Great Tew Manor - Main Hall

Urbex: Great Tew Manor, Oxfordshire – May 2017

Great Tew has a history dating back to the 990’s, however, the manor which stands on the property today is a patchwork of various extensions throughout the years. Some of the oldest parts of the manor today are believed to date back to the early 1700’s or shortly before with additions being made up to the 1860’s…

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Windlestone Hall

Urbex: Windlestone Hall, County Durham – April 2017

Windlestone Hall is an abandoned 19th Century Country House located in County Durham. A manor house has stood at the site since the 1600’s, however, the main building was replaced with the current structure in 1835 with a new mansion by the design of Ignatius Bonomi. The house was also used as a prisoner of war camp during World War II. After the War years, the Hall was utilised by Windlestone Hall School which was a local authority funded special school…

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Ushaw Seminary - Pool

Urbex: Ushaw Seminary Pool and Gym, Durham – April 2017

Briefly the abandoned Ushaw College, a former Catholic seminary was founded in 1808 by scholars from English College, Douai, who had fled France after that college had been closed during the French Revolution. Ushaw College had been affiliated with the University of Durham since 1968…

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St Joseph's Psychiatric Hospital

Urbex: St Joseph’s Psychiatric Hospital, Ireland – April 2017

Originally opened in 1827, St Joseph’s Psychiatric Hospital also known as Limerick’s Lunatic Asylum in Ireland opened its doors to the first 150 patients over the next 20 years the population of the asylum reached a staggering 1,000 patients. Currently some of the building remains in use however no longer caters for patients. The remaining buildings and wings are left abandoned and deteriorating…

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Connacht District Lunatic Asylum aka St Brigid's Psychiatric Hospital

Urbex: Connacht District Lunatic Asylum aka St Brigid’s Psychiatric Hospital, Ireland – April 2017 (Part 2)

Part 2 of our visit to Connacht District Lunatic Asylum aka St Brigid’s Psychiatric Hospital. After failing at a couple of other locations the next day, we decided to go Back to St Brigids to take another look inside. This time we managed to access the clock tower which still had the original bell in place despite attempts by thieves to cut the thing in half!

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Connacht District Lunatic Asylum aka St Brigid's Psychiatric Hospital

Urbex: Connacht District Lunatic Asylum aka St Brigid’s Psychiatric Hospital, Ireland – April 2017 (Part 1)

Connacht District Lunatic Asylum, which later became known as St Brigids Hospital, was one of the first Irish District Asylums to be completed and opened its doors in 1833. Originally created to cater for the ‘curable lunatics’ cases, the hospital struggled with securing funding and in rejecting patients which were not suitable for the intended purpose of the Asylum…

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Newsham Park Hospital

Urbex: Newsham Park Hospital, Liverpool – April 2017

Newsham Park Hospital is a Grade II listed building which is abandoned in Liverpool. The Building was originally The Liverpool Seamen’s Orphan Institution which was constructed to support and educate the children of British Seamen. The foundation stone of this building was laid on 11 September 1871 and the construction was completed at a cost of £25,000.00 in January 1874…

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Kingsley Green aka Harperbury Hospital

Urbex: Kingsley Green aka Harperbury Hospital, West Sussex – April 2017

Kingsley Green formerly known as Harperbury Hospital was a mental health hospital located in West Sussex. The Hospital was originally built in 1928 on a site shared with the Royal Flying Corps who used the surrounding area as an aerodrome. The hospital expanded with the addition of various buildings between 1929-1973 when things began to scale back…

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Maison Vinyl

Urbex: Maison Vinyl, Belgium – March 2017

The abandoned Maison Vinyl, is a small derelict house in a little village in Belgium. Scattered with children’s toys and a room in which vinyl records are attached to the walls, this house is pretty photogenic given its size. Downstairs the rooms are too cluttered with furniture and too dimly lit to photograph properly and there has been a partial collapse in on of the rooms giving way to a basement area. Far past being restorable, this little house will continue to crumble away…

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Back to the Drawing Boards

Urbex: Back to the Drawing Boards, Belgium – March 2017

I don’t know very much about the history of this place, clearly whatever this industrial complex used to be it involved a lot of schematics and drawings based on what was left behind. The site clearly had a much larger footprint but most of the other buildings had been demolished and only a couple of admin buildings remained. This one, being the better of the bunch, housed all the old drawing boards and plans along with various offices…

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Chateau Pink Panther

Urbex: Château Pink Panther, Belgium – March 2017

Château Pink Panther, as this place became known, was a fair-sized Château which had undergone some modernisation but also retained some of the original features. Located in an affluent area, this castle suffered a fire and was left abandoned for several years before being purchased and renovated by new owners…

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Villa Heil - Staircase

Urbex: Villa Heil, Belgium – March 2017

This might be the last report from the abandoned Villa Heil… This quite large attractive detached house in Belgium was demolished just days after these photos were taken. In fact, during our visit when shooting the basement rooms just before we were planning to leave someone came into the building walking around the ground floor…

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The Butchers House

Urbex: The Butchers House, Belgium – March 2017

The abandoned Butchers House in Belgium turned out to be one of the more interesting residential explores that I have done to date. I suppose not an uncommon occurrence, this house also functioned as a butchers shop with the customer-facing area being located next to the main road and the residential areas to the side and rear of the building…

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Pleasure Island Cleethorpes

Urbex: Pleasure Island, Cleethorpes – December 2016

Pleasure Island Family Theme Park originally opened on 27th May 1993 on the site of the former Cleethorpes Zoo. During its construction in the 1980’s the original owners of the site went into receivership and the theme park which was still under construction was purchased by Robert Gibb the managing director of Flamingo Land. In 2010 one of the daughters of Robert Gibb who had taken responsibility of managing Pleasure Island took control of the site under the name Dewarsavile Enterprises Ltd. The Theme Park closed permanently at the end of the 2016 season with the majority of the rides being put up for auction…

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Mid Wales Hospital Talgarth

Urbex: Mid Wales Hospital,Talgarth, Wales – December 2016 (Revisit 1)

This large Asylum was built in around 1903 and functioned as both a Lunatic Asylum and a general hospital as well as being appropriated for military use during the 2nd World War. The last ward at the hospital closed in 1999 and the property has deteriorated rapidly every since…

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St Cadoc's Mental Hospital - Main Hall

Urbex: St Cadocs Mental Hospital, Wales – December 2016

Saint Cadoc’s Hospital (Welsh: Ysbyty Sant Cadog) first opened in 1906 as the Newport Borough Asylum, and was built to accommodate up to 350 patients. Extensive outbuildings were later added on the site, but since 2005 the number of residents has been very small with the growing emphasis on care in the community…

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