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St Peter’s Mortuary, Chertsey

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 new, bigger, mortuary was built as part of a major …

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Silverlands, Chertsey

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 Orphanage was started in 1896 and was both a home …

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Frenchay Hospital, Bristol

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 hospital for  the North Bristol Health Trust. The hospital, situated …

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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 of the 20th century.  It produced mainly copper but also …

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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 flannel and cloth. Although originally powered by a small waterwheel …

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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 about the mills but they were built on the site …

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Battersea Power Station, London

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 sites like Pyestock and some would talk about the hidden …

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Farleigh Down Tunnel, Batheaston – Wiltshire

Monkton Farleigh ammunition depot utilised an old stone quarry below a plateau some 450 feet above the valley floor in which ran the main line railway that was its principal source of supply. Before the depot could be commissioned, an efficient means was need to bring in ammunition from the …

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Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Derby

Derby Royal Infirmary

Built in 1810 on land formerly part of Derby’s Castlefield estate the Derby Royal Infirmary served the local area until 2009 when the majority of the services were transferred to the new Derby Royal ‘Super’ Hospital. The additional buildings added over the last 100 years have created a somewhat mismatch …

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Bass Maltings, Sleaford

The Maltings were built by Bass Breweries at the start of the 20th century and were the largest of their kind in the country.  Costing £350’000 to build the site was operational by Bass until 1959 when production was ceased.  In 1973 it was acquired by Padleys who used the …

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