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Demolition of the Father Hudson Society complex is currently in progress 25/01/2014 The St Edwards convent is now cleared and St Philomena's was half demolished yesterday. The asbestos removal guys are in the process of doing their stuff in St Mary's and the remainder of St Edwards main building, the reclamation guys have been in and taken anything of value and all the trees have been removed and shredded. After talking to the asbestos removal guys and the demo guys yesterday it looks like the site will be cleared within the next three weeks. Pretty sure there are plenty of people glad to see the back of this place with its dark history of child abuse. RIP Father Hudsons Complex
I nipped over last night to check the fire damage. The only building that was on fire is the St Mary's building (which was a nurses home not a care home as I have written in this report). It has suffered damage to the right hand side of the building but is not totally burned out. There is a planning application submitted to demolish most of the buildings on the site including St Edwards. As far as I could see there has been no descision made on it yet. http://planning.northwarks.gov.uk/portal/servlets/AttachmentShowServlet?ImageName=253942 I also found this on the net (link below), it gives the whole history and a detailed report on all the buildings. There is still some unseen stuff here notably the chapel within the former St Gerards Hospital which is now offices. If demo goes ahead I'm sure it will become more accesible. It will be a shame to see these buildings go as it's a great urbex site imo.