive in the photos. I am guessing it came down to money and the cost of running/maintaining them as well as finding a use for them.
Did anybody spend any time in these homes? What were your experiences? And photos to share?
And if anyone knows if any still stand then please comment!
Can anyone help?