Monthly Archives: August 2009

Hales Hospital / Heckingham Institution – Norfolk

A workhouse has been at this site near Hales since the 1760s. In 1927, the workhouse was closed and the building converted into an institution for “mental defectives”. After 1930, control passed to Norfolk County Council and the establishment was … Continue reading

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Ditchingham Maltings – Suffolk

Various forums and websites mistakenly name this as “Wainford Maltings”, presumably because of a nearby roadsign. The real Wainford maltings is about a mile further down the road though. This one is Ditchingham maltings. And sadly it’s one that’s always … Continue reading

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Farleigh Down Tunnel – Wiltshire

Deep within the Wiltshire countryside lies some old quarries. During the war, many were taken over by the army to store ammunition. Due to their nature, these quarries were extremely secretive and bomb-proof. You can find out more about Monkton … Continue reading

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Fortalesa Isabel II – La Mola – Menorca

Whilst on holiday in Menorca, we visited “La Mola” – a huge fort on a small island defending the main port/city. It is now a tourist attraction, but I’m including it here as it may be of interest. The Fortress … Continue reading

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