Sunday, 8 March 2020

ABC Cinema, Liverpool

History

The ABC Cinema is a Grade II listed building located on Lime Street, LiverpoolEngland. The cinema was once a part of Liverpool's entertainment scene until closing in 1998. Since then, the building has lain empty with plans announced in 2016 for its redevelopment into an £11 million music venue.

Built for ABC Cinemas, the six story building was designed by William R. Glen and Alfred Ernest Shennan for £200,000 with a maximum capacity of 1,835 people. Originally opened in 1931 as "The Forum", ABC Cinemas renamed it in 1971 to the "ABC Cinema" and later split into three individual screens in 1982. In 1986 the cinema was yet again renamed, becoming "The Cannon" until its closure in 1998.

Source:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABC_Cinema,_Liverpool

Esoteric Eric






Institute for the Adult Deaf and Dumb, Liverpool

History

In May 1864 the Liverpool Adult Deaf and Dumb Benevolent Society was established.
It was founded by George Healey, a Deaf man. He set up the Society initially to give Deaf People equal access to the Scriptures. They started with just one room in the School for the Deaf and Dumb in Oxford Street.
In 1865 the Society held a meeting where they appointed a committee and decided on the rules. They had no premises where they could meet until 1869 when they were able to rent a room on Pleasant Street.
In 1874 the priest in charge of Liverpool gave permission for Sunday services to be held in the cemetery Chapel, St Mary’s on Cambridge Street as it was not being used. These premises were not suitable and the committee decided they needed somewhere permanent.
In 1877 the Society started a building fund. The Mayor of Liverpool then took an interest in the fund and through him her Majesty Queen Victoria made a donation of £5.
In 1886 the committee got a lease from Lord Sefton for the land of Princess Avenue and Parkway. This lease was given for 2000 years.
On 16th May 1887 H.R.H Princess Louise formally opened the Institute.

Source:
https://www.msdp.org.uk/history/

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Sunday, 5 January 2020

Underground Reservoir, Grantham

History

A former Victorian underground reservoir of the Grantham Water Company, which formed in 1855.

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

St. Josephs Orphanage/ Mount Street Hospital, Preston

History

St Joseph’s Orphanage was opened in 1872 on the site of an almshouse, and St Joseph’s Hospital for the Sick Poor followed five years later.

They were built by wealthy widow Maria Holland, who gave £10,000 at a time when Preston had one of the worst mortality rates in the country, because of poor housing and low-paid mill workers.

St Joseph’s Orphanage cared for 971 children before it closed in 1954.

Run by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of Mercy, the orphanage was the first welfare provider for Roman Catholic girls in Preston, taking in up to 60 youngsters at a time in two dormitories.

After its closure, the top floor of the orphanage continued to serve as accommodation for the nuns who worked in St Joseph’s Hospital, known locally as Mount Street Hospital.

During the First and Second World Wars, they tended injured soldiers and, over the years, tens of thousands of babies were born at the hospital’s maternity unit.

Legendary performer George Formby died at the hospital following a heart attack on March 6, 1961.

The hospital closed when the last sisters left nursing in 1982. It became a private care home in 1988, which eventually closed down in 2003.

The site awaits planning permission for conversion in to apartments and gardens.

Source:
https://www.lep.co.uk/your-lancashire/preston/the-history-of-st-joseph-s-orphanage-in-preston-1-9250259

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Monday, 2 December 2019

Royal Hospital Haslar, G Block Padded Cell, Gosport

History

The Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, Hampshire, was one of several hospitals serving the Portsmouth Urban Area, but had previously been the country's foremost – and ultimately last – military hospital.

The Admiralty acquired the site selected for the hospital, Haslar Farm, whose name came from Anglo-Saxon Hæsel-ōra (English: Hazel Bank), in 1745. The building was designed by Theodore Jacobsen and construction of the main building was completed in on 23 October 1753. On completion it was the largest brick building in Europe. Building works cost more than £100,000, nearly double the cost of the Admiralty headquarters in London. In its early years it was known as the Royal Hospital Haslar.

Patients usually arrived by boat (it was not until 1795 that a bridge was built over Haslar Creek, providing a direct link to Gosport). Built on a peninsula, the guard towers, high brick walls, bars and railings throughout the site were all designed to stop patients, many of whom had been press ganged, from going absent without leave.

The hospital included an asylum for sailors with psychiatric disorders

All remaining medical facilities at the site were closed in 2009. After services were transferred to the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth, the hospital closed in 2009. The 25-hectare hospital site was sold to developers for £3 million later that year.

Plans were released in 2014 for a £152 million redevelopment scheme involving housing, commercial space, a retirement home and a hotel. The hospital itself is a Grade II listed building.

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Hospital_Haslar

Esoteric Eric




Kingsway Tramway Subway, London

History

The Kingsway Tramway Subway is a cut-and-cover Grade II Listed tunnel in central London, built by the London County Council, and the only one of its kind in Britain. The decision in 1898 to clear slum districts in the Holborn area provided an opportunity to use the new streets for a tramway connecting the lines in the north and south. Following the pattern of tramways in New York (the Murray Hill Tunnel) and Boston (the MBTA Green Line), it was decided to build this as an underground connection.

Trams were abandoned in London on 5 July 1952, after which street tracks were lifted, but those in the subway mostly remain in place. In 1953, London Transport used the tramway to store 120 unused buses and coaches in case they were needed for the Coronation but proposals to convert the tramway subway to a car park or a film studio failed and it was leased out as a storage facility from October 1957.

Source:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingsway_tramway_subway

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Sunday, 17 November 2019

Peggy Davies Ceramics/ Former Wellington County Infant's School, Stoke-on-Trent

History

The Wellington County Infant's School was built in 1893, becoming Hanley St. Luke's C of E Aided Primary School in 1982. The school closed in 2001, when a new extension was added to the adjacent junior school and was used by Peggy Davies Ceramics until 2010.

Source:
https://www.28dayslater.co.uk/threads/peggy-davies-ceramics-formerly-st-lukes-wellington-county-infants-school-stoke-on-trent-october-2019.120525/

Esoteric Eric