By chris banks
I have found a location close to me in West Yorkshire that has been covered before, the site is nearly completely destroyed but the main barn and some of the out buildings still exist.
I enjoyed looking around the site and turning it into a cinematic style video (i hope i aren't hated for it, my last video i posted on here went down well).
Let me know what you think of the video.
The Station Hotel is a grand Victorian building situated in the heart of Ayr town centre. The hotel consists of 71 bedrooms, complete with en-suite bathrooms, plus a host of suits for functions and a cocktail lounge.
The hotel, which is attached to Ayr railway station, was originally opened by the Glasgow and South Western Railway in June 1866 and become part of the British Transport Hotels (BTH) at Nationalisation. It was sold by BTH in October 1951 and has changed ownership a number of times, having been owned by Stakis Hotels, Quality, and Swallow Hotels.
The Station Hotel is currently the oldest and most famous hotel in Ayr. The hotel has retained almost all of its original features inside and out. The hotel started to turn away customers in 2014 and closed around 2015. After suffering neglect for some time beforehand, the building is now deteriorating; the railway station have had to take action to safeguard their customers from falling debris.
The car park is fenced off due to parts of the exterior falling off
Entrance and staircase
Lift and staircase on the first floor
Into the cocktail lounge....
The corridor leading to the next parts was suffering decay due to leaks in the roof
The Arran Suite...
The restaurant's kitchen
Other public spaces around the hotel...
The Kyle Suite bar area
The Carrick Room
The Kintyre Suite
And finally, the hotel rooms...
View of the decaying rear facade overlooking the railway station
The Jordanhill Campus is an historic estate within the boundaries of Jordanhill in Glasgow, Scotland. The buildings have stood empty since 2012, until which time it served as the Faculty of Education of the University of Strathclyde.
Sometimes you just can't understand why no one else has posted a report. This is one of those places!
Initially @The Amateur Wanderer and I had a look around the place during our Christmas trip to Scotland, and then I returned a short while later with @SpiderMonkey. We only looked around one building, the David Stow Building which is the main attraction, the original and oldest part of the site. There is also a huge 1960s concrete extension behind, but the sooner that gets pulled down the better - we didn't bother with it!
The buildings date back to 1837 when former merchant and educational pioneer David Stow opened the Dundas Vale Normal Seminary, Europe’s first purpose-built training institution for teachers. Some remnants of the old seminary still remain today – rooms with rows of sinks which were more recently used as storage, and wooden lockers can still be found.
In 1913 the Glasgow Corporation agreed a deal to buy the estate, and build both a teacher training college and the associated Jordanhill School on the site. A new building was planned to provide teacher training. With the new school completed in 1920 and the college in 1921, the now Grade B listed David Stow Building facilitated all teacher training provided under the unified University of Glasgow. Centrally funded and with no ties with churches, the college was largely non-residential and its range of work was wider.
A shortage of teachers throughout Britain in the late 1950s lead to large scale expansion at Jordanhill. Construction of a new purpose-built facility commenced in 1961, replacing a much older manor house on the site.
In 1993, the college was required to merge with a higher education facility. The University of Strathclyde approached the college, and an agreement between both institutions was reached. In 1993 Jordanhill College became the Faculty of Education of the University of Strathclyde.
With better use of facilities, and an ageing campus at Jordanhill which was highly protected by preservation orders, in 2010 the decision was made to close Jordanhill campus and move the Faculty all courses to its John Anderson Campus. 2011-12 was the last academic year held at the Jordanhill Campus before the move took place.
David Stow Building - Entrance Hall
Francis Tombs Hall
Staircases and Corridors
Teaching rooms and facilities
There were a few areas around the building that hadn’t been refurbished and contained relics from older uses...
Here's a little selection of some of the more random, less-obvious shots from 10 years of exploring asylums.
One shot each from most of the ones I've visited.
Thought I'd try and avoid the obvious shots a little.
(Nottinghamshire Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1930)
(West Lothian District Asylum, opened in 1906)
Main administration block
(2nd Bristol Borough Mental Hospital, opened in 1938)
(Charitable public asylum, opened in 1713)
(4th incarnation of "Bedlam" (founded in 1247), initially for private middle-class patients, opened in 1930)
Admin block staircase
(3rd Surrey County Asylum, opened in 1883)
(Leicestershire & Rutland County Asylum, opened in 1904)
(Swansea Borough Mental Hospital, opened in 1932)
South-eastern view of ward block and water tower
(aka Friern, 2nd Middlesex County Asylum, later 2nd London County Asylum, opened in 1851)
Admin block tower
(aka North Wales Asylum, opened in 1848)
View from ward block window towards admin block clock tower
(Three Counties Asylum (for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Huntingdonshire), opened in 1860)
South east view of main block
(Berkshire County Asylum, opened in 1870)
South-east view of main block
(Cambridgeshire & Ely County Asylum, opened in 1858)
Main elevation (admin block in centre)
(Glasgow District Asylum, opened in 1896)
View from dormitory window
(Bristol Borough Asylum, opened in 1861)
(West Ham Borough Asylum, opened in 1901)
Gallery with cell doors
(Middlesex County Asylum, later first London County Asylum, opened in 1831)
Main corridor in female wing
(Middlesex Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1934)
(Lanarkshire District Asylum, opened in 1895)
Jump-proof fire escape
(former Norwich Union Workhouse, converted into 2nd Norfolk County Mental Hospital, opened in 1927)
(East Sussex County Asylum, opened in 1903)
Corridor network (with random portable bathtub)
(Glamorganshire Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1930)
(3rd West Riding County Asylum, opened in 1888)
(8th London County Asylum, opened in 1902)
(Charitable Public Asylum, opened in 1820)
View from eastern wing
(Dunbartonshire Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1937)
Admin block coaching entrance
(Kent Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1936)
(Norfolk Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1930)
Discarded training material
(Nottingham Borough Asylum, opened in 1880)
(2nd West Riding County Asylum, opened in 1872)
(Middlesex County Asylum, opened in 1905)
Recreation hall (left) and ward block (right), with water tower in background
(Monmouthshire County Asylum, opened in 1851)
(Overspill annexe to North Wales Mental Hospital, opened in 1937)
(Kesteven County Asylum, opened in 1902)
(East Lothian & Peebles District Asylum, opened in 1874)
(East Ham & Southend-on-Sea Borough Mental Hospital, opened in 1937)
(2nd Essex County Asylum, opened in 1913)
Gallery with cell doors
(Norfolk County Asylum, opened in 1814)
(Connaught District Asylum, opened in 1833)
(Newport Borough Asylum, opened in 1906)
Window in day-room.
(Ipswich Borough Asylum, opened in 1870)
"Quiet room" in medium-secure annexe
(Northamptonshire County Asylum, opened in 1876)
Staircase in Superintendent's residence
(Joint Counties Asylum for Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire & Cardiganshire, opened 1865)
Observation room in annexe
(Northumberland County Asylum, opened in 1859)
(Lincolnshire County Asylum, opened in 1852)
Admin block main reception
(Gateshead Borough Asylum, opened in 1914)
(The City Of London Asylum, opened in 1866)
Strathmartin (aka Balvodan)
(Charitable Public Idiot Asylum, opened in 1855)
Eastern side of main building
(Montrose District Asylum, opened in 1858)
Congregation area outside recreation hall
(Joint Breconshire and Radnorshire County Asylum, aka Mid-Wales Asylum, opened in 1903)
View from ward window
(Leicester Borough Asylum, opened in 1869)
Main corridor in ward section of eastern block
(11th London County Asylum, opened in 1915 as Canadian War Hospital, reopened in 1923 as mental hospital)
Geriatric ward day room
(4th Lancashire County Asylum, opened in 1873)
Entrance into ward block from corridor network
Splored with UrbanX, Skeleton Key, Tog, Mrs Trog, Chieftan and Beer Switch
This is a vast semi live site, the research shows that it has around 12 radio telescopes (7 decommisioned and 5 in use) this is only one of them.
Its called the One Mile Telescope and is made up of several moveable dishes, one of which runs down a track, driven by a train like affair on the dish's platform
We only touched on a small part of the site today, definitley in need of a re-visit to mooch the rest
The Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory (MRAO) is home to a number of large radio telescopes.
Radio interferometry started in the mid-1940s on the outskirts of Cambridge, but with funding from the Science Research Council and a donation of £100,000 from Mullard Limited, construction of the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory commenced.
The observatory was founded under Martin Ryle of the Radio-Astronomy Group of the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge and was opened by Sir Edward Victor Appleton on 25 July 1957
One Mile Telescope
The One-Mile Telescope at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory (MRAO) is an array of radio telescopes, fully steerable 60-ft-diameter parabolic reflectors operating simultaneously at 1407 MHz and 408 MHz) designed to perform aperture synthesis interferometry, completed by the Radio Astronomy Group of Cambridge University in 1964 "To extend the range of our observations far back in time to the earliest days of the Universe"
These are the trains that move the middle telescope along the rail
SK fancied a climb
Time to go home, it had been a very long day