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Explore #29: Cricket Pavilion, Guist, Norfolk – February 2014

Last weekend I decided to have a day of solo exploring around a few local sites on my map of targets. The weather was sunny, if somewhat mental, with gale force winds and torrential showers storms threatening later in the day. By the end of the day I had spent 9 hours exploring/driving around the wilds of Norfolk, and ticked off 5 sites on my list – whilst none of them were high profile or massive sites, they were nevertheless…

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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 #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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