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St Lawrences Asylum, Bodmin

Orginally known as ‘Cornwall County Asylum’ it was founded in 1815 at Westheath Avenue, Bodmin and became known as St Lawrence’s Hospital under the National Health Service. The County Lunatic Asylum, for the reception of private patients and pauper lunatics, a little to the west of the Town of Bodmin …

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Hellingly Hospital, East Sussex

The East Essex County Mental Asylum opened its doors in 1903. It is built close to the small village of Hellingly, in South West England. The architect G.T. Hine designed the Victorian hospital on a very large scale, spreading the many buildings on a huge campus. It closed in 1994 …

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Stoke Damerel High School For Girls, Plymouth

The Stoke Damerel Secondary School for Girls was founded in August 1926, when the Plymouth Local Education Authority transferred the girls from Regent Street Central School to join the girls at Keppel Place Central School, Stoke.  The boys combined to create Sutton Secondary School for Boys in the Regent Street …

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Deva, Countess of Chester Asylum, Chester

The Cheshire County Lunatic Asylum, more commonly known as Deva, lies in the grounds of the still active Countess Of Chester Hospital in Chester. In 1829, the Cheshire Lunatic Asylum opened on part of the site. The county’s mental health unit was based in the ‘Lunatic Asylum Building’. The name …

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Bridewell Island, Bristol

This was my third visit to the site, having previously visited back in Feb & March.  I still don’t think I’ve captured all of the site and hope to make a forth visit to properly document the courtrooms soon.  Thanks once again to Urban Splash for access and the ArtSpace …

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Tottenham House, Savernake

There have been four buildings called Tottenham House on this site on the southern edge of Savernake Forest. The present palladian mansion was built in 1820. The previous building, made of brick, was built by Lord Bruce in 1742, and designed by his brother-in-law the famous architect Lord Burlington. When …

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Edison Swan Cable Works, Lower Lydbrook

Vistied this several times over the years, infact I remember the place still being in operation during the 90’s. A vast site looking rather sorry for itself these days, not least due regular police training that operates on site. In 1912 Harold J Smith purchased land at Stowfield and erected …

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Tyneham Ghost Village, Dorset

Tyneham is a ghost village in south Dorset, England, near Lulworth on the Isle of Purbeck. It remains a civil parish. The village is situated near Worbarrow Bay on the Jurassic Coast, and there have been fishing communities associated with the parish since the Iron Age. The village is mentioned …

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Weston Pier, North Somerset

Sadly on the 28th July Weston Pier caught fire. A huge devistating fire destroyed the pavilions at the end of the pier. 3 days later and to the credit of the owners of the pier it was business as usual for the rest of the restorts biggest attraction. Typical Weston …

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