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Report - Longford Institute, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight - Spring 2016



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onehundredandthirtythree
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John Rylands. Rylands and Sons.

John Rylands was born in 1801. The firm he was to co-found and later become sole owner of would dominate Britain's textile market throughout the 19th century; He would own and run mills across the UK and his 7 storied warehouse would span the entire length of Manchester High Street.

He was Manchester's first multi-millionaire.

Rylands owned and lived on an estate in London named Longford and upon his retirement decided to settle on the Isle of Wight. He built a large home which he named Longford House after the mainland estate in the village of Havenstreet. For the villagers he built a gas works and 'The Longford Institure'.
A place for the 'social, moral and intellectual improvement and entertainment of the village of Havenstreet'.

Opened in 1886 the building originally housed reading and smoking rooms, a library, a billiard room, a refreshment room and a lecture hall. Over the years the building has had many uses from coach house to restaurant and during the great war was used as a covolencent home for officers.

In more recent years the building has been a care home named Holmdale House.

But not a very good one.

In 2015 the home was closed by the CQC and an investigation into five deaths at the home was launched by Hampshire Police -

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/five-deaths-unsafe-care-home-5373383

It's a very clean derp, everything still in its place, office full of paperwork and drug cabinets locked. It's the roof that really makes this one.

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Above the door is the date and John Rylands initials, the blanked out square would have had the words Longford Institute.

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