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Report - Ushaw Stable and Farmhouse, Durham - March 2015

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  1. WildBoyz

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    Construction of Ushaw College began in 1804 and it was fully completed by 1808. The original buildings were designed by James Taylor, although other sections were added in later years as the site expanded. Final developments ensued in the early 1960’s; with the addition of a new east wing to provide supplementary classrooms and bedrooms for a further 75 students. Despite its condition, much of the site is now currently listed. For more history on Ushaw College and the chapel follow this link to an earlier report: Ushaw College

    The site of the stables and barn was constructed alongside the seminary, in 1804, to allow the monks residing there to function self-sufficiently. The stables and barn operated up until 1972 but has since remained mostly abandoned; although a number of local farmers, and the former owner of the farmhouse onsite, have used the site since its ‘official’ closure. The farmhouse is a fairly modern development, constructed sometime in the mid 1900’s. The stable and barn, which also houses sty’s for pigs and cattle, is now a listed building alongside the larger college buildings; since it is rare to find such a site that matches a neighbouring seminary and chapel. It has been rumoured that the site has now been leased to the North of England Civic Trust, an institute who are looking to redevelop and preserve the grounds.

    A special thanks to The Amateur Wanderer, whose history I’ve used to compile my own.

    Back in the UK at long last, and it certainly feels good to be back and part of an active civilization; or somewhere with a population at least. And so, as it’s been a while we thought we’d get the original gang together and pay the North East a visit. Originally, the intention had been to visit the old Ushaw pool we’ve heard so much about, but that didn’t turn out so well this time. Refusing to leave completely defeated, however, we decided to visit the stable and barn which is located somewhere within the vicinity of Ushaw College. As it turned out, it wasn’t a bad explore at all, and to our surprise there was a bit of a farmhouse to check out too. Ushaw is certainly looks rather dilapidated these days, but the stable and barn was a bit of a surprise. Anyway, on that bombshell, onwards with the report; for those who like farmyards and the like…

    Explored with the WildBoyz! (Ford Mayhem and Subject 47).

    1: Ushaw Stable

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    2: Ushaw Horse Stable

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    3: Corridor to Cattle Sty's

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    4: In the Rafters

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    5: Looking out from the Roof

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    6: Inside the Ceiling

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    7: Main Upstairs Storage Area

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    8: Cattle Feeding Room

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    9: Inside Sty

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    10: An Excellent Fever Drink (For Cattle) and Shinio Metal Polish

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    11: A Shelf with Objects

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    12: Equipment Room (For Horses)

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    13: Udder Wash

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    14: Old Material Bags

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    15: Middle Storage Area

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    16: Straw Storage

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    17: Horse Stable

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    18: Ushaw Stable and Barn External Shot

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    19: Farmhouse Stove

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    20: Tetley Tea Clock

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    21: Farmhouse Window

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    22: Farmhouse Fireplace and Ornaments

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    23: Upstairs Corridor

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    24: Upstairs Bedroom

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    25: Main Hall (Downstairs)

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    26: Storage with Cabinets

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    27: Outdoor Privy

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    28: Ushaw Stable, Barn and Farmhouse

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  2. Paradox

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    Proper nice report there mate, lovely pics :thumb
     
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    Excellent work fellas!

    Glad you got it done, shame about the pool though, hopefully it'll open up again soon, was one of our favourite little finds...
     
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    Cheers :thumb Thanks for looking.

    Another one ticked off the list :thumb Just that bloody pool to go ;)
     
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    Been to the college many a time but have never seen this! I think this is where I ended up the first time looking for the college and a bloke came over and shouted at us! Planning a trip back very soon to hopefully find this and the pool. Any information you could share would be great, obviously I don't expect you to post it for everyone to see or trust me straight away but I'm sure I could prove I'm legit!
     
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    Brilliant report, what a fascinating place :thumb
     
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    Cheers. I quite liked it. Not usually into the farm stuff, but this one was a bit different.
     
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    She's subtly hidden away on the sidelines. You'll find it easy enough ;) As far as I know, the pool is sealed tight.
     
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    It's beautiful I love the stables , especially as I have a horse
    Myself : )
     
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    Nice. I bet that takes some looking after. I imagine you would have enjoyed this explore though; the entire ground floor looked like it was just for the horses.
     
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    He defiantly does the grumpy old boy, they are such beautiful
    Animals ;)
    I think so to, that sounds amazing :thumb
     
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    Doesn't look like it's going anywhere soon; even if it is for sale (or so I believe), so you may have time to have a wander over yourself.
     
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    Yeah sounds like a good idea, I will defiantly add it onto the list :thumb
     
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    Haha, sounds like a good plan to me :thumb
     
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    Yep, I'm trying to get out as much as I can at the minuet,
    But I have been mainly focusing on drains. ;)
     
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