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Whitworth Baths, Manchester

The Whitworth Baths are located in the Ardwick area of Manchester. They opened in 1890 but I have no idea when they closed! I cannot find any history whatsoever on the building, when it closed or where the pools actually were. It looks as if some of the building may …

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Barrow Hosptial, Bristol

Ee’s a nutter. Ee awt a be in Barawl Gurnee. Barrow Hospital is as well known to Bristolians as Brunel, Cary Grant and Cider. While Bristol had its own ‘City Asylum’ which was constructed far earlier (Glenside Hospital, Fishponds), it’s Barrow that everyone will joke about over a pint of …

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Glenside Hospital, Bristol

After Mid Wales the plan had to been to return home but another detour on route took us to Bristol’s own ‘City Asylum’ – Glenside was originally known as ‘Bristol City Asylum’ and opened in 1861 to a corridor plan design. It closed in 1994 and was taken over by …

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Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth

After Pen-Y-Fal another trip to Mid Wales was in order. Even in the space of a month from my last visit things have gone down hill further. The lack of a roof means most of the wards are now starting to suffer from serious water ingress. The Mortuary has now …

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Pen-y-Fal Hospital, Abergavenny

Stopped for a quick look at the converted The Monmouthshire County Asylum, formerly known as the Joint Counties Asylum for Monmouthshire, Herefordshire, Radnorshire and Breconshire. Founded in 1846 it finally closed in 1996 before it was converted. Only the main building remains but it is wonderfully converted. The chapel sits …

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St Mary’s Asylum, Stannington

It’s about 11 months since I last visited St Mary’s. On that day I didn’t have much luck but this wasn’t the case today. It seems the re-development has stopped and the buildings sit in silence slowly decaying away. Built in 1910 and closed in 1995 its someone remarkable that …

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Clifton Rocks Railway, Bristol

Have visited this absolutely wonderful site several times in the last few years. So much history crammed into a little known ‘white elephant’ of a site that sits alongside Bristols greatest engineering feat. Last years visit here

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