Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society Department Store, Woolwich
Out for a mornings Splore with Skeleton Key and Ninja Kitten and had a quick meet with UrbanX and Priority 7
The Woolwich Co-op is one of those places where you think to yourself "Should I bother setting my camera up?", it's absolutely trashed but there were still a few nice art deco features to be seen.
The impressive department store occupies a prominent place on Powis Street, Woolwich. Built in 1938 By the Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society in the art deco style.
The Royal Arsenal Co-op was founded by workers at the local royal arsenal in 1868, their principal aim was to provide reasonably priced food for local workers. The co-op developed and came to offer a range of services locally which included bookshops, chemists, undertakers, laundries, insurance and savings stamps clubs and a department store. The co-op was founded on on the democratic principals of one member one vote and paid a dividend to members.
An old painted type postcard
The store was to become a popular high street store for the next 50 years, selling clothing and housing a bank. The RACS experienced a period of decline in the 1980's and was eventually merged with the Co-operative Wholesale society, Who in turn became known in the Uk Simply as the Co-op.
The exact date of closure is unclear, but it seems to have been empty from the early 2000's. The building is popular locally but is currently under threat from the local council who have plans to demolish and re-develop the site.
Ornate Art Deco stairs led from level to level
Up and up until we finally hit the roof
On the 2nd floor we stumbled across the sad side of UE. From the front of the photo to the back was his worldly possessions. Bed, Dinner Table and Washing Line, the table showed an in date pork pie and a couple of other fresh bits. Time to go
By Space Invader
After a little technical hitch on plan a we decided what a better way to celebrate my 21st bday than a trip to the castle, a big to obscurity and fortknoxo for being t
tour guides ...
visited with obscurity ,fortknoxo and wevsky ...
a little history...
Hudson's Bastion is a large fortification on the eastern side of Dover Castle, one of several bastions and outworks on this side that provided firing bases and sally ports with a measure of expendability - soldiers could withdraw further into the castle if these were overcome by an enemy. The surface entrance to the Bastion has been sealed and access is via Hudson's Passage, a locked tunnel that leads from the castle grounds to the moat. Connected to this fortification are, as well as the Passage, Hudson's Gallery providing firing points across the North East Ditch, Hudson's Caponniere and Hudson's Shaft which linked the interior of the passage to a higher level of the Castle grounds...
on with the pics ...
Thanks for looking
By Dubbed Navigator
I've just seen a picture on the severalls hospital page that permission for nearly complete demolition has been applied for.... For August.
Please see the oblivion state Facebook page for the picture in the next few mins. It's easier for me to get it on there off the iPad.
The clearest bit of info yet that it's not in its terminal years or months, but weeks.
we all know how long it doesn't take demo crews once they get started.
Sounds like security has been beefed up as well.
If you haven't seen it, how's the time. Just be safe, now more than ever.
Was a bit gutted to arrive at the Father Hudson Society Complex yesterday to find demolition in full swing.
The smaller building at the back of St Edwards had already been cleared and the demolition of St Philomena was underway. St Joseph's had been cleared of anything left inside and it was all piled up outside.
The asbestos removal guys were in St Mary's and St Edwards and there were piles of scrap metal, wood and skips across the site. Nearly all the conifers have now been removed and either shredded or cut up into logs.
The reclamation guys had apparently already been in and removed anything of value.
After talking to the demo guys it seems that St Mary's, St Edwards, St Gerard's, St Joseph's, St Philomena's, the small office building and the two 1940's prefabs will all be gone in the next 3 weeks.
Managed to take a look round St Gerards when the demo guys went for lunch just to have one more last mooch before its demise.
The plan is to build houses on this site and a set of new administration offices for the Society. The rest of the site will be cleared in the next phase.
A sad sight to see it being torn down but probably for the best in a lot of people's eyes considering the child abuse that took place there.
On with the photos...
1. St Philomena - the plaque on the front of the building was saved.
2. Nearly Gone
3. Bathroom - taken in December 2013
4. Same bath yesterday...that's one way to remove it
5. Cast aside...
7. St Joesphs
8. Gravestones of the two priests that were originally buried in the grounds. The bodies were reported to have been exhumed and re-interred several years ago at the church down the road.
9. All the trees have been felled, shredded or cut into logs
10. St Edwards
11. The rear of St Edwards, the smaller accommodation building that ran in line with St Philomena's has already been demolition and the land completely cleared.
12. A quick visit to St Gerards, it's been stripped of anything worth saving including the two ceramic angel plaques above the doors
13. A final view of St Philomena and the enquiry office
14. One for Wevsky - I'm sure I read in another report that you had heard about this but hadn't seen it ?