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Chateau De Singes, France

Chateau De Singes aka Castle of Monkeys Visited with: PG UE, Carl Hartley, Nick Whitworth & Scott Chadwick. Visit Date: September 2014 History Château De Singes was built in the 17th century in a very quite rural area of France. There are a few stories about the history of this place but how solid or true they are I am unsure. One of the main stories of this Château was that the last known owner was an elderly gentleman who was known to be a little recluse and very hard to deal with. One account of this behaviour was when a fire broke out at the Château. Smoke could be seen from t[...]
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St Joseph's Seminary

Brief History of St Joseph's Seminary St Joseph's College, Upholland is a Former Roman Catholic seminary, situated at Walthew Park, Upholland, Lancashire, England. The foundation of the large building was laid in April 1880 and college was opened in 1883. The buildings have recently been deconsecrated. St Joseph's College was founded in 1880 by Bishop Bernard O'Reilly to be the Seminary serving the North West of England. The college was formally opened in 1883 and was situated in Walthew Park, Upholland, the geographic centre of the Diocese of Liverpool. The first Junior Seminary of the[...]
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Derelict Manor House 'aka' Katie's House

Brief History of Katie's House Due to secrecy of this location I am afraid I cannot disclose any of the buildings history. This only happens on rare occasions and this is definitely one of them. My Visit to the derelict manor house 'aka' Katie's House After a failed visit to a different location which was cut short by what I call a 'WAH WAH' alarm we decided to try our luck at the amazing manor house that is 'Katie's House'. From the first time I read a report on this place it was added to the very top of my must see list and to finally get around to visiting was a great feeling. Af[...]
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The Ark Synagogue

Brief History of The Ark Synagogue The synagogue was built in in 1936/1937 and was designed by architect Ernest Alfred Shennan. Built in a rare Art Deco design it features a standard brick-faced façade but has distinctive tall vertical windows. During the Second World War the synagogue became a refuge for families who had been rendered homeless by the heavy bombing of the area. The synagogue closed in 2008 after serving the local Jewish community for over 70 years as the congregation merged with another local synagogue. The synagogue is a listed grade 2 building and features on the Heritag[...]
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Huncoat Power Station

Brief History of Huncoat Power Station Huncoat power station (also known as Padiham ‘B’) was built by the Lancashire Electric Power Company in the 1950’s as a sister for the power station at Padiham (Padiham ‘A’). Situated on the Burnley coalfield meant that the power station had a ready supply of local coal, and until 1968 was served by a half mile railway line to Huncoat Colliery. The Power Station had a fairly short life, closure coming in 1984. The cooling towers were brought down in 1988 and the main buildings were demolished in 1990, apart from this one building. The derelict buil[...]
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Holdings Country Pottery

Brief History of Holdings Country Pottery Holding's Country Pottery was founded in 1842 by James Holding, however, the business was originally located a short distance away in Gaulkthorn, an outlying area of Oswaldtwistle. In 1860 James Holding moved his business to Broadfield, then in 1900 his son Grimshaw Holding set up the pottery on the present site. From then on the pottery stayed put and the business passed down from father to son until it's decline. The last mandatory accounts, made up to 3rd May, were submitted to Companies House in 2010, with the comment, "Nature of business, dormant[...]
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Whittingham Asylum

History of Whittingham Asylum Whittingham Hospital, whose grounds adjoin the village of Goosnargh, became one of the largest mental hospitals in the country, and pioneered the use of electroencephalograms (EEGs). During its time it had its own church, farms, railway, telephone exchange, post office, reservoirs, gas works, brewery, orchestra, brass band, ballroom and butchers. In 1866, the three Lancashire "lunatic" asylums at Prestwich, Rainhill and Lancaster were deemed to be full and a new asylum was needed. The building of Whittingham Asylum began in 1869, originally to accommodate 1000[...]
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Fish Curers

History of the Fish Curers Unfortunately trying to find any history on this place is not very easy. I will continue to research this place and add more information when or even if I find any. What I do know is that the building was a Fish Curing business, one part being for the offices & another for the curing of the fish. Now for those of us that do not know what fish curing is here is a very brief bit of information. "Fish Curing. Methods of curing fish by drying, salting, smoking, and pickling, or by combinations of these processes. Methods such as these have been employed since [...]
 
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