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Bowden Hall School, Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire

On 30th November, 1943, Bowden Hall was formally certified to operate as an Approved School in premises at Bondend Road, Upton St Leonards. The School, which was managed by Gloucestershire County Council, could accommodate up to 24 Senior Girls, aged between their 15th and 17th birthdays at their date of admission. Training at the School comprised domestic training, gardening and laundry work. The School had special facilities for the treatment of venereal disease.

In November, 1960, the managers of the School gave notice their intention to close the establishment. However, they withdrew their notice a few months later.

On the 8th November, 1969, the School began operating in new premises at Barnwood, Gloucester.

Since the 1970s, the Bowden Hall site has been used as a hotel.


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