Recent Explores

Harperbury Hospital, Radlett

Harperbury was built as a specialised Mental Health/Learning Disability hospital built from the remains of hangers used in the first world war. It is now known as Kingsley Green The sites layout resembles that of a colony plan typically associated …

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St Edwards Home for Boys, Coleshill

Built in 1095 St Edwards Home for Boys was part of a bigger site where the Father Hudson society are still based. The boys home closed in the mid 90’s Father Hudson’s Society was founded by Father George Vincent Hudson. …

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Bristol General Hospital, Bristol

The history of Bristol General dates back to 1832.  The lack of any health care in the growing industrial areas of Bedminster and Redclife became a concern of a local group of quakers. The Bristol General Hospital in its first …

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Sheffield Old Town Hall/Courts

Sheffield Old Town Hall stands on Waingate in central Sheffield, England, opposite Castle Market. The building was commissioned to replace Sheffield’s first town hall, which had opened in 1700 to a design by William Renny. This first structure stood by …

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Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth

A nice way to finish 2012, which has been a very busy year away from exploring, was a trip to an old favourite. Mid Wales Hospital. The Mid Wales Hospital was a psychiatric hospital in Talgarth, Wales. It opened in …

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Kinmel Hall, Conwy

Kinmel Hall is a mansion near the village of St. George, close to the coastal town of Abergele, in Conwy county borough, Wales. The present chateau style house, the third on the site, was designed by W. E. Nesfield in …

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St Cadocs Hospital, Newport

Visited on a Sunny Summers day back in 2009 this was a chance visit and chance explore.  I guess it gave a little  insight to what asylums were like when open back in the day. Beautifully maintained, cleaned and in …

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Rauceby Hospital, Quarrington

Rauceby Hospital was built in 1897 and was designed by George Thomas Hine, Consultant Architect to the Comissioners in Lunacy, perhaps the most famous of asylum architects. It has many of his trademark features such as glazed brown tiles in …

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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 …

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Whittingham Hospital, Goosnargh

Whittingham Hospital was built in 1869 and became one of the biggest county asylums in the county. It was known as the Lancashire County Asylum, Whittingham and took the routine name changes through the years loosing the asylum and mental …

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Gartloch Hospital, Lanarkshire

A first trek north of the border lead me to Gartloch Hospital, situated in the east edge of Glasgow in Gartcosh. It’s construction was completed in 1896 and served patients till 1996.   During the second world war it was converted …

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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 …

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Ystrad Mynach Hospital, Gwent

Ystrad Mynach Hospital closed in late 2011 to make way for the new £172m Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr hospital on the other side of the road.  Several of the areas local hospitals closed to make way for a state of the …

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Vencel Resil, Whitecroft

Vencel Resil product building and cavity wall insulation. The  Whitecroft site, along with another site in Glasgow, closed in June 2009 after the company felt the effects of the financial downturn. The Whitecroft closure resulted in the loss of 13 …

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