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Weston Pier, North Somerset

Sadly on the 28th July Weston Pier caught fire. A huge devistating fire destroyed the pavilions at the end of the pier. 3 days later and to the credit of the owners of the pier it was business as usual for the rest of the restorts biggest attraction. Typical Weston …

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Angel of the North, Gateshead

On the way back from St Mary’s a quick detour off the A1 to take this in. I’d driven past it countless times in the past just never had the time or energy to stop. Today I made time. Angel of the North is a modern sculpture designed by Antony …

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St Mary’s Asylum, Stannington

A brief visit to St Mary’s Asylum just to the north of Newcastle. Built in 1910 to releave presures on the nearby Sedgefield Asylum it was used as a military hosptial during the first world war before reverting to its intended use.  It’s a relatively small aslyum holding an inital …

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Barrow Hosptial, Bristol

Barrow Hosptial was built in the 1930’s to release the amount of patients held at Bristol’s main asylum ‘The Glenside’  – It was originally called Barrow Mental Hospital.  Although work was completed in 1937 and the first patients admitted in 1938 it was used as a Royal Navy Hospital during …

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Cherry Knowle Asylum, Sunderland

Sunderland County Borough began construction of its own asylum during 1893, completed in 1895. The site chosen consisted of sloping land outside the village of Ryhope, with views across to the North Sea. George Hine was chosen as Architect and produced a compact arrow layout consisting of six blocks of …

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