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Hoole Bank House

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The Hammond is housed in the beautiful Hoole Bank House. The current house was built in the 1860s as a modern, fashionable house at the centre of a large estate. From 1914 to 1919 during World War I, it was used as a Red Cross Convalescent Hospital. In 1921, it was bequeathed to the National Institute of the Blind. The Americans were stationed at the house during World War II.

Post-war, the house became a youth hostel, but was privately owned as a home again during the early 1960s. It was in 1969 that Mrs Betty Hassall, successor to Miss Irene Hammond, bought Hoole Bank House for the school’s Education Department.

Hoole Bank is now home to all departments of The Hammond. We have painstakingly and sympathetically modernised and adapted the property and grounds to provide an excellent learning environment for our students. It now boasts a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre with a 420-seat theatre, dance studios and a music suite. This year, to support the development of all students, the new Learning Resource Centre and dance studios were opened, providing a further three dance studios and the Jazz Café.

Musical Theatre