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Report - St Edwards Home For Boys Feb 2012

Sshhhh...

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Ive been a member for a few months now but this is my first report, so go easy
Ive been to several places but St Edwards was on my to do list and my most recent so i shall share this with you all. Hopefully the backlog of photos from my other explores will gradually grace the pages of this forum. I had this uber adventure amongst others with Altdayout. When we first decended into the building we heard screams and what sounded like such a commotion. i popped my head around a doorway and promptly scared the living daylights out of one of many teenagers running around the place making so much noise without a care in the world. thankfully they didnt stay to long and we had the place to ourselves.
A bit of history.
In 1902 Father Hudson took the helm and was first secretary and administator for The Birmingham Diocesan Rescue Society for the Protection of Homeless and Friendless Catholic Children. This was an outreach project for boys and girls who were as well as orphaned, born to a single Catholic mother, presumably to take away the stigma and shame of being an unmarried parent. Several homes were built in the area for both boys and girls, one being St Edwards Boys Home which was opened in 1906.
Father Hudson remained in Coleshill from 1898 until 1934 devoting his time to the children. He died in 1936.
Due to a change in society as a whole and the way in which homeless children were cared for by it, many going through adoption and foster placements rather than the somewhat cold institution of a collective home, many of Father Hudsons homes began to close in the mid 1980s. Some though re-opened as accomodation for adults with learning and physical disabilities. unfortunatley due to lack of NHS funds, these closed in the late 1990s.
Its such a shame, as with many of these forgotten building that they are left until they fall into such disrepair that the only outcome is for them to be demolished. At the moment though, i think St edwards could still be salvage, fingers crossed before its too late.

The grand entrance..

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Love the corridors

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This part of the building seemed quite modern

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Someone didnt like the curtains:)

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Some great decor in this place! The doorway looks a bit precarious though

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Some would say orbs, i say dust

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0 bids. Maybe they will relist it

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Groovy wallpaper

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I find this a rather sad pic

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Rooms with views

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Not exactly five star

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Magical

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Decorators have arrived

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Couldnt leave without a chair shot of Mr A

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Thanks for looking, i would normally put a smiley face here but ive reached my pic limit! x​
 

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