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.
An abandoned graveyard, untended for many years. some graves have become so unsound they have collapsed revealing the brick lined crypts below, giving the impression the dead themselves have risen and forced open the ground. Very creepy feeling in this place.
“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.”