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Report - Tunstall Mansion - Hartlepool Oct 09

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by emotive69, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. emotive69

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    Built in 1899 by the famous shipbuilder and entrepreneur William C. Gray, the son of Sir William Gray also of shipbuilding fame, Tunstall Court was the Gray family’s main residence, though they did also own similarly sized properties in Yorkshire and Devon. As well as William C Gray and his wife, 7 other members of the Gray family occupied the building for nearly 30 years, with a staff of 12 to make sure their every need was looked after. Even with all these people in there Tunstall Court would have seemed spacious and luxurious with its 30 rooms, ballroom and indoor swimming pool*.
    Tunstall House was also occupied briefly by the Furness family who were also hugely famous in the shipbuilding trade of the North East of England in the 19th and 20th centuries
    In 1948 the ownership of the building was given to Hartlepool Borough Council who operated a number of initiatives from the building, such as using it as a training college for various trades including a secretarial college at one point. Sadly due to spiralling costs the council were forced to give up the property in 2002 due to a yearly cost of £165,000 for the upkeep of the land and its gardens.
    Shortly after this a pilot scheme was launched by the Dutch company Camelot in which people were granted cheap leases of apartments in the building (£25 a week with all bills included, less than a quarter of an average for the area) in return for the occupants acting as security guards and keepers of the property, carrying out light maintenance and generally just keeping the property in a reasonable state of repair.
    Again this scheme was short lived and Tunstall court closed its doors for the last time in 2006.

    An easy and smallish explore with plenty of scope , the interior of the building in the main is badly fire damaged but the character of the main ballroom area considering its condition shines through , There is scope for more exploration in the tunnel systems but better flashlights needed for that one ..

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    will add more here once the return trip is done ;)
     

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    hi bugsuperstar , not sure but yes they seem to be designed to let light hit the lower floor , i got a few pics down below will post so you can see what i mean , sorry about the hdr but it was pretty dark and all boarded so it helps ! one below shows circular light falling onto explorer below !

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    goan , not sure , there have been various applications in the last few years that have fell through , i feel a care home is probably not the best to retain its features especially the balconys ( can see a few major accidents there ! ) , however any use would be better than demolition which will occur if its not developed ..

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    Took another trip to check what i had missed the first time round at tunstall court , the cellars were not worth the hassle too dark and nothing worth talking about , so took some more detailed shots of the interior and then stumbled into a huge ballroom which i had somehow overlooked on the first visit ??

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    an enjoyable and very photogenic explore , hope they do something with it before its too late tho ...
     
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    Great photographs:thumb!! How hard is it to get in?
     
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    I have been reliably informed it has now been flattened I am afraid
     
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    I'm from Hartlepool and have been in many a time and it is indeed completely gone now, such a shame really!
     
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    Some great photos, Well Done:thumb
    Its a shame I went a few weeks ago but it was just a pile of rubble on the ground... I was to late :(
     
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    Nicely captured, it's a shame such a beautiful place has
    Become like this.
     
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    i went down about a month ago having been last May for my first visit which i loved, i was devood and surprised also to see it was gone! had no idea.
    such a shame just a large building with its history and architecture was knocked down
     
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