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Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Factory, Bristol

Located in the Greenbank area of Bristol, the site dates back to 1881 and had many names & owners previous to Elizabeth Shaw. The site closed in October 2006 and has hevily deteriorated in years that followed. For an excellent history and some pictures of what it looked like before …

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Hanham Hall Hospital, Bristol

The site of Hanham Hall hospital dates back to the middle 17th century. Starting out as a gentry house and agricultural and industrial centre it changed ownership several times before it was sold in 1916 to the Rev. H.N. Burden, a promoter of treatment for ‘inebriates’ and mentally-ill children who …

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Cane Hill Hospital, Coulsdon

Cane Hill was a psychiatric hospital in Coulsdon  in the London Borough of Croydon. Built to handle patients unable to attend the Springfield and Brookwood Asylums, both of which were filled to capacity, it opened in 1882 as the Third Surrey County Lunatic Asylum. Following a gradual winding down of …

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Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle

The Victoria Tunnel is an early Victorian Grade II listed structure built to transport coal to the River Tyne from a colliery at Spital Tongues, north west of Newcastle upon Tyne’s town centre. As well as being used as a coal waggonway, it was also used as an air-raid shelter …

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St Vincent’s Works, Bristol

St Vincent’s Works were built as the offices for John Lysaght’s Iron Works. The buildings construction was finished by Milverton Drake. Constructed in 1891 and it is currently a grade II* listed building. The building was vacated in 1995 and fell into a state of disrepair until 2000 when the current …

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Dalton Mills, Keighley

The site of Dalton Mills dates as far back as the mid 18th century. The current buildings were built in the late 19th century. Dalton Mills, named after a former manager of the mill, is located on the easterly side of Keighley. Evidence suggests it was still in partial use …

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Rhodia Chemical Plant, Avonmouth – Bristol

It seems the local chemical industries of Avonmouth Docks are slowly disapearing. Following on from the explore of Sevalco another site popped up in the form of Rhodia. The actual chemical plant dates back to 1917 and has been used under several different names and companies. The site closed in …

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Sevalco Plant, Avonmouth – Bristol

The Sevalco plant in Avonmouth, Bristol, specialised in producing carbon black. Carbon black is most commonly used in the production of rubber in tyres. The site began production in 1951 and stretches across 20 arces. The recent downturn in car production and sales resulted in the plant stopping production at …

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Barrow Hospital, Bristol

This probably was the very last visit to Barrow. Having documented the site over the past 18 months – the complete destruction of the site and fact that I think I’ve now covered every building means I’ve no real desire to visit again.

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West Park Hospital, Epsom

It’s been a while since I’ve been out an about, no better way than to get back to one of the best asylum sites in the UK. It’s well over a year since my last visit and a bit longer again since I spent a whole day at West Park. …

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St Regis Paper Mill, Sudbrook

St Regis Paper mill in Subrook, Caldicot was built in the 1960’s and specalised in producing paper and packaging for the fruit and veg industry. The site is very close to the second severn bridge and can be seen as you cross on the eastbound carriage way. The site closed …

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