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  1. History In 1781 the town of Montrose was unique among Scottish towns and cities in being the first to have an asylum for the insane. The Montrose Lunatic Asylum, Infirmary and Dispensary was completed after the institution of a subscription by local woman Mrs Susan Carnegie of Charleton, following concerns about "mad people being kept in a prison in the middle of the street". It was described as "a house and garden in the links of Montrose". It occupied the site now bounded by Barrack Road, Ferry Road and Garrison Road, approximately where the Marine Hotel and the Fire Station now stand. During these years, the main preoccupation of the managers was the considerable overcrowding in the Asylum, which among other things, made containing the not infrequent outbreaks of such diseases as cholera and smallpox very difficult. By 1853, the number of residents passed the 200 mark. As before, various additions and alterations were made to the buildings, but at one stage, even the Medical Superintendent's house on its completion was pressed into service as patient accommodation before the Superintendent could move in! Thus, inevitably, a committee was appointed in 1855 to look into the question of acquiring a site for a new Asylum, and finally decided on the lands of the farm of Sunnyside, outside the town. In 1858, Dr. James Howden was appointed Superintendent and was to remain in this post for the next 40 years. The first patients were received in the new Asylum during that year, and within two years, "the greater part of the patients were moved" to it. Inevitably, with the increased availability of accommodation, the stringent requirements for admission exercised at the old Asylum were relaxed, and in a single year (1860) the numbers rose by 30% to 373. Carnegie house, for private patients opened in 1899. A brochure describing its attractions and a brief history of the Hospital was commissioned by the Managers to mark the occasion, and was written by Mr. James Ross. A copy can be seen in Montrose Public Library. Ravenswood was now given up, but Carnegie House did not solve the continuing problems of overcrowding. Numbers reached 670 by 1900, and two "detached villas" were built in quick succession, Howden Villa being completed in 1901 and Northesk Villa in 1904. With the crisis in Europe in 1938, arrangements were made for gas proofing and sandbagging basement windows. One hundred yards of trench, 6 feet deep were dug in the field opposite the main gate. A.R.P. training was started, fire fighting appartus was overhauled, and gas masks issued. All this effort was not wasted. On the 2nd of October, 1940, five high explosive bombs fell on the Hospital. One missed the Main Building by 12 feet, breaking glass, but causing no casualties. Another hit the kitchen area of Northesk Villa, injuring two nurses. One of them, Nurse Reid, although injured herself, managed to attend to her colleague, Nurse Simpson, and then "proceeded to comfort and calm her patients". Her devotion to duty was such that Nurse Reid was recommended for a decoration, and was awarded the George Medal, the first in Scotland. As in the previous war, patients were evacuated from other Hospitals which were required by the War Office, and Montrose had once again to accommodate as many as 220 additional patients and their staff from Stirling. At a later stage, patients from Aberdeen were also accommodated, due to bomb damage at Aberdeen Asylum. The number of resident patients thus topped one thousand for the first and only time, (1052 on 12th June, 1940). Over the 30 year period from post-war to the bi-centenary, it would not be too much of an exaggeration to say that the hospital had changed as much as it did in the previous hundred. Television was introduced in time for the Coronation in 1953, and most wards had a set by 1957. Complete modernisation of most wards was carried out during the 50's and 60's, which transformed especially the Main Building wards. Open fires gave way to radiators and many side rooms were heated for the first time. The site officially closed in 2011. The explore Yet another site long overdue, so with a few clear days it was time to make the long journey north. After a few years of average asylums, Sunnyside was a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon with the North Sea winds at ease! With soil samples being taken in the grounds, hopefully the site has a future; which wont be helped by a group of kids i encountered later in the day. I cringe at the thought that one fire could bring 230 years of history to an end... 1. 2. Waiting for the tourist bus... 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Doctor's changing room. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14, 15. 16, 17. 18, 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. One from the modern(ish) villa, probably 1930's built. 24. Basement view of the main building with day room and 'cells' beyond, long used for storage. 25. 26. Infirmary. 27. Interesting club house with maintenance shed attached. Note the tree timbers supporting the porch. Thanks for looking folks!
  2. Many thanks T, certainly worth while and a very pleasant way to spend a summers evening.
  3. Thanks guys for your kind words, much appreciated 😀😀
  4. Lovely set there T You sure do have a steady hand with your camera, my shots would look like I've been underwater dancing to Happy Mondays without a legged friend
  5. Lovely set of snaps T, from a fantastic day of mooching Goes to show how invaluable it is to know what sounds your fellow moochers make when they use the little room
  6. Still there... A few more machines and seats have migrated to the basement through the soggy floor.
  7. WOLVERTON WORKS - SEPTEMBER 2015 I cannot keep away from Wolverton and recently i clocked up my tenth visit since May 2014. To celebrate the occasion i got rather wet, but nothing could ever dampen my love of this classic train derp. Wolverton railway works was established in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire by the London and Birmingham Railway Company in 1838 at the midpoint of the 112 miles (180 km)-long route from London to Birmingham. The line was developed by Robert Stephenson following the great success of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway line. The Victorian era new towns of Wolverton and New Bradwell were built to house the workers and service the works. The older towns of Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell grew substantially too, being joined to it by a tramway and branch line (known as the "Newport Nobby"), respectively. The trams were also hauled by steam locomotives: the tram cars were certainly the largest ever in the UK and possibly the world. In modern times Wolverton railway works remains notable as the home of the British Royal Train but otherwise is very much reduced from its heyday. As of 2013, the facility is much reduced: a full-scale train maintenance, repairs and refurbishment works is operated at the western end of the site, the central area is derelict but slated for redevelopment, the eastern end is a Tesco store with canal-side housing development at the extreme eastern end. With the inevitable bouts of uncontrollable laughter brought about by the latest voyage subsiding, it was time to steady my machine for a few snaps. The tune 'Welcome to the jungle, it gets worse here everyday...' springs to mind: 1. 2. 3. 4. At this point i would like to say i have attempted to omit in my report the scrawls of pathetic graffiti tags, smashed windows, destroyed signs and train doors. All this damage has occurred in the last two months. A wanky 'tag' has even appeared on the long training school sign. This place stood untouched for decades slowly finding its way back to mother nature and now it is at the mercy of the local low life. 5. 6. 7. 8. This machine was still located on floor one back in May. Perhaps some of the local low life are underneath it . 9. Passage to the Foremans Office is getting to be a bit of a challenge . 10. 11. 12. A life time of ridicule. Spelling your name slightly differently will not help . 13. A first aid box would be useful here. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. That's all folks, hope you enjoyed
  8. Looking really good this one. Love that hall
  9. Love the misty shots and the full length window reflection, top work
  10. Few could fail to have been moved by the horrific images of the 1984-5 miners strike. A conflict that history has claimed as the most violent British industrial dispute of the twentieth century. It was also a turning point for the industry's rapid decline. A few days before Christmas 2015, Kellingley became the last pit to close. Whilst the argument of our energy needs versus cost, versus politics will rage on for ever only one thing is certain; a whole way of life has disappeared with their communities; ex mining towns that sadly rarely recover. History here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kellingley_Colliery It is not often that we come to the last of an industry and with the demolition (started in August), I wanted to cover Kellingley well, visiting four times and at various times with Dweeb, The Amateur Wanderer, The Lone Shadow and a non member. 1. No.1 Koepe and Heapstead. The high level walkway can be seen behind leading to the upper floor lamp room and baths. 2. View from the No.2 Koepe and Heapstead looking towards the cavernous Coal Preparation Plant. The two conveyors, bottom centre, shedding a little daylight on the black stuff that has been underground for just a few million years. 3. Coal Preparation Plant. 4. 5. 6. 7. Coal Prep Workshops. 8. One could get lost in those conveyors, and we did! 9. No.1 Koepe/Winding tower's bottom deck cages for conveying materials underground. 10. Control room. 11. Walkway to the man riding cages. 12. 13. 14. The contents of a self rescuer can be seen on the floor. 15. 16. Well equipped surgery. 17. 18. 19. Snug area in the canteen, complete with the obligatory safety posters. 20. Neat offices (minus the door). 21. Fitting and welding shop. 22. 23. Fan house. 24. 25. An 'investment opportunity' awaits in one of the overcapped lagoons. 26. Finally, a sobering thought: In 1984 there were 173 pits and over 200,000 employees. Today, there are less than 100 active NUM members. Rest in peace, king coal.
  11. Wow, that's really nice.... Nice set of pics too
  12. Real quality mate. I don't think I will ever get my head around the total collapse of the deep coal industry
  13. Well, I must have missed the APT at the open day...it's at Crewe now, next to the WCML. Have to disagree on the MK1 coaches, I rather like them, but I understand it must be a totally different cup of tea to try and fix the things up! I think you could have made a great vessel with all those quality hardwoods at hand - sadly those crafts have largely gone forever....
  14. I can well imagine a hand built Wolverton Works vessel would be the business! Thanks for the link mate, fascinating archive, particularly those Eastern Region EMU's 302, 309's etc - magic. What was the APT doing there? I remember the 1988 open day, a new 90 and lifting demonstration's with a MK1. I walked of course that day, into I think, the empty shops where Tesco now stands.
  15. Very much second that, information like that is invaluable. It's a fascinating site, ten visits now, talking of which, I need to invest in another vessel
  16. Good snaps and interesting write up, first class there bud
  17. THORESBY COLLIERY - APRIL 2016 History Thoresby colliery opened in 1925. The first two shafts in 1925 were sunk to 690 metres (2,260 ft). The shafts were deepened by 109 metres (358 ft) in the 1950s. After privatization of the National Coal Board in the 1990s the mine was taken over by RJB Mining (later UK Coal as UK Coal Thoresby Ltd). Coal seams worked by or available to the pit included the Parkgate seam (from 1977 after closure of Ollerton Colliery); the Deep Soft seam; and the High Hazels seam (working ceased 1983). At one time the pit produced up to 100,000 tonnes in a week, making profits of £50m a year, but by April 2014 it was announced that the pit would close in July 2015. The colliery's 600 employees had been reduced to 360 by the time of the closure in July 2015. Following this announcement, the government offered a loan of £10m to carry out the manager closure. The reasons for closure were blamed on falling coal prices and a fire at Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire. The explore Mooching aside, the other unexpected bonus of the day was my feet being treated to Thoresby's finest 'mud'. What should have been a quick sprint from the relative safety of a conveyor to the Coal Preparation Plant became a quick sink into the black stuff. In a wide open position with a scattering of dog prints around me, this was clearly not a position to remain in! Stuck fast, it was a time to improvise with a rake, a bit of conveyor belt and of course the inevitable hilarity of the situation. After a good fifteen minutes i was on the road again and i swear the 'mud' has done my hard skin the world of good.. Our final destination was the rapid loading bunker, but after spotting a coat and hat near the fence, it was time to head home anyway, after a very enjoyable six hour mooch. Shared this one in the fine company of the Lone Shadow. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. My favorite shot of the day, from a mess room looking towards the shaft. Everything just left from the last shift.. only a clock breaks the silence. 21. This really IS the end of the line. Thanks for looking folks
  18. Nice snaps mate Is that a wide angle you have these days?
  19. These are fantastic L.S. ! A perfect mooch and an invigorating mud bath in Thoresby's finest
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