Ledston Luck pit was sunk in the 1870s and eventually closed 1986. At its closure, the miners that worked there either took early retirement or moved on to other mines within the North Yorkshire Coalfield including the new ‘Super-pit’ (interlinked mine workings around Selby) that was known as Selby Coalfield. Great little piece of coal mining history
Stafford County Asylum opened in 1818 to accommodate 120 patients. Over the years it expanded and housed around 1000 patients. When Cotton Hill Asylum opened in 1854 for private paying patients, the Stafford County Asylum only took ‘pauper lunatics’. The hospital was transferred to the National Health service in 1948 and renamed St George’s Hospital.
Packington Hall is located approximately two miles from Lichfield, and was likely built for Zachary Babington whose daughter Mary Babington married Theophilus Levett, town clerk of Lichfield. From Theophilus Levett the home passed to a succession of family members, including MP John Levett, the Rev. Thomas Levett, who was the vicar of Whittington, and Robert Thomas Kennedy Levett.
This is our second visit, possibly 3 years later. It seems all the carpet has gone, vandals have moved in and the electric is no longer on. The property is now sold and will be refurbished into new apartments.
This cottage left you feeling rather sad after a while as you really felt you knew the couple as there were so many personal belongings left behind. Jack was no doubt, by those who knew him, a legend! A man who really loved his home. He was keen on D.I.Y, a member of the M.V.C for the Shifnal district which surprises me that none of these possessions have been passed on or looked after. However, there is a squatter, a heavy drugs user living in the property who is very approachable who good old chat.
So named as it used to contain an old trunk with a diary in, but sadly all rooms have now been cleared. Was a bit of a squeeze to get into but once inside you really do need to tread carefully on some of the flooring. Still worth a visit however as you will see from the gallery.
The hospital closed in 2012 upon completion of the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Relocation of the first services from Selly Oak began during the summer of 2010 when its A&E department moved to the new Q.E.Hospital on 16 June and over the next 7 days Critical Care and other departments moved step-by-step the 1.5 miles to the new hospital. On average one inpatient was moved every 5 minutes between 7 am and early evening On the morning of 23 May 2010 a ‘Service of Thanks’ was held at Selly Oak Hospital to celebrate a century of caring and this was followed by a fun fair at which staff and patients were invited to “Take a Trip Down Memory Lane”, sign a memory wall  and contribute to an on-line memories website. The reorganisation was first planned in 1998 though it was not until October 2004 that planning approval was given by Birmingham City Council, with construction beginning during 2006. Selly Oak Hospital was well renowned for the trauma care it provided and had one of the best burns units in the country. It was also home to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, which cared for injured service men and women from conflict zones, as well as training service medical staff in preparation for working in such areas. In March 2007, the Hospital was alleged to be not properly treating Iraq war veterans. The hospital has also appeared in national newspapers with stories of servicemen being verbally abused in the [...]
Maes Mynan Hall was a warm, friendly and caring home. The proprietor, Dr. Don Harrison and his dedicated team of qualified nurses and care assistants aimed to provide the highest standards of care and comfort for all the residents but failed consequently resulting in its closure. The home had all modern nursing facilities and specialist equipment. The lounges and day areas vary in style to suit different needs and requirements and residents could choose where to dine, and may also dine in the privacy of their own rooms. Bedrooms are mostly single, some with en-suite facilities.
The Pheasant, in Welland, near Malvern, closed in July 2010, prompting villagers to maintain a nightly vigil for 13 weeks, gathering outside to show a community presence and protect it from vandalism. Now they are stepping up their campaign to have it reopened and are hoping to enlist the support of the community group Pub Is The Hub. They have also launched an online petition. Campaigner Matt Moore said people feared there would be an application to redevelop the site for housing. He said: “Pub Is The Hub is willing to try and help, provided people are interested, which is why we want to publicise the petition.” The pub’s freeholder is Peter Bailey, of Worcester-based Dalelong Property. Mr Moore said campaigners hope to work alongside him to secure the pub’s future. Another campaigner, Roy Sumner, said: “The Pheasant is in a prominent position on the crossroads right in the heart of the village. “It’s across the road from the church and the village hall, and the primary school is only a little further away. The pub is now boarded up and it’s an eyesore.” The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has already pledged its support. Spokes-man Mark Haslam said: “Welland is a sizeable community, and the Pheasant is centrally-located and has historically traded satisfactorily. We would support any effort by the community to get it back in use.”
World War Two military airfield with post war civilian use of the site. Construction of the airfield began in 1938, it was partly complete by 1940, though work on the airfield buildings continued into 1941. From 1940 the airfield was operated by Maintenance Command, particularly by 29 Maintenance Unit. Civilians from the Ministry of Aircraft Production were also worked at the base. From 1941-1942 the airfield was taken over by Fighter Command, and it was used by 68, 255 and 257 Squadrons, also 1456 Flight. These were mainly night fighter units. From 1942 the base was also used by the United States Army 8th Air Force’s 309 Fighter Squadron. The role of the site changed in 1943 to training: it was used mainly by 60 Operational Training Unit for this purpose. By the end of the war High Ercall had a variety of hangars including the initial J and K types, with added L, T2, Robin and Blister type aircaft hangars: none of the last three types have survived. Most of these were grouped around the south and western edge of the flying fields, with two additional sites further to the west and dispersals to the east side. Living quarters were to the south of the flying field. There were a range of permanent technical buildings at the main unit site and the technical site. The site was used post-war by the Royal Air Force for storage and scrapping of aircraft and from 1968 by the Road Transport Industry Training [...]
Can’t find much info on this place apart from it was founded in 1807 as “The Aged Pilgrims’ Friend Society” and originally set-up to provide grants and pensions to needy elderly Christians. It offered the following – Enhanced sheltered housing, Close care housing 4 flats. Built in 1920 and renovated in 1975. Sizes studio, 1 bedroom. Includes mobility standard properties Extra Care scheme with on-site care staff, non-resident management staff (24 hours) and community alarm service Lift, lounge, dining room, laundry, guest facilities, garden, community centre Access to site fairly easy, but less so for less mobile people. Distances: bus stop 20 yards; shop 3 mile(s); post office 3 mile(s); town centre 6 mile(s); GP 3 mile(s); social centre 6 mile(s) This almshouse charity caters for: elderly Protestant Christians. Regular social activities include religious, outings. Some meals available (2 main meals daily). New residents accepted from 60 years of age
The firm, which has been forging work since about 1830, closed its old plant at Doctors Piece in Willenhall, where it had been since its formation, at the end of last year. All staff have now moved to the company’s Imperial Works in Heath Road. Plant and equipment is being reinstalled there. The five-acre site was bought when George Dyke was bought by the Dowdeswell Engineering Group in 1980.