Hardys and Hansons Brewery
Visited with @Urbexbandoned. After checking out some other potential new sites in the area that day and having no luck with those, we found ourselves near here and
decided to swing by and have a look. Was quite surprised to find that it still had quite a bit to be seen despite the fact that demolition seemed to be well under way, and a new housing development was slowly eating into another little piece of British brewing history rectangle monopoly house at a time.
The History (Stolen)
The Kimberley Brewery was established and operated by the brewer Hardys & Hansons, and has a heritage dating from 1832. It was, at the time of closure, the oldest independent brewery in Nottinghamshire. Samuel Robinson opened the first commercial brewery in Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, England, in a rented bake-house using water from the Alley Spring in what is now called Hardy Street. Stephen Hanson meanwhile built Hansons Limited on Brewery Street in 1847, also using water from the Alley Spring. William & Thomas Hardy were successful beer merchants from Heanor who bought Samuel Robinsons brewery in 1857.
The brewery complex which remains today is largely based on the buildings erected by the Hardy brothers in 1861 when they moved out of the old bake-house. In the same year, Stephen Hanson died and his business was carried on by his wife Mary and son Robert. There was much friendly rivalry between the two brewing companies who proceeded to buy pubs throughout the area to supply with their own ales.
Both breweries began to run short of water and so by mutual agreement the water from the local Holly Well spring was shared between them. Having been attracted by the supply of excellent brewing water from the Holly Well, both breweries thrived independently until 1930, when under increasing pressure from larger brewing companies, and from a lack of male successors to the Hardy's Brewery, the two companies combined.
In 2006, The Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Brewery and all of its public houses were sold in a multi-million pound deal to Greene King brewery, who decided to end the brewing tradition in Kimberley in "a cost effective move" and then sell the Kimberley site. They moved the distribution centre to Eastwood and the continued brewing of a limited number of their beers moved to the main Greene King site at Bury St Edmunds. In December 2010 the site was bought by the Leicester-based Alif Group ahead of an auction due to take place; paying more than the auction guide price of £1.25million, the brewery site having originally been valued at the time of the sale to Greene King at £5 -6 millions. Alif Group are a bathroom wholesaler so it is likely that the site will be used as a store for their products.
As always, thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
Careful kids don't crash the server rushing to check this report out, and don't go burning the location by all rushing out to have a pop for yourselves-as much as you wil probably want to once you see the amount of epic in this place. right i know we've all been waiting to catch a glimpse inside this place for a long time, one of the holy grails of exploring, yeah people have done the mail rail, yeah people have done burlington rar rar-old news , ladies and gentlemen i present to you.... hereford football ground, can i get hell yeahh!! Anyway enough of that, its a derpy football ground i drive past this place all the time and worked over the road building a few bits in the big new crap shopping complex. Basically they owed the powers that be about 50k in rent and legal fees for the ground, hence the reason for shutting down, this alongside the fact the ground had been condemned over health and safety issues, Not 100% sure but word round the campfire with the hereford lads at work is someone had themselves a mischief in the ground and sued the club, more campfire rumours are the guy that bought up the club is a property developer itching to get the green light to flatten the place, would make sense as it's an eyesore and its also over the road from the city's nice shiny new shopping complete, much like my local worcester ground it's only a matter of time really.
sure you've all been in a football ground before but i hadn't until i went here so lorra pics for a derpy lower league ground.
well you're gonna do it aren't ya
take it sleazy kids, thanks for looking
In 1880 the Canterbury Cricket and Athletics Sports Co Ltd. purchased 10 acres of land within an area known as the Lancaster Estate, for Â£2,841 (approximately Â£260 per acre). By 1905, however, the Canterbury Cricket Association became the sole owners of the grounds and remained so until 1911, when they once again became co-owners, this time with the Canterbury Rugby Union. Regardless, in 1919 parliament assumed control over the grounds and established the Victory Park Board to manage and undertake responsibility for its management. This change in ownership was principally a result of WW1 which left the club in severe financial difficulty, to such an extent that parts of the grounds were ploughed to farm potatoes in the hope that they would help raise funds to support the continued survival of the club. Nevertheless, under the management of the government the site was developed extensively over the subsequent years and the stands were constructed to hold a capacity of approximately 33,000. In 1995 an additional corporate stand was also constructed and fully completed. It wasn't until 1999 that the stadium moved from the Victory Park Board into the hands of JADE Stadium Limited, a company which was established to take over management of the facilities. Once again the stadium was developed further, increasing the overall capacity to roughly 38,500. The final redevelopments occurred in preparation for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, at a cost of $60 million, and the capacity was raised to 43,000. If the grounds had been fully completed it would have been the second largest stadium in New Zealand; second to Eden Park in Auckland. A final detail, for those wondering about the conflicting signs - indicative of a name entirely different to the 'Jade Stadium - in its final years, through sponsorship rights with AMI Insurance Limited, the facility briefly became known as AMI Stadium. Although it was primarily a rugby and cricket ground, over the years the stadium operated it has hosted a number of significant events ranging from various sporting events to a variety of concerts; Bon Jovi, Roger Walters, Meat Loaf, Tina Turner, U2, Dire Straits and Billy Joel, to name but a few. As the situation stands now, although the council had the stadium insured for $140 million, discussions are currently ongoing as the insurance company and engineers argue that the structure can be fully repaired and strengthened. The council suggest that it is uneconomical to fix the existing facility due to the extent of the damage in the land and surrounding stands.
Our Version of Events
And there we were, travelling through Christchurch, staring at the surroundings incredulously when we stumbled across AMI Stadium. Against the rest of the destruction this particular site stood superficially solid in its appearance, as something that should have been representative of a dominant symbol in a city aspiring to prosper. As we moved in for a closer look it was clear that the stadium had suffered a similar fate to the rest of the city, as the cracks within its frame suddenly became blatantly visible to the eye. Going along with the spontaneity of the moment we decided, contrary to the cameras and secca in the area, that we'd attempt to get into the stadium and absorb the magnificent views of the stands and former centre pitch. We were right in our decision to attempt it as the views and atmosphere inside the monolith were arresting. This is perhaps the only time I've sat in a stadium and taken in absolute silence, inciting a feeling that's a conflicting mix between fact and fantasy.
Explored with Nillskill.
1: The AMI Stadium from The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
2: Access way to the pitch
3: AMI Stadium sponsorship sign
4: The bush on the pitch
5: Pitch maintenance vehicle
6: Walkway outside of stands
7: Express food and drink
8: Door twenty-four
9: Top floor walkway
10: The AMI Stadium overview
11: One hell of a lot of seats
12: The stadium and beyond
13: A view inside the restroom
14: Up on the lighting scaffolding
15: Lighting walkway
16: Lighting ladder (to the top)
17: Capturing a whole stand
18: The way out
19: Stands A-G
20: Seating with old barrier
21: Old turnstiles
22: Emergency equipment
23: The AMI Stadium stands
24: The rear stand
25: McDonalds sponsorship sign
26: Outside view of AMI Stadium
The Hotel closed in January 2015 due to running at a loss and bad reviews. It has since been sold onto a retirement home developer. Not an amazing explore but the bathroom was cleaner then most peoples and even has running water and a flushing toilet!
Below is a few bits of information about the hotel:
Inside New Forest National Park and a 2-minute walk from bike rentals, this old-school hotel is in a sprawling Victorian-style building on 5 acres. It's a 3-minute walk from multiple shopping and dining options on High Street. This 3-star hotel is situated between Southampton and Bournemouth. The hotel has 59 individually decorated bedrooms, all en-suite, in a choice of standard or premier room.
Each room comes with a number of facilities to make guest's stay as comfortable as possible.