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Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery Bristol B2, Portbury

The remains of the Second World War Portbury (Sheepway) anti aircraft battery and military camp. Four octagonal emplacements, support structures and extant buildings, were mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946 and 1947. The construction of four reinforced concrete gun …

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Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth

My final visit to Mid Wales and only one brought on by the opertunity to see the chapel which has recently become avaliable. The Mid Wales Hospital was a psychiatric hospital in Talgarth, Wales. It opened in 1906 and was …

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St Edward’s Asylum, Cheddleton

St Edward’s Asylum was constructed between 1895 and 1899. It provided a welcome overflow to the nearby St Georges Asylum in Stafford and St. Matthew’s Asylum at Burntwood. It was later renamed to St Edwards Hospital. Set in an amazing …

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Tone Vale Hospital, Taunton

Founded in 1892 and built in 1897 Tone Vale was originally named Somerset and Bath Asylum, then Tone Vale Asylum and finally Tone Vale Hospital. It was built to the compact arrow design. Closed in 1995 and the vast majority …

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Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth

Yet Another trip to Mid Wales Hospital. With 6 inches of snow at Talgarth it proved too much to resist popping up to capture the buildings covered in snow. For more history on the hospital at Talgarth, see my previous …

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Cane Hill Hospital, Coulsdon

I have watched the gradual demise and demolition of Cane Hill over the past 18 months. Today I stopped in to check on progress. As it stands the demolition team are finishing up on site, leveling land and removing what …

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Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth

A return to the first asylum I ever visited. I have been here many times before and wasn’t intending to visit again but the news that the business park had gone into administration gave me the urge to visit once …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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