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  1. This is where Henry lived with his wife Mary and their only child, a daughter. Mary died a long time ago and Henry had to move in with his daughter who looks after him. He is 98 years old. After much persuasion he finally agreed that this, the family home must be sold. Henry was a hard-working man with strong moral principles. He's been a prominent member of his local chapel all his life. Among his paperwork includes a certificate dated January 1940 confirming him on the register of Conscientious Objectors. Interestingly he must have had to attend a formal interview to justify his beliefs so had written prepared answers based on questions he thought the authorities might ask, along with character references. Also there was a letter dated September 1976 congratulating him on 25 years service to the BBC as a gardener. This is not just an abandoned house - its a home. In this home are meaningful and treasured possessions but also a home full of memories. This was a sanctuary from the outside world, a place to lead a simple life. [Note - I wrote the above in 2017]
  2. Another one of our February Nothern Road Trip with Mookster, our American friend and myself. A bit of a strange one this. An old mill, but vastly converted for commercial use and modernised. Massively decayed in places. There isn't much early history on the mill building itself; but it has been extended over the years to accommodate the increasingly expanding business Dronsfield Mercedes until its closure in around 2009. The building has workshop areas, storage areas, offices and also a living quarters. Dronsfields Mercedes are the largest independent Mercedes car & commercial vehicle specialist in Europe. A Saddleworth based company based at Wall Hill Mill. This family run business has over 30 years experience in the industry. The Dobcross site covers 8 acres, which means the company were able to fully fulfil customers requirements directly from under one roof while on the site. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157694322755981
  3. Churchills Pub Bolton - Feb 2018 This week on Bygone Pubs we take a look into the derelict Grade two listed #Churchills #pub in #Bolton #Lancashire Formerly #TheRoseHillTavern. Many a #BoltonWanderers fan will remember a match day at Burnden Park then off to Churchills for a good old pint. Unfortunately, though the memories are all that remains.
  4. Not sure if this is in the right forum. Park Hill Estate is a gastly sight today although they are regenerating it. This made for quite a creepy explore. We have wrritten about the history of Park Hill Flats here.
  5. I've been looking at getting up here and doing this since 2012, when I was living in Southend at the time. Through the madness of jumping about between counties and jobs, I never got round to it and it just sat on my list for years. When my mate started talking about it, I decided to YOLO it and just drive up there. I was really up for a chilled mooch after all the high pressure/high security stuff late last year, so this trip was most welcome. I forgot some filters and a lot of my outdoor shots had blown out sky though...oh well The battery site itself has been about for donkey's years, with the first defence workings built there in 1534 and it saw continued redevelopment and use until the end of WWII. This place is trashed. The local chav community have really enjoyed mindlessly wrecking the buildings and spraying crap on every surface. The site seems to be too big to keep secure and my guess is that they've just given up. Nice, big OP! ...With great views! The shit poetry type crap everywhere really got on my nerves though Nice old magazines. I love the little sets of stairs on the Cornwallis battery. Interesting ironwork too. Wonky GoPro shot. Time for a cup of coffee before the next mooch! Video footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKxXA-gtjQA The time flew very quick and although we didn't get as much done as we wanted to, it was still an ace day out Big ups to Pb for coming along! Thanks for looking, SJ.
  6. Solo jaunt. I'd looked at this a year back, but was too tired waiting for security to move away when stood at the fence. So having done another explore nearby earlier, I made another trek up to Harpur Hill. I'm well known for being a huge fan of railways and trains in particular, considering this is where my roots in exploring and much of my childhood are. That said I snub stuff like DMUs/EMUs and Underground stock, simply because they don't have the same appeal as the rusting, decayed hulk of a loco. I'm sure all of you can agree. So why did I make the effort with this? Well, three things: I've photographed a lot of the withdrawn Underground stock that's being shipped to Booth's in Rotherham, so that piqued my interest a bit. Secondly, now the last of the 1983 stock has been moved after 15+ years in open storage from South Harrow to Booth's, these have become EXTREMELY rare so it's worth capturing this whilst it's around in such a photogenic state. Lastly, I may as well have a look if I'm in the area. Comparing to pictures from a few years ago, a lot of the stock that was stored here has been moved away and presumably scrapped, leaving three driving cars: one outside, two inside. As far as I'm aware the stock is used in bomb testing of some kind, and evacuation techniques in light of the 7/7 bombings. Maybe. It's a health and safety testing site so it makes sense. Already somewhat knackered from earlier, I dragged myself up to Harpur Hill, and all was quiet. No security, no sign of activity across the site. Get over the fences and you're in, nice and easy. So that's what I did. If I'm not mistaken, this is the ex-Cockfosters or Acton stock that's moved here. After years of open storage and vandalism, the carriages have been completely sabotaged inside and out, but nevertheless are chock full of photogenic features. To paraphrase my favourite band, I can think of no greater caption than "Welcome to the scene of the crash"... Despite being graffed up inside, it was interesting to see the cabs virtually intact and untouched. From experience these are often the places where (guilty as charged, I did once as a kid) people often nick stuff for souvenirs and the like. Either that or they smash them up. Dead end The bomb tunnel Not in service To conclude, it's not that interesting a site but it's worth sharing. Sadly I feel I'm clutching at straws now that en-masse withdrawals, scrapping and storage of locos that for decades were commonplace have long since ended. Long gone are the days of asking permission from the yard foreman to look round a depot to take pictures of the derelict stock left there. Long gone are the days when you can easily sneak in undetected and not have to face the wrath of a bolshy prick who you have the misfortune of being caught by, notwithstanding more CCTV, formidable fencing and most of all, the threat of a fine and prosecution by BTP. The answer is yes, a report I posted on 28 in 2011 led to BTP knocking at my door and fining me £50 for trespass. Not a lot relative to what it could have been, but still I was out of pocket all because I posted it publicly. True, there are still some true goldmines left on the continent, the prime examples of which are Falkenberg/Elster and Istvantelek in Germany and Hungary respectively, but nothing in the UK anymore. Not unless it's covered by CCTV and forbids photographers most of the time. Life goes on though, eh? Love and best wishes as always, TBM x
  7. I am back from my third set of misadventures over the large pond. A few weeks full of plenty of ups, downs, arounds and arounds involving narrowly avoiding getting arrested twice, encounters with local pastors, taggers and the smashy crew, dropping my camera, avoiding golfists, making random discoveries, some truly awful weather and other eventful things. More on all of those whenever I get the relevant photos up. This place however falls squarely under the 'random discoveries' bracket. Whilst driving to another location I spotted a large building in the distance missing some tiles off the roof. As we got closer it revealed itself to be a church, and to be even more telling that it was indeed empty where there was once a bulbous steeple there was now nothing, like it had just been cut off. Spotting an invitingly obvious way in right on the street we spun the car around, parked up and ventured in, with none of us knowing what to expect. Needless to say when I saw the interior it took my breath away. What a place to stumble across. Finding a flyer in a rear room we found that the church had only been empty for around a year although at the end of it's life it must have been in a pretty dodgy state, the corner where the steeple once stood is rotten to the core with water ingress. And that is where we thought it would have ended, another abandoned American church. However, once we ventured into the basement we were confronted with what looked like a brand new door. Perplexed we pushed it open and walked into the space being used as a replacement/temporary church in place of the closed one upstairs! Not knowing if anyone was around we backed out fairly quick and made our escape. As it stands it is one of the most beautifully complete and untrashed churches I have photographed. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/albums/72157659543135561 Loads more stuff to come from the USA over the next week.
  8. I finally cracked it. Since the beginning of last year, when I first began seriously looking into and researching abandonments in the United States, I was in awe at the sheer number of derelict hospitals and asylums that littered the country. Think back to our own 'age of asylums' that lasted from roughly 2005 through to 2010, times it by maybe ten, and you're getting there. Of course the only problem is over there the country is absolutely massive so they are all spread out all over the place. I knew that I must see one, I didn't mind which, but I would bite peoples hands off to be given a chance to do an asylum in America. It just so happens myself and my companions chose one of the biggest. This asylum (which I have given a pseudonym) sits on a parcel of land 600 acres in size - that is twice the size of the entire plot of land Severalls sits on. Construction began in 1927 and it catered, at it's peak in 1959, for 9000 patients - four and a half times the 2000 that Severalls treated in it's heyday. The enormous campus is a mix of standalone buildings, sprawling quads containing 12 wards each - 4 on each floor - and dozens of other associated buildings, with the majority of buildings being 3 or 4 storeys tall. The hospital began to wind down operations during the 1970s, and now the few still active buildings offer mainly outpatient mental health services. However, these places are not plain sailing. Because you can - literally - drive around them, this also means the on-site police/security (yes), and the 'real' police have a habit of driving around too. When we were there driving through the main part of the site, it became a constant game of cat and mouse trying to avoid the suspicions of the campus police who were driving up and down the roads almost constantly. According to my mates who had been before, if you are seen by them with so much as a backpack on your back out in the open, you get escorted out immediately. So we left and re-organised ourselves before heading in to the two massive buildings at the north-eastern corner of the site, as far from the eyes of the police as possible. I'll let the photos do the talking as to what I found. No externals because of the aforementioned issues, but to be honest, they are drab, grey and uninspiring buildings. On to the second building, and things were about to get quite special. Considering going in I had no idea what to expect. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157649243716994/
  9. Visited with TBM, PCWOX and SouthSideAssasian During WWII, in 1942, U.S. Air Forces first became stationed on the site and took over the Wycombe Abbey School for the War Efforts. The school was returned in 1945 at the end of the war, and 1952 saw the U.S. returning to the area and this time taking Daws Hill House and the site became busier as the Cold War developed. By 1969 approximately 800 people lived and worked on site, but this was scaled down by the 1970s and then in 1992; it hit as low as 350 at the demise of the Cold War. by 2002 the MOD (British Forces) began talks of closing USAF/RAF Daws Hill. The U.S. Navy wasn't keen on these plans and wished to remain on site. By 2007 the site was abandoned and put on the market. It sold to a UK Property Developer in 2011 and has fallen into ruin. The small American style town is slowly being torn down in favour of affordable housing. There must have really been a community spirit here amongst the Americans living on site, and much like Upper Heyford; the site was built to suit the tastes said Americans were accustomed too. There is of course the nuclear bunker on site, but that is being used still. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 img]https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7513/15932478082_ca897e6af4_c.jpg #12 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157649525372796/
  10. I thought I had better make the effort to have a look at what passes for a local site to me nowadays before Taylor Wimpey create more rows of awful identikit box homes on the site imminently. All in all an enjoyable mooch around a very stripped RAF site, saw some good stuff even in the pissing rain. Whilst there bumped into Goldie87 and co, was nice to put a couple of faces to names in the semi-dark of the sports hall! Thanks for looking more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157649420846681/
  11. The bluest lake I've ever seen! I don't fancy swimming in it though! Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  12. Big thanks to TBm and Northern Ninja for cracking this and the intel............ Explored with UrbanGinger,Stealth and Obscurity.. No mishaps or hassles with getting to the bunker other than a man in a red van with his dog being nosey so no grand stories of our escapades im afreaid..(yay i hear you say no waffling shit) Some history from wicki American military forces were first stationed at High Wycombe in 1942, shortly after the United States' formal entrance into World War II. So urgent was the action that Wycombe Abbey School, situated on the land that would become the station, was given three weeks to find new facilities; failure in this effort led to the school's closing, until the independent girl's school was returned by the US in 1945. In 1952, the station, formerly known as Daws Hill House, welcomed US forces again. The following years of the Cold War saw fluctuation in the base's importance. Approximately 800 personnel were stationed there when, in 1969, their numbers were reduced, so that, in the early 1970s, only a small group remained for upkeep of facilities. Then, in 1975, activity escalated, revitalising the station's importance to the American military in Europe. Its nuclear bunker, with 23,000 square feet (2,100 square meters) of space, housed high-tech equipment for the direction of nuclear bombers and guided missiles. Use of the station was reduced with the end of the Cold War; by 1992, US Defense personnel at RAF Daws Hill numbered fewer than 350. In 2002, the UK Ministry of Defence proposed to close RAF Daws Hill some years in the future, turning the 50 acres (20 ha) of land over to other public and private use and relocating American Naval personnel and activities to other locations near London, particularly RAF Uxbridge.[2] The plan apparently fizzled, however, when the US Navy voiced its preference to remain. High Wycombe, desiring to build at least 400 new houses by 2011 for its growing population, considered the land ideal for up to 600 houses; but nearby residents also rejected the proposal because of the changes that it would entail, including increased traffic on relatively quiet roads. The station was home, between 1971 and 2007, to the London Central Elementary High School, part of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, with pupils in grades K?12. Also at Daws Hill are 70 housing units for American personnel and their families. Other facilities include warehouses and those for vehicle maintenance, as well as support buildings for persons who lived and worked at the base, such as a bank, a post office, a bowling alley, sports grounds and buildings, a small exchange, an automobile refueling station, and a social club On with My pics from our outing. Sorry its a bit pic heavy but its a huge site and theres a lot of bits of machinery all over the place as well as vast empty rooms.
  13. I will be the first to admit that I have not been out exploring much this year, other than a few organised trips to a few places. I can't seem to stump up the enthusiasm I once had. Anyway. Whilst hungover on a Sunday afternoon, and awaiting the F1 to start, I decided to sit and sort through all of my photos (I have close to 100gb of exploring photos) and edit some of the older places I have visited. Cane Hill was a favourite with nearly every explorer going. It was huge, it had heavy handed security (when most places didn't) and it had a LOT of stuff left behind. It had more stuff in one ward, more than all these manor houses that have started popping up. I just wish I had spent more time there, and new what I was doing with a camera when I went. Visited in 2008 just before the demolition started and then during the demolition, where we discovered that it was a massive free for all and everything opened up. I must have gone back about 6-7 times in the space of 6 months. Half of there were to just wander around and not take photos! I wish I had, as my set are very sporadic! My only shot of Admin: One of the times I went, the only target was the water tower as we had just found out it was claimable. It was brilliantly sunny day and we found ourselves sweating as we squeezed between the tanks and through onto the roof. On the way up, I had asked someone else if a set of stairs led to an easier route, but we dismissed it! We shouldn't have as it was a straight and easy run to the top, with a lot less pigeon poop. I never realised how far into Croydon the tower can be seen from, people must have spotted us! My first visit started out with a drizzly 5am drive through the Surrey and towards the hill. We slipped through the fence and off into the jumble of buildings, brimming with both excitement and nervousness. We didn't have a map and thought we had set off across the site, only to find ourselves heading straight towards the chapel/admin. The building, being in such a state, made all sorts of creaking noises as it settled with the weather and set us to a heightened state of alertness. After a maddened dash through the site believing that our best defence against being spotted was to bury ourselves in the buildings, we stopped for a breather and set up our cameras. Rather than put distance between ourselves and the security we knew would be patrolling, we planted ourselves in the chapel. One of the most popular spots, so we spent little time here. Cane Hill was designed differently to the majority of UK asylums, unlike places like Severals, Hellingly etc, the corridor was formed as a U with the buildings arranged over and around it (others have the corridor separate from the wards). This formed for a very condensed set of buildings. But it also meant easy access to everywhere, with door ways leading all over the place. We didn't spend much time in too many wards, we had a hit list. We shot through them at high speed, and on my first visit entirely bypassed the famous Browning/Blake ward. I also never got to see the art room. This is a selection of shots from a number of different wards Without the services, the wards wouldn't have functioned. Unfortunately, it seemed to be the services at Cane Hill that had been hit by arsonists the most. The hall, engineering and part of the kitchen had been totally destroyed. Who knows what would have been in these, if they were anything like West Park, they would have been filled with treasures. The laundry was spectacular and filled to the brim with all sorts of industrial machinery. My first visit was a whirlwind, we spent less than four hours slinking through the site as my lift had other plans later in the morning. We could have spent a few more hours, but we dismissed the other wards as being the same as what we had seen.... We had one final destination in mind. The Morgue: Parting shot: There are a few more photos here & and a dedicated webpage here Hope you enjoy the photos, posting this has made me realise I should have spent much more time up here when I had the chance
  14. I had intended on going down a couple of drains but the torrential rain had put an end to my plans and left me in Stockport with nothing to do. I've never been happy with my pics from here and I'm still not happy with the pics from the old entrance. There is now a sleeping bag and blankets near the entrance so I suspect there could be someone sleeping in here.
  15. After getting ejected from West Park by MC Hammer and told at my age I should know better than to lead the youngsters astray by going in abandoned buildings,we headed over to Cane Hill to try our luck there.Spent a hassle free few hours in what some call The Daddy of Asylums. And finally,the torture chamber: Many thanks for looking..out of all of the Asylums I have done,Cane Hill genuinely made me feel quite uneasy wherever I went,and I couldnt wait to get out!
  16. Evening all, This was visited as part of a 4 day trip to North Wales to meet up with some contacts and do a variety of what we enjoy which is eating, laughs, landscapes, beach, explores, religious and much more and also involved one 26 hour day which nearly brought me to my knees I was so tired!! As part of the first day, we ended up popping to the Baron Hill Estate in the rain and discovered how overgrown it was in the grounds plus one of the places we wanted to see was covered by a large tree following some proper adverse weather conditions. There wasn't anything left inside and we spent most of the morning on our hands and knees negotiating the place but luckily we had a good guide. History Baron Hill is an estate in Beaumaris, Anglesey, named after the hill on which it stands. It was established in 1618 by Sir Richard Bulkeley, as the seat of the influential Bulkeley family , who were originally from Cheshire, until William Bulkeley was appointed Deputy Constable of Beaumaris Castle. He then married one of the daughters of Gwilym ap Gruffydd ap Gwylim, a local big cheese, and began the accumulation of land and public offices, which eventually lead to the Bulkeley family being one of the largest landowners in Anglesey. The house was built in 1618 during the reign of James the 1st and was re-modelled in the Neo-Palladian style in 1776. King Edward VII visited Baron Hill and had tea on the terrace in 1907. Shortly after this, during WW1, death duties soaked up the family fortune and made it impossible for the family (by then called Williams-Bulkeley) to continue to maintain the house. They were forced to move into more modest accommodation nearby. Baron Hill was then used for storage until WWII, when it was converted into a billet for Polish soldiers. Apparently the old house was so cold at night that the Poles burnt down part of the building in the hope that they would be transferred to warmer accommodation, but this backfired on them, as they were re-housed in colder wooden huts in the gardens. The house has remained unused since the fire and this is how it looks today. On with some photos. #1 - pet cemetary The headstone reads "It was here you lived your brief but happy day, Here now you rest where you once used to play, You were my loving, true and loyal friend, And tis not here nor thus our friendship ends, Till love shall die and friendship cease to be, You shall live on in my sweetest memory" Magdalen Bulkeley 1906" #2 #3 #4 - greenhouses #5 - lodgings #6 #7 - creepy tree #8 - remains of the kitchen - note the ovens #9 Thanks for looking in.
  17. Visited with TBM and Cookie monster, This has been in my pipeline for a while so glad that i finally got around to going here and been in the 1st Group to crack it. Warning to anyone else going there is security on the main site as we bumped into his dog but luckily not him however the dog was friendly and didnt bark. There is lots to see with a gym, Bank, Accommodation blocks and many more, However this Report is just on the bunker. The Bunker is at RAF Daws Hill which is now decommissioned but used as Armed Response Training Center so is littered with lots of Blanks. It was a very interesting explore with seeing the camp and the main point of us going the Nuclear Bunker. Now to the interesting bit. Its nuclear bunker, with 23,000 square feet (2,100 square meters) of space, housed high-tech equipment for the direction of nuclear bombers and guided missiles. I believe it was built in the 1940's. If you want more information about the place Google Raf Daws Hill. There Was to many good pictures to choose from as its a big site but here are a few Nice long Stairs Thanks For Looking
  18. Having passed Park Hill Flats countless times over the past 18 year or so I've always fancied getting up on the roof so after managing to miss out on a trip here earlier in the year there was no way I was passing this opportunity up, especially with the knowledge of the access tunnels underneath. Visited with a few members from another forum Site History In the nineteenth century the Park Hill area was made up of old quarries, untidy waste ground, steep alleyways and some of the worst slums in Sheffield. This densely populated area consisted of 2 or 3 storey back-to-back housing around central courtyards. Often there would be just one standpipe for around a hundred people. This, combined with the lack of any proper sewage system, allowed diseases such as typhus, dysentry and cholera to ravage the area. In 1864 back to back housing of this type was prohibited. During the 1870's Sheffield Corporation built drains and sewers through the city. Although originally the untreated raw sewage was sent directly into the rivers, at least the sanitation within the housing areas like Park Hill was improved. During the 1880's the provision of water supplies passed from a private company to the corporation and the first sewage treatment plant was built. Slum clearance began in the 1930’s but was halted by the 2nd World War. By the time the issue was reassessed in 1953, a radical solution was needed. This took the shape of Park Hill Flats, built between 1957 and 1960. The unique design was based on an idea by French architect Le Corbusier of creating ‘Streets in the Sky’. The 995 flats were built on top of a 1:10 gradient making them range from 4 storeys high at the top end to 13 storeys at the end nearest the city centre. This layout allowed nearly all of the decks to reach ground at some point, meaning milk floats and other services could access them. The community feel of the previous traditional streets was recreated where possible by rehousing neighbours next to each other. Park Hill Flats attracted worldwide attention and were praised for their innovative design. In December 1998 Park Hill Flats became Grade 2* listed giving it equal status to the Turret House at Sheffield Manor Lodge and making it the largest listed building in Europe. History lifted straight from Sheff Council Website Well after a comical start of 6 blokes attempting to squeeze through a gap that clearly wasn't made for anyone to get through and dodging secca we somehow arrived in the service tunnels, well the others finally did when they chose the right route (Adam) Once we were all in we made our way out of the dimly lit entrance almost crawling through what felt like a good 1/4 mile of tunnel until we could finally stand, this completely threw my sense of where feck we were on the site as there were too many corners to take note of. As we moved through going up and down ladders to different levels in the tunnels it was obvious some of the waste pipes had leaked in the past so we made our best attempts not to stand in the puddles. Around a corner and at the end of the tunnel there was light once again. The pipework in this section looked a lot more modern. Although some of the electrics didn't... Quickly pose for a group shot and we're back on our way A quick attempt was made to enter the service tunnels in the renovated section but ended in fail so we headed up on to the roof The vertical service shafts are seriously confined, but at least if you slip you'll not be far from the ladder and more likely to get wedged than fall to the bottom. Finally on the roof, what I'd been waiting for! Luckily the views from the roof we got to were better than those from the renovated section Finally finishing with another group shot with what looks like almost all of us in it. Really enjoyed this, a nice change. Cheers all who came along
  19. Around the year 1784 Mr. Jonathan Catherall stated "my pottery produces mixing bowls, flower pots and bread crocks from our hard bed fireclay dug up from the hill next to our works and this is known as black pottery". Mr. James Robinson was a long standing partner until the year of 1805 when he left to start in partnership with Mr John Catherall and opened the pottery known as Clews Pottery. Mr Wilcock took over from the former Johnathan Catherall sometime in the mid 1800's but was unsuccessful to carry on in this line of business and closed in 1880, he now used the premises for breading poultry, around 1883 transferred to Mr John Kitsons where it carried on until his death and his family carried it on eventually Mr. Titus Kitson in 1897 recommended his business to Mr. Isaac Button who bought the company for £800 and around the year 1900 Mr. Button re-built the Pottery just a bit lower down the site and up until 1965 it remained with the Button family Mr. Isaac Button was a one of the last true if not thee last true English Country Potters and he was renowned for making a ton of clay pots in any 1 day, in fact he was once timed from throwing the lump of clay onto the potters wheel and producing an excellent pot then cutting it off using a wire cutter took him 22 seconds, 120 pots in any 1 hour and up to 1200 in any 1 day. The remains I saw today of Button's Kiln was derelict apart from the farmers stored belongings, The old man died in 1969 there is a broken down kiln the mixer and a few wooden items from days gone bye no more household pots/jugs/containers/bake wear/brewing pots/chicken feeders Etc which were sold for a few pence in the heyday as the potters had to be quick to make a living with the poor paid villagers. I don't know why but hand produced pots of good quality always look better to me than modern-day mass produced stuff. Final notes By 1900 England had only around 100 Country potteries and sadly by the end of the depression no more than a dozen. At Soil Hill there has been a pottery since the 17th century and before the first world war this pottery employed 13 men as time passed Mr Button ended up working the pottery on his own due to he could not find anyone to take an apprenticeship with him so 18 years passed on his own Mr Button dug the coal and fireclay/mixed the clay/formed his produce and fired the kiln all alone he must have loved his job and it’s a tragedy it ended the way it has...... below are 4 links relating to the Clay Pottery
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  21. Visited the famous Cane hill last year after going to St' Ebbas with StEaLtH, Lynton and Rachael, we ended up in the woods in the middle of the night dodging security and they were going around in a van every half hour, after a nerve-racking wait eventually made it in, heard so much about this place and the furry doggies lol, anyway in we go and we got a few pics, then saw a torch at the fence, and my heart was in my mouth, we laid in the grass and skirted around and made a quick exit, to be confronted by a woman security guard at 4.30am in the morning, it was dark asking us what we were doing, and StEaLtH said we were out for a walk, I was trying not to laugh, a walk at that hour with what we were wearing, anyway she let us go lol. I managed to get a few pics before we made our exit, enjoy the pics. I just luv peeling wallpaper. A cane hill clock. Enjoy the pics, this was a fun explore.
  22. from ages back went for a trip worth toast on cheese stealth and pinky fluff u all no the history of this place in we go toilets kitchen veranda nt lower levels my fav picture