Explore #25: Father Hudson’s Society (St Gerards Hospital), Coleshill, Birmingham – December 2013

This was a quick explore with Dora P, squeezed in between visits to friends and family after Christmas. It was a revisit to the Father Hudson’s complex of buildings in Coleshill following our previous visit to St Mary’s nursing home in September 2013. A brief history: The Birmingham Diocesan Rescue Society for the Protection of Homeless and Friendless Catholic Children was established in 1902 with Father Hudson as its first Secretary and Administrator. Father Hudson remained in Coleshill from 1898…

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Explores #24 and #24a (revisit): Sewing House, near Brandon, Norfolk – December 2013 and March 2014

Another abandoned house with a mysterious history. This was my first explore with my new camera (Canon 7D and 10-22mm lens combo), and whilst the explore itself was a really interesting one I was really unhappy with my shots, so these are the best of a bad bunch I’m afraid. I suppose it’s all a learning curve, and at least I got to put the wide angle to immediate use. This house was a real treasure trove, with sewing machines…

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Explore #23: Forge Cottage, Long Stratton, Norfolk – December 2013

I’d done a drive-by recce of this VERY derelict cottage on the way back from work a week or so previously, but hadn’t ventured in as I was in my suit! Despite not having very high expectations, and the woeful condition of the property, it was a surprisingly interesting little explore, thanks to the varied and numerous artefacts left behind. Many thanks to Kubix_UK for the rumour of this place. I haven’t been able to find any history of note,…

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