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High Royds Asylum, Menston

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It’s eight years since I last visited high royds. Back then much of the site was still undeveloped and awaiting conversion to housing.  Fast forward 8 years and only the grand administration building remains dormant.  Extensive clean up works to …

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Royal Hospital Haslar, Gosport

Haslar Hospital

Founded in the reign of King George I, the Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, Hampshire, was one of several hospitals serving the Portsmouth Urban Area, but had previously been the country’s foremost – and ultimately last – military hospital. Its …

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St David’s Hotel, Harlech

St David's Hotel

St. David’s Hotel was an Edwardian Era hotel in Harlech, Wales. The building was located on the A496, adjacent to Theatr Harlech (formerly called Theatr Ardudwy) on the campus of Coleg Harlech, and Royal St David’s Golf Club. The St. …

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The Slipper Baths, Bristol

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Bristol South Swimming Baths opened in the 1930’s and are located in the south of Dame Emily Park.  It still operatates as a council run swimming pool for the area.  The slipper baths have remained closed and relatively untouched for …

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The Cottage, Wales

The Cottage

Located in a really remote part of Wales. A former farm it last sold in 2007.  However its probably 30 or 40 years since anyone lived in it.

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Bethel Quarry, Wiltshire

Bethel

Bethel Quarry started it’s life in the hands of the Bath and Portland Stone Company but when quarrying finished it was put to a new use by the Agaric Mushroom company as a mushroom farm. With it’s constant temperature and …

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George Dyke Forgemasters, Willenhall

George Dyke

The original site in Willenhall at Doctors Piece was once a piece of land belonging to Doctor Richard Wilkes, which eventually passed into the ownership of the Chapel of Ease estate. During the cholera epidemic in 1849, the land at …

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St Peter’s Mortuary, Chertsey

St Peter's Mortuary

Built as part of the original St Peter’s hospital it served to deal with causalities during the second world war. Built at the rear edge of the site in the 1940’s it remained in use till April 2009 after a …

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Silverlands, Chertsey

Silverlands

The exact date Silverlands was built is unknown, however it is thought to be between 1818-1825, the first owner being Vice-Admiral the Rt. Hon Sir Frederick Hotham. Silverlands was used as the Hotham family home until approximately 1887. The Actors …

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Frenchay Hospital, Bristol

Frenchay Hospital

Frenchay Hospital was a former A&E hospital in North Bristol that closed in May of this year after the creation of the new ‘Super Hospital’ at Southmead.  During the construction of Southmead’s new ‘Brunel Building’ it was the main A&E …

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Ystrad Einon Copper Mine, Wales

Ystrad Einion Copper Mine

The mine itself could possibly date back as far as the mid  1700’s but first real records show it was re-established 1871 but production was extremely poor and despite several efforts to make it profitable it closed at the turn …

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Celuan Mill, Talybont

Celuan Mill

Out of the 5 mills situated in Talybont the mill was the only one built on the banks of the River Celuan. It is sometimes refereed to as Heron Mill.  Built in 1847 by the Morris family it prominently produced …

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Leri Tweed Mill, Talybont

Leri Tweed Mills

Leri / Lerry Mills, situated at the confluence of the Ceulan and Leri rivers produced Tweed for suit making using both water wheels from the river and workers to power the looms and spinning machinery. Little history can be found …

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Battersea Power Station, London

Battersea Power Station

There are a handful of ‘iconic’ sites within the UK exploring community.  I could talk to you for hours about some of the truly great asylums such as Cane Hill & West Park. Others would talk about the great industrial …

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