By TheBaronof Scotland
Very quick smash and grab splore as I had an hour to kill this PM.
The place was ravaged by fire at some point and not much is left, the tower was what i wanted but as you will see the staircase is long gone.
Splored with Scattergun, good catching up mate, nothing like a "can you be here 15 mins" phone call
This was from last April. I can't remember a huge amount about this location as myself and @Urbexbandoned had spent the weekend further south in Wales and we were working our way back up to this area before heading back home. There was a farmer bumming about in a tractor right across the road spreading his animal shite around the place, but from memory it was a nice easy and relaxed mooch. Out in the back garden area there was various abandoned cars and and a couple of old tractors, which were nice to look at, especially the old 3.3 litre Vauxhall Cresta.
History on this place is pretty vague unfortunately and all that i could find through extensive research (copied from Tracey's report @Urbexbandoned) is that "the former resident passed away some time ago and apparently her son couldn't bring himself to sell the house or sort it out so it has been left to decay naturally."
Bedpans are useful eh?
The Vauxhall Cresta 3.3 Litre Straight Six (Thanks to Hamtagger Senior for the vehicle ID )
That's it, thanks for taking the time to have a look and feedback always appreciated
I don't have much history on this place. I now that the former resident passed away some time ago and apparently her son couldn't bring himself to sell the house or sort it out so it has been left to decay naturally.
Visited with my better half @hamtagger , we had been meaning to visit this place for some time but with other places popping up we had decided to hit this on the way back from a weekend in Wales. Nicely situated this, set away from any prying eyes but then we noticed the tractor in the field opposite who had his eyes on us, Didn't give us any trouble and when his back was turned we quickly made our way in.
One thing I love about cottages and old houses is that when places are littered with articles like they are here it gives you a really nice picture to work with as to what the person was like that lived here. This place, aside from looking like it had been a little ransacked was no exception. There were momento's, photographs and personal belongings everywhere. The cars are as they have been Iv'e seen in previous reports and we even found some Insurance covernotes which matched some of the cars out back. Nice little touch. A lot of pics I have seen from here have been a bit samey so I wanted to focus on other bits I'd found.
I found it quite interesting how one side of the house was literally being held on by wallpaper, there were massive cracks running right down. Pushed it a little, it wobbled, I left it alone
Anyway, on with the pics
Cheers for lookin!
St. Peter’s Orphanage and School was established in 1900, following completion of the purpose-built premises. The building, which could accommodate 300 boys, was funded by the Catholic Church and run by the Sisters of the Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. The orphanage was later accredited for use as a school, in August 1901. For the next thirty five years or so, the school and orphanage continued to function as normal, until the onset of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, and the Second World War in the 1940s. As a result of war, and the rise of Fascism across Europe, St. Peter’s initially took in over 120 orphaned children from Spain; they were all from families that had been separated or completely torn apart. As conflict escalated, with the onset of WWII, all of the boys at St. Peter’s were transferred to St. Mary’s Home in Tudhoe. The Gainford site was then used, temporarily, to house evacuated inmates from St. Aiden’s Approved School in Widnes.
In the year following the transfer of inmates, St. Peter’s was accredited for use as an Approved School – a school intended to reform children who were guilty of an offence punishable by a prison sentence. However, the school only accepted up to 120 Roman Catholic boys, and they had to be below the age of 13 on the date of their admission. Once incarcerated, the school provided all inmates with training in building, horticulture and carpentry. The school continued to run until 1984. It closed due to financial pressures and was subsequently sold to a local consortium for £130,000. Throughout the latter half of the 1980s, up until the late-1990s, the building was used as a nursing home for the elderly.
After the home closed its doors, once again on account of financial difficulties, there was a rise in petty vandalism and arson attacks, especially inside the old gymnasium. The owners were forced to board up the premises and painted false windows on the boarding in order to create some degree of aesthetics. Since it closed, despite measures taken to preserve the structure, the Gainford building’s interior has deteriorated badly due to water ingress. Presently, two planning applications have been rejected; however, a third finally went through and is currently in progress. A housing development company intends to demolish half the site; a section that has been deemed unrepairable, and convert the rest into apartments.
Our Version of Events
The Gainford site is one some of us have explored before, many years ago, before we understood how a camera works and realised ‘urbex’ was a thing. Since that time, it’s been sealed pretty tight due to vandalism and several arson attacks in the gymnasium. After reading somewhere that the site will soon be gone, though, we decided to have one last visit and see what’s left.
As we pulled up outside, things didn’t look great at first. Half of the building had already been demolished, and the only parts left standing were the main building and some of the gymnasium area; the rest is now a pile of rubble. As for the remaining sections, it was immediately clear that the years have not been kind to this building. Inside the condition of the building didn’t improve either; almost everything is damp, rotten and mouldy – it’s a classic derp, but still quite photogenic. Thankfully, there was still a fair bit of ‘stuff’ lying around in many of the rooms too, so there was still a bit to see.
Everything continued as it normally does, until we were around halfway through the explore and we bumped into a band of curious lads who, having noticed the building while driving past, had randomly decided to pop in. After discovering them up on the second floor, hiding behind a large wooden panel, we quickly learned that they’d been convinced we were a couple of ghosties roaming around on the bottom floor. Apparently, our torch light produced an eerie aura, and, when they’d entered, they’d caught sight of two figures downstairs at the far end of the corridor. A couple of minutes were spent assuring them we were in fact real, and we explained that the real ghosts were still lurking downstairs instead. We must have been pretty convincing because they asked to join us as we explored the last few rooms upstairs – safety in numbers is the best policy when it comes to ghosts after all!
Upstairs, the floor is quite dangerous, and the carpet seems to be the most structurally stable part of the whole building. We spent a few minutes having a look around, but there wasn’t much up there. As for the lads, after poking their heads into a few rooms, they’d noticed an emergency fire escape and suddenly decided they’d had enough excitement for one day. They thanked us for coming upstairs with them, bid us a hasty farewell, and then bolted down the stairs to escape. That was the last we saw of them. We didn’t stay for much longer ourselves, since there wasn’t much more to see. We did visit the gymnasium very quickly on our way out, to see if it had changed much. As expected, though, it hadn’t. It’s a little bit more burnt and vandalised than last time, but it’s still standing.
Explored with LightSaber.