Growing up in and around Lichfield this has always been a strong landmark in the City. Since my younger days I have always wondered what it might house. We have made several attempts at this place over the years but today after hearing a rumor of possible access we finally found our entrance. Heres the history: “The oldest pumping station site belonging to South Staffs water, having once formed part of the original scheme implemented by the Company, shortly after its’ formation. Under the South Staffordshire Waterworks Company Act 1853, the Company was authorised to provide a more ample supply of pure and wholesome water to Lichfield, Walsall and other towns in the Black Country area. OWard the Earl of Dudley, on the 26th October 1858. The original pumping plant was designed and erected under the supervision of the Company’s first engineer and originator, John Robinson McClean MP a well known engineer and railway contractor. The original buildings (demolished in 1966) were designed and erected by Branson and Gwyther (Birmingham). Originally the pumping plant installed in 1858, comprised two (Nr.1 and Nr.2) double acting expansion and condensing, single cylinder beam engines, buily by James Watt & Company (Birmingham). The two engines were connected by a common crankshaft to a single flywheel positioned between them. Foundations for a similar, but independent Nr.3 engine, were laid at the same time as those for Nr.1 and Nr.2 engines. The Nr.3 engine was installed in 1866. Each engine developed 120 HP at 9RPM and hada capacity [...]
Closed in 2007 this place has had a good going over by the local scrappers, still some very nice features dotted around but a real shame the amount of destruction and vandalism this place has had. Recently extensively tagged by graffiti artist Binty Bint. “In the early part of the 20th century, the British government showed considerable interest in developing a series of powerful radio transmitters that would join the British Empire together via radio links. Some of this work was completed by the Marconi company but the government decided to build its own Post Office-run communication station to avoid being reliant on Marconi. Hillmorton, near Rugby, along with Leafield in Oxfordshire, were chosen as excellent sites for transmitting….. …During World War II many of Rugby’s transmitters were used by the armed forces…. At the end of the war the station was reconverted to cope with the rapidly increasing demand for overseas telephone circuits and it was soon found that the demand for those circuits was outstripping the available plant. Accordingly arrangements were made to purchase a further seven hundred acres of land adjoining the site and work was commenced on the construction of a new building to house twenty-eight transmitters of the most modern type. The new station, probably the biggest ever built as a single project, was well in advance of any other in existence at that time in technique and in the extent to which it economised in manpower. The new station or (“B” Building) was put [...]
A large house in Norfolk, previously referred to by several different names, but considering the recent theft of the many antique sewing machines from the property we have decided to rename it. A very spooky feeling to this house, still filled with the furniture, possessions & nik nacks the owners accumulated through their life.
Stumbled across this old farm house, practically in my back garden. After moving house to a more leafy part of Staffordshire, i was very surprised to find an explore on my door step.
4 Years after our last visit to Denbigh [See it Here] we go back to see how the old girl has fared up after the ‘Emergency Repair Works’ carried out by the local council. We where greeted with a sad sight, the main admin block is just a shell (literally) of it former self, walls and floors ripped out and a tin roof replacement have seen the building loose all of its former charterer. As for the rest of this huge hospital, left to decay further, the amount of damage to the remaining buildings makes you wonder if these are even worth saving anymore. What a shame that the owners have let it get to this state, and what a further shame that the local council weren’t a little more sympathetic with their repairs of a building that was once, full of history.
“Only the soaring tower is seen from afar. Yet to approach it and enter its windowless hulk is a powerful architectural experience. It stands high on a shoulder above the road, from which a long flight of steps wanders up to the towering front. The building was reported in 1958 to be suffering from severe subsidence and structural defects, which the substitution of flat concrete roofs failed to cure. It was closed c. 1980″
“Cwm coke works is a large site just north of Beddau in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Up until the mid 1800′s Beddau was a small collection of farmsteads at the conjunction of four crossroads. (Incidentally, Beddau, which means ‘graves’, may be a shortening of Croesheol y Beddau, ‘crossroads of the graves’, as it is marked on an ordnance survey map circa. 1833. Criminals were often hanged as crossroads as an example to others…). In the 1860′s coal pits were sunk around Beddau, and the town grew at a steady rate until 1909, which saw the opening of Cwm colliery. As the industry moved in, Beddau grew quickly, and in 1958 Cwm coke works opened, furthering the expansion. At its peak, Cwm colliery was producing hundreds of thousand of tons of high quality, low sulphur coal per year. Much of this was processed at Cwm coke works, into high-grade coke suitable for foundry use. The National Coal Board closed the colliery in 1986, and Cwm Coke works in 2002, leaving yet another small Welsh town deprived and forgotten.”
As far as i can make out, this river pumping station was built with Hams all C in 1956 and closed in 1992. A great little find next to the river and just when you thought Hams Hall had given all it had to give. A Shame the bottom levels are flooded as there is some hugeee pumps down there.
In 1902 Guest, Keen and Co. Ltd acquired Nettlefolds Ltd, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of screws and fasteners. Nettlefolds can be traced back to John Sutton Nettlefold, who in 1823 established a small ironmongery in Holborn and traded in wood screws. In 1854 the company founded a mill in Smethwick. In the 1850s, Nettlefold was joined by Mr Joseph Chamberlain, his brother in law, changing the name to Nettlefold and Chamberlain and establishing a factory in Smethwick. The company flourished under the next generation of Chamberlain and Nettlefold. The Chamberlains left the company in 1874 and in 1880 Nettlefolds Ltd was launched as a limited company. Through a series of amalgamations and take overs, including the take over of the Birmingham Screw Company Limited in 1880 (and the later amalgamation of Mosers Limited in 1950), Nettlefolds established a monopoly in the British wood screw market.
Severalls Hospital in Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 to the design of architect Frank Whitmore. It opened in May 1913. The 300-acre (1.2 km2) site housed some 2000 patients and was based on the “Echelon plan” – a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardian period. The most ornate buildings are the Administration Building, Larch House and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent’s residence).
‘The park was opened in 1995 by a company based in London and has since been through the hands of travelling showman Raymond Codona to its current owner, Henk Bembom’s Parkware Ltd. Bembom took over the park in 2002 and invested £5m during his first year there, followed by an additional £2m in the second. Bembom continued to bring new rides and attractions to the park each year, including another £2m worth of investment in 2007. In winter 2006, Parkware moved all their operations and ride stock to Loudoun from their previous storage buildings in Margate. On 15 July 2007, 18-year-old ride operator Mark Blackwood died after falling 80 feet (24 m) from a roller coaster he was pushing, which had gotten stuck. He was taken to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock for treatment but died there on Monday 16 July 2007. After a two-week trial, the jury found the park owners not guilty of failing to provide proper training and supervision at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Saturday 10 October 2009. In September 2010 it was announced that the park had closed’
My first stop on my Scotland road trip with Bubblehead, we stopped at this place. Barony Power Station, this plant served the local Barony Colliery. A nice relaxed explore to get us into the swing of things after the 4 hour drive.