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Chatterley Whitfield Colliery, Stoke-on-Trent - 2019/2020

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I'm sure that most will be familiar with Chatterley Whitfield and a lot will have given it a visit over the years. There have been numerous excellent reports over the years, not least AndyK's outstanding effort a couple of years back which practically covered every inch of the place. I've visited Read more

G Yorke and Sons, Broom Street Works, Stoke-on-Trent - September 2020

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There's already been a few reports on this place and I know a lot have visited, so nothing particularly new or exciting here. Just my take on it. Naturally I've spent a fair bit of time poking around this particular bit of Stoke, it's just around the corner from the Falcon Works and also neighbours Read more

Heanor Grammar School, Derbyshire - June 2020

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Quite an interesting building (the old parts at least), more recently used by Derby College it was originally constructed as the Heanor Grammar School in 1912, it ceased to be a school in 1976 and became an annex of South East Derbyshire College which was taken over by Derby College in 2010. The Read more

Queen's Theatre and Princes Hall, Stoke-on-Trent - November 2020

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Another of Stoke-on-Trent's municipal buildings that has been left to rot for far too long. The building was in essence redundant from the day it was built. For those that don't know Stoke hasn't always been what it is today, it was originally six entirely separate towns that were in almost Read more

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