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Report - The Grand Hotel, Isle of Wight (Feb/2016)

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by b3n, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. b3n

    b3n onehundredandthirtythree
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    History

    The Grand Hotel was built in 1938 in the Art Deco style to provide accommodation for holiday-makers in the popular seaside resort of Sandown on the South East coast of the Isle of Wight.

    During the 2nd world war the basement of the hotel was used as the Isle of Wight control centre for the P.L.U.T.O. pipeline which transferred fuel supplies under the English Channel to allied forces in France.

    The hotel closed it's doors in 2013 and planning permission has now been granted for demolition of the building and replacement by a modern hotel.

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    The Explore

    The Grand had been on our radar for several years since it's closure.. Surrounded by popular tourist attractions and a busy beachside promenade daytime visits were an impossibility, so it was late on a wet and windy night that I first discovered the access point to for this imposing hotel. A quick reckie that night was followed by a proper visit with camera equipment, accompanied by Truffle Pig, a few days later.

    Despite searching every nook and cranny we couldn't find access to the basement, and P.L.U.T.O. control rooms. Presumed permanently sealed.

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    And the roof shot

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  2. Dave W

    Dave W Industrial Pornographer
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    Wot no paneling?
    Surely the wood paneled interior off the liner is the best bit?
     
  3. b3n

    b3n onehundredandthirtythree
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    The panneled dining rooms are stuffed full of beds and hotel furniture, they also have glass windows out the front. Photos were hard!
     
  4. The Lone Shadow

    The Lone Shadow Industrial Fanatic!
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    That looks pretty impressive to me mate :thumb
     
  5. tazong

    tazong 28DL Full Member
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    Really nice - thanks for sharing
     
  6. nickturbo4000

    nickturbo4000 28DL Member
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    I popped by back at the start of the month and made a video if anyone's interested


    Great place and nice that its not be vandalised.
     
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