Share your memories of Tabor House

Residential | 23/01/17   Warren De Groot

Learn more about the history of Tabor House, and share your stories with us

Tabor House is a former purpose built Edwardian School, built circa 1906 on land donated by Sydney and Sarah Lucy Courtauld. Having been left vacant for a number of years, this iconic Braintree building is currently being converted into nineteen one and two bedroom luxury apartments.

Formally Braintree County High School, the three storey high school, was originally designed by the prolific architect Frederick Chancellor (1825 – 1918), who was responsible for a number of highly regarded buildings in Chelmsford and London.

The Courtauld family who donated the land for the school to be built on were patrons of education, and gained their enormous wealth from the silk industry. Sarah Lucy Courtauld was particularly active within education, and was elected to the Braintree school board in 1872 with her contribution being commemorated in a plaque that is mounted in Tabor House atrium.

During the late 60s or early 70s, Braintree County High School was combined with Margaret Tabor School and renamed with Margaret Tabor School and renamed Tabor High School. It continued as a school until the late 20th century when it was turned to office use for Essex County Council.

The building has been altered and extended over time, with the most extensive alterations occurring during the early 20th century, most probably the 1920s, when the second floor was added.

Although over a century has elapsed, the philanthropy of the Courtauld family continues to benefit the Braintree community. We are pleased to note that many of the applicants who have shown an interest in the new apartments are former pupils from the school.

We would love to hear any stories you may have of the school so please share your memories with us.

With only a few weeks remaining until the launch of the third and final phase on Tabor House we anticipate high interest for the last remaining plots.

We have been extremely pleased with the high levels of interest for the chance to live in this historic building, particularly that there is a real mix of occupiers of all ages.  The benefits of this building really do offer something for everyone.

The final phase will see the release of 7 apartments; Six 2 bedrooms and a single 1 bedroom apartment.

Please register you interest with Joscelyne Chase today to become a resident of Tabor House.