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Report - Daresbury Hall June - August 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Cazel#HT, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. Cazel#HT

    Cazel#HT 28DL Full Member
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    Daresbury Hall, Cheshire

    The History…


    Daresbury Hall is a former country house in the village of Daresbury,Cheshire, England. It was built in 1759 for George Heron.The house is constructed in brown brick with stone dressings, and has a slate roof.Its architectural style is Georgian.The house is in three storeys and seven bays. It has a stone plinth and stone bands between the storeys. Framing the middle three bays are rusticated pilasters, and similar quoins at the corners. All the windows are sash windows. Along the top of the house is a plain parapet, with a pediment above the central three bays.

    For some years from 1955 it was used by a charity, now known as SCOPE, as a residential home for handicapped people.

    The house is recorded in the National Heritage list for England as a designated Grade II listed building.

    In April 2015, a huge cannabis farm containing six hundred plants with an estimated street value of £750 000 was discovered at the former county mansion in an annex at the estate.


    The Visit…


    Visited during June and July 2015 with Scotty Markfour. There was so much to see at this site we visited three times to be sure we’d not missed anything.

    Entrance to the site was easy. We were cautious as we’d heard that security was present.

    The first buildings we entered were the 1960s prefab housing built by SCOPE for the patient carers. There was a lot of graffiti pertaining to Zombie Apocalypse, stage setting for Zed Events, that gave an eerie feel to the abandonment.

    As we approached the Main Building we spied the kennel and reflected back to the stories of large guard dogs…no sign at this point. We did not gain access to the main building until the second visit, at this point we did hear secca outside shouting at his barking dog but managed to avoid being seen. The main building was so full of “stuff”… clothing, furniture, ornaments, fridges full of food, photos, paperwork and bounced cheques to name but a few. The building is very water logged and upper floors damaged and quite dangerous so care to be taken if visiting.

    Other highlights include the partially converted outbuilding (thousands of wasted pounds!!), abandoned cars, stables and office block.

    A real fun explore with plenty to see xx


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  2. scotty markfour

    scotty markfour 28DL Regular User
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    well done on your first report @Cazel#HT
     
  3. essex mouse

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    Cannabis farm?
     
  4. The Wombat

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    Interesting report :thumb
    Good work.

    Have you used a lens attachment on some of the photos?
     
  5. Cazel#HT

    Cazel#HT 28DL Full Member
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    Some of the pics were took using a fisheye lens x
     
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