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.
This is a lovely little find in and about Derby and all we had to go on was that the farmer’s wife died and 5 years later, closed down the farm, closed up the house and as he still retains ownership he does rent the barns out from time to time for storage.
Not much known about this little place apart from that it was lived in by a Korean family. When planning permission was passed on the adjacent land it appears they were given notice and moved on.
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.