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Type Index

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


Agri. : Comm's : Defence : Domest. : Hosp'ls : Indust. : Leisure : Relig. : Schools : Science : Trans.

A wide variety of building types become redundant over time with the changing needs of society. Over the last century changes in technology, economy, war and society have left scores of redundant buildings in their wake. Most are swiftly replaced by new structures that better meet our needs, but many remain because they are too remote, too costly or too valuable to remove. Please be aware that because some sites have been used for multiple purposes, they will appear in more than one category.


Agricultural
Fferm Tan-y-Foel
An abandoned hill-farmhouse in an advanced state of decay surrounded by semi-derelict farm buildings.
(Cwmann, Cards.).
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Communications
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, Surrey)
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Defence
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, Sussex).
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, Sussex).
Worms Heath Igloo 2 H.A.A. Battery
An anti-aircraft gun site built in the early years of the Cold War to provide artillery-based defence against Russian bombers.
(Warlingham, Surrey)
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Purdown: Bristol No. 6 H.A.A. Battery
The bunkers, magazines and gun mounts of Purdown Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery now stand overgrown in the shadow of Purdown BT Tower but were once an integral part of Bristol's defences against air raids.
(Lockleaze, Bristol)
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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.
(Dunsfold, Surrey)
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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.
(Shipley, Sussex)
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Domestic
Beedingwood
A remarkable gothic fantasy of a house built in 1876 for philanthropic bacon merchant Thomas Denny. During WWII it became part of a pioneering rehabilitation hospital but was closed in 1983.
(Colgate, Sussex)
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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, Cards).
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, Surrey)
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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, Surrey).
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, Sussex)
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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, Surrey)
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Fferm Tan-y-Foel
An abandoned hill-farmhouse in an advanced state of decay surrounded by semi-derelict farm buildings.
(Cwmann, Carms).
West Horsham
The remains of an Edwardian boom town that never materialised and the railway station built to serve it.
(Christ's Hospital, Sussex).
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Hospitals
Barrow Hospital
The Second Bristol City Mental Hospital was designed in the 1930s to be a progressive centre for treating diseases of the mind. Although the full plan was never completed, the hospital served until 2006.
(Barrow Gurney, Somerset)
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Beedingwood
A remarkable gothic fantasy of a house built in 1876 for philanthropic bacon merchant Thomas Denny. During WWII it became part of a pioneering rehabilitation hospital but was closed in 1983.
(Colgate, Sussex)
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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 great Edwardian 'asylums' which stood to the West of Epsom.
(Epsom, Surrey)
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Graylingwell Hospital
The former West Sussex County Lunatic Asylum was a maze of corridors, wards and cells opened in 1897 to be a self-sufficient community for the care and containment of the county's mentally ill.
(Chichester, Sussex)
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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, Surrey)
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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, Brecknock)
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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, Carms).
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Industrial
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 highly toxic wasteland and buildings behind.
(Cranleigh, Surrey).
Box Hill Quarries
Nearly 200 years of chalk quarrying has left the southern slopes of Box Hill scattered with limekilns, crushing plant, engine sheds, tunnels, tramways and excavations.
(Brockham & Betchworth, Surrey)
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Crychydd Woollen Mill
A small but industrious 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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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 producing until 1999.
(Cocking, Sussex)
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Esgair-Mwyn Lead and Zinc Mines
This small lead and zinc concern stopped underground mining in the 1920s, but the tips continued to be worked until 1994, making it Wales' last lead mining operation.
(Pontrhydfendigaid, Cards)
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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, Surrey)
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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, Surrey).
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, Surrey)
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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, Surrey)
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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)
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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, Surrey)
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Leisure
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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Portsmouth Greyhound Stadium
An iconic 1930s dog-racing track that closed in 2010, mid season, to make way for a redevelopment scheme which turned Tipner into a ghost town.
(Tipner, Hants)
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Religious
Bedham Mission Church of St. Michael and All Angels
A modestly-sized Victorian church and schoolroom which served isolated farming and charcoal-burning communities in the forests of West Sussex until the 1950s.
(Bedham, Sussex)
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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, Cards)
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The Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
A Victorian convent which was home to a closed community of Carmelite nuns until 1994.
(Hunston, Sussex)
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Kingswood Wesleyan Chapel
A large Victorian chapel built in the suburbs of Bristol, one of the birthplaces of modern Methodism. Now little more than a burnt out shell.
(Kingswood, Gloucs)
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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.
(Rowhook, Sussex)
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St. Mary of Pity
A much vandalised 1960s Roman Catholic church and presbytery closed in 2003.
(Burpham, Surrey)
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Church of St. Matthew, Goginan
A small church established as a mission of Llanbadarn Fawr in 1871 and closed at an unknown date within the last 15 years. Currently awaiting conversion to a 4 bedroom house.
(Goginan, Cards)
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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, Pembs)
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Welsh Martyrs' Church
An striking modernist church plagued by problems with the flat roof caused by the damp Welsh weather, it closed in 2008.
(Aberystwyth, Cards)
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Whitefield's Tabernacle
An historic nonconformist church established by Methodist pioneers George Whitefield and John Cennick in 1741.
(Kingswood, Gloucs)
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Scholastic
Bedham Mission Church of St. Michael and All Angels
A Victorian church and schoolroom which served isolated farming and charcoal-burning communities in the forests of West Sussex until the 1950s
(Bedham, Sussex)
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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 were abandoned.
(Chichester, Sussex)
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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.
(Rowhook, Sussex)
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Silian National School
A decaying village schoolhouse closed in the 1970s and latterly used as a village hall, until 2007 it housed an unusual WWII roll of honour.
(Silian, Cards)
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Scientific
Atmospheric Station 'F'
A small atmospheric research station built in the 1950s to monitor meteorological phenomena and test scientific instruments for a local university.
(Undisclosed)
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Tangley Place
A Victorian mansion and later laboratories used by the M.A.F.F. as a field station for animal testing.
(Worplesdon, Surrey)
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Transport
Derry Ormond Halt (M. & M. R.)
A small but well-preserved Great Western Railway halt on the dismantled Carmarthen and Aberystwyth line.
(Betws Bledrws, Cards).
Trecastle Services & Greystones Motel
An abandoned 1960s motel and restaurant complex in South Wales which closed in the 1990s.
(Llywel, Brecknock)
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West Horsham
Derelict houses and station platforms on the site of a railway boom town which never materialised.
(Christ's Hospital, Sussex).
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