The Hoarders House- ‘This is the house of MR David Godfrey howells and MRS Ida Howells who unfortanly passed away in 1990 . This house was originally was his parents house ( Alfred ) , He grew up there. Was possibly a milk farm among other things.’ Donebythe – MidlandsHertage.co.uk
A large abandoned factory unit, from what I can gather the company repaired lorry cabs and vans.
A mid-sized suburban cinema in an area of the West Midlands, near Walsall, the Avion Super Cinema looked remarkably like an original ‘Odeon’ but was never owned by that circuit. Finished in cream glazed faience enlivened with green bands and a black base, there is a huge window lighting the circle foyer with entrance doors underneath the central canopy. The auditorium is a dull brick box behind the facade. Neon lighting was much in evidence at night. There was also a small stage and several dressing rooms. Seating was divided between the stalls and single balcony. The auditorium was decorated in shades of rose-dubarry and silver with the Art Deco style plasterwork picked out in green. Several different colors of seating was used to create diametrical patterns when viewed from the stage. The cinema opened on 26 September 1938 with a personal appearance by George Formby followed by his latest film “I See Ice”. It then settled into an uneventful routine mainly showing films but with around six full weeks of variety shows on the stage. No major changes were made to the design of the building and it eventually closed on December 30, 1967. It became a bingo hall almost immediately after and continued for over 40 years. In 2001, the faience tiles were in poor condition and were removed with the walls underneath being rendered and painted – this has considerably smartened up the facade and indicates that the Avion was scheduled to be around for some years [...]
A nice drain in Walsall, some excellent features, including a large metal spike, which ruined my waders and also my foot!
Heath Town’s Public Baths and Library was built in 1932 to the design of the Wolverhampton Borough Engineer’s Department. The Main Swimming Bath was 75 feet long by 34 feet wide. The Children’s Swimming Bath was 40 feet long by 25 feet wide ranging from a depth from three feet to three feet three inches deep. The baths eventually closed in 2002, and the library closed on November 3rd, 2006. Thanks to TranKmasT for the info.
Dalton Tower is one of three high rise residences and is located in the middle of the campus adjacent to the library. It has twenty floors with three separate flats on each floor. The building has been scheduled for demolition at some point this year and has been almost entirely stripped. On site security do patrol the site but we managed to evade them on both of our visits this week.
This classic Art Deco building contained a 1,700-seat auditorium, and for it’s time was one of the biggest venues in the Midlands, being the first provincial theatre to stage Laurel and Hardy in 1947, the comics staying in the Station Hotel directly opposite. Comedy was the main crowd puller through the 1940’s and 50’s, hosting acts such as Chico Marx, Bob Hope, Harry Secombe, Morecambe and Wise, and Dudley regular Ken Dodd. In 1951, their production of Cinderella became the first Christmas Pantomime ever to be televised. With the decline in live variety acts, the Kennedys were forced to sell in 1958, and it became the Bingo Hall we see today.
A very tricky explore, tried several times at this one but on our third attempt, we where in. Hams Hall Power Station refers to a series of three, now demolished coal-fired power stations, situated in Warwickshire in the West Midlands of England, 9 miles (14 km) from Birmingham. This building was the control, one of the few remaining structures on the Hams Hall site.