Chasewater was created as a canal feeder reservoir in the eighteenth century and remains the largest in use in the region today. It was shaped over future years by coal mining and subsequent reclamation schemes in the 1970s, which reshaped the landscape and has since then become a county park. This is one of the main drainage tunnels running under the canal and part of the nearby M6 toll road, on a warm sunday afternoon we set off for a look around.
The Brymbo Steelworks was a former large steelworks in the village of Brymbo near Wrexham, Wales. For much of its life it was a rather ordinary ironworks and later steelworks, but is significant on account of its founder, and as having one of a modest number of surviving blast furnace stacks.
On August Bank Holiday 2008 Mr Foster killed his wife and 15-year-old daughter before setting fire to their home at Maesbrook, near Oswestry, and killing himself. The multi million £ mansion has been left derelict since the police finished with it. We understand that the images below may offend and upset some people, however after much deliberation we have decided to display them. We feel the history of this house is just as important to be shown as another other of our explores. Any serious concerns please email the webmaster at Webmaster@ukurbex.co.uk Photos By Chris Mitchell
A nightclub on Tamworth street, Lichfield. The club is situated above a Quik Save which is also abandoned. Both are inside what was once Lichfield Regal Cinema
Wolverhampton and Dudley’s Lichfield Maltings are situated on Birmingham Road, just outside the town centre. At the front is a red brick Victorian House, the brewer’s house, all that remains of the Brewery of which the maltings was once a part. The brewery has long gone and the maltings was bought from Peachs just after World War Two. This is a much smaller maltings than those at Langley being just a single building. The malthouse is constructed of red brick with a slate roof. The whole building is well constructed and with some nice details, for example the wooden stairs inside, and outside there is decorative brickwork on the kilns and under the eves there are dentil courses of brickwork in the bays between the piers. The windows are in every other bay and thus in the bays with the decorative brickwork. The building is currently undergoing redevelopment, we went for a visit before its too late.
1969 Associated Television built a large new ‘state of the art’ television studio was built off Broad Street in preperation for the launch of full time colour broadcasting in the UK, The complex was named ‘The Paradise Centre’.The ATV studios were the home to Crossroads, Tizwas, Blockbusters and Bullseye. During the 1980 round of television franchising the Independent Broadcasting Authority decided that ATV’s lack of regional programming and the fact the company was based in Elstree well away from the midlands was effecting the quailty of broadcasting in the region, so it insisted that the new applicants for the franchise be more clearly based in the region which was to be split into east and west. ATV Successfully won the bid for both the East and West Midlands but on the condtion that the company was renamed to more closly reflect the region it reprisented. From the 1st of January 1981 ATV was replaced on air by Central Television and the studios also took on the new name. Central kept hold of the midlands TV franchise during the 1991 relicensing but it was taken over by the expanding group Carlton group in 1994. Carlton centralised the production of programs for the four ITV regions it controlled and needed fewer studio facilities they soon opened a smaller studio in Birmingham for the production of regional news and the Broad Street studios were closed in 1997 after it was diagnosed with concrete cancer.