Category Archives: somerset

Sandhill Park Hospital – Somerset

Sandhill Park was built in 1720 and was lived in until 1913. In 1919 the Somerset County Council bought the house and converted it into a home for handicapped children. During WW2 it was used as a hospital/camp by the … Continue reading

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Butleigh Hospital – Somerset

Butleigh Hospital is situated in a small village close to Glastonbury. It was built in 1882 and closed in 2005. I have no external pictures, but one from 1955 can be found at the Francis Frith collection.

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Tone Vale Hospital – Somerset

Tone Vale Hospital was built in 1897 and closed in 1995. This is now pretty much totally converted into homes, and a few leisure services. The main recreation hall is really the only derelict piece of interest left. Situated bang … Continue reading

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Morlands Factory – Glastonbury

Morlands was Glastonbury’s major industry – specialising in stuff made from sheep – like gloves, shoes, flying jackets etc. In recent years, the huge 31 acre site has slowly been demolished leaving just a few buildings. There are plans afoot … Continue reading

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Firepool Pumphouse – Taunton

Sitting between the main railway line and one of the canals in Taunton is the Firepool Pumphouse. It was used to get water from the canals, and store it in the huge tank on top, ready for filling steam trains … Continue reading

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