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  1. History The estate here was purchased in the latter half of the 16th Century by William West. It is not known if a previous house existed here but West built himself a new Hall. West was a lawyer, steward to the Earl of Shrewsbury, aprolific writere about the Law and important in the affairs of Rotherham and Sheffield. He died about 1596/8. He was succeeded at Firbeck by his son, William, then his grandson John. John's estate was left to Sir Francis Fane, the son of John's sister Elizabeth. In 1669 Fane sold the estate to William Woolhouse. He in turn sold it in 1676 to Jonathan Staniforth of Rotherham. The estate then consisted of Firbeck Hall, a dovecote, papermill, watermill, houses and land in Firbeck, Maltby, Blyth, Thwaite, Letwell, Gildingwells, Throapham, Laughton and the Ewes. Worth a few bob then! On the death of Amelia Staniforth in 1792 the estate passed to a distant relative who sold it to Henry Gally of Langold. Henry Gally added "knight" to his surname. His son also called Henry Gallyknight begun remodelling the house in Elizabethan style and landscaping the gardens about 1820. In the mid 19th Century the Firbeck estate worth £70,000 ws left to the Ecclesiatical Commissioners. It was bought in 1853 by Mrs Miles of Bristol who left it to the Jebb family in 1878. The Jebbs lived there until the beginning of the 20th Century. The estate was put on the market in 1909 but failed to sell. In the First World War was a home for Belgian refugees. In 1934 the house was converted into a country club, The Firbeck Sports and Country Club, renowned for its luxury. When the Second World War started it was converted to an annex of the Sheffield Royal Infirmary. In 1945 it was purchased by the Miners' Welfare Commission as a rehabilitation home. It continued to be used for this purpose until it was closed in 1984. Pics
  2. History: Grove Street Primary School was built in 1901. The school closed it's doors around 1981 then reopened as an Adult Learning Centre alongside Barnsley Music Association (pads). The two later relocated to Barnsley Civic hall and the former school has stood still in time since 2013. The building is currently being demolished to make way for a complex of new build houses by the local council and has survived a fire in 2014. Pics:
  3. The Visit Managed to get into here a few week before it got burnt down and I am glad I did, was a enjoyable explore for a first outing even though it was trashed inside. History Loxley Chapel was built in 1787 by the Rev Benjamin Greaves who was the curate of Bradfield, along with a few friends. The chapel closed in 1993 after the parish had dwindled to an unsustainable amount. When the construction of the chapel had been completed, consecration was to be refused because the builders declined to put in an east window for unknown reasons. It was later sold at auction for approximately £315 and thus became an independent chapel. According to a religious census of 1851, an average congregation at an afternoon service was 200 and it had started performing baptisms in 1799. The first officer onboard the Titanic, Henry Tingle Wilde was reportidly christened here In its later life, the chapel became known as the Loxley United Reformed / Independent Church. It is a grade 2 listed building and has been on English Heritage at risk register since August 1985 Pics:
  4. History: First opened in 1937, RAF Church Fenton is the former home of the first American Eagle Squadrons and was formally regarded as one of the UK's most important strategic airfields, offering rapid reaction fighter defence to the industrial cities of Sheffield, Bradford and Leeds during the second World War. Now, after decades of faithful service in defence of the realm, the air station stands as a lonely hostage to both time and decay. On 1 April 1937 the station was declared open and on 19 April the first station commander Wing Commander W.E. Swann assumed command. Within two months, No. 71 Squadron RAF had arrived with their Gloster Gladiators. During September 1940 Church Fenton became home to the first "Eagle squadron" of American volunteers - No. 71 Squadron RAF and their Brewster Buffalos and Hawker Hurricanes. The airfield was also home to both the first all-Canadian and all-Polish squadrons, No. 242 Squadron RAF and No. 306 Squadron RAF respectively. As air warfare became a more tactical and technological pursuit, the first night-fighter Operational Training Unit was formed at Church Fenton in 1940 and some of the squadrons stationed there began to fly the famous de Havilland Mosquito. After the close of the war, the station retained its role as a fighter base, being among the first to receive modern jet aircraft, namely the Gloster Meteor and the Hawker Hunter. In later years, Church Fenton became the RAF's main Elementary Flying Training airfield. On 25 March 2013 it was announced that Church Fenton would close by the end of 2013 and By 19 December, all units had been relocated and the airfield was closed. Some equipment was be relocated to RAF Topcliffe and MoD security continued to secure the site until disposal. A NOTAM was issued suspending the air traffic zone at the end of 2013. In February 2015, the airfield was sold to a private enterprise and renamed 'Leeds East Airport'. Now divided into two, half of the site comprising of all the former military buildings is rapidly decaying and there are no plans to renovate it. The live side of the airfield is home to a private airport and a commercial flight training school. Pics:
  5. History: Not much to go by for the history as its really hard to find anything out but what I have found out is that it was built by Sheffield Corporation Water Board at the time they were constructing the nearby Underbank Reservoir which started in June 1890 and was completed in June 1903. Holme Cottage is located at the rear of the land with another building at the front which was probably a Forge or Metal Workshop. From what we gathered while in the place it was last occupied by an old man whose wife had died many years before upon his death there was no living relatives to claim the house or the belongings so it has just been left frozen in time. Pics:
  6. History: A derelict farmhouse that is currently owned by Leeds University (according to signs on the gate) complete with barns and lots of land. There isn't much documented history regarding the buildings and what they were actually used for (other than living in) and today they are partially hidden by the A1/A64 link road. Rumours are it was partially occupied upto being sold a few years ago and is now back on the market. Pics:
  7. History Walkley Clogs is a clog factory where the great British clog is manufactured in its entirety. The company was started by Frank Walkley in 1946. The main styles manufactured at that time were the Safety boot clog, Derby, Gibson and the Bar clog. With slipon styles being produced much later. In 1978 Frank Walkley bought out the famous Maude clog sole works in Hebden Bridge, a company that at its hey day had over 100 employees that turned nothing but clog soles! Walkey Clogs still uses the old machines for turning the wooden clog soles, and manufacturing the irons. The clog making skills used are those skills that have been passed down from generations of Walkley Clogs clog makers. Many of our older clog customers will remember Gordon and Nelson real lovely characters, and John who only recently retired a few years ago.. and not forgetting Arthur who up to 86 years of age still worked making the Walkley clogs for two days a week. Walkey Clogs is proud to keep the old traditional styles and over the years has manufactured many more styles that fit in with today’s markets. Most years Walkley Clogs are seen on the cat walks, and every year work with budding fashion designers who always have their own ideas on clog design. Today Walkley clogs manufactures a wide range of styles of clogs which include wooden sandals and slip-ons and various types of boots and shoes in a good selection of colours. The uppers used are mainly leather but also a non leather clog can be manufactured if required. The company also produces a lovely range of children’s clogs styles and supplies clog dance teams in the UK with dancing clogs. Walkley clogs produces 40 styles plus and offers to make up custom made clogs in any style and any colour.
  8. Haha yea I stuck my head through a hole in the front door to the main house and started hearing beeping, got straight back out when I heard it, but I heard from someone afterwards that the front door is apparently the only alarmed bit in the main house. I still went and finished getting pictures round the back after though and no-one turned up
  9. Hello everyone, just bobbing in to say hello, I are new here! Got a few explores done and many more to come. Would love to meet up with some local explorers at some point and get to know some of you lot, come say hi
  10. Had a quick look into these two while on a road trip last month. Both are a little worse for wear. The little Chef has been burnt to a crisp and the Car wash is just trashed. Pics: Car Wash: Little Chef:
  11. UK RAF Church Fenton - Tadcaster - Sep 2016

    No we didn't did 4 buildings but it was getting on a bit so we decided to leave for the day since we had a long drive back home.
  12. History: The building was commissioned to replace Sheffield's first town hall, which had opened in 1700 to a design by William Renny. This first structure stood by the parish church, on a site with little prospect for extension. The Old Town Hall was built in 1807–8 by Charles Watson, and was designed to house not only the Town Trustees but also thePetty and Quarter Sessions. The initial building was a five-bay structure fronting Castle Street, but it was extended in 1833 and again in 1866 by William Flockton (1804–1864) of Sheffield and his partner for the project, Abbott; the most prominent feature was the new central clock tower over a new main entrance that reoriented the building to Waingate. At the same time, the building's courtrooms were linked by underground passages to the neighbouring Sheffield Police Offices. The first Town Council was elected in 1843 and took over the lease of the Town Trustees' hall in 1866. The following year, the building was extensively renovated, with a clock tower designed by Flockton & Abbott being added. By the 1890s, the building had again become too small, and the current Sheffield Town Hall was built further south. The Old Town Hall was again extended in 1896–97, by the renamed Flockton, Gibbs & Flockton, and became Sheffield Crown Court and Sheffield High Court. In the 1990s, these courts moved to new premises, and since at least 1997 to present, the building remains disused. Pics:
  13. UK Holme Cottage - Midhopestones - Sep 2016

    Yea they were quite sad some were old photos from a wedding
  14. History: The old, Victorian, Pye Bank Board School building is still standing, though empty and disused, the school building is now Grade II listed. It stands in a prominent position on the hillside with great views across the city and there are plans to convert it into apartments. This old school building was designed by the architects Innocent and Brown and opened in 1875. In 2003 the school was moved to a new, purpose-built building on Andover Street. On 1st December, 1875 the new buildings were eventually opened by with a large golden key set with jewels in the presence of Sir John Brown and Viscount Sandon. The new school, “perched on a cliff like an eagle’s eyrie” was divided into three. The Infants’ department, and separate Boys and Girls junior departments each had their own headteacher and their own part of the school. As the area grew, fuelled by industrial development, so did the need for school places. In 1881 a new Junior Department was opened at the Pitsmoor National School. In 1883 two new wings were built on the north side of the main Pye Bank building, providing eight larger rooms, but the population growth continued to outstrip provision and the accommodation problems were not really overcome until 1930 when the Burngreave Secondary Schools opened. Pye Bank School now operated with Infants downstairs and the junior boys and girls upstairs. The two junior departments were amalgamated in 1936 as Pye Bank Junior Mixed School under one headteacher. The growth of the school was unstoppable. Even the Luftwaffe could not slow its progress, though it did its best. In December 1940 the school suffered severe bomb damage and was closed for five months whilst the roof was repaired. Many of the pupils were evacuated to Lincolnshire where they were accompanied and taught by some of their own teachers. After the war Sheffield continued to grow and the school became overcrowded once more. In the 1970s mobile classrooms took up much of the playground space. Of course, the old Church connections were long forgotten, but against this background Diocesan plans to re-position an education arm in the area emerged. The proposal, in 1969, to have a church school once more in Pitsmoor did not meet with universal approval. The new school was built on Andover Street, on the site of the former St Catherine’s Roman Catholic School. Thus, Church School education was established in Pitsmoor – although really, it was really being re-established from much earlier times. Pics:
  15. UK Firbeck Hall - Rotherham - Sep 2016

    Yea I heard about there been trip wires in the woods thankfully I didn't come across any. There was a few shotgun shells in the place though.
  16. History Gledhow Grove Mansion was built in the 1830's by John Clark and Chapel Allerton Hospital was built in its grounds. The hospital was founded in 1927, to care for war casualties from World War I. In 1953 the hospital was transferred to the Ministry of Health and developed as a general hospital. In 1975 when the new hospital was built, all but the mansion was demolished. Pics
  17. History The Hospital was founded in 1831 & by 1929 special feature available included Turkish, Russian & medicated baths & electro-medical department. The Infirmary was also approved for the treatment of Veneral Diseases The New Road Campus has been home to its various named College incarnations since the 1967 when the College paid £105,000 for the site. New buildings were opened in 1967 with the main block being opened in 1971. By 1978 they were 8,000 Students attending the college. The site which now consists of 10 linked buildings totaling 342,000 sq/ft over a 6.1 Acre site, which includes the original Grade 2 listed Hospital buildings, with its impressive original sandstone columns identical to those on the nearby Huddersfield Railway Station. With the statue of Edward the VII now looking over the car park. The College has recently moved into a new purpose build waterfront development for £70M which will welcome 20K Students. The old site has been purchased by Oldham based Wiggett Construction Company for an undisclosed sum Suggestions for the site include a Supermarket, a Care or Medical Centre, with the final potion un-allocated. The local Lidl has confirmed it will move to the new location from its local Castlegate site. The former hospital building has being used for psychological thriller Extremis, starring David O’Hara (Braveheart, The Departed, Luther), Isabelle Allen (Les Miserables), Neil Pearson (Drop the Dead Donkey); and 1980s singer Toyah Wilcox. Black Work,a drama starring acclaimed actress Sheridan Smith, was filmed last Autumn partly in the hospital and in the town and in other parts of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Pics
  18. Hello from Barnsley, s.yorks

    I did try the one in barnsley as I heard someone had made a huge hole in the side but when I got there it had been sealed up again so just took some pics of the outside.
  19. UK Loxley Congregational Chapel - July 2016

    Yea walked through the graveyard to get to it, such an overgrown mess could hardly tell it was a graveyard to begin with.

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