Explore #26: Chaise Abbey, somewhere in the UK – January 2014

The first explore of a new year, and what an absolute cracker to start with! This stunning country house was built in the 1800s, but has been unoccupied since the 1960s, and has fallen into serious disrepair. It is clear that the current owners are trying to restore the property, but it is a daunting task which needs a huge amount of work doing if the battle is going to be won – which I sincerely hope it will. I…

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Explore #21b (second revisit): Theme Park, Suffolk – December 2013

This was my third explore of this local theme park, following my two earlier visits. The target this time was the largest rollercoaster in the park – the “Wipeout”, measuring 935 feet in length, with 3 inversions and a maximum G force of 5.2. But we were most interested in its height – 116.5 feet might not sound an awful lot, but trust me on a dark and windy night it felt plenty high enough! According to its entry in…

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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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