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  1. Thanks a lot, it was probably better than i imagined, the chapel a little bonus๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers mate, a good wander indeed and quite photogenic in parts
  2. Yay top of the pops 1978 vinyl! Fab house - fab piccies...fab 80s kitchen! i want to strum that double bass ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  3. Thanks Kat and shame indeed about those pesky moving slabs, especially after the complex entry! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Nice peely bits for sure and a good couple of hrs calorie burning trecking around, so win-win ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  4. Really enjoyed looking through those, as others' have said already; so many ive not been to....love the st johns pic...fab set indeed ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ
  5. It is a nice place and that red carpet staircase was a nice bonus at the end of the explore. I struggled to get up it though as i was knackered by then! ๐Ÿ˜…
  6. Thanks mate ๐Ÿ™‚ There are some lovely peely paint sections especially some of the stairs. Yeah shame about the slabs, way too heavy to push back in place! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  7. First a little History [you all know it, but it's good to include anyway] ๐Ÿ˜ƒ The Dispensary โ€“ the first public hospital in North Staffordshire โ€“ opened in Etruria in April 1804 and was funded in part by the Wedgewood family. It gave sick patients the chance to see an Apothecary for diagnosis and treatment. It also provided vaccination against the dreaded smallpox, thanks to the pioneering work of Dr Edward Jenner. Shortly afterwards the 11-bed House of Recovery was opened for fever patients, followed by facilities to treat general and accident patients. The hospital continued to expand, due to a steady flow of general illness cases, accidents in the pottery, mining and iron industries and diseases caused by lead and dust. In 1819 it moved to a bigger site in Etruria. By this point it employed a small team of support staff, including a matron and nurses, and ran education programmes urging mine and factory owners to improve their safety standards. Thanks to new ideas about infection control, the building - surrounded by polluting factories - was increasingly seen as unsuitable for patients and was also at risk of collapse from heavy undermining. Eventually, the decision was made to move the infirmary to Hartshill. The clean, quiet suburb became home in 1869 to the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, which later merged with the City General Hospital to form the University Hospital of North Staffordshire โ€“ now the Royal Stoke University Hospital. Previously the hospital was known as The North Staffordshire Infirmary and Eye Hospital (1815 - 1911) as well as The North Staffordshire Infirmary (1912 - 1926). The building closed down as a medical facility in 2012 as part of the super-hospital development at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. The explore: Visited with David [ Scrappy ]. It rained, a lot. ๐Ÿ˜€ The morgue was a bit of a let down as the slabs had recently been removed and placed in a nearby corridor in front of the fridges. Oh well.... On to the photographs, hope you enjoy:
  8. Wonderful house, so many fabulous retro things. Vintage marbles in a vintage wooden box... that alone made me sweat! Great pics too. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  9. Thanks a lot, pleasure to share such a nice house โ˜บ
  10. Really enjoyed that, nice write up and lovely images.
  11. Lovely images Kat, I think this place was my joint fave on that trip, so photogenic. And to think we nearly missed the classroom if it wasnt for ninja! Imagine! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
  12. Thanks a lot, certainly had a lot of nice bits inside ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  13. I like to have that effect ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  14. What is it with 50mm lenses that we forget them? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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