Castle Miranda aka Château Noisy - Reflections of Beauty

Urbex: Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy Belgium – December 2012 (Part 1)

Built in 1855 / 1866 by English architect Milner under commission from the Liedekerke-Beaufort family this neo-Gothic castle known initially as Château Miranda but is now known as Château de Noisy. The castle began life as a summer home for the Liedekerke-Beaufort family. in the second world war it was claimed by German troop at the battle of the Bulge. After the war the Belgian National Railway Company rented the building to use as a school and holiday home for the children of the Belgian railway employees until the late 1970’s…

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Villa Dennis - Bed time

Urbex: 5 Hat Manor aka Villa Dennis aka La Maison d’Emile Belgium – December 2012

I suppose this will have been my first well preserved house explore.  I really enjoyed it! loads of stuff to see and very photogenic. If memory serves correct we found reasonable evidence to suggest that the house has been left from the early 70’s relatively untouched. There does appear to be some flat packed furniture…

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Preventorium Dolhain TB Hospital - Fire Truck

Urbex: Preventorium Dolhain TB Hospital, Dolhain, Belgium – December 2012

History The Preventorium Dolhain is a fantastic art deco style building situated near the river Weser in the quiet secluded area of Dolhain near Liege. The Preventorium was built to accommodate Children who were infected with or presumed to be infected with tuberculosis and continued to act as a sanatorium until the mid 1980’s. Preventorium’s…

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Firth Brown Medical Centre - Bed

Urbex: Firth Brown Underground Medical Centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire – November 2012

History Firth Brown Steels was initially formed in 1902, when Sheffield steelmakers John Brown and Company exchanged shares and came to a working agreement with neighbouring company Thomas Firth & Sons. In 1908 the two companies came together and established the Brown Firth Research Laboratories and it was here, in 1912, under the leadership of…

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Woollens & Co Project Sign

Urbex: Woollens for Signs, Sheffield, South Yorkshire – November 2012

History Woollen & Co Sheffield was formed in 1883 by Edwin Woollen, a sign writer and Frederick Ibbotson a lithographic printer. Woollens dealt with bespoke signage including hand painted signage. The site closed in 2008 after a takeover with several former employees going on to form a new Woollens while maintaining some of the old…

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Sheffield Crown Court - Main Courtroom

Urbex: Sheffield Crown Court, South Yorkshire – November 2012

History  Sheffield Old Town Hall stands in central Sheffield, England. The building was commissioned to replace Sheffield’s first town hall, which had opened in 1700 to a design by William Renny. This first structure stood by the parish church, on a site with little prospect for extension. The Old Town Hall was built in 1807–8 by Charles Watson, and was designed to…

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Severalls Lunatic Asylum – Squirrels Boutique

Urbex: Severalls Lunatic Asylum, Colchester – October 2012

History Severalls Lunatic Asylum aka The Second Essex County Asylum aka Severalls Hospital located in  Colchester, Essex was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 based on a design by Frank Whitmore. The hospital opened in May 1913.  At its peak the 300 acre site had facilities to accommodate over 2000 patients and was based on the Echelon…

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George Barnsley and Sons aka Cornish Works - Carpenters Workshop

Urbex: George Barnsley and Sons aka Cornish Works, Sheffield, South Yorkshire – October 2012

History Borrowed from someone else’s urbex site report as I couldn’t find a great deal of info from other sources: George Barnsley was apprenticed into the filemakers trade in 1823 by his mother, Anne, who had been widowed. He was signed in to the apprenticeship – to a Thomas Wing of Sheffield – for seven years and two hundred…

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Mansfield General Hospital - Dont be a drip...

Urbex: Mansfield General, Mansfield – October 2012

The Abandoned Mansfield General Hospital. Construction initially began in 1889 and the hospital opened just one year later in 1890 with the intention of providing additional facilities to the local residents in light of outbreaks of diseases such as Typhoid, smallpox and tuberculosis which caused an increased demand for more hospital beds…

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Dr X Manor House - Humber Super Snipe

Urbex: Dr X Manor House, Doncaster – October 2012

History A mock Elizabethan styled Manor House near Doncaster, once owned by a Doctor / psychiatrist? Someone who had a thing for classic cars and hi-fi’s based on the numerous magazines, car parts and beautiful classic cars in the garage. Seems to have been vacated in the early 1990’s and looks to be partly refurbished but certainly…

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Pilkington Grass Factory

Urbex: Pilkington Glass, Doncaster, South Yorkshire – October 2012

History Construction of the factory began in 1919 but it apparently opened in 1922 at great cost to the Pilkington company which was established in 1826 over in St Helens. The site was chosen due to its canal side location and access to local coal and sand. In 1923 Pilkington’s, in collaboration with Ford in…

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Overgrown House Doncaster

Urbex: The Little Overgrown House Near Doncaster, South Yorkshire – October 2012

The Little Overgrown House near Doncaster. I don’t have any History on this what so ever. A random find via browsing google maps, I stuck it on my potentials list to check out when Ryan and myself were having a bit of a reccy trip not expecting to find much. The place lived up to…

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Whittingham Lunatic Asylum - Room with a view

Urbex: Whittingham Insane Asylum, Goosnargh, Lancashire – September 2012 Part 2 (Revisit)

Whittingham Asylum aka Whittingham Lunatic Asylum aka Whittingham Mental Hospital Was separated into a number of divisions the most notorious being the subject of a large and public enquiry relating to various forms of patient abuse, theft of property and money as well as lack of book keeping which resulted in thousands of pounds of unaccounted for funds…

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Whittingham Lunatic Asylum - Dorms

Urbex: Whittingham Insane Asylum, Goosnargh, Lancashire – September 2012 Part 1 (Revisit)

The now abandoned Whittingham Insane Asylum and Hospital, whose grounds adjoin the village of Goosnargh, grew to be the largest mental hospital in the country, and pioneered the use of electroencephalograms (EEGs). During its time it had its own church, farms, railway, telephone exchange, post office, reservoirs, gas works, brewery, orchestra, brass band, ballroom and butchers…

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Urbex: The Pier Hartlepool and a quick visit to the Steetley Magnesite – May 2012

The Pier Hartlepool, I’d seen photographs when looking at the Steetley site visits by others so I already knew this thing was big but still it was great to see it with my own eyes and snap a few images. Surprisingly you can walk onto the start of it with no obstructions so I’ll be…

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Thorpe Marsh - Cooling Tower Demolition in Progress

Urbex: Thorpe Marsh Power Station, Doncaster, South Yorkshire – March 2012 (Revisit)

A few shots from what was to be my last visit to Thorpe Marsh Power Station. I quite liked this site, there wasn’t a lot to see other than the cooling towers but they were more than enough of a draw to keep me coming back for more photos. This trip was my first ride out with…

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