Report - St Augustine's, Stoke-on-Trent, 19/03/08

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The Professional

St Augustine’s was built on the grounds of the home of the Hales Family who lived in “Cobridge House” during the 18th and 19th Century. Roman Catholic nuns originating from Lisbon bought the house in 1899, and then built the “Little Sisters of the Poor Convent” on the grounds between 1902 and 1903. After an extension to the convent in 1911, this is structurally what we still have today.

A change of use was registered in 1994, and St Augustine’s was opened as a nursing home for the elderly. Seven years later the property was altered once again to cater for refugees and asylum seekers, something that it was used for up until it’s closure in 2005.

Demolition is now underway to start construction of a new 33 bedroom care home.


Picture taken January 2008 - from


Proposed new home

As it is today the building is pretty much stripped out, with few clues giving away it's history. One major disappointment was that there was no walkway access to the cross on the top of the roof, something I had been looking forward to getting too. Visited this evening with Havoc




Symmetrical and square is the norm here


Scary Santa


Beans and Peaches for dinner!


Recessed traditional Georgian sink




The salon, complete with sunbed


As nice as they look, those doors are not solid wood




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