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Report - Bretton Hall/Leeds University, West Yorkshire

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by harryj, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. harryj

    harryj 28DL Member
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    Been meaning to post for a while - but since this one isn't on the forums, here's my first report.

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    Bretton Hall is a country house in West Bretton near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. It housed Bretton Hall College from 1949 until 2001 and was a campus of the University of Leeds (2001–2007). It is a Grade II* listed building.

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    So during a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park last week, we stumbled upon what seamed to be a forgotten police dog training centre and some kind of theatre (both of which we couldn't enter easily), moving further in, we found more buildings - student accommodation, science labs, and a large cafeteria.

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    After finding a way into the kitchen, we managed to explore a small amount of the complex (shown on the map). The building seamed fairly untouched - the electricity was still on, there was no graffiti and no wire/metal having being stolen - although there was a lot of asbestos all over the floors and ceiling. I would have loved to find a way to access the science labs, the main hall, the theatre and more of the offices etc - but we ran out of time and didn't want to spend too long there without respirators. Anyway here are some pictures:

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  2. Ojay

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    Good effort :thumb
     
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  3. Idle Hands

    Idle Hands 28DL Regular User
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    Yeah nicely done - be interesting to see more if it's all been vacated now.
     
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    My mother came here in her acting days, nice to see it as only ever heard of the place
     
  5. Oxygen Thief

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    Nice work, and good to see somewhere new on the radar.
     
  6. pat0edna

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    I've been there couple of weeks ago and I'm not sure if we're on about the same theatre but I found a way of getting in there! I was on my own and my battery was dyeing so I didn't dare to go in which I really regret now. Cool pictures by the way!
     
  7. WildBoyz

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    Cool report, not seen this before either.
     
  8. tweek

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    Did you see the poppies?
     
  9. Bronk21

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    I went today on a family walk. Lots of the doors are just unlocked. Went in to the kitchen and Its alarmed - security came and said we weren't allowed in there haha.
    it doesn't look too hard for the rest of the rooms it's just doing it without getting caught I guess.
     
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