Was a bit gutted to arrive at the Father Hudson Society Complex yesterday to find demolition in full swing.
The smaller building at the back of St Edwards had already been cleared and the demolition of St Philomena was underway. St Joseph's had been cleared of anything left inside and it was all piled up outside.
The asbestos removal guys were in St Mary's and St Edwards and there were piles of scrap metal, wood and skips across the site. Nearly all the conifers have now been removed and either shredded or cut up into logs.
The reclamation guys had apparently already been in and removed anything of value.
After talking to the demo guys it seems that St Mary's, St Edwards, St Gerard's, St Joseph's, St Philomena's, the small office building and the two 1940's prefabs will all be gone in the next 3 weeks.
Managed to take a look round St Gerards when the demo guys went for lunch just to have one more last mooch before its demise.
The plan is to build houses on this site and a set of new administration offices for the Society. The rest of the site will be cleared in the next phase.
A sad sight to see it being torn down but probably for the best in a lot of people's eyes considering the child abuse that took place there.
On with the photos...
1. St Philomena - the plaque on the front of the building was saved.
2. Nearly Gone
3. Bathroom - taken in December 2013
4. Same bath yesterday...that's one way to remove it
5. Cast aside...
7. St Joesphs
8. Gravestones of the two priests that were originally buried in the grounds. The bodies were reported to have been exhumed and re-interred several years ago at the church down the road.
9. All the trees have been felled, shredded or cut into logs
10. St Edwards
11. The rear of St Edwards, the smaller accommodation building that ran in line with St Philomena's has already been demolition and the land completely cleared.
12. A quick visit to St Gerards, it's been stripped of anything worth saving including the two ceramic angel plaques above the doors
13. A final view of St Philomena and the enquiry office
14. One for Wevsky - I'm sure I read in another report that you had heard about this but hadn't seen it ?