One of Wellington’s grand Edwardian houses, The Grange in Wellesley Park, is returning to educational use more than a century after it was built as girls’ school in 1906. In recent years it had been used by the Abbeyfield Society for retirement flats but they put it up for sale as occupant numbers fell.
Now nearby Wellington School have bought the property to use as a boarding house for older girls. “We are delighted to have acquired The Grange. It is a beautiful building, which with minimal internal development, will become a first class boarding house from September 2018,’ commented Henry Price, Headmaster at Wellington School.
Local estate agents Wilkie, May and Tuckwood were asking for offers in the region of £485,000 for the property, easily recognisable for its hexagonal bay window and turret. Inside The Grange many of its attractive period features remain, including a grand straight-rise staircase, galleried landing and stained glass inserts.
‘We already have four houses providing weekly and full boarding at Wellington and it is our intention that The Grange becomes a senior girls’ house for around 20 pupils with the very best facilities as well as pastoral care,’ added Mr Price.
‘To have acquired such a wonderful property, just a few hundred yards from the School, will greatly enhance our boarding provision and I hope that it will also be a positive benefit to the wider community.’