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.
Friday 22 February 2002
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