Middlesex University’s Trent Park campus

"Middlesex University's Trent Park campus is deserted. Is it set to become a London ruin?"

Middlesex University’s Trent Park campus

Middlesex University’s Trent Park campus must have been the prettiest place to go to college in London. It’s now deserted: it was originally sold to a private university in Malaysia, but has apparently gone back on the market. This ghost town of a campus is fascinating to wander around, although you’ll be periodically shoo-ed away by security guards. All the buildings are closed up and gradually decaying, but the fittings - furniture, curtains etc - are intact. There’s a swimming pool half filled with sludgy, green water, and the grounds are overgrown with wildflowers. Trent Park Mansion, an imposing building where German POWs were once held (and bugged), is also empty. Middlesex University has sold off all its buildings, except for the ones in Hendon, including the campus at Enfield and the Cat Hill campus where the small but perfectly formed Museum of Domestic Design and architecture was. Oh well. There’s a vigorous local campaign to protect Trent Park, but who really knows how long this marvellous site will rot away for? I wonder what people who went to Middlesex feel about it