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Explore #139: The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – August 2015

After spending the night at a nearby hotel and enjoying some excellent Chinese food and much needed cold beers, it was another super early start the next morning. Our target: a huge Grade II* listed hotel with a truly stunning ballroom… History (from wiki) The Grand Hotel is a Grade II* listed Victorian hotel in the city centre of Birmingham, England. The hotel occupies the greater part of a block bounded by Colmore Row, Church Street, Barwick Street and Livery…

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Explore #109: The Underwater Ballroom / Victorian Folly, Witley Park, Surrey – some time in 2014…

And now for something just a little bit special… Please sit back, relax, and learn of the truly incomparable ‘Witley Wonder’ – a Victorian folly built beneath a lake by an eccentric millionaire… *** IMPORTANT: Please note that Witley Park is now occupied and in private ownership, and should therefore not be visited without the owner’s express prior permission. *** History (abridged, compiled and rewritten at great length from a number of source articles here, here, here, here, here, here, and…

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Explore #38: St Peter’s Church, North Burlingham, Norfolk – March 2014

I very much enjoyed this little 20-minute explore on a sunny sunday morning with Urban X. A brief history, abridged from here and here: St Peter’s church dates back to Norman times, with the majority of its current features thought to have been built around the 14th/15th centuries. Kelly’s Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, 1883 records: “The church of St. Peter is a building of flint with stone dressings, and consists of chancel and nave, separated by an oak…

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