New homes could be built on the site of a former day nursery in Lichfield. The old Humpty Dumpty’s building on Cherry Orchard will be demolished and be replaced by seven properties if planners give the proposals the go-ahead. The site is currently empty following the nursery’s move to a new home at Trent Valley, although its parking facilities are currently used on an unofficial basis by parents at nearby schools. In a statement supporting their application, the developers said: “The application site is located in an area that is predominantly residential in character. “The proposed development will not be unduly intrusive in the street scene.”
In 1897 John Wadkin founded the company alongside his brother in law Mr W Jarvis. The company was formed following an idea to invent a machine that would be so versatile that it could carry out operations that were originally done by hand. John Wadkin titled this machine, “a pattern milling machine” The partnership was not successful and Mr Wadkin eventually left the company. Mr Jarvis then acquired the help of Mr Wallace Goddard with the intention to expand the business. Mr Jarvis became acquainted with a Greek gentleman by the name of Ionades who invented an advanced carburettor. General Motors in the US confirmed that they were interested and invited Mr Jarvis for a meeting to discuss, which led to Mr Jarvis booking a place on the Titanic as a means of travel and the disastrous result that he went down with the ill-fated liner. This left Mr Wallace Goddard with a business in Leicester and no-one to run it. Luckily he had a son that took charge and this continued until 1927 when Mr J Wallace passed away. The 1914-1918 war saw the Government ask Wadkin for help to develop a machine that could turn out wooden propellers for the R.A.F. at a high-speed rate. After the war the demand for woodworking machinery was at a tremendous upsurge. Throughout the 1930′s Wadkin extended their range and entered the high technology market and began making larger, high production woodworking machines such as moulders and double ender machines. From the 1990′s [...]
Constructed between 1875 and 1876, this is the third Welsh Calvinist chapel to have been built in Newtown. Designed by the famous Liverpool architect Richard Owens, and built at a cost of £2300, the chapel was constructed in the gothic style. The front elevation is in squared masonry and sandstone dressings with a central door and two buttresses to the main gable (from which spirelets have been removed). The remainder is in yellow brick beneath a slated roof to a tiled ridge. It probably seated about 450 people but is now in a sad state of disrepair, the holes in the roof have lead to some major rot to one side of the building.
This was a delightful little cottage on the way back from Powys that we came across accidently. The pictures speak for themselves as the house contained a lot of lovely old nik-naks and antiquities which the camera couldn’t get enough of. Again it’s a shame they’ve been left to go passed their best as they could have been nice little heirlooms.
This lovely old church was found purely by accident and was given away by the smart water stickers all over the sealed front door. However, on finding the classic Urbexer’s back door it revealed to hold a lot of fascinating features and artifacts and a lovely set of bells in the bell tower. Coincidently, on leaving, a local passerby informed me that the church closed in 1972 and the final service was a christening. She should know too – as it was her daughter’s.
This building was built in 1903 and was the hub of the community. It played host to jumble sales, band practices, amateur dramatics, keep fit and local discos and other celebrations. It was then shut in 1990 and put up for sale as a new build took its place.
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Melton Mowbray Mortuary Fridge and viewing room. Attatched to this was the old vagrancy cells where the drunken and homeless were found and locked up to sober up or to be fairly? punished. For those having a long stay were given incredibly boring and tiring tasks to do such as breaking stone as payment for their board and food rations.
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Built in about 1759, Daresbury Hall is a Grade II listed building five miles east of Runcorn. It was taken over in 1955 by the charity now known as Scope as a home for adults with cerebral palsy. The residents were eventually moved to other accommodation and the hall has stood empty in recent years. About 600 cannabis plants – estimated to have a street value of £750,000 – were found in an annexe building of Daresbury Hall, Cheshire Police added. Ch Insp Paul Beauchamp said the drugs “could well have been destined for the streets of Runcorn or further afield”. No arrests at the time had been made closely following the raid, which police said were prompted by “local intelligence”.
This factory was used to make pharmaceutical drugs to treat respiratory conditions in humans. Sadly it closed down many years ago but did move on to new premises next door. Although most of this site has already been demolished, this last remaining part of the property will also be lost forever as planning permission has the green light for housing & shops.
Now this is a house with a dark history. 15 years ago Eric Marsden and some friends played with a Ouija board in the small dining room at the back. As the story goes, things went a little off key and a spirit was released and a haunting ensued. After 20 months of spirit activity the owner left and moved in with his mother. Confused on what he should to do with the property he was mysteriously found bereft of life on the porch when he went back to check on the house. It was started to be renovated years later, but due to strange goings on to this day it was abandonded. Security wasn’t an option and so a vehicle was left outside the property to maintain the idea it was occupied.