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Longhirst Hall School, Morpeth, near Northumberland

On June 14th, 1948, an Approved School for Junior Boys was formally certified for operation at Longhirst Hall, Longhirst, near Morpeth. The premises accommodated up to 72 boys, aged below their 13th birthday at their date of admission.

Longhirst Hall, near Morpeth

In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE) under the control of Northumberland County Council.

The Home closed in 1982. The premises were subsequently converted for use as a training and conference centre used by Northumbria University, then became a hotel. In 2016 the building was converted to residential apartments.


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