Recent Explores

North Wales Hospital, Denbigh

The North Wales Lunatic Asylum was the first psychiatric institution built in Wales; construction began in 1844 and completed in 1848 in the town of Denbigh. It was original called ‘The North Wales Counties of Caernarvonshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Merionethshire and …

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Healings Flour Mill, Tewkesbury

The flour mill in Tewkesbury dates back to 1865 and produced flour for over 150 years.  Grain was shipped up the river from Avonmouth. It was closed in November 2006 and its future remains uncertain with large structural issues effecting …

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The Forts, Flat Holm Island

Flat Holm island has had two military occupations. First in the 1860’s and again in 1940 during world war 2. In the 1850’s, Queen Victoria & Prince Albert visited france where they became concerned about the strength of the French …

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The Foghorn Station, Flat Holm Island

The foghorn station on Flat Holm island was built in 1908 to accompany the lighthouse that originates back to 1737. The powerful compressed air signal was installed in one building while a cottage provider the keepers with extra accommodation.  The …

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Holding Bros. Pottery, Oswaldtwistle

The Broughton Barn Pottery was founded on a large clay deposit on the windswept moors of Oswaldtwistle, this was dug, blended, washed and processed on site before it was thrown into pots. The Holding involvement came in 1842 with a …

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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. A second visit …

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Rednaught Storm Drain, Bristol

The Malago Innterceptor storm drain pre dates dreadnaught by over 100 years.  It’s given the rednaught nickname due to its red brick construction.  A shorter storm drain but principly built with the same principle of ensuring excess rain flows out …

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Dreadnaught Storm Drain, Bristol

Built in 1974 the ‘dreadnaught’ storm drain runs from Bishopsworth through to an outfall on the diverted stream of the river Avon in Bedminster.  The drain runs almost paralell with the Souther foul water interceptor.

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Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth

The forth trip of the year to Mid Wales despite previous statements of not visiting again. With still no sign of any purchaser of the buildings the site continues to deteriorate with vandalism & copper/lead theft. Even the previous secure …

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Lancaster Moor Asylum, Lancaster

The County Lunatic Asylum, on Lancaster Moor, opened in 1816, and since enlarged, is a stately quadrangular building of stone, with a handsome front, relieved by pillars of the Doric order, and could hold up to 2,400 patients. The annexe …

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Aust Ferry, Bristol

The Aust Ferry was a ferry service that operated across the River Severn in Gloucestershire, England, between the villages of Aust and Beachley. Operated by Enoch Williams of the Old Passage Severn Ferry Company Ltd. Initially this was only able …

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Adam & Eve, Ham Green, Bristol

Along the River Avon is a stretch of wall known as ‘Hung Road’ – it was this part of the river leading into central Bristol that ships were literally hung by there masts at low tide to prevent themselves keeling …

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St Mary’s Hospital, Stannington

My 3rd and final visit to St Mary’s – with demolition already there wasn’t much thought. Sadly due to this not much of the main buildings were covered but I had previously documented these last june. St Mary’s opened in …

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