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Report - PIONEER HOUSE, DEWSBURY-Visited Sept 2008-

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by sqwasher, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. sqwasher

    sqwasher 28DL Full Member
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    As you all know by now Pioneer House is a Victorian Grade II listed building sited on Halifax Road in the centre of Dewsbury. It was designed by the Architects Henry Holtom and George Fox and was built in 1872 for the Dewsbury Co-op society and later known as Dewsbury Pioneers’ Industrial Society. Henry Holtom, who arrived in Dewsbury in his 20's, became a town councillor in 1871 and later became Mayor of Dewsbury in 1883. Holtom and Fox designed many buildings including schools, churches and also designed the town hall!

    yeh i know it's taken a while...:eek:

    Looking upwards at the clocktower & former snooker club stairway at the south-east end of the building
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    The former hall/theatre/snooker hall
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    Looking through an old film reel in the projection room into the main hall
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    Part of the original ceiling with the stage front & rigging still evident
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    One of the gems of this building is the wonderful clocktower
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    The clock mechanism-silenced for many years & partly stripped by thieves! :mad:
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    Part of the linkage to a clock face-pieces missing & stolen!
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    The bells remained thankfully
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    Some conversion building work did start here but stopped. The effect adds to the atmosphere
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    A view of the former restaurant/library
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    Blinds still hang intact & level!
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    Some of the beatiful (but broken) glass
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    This building still has many hidden suprises-old posters
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    A huge & empty safe!
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    Ornate roof parts taken from the balcony area outside the restaurant
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    Contrast the brightly painted archways...
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    ...with the more decayed ones
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    Finally a view of the destruction & lack of historical respect that has been shown to this wonderful building!
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    Cheers if you've made it this far...:thumb there's more on my flickr​
     

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  2. Freebird

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    Re: PIONEER HOUSE, DEWSBURY-Visited Sept 2008-REPORT

    Here are my pics of that day way back in Sept:-
    Exterior shots

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    Interiors

    That Amazing Hall!
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    In the Clock tower
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    Looking out at one of the heads on the clock face
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    That sad looking Lift Cage!
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    The beautiful Stained Glass doors in the Restaurant
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    The Roof Terrace
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    The old beams made a good pic
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    Looking down the lift shaft
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    A small piece of written history
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    Thanks for looking. :p
     

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