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A girls' school that was once an elegant mansion

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Overstone Hall is a Grade II listed building designed in 1860 by William Milford Teulon for Lady Overstone. It was an elegant 114 room mansion within 40 acres of lush parkland. Lady Overstone persuaded her husband to build a new house for them that was on a much grander scale than their current home to highlight their status and wealth. After several years of construction the hall was completed in 1866, unfortunately Lady Overstone passed away before her home was completed leaving Lord Overstone with a house he despised. It was purchased in 1929 and functioned as a girls school up until 1979 and was then sold to The New Testament Church Of God in 1980. They occupied the site up until 2008.
In 2001 a huge fire gutted a large portion of the building and it has never been restored, it destroyed most of the original  features of the house including an extensive library and the magnificent wooden staircase. It has currently been bought by a developer who promises to rebuild Overstone but nobody is sure if it will be turned into a hotel or luxury flats. 

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