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West Park Hospital, Epsom

7th Visit to West Park, an old favourite that you can never tire of I guess. One ward that I’ve always wanted to do was the ward that was converted into a child crèche for the nurses who worked at the hospital. Some people have refereed to it as the …

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Dreadnaught Storm Drain, Bristol

Built in 1974 the ‘dreadnaught’ storm drain runs from Bishopsworth through to an outfall on the diverted stream of the river Avon in Bedminster. The drain runs almost parallel with the Souther foul water interceptor.

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Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth

No words can really describe the decline this year of this site. Better security at the beginning of the year may have prevented mass theft of doors, fixings, tiles, lead, fireplaces, copper and sadly the clock mechanism & faces. The Mid Wales Hospital was a psychiatric hospital in Talgarth, Wales. …

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Bridge Valley Road Deep Shelter, Bristol

Visited in August 2008 this shelter and former railway tunnel has become one of the hottest topics in Bristol due to the closure of the road that runs over it. At present the road remains close due to a fault running through the rock face and further complications caused by …

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Barrow Hospital, Bristol

A return to the first real site I explored. Barrow Hospital opened in the late 1930s as an expansion to the overcrowded Bristol City Asylum, Glenside – It closed quietly in 2006 after being dammed in 2005 for the now infamous ‘dirtiest hospital’ in the country tag. It’s been well …

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George Barnsley & Sons, Sheffield

When I visited George Barnsley & Sons Cornish Works in Sheffield over 2 years ago it ranked as one of the most time warped explores I had ever encountered. In places the building retained Victorian features such as gas lights and other wonderful features. The building amazingly ceased to be …

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Redmire Water Treatment Works, Sheffield

This water treatment works tucked away in Sheffield is somewhat of a photographic gem. It features quite simply the best unintentional smiley face display panels I’ve ever seen! The site was originally mothballed and planned for refurbishment in the early part of the previous decade but little has happened to …

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West Park Hospital, Epsom (35mm)

Taken during the previous visit but this time on my new film SLR. Bought on eBay for an extremely expensive £10 and used with my 50mm f1.8 prime lens. Film used: Kodak B&W 400CN West Park was the last mental hospital to be developed on the Horton Estate, having been …

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West Park Hospital, Epsom

A quick return to a site I visited less than a month ago. The site is rapidly deteriorating and even more so than my previous visit. West Park was the last mental hospital to be developed on the Horton Estate, having been planned since 1906, prior to the opening of …

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Runwell Hospital, Essex

My second visit to this recently closed mental hospital. This time not many shots and generally externals. Following the ending of contracts accommodating patients at the Essex county’s Brentwood mental hospital, joint facilities were developed between East Ham and Southend-on-sea boroughs. A site was chosen at Runwell Hall farm, to …

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Landaff Sub Control, Cardiff

Visited in June 2009, a true cold war timewarp. The sub-control was built in 1956 remaining operational until the disbanding of the Civil Defence Corps in 1968. After that date it remained in use, manned by Cardiff Corporation’s voluntary Civil Defence Organisation until 1984. It was in theory operational as …

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