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Burslem Market Hall, Stoke-on-Trent - February 2022

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Another case of persistence having paid off after a decade or more of attempts, seemingly nature finally took it's course and facilitated a way in. With the best part of twenty years of disuse this is a rather nice one, basically untouched, not wrecked and just naturally decayed. The pi├Ęce de Read more

A Pair of Courts, Burton-on-Trent - 2017/2021

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Consolidation of the MoJ estate over the last decade or so has resulted in the closure of local courts all over the country, many being amalgamated into justice centre's covering larger regions. In Burton this resulted in the County Court closing in 2013, which has subsequently been converted into Read more

Erdington Public Baths, Birmingham - April 2021

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One from a whistle-stop mooch about Birmingham last year, having seen Speed's report it seemed worthy of a visit. Old baths like these are becoming few and far between with many local authorities building new facilities often under increasingly weird names such as "lifestyle centres" and "wellness Read more

Newcastle-under-Lyme Civic Offices - Autumn 2021

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The Civic Offices were opened circa 1963, to the designs of architects Bradshaw Gass & Hope. The buildings replaced earlier municipal buildings such as the Municipal Hall on the Ironmarket which was controversially demolished in 1967 and the Guildhall on the High Street which still stands. The Read more

Old Bank Mill, Leek - September 2021

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Another of Leek's reasonably good offering of mills. Unfortunately I cannot seem to find any information about this place. It crops up in the background of a few old aerial photographs that I've seen which mainly focus on the larger mill complexes that formerly neighboured the site. It is pretty Read more

Cardiff City Asylum, Whitchurch - August 2021

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It seems to have become somewhat of an annual tradition to mosey on down to Cardiff to see what Whitchurch is looking like. I've been there at least once each year (except 2020) since 2016 and it has been a really interesting thing to see how it has changed. It started off in incredibly fresh Read more

Molson Coors 'South Brewery', Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire - December 2020

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I'm not even going to pretend I really know anything about the history of the Bass Brewery, or about breweries in general. I have done some internet digging as usual but the history of the actual brewery complexes seems to be rather vague and it's difficult to track down much relating to this exact Read more

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
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