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


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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 -


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.


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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