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  1. Swan Meadow Mill was built by James Eckersley in 1827 and became Old Mill when a new, larger mill was built in 1838. It was demolished in 1960 followed in 1963 by the larger mill. James Eckersley and Sons had three four-storey mills by 1880.Musgraves of Bolton supplied a tandem compound steam engine in 1884.Eckersleys ran six spinning mills and two weaving sheds in the town, Swan Meadow Old, Swan Meadow large, Water Heyes, and Western Mills No.1, No.2 and No.3. The mills housed a total of 236,572 ring spindles, 14,554 mule spindles and 1687 loom. It's a massive complex and there just seems to be mills everywhere here. Deffo loads more to see and more look disused. We just ran out of time to check the rest out. Visited with @Ferret The damp derpier mills most recent use looks to have been a motorbike\scooter garage. The larger mill was used as a multi level go kart track and then more recently airsoft and paintball. Not a bad mill to be fair. Had a good laugh messing about on a kids go kart. The engine house is a B E A UT.
  2. Another season; another backlog, this shiftwork sure makes you a bit slower! I visited this site back at the end of March with Mookster and a non forum member. I have posted several reports after this one, but for some reason this one slipped the net. It was operated by Pilkington Glass up until the 1960's where sand was washed prior to the production of glass. The site is in St Helens, Merseyside and is an absolute mission to get into through mud, undergrowth and then in through a rust water filled basement. Its a wonder non f us fell into the water. I Accidentally shot these in JPEG so the editing is a bit ropey. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157698933151464
  3. Some History St Crispins was a large psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Duston village in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. It was established in 1876 as the Berrywood Asylum and closed in 1995. Its grounds and the surrounding area include a new psychiatric hospital, residential housing, a large self-contained retirement village, a primary school and a local centre of shops and offices. In 1887 further extensions took place, creating a new block for idiot and imbecile children adjacent to the female wing, blocks for epileptics on either side, a reservoir and fire station, stable yard and an isolation hospital with a distinctive pyramidal roofline. A stone chapel and mortuary were also constructed. Two new villas for female working patients (Grafton and Eden Lodges)were constructed south of the female wing in 1954. The grounds to the south of the hospital farm was developed for mental handicap services during the early 1970s and was to be one of the last major long stay facilities of its kind in England The hospital finally closed in 1995 and the buildings are currently standing derelict with only one of the wards having been converted. A housing estate has been built on the lands that were cleared around the main building and a new mental health facility, Berrywood Hospital, has also been built on part of the site. Due to the 2008-2010 recession the work was put on hold and started again in 2011. The hospital was used as a filming location in the 1977 series of Doctor Who, in a six-part story called 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang'. The mortuary was used to represent a Victorian operating theatre. The hospital is included in the Talons of Weng Chiang DVD. The Visit Just thought I'd take a look at this place as it is only a couple of miles away. Pretty much just an empty shell ready for refurb, no flooring, few doors, just walls of brick and blocked out windows. It was a really clear night and I got there just as the sun was setting so got a couple of lucky shots....but I parked on the cricket grounds car park and my car got locked in...so to get out I had to drive onto the field(I kept to the edge!), all the way round until I was near the opposite side, down a short steep bank and onto a housing estate just fitting through the gap! phew!! The full size photo stitch is something like 11 thousand pixels!! https://flic.kr/p/qwquP6
  4. With only 3 hours sleep and a raging hangover from a couple of ‘quiet’ beers the night before, this was never going to be an easy explore. Suffered some post beer injuries, and a nasty fall here! Finally got the camera back after being fixed, so hope you like my shots. The place is huge and enjoyed a few hours explore here. The courts were impressive, but it was the atmospheric cells that was the best part. I wander how many people have spent the night in those cells waiting to find out the fate of their life the next day. Group explore with the most excellent company of The Stig, Auntieknickers, H1971, King Mongoose, Altair, and some bloke called Ninja Wombat. This place was awesome, Thanks for having me along Sheffield Court House was commissioned to replace Sheffield's original Town Hall, which had opened in 1700 having been designed by William Renny. The Old Town Hall was built in 1807–8 by Charles Watson, and was designed to house not only the Town Trustees but also the Petty and Quarter Sessions. The initial building was a five-bay structure fronting Castle Street, but it was extended in 1833 and again in 1866 by William Flockton, the most prominent feature was the new central clock tower over a new main entrance that reoriented the building to Waingate. At the same time, the building's courtrooms were linked by underground passages to the neighbouring Sheffield Police Offices.The first Town Council was elected in 1843 and took over the lease of the Town Trustees' Hall in 1866. The following year, the building was extensively renovated, with a clock tower designed by Flockton & Abbott being added. By the 1890s, the building had again become too small, and the current Sheffield Town Hall was built further south. The Old Town Hall was again extended in 1896–97, by the renamed Flockton, Gibbs & Flockton, and became Sheffield Crown Court and Sheffield High Court. In the 1990s, these courts moved to new premises, and since at least 1997 to present, the building remains empty.In 2007, it was named by the Victorian Society as one of their top ten buildings most at-risk. The cells and finally, the external
  5. I’ve put this on the back burner for years as most of it is converted, or totally stripped bare. Me and a non-forum member visited here after a couple of other Northampton site plans fell through. St Crispins was designed by Robert Griffiths and completed in 1876. Griffiths also designed the Staffordshire County Asylum. The Hospital made good use ofd its surroundings and included extensive southern views; as well as incorporating a large farm, gas works, staff residences and burial ground. St Crispins follows a Gothic style which was extremely popular at the time. The building features lots of local bricks and stone dressings and a large clock/water tower more which shares similarities to a church steeple. In 1887 the asylum underwent an extension to accommodate more patients, and by the 1940s had reached it’s maximum population. The asylum was featured in the news when a fire broke out killing 6 patients. The hospital finally closed its doors in 1995 and is being developed into modern apartments using the original hospital buildings though much has been left to rack and ruin. The weather was horrendous so I only ventured half way up the clock tower. I do hope to go again soon mind. The site is very, very bare with little of note left behind, so I did what I could. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 As High as I got; still a fair old height #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 More At: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157641838050023/