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Report - Philips Park (Part 1)

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by pierreob, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. pierreob

    pierreob Guest

    Hi Folks
    Last week my mate Dr Mikey found this brilliant site of yours and told me about it. Well we just had to give this urbex'ing lark a go didn't we....

    Several places sprang to mind but we decided to have a go at the derelict church in Phillips Park, Manchester. As it turned out the building has become so unsafe that the council have got it pretty well shuttered but we managed to get some good photos by climbing around a bit.
    (Hopefully the photos are here, unless I make a complete arse of showing them because I'm pretty new to this web-forum stuff. If it does work it's thanks to Fieldym's info about using imageshack).






    There was also a couple of commemorative plaques mounted either side of the main door but my photos of them turned out too blurred. One plaque referred to a guy called William Jones who was a Private in the Royal Welsh Borderers and he had won a Victoria Cross at Rorkes Drift during the Zulu wars.
    It turns out he was buried in the graveyard in Philips Park so we went off to look for his grave.
    The vast majority of graves in the section where he was buried were completely grassed over but as luck would have it somebody had been making a special effort to keep this one in good condition.
    Finding it gave our exploration a bit of extra depth and was quite poignant.


    Spurred on by a relatively good result but being a miffed at not getting full access to the church we decided to have a look at the semi derelict gate houses either side of the park entrance.
    If this post turns out OK I'll do a 'part 2' about the gate houses.

    I think it's fair to say that both myself and Dr Mikey are converts to Urbex'ing I don't remember the last time I had such a good craic without spending a fortune on booze.
    #1 pierreob, Oct 26, 2007
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  2. pierreob

    pierreob Guest

    As a post-script to this report here is a bit more info I found on 593 Private William Jones VC whose grave is pictured previously.

    William's part was played in the film 'Zulu' by the Welsh actor Richard Davies.

    William Jones was decorated with his Victoria Cross by Her Majesty Queen Victoria at Osborne House on 13th January 1880.

    William had to unfortunately pawn his VC when he fell on hard times in the 1890's. The medal is now housed in the South Wales Borderers' Museum, Brecon, Wales.

    William contracted rheumatoid arthritis, which he caught from sleeping out in the cold and wet at Rorke's Drift after the battle. Unable to work on occasions, he took to acting and starred in the stage spectacular Hamilton's Pansterorama in the 1880s and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in the 1890s.

    William was one of the few survivors of the battle to live into his 70s and died on 15th April 1913. William's grave is located in Philip's Park Cemetery Manchester section D-887 and a large blue commemoration plaque adorns the wall of the disused church, alongside another plaque to commemorate WW1 hero, George Stringer VC.

    And here's a portrait of the man himself (putting a face to the name makes it all a bit more real doesn't it?)
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