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    • By WildBoyz
      History

      Farringdon Hall Police Station was built in the 1960s and, at one time, it was the main station serving Sunderland West. However, in 2014, following a move by Northumbria Police to cut costs and reinvest money in front-line policing, the station was one of many in the north east earmarked for closure. Sections of the four-storey building were closed down in stages, until the last remaining officers were moved from the site at the end of 2015. Farringdon Hall is currently on the property market with an asking price of £400,000. The property description describes it as being a spacious building that provides ‘open plan and cellular accommodation including the old custody suite and cells’. An additional perk is that it offers two separate parking areas. Nonetheless, since becoming abandoned there has been little interest from potential buyers. The only thing the old station seems to be attracting is vandalism. Depending on how you look at it, then, it could be argued that the building is continuing to serve its original purpose as there are still a lot of local goons and yobs inside. 

      Our Version of Events

      Exploring Farringdon Hall was a last-minute idea after we happened to find ourselves in the land of the Smoggies. We were heading back after an afternoon of hunting for a car and, after spotting Krypton’s report on 28days, decided we might as well have a quick nosy inside. For the most part, we’d say the explore is OK. As Krypton has pointed out, there’s not much point in venturing upstairs. The only reason why you might spend twenty minutes visiting this place lies on the ground floor, and it’s called the custody suite. This is a medium-sized section of the police station that’s designed to process and detain people who have managed to find themselves on the wrong side of the law. In here you can find a reception area, a small medical room, a couple of interview rooms, a fingerprinting/photography room, several cells and a storage cupboard that would have contained documents and all the inmates’ belongings. 

      Once we’d checked out the custody suite, we made the mistake of making our way upstairs. Other than a couple of kitchens, virtually all the other rooms were completely stripped. It is perhaps worth taking the stairs all the way to the roof though. It’s always good to seek out the view from the top. 

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    • By Landie_Man
      Langwith Mill, Nether Langwith, Nottinghamshire – July 2017
       
      The 4th and final stop on Mookster and my July Northern Road Trip.  Nestled almost in a sort of Farm Yard in Nottinghamshire; next to a disused Restaurant (Goff's Restaurant); a rather odd place for an eatery in a very rural location.  Access did involve a bit of grazing field to get up to the mill. 
       
      The disused mill is a four storey Cotton Mill which was constructed in 1786.  The mill was originally sixteen windows wide, which would have made Langwith one of the largest mills in the district. Cotton spinning at Langwith Mill ceased around 1848 and the place was converted into a Corn Mill in 1886.  Langwith  was still operating after WWII. The Mill was built in limestone with a slate roof which is now holed and in poor condition. Langwith was powered by a large water wheel fed from a dam nearby which is now a meadow.
       
      The site is a curtilage building to the Grade II listed Langwith Mill House and a building of Local Interest in its own right.  The listing was applied in 1985 as the mill is a site of Local Historical Interest.
       
      It’s in pretty poor condition in places!
       
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    • By Landie_Man
      Bradfield Water Treatment Works, Lower Bradfield, South Yorkshire – July 2017
       
      Day two of Mookster and I’s Not particularly successful Northern Road Trip.  We rose stupidly early as usual and missed breakfast; it’s always way too late in the morning!!!    We parked my classic Volvo in the middle of the village and proceeded down to the Water Works, which looks rather prominent in the tiny, tiny rural village which feels incredibly secluded.  By now it was around 6:30am and there were dog walkers around all of whom were friendly and gave us an obligatory “Good Morning”.
       
      One particular chap who was very polite and wished us well wondered off, when he came back passed and we were scoping the joint, his body language changed instantly and he continued walking away.  They must get this a lot! Pretty trashed in here, but it had a few nice shots inside!
       
      Bradfield Water Works was built in 1913 for the filtering and treatment of water taken from the Dale Dike (the cause of the 1864 great flood of Sheffield); as well as the Agden reservoirs in the neighbouring Loxley Valley. The site was cutting edge technology back in its day and it even included the first telephone to be installed in Bradfield back in 1930 allegedly! By 1974, the Yorkshire Water Authority took over the Water Works, and then during the Thatcher Government a number of years later; the entire UK water industry was privatised with the Water Act of 1989. Eventually, the pumping house at Lower Bradfield was closed down in 1994 when a new pump house and Water Processing Plant was built elsewhere in the Loxley valley.
       
      It has been said that the locals believe the building attracts unwanted visitors and is a “constant eyesore” and a “morbid reminder of Lower Bradfields grim past.”  Which explains the looks we got!
       
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    • By Landie_Man
      E.P. Bray, Chisworth Dye Works, Glossop – July 2017
       
      So during a fairly unsuccessful road trip of a 20:4 fail ration on a huge 650 mile round trip, Northern Road Trip, Mookster and I arrived here.  Nestled next to a public footpath; access was pretty easy, and although stripped, I rather enjoyed this one.  Some lovely colours and decay going on inside.
       
      What I will say is; there are signs everywhere warning of Lead Chromate contamination inside from the production of coloured dyes.  It is absolutely everywhere! Lovely…..!  
       
      Built at the end of the 18th or in the early 19th centuries; Chisworth Works was as a cotton band manufactory.  During these times, the site was called “Higher Mill”. It appears that the original building was extended twice to the rear in its past, as there are noticable lines in the mortarwork and mismatches in the courses along the south-west elevation.
       
      It is thought that these extensions took place before 1857 because the building line remains the same on the maps until 1973. The site was used as a dyeing works by 1973; and there was a large T-shaped extension at the rear which looks to have been added in two stages.
      The only change a decade later,  was the construction of a square loading ramp at the front. The outline of the site today is the same as it was in 1984. E.P. Bray  began "winding-up" by 2006 and was dissolved/liquidised and the site shut down in September that year.
       
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    • By Landie_Man
      Holdings Country Pottery, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire – July 2017
       
      Another backlog lol!
       
      Back in July, Mookster and myself headed up north for a 650 mile round trip Road Trip with about two A4 pages of sites to do!  Very good news; however we only managed four out of about twenty due to loud alarms going off, places being sealed up tight, horrible undergrowth and pretty much every explore failing thing you can think of, such is life.  One thing is for certain, “you cant do em all!”
       
      Holding's Country Pottery was originally founded in 1842 by James Holding.  The original pottery was built a short distance away in Gaulkthorn, another outlying area of Oswaldtwistle.
       
      James Holding moved his business to Broadfield in 1860, and in 1900 his son Grimshaw Holding; set up the pottery on the present site where the derelict remains sit. From then till it’s closure; the pottery stayed here and the business was passed down from father to son until it's decline.
       
      Holdings was originally powered by a steam engine; sadly no longer in situ, but the line shafting is still present.
       
      There were magazines and brochures pointing to a late 1990s closure.  I am thinking around 1999-2000 at a guess.  
       
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