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Report - Midland Grand Hotel, St Pancras - 15/12/06

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Oxygen Thief, Dec 15, 2006.

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    Visited with Riddlers and Stumpy, met up later with Zero and Sick.

    What a night, just got in but well worth the effort.

    The Midland Grand Hotel was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, and opened during the years 1873 - 76. It closed as a hotel in 1935, being used as railways offices until it failed its fire certificate in the 80's. It is grade 1 listed and it looks like the building is being treated fairly, precautions are in place to protect the original features.

    Well we made our way in, a slow start at first as we tried to avoid the workmen and get into the towers. A bit hairy but sorted nonetheless. Once we were in the tower we were greeted by the legendary 'grand staircase', which is truly stunning. I haven't seen anything like this, ever...

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    We then made our way to the main tower. This is a totally wooden structure, with a lead clad flat roof, with great views...

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    So after this it was only logical we did the clock tower, we thought better of climbing the wooden ladder up the spire though...

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    We noticed that the light from outside was silhouetting the clockface through the glass. How to photograph it? Turn the clock lights off...

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    ...that's better :thumb

    Now we made our way back over to the main tower, taking a better look at some of the features...

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    Around about now, Zero and Sick were on site, but holed up and unable to get into the correct part of the building, we had puzzled with this earlier on. A bit of rooftop navigation sorted them out. A bit like sheepdog herding really.

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    Anyway, we met them in the grand staircase, then made our separate ways.

    Cheers guys, a top explore.
     

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