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St David’s Hotel, Harlech

St. David’s Hotel was an Edwardian Era hotel in Harlech, Wales. The building was located on the A496, adjacent to Theatr Harlech (formerly called Theatr Ardudwy) on the campus of Coleg Harlech, and Royal St David’s Golf Club. The St. David’s Hotel is based on proposals drawn-up in January 1907 …

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The Slipper Baths, Bristol

Bristol South Swimming Baths opened in the 1930’s and are located in the south of Dame Emily Park.  It still operatates as a council run swimming pool for the area.  The slipper baths have remained closed and relatively untouched for over 50 years.  The swimming baths were more recently made …

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Bristol Ice Rink, Bristol

Bristol Ice Rink opened as part of a huge Mecca entertainment complex in the 60’s known as the ‘New Bristol Centre’. At the time it was the biggest entertainment complex in Europe boasting a dozen licensed bars, an ice rink, bowling lanes, a casino, a night club, a grand cinema, …

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Horncliffe Mansion, Rossendale

Not much is known about this site anyway, it was built around the 17th century and has had various uses through the years from care home to its last use which was a hotel & wedding venue. Since our visit building work has started on converting the buildings residential use. …

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Birnbeck Pier, Weston Super Mare

Birnbeck Pier is perhaps better know as the ‘other pier in Weston’ – tucked away to the north of the town it sits forlorn and in a state of total dereliction. Designed &  Build in 1867 by Eugenius Birch it pre dates the ‘Grand Pier’ by nearly 50 years.  It …

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Odeon Cinema, Bradford

Visited in late January – A brief bit of history taken from the Bradford Odeon Rescue Group: Its beginnings in September 1930 as the New Victoria theatre/cinema saw the birth of a grand entertainment complex of superior architectural quality – internal and external – in the city. Housed within the …

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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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Dave & Busters Bristol

Dave & Busters was the greatest place on earth. Till it closed. Having worked there from 1998 to 2000 I have very fond memories. These pictures were originally taken on my Canon Ixus ASP camera in 2001 and show a very different place to the one I originally worked in.

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Ashton Plaza Cinema

An iconic building on the busy North Street of Bedminster, Bristol. The Ashton Plaza cinema as it was know was built and opened in 1914. There seems to be little information regarding its history other than it closed sometime in the mid 50’s and then became a snooker hall and …

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