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Report - Summerland's Lodge, Westgate-On-Sea, March '13

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Cracked, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Cracked

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    Visited with Weeble and two non-members.

    After planning a trip with Weeble to Vortigern Caves following a recent report on here, we arrived in the sunny* seaside town of Margate. Only to arrive to find it blocked up again with a fresh concrete slab over the entrance and a horde of builders over what might be another entrance. No caves for us today. Backup plan - what was that boarded up place we passed by on the drive in? Cue Summerland's Lodge. Not the most inspiring place in it's exploring heyday and worse now - but still with the occasional gem in it.

    All in all, a nice relaxed mooch - rather glad to be able to find a way up onto the roof with a little climbing. Seeing the lift equipment was good too, despite the 6 inch thick carpet of pigeon dung and carcases.

    A little history, shamelessly ripped from the interwebz.

    Built in 1906, as new premises for a preparatory school,called Doon House School.

    The school was closed in the early part of the Second World War and the property requisitioned by the military as an officer's mess for nearby Manston airfield. In 1946 it became the headquarters of the British Legion Homes, Maurice House. The home moved to new premises in nearby Broadstairs, the building became the head office for a construction company and then, in the mid-1980's a nursing home. A large neo-Georgian property set back from the road with substantial gravel approach and grounds. Constructed in red brick with stone dressings it comprises of a central projecting gable flanked by two of similar design to the left and right of the property. A tiled roof with central glazed timber lantern and six dormer windows to the front elevation. Three round windows with decorative brick surround to the gable ends with decorative timber soffit and corbel. To the centre of the building to the first floor is an impressive leaded window the upper portion divided into four parts. These contains the coat of arms of colleges that two founders and original masters of Doon House School attended. The main entrance, which is situated below the leaded window, has a fine stone arched broken pediment surround terminated with two well-detained Corinthian columns.

    *I lie, it was horribly grey and overcast.

    Question: Is razor wire effective? Answer: Not when there's a massive gap in the fence.

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