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Report - Firbeck Hall, Rotherham - Jan 15

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by ledgehammer, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. ledgehammer

    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    I hadn't arranged this site, so it was in part a surprise. We were chuffed to see that the possible renovation hadn't began yet. This is maybe the largest and trickiest explore have done, movement was slow and careful in most places.

    Access and exit was good fun, and some barking dogs in an outbuilding on the grounds added to the effect. A substantial sports complex, near by and a three storey mansion with cellar and attics - in poor condition, but still a good one.

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    Firbeck Hall is a 16th century country mansion. It lies approximately 12 miles south of Doncaster and was once the home of William West who built the hall in 1594. West had made a fortune practicing law and serving as an associate to Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury from 1580 to 1594.

    After his death in 1598 it passed through various branches of the family via inheritance until bought by Henry Gally in the late 18th-century. It was his son, Henry Gally-Knight, who, in 1820, substantially remodelled and extended Firbeck in the Elizabethan style we see today.

    Firbeck Hall was badly damaged by fire in 1924 but it’s fortunes improved when it was eventually sold in 1934 to businessman Cyril Nicholson who invested £80,000 (approx £4m – 2008 values) who created the premier country club in the nation, visited by royalty and celebrities. World War II put an end to the gilded lifestyle and it became a hospital in 1943, a role it was to fulfil until c.1990 when it eventually closed.

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  2. Fairdo's

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    Slightly fooked but very nice m8....
     
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    Good effort, stick at it :thumb
     
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    Honestly can't see that place ever being renovated, it's within a whisker of falling down.

    Some great shots in that set, very atmospheric.
     
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    Nice work mate!

    May drop in here sometime! :)
     
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    Well done on getting in & out....alive :thumb

    If all the pics were actually in focus it would help your report dramatically mate ;)
     
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    well done tom great shots there well done good explore..
     
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    Cheers all :-)

    some hairy moments in there, worth it though, not much time left on this one...

    best...
     
  10. JaneEyre

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    Walked up here in the summer and nearly put my foot in a hole filled with razor wire! Not a nice trick whoever made it player, covering it with leaves, naughty naughty them! Hope your explore was a tad safer, thought I guess not.

    Looks cool inside, some of the doors shots you have got play with light in a lovely way :)
     
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    well done on not bumping into the not so friendly groundskeeper! did you see my tracks where I feel through the floor near the kitchens!?
     
  12. ledgehammer

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    Yeh, we noticed an open window - suspicious as other windows were boarded up - when we looked in we wouldn't have been able to get out so went for a more challenging access point. After a detailed explore we realised that the window was a trap, and there would have been no way out. That coupled with the dogs in the out building, looked a bit malicious to me - sounds like the same sort of thing.

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  13. ledgehammer

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    lol, the floors were all caved in, we walked across beams - still a couple of hairy moments - upstairs was the worst - some real concentration needed here! Didn't see a grounds keeper, < removed due to reinstalled common sense ;-)>

    It would have been easier to break our way out, but thats cheating ;-)

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    grounds keeper also available on Sunday's now :rolleyes:
     
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