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Silent School: explore the pain of an abandoned beauty

This is a ‘B Listed’ building. Added 17/04/1986 Former school and schoolhouse. EDIT: The school closed down in 1976. [person] lived there from 1976 to 1978. (I found this information online)

Note: Some of the photos listed in the post have been minted and for sale through auctions at OpenSea as NFTs. Visit my collection~

Description: Probably Alexander Ross, 1870-80. Asymmetrical facing gabled range, 2 storey, 2-bay schoolhouse, and 3-bay school. Now a single dwelling. Hari pointed rubble, tooled ashlar dressings. Slate roof. Schoolhouse with advanced gabled bay with gabled entrance porch in re-entrant angle; pointed-headed bipartites in ground and 1st floor.

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These photos are from an adventure that was done when out of lockdown. It is from another abandoned building we found. The images never quite capture the beauty and sadness that is there when you are in the space.

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The overgrown step and doorway. When was this last used?
small shack in garden
These first images are exploring the outside of the building. Walking through the grounds I can’t help but thing of the students that would have been here. How would they have used or played in the gardens? What did they use the little hut for?
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A beautiful blue sky today. The garden becomes a little sun pocket of warmth. I imagine the school children that may have played in these gardens.
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One of the empty classrooms. It all looked so perfectly placed. There was a note on the blackboard. Someone had visited the school because their mother had gone there when they were a child. Their note said that they only came to visit and didn’t touch anything.
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The hall areas are particularly run down and weathered.
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Holes throughout the ceiling areas of these parts of the building.
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Another one of the rooms. Some desks organised on one side and then a little discussion area on the other side.
desks in an abandoned building
I am very confused by the building. It seems it stopped use as a school and became a residence. This must have been when the Satellite dish was mounted. But, why would you keep the desks or the school part the same? Did someone live here and leave these school rooms untouched? Could this have been this way since 1970s?
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A small sitting area in the hall area. Was this for the teachers? Who would have sat here?
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close up of light switches
One of the very old light switches. So much discoloration and rusting of these electrics.
broken doorway
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The floors are almost entirely covered in moss and peeled paint, parts of the roof caving in. These rooms are all beyond repair.
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Abandoned school main hall area. The severity of the roof is evident.
garden
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Who was Fred?
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Some of the furniture in storage.
From the official Highland Historic Environment Record,

As always, whenever I visit these amazing treasures, I try to not disturb anything. We are very respectful of the place and those who came before us. They are not our things or our place to be there so I see these trips more as a way of documenting something that had a life and use before we were there.

More information about these photos (and other abandoned photos as NFTs.)

If you do go and visit any abandoned buildings, please be respectful too. This way it can be preserved as long as possible and hopefully others can enjoy it.

Other abandoned buildings I’ve visited.

Did you enjoy looking at these images of the abandoned school? Being in these spaces is a very humbling experience. So many questions. Who came before us? How did they spend their time? Why did this beautiful building get abandoned? What stories does this place have?

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