The George Jarvis School in Staunton-on-Wye has been disused since 2010. It has since been purchased and is available for a number of ghost tours, including a sleepover this coming weekend!
It’s taken six months of hard work to sort this 1859 building out. It’s one of Hereford’s landmarks and has been sat derelict since 2010 and was heavily vandalised. Local residents supported the team behind the purchase and they are reported to be pleased that the heart of their village is now being looked after.
Spooktacular Ghost Hunting Events UK Ltd are running the site and tours. The company is based in Hereford and they are also appealing for old school photos to go on display on the memory board in the main hall.
This outstanding red brick school which is a Herefordshire landmark gothic building was built around the late 1850’s . The school, among many other buildings and houses were under the George Jarvis charity, the school offered boarding since the day of opening, this was aimed for the benefit of children who came from a poor family.
The building has had the American army stay there and is said to have been as a hospital for the Army at some point in it’s history. It was also used as a Youth Hostel in the 1980’s.
It’s no surprise that a building of this age with a rich history is rumoured to be so haunted . The locals often speak about the ghostly man looking out of the top floor window which they believe is the unsettled and angry spirit of George Jarvis who is believed to haunt the school, after all, his money was used to erect this public building which went right against everything in his will.
George Jarvis, who left his massive fortune to the poor of Staunton-on-Wye, Bredwardine and Letton in 1793, demanded his legacy never be used to erect public buildings.
In his will, George Jarvis stated: “My mind and will is that none of the said monies be appropriated in erecting any public buildings whatsoever.”
Former pupils of the school and staff have shared their spooky experiences , from things moving on their own accord in classrooms to ghostly legs being seen in the corridor. Most people that have been in this school have a story to tell.
There are also some ghost books in circulation that feature the hauntings of this former school.
The main school building has over 40 rooms across 4 floor levels, the cellars , Ground Floor, First Floor and Second Floor. There is a also a large outbuilding and a school house attached.
FANCY SLEEPING OVER?
If you’re brave enough to sleep in this haunted school then just add the sleepover option on the payment options list.
This is an exciting opportunity !
There will only be 15 spaces available for sleeping over and you will be able to choose ANY area in the main school to sleep in! You will need to bring your own air beds/camp beds and bedding. Only the ground floor has electric and there will be 2 hot drink stations available. There are no showers available or hot water. There are working toilets and sinks on the ground floor level only. You are welcome to have a morning wash in this area. Sleeping areas can be planned and discussed with other guests on arrival which will cause minimal disturbance at free time if you decide to go to bed and not stay up investigating, we will provide ‘ Do Not Disturb ‘ door signs to show that the room you are in is occupied, you will need to be in your own bubbles and are not able to share rooms/ bedding etc with other guests. We ask you to bring all your luggage into the school on arrival .Breakfast will be provided for you the following morning at 9:30am, the choice will be between a continental breakfast bag or bacon rolls, this food will be prepared off site at my own home address which is a quarter of a mile up the road, I have my Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate. Breakfast orders will be taken a week before the event, please let me know if you have any dietary requirements. Check out is 10:30/ 11am.
Sleepover and Breakfast is an £20 Per Person
Your evening includes:-
*Chance to investigate 95% of the building! We have closed off 3 rooms due to Health and Safety
*Chance to use real investigation equipment
*FREE TIME to conduct your own investigating
This event will be Covid Secure and will be at 50% capacity to keep within the government rules. No more than 2 households per booking. Hand Sanitising, Social Distancing and Face Masks to be worn at all times around other attendees ( Unless Exempt )
Times : 8pm-2am
Parking: On site
Toilets and Refreshments:- Yes to both
The George Jarvis School
Staunton On Wye