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...St Edwards Home For Boys... ...Coleshill... As I'm only working up the road, I thought I'd pop in and have a poke around for a couple of hours... I think everyone knows the history behind this one... It aint pretty!! Thank for lookin' in...
This is my first post but I have been on several explorations. The first few I didn't take pictures just went with born2misbehave. Took a like to the exploring and wanted to capture the experiences for myself. So with new camera in hand me and born2misbehave had a ride to coleshill to have a look around the Farther Hudson Society. The first building was Saint Edwards home for boys. So we popped in and had a good couple of hours exploring. We never made it into any of the other buildings due to the presence of the local priest. Maybe next time. History Father HudsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Society was founded by Father George Vincent Hudson. Father Hudson was born in 1873 at Kinsham in the parish of Bredon, Worcestershire. He studied for the priesthood at St. MaryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s College Oscott and was ordained in 1898. A week after his ordination he was sent to Coleshill as parish priest. Development of the Father HudsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Society Complex to the south of the centre of Coleshill began in 1905 when work began on St. EdwardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, a large boyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s home for Catholic children. The site expanded and developed until the 1940Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s and eventually included its own hospital, nursesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ home, cottage homes, offices, a church and several chapels and three convents for the nuns who worked on the site. Changes in patterns of social care meant that most of the residential buildings had become redundant by the 1980Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s and the hospital and school closed at the end of the 20th century. Many buildings are now empty and there are proposals to redevelop part of the site, which is in a Conservation Area. Apart from the Grade II listed church to the south and the former offices to the north, none of the buildings are considered to be of architectural significance. The present proposals include more demolition than a Development Brief adopted by the local authority in 2005 but the basic principles remain. For a variety of reasons it is not felt that the proposals will have a detrimental impact on the character of this slightly unusual Conservation Area.
I visited this place last year with my daughter whilst visiting relatives, entrance was comical, borrowed a search blaster as we weren't prepared, had a great time, This was still there last time I looked it's in Coleshill, Warwickshire. Enjoy the pics. The main entrance. The flooded boiler house. The kitchen. The hall This ornate work was all around the hall, fantastic. The obligatory radiator pic. One of the many corridors. Some fancy artwork. I now know that this is a training aid, but it scared the life out of me in the dark. Someone left there boots behind. Some of the toys etc and there were lots of books under the stage. Lovely wooden doors into the hall. These made me crack up. Peeling paint. It was a great day out with Miss CSI, well worth a visit if you are nearby.