By KM Punk
Explored with The Stig, The Wombat and a non-member
A parliamentary report of 1777 recorded a parish workhouse in operation in 'Melton Mobray' with accommodation for up to 40 inmates. In 1835, the workhouse was in the town on Back Street, neither the building nor the street exist today.
Melton Mowbray Poor Law Union was officially brought into existence on 26th March 1836. Its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, with 56 members, representing the 54 constituent parishes. Three parishes were later added - Bescaby (1858), Shoby (1858) and Sysonby with Eye Kettleby (1894).
The population falling within the Union at the 1831 census had been 17,872 with parishes ranging in size from Brooksby (population 10) to Melton Mowbray itself (3,356). The average annual poor-rate expenditure for the period 1833-5 had been Â£9,433 or 10s.7d. per head of the population. A new Union workhouse was built in 1836 on the east side of Thorpe Road in Melton Mowbray. Designed by Charles Dyer, with him adopting an elongated H-plan layout, rather than one of radial layouts more popular at the time. When it was built, it cost Â£6000 and was designed to house three hundred people. According to White's trade directory of 1846, it rarely housed more than half of that number at that time. The total expenditure of the 54 parishes during the tree years prior to 1836 was Â£9433. The expenditure of the Union in 1838 was Â£5793, in 1840 it was Â£4895-9s. and in 1845, Â£1172-19-9d.
The staff, in 1846 was headed by the master and matron, Mr Joseph and Mrs Jane Bell and there was a chaplain, Rev. G. Oakley.
An infirmary designed by RW Johnson was added to the east of the workhouse around 1869-70. At the centre were a surgery. kitchen, and nurse's quarters. Male and female patients had separate entrance, situated to each side.
History of Vagrancy Law
The first major vagrancy law was passed in 1349 to increase the workforce following the Black Death by making "idleness" (unemployment) an offence. By the 1500s the statutes were mainly used as a means of controlling criminals. In 16th and 17th century England, a vagrant was a person who could work but preferred not to (or could not find employment, so took to the road in order to do so), or one who begs for a living. Vagrancy was illegal, punishable by branding, whipping, conscription into the military, or at times penal transportation to penal colonies. Vagrants were different from impotent poor, who were unable to support themselves because of advanced age or sickness. However, the English laws usually did not distinguish between the impotent poor and the criminals, so both received the same harsh punishments.
In 1824, earlier vagrancy laws were consolidated in the Vagrancy Act 1824 (UK) whose main aim was removing undesirables from public view. The act assumed that homelessness was due to idleness and thus deliberate, and made it a criminal offence to engage in behaviours associated with extreme poverty. The Poor Law was the system for the provision of social security in operation in England and Wales from the 16th century until the establishment of the Welfare State in the 20th century.
This was a nice easy explore to complete another eventful weekend with Mr and Mrs Stig. No major drama until I wandered round the front to take another look at the morgue and bumped into a couple of coppers outside the main part of the hospital. Just thankful they believed me when I asked for directions to the Maturnity Unit so I could go and see my sister who had given birth the night before. Great to explore with these three again
Cheers for Looking
First visited at the beginning of the year with a few of the locals. Then a recent revisit with AndyK!, Miz Firestorm and Kriegaffe9.
Designed by Julius Bradley and opened in 1935 to replace a Victorian Post Office close-by on Granby Street. It also acted as a sorting office for City Centre and Central suburbs. It closed in 2007 with most services going to WHS on Granby Street and parcel collection going to an office on Campbell Street. In 2012 City Council purchased the property with the plan to use it as Customer Service Centre, to replace the offices on Wleford Road, but this idea has fallen flat on itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s face. It is now up for sale on a lowered price with the Council reeling over a Ã‚Â£30k a year cost of keeping the building. In May 2013 there was talk of student accommodation, which appears to have also fallen through.
Heads up, rather pic heavy
By Matt Inked
From the outside (And pretty much inside too) this is the most undesirable place I have explored. The factory is trashed, full of Asbestos, radiation and grafitti. But it was easy to do and it ticks another place off the list.
Visited with Hamtagger, Session9 and Catbalou
In a small town outside of Leicester lies a little known secret, the factory that developed the jet engine.
Whetstone was the site of Frank Whittle‘s factory, where jet engines were developed. Babcock Services, ITP Engines Ltd and Converteam now occupy the site, with smaller companies renting space (mainly for storing commercial vehicles). Until 2002 the site still sounded an air raid siren at 8am to wake up workers.
The site of the Whittle factory became the English Electric Company (Later GEC) a significant part of several Nuclear power stations were made there in the 1960s and 70s. English Electric was one of the largest Engineering Companies in the Leicester area, employing thousands of workers and training hundreds of apprentices each year. At one point more than 4,000 workers had to be shipped in from Middlesex to help labour shortages and many settled permanently causing a boom in the late 60s.
The computer performance measurement called the “Whetstone” was developed by English Electric at the factory and takes its name from the town
On with the pictures
This was quite off-putting
A car wheel, casually sitting in a chair
I have no idea where these lead to, just that it was flooded. And I didn't fancy getting wet.
Someone clearly needed some new light bulbs
This must have taken a while to do
Just a stapler
This worker had a softcore porn cupboard door. Horny bastard
In Case Of Fire "Shove Fire Hose In Window"
I'm guessing this guy was pretty "Norty" in School, he seemed to have failed his English tests.
Not the trongest of floors, I could feel it dipping beneath my feet.
A crane from the 80's
Some boring stairs with no bannister
Thanks for taking time to read my report. This factory was pretty boring, every room looked the same but the history behind it is interesting.