A short little report from a little while back.
Without going into too much detail this building is one of the more longer abandonments situated on the ground of a partially used hospital some where in the south.
The ground around the building has been flattened and at the time of our visit workers were at it digging the land up or something like that.
After sneaking past the workers and into the building we spent a short period inside before the noise of wooden boards being cut filled the area. We got out before we couldn't anymore...
Anyways that'll be all.
Built in the 18th century Minera Hall was the former family home of the Dutons a timber importing magnate whose buisness collapsed when japan invaded Burma in WW2 halting the teak trade
latterly in the later part of the 20th Century the hall became the villabe RBL club and now stands empty and derelict
The dry/wet rot battle spooked me when I first saw it never sen out like it before
Dating back to 1874 these works have produced sodium carbonate common in cleaning products, dyes, fertilizers and other such products.
The works have been operated under Brunner Mond, Imperial Chemical Industries, and TATA Chemical Europe. The works were also responsible for "accidentally" creating polythene in 1933 during an experiment.
TATA Europe closed these works in 2014 along with the attached power station responsible for power supply.
Anyway That'll be all.
The Anzio Camp is situated near Leek in Staffordshire.
The camp was first used by the US Army in 1943, to house troops.
In 1945/6 the camp was taken over by Polish troops.
After the war it was used as a civilian settlement by the Poles until 1963/4 when they were moved to a purpose built site half a mile north of the camp
I cannot find much information on what the camp was used for between 1963 and the early 80's.
In 1980 the MOD took over the site and it was used as a training camp for Regular and Territorial Army troops and also scouts and cadets.
The camp closed in 2004 as it was deemed surplus to requirements by the MOD
It was bought in 2006 by care operator John Munroe Hospital, of Rudyard, with a view to developing a care home.
But the site was again sold, in July 2007, to a consortium of Courtyard Property Group and Smartwright Developments.
Planning officers recommended that the planning application is refused on the grounds that the site lies within open countryside on the fringe of the Peak District National Park, which is designated as a Special Landscape Area.
In 2010 the site was sold again to an Air soft company called first and Only.