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Imperial Dock Grain Warehouse, Leith

Built in 1933/4 the imperial grain warehouse at Leith is an monumental 15-bay flat-roofed concrete grain elevator and warehouse with front block rising 5-storeys over storage base. Expanded twice in the 1950s &  1960s its operation life extended well into the 21st century. It bosts much of it’s original machinary …

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London Road Deep Shelter, Portsmouth

London Road Shelter in the Portsdown area of Portsmouth was constructed as a shelter during the second world war. The second deep shelter of its type in Portsmouth it was designed to hold 2’500 people with a contingency for another 1’500 at absolute full capacity. The tunnels are bulit into …

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Tullis Russell Power Station, Glenrothes

Originally known as The Markinch Power Station it was built to provide electricity and steam to the paper mill.  Construction took two years and was completed in 1914. The original boilers and generators were replaced with 3 parson turbine/generator sets in 1951. An addtional forth turbine was later added. By …

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Tower Colliery, Hirwaun

I last visited Tower back nearly 6 years ago. It was sad to see that the site is a shaddow of what it once was. The story of Tower Colliery is one of fighting the system and of great success & local pride. Along with all deep mines, Tower was …

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Sunnyside Royal Hospital, Montrose

Sunnyside Royal Hospital was a psychiatric hospital located in Hillside, north of Montrose, Scotland. The hospital was founded in 1781 by Susan Carnegie as the Montrose Lunatic Asylum, Infirmary & Dispensary and obtained a Royal Charter in 1810. The original building was situated on the Montrose Links on a site …

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Bron Y Garth Hospital, Penrhyndeudraeth

Bron Y Garth Hosptial was based on the original Festinog Workhouse that opened around 1838.  The victroian vagrants ward was added to the original buildings and included space for six working/living cells. The workers would sleep on a metal wire bed with no matress. The work cells were used for …

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