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County Index

By Name : By Type
Smaller sites are listed in the alphabetical index

Brecknock. : Bristol : Cards. : Carms. : Glam. : Gloucs. : Hants. : Pembs. : Somer. : Surrey : Sussex : Undisc.

Historically, every county has had its own distinctive style and types of building depending on the needs of its people, economy, underlying geology and raw materials. Although regional differences in architecture have diminished with the age of cheap bulk transport, even today building type can vary widely by region. Here I have listed all of the buildings featured on this site by historical county (pre-1975).


Brecknockshire/Sir Frycheiniog
Mid Wales Hospital
A large turn-of-the-century psychiatric institution hidden amongst the Brecon Beacons and slowly rotting from the top down after conversion plans fell through in 2008
(Talgarth)
.
Trecastle Services & Greystones Motel
An abandoned 1960s motel and restaurant complex in South Wales which closed in the 1990s and was occupied by protestors during the foot-and-mouth disease crisis in 2001.
(Llywel)
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City & County of Bristol
Purdown: Bristol No. 6 H.A.A. Battery
The guns of Purdown Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery once defended Bristol from air raids but the battery now stands overgrown in the shadow of the city's landmark BT Tower.
(Lockleaze)
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Cardiganshire/Sir Ceredigion
Capel Blaencaron
An isolated Calvinistic Methodist chapel and parsonage built in 1875 by the side of a mountain road and abandoned some time after 1988.
(Tregaron)
.
Bronwydd
A gothic sham castle built in the 1850s for the Baronets Lloyd. Crippled by debt and the death of its sole heir it was abandoned to the elements in 1946.
(Llangynllo).
Derry Ormond Halt (M. & M. R.)
A small but well-preserved Great Western Railway halt on the dismantled Carmarthen and Aberystwyth line.
(Betws Bledrws).
Esgair-Mwyn Lead and Zinc Mines
A small lead and zinc concern which worked until 1994, closing as Wales' last lead mine.
(Pontrhydfendigaid)
.
Silian National School
A decaying village school closed in the 1970s and latterly used as a village hall.
Church of St. Matthew, Goginan
A small church established as a mission of Llanbadarn Fawr in 1871 and closed c.2000. Currently awaiting conversion to a 4 bedroom house.
Welsh Martyrs' Church
A striking modernist church plagued by problems with the flat roof which forced it to close in 2008.
(Aberystwyth)
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Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin
Priory Street Hospital
A derelict hospital in the centre of Carmarthen, founded in 1846 by voluntary contribution as a pauper infirmary and closed in 1996.
(Carmarthen).
Fferm Tan-y-Foel
An abandoned hill-farmhouse in an advanced state of decay surrounded by semi-derelict farm buildings.
(Cwmann).
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Glamorgan/Sir Forgannwg

Boys' Village
A 1920s holiday camp which provided a temporary escape from the dreary Valleys coalfields for generations of boys and young men.
(West Aberthaw, Glam)
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Gloucestershire
Kingswood Wesleyan Chapel
A large Victorian chapel built in the suburbs of Bristol, one of the birthplaces of modern Methodism.
Whitefield's Tabernacle
An historic nonconformist church established by Methodist pioneers George Whitefield and John Cennick in 1741.
(Kingswood)
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Hampshire
Portsmouth Greyhound Stadium
An iconic 1930s dog-racing track that closed in 2010, mid season, to make way for a redevelopment programme to transform the suburb of Tipner.
(Tipner)
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Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro
St. Michael's Church, Llanfihangel Penbedw
A small parish church with mediaeval origins, much altered in Victorian times and then abandoned in the 1970s.
(Boncath)
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Somerset
Barrow Hospital
A hospital designed in the 1930s to be a progressive centre for treating diseases of the mind. The full plan was never finished but the hospital served for 75 years, closing in 2006.
(Barrow Gurney)
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Surrey
Baynards Works
In 1937 the Steetley Chemical Co. began operations at Baynards making batteries and pesticides. Activity on site ceased in 2005 leaving 80 acres of heavily contaminated land and buildings.
(Cranleigh).
Box Hill Quarries
Nearly 200 years of quarrying on Box Hill has left behind limekilns, crushing plant, engine sheds, tunnels, tramways scattered across the southern slopes.
(Brockham & Betchworth)
.
R.C.A.F. Dunsfold
A Class 'A' Bomber airfield built in 1942 for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Surviving features include runways, buildings, shelters and an underground bunker.
The Epsom Cluster
A 'mini-site' charting the rise and decline of West Park, St. Ebba's, Horton, Long Grove and the Manor; the five rambling Edwardian 'asylums' on the east side of Epsom.
(Epsom)
.
Ewhurst Brick Works
Established in the 1920s by the firm of A. Hone, Ewhurst produced stock bricks of Weald Clay until its closure in the 1980s.
(Ellen's Green)
.
Hollywood Lodge
A Georgian gentleman's residence bought by hospital authorities in the 1930s and used as an annexe to The Manor and West Park Mental Hospitals until 2003.
(Epsom)
.
Laporte Earths
A hellish maze of conveyors, silos, calciners, mills and pipes used to produce granular fuller's earth for the chemical, woollen and pet-litter industries.
(Redhill).

Longhurst Lodge
A derelict Elizabethan Revivial keeper's cottage standing at the start of an overgrown coachroad leading up to the site of a mansion destroyed by fire in 1979.
(Cranleigh).
Nutbourne Brickworks
A substantial 1930s brickworks comprising dryers, moulding sheds, milling plant, a smithy, canteen and the remains of a narrow gauge railway system.
(Hambledon)
.
St. Mary of Pity
A 1960s Roman Catholic church and presbytery closed in 2003 and still containing much of the paperwork, furniture and service sheets from when they were last used.
(Burpham)
.
Swallow's Tiles Ltd.
A well-preserved small-scale Victorian tile and terra-cotta works which produced handmade clay tiles in the traditional way until forced to close in 2008.
(Cranleigh)
.
Tangley Place
A Victorian mansion and later laboratories used by the M.A.F.F. as a field station for animal testing. Closed in 1996, devastated by arson and now demolished.
(Worplesdon)
.
Tatsfield B.B.C. Receiving Station
A technical station established in the 1920s to monitor the quality of domestic and foreign broadcasts. In 1957 was the first place in Britain to recieve signals from the Russian Sputnik I.
(Tatsfield)
.
Weyburn Engineering Works
A large rural factory established in 1913 which made precision components for cars, trucks, aeroplanes and even tanks for over 90 years but closed in 2008 following the bankruptcy of its American owners.
(Elstead)
.
Wonham Mill
An eighteenth century flour mill and mill house, much extended in 1914. It was bought by developers in 2007 but mysteriously abandoned mid-conversion.
(Betchworth)
.
Worms Heath Igloo 2 H.A.A. Battery
An anti-aircraft gun site built in the early years of the Cold War as part of the short-lived and little-known Nucleus/Igloo programme to provide artillery-based defence against Russian bombers.
(Warlingham)
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Sussex
The Aeroplane Graveyard
A yard set up in a Sussex copse in the 1970s to salvage parts from Cold War aeroplanes ranging in age from the 1960s to the early 1990s.
(Faygate).
Arun G. H. Q. 'Stop' Line
A line of WWII anti-tank obstacles, traps, pillboxes and other defences ranged along the River Arun to halt or hinder an anticipated enemy invasion.
(Horsham).
Bedham Mission Church of St. Michael and All Angels
A modestly-sized Victorian church which served isolated farming and charcoal-burning communities in the forests of West Sussex until the 1950s.
(Bedham)
.
Beedingwood
A remarkable house built in 1876 for philanthropic bacon merchant Thomas Denny. It later became part of a pioneering rehabilitation hospital but closed in 1983.
(Colgate)
.
Chichester High School for Girls
The school founded here in 1908 was the Chichester's first council girls' school. In 2002, the school moved to a new site and the buildings left behind were abandoned.
Cocking Limeworks
Limeburning at Cocking started before 1830, but the present works was built in 1920s to supply lime to the local brick industry and continued working up until 1999.
The Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
A Victorian convent which was home to a closed community of Carmelite nuns until 1994.
(Hunston)
.
Graylingwell Hospital
The former West Sussex County Lunatic Asylum was a maze of corridors, wards and cells opened in 1897 as a self-sufficient community for the care and containment of the county's mentally ill.
(Chichester)
.
Rowhook School
A long disused single-room Sussex schoolhouse later used as a mission room. Subject of an ultimately pointless legal battle in the 1980s, it now stands empty and decaying.
Shipley Special Duties Control ('ZERO') Station
A once top secret underground radio/telephone intelligence relay station to be manned by the ATS Auxiliary Unit in the event of a successful Nazi invasion.
Steep Park
A rambling Victorian mansion, formerly home to a wealthy artisan and his wife, which fell into ruin after their deaths at the turn of the 21st century.
(Crowborough)
.
West Horsham
The remains of an Edwardian boom town that never materialised and the railway station built to serve it.
(Christ's Hospital).
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Undisclosed
Atmospheric Station 'F'
A small research station built in the 1950s to monitor meteorological phenomena and test scientific instruments for a local university.
(Undisclosed)
.
Crychydd Woollen Mill
A mid-Victorian woollen mill which ran one of the first public electricity schemes in Wales and once sent products all over Britain.
(Undisclosed)
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