Monthly Archives: January 2008

Wolverhampton Royal Hospital

Wolverhampton hospital opened in 1849, thanks to some local businessmen who decided that the town needed a hospital. Over the years it expanded, with new wings and operating facilities being built. It finally closed in 1997 when a new out-of-town … Continue reading

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Dalton Pumping Station – Sunderland

I can’t really begin to describe how beautiful this place is. It closed in 1946 and gradually rotted away. In 1996 an entrepreneur bought it and in 2001 he got an English Heritage grant (£530k) to help refurbish it and … Continue reading

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Stafford County Lunatic Asylum

Stafford County Asylum opened in 1818 to accomodate 120 patients. Over the years it expanded and housed around 1000 patients. During the 1950s, it was renamed St George’s Hospital. Like so many other asylums, it closed in the mid-1990s. There … Continue reading

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RAF Wyton Photographic Factory

RAF Wyton was home to the Strategic Reconnaissance Force after WW2. More information about the base’s history can be found on Wikipedia The recon role of the base wound down in the 1990s and is now used for logistic purposes. … Continue reading

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