Saturday, 18 May 2019

Newsome Mills Clock Tower, Huddersfield

History

The first woollen mill on the site at Newsome was founded by John Taylor in 1827. This building burnt down in 1872 and in 1873 Ephraim Beaumont Taylor went into partnership with Joshua Littlewood, to form Taylor & Littlewood, under which name the firm operated as a worsted mill until its closure in 1883. The current mill buildings must have been constructed soon after, and by 1893 occupied the whole block with integrated mill, weaving sheds, clock tower, ancillary and administrative buildings. After the closure of the mill, most of the buildings were let out as business units until the site was sold in 2006. The boiler house and chimney were already lost by then, and the greater part of the weaving sheds and some of the ancillary buildings were subsequently demolished to make way for housing.

Unfortunately the mill suffered a catastrophic fire in November, 2016 and only the clock tower and entrance gates remain.

Source:
https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1232037

Esoteric Eric







Green View House Care Home, Huddersfield

History

A former care home, reportedly closed in 2011 after several allegations of abuse against elderly residents.

Source:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-21662945

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Lockwood Carpets, Lockwood Mill, Elland, West Yorkshire

History

A former carpet and flooring dealer based in one of the many disused mills of the area.

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Wrexham Cemetery Morgue, North Wales

History

One from earlier this month, recently released for public consumption.

A World Ward II mortuary built in 1939 as an overflow for the former War Memorial Hospital, it is thought to be the only one of its kind to survive in north Wales.

Recently uncovered by the cemetery's caretaker after 70 years, conservationists hope to attract visitors in the future.

Source:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-48155716/first-glimpse-inside-wrexham-mortuary-after-70-years

Esoteric Eric






Friday, 26 April 2019

St. Ann's Hospital Morgue, London

History

In 1898 work began on the western part of the site to replace the wooden huts with permanent brick buildings, at an estimated cost of £126,850. In 1899 a laundry was built for £10,251 and equipped for £4,550.

The new buildings consisted of an administration block (in front of the laundry block), staff quarters, a house for the Steward, a porter's lodge, a receiving and discharge room and a dispensary. Four ward blocks - two for patients with diphtheria and two for those with enteric fever - were built at the southwest part of the site and a mortuary on the southeast part.

By the beginning of the 20th century the Hospital had 548 beds.

During WW1 it became Base Hospital No 1 for the American Expeditionary Force. The unit had been organised in Denver, Colorado, in April 1917 and equipped by the Denver Red Cross Chapter at a cost of US$78,000. It had arrived in England on 17th July 1918 and took over the Hospital on 1st August 1918. The Medical Superintendent was retained by the United States military authorities, but the medical staff were all members of Denver University. The nurses (some 100) were all graduates of Colorado State University. In addition, there were 150 corpsmen from the best families in Denver who acted as orderlies for the wards and kitchens, ambulance drivers and office clerks. The nurses, apart from the ward sisters, were all of one grade and wore grey linen dresses with wide turnover collars and white aprons without a waistband. 

The Hospital was decommissioned in March 1919. During the period of its occupancy, some 3,976 patients were treated - 2,351 surgically and 1,625 medically.

In 1930, following the abolition of MAB, the LCC took over control of the Hospital and replaced the remaining wooden huts with brick buildings.

In 1948 the Hospital joined the NHS under the administration of the Tottenham Hospital Management Committee, part of the North East Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board.

In 1951 it was renamed St Ann's General Hospital. It had 756 beds and became a general hospital, also treating patients with chest disorders and infectious diseases.

In 1984 the Hospital had 320 beds for acute, infectious disease and chest patients.

The Hospital is still operational and many of the 1901 buildings survive. However, the site is poorly utilised; some 20% of buildings are empty and some only in partial use. Built as a fever hospital, the buildings are spread out, with patients having to navigate over a wide area.

With an annual site maintenance cost of about £7.5m, the future of the Hospital is currently under discussion.

Source:
https://www.28dayslater.co.uk/threads/st-anns-hospital-morgue-tottenham-london-july-2015.98014/

Esoteric Eric



Motte-Cordonnier Brewery, Armentieres, France

History

A former brewery built in the 1920's currently being redeveloped for housing.

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Pump House, France

History

A derelict pump house/ hydro-electric plant utilising water from a canal in the Conde-sur-Marne commune.

Esoteric Eric