“During the war Birmingham was still thriving as a industrial city and was a heavy target for the German raids. Longbridge being a ridiculously sized plant was easily going to be a main target so they constructed a maze of tunnels under the main plant so if the shit hit the fan they could continue production of plane engines and other bits there and the war effort wouldn’t be too badly damaged” Took a trip with Bubblehead last night after spotting an entrance. We descended 4 the flight staircase deep into the ground and where confronted by a flooded passage, I was immediately thankful i had brought my wellies (unlike Bubblehead, who had a very squelchy explore). We waded through a tunnel to emerge into a large underground tunnel, corrugated walls, the reminiscence of a narrow gauge railway and the strong smell of diesel. Bubblehead gave me the guided tour of the main features, few of which have survived, although what remained made for some great shots, including the male toilets while looked like it was straight out of Trainspotting. Anyone for a dip?
It was a residence of members of the princely dynasty of the Welsh kingdom of Powys and one of the taî’r uchelwyr (houses of the gentry) in latemedieval Wales. It subsequently came into the possession of the Ormsby-Gore family (Lord Harlech). Its English correspondent is sometimes given as Porkington. A manuscript known to have been in the possession of Brogyntyn in 1574 was a copy of the Hanes Gruf(f)udd ab Cynan. The house itself is of brick dating from circa 1730 refaced and much added to in 1811 and subsequently. It is noted for a portico of four giant unfluted Ionic columns with scrolls and pediment. Outside can be seen an arch with 2 pairs of unfluted Ionic columns. In the entrance hall survives an elaborately carved fireplace dated 1617. Later used in world war 2 by BT as a telecommunications hub this place has a lot of history.
No info on this place at all sorry. A random spot and stop on a day out, had a few nice little features and worth a few snaps. So here we go.
Beaudesert was an estate and stately home on the southern edge of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. It was one of the family seats of the Paget family, the Marquesses of Anglesey. The estate was obtained by William Paget, 1st Baron Paget in 1546; the family’s other main seat is at Plas Newydd. The estate was broken up by the 6th Marquess of Anglesey due to financial difficulties; as a result the furniture was sold off and the fabric of the hall and stables went to auction. Some of the furnishings of the house, including oak panelling and the Waterloo Staircase were taken to Carrick Hill in Adelaide,South Australia. Demolition began in 1935; however, it was never completed and some ruins remain standing. Today some of the former estate land is used as a Scout and Guide camp and a local wildlife trust and new buildings are used for residential courses. The Grand Lodge built in 1814 still stands at the entrance on Horsey Lane, east of the ruins.