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Report - Priory House and Tunnel Pontefract Nov 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Wappy, Nov 17, 2015.

  1. Wappy

    Wappy 28DL Full Member
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    First report go steady lol hope its ok
    Before this place gets knocked down filled in thought id share with you.
    The Priory House (white house) Pontefract With only living 10 minutes away from this place and after reading about some
    possible tunnels I had to take a look.
    The house was owner by someone called John Holmes who got in to some financial trouble and had to leave the place behind.
    Before this the house was known for having garden partys with the garden stretching back to include a small wooded area.
    A few year back homeless and drug users seemed to spend time in here and there was a murder enquiry after someone set fire to
    them selfs I think it turned out in the end.
    The fire took the roof off and since then the rain has caused everything to become not very safe.
    Flowers were left on the stairs iam guessing this is where the lad died.There was also some grave stones in the garage
    which I cant explain why or what they are doing there.
    As for the tunnel ive been told its an air raid shelter and thetre was another tunnel going to pontefract castle which has been bricked up
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    toilet
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    flowers
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    living room
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    kitchen
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    hoover
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    my wellys
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    looking down first part
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    looking down
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    room at bottom
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    looking back up
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    bottom
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  2. KM_Punk

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    Not a bad first report :thumb
    Shame about the vague history, but some places are like that unfortunately.
    That shelter looks interesting, or is it basically a pit?
    Cheers for sharing :thumb
     
  3. Wappy

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    its a small room at the bottom of two sets of steps also carved out of the rock but my guess is it predates the house
     
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    Maybe, depends what was on the site before the house, if anything
     
  5. Wappy

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    Found the story of the tunnel sorry its late
    Frank H.W. Holmes, 1981

    It was in 1938 that I joined the Air Raid Precautions Organisation, taking up first-aid, and in the same year, by my recollections of first war experience, I began digging a shelter in the Priory Wood. The site proved unsatisfactory and I abandoned it. In the spring of 1939 I commenced operations nearer to the house, but soon reached hard rock. Hand work was useless, so after much enquiry, I organised conversion of a Jowett van to serve as an air compressor, procured an air-pick, and (with a negligible amount of assistance, all voluntary) ultimately attained a shelter with fifteen steps down from the surface, eleven more in a second flight, and a passage twenty feet long at the bottom, all of it in rock and not less than six feet high. It is still there today.
    full story here http://www.pontefractus.co.uk/memories/memories_fholmes04.htm
     
  6. The Amateur Wanderer

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    Very nice, been meaning to look at this for a while now been a Ponty lad...

    The tunnel was indeed built as a shelter by as you've mentioned above, there's also the Mill Hill Shelter which is bricked up literally just across the other side of the trees, that shelter is of a much larger capacity and built into the already existing sandstone mines.
     
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    Interesting report :)
     
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    I'd love to explore this place and maybe use it for my media work, where abouts in pontefract is the house? I've been searching but can't seem to find it
     
  9. Wappy

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    it took me weeks to find mate but the info is there if you look hard enough google is your friend use it :) you will get more enjoyment out of finding it yourself than me telling you honestly
     
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    interesting about the tunnel, good report ;)
     
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    Cool find and interesting report :)
     
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    That sounds like a challenge...
     
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    Known about this place a long time, went in for a look around when I was about 14/15, only went in the one time tho
     
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