Visited with The Kwan on a rainy Saturday, some lovely bits left in the area and we missed quite a bit so theres always an excuse for a return visit.
The name Ratgoed derives from “Yr Allt Goed”, which means the steep, wooded hillside. Ratgoed mine was also sometimes known as “Alltgoed”. The Ratgoed slate workings lie at the head of what was originally called Cwm Ceiswyr but became known as Cwm Ratgoed because of the quarry. It lies north of Aberllefenni and northwest of Corris in, what is now, the Dyfi Forest.
The slate that was quarried at Ratgoed was the Narrow Vein. This runs from south of Tywyn, on the coast, to Dinas Mawddwy about 18 miles inland and follows the line of the Bala Fault. The Narrow Vein was worked along its length at places such as Bryneglwys near Abergynolwyn; Gaewern & Braich Goch at Corris, Foel Grochan at Aberllefenni and Minllyn at Dinas Mawddwy. The slate at Ratgoed dips at 70° to the southeast, the same as Foel Grochan.
Ratgoed was a relatively small working, it was worked from around 1840 until its closure in 1946.
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The small abandoned village called Polphail was built during the early 1970s to provide accommodation for up to 500 workers at a nearby oil platform construction yard in Portavadie. Unfortunately the yard was never completed and the village then lay dormant having never been occupied. The huge basin that was blasted out of the shore was dubbed ''The most expensive puddle in the world''.
There have been development plans brought to the table including demolishing the site for a new marina, however due this was abandoned due to bats roosting there.
The Winter Gardens is a Grade II* listed building in Morecambe, Lancashire. Designed by architects Mangnall and Littlewood, with Frank Matcham as a consulting architect, it was originally built as the Victoria Pavilion Theatre in 1897 and was an extension to the existing Winter Gardens complex, which has since been demolished. The theatre closed to the public in 1977 and was listed the same year. It is considered to be one of Morecambe's most significant features, and a campaign for its restoration has been ongoing since 1986.
photo by zero81
The Victoria Pavilion Theatre was built in 1897 as part of an existing complex. Dating from 1878, the original complex included seawater baths, bars and a ballroom. In the 1950s, the Winter Gardens were taken over by Moss Empires, however declining profits in the following decades led to its closure in 1977. Although the theatre building that remains today was listed the same year, the ballroom building was demolished in 1982.
In 2008, as part of an appraisal of the Morecambe Conservation Area, the Winter Gardens were listed as one of the area's most significant features, as the main example of the remnants of the resort’s nineteenth century entertainment buildings. In 2008, the Winter Gardens were featured on the tenth series of the ghost hunting show Most Haunted. They returned in October 2009, when the Winter Gardens was opened to the public as the live audience venue for the eight consecutive nights of the Most Haunted Live! broadcast.
Preservation and restoration
The Friends of the Winter Gardens were formed in 1986 to represent the interests of the building, and campaigned for its preservation and restoration. In 2006, the Friends formed a charitable trust company, The Morecambe Winter Gardens Preservation Trust (Ltd), to purchase the Winter Gardens. In 2009, Lancaster City Council applied for a grant from the government's Sea Change programme, which is intended to promote regeneration in coastal towns. The grant of £4m would have resulted in the trust receiving matching funding from the North West Development Agency (NSWDA), and allowed them to apply for a further £4.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This would have brought them close to the total needed to complete the refurbishment, however in November 2009 it was announced that their bid was unsuccessful.
Thanks to Blue for the organization..........
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Here's a little selection of some of the more random, less-obvious shots from 10 years of exploring asylums.
One shot each from most of the ones I've visited.
Thought I'd try and avoid the obvious shots a little.
(Nottinghamshire Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1930)
(West Lothian District Asylum, opened in 1906)
Main administration block
(2nd Bristol Borough Mental Hospital, opened in 1938)
(Charitable public asylum, opened in 1713)
(4th incarnation of "Bedlam" (founded in 1247), initially for private middle-class patients, opened in 1930)
Admin block staircase
(3rd Surrey County Asylum, opened in 1883)
(Leicestershire & Rutland County Asylum, opened in 1904)
(Swansea Borough Mental Hospital, opened in 1932)
South-eastern view of ward block and water tower
(aka Friern, 2nd Middlesex County Asylum, later 2nd London County Asylum, opened in 1851)
Admin block tower
(aka North Wales Asylum, opened in 1848)
View from ward block window towards admin block clock tower
(Three Counties Asylum (for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Huntingdonshire), opened in 1860)
South east view of main block
(Berkshire County Asylum, opened in 1870)
South-east view of main block
(Cambridgeshire & Ely County Asylum, opened in 1858)
Main elevation (admin block in centre)
(Glasgow District Asylum, opened in 1896)
View from dormitory window
(Bristol Borough Asylum, opened in 1861)
(West Ham Borough Asylum, opened in 1901)
Gallery with cell doors
(Middlesex County Asylum, later first London County Asylum, opened in 1831)
Main corridor in female wing
(Middlesex Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1934)
(Lanarkshire District Asylum, opened in 1895)
Jump-proof fire escape
(former Norwich Union Workhouse, converted into 2nd Norfolk County Mental Hospital, opened in 1927)
(East Sussex County Asylum, opened in 1903)
Corridor network (with random portable bathtub)
(Glamorganshire Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1930)
(3rd West Riding County Asylum, opened in 1888)
(8th London County Asylum, opened in 1902)
(Charitable Public Asylum, opened in 1820)
View from eastern wing
(Dunbartonshire Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1937)
Admin block coaching entrance
(Kent Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1936)
(Norfolk Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1930)
Discarded training material
(Nottingham Borough Asylum, opened in 1880)
(2nd West Riding County Asylum, opened in 1872)
(Middlesex County Asylum, opened in 1905)
Recreation hall (left) and ward block (right), with water tower in background
(Monmouthshire County Asylum, opened in 1851)
(Overspill annexe to North Wales Mental Hospital, opened in 1937)
(Kesteven County Asylum, opened in 1902)
(East Lothian & Peebles District Asylum, opened in 1874)
(East Ham & Southend-on-Sea Borough Mental Hospital, opened in 1937)
(2nd Essex County Asylum, opened in 1913)
Gallery with cell doors
(Norfolk County Asylum, opened in 1814)
(Connaught District Asylum, opened in 1833)
(Newport Borough Asylum, opened in 1906)
Window in day-room.
(Ipswich Borough Asylum, opened in 1870)
"Quiet room" in medium-secure annexe
(Northamptonshire County Asylum, opened in 1876)
Staircase in Superintendent's residence
(Joint Counties Asylum for Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire & Cardiganshire, opened 1865)
Observation room in annexe
(Northumberland County Asylum, opened in 1859)
(Lincolnshire County Asylum, opened in 1852)
Admin block main reception
(Gateshead Borough Asylum, opened in 1914)
(The City Of London Asylum, opened in 1866)
Strathmartin (aka Balvodan)
(Charitable Public Idiot Asylum, opened in 1855)
Eastern side of main building
(Montrose District Asylum, opened in 1858)
Congregation area outside recreation hall
(Joint Breconshire and Radnorshire County Asylum, aka Mid-Wales Asylum, opened in 1903)
View from ward window
(Leicester Borough Asylum, opened in 1869)
Main corridor in ward section of eastern block
(11th London County Asylum, opened in 1915 as Canadian War Hospital, reopened in 1923 as mental hospital)
Geriatric ward day room
(4th Lancashire County Asylum, opened in 1873)
Entrance into ward block from corridor network
I wanted to visit the building for more than two years, but I was never before in the area of this country. And I would probably not flew there this summer, if would not have been reports that the building is to be restored soon. Meanwhile, I doubt this message; but at least the rumor has had the consequence, finally to realize the visit.
Currently, the former casino can only be visited with permission. Even at night a guard was present.
The building was commissioned around 1900 and it was built between 1904-1910. Because maintaining was too expensive, the casino closed in 1990.
Allegedly, already in 2013 the EU has approved 10 million € for the renovation. If this is true, it is surprising that nothing has happened within the last three years. I asked the town council by email whether there are plans for a renovation in the near future, but I'm still waiting for an answer.