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Report - St Edwards - Father Hudsons, Coleshill, Birmingham, Dec 13

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Linzi, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. Linzi

    Linzi 28DL Full Member
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    Hi everyone, I recently visited St Edwards home for boys and took my first ever Urbex photos :)

    Brief history
    Father Hudsons Society was founded by Father George Vincent Hudson. Father Hudson was born in 1873 at Kinsham in the parish of Bredon, Worcestershire. He studied for the priesthood at St. Marys College Oscott and was ordained in 1898. A week after his ordination he was sent to Coleshill as parish priest.
    Development of the Father Hudsons Society Complex to the south of the centre of Coleshill began in 1905 when work began on St. Edwards, a large boys home for Catholic children. The site expanded and developed until the 1940s and eventually included its own hospital, nurses home, cottage homes, offices, a church and several chapels and three convents for the nuns who worked on the site. Changes in patterns of social care meant that most of the residential buildings had become redundant by the 1980s and the hospital and school closed at the end of the 20th century. Many buildings are now empty and there are proposals to redevelop part of the site, which is in a Conservation Area. Apart from the Grade II listed church to the south and the former offices to the north, none of the buildings are considered to be of architectural significance. The present proposals include more demolition than a Development Brief adopted by the local authority in 2005 but the basic principles remain. For a variety of reasons it is not felt that the proposals will have a detrimental impact on the character of this slightly unusual Conservation Area.

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    Im still pretty new at this so would love to get your comments wether they be good or bad, and if anyone would like to look at the rest of the photos I took here is the link (if it's allowed) :thumb https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.693324937352190.1073741852.627524100598941&type=3
    Hopefully going back soon to get some more practice and explore the building a bit further (with a flashlight this time :) )
    Thanks for looking.
     
    #1 Linzi, Dec 12, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2013

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