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Derelict

Part of the same abandoned hospital as yesterday.  This time of the original house where the Victorian details have been left to the elements.

Don't forget the new trick we were taught...press F11 for a fuller view

Oh and some history...

The origins of this abandoned hospital begin with the construction of the private residence of Sir Joseph Scott in 1777, named Great Barr Hall. A gothic style building was soon leased by Samuel Galton in the 1780's to house meetings of the Lunar Society, an intellectual discussion group who met during phases of the full moon for an easy and well-lit travel home.

The hall was purchased by West Bromwich Poor Law Guardians following the death of Lady Bateman-Scott in 1909, and was used as part of the "Great Barr Idiot Colony" from 1918 until 1978, when it fell into disrepair.

The hospital itself was constructed between 1910 and 1930. The campus of 20 or so buildings served to care for the mentally disabled; its name was later changed to St Margaret's Hospital and was in operation until sometime in the 1990's. The buildings have since been a victim of widespread arson and vandalism, and although the hall remains a historic building, it continues to deteriorate and crumble.

Derelict

Part of the same abandoned hospital as yesterday.  This time of the original house where the Victorian details have been left to the elements.

Don't forget the new trick we were taught...press F11 for a fuller view

Oh and some history...

The origins of this abandoned hospital begin with the construction of the private residence of Sir Joseph Scott in 1777, named Great Barr Hall. A gothic style building was soon leased by Samuel Galton in the 1780's to house meetings of the Lunar Society, an intellectual discussion group who met during phases of the full moon for an easy and well-lit travel home.

The hall was purchased by West Bromwich Poor Law Guardians following the death of Lady Bateman-Scott in 1909, and was used as part of the "Great Barr Idiot Colony" from 1918 until 1978, when it fell into disrepair.

The hospital itself was constructed between 1910 and 1930. The campus of 20 or so buildings served to care for the mentally disabled; its name was later changed to St Margaret's Hospital and was in operation until sometime in the 1990's. The buildings have since been a victim of widespread arson and vandalism, and although the hall remains a historic building, it continues to deteriorate and crumble.

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une simple fenĂȘtre qui donne sur une photo merveilleuse!
BeakerSt: Much appreciated, Simon
  • SheepLover
  • Pembrokeshire, S.W. Wales
  • 8 Mar 2007, 09:09
Good spot. What's the reason for not including the top of the window?

Are you sure it's abandoned? I've been admitted to worse... p.s. I really hate vandalism. I think those caught should have one of their hands cut off... Tolerance is the key.
BeakerSt: This looks awful on my screen at work!!!! :i

I'd originally got the whole window in frame but as it's quite lengthy it meant that the detail was lost. I ended up experimenting with different crops and trying to get the colours and textures to show through. On reflection I wonder whether I've gone too far and ended up with 'theme park' staged decay on the 'Abandoned House' ride...if you know what I mean?
  • Petra
  • 8 Mar 2007, 12:17
Great colours Simon, i dont know how it's supposed to be but the effect is beautiful imho
BeakerSt: Thanks Petra smile
  • mal
  • 8 Mar 2007, 22:06
I rather like this Simon goes Urban and gritty style! I'm almost stunned by the tone and colour in the shot, very vibrant, I like. Mal
BeakerSt: Cheers Mal, not exactly picture postcard this week.
  • Ellie
  • 8 Mar 2007, 23:58
Wow .. detail, colour, texture .. all amazing!
  • Lilith
  • Watching the detectives
  • 24 Apr 2007, 17:46
Good shot. I like windows and bars.

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