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Isle of Thorns sold

The sale of the Isle of Thorns training and conference centre to Cats Protection (formerly known as the Cats Protection League) has been completed.

The centre was on the market for £1.5 million but the sale of the main estate – excluding a number of residential buildings – eventually raised a figure "well in excess of this", according to Director of Student Services Charles Dudley.

The completion of the sale brings to an end the University’s links with the estate, which go back to 1964. From 1970 the University held the property on a 21-year lease until it acquired the freehold in 1992.

The Isle of Thorns was conceived and laid out on the edge of the Ashdown Forest in the 1920s as a centre offering adventure and holidays in the country for young people from the London area.


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Friday 22 February 2002


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