Freinetschool Kasteel De Wip

THE ABANDONED CASTLE IN BELGIUM


This castle was built in 1880 in the Belgium town Wezemaal. It was last used as ‘Freinetschool Kasteel De Wip’.

The castle was built by clerk Jan Reynaerts from Haacht. The owner named the castle ‘Nieuw Kasteel’. Eventually the building took its definitive shape after the sale of the property to Elisabeth de Wouters d’Oplinter in 1902. It was also renamed ‘Kasteel de Wouters’ that year.

In 1988 the Freinetschool moved into this 100 year old castle. The school, first named ‘De Wip’, later ‘De Klimboom’ had three preschool classes and six primary classes. The social and affective development of the child is a priority in Freinet education.

Twenty years later in 2008 the school had to leave the little castle, the costs to maintain the building was too high. As a result the 54 kids were moved to another school building in town. Today the old castle is in a very bad state, for this reason every window is boarded up to prevent people from going inside, the floors are rotten and are dangerous to walk on. These photos of ‘Freinetschool Kasteel De Wip’ were taken during my two visits in 2011 and 2014. Follow this link for more abandoned schools.

Built 1880
Abandoned 2008
Endangered
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