Mineral Springs Bath House
The construction of the Mineral Springs Bath House began in 1907. This was in order to bring in more tourism and wealth into the area. The town it was built in was an excellent location to host a bath house, as it was well known for it's rich mineral water sources which was believed to have medicinal properties. During the start of the 20th century mineral baths were a very fashionable and popular leisure activity. It took 3 years to build, with the help of local residents and neighbouring villages. It was finally unveiled with a ceremony in 1911.
The materials which were used for the interior were designed in Vienna, France and Belgium and it was the most expensive healing bath in Bulgaria at that current time. Typical to most bath houses, it was separated into two sections, one for the men and another for the women. Both areas accommodated for it's visitors with a large circular pool, changing rooms and 10 bathtubs. The baths also provided central heating facilities, the main parts of the building were kept consistently at 15°C, the changing rooms at 28°C and the baths themselves were 32°C. The bath house was also equip with a clinic, admin offices and a large laundry room.
Sadly the Mineral Springs Baths eventually closed in 2001, due to the decline in interest and popularity along with the lack of investment by the local government.
As always, visited with @darbians on a long weekend trip to Bulgaria. We were both feeling pretty optimistic once we'd seen the grand looking exterior on arrival and fortunately the interior certainly lived up to our expectations.
If you've got this far, thanks for reading
Alright , wanted to do this for some time so when the chance came up i jumped to it ,visited with Chris x ...
Access is some what sketchy as i found out when we were leaving , a 7 foot fall from loose extraction pipes lol
soon brought me down to the ground .
This place has been signed over to developers so won't be around much longer , on with the pics
Cheers for looking Oldskool
This was an odd explore, from the front of the building it looked like a standard office block but the inside told a different story.
First off, some fairly standard looking CNC machines - but the further in we ventured the clearer it became. There was an entire production line left in situ for making alloy wheels!
Each stage of the build process had its own machining area and the wheels were transported from one area to the next on a huge conveyor system - everything from milling, shot blasting, heat treatment, lacquering and pressure testing. Many of the machines had lot numbers attached and it was my guess that it wouldn't be long before everything including an immaculate rack of machine tools were auctioned off.
We gradually made our way to the front of the building, where the only notable room was a small laboratory - still half equipped. An enjoyable explore and a good end to the day.
Visited with Jaff Fox and thanks to H for his info.
This sign, roughly translated means: food and drink are strictly prohibited in the lacquer plant.
OK, I said on the other thread I would add the older pics of B Block. I also have ones from admin the year before as well.
No point boring with history yada yada as it was on the last thread. Visited with DK and IO a couple of times.
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Where admin used to be
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Top of the Stairs
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Little Room with lovely Window
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The Dark Ward
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Looking out to A Block
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Festering mounds of Pigeon Shit
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The O2 Can
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One Last External
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This one has been long in the making and a good way to end 2017. I've been to the newer bit more times than I care to admit, however the older bit had alluded me for a long time. After multiple visits and too many fails to count we finally managed it with a bit of good timing and dash of good luck.
I'd heard that it isn't going to be too long till the place is getting flattened so it was a bit of a now or never explore.
"In 1899, Sutton Cottage Hospital officially opened its doors to the public. At the time, the hospital housed just six beds, and operated from two semi-detached cottages in Bushy Road, Sutton.
As the population of Sutton grew, so too did the hospital. In 1902, the hospital moved to a new site, which consisted of four small wards, an administrative block and contained a total of 12 beds. It was at this point that the hospital became known as Sutton Hospital.
In 1930, the hospital began the expansion process again, this time with a purpose-built clinic at the current site. In 1931, the new hospital was officially opened. When the National Health Service (NHS) was implemented in 1948, the hospital was incorporated into the St Helier group. The hospital continued to receive support from voluntary activity and charitable organisations.
By 1950, further beds for inpatients were desperately needed and two further wards were added. Late in 1957, a new outpatients and pharmacy was added to the complex. By now, people were beginning to live longer and the increasing number of elderly people requiring care was putting added pressure on the hospital. A new geriatric rehabilitation unit was opened in 1959.
In 1983, a district day surgery unit was opened, meaning that patients could be treated and discharged within the same day. During 1990, the hospital underwent further improvements, and a work began on building an orthopaedic surgery. Patients first arrived for treatment here in January 1991."
There were 3 blocks, Block A, B and C.
>Block A is filled with half the pigeon population of Sutton and is truly vile. I might eventually get round to
doing it properly, but its not an appealing one!
>Block B is well decayed, but still has a quite a few things left inside and isn't too disgusting. The best one
>Block C is very clean apart from a bit of graffiti but is empty and boring. We spent about 30 minutes in here
but the camera never came out the bag.
Block B is the only one worth doing really IMO.
Visited with Brewtal and Prettyvacant71. A morning adventure that went without too many hiccups.
We nipped into Block C first but quickly realised it wasn't very interested and elected to go to Block B instead as I'd heard it was the 'best' bit.
Its got some fantastic decay but isn't totally trashed or smashed up. It's got a some nice original features still remaining.
You could see where they had cleared some of the pigeon droppings using large sheets, but there was still enough in certain parts to warrant breaking out the dust mask for a less pleasant areas.
A nice explore and a good end to a busy year of exploring. Hopefully 2018 brings more great explores!