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Report (Permission Visit) Bridewell Island Court Rooms, Bristol - April 2016

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by tumbles, May 3, 2016.

  1. tumbles

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    This was a nice way to end a productive week of exploring. I'd been meaning to get back here for litterally *years* - it was one of the first times I ever explored with anyone other than myself - meeting up with @Rookinella and @agk way back in the early days of 2008. I didn't take the greatest pictures those days (http://www.whateversleft.co.uk/other/bridewell-island) - there was so much to see back then I barely could take all in. This time I just went in for the courts. Sadly they are no where near the same as they were 8 years ago.. but the lobby is still rather nice if a little bit more decayed.

    Bridewell Island was a large central complex that included a operational police station, the main headquarters for the police in Bristol, the crown courts for the city and also a fire station. It's been owned by Urban Splash for over 10 years now having paid about £15m for it but still haven't worked out what to do with it. It's used currently as art space, air soft, laser quest and a bar/cafe. The police station moved across the road to 'New Bridewell Island' which has subsequently be replaced with *another* new station adjacent. The crown courts moved further towards the centre and they too have since been demo'd and relocated as well.

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    The court rooms were last used about 1980. The police station closed mid 90's leading to the rest of the buildings being sold off.

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    Being sent down from the court room here was akin to being in a dungeon. Barely any light and rather limited facilities.

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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    That's amazing ! The bible quote is incredible, as is the rest of the place,
     
  3. SpiderMonkey

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    Very very nice!
     
  4. tumbles

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    Wondeful placing of the exit sign over the top of it, mind..

    Quote and a half. The new internation version of it is 'Woe to the city of blood, full of lies, full of plunder, never without victims!'
     
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    Very nice this bud :)
     
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  6. Speed

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    Another Urban Splash failure then
     
  7. tumbles

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    Easily one of their best. I mean £15m.. and they've not got a scooby what to do with it. Subsidance one corner, flooding on another.. listed parts, not really convertable. I can see them quitely writing it off at some point.
     
  8. ZerO81

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    On the face of it, it seems to be doing ok to say it's been closed for that long.
     
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