Recent Explores

Plaza Cinema, Port Talbot

The cinema opened in 1940 and has the typical appereance of Art Deco Odeons of the same era despite being fully independant. Some people claim it was due to be an Odeon but they pulled out. I just think they …

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Imperial Dock Grain Warehouse, Leith

Built in 1933/4 the imperial grain warehouse at Leith is an monumental 15-bay flat-roofed concrete grain elevator and warehouse with front block rising 5-storeys over storage base. Expanded twice in the 1950s &  1960s its operation life extended well into …

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London Road Deep Shelter, Portsmouth

London Road Shelter in the Portsdown area of Portsmouth was constructed as a shelter during the second world war. The second deep shelter of its type in Portsmouth it was designed to hold 2’500 people with a contingency for another …

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Tullis Russell Power Station, Glenrothes

Originally known as The Markinch Power Station it was built to provide electricity and steam to the paper mill.  Construction took two years and was completed in 1914. The original boilers and generators were replaced with 3 parson turbine/generator sets …

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Tower Colliery, Hirwaun

I last visited Tower back nearly 6 years ago. It was sad to see that the site is a shaddow of what it once was. The story of Tower Colliery is one of fighting the system and of great success …

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Sunnyside Royal Hospital, Montrose

Sunnyside Royal Hospital was a psychiatric hospital located in Hillside, north of Montrose, Scotland. The hospital was founded in 1781 by Susan Carnegie as the Montrose Lunatic Asylum, Infirmary & Dispensary and obtained a Royal Charter in 1810. The original …

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Bron Y Garth Hospital, Penrhyndeudraeth

Bron Y Garth Hosptial was based on the original Festinog Workhouse that opened around 1838.  The victroian vagrants ward was added to the original buildings and included space for six working/living cells. The workers would sleep on a metal wire …

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Stratheden Hospital, Fife

Stratheden Hospital was first opened in July of 1866. The purpose built asylum buildings held up to 200 patients at the begining. The first chief physician, Dr Tuke, was regarded highly as a doctor who changed  the traditional methods of …

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West of England and South Wales Bank, Bristol

The Lloyds Bank is a historic building situated at 53 & 55 Corn Street in Bristol, England. Originally the West of England and South Wales Bank built by Bristol architects Bruce Gingell (1819–1899) and T.R. Lysaght in 1854. Gingell was …

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Harperbury Hospital, Radlett

Harperbury Hospital was a former mental health and learning disailbities hospital built on the remains of world war 1 hangers.  A large part of the hospital was closed in 2001 and those bulidings have rapidly deteriated over the years. I …

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Dinorwic Quarry, Dinorwig

The Dinorwic Slate Quarry is a large former slate quarry, now home to the Welsh National Slate Museum, located between the villages of Llanberis and Dinorwig in north Wales. It was the second largest slate quarry in Wales, indeed in …

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Bristol Crown Court, Bristol

The original crown courts built as part of a much larger Bridwell island complex that featured a police station, cells, court room + waiting cells, the main bristol headquarters for the police and central bristol fire station.  The court rooms …

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High Royds Asylum, Menston

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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