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Report - The County Hotel (First find pictures on 28DL)- Alderley Edge - Cheshire - April 2013

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Jamiemacc, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. Jamiemacc

    Jamiemacc 28DL Full Member
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    Well Good Evening all!!! This is my first thread on this awesome site.

    A brief history to start with
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    The County Hotel on Alderley Road closed in November 2009 and since then the site has been derelict. The building has fallen into a sorry state of decline and has been subject to a number of incidences of vandalism and theft.

    The building was originally known as 'Arden House' around the 1880s and was a semi detached residential villa set amidst several other Victorian villas within their own spacious grounds, including 'Lindow Grove' now known as The Merlin and 'Merchistown' now known as 'Yesterdays' the former nightclub.


    It was Harden House prep school in the 1950s and ended its days by joining forces with Ryleys School - which is why Ryleys (which had sold much of its own land) has its playing fields nearby. They are the old playing fields of Harden House School.

    Take a look at the ties of today's Ryleys pupils, the blue in there is inherited from the blue and silver which formed the uniform of Harden House. I can't claim these as my own memories - my husband and his brother were Harden House boys.

    I have had my eyes on this place ever since it shut way back in 2009, ive always liked the place since i used to go to the wacky warehouse there in my youth :thumb Anyhow me and a good friend of mine decided to take a look round the place one night... The place was pretty tightly shut...

    It seemed that the building had been secured inside and out, there seemed to be access via the roof, but as it was dark, and was extremely tired from another venture we called it a night and decided to give it a go another night...

    A week or so later we decided to take another look...

    and heres where the pictures do the talking ( sorry about the quality )

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    Looks like the old boilers would still work
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    Old signs have seen better days
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    Long big Cellar
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    Lovely old safe
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    Stairs... Love exploring the unknown :)
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    Big eery smelly kitchen, it looks bright, but trust me its a lot darker than this flash makes out....
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    Ice cream anyone?? ;)
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    The main bar... I remember ordering food there...
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    Where seating once was...
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    Coffee??
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    Shame the pool table was ruined....
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    Once a lovely fireplace
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    Check in
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    back down the main bar again
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    some old piccys
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    Check in
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    Now we did go up there, but there was just loads of empty rooms with knackered on suites...
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    the piss pots.
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    the bit you all wanna see
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    exciting stuff
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    All Burnt :(
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    so thats where all the beds and stuff are :crazy
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    Ted hanging in
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    trust me, its a lot darker and gloomyer in person, even in the day...
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    bit late for that...


    After this we left and had a look at the basement a bit more... and Yesterdays, and my battery ran out on the camera

    All i can say is... god knows what the F*** is in the freezers... but by ek it smells bad... no go area for me...

    Hope you all like the pictures... hope for some feedback
     
    #1 Jamiemacc, Apr 22, 2013
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  2. Haylopeach

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    Hi - I would really like to see these photos but they are not visible on the thread for some reason??
     
  3. ZerO81

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    The OP has not been seen online since June last year, i suspect there is little chance of the photos re-appearing.
     
  4. BrainL

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  5. Haylopeach

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    Aww ok! Yes, thanks have already seen yours. Wanted to see more! My family used to own the place in the 60's & 70's. My grandad and uncle did it up from being an old boys school. It was called The Cherries back when uncle Frank Bailey ran it. One of the most popular hotels around. My mum and dad got married there. It was beautiful both inside and the grounds around it (from the
    pics I've seen). Such a shame. I'd love to go and see it! Was half minded to go and try to have a mooch, but if it's that well sealed now I prob don't stand a chance!
     
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  6. BrainL

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    It would probably make you quite sad to see the state of it now I imagine, so much water getting in some of the top floor ceilings have collapsed and the amount of damp in there has meant mushrooms are literally growing from the walls and floors.. The wacky warehouse part has some fairly bad fire damage as well sadly
     
  7. albino-jay

    albino-jay 28DL Regular User
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    your telling me. Just had a little mooch and yep every window double boarded, steel and wood and anti vandal grease anywhere you may be able to climb. Not that it would make any difference as upstairs looks just as well sealed as the bottom.

    Ah well knew i shouldve had a look years ago when i noticed it had shut. Always one of them that skipped my mind.
     
  8. bignickb

    bignickb 28DL Regular User
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    I got in in June 2015 and had one of my most harrowing incidents as an explorer!
     
  9. albino-jay

    albino-jay 28DL Regular User
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    Do tell :p
     
  10. bignickb

    bignickb 28DL Regular User
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    It's in my report below!
     
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  11. paulpowers

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    Was that the time you got bummed by a squatter
     
  12. Camera Shy

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    Let's be honest, It's shite and you deserve a bumming if you bother going.
     
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    Let's be honest, It's shite and you deserve a bumming if you bother going.
     
  14. bignickb

    bignickb 28DL Regular User
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    Is there an echo in the room? Ha ha! I like derps, who knows what you may find and less likely to get busted like we were.
     
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