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Standon Hall Hospital/Beeches Care Home, Staffordshire - June 2020

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I tend to avoid residential/care homey stuff, they're not really up my street usually but after seeing the report the other week from this local one it seemed like it would be worth a look. The aforementioned report was lacking any sort of history which was a shame because after doing a bit of Read more

Bailey's Factory/Mill, Ilkeston - June 2020

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A bit of history courtesy of Heritage England: Lace and hosiery factory, now plastics factory. Possibly 1830s, and 1855. Red brick with gritstone dressings and quoins. Hipped tile roof. Four storeys. South elevation of 5-3-5 bays, the centre three advanced, with quoins and a dentilled pediment. Read more

Savoy Cinema/Metropolis Nightclub, Newcastle-under-Lyme - October 2016 / The Met - October 2019

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Now the building that used to stand on this site was originally a cinema, it later went through the fairly standard conversion into a bingo club, before getting a bit of snooker and a smaller cinema, finally ending up as a nightclub. For the majority of my life time it's been shut and it was Read more

Sandonia Cinema, Stafford - October 2019

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This was one of those irritating local places that just always seemed to be impossible to get inside! Obviously I'd seen Speed's reports from way back when which showed the inside was largely stripped out, so of course it was never going to be a top of the list item. We were down in Stafford on a Read more

Erecting Shop/10 Shop, Crewe Locomotive Works - September 2019

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Crewe Works is a British railway engineering facility built in 1840 by the Grand Junction Railway. It is located in the town of Crewe, in Cheshire. It is currently owned by Bombardier Transportation. At its height, Crewe Works employed over 20,000 people; in 2005 fewer than 1,000 remained on site, Read more

Newcastle-under-Lyme Police Station - January 2020

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Newcastle-under-Lyme has had a number of police stations throughout it's history, this could probably be described as it's third. The first still stands on Water Street a little way out of the town centre, the second was on the High Street, demolished in the 1930's. This building on Merrial Street Read more

King Edward VI Boys Grammar School, Stafford - October 2019

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The Free Grammar School of King Edward VI was first established in Stafford in 1550 to provide free education to young boys. In 1862 a new building was erected for the school on Newport Road and would serve as the home of the boys' grammar school for over 100 years. Stafford Girls' High School was Read more

Sutherland Chambers, Stoke on Trent - October 2019

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Some history of the building, produced by local historian Andrew Dobraszczyc. Sutherland Chambers in Stoke were built by William Jackson in 1899. Jackson was a publican owning the neighbouring Grapes Public House and also the nearby Glebe Hotel. In 1898 he engaged local architects and surveyors Read more
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