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Report - Cherry Knowles Lunatic Asylum (Laurels), September 2011.

Dingle

Dockers Umbrella
Regular User
#1
The Laurels was designed by asylum architect George Thomas Hine 1842-1916,
the foundation stone was laid by Ald Stansfield Richardson in 1893 and opened in 1895.
The site covers 47 hectares of land,
the buildings are a compact arrow echelon plan projecting symmetrically east and west from a central location (hall and chapel).
The roofs are slate and the walls are red brick, Some minor extensions and one major extension at the west end opened in the 1930s.
The Laurels was grade 2 listed then delisted, and closed in 1998.
The land is owned by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the Laurels was demolished between March 2011-October 2011,
it hurts me to witness such grand buildings been demolished to make way for lego land housing estates.
The Buildings were in a poor way due to destruction and neglect,
Since 2008 a 7 foot palisade fence had been erected and security put on this is 10 years over due as the damage has already been done.
Nothing remains

welcome to
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facade east
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chapel/hall
3Chapel.jpg


west
4west.jpg


building east
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west
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1930s extension east
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west
8west-1.jpg


east
9east.jpg


middle
10middle.jpg


west
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1930s extension
12Extension.jpg


hall
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chapel
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stained glass
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corridor from 1930s extension
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corridor to 1930s extension
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subterranean steam tunnels
entrance/exit
27EntranceExit.jpg


steps
28steps.jpg


north
19servicesteamtunnelsnorth.jpg


south
20south.jpg


east
22east.jpg


west
22east.jpg


1930s extension east
25Extensioneast.jpg


west
26west.jpg


isolation
30IsolationBuilding.jpg


Demolition
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