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  1. History This mortuary was nestled in the Northern Ireland countryside. It was small, quaint & perfect! A small chapel inside accompanied the mortuary. With no body fridges which was one of the first things I noticed I could only put that down to either it was a mortuary whereby bodies were not stored or given the history of Northern Ireland & tradition with death they were not needed as bodies are usually buried within 3 days. Possible that a body fridge could have been removed I guess but no signs that there was ever one there. The main thing I noticed which was pretty hard to miss was the perfectly kept porcelain table. Not only porcelain but a rotating one! I had the pleasure of visiting another in the north of the UK a couple of years ago & that in itself shows how hard to come by these are. Now anyone who knows me & my love for death/mortuaries/embalming etc will know this was like pure porn to me. When searching for new places, the unseen if you like.. to find a fresh one and one of this kind is infact a rareity. To be able to put together the history, including that of the slab is as interesting as visiting it The table was deep, very big lip on it. No drainage channels at all, just a nice recess around the perimeter which deepened leading to a drain at the far end. Then on the foot of the table was the word Twyfords, now I Still haven't got around to seeing 2 Twyfords porcelain tables at another uk mortuary and others which have long gone. Twyfords are known for their sanitary products, toilets, basins etc but they extended in to the mortuary field too. Cliff Vale potteries was built by TW Twyford in 1887. It was Cliff Vale where the slabs were fired in Stoke On trent. The word Twyfords would have been added with a 'flow blue' application..a deep cobalt blue inking. An underglaze pottery printed. The blue tends to flow in to the glaze giving off a blurred effect. This would have been done prior to firing the slab. The slab itself would have been fireclay, as would the belfast sink that you see in the same room. This firing recipe would have required particular firing conditions. Buff Coloured clay body with a bright white enamelled surface built to withstand strength and rough usage it was perfect for mortuary slabs. Lucky enough to find the porcelain slab and a Belfast sink with both wings intact was something of a find. The explore I explored with @hamtagger, we hadnt been out much lately due to family commitments and took the opportunity to put our research to good use while out there. Visiting family over there always gives us a good enough reason. I knew from looking at this place that it was what we thought, it was what was meant to be inside that was questionable. Having made a journey to Frenchay to discover that only the previous week the ceramic slab and all stainless ones had been removed I was holding not much hope. I tend not to get my hopes up nowadays, just take the rough with the smooth. But this... well.. we couldn't have hoped for more. It was somewhere I didn't want to leave, very atmospheric despite being quite sparse. Literally no vandalism or graffitti at all. Just how we like it. There were signs that someone had been in recently but they had respected it as we had. I would definitely go back here, even just to give the old girl a good old polish! On with the pics... 1 2 3 4 An old advert from Cliff Vale & Twyfords (I found this online) 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Thanks for looking
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    Good to see that you havent had the need to take up knitting lol! I would completely agree about the fabrics, they are very garish. I am a lover of fabrics but these are like someone has vomited the reject patterns of the 70's. The nicest thing I noticed was that enamel bath, some lovely cast feet it has on it but a shame it had been blocked in. Those piano's are nice too, shame about the state of them Thanks for sharing, interesting place
  3. Welcome back to the forum
  4. Some lovely pictures I like that corridor shot,
  5. What The_Raw said nice pics there mate hat stained glass is lovely
  6. Really like 6 & 16 nice to see something new, I love the old sanatorium's. This looks relatively small in comparison with some I've seen but designed similarly with a fascia of glass. Write up is sound as always
  7. Italy

    Wow! Thats beautiful! It's hard to focus on one thing at a time, the ceiling, ironwork, curves. It has it all
  8. Welcome to the forum and thanks for introducing yourself
  9. UK

    Really cool! Love that retro carpet
  10. UK

    Really nice shots! Colours are awesome!
  11. That's awesome! Like number 6, stands out for me. Sounds like a really fun trip, she's getting a tad rusty now. Still looks worth it though
  12. Italy

    That's pretty cool!
  13. That's nice mate and lovely that a bit sentimental too I'm loving that film shot and the staircase.
  14. UK

    I like the aerial shots, gives a nice view of the layout. Shame this place is in that state now but even so the clock tower remains pretty attractive
  15. Welcome to the forum, I commented on your post on Facebook Did you find anyone local who could go with you?


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