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Report - Prudential Assurance Building, Oldham Sept 16

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by dweeb, Oct 2, 2016.

  1. dweeb

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    Well... If you like a bit of architectural ceramics this is a must see. The tile work in this place is one of the best examples I have ever seen in a building in use or derelict. I made the journey solely to see this, so I was very pleased to find it was still open.

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    It's the blue tiles that are just amazing in here... 4 times the size of an average tile and decorated in that beautiful sky blue, which was the most expensive colour of tile.
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    Every component of the fireplace other than the grate was ceramic. I find it difficult to comprehend how much something like this would have cost... an average blokes yearly salary if not more.
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    It's common to see tiles in Edwardian fireplaces, but what blew me away here was the hood of the fireplace was one huge tile. Again a pricey embellishment, the larger the tile the more it cost. Don't forget bigger tiles take up more room in the sagger!
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    Blue tiles again for the pillars. If you've ever done any tiling, you'll know it's tough to keep a good straight line. Imagine tiling a radius in triangular tiles!!
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    Cupboard... yeah let's tile that too
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    Very unusual glass here, cut with triangular angles to act as a kind of prism. Decorated with a flower design of course...
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    A touch of the 70's here, along with a touch of barbarianism!
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    Too many rolls of paper... what to do? Paper the ceiling :)
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    Loft finds, including a pair of Codd marble stoppered bottles. They must have been in the loft for the better part of a hundred years...

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    Still gleaming after a century
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    Straight on shot of the office, showing the tilework from skirting to cornice. Note the one tile which has been replaced, I suspect when gas lighting gave way to electricity
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    One can only imagine what was once housed in those alcoves...
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  2. Ojay

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    Incredible Stu, simply not had chance to look at this as of yet, and tbh after seeing these pics, no need really!

    Right up your street this I know, amazing example of tile work and some cracking pics :thumb

    I sure hope said tile work is re-used to a fashion, that said, it's Oldham and it will prob be reduced to rubble or skipped, if that happens you should nip back and volunteer to re-home the lot of it f.o.c
     
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    Ojay, don't put ideas in his head! The last thing we need is more bloody tiles!
     
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    Yeah but, you know it makes sense ;)
     
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    Glad you managed to get in :thumb
     
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    Jeez, thats a bit of alright. What wonderful architecture.
     
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    very nice, those codds are a nice added bonus
     
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