This place has intrigued me since I saw it about 4 or 5 years ago, but I had no idea it was derelict until about a year ago - from a distance it looks like it's still in use as it's not in that bad shape.
I'm not sure if this was a control tower of some sort, or merely an observation platform. It's next to folkestone harbour, and yellow pages dating would put it's closure at around 2003/4.
Unfortunitely I didn't get many photos - I was somewhat limited photography wise as we couldn't use torches being surrounded by glass in direct line of sight of the the harbour entrance, but I thought I'd stick them up anyway. We did venture into the lower levels of the tower, but I couldn't photograph anything down there - it was too dark - there wasn't much left to see anyway, kitchen, staff room and offices.
This is what it looks like on the outside
This is what it looks like at the top on the inside
And the view out of a couple of the very dirty windows at the top
Apologies for the photos, but I thought it was interesting enough to warrant a post.
These are my first pictures on OS, quite late as I seem to have been really busy lately!
This was good wander on a Bank Holiday weekend recently. This 22-storey building known as St George's House is being converted to flats after Swiss cereal peddlers Nestle moved out last September.
After going up all those stairs , this was the perfect spot to enjoy a cold beer. In hindsight, we should have brought a barbecue
...and now for the long way down...
The previously posh reception area has been turned into a base for the demo crew.
By TheBaronof Scotland
Day 1 of a very memorable trip, wanted to do this for so long and as such the opportunity arose a few weeks back to make it happen.
With it being very short notice, I went on my own and joined a public tour for 2 days, with 5 other folk, only 1 other person taking pictures !! time was limited in each location as we tried to cram in as many different locations as possible.
As such I only had approx 45 mins in here............. first of a few reports to follow of each place i thought worthy of a report
Visited this amazing grade one listed mansion with woopashoopaa and Tom let me just say what a great huge building this is with so many great features. Spend hours here just wondering around this place. The grounds and views are out of this world. With its own chapel in its vast grounds. And that is totally untouched. Complete with electricity the stained glass well these pics don't do the place justice. On with my history and pictures of the place....
Pitchford Hall was built in 1560-70 by William Ottley, the Sheriff of Shropshire. However, the Hall probably has a 14th or 15th century core within the current structure.
Originally, the hall was set in around 14 hectares of park and woodland. Attached to the hall is an orangery, which is also registered 'at risk' (Grade II listing).
The treehouse (perched in a large lime tree) at Pitchford Hall was built in the 17th century in the same style as the hall itself.
It may be the oldest oldest treehouse in the world, and even boasts an oak floor and gothic windows!
The estate also contains some good examples of Roman and Victorian baths.
Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council recently suggested designating Pitchford as a conservation Area, but the idea wasn't popular with locals.
Unlike other similar properties, the hall has always remained in private hands - in fact it remained in the same family for many generations.
However, in 1992, the then owners - financially hit by their responsibilities as Lloyds names - were forced to sell off the hall and for the first time in its history, the estate was split up.
Pitchford Hall and estate are now separately owned.
The condition of the hall is classified by English Heritage as 'fair'.
Extensive work was done on the hall in the 19th century. Despite now lying vacant, ongoing work has improved the condition of the roof in particular. Additional work is required to some timber in the East wing and around window frames.
Pitchford has also attracted a fair number of celebrities. In 1832, a few years before her coronation, the young Queen Victoria visited the hall with her mother. In her diary, the princess describes the hall as a large "cottage"!
Meanwhile, in 1935, the hall also received the Duke of York and his wife - later to become George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother).
It is claimed that Prince Rupert sought refuge in the hall's priest hole after the siege of Shrewsbury, while some of his troops hid in the subterranean tunnel on the estate.
Pitchford Hall is also reputed to be home to a number of ghosts, including an unknown cavalier and the late owner, Robin Grant.
The beatyful chapel..