First vid upload for a while, although I have not stopped exploring.
Should be more videos coming up soonish
This gothic mansion was once owned by a doctor who released a mental health patient who sadly went on
to stab an 11 yr old girl to death. I believe he was pretty much chased out of his home by locals (they may or may not of have had burning torches)
Nice place though, there used to be more cars, but sadly there gone now.
The car is a 1964 humber super snipe
and yes I know I spelt doctor wrong on the vid title god knows why
Having seen some older reports on this place and being a sucker for old theatres, it’s one that has always been on my list.
Taking the long drive back from work (Bangor to Stockport) I get an email with info that this place is open and doable. I decided to pick @eastyham up and take the 1.5hr trip over to Donny. Ideally I’d of gone during daylight but I didn’t want to miss out on it. So complete darkness it is. Had a bit of bother of some goons who work in the shopping centre but still managed to sneak in another way.
Really enjoyed it in here. The floors are mega dodgy towards the front of the building but it is rather lovely along that side where the old dressing rooms are. I particularly loved the fly loft level with the old painted signs and poster remains.
The Doncaster Grand was constructed in 1899 and originally stood on a prominent site in a shopping street facing the main railway station. However, town centre improvements robbed it of any sensible context and it is no longer in a street, but attached rather indirectly to the Frenchgate shopping centre. It still faces the station, however is separated from it by a busy inner ring road which comes so close that it has actually snipped off a lower corner of the stage house. It was threatened with demolition until an energetic local campaign and Friends group secured statutory designation in 1994. The frontage, which, with an improved setting, could again become a local landmark, is three-storeyed. Baroque in treatment, with a complex rhythm of bays articulated by coupled and single pilasters and groupings of arched windows and doorways all rendered. There is a large broken segmental pediment over the three central bays with date 1899. It retains an intimate auditorium. Two well curved balconies with good plasterwork on fronts, the upper gallery is benched. Single pedimented and delicately decorated plasterwork boxes in otherwise plain side walls, flanking a decorative plasterwork rectangular-framed 7.9m (26ft) proscenium. More decorative drops to the ante-proscenium walls, bolection mouldings and plasterwork panels to the stalls and ceiling. Deep central oval ceiling dome. The Grand could quite readily be restored and reopened. It could offer amateur and community drama and musical productions, small scale touring and other activities to complement Doncaster's new venue, Cast.
It’s so weird seeing a building as grand as this just surrounded by utter tripe.
The old dressing rooms. There was some pipework from the old gas lamps remaining in here. And then the newer porcelain roses with brass? Conduit.
This whole side of the building was rotten. It looks like the flat roof bit behind the grand façade is holding water and pissing in when its bad.
one of too proper cool dated bar areas. My idea of heaven.
A theatre brewdog. For the la la la la LADZ
Not sure if this was a ticket or a newspaper clipping?
This tiling reminds of any sort of leisure site back when I was a kid.
The other bar on the top level. This was suoer cool for me.
Not looking good for itself here.
Some great art deco styling on the seats. Im guessing this upstairs part was shut off for years whilst it was a bingo hall.
and some old pictures I found on google from when it was a bingo hall.
Right people, it's back to school for you lot! luckily for the guy's it's a girls school!!
The school was designed by J. M. Bottomley and G. T. Wellburn of Leeds and built in 1910. It was built in an Edwardian Baroque style, in an English cross bond utilising red brick and with white faience dressings.
In 1971 the school amalgamated with Doncaster Grammar School and was renamed Hall Cross Comprehensive. The building here is the Waterdale location.
Not quite the theatre @SpiderMonkey and I intended to visit, but after finding no way into another nearby cinema we thought we'd give the Grand a go. Having not seen anything from this place for quite some time we were pretty surprised to find a way in.
Built on the site of a former Circus Hall, the Grand Theatre in Doncaster opened on 27th March 1899. The theatre stood in a prominent position facing Doncaster railway station and featured columns and arches on the frontage. Designed by by J P Briggs and built by local firm Arnold & Sons, it was one of the first theatres in the country to have electric lights. The remnants of older style gas lighting are also still visible in some areas to this day.
The Grand was in use as a theatre in 1958 and was then used as a bingo hall until its closure in 1995. The front of the theatre now awkwardly faces and is wedged up against the Frenchgate shopping centre, the distinctive features looking as impressive as ever despite being somewhat hidden away and now out of place.
The theatre is generally in good condition. The 2nd balcony level, the Gallery, retains original seating behind a rare example of bench seating towards the front. The circle level has all seating in tact, which had been replaced during the theatres time as bingo hall and still looks new. Some remains of old dressing rooms can be found in void areas and feature some cool old signage.
The gallery level had a few rows of seats at the back, the rest of the level was taken up by bench seating
Entrance areas and bar
And finally some rather cool old signage hidden away in a void space.
Various explores with -Raz- and some non members
Pilkington Glass was founded in St. Helens in 1826 and the Doncaster site opened in 1922. This site was well located due to the canal which runs along side the factory creating easy transport links on the great canal systems. The factory is situated in the town of Kirk Sandall, a town which pretty much grew to house the work force for the factory in years prior everyone having cars. A pub was built in the town and named in the sites honour “The Glassmaker”. The site was closed in 2008 and has since been an attraction for both metal fairies and Urbexers alike.
The first thing you notice about this place is the entrance, possibly the best one I’ve experienced; very cramped and that’s all I’ll say on the matter. The building is well… HUGE, spanning over a 1000ft end to end it dwarfs most industrial derps and it is covered in a horrid red dust (doesn’t come out of car seats). If you have a head for heights there are various cranes to climb and raised walkways to have a walk along. On the lower levels Network Rail apprentices are trained to lay tracks so be aware if they are there.
If you got this far, thanks for reading