Recent Explores

Cane Hill Hospital, Coulsdon

A quick return to the iconic Cane Hill Hospital to see the progress of demolition. Given I was working around the corner today it would have been rude not to pay a visit. Not really an explore, but after a …

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Robert Fletcher & Sons Ltd, Greenfield

A return to one of my favourate sites of last year (last years visit). The almost post-apocalyptic mill still sits defunct as the day the employees walked out never to return. In the last 12 months the buiding has started …

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Midland Mills, Bradford

This part demolished grade II listed mill in the heart of Bradford was orginally built in 1871 and was home to British Mohair Suppliers (Mohair is a type of wool made from the hair of a goat) – it closed …

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St Lawrence’s Hospital, Bodmin

This was my second visit to the original ‘Cornwall County Asylum’ – not much has changed since my first visit. The water ingress in the main hall was clearly becoming more of an issue. The future of the buildings still …

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Hellingly Hospital, Sussex

A quick trip to what was originally East Sussex Country Asylum. This time I focused on visiting Park House which is a separate annex located further away from the main buildings and was used primarly for treating acute patients. It …

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The Conditioning House, Bradford

Built in 1902 as a result of a special act of parliment as a scientific testing facility for the wool industry. Nearly 70% of all wool produced in the UK would have been brought here for testing prior to use.

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Stanley Royd Museum & Chapel, Wakefield

Stanley Royd was one of the earliest aslyums built with construction starting in 1816. Work completed in November 1818. It closed in 1996 and has since been converted for residential use. The Stephen Beaumont museum is open from 10am to …

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Billingham House, Teeside

ICI’s Agricultural Division Offices – commonly known as ADO and then Billingham House. A seven story complex overlooking the ICI chemical plant on the otherside of the road. Billingham house had rather rare paternosters lifts. The building closed in 1992 …

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Fairmile Hospital, Berkshire

Fairmile hospital opened in 1870 and had a 132 year long career in caring for people with mental health problems. The site was purchased in in 1866 for the sum of £8,317 4s 9p. The architect Charles Henry Howells of …

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St Lawrences Asylum, Bodmin

Orginally known as ‘Cornwall County Asylum’ it was founded in 1815 at Westheath Avenue, Bodmin and became known as St Lawrence’s Hospital under the National Health Service. The County Lunatic Asylum, for the reception of private patients and pauper lunatics, …

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Hellingly Hospital, East Sussex

The East Essex County Mental Asylum opened its doors in 1903. It is built close to the small village of Hellingly, in South East England. The architect G.T. Hine designed the Victorian hospital on a very large scale, spreading the …

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Stoke Damerel High School For Girls, Plymouth

The Stoke Damerel Secondary School for Girls was founded in August 1926, when the Plymouth Local Education Authority transferred the girls from Regent Street Central School to join the girls at Keppel Place Central School, Stoke.  The boys combined to …

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Deva, Countess of Chester Asylum, Chester

The Cheshire County Lunatic Asylum, more commonly known as Deva, lies in the grounds of the still active Countess Of Chester Hospital in Chester. In 1829, the Cheshire Lunatic Asylum opened on part of the site. The county’s mental health …

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Bridewell Island, Bristol

This was my third visit to the site, having previously visited back in Feb & March.  I still don’t think I’ve captured all of the site and hope to make a forth visit to properly document the courtrooms soon.  Thanks …

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