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Report - Doxford House, Sunderland, June 2013

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by catbalou, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. catbalou

    catbalou off the wall
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    A long time ago, I visited this place and it was sealed. Recently, a kind of mix of "lets get this done / one off the list / my God, thats a bit high... can I get there" type of scenario ensued...
    A few bruises and much gnashings of teeth and in...
    NOT what I was expecting, as it would appear that the three year time gap has encouraged all kinds of metal thieves/arsonists to proceed in trashing the place.... however, as I say, its one off the list and done.

    History from Wiki...
    Doxford House is a derelict 18th century mansion in the Silksworth area of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England. It is a Grade II* listed building
    Formerly known as Silksworth House, it was constructed in 1775–1780 by William Johnson who on his death in 1792 bequeathed the property to his friend Hendry Hopper. In 1831 Priscilla Hopper then heiress to the estate married William Beckwith of Thurcroft. He was High Sheriff of Durham in 1857. The Beckwiths moved to Shropshire in about 1890 and the house was let out.
    In 1902, Charles David Doxford of William Doxford & Sons, brother of Theodore Doxford, took out a 99 year lease on the 24-acre estate. On his death in 1935, his daughter, Aline, bought out the lease. On her death in 1968, she bequeathed the house and estate to Sunderland Corporation who gave the house its present name and turned the gardens into Doxford Park.
    In 1989 the house became a students’ hall of residence for Sunderland University and from about 2000 to 2006 was occupied by the Lazarus Foundation, a drug rehabilitation charity . Plans to turn the house into apartments were proposed in 2008.

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  2. Urbexexplorer23

    Urbexexplorer23 28DL Full Member
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    Is this building still around ?
     
  3. Miss Mayhem

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    Good stuff looks interesting,
    That corridor is a bit creepy though,
    Cheers for sharing :thumb
     
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