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Report - Woodsgate House, Tunbridge Wells, Kent - October 2019


Scholesy

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Hi, sadly I went to this place a fortnight ago, there were two setss of fences, you can get past the outer,, but there is an inner one that you have to climb, it is made with wooden posts and they have tar on the top, which would just ruin your clothes. All windows and doors were boarded up with metal boards (See below) you can still see the conservatory but its not much to explore.

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Chloe Explores

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Hi, sadly I went to this place a fortnight ago, there were two setss of fences, you can get past the outer,, but there is an inner one that you have to climb, it is made with wooden posts and they have tar on the top, which would just ruin your clothes. All windows and doors were boarded up with metal boards (See below) you can still see the conservatory but its not much to explore.

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I forgot my phone to take some snaps of the new boards round the side, the new fences look burned at the top don’t they! I think it’s anti climb paint!
 

LeaveNoStonedUnturned

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Apparently it was owned by the NHS as a dental practice, it was moved due to it being to far from the main site to transport patients.
The handrails seemed very NHS. I was thinking this. And that combined with the fire doors, I'd say you might be on to something!
 

painterman2259

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28DL Member
History:
So with this location it is all a bit up in the air with the history to this one. When I originally found this location earlier on this year around March, I personally thought it was a big family house with an apparent swimming pool... I told Sean about it as he’s also located in Kent. He went on his own for a quick mooch and showed me his shots, and we both was confused on the fire doors as we both had the original thought of it being a family home. Our theory was it was either a small hotel or care home because of the fire doors.

A lot of explorers appear to be calling it a care home and I did for sometime myself however after doing some research and failing to find some information on this house. Me and Sean got some information off some locals.

We know that the Tescos next door is on the same land so they could possibly own it now. Apparently Tesco’s wanted to put a petrol station there but the council won't give them permission.

Somebody said that way back in the 1950/60s it was apparently a private house that belonged to a butcher called Mr Smith. It was called a “beautiful house” and had a snooker table, football pitch and swimming pool. The pool was filled in many years ago, and you can now actually stand in the pool and be perfectly solid as it is filled with what appears to be soil and trees. After that the local authority then used it for a while as a half-way house for the homeless. It’s sadly been empty and boarded up ever since. My guess is probably around ten years or more.







Explore:
Visited with @Seany Explores :p

Now this location is no stranger to me and Sean. We have visited this location every single weekend without fail always as we drive past it more than once a day. We always find it rather amusing because every few weeks the access always differs. It has become a game of what’s the access today for us.

When we first went there the access was the either the front or back door next to the conservatory. It used to be so easy but then it got sealed by the council due to a lot of teenagers going there, which probably would’ve caused a bit of antisocial behaviour. For awhile I must say the access was horrible where you had to climb onto the roof using the silver fence and climb onto the half fallen down stairs which honestly was so horrible and scary..... however we was pleased to see that we didn’t have to do the roof climb and the access this time was just an open window around the back. We did have to use the silver fence to get up on the window sill but that really didn’t matter because when leaving it meant I could slide down the fence - which lead to me having a laughing fit for an unknown reason.
I decided to bring my camera for the first time ever at this explore and take some photos. I never thought to before because we visit this so much I just didn’t really think to do so because I thought I could just bring my camera whenever I liked. However after a patch of not even been able to get onto the roof made me think the next time the access is easier; the next time I don’t have to climb onto the roof I will bring my camera. I was a bit of a wimp and didn’t want to take my camera when we had to climb onto the roof. I never wore my bag for that one either to just make getting in and out easier and quicker.

For a derpy building I must say this place is very photogenic and an interesting place to walk around. I didn’t like having my camera here but recently I have been wearing it around my neck again so I felt a lot safer with it.

Due to all of the floors having huge holes it took extra concentration for us to not fall through them as we noticed a lot more damage in the building that has happened over the last month. A few of the rooms were unexplorable due to the floor being like a piece of paper. As you can see from my pictures you’ll see how bad the floors are here.
I do have a few favourite things about this building which makes every revisit never boring and that is seeing the exterior. I really like the exterior and how old the boards look on the house next to the overgrown conservatory. The boards look so old and I’ve never seen boards like that before. From a distance I would say the boards are almost camouflaged on the redbrick.

Another touch I like to this place is the winding staircase. It’s just a basic metal care home looking staircase but with that the decay it just makes it look interesting.

I also like how the building curves ever so slightly, and the filled in the swimming pool. It has to be one of the most unsatisfying abandoned swimming pools to see however you can still slightly see the shape of the pool and see the blue tiles to it. It was very hard to capture the blue tiles as it is filled to the brim however I managed to get one okay shot of it.


I’ve also noticed this place has been a Kent tour bus location on Facebook and Instagram and now YouTube so I thought I would do my post on it and contribute to this location as nobody seems to know any history and really said much about the place.

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swannysue

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History:
So with this location it is all a bit up in the air with the history to this one. When I originally found this location earlier on this year around March, I personally thought it was a big family house with an apparent swimming pool... I told Sean about it as he’s also located in Kent. He went on his own for a quick mooch and showed me his shots, and we both was confused on the fire doors as we both had the original thought of it being a family home. Our theory was it was either a small hotel or care home because of the fire doors.

A lot of explorers appear to be calling it a care home and I did for sometime myself however after doing some research and failing to find some information on this house. Me and Sean got some information off some locals.

We know that the Tescos next door is on the same land so they could possibly own it now. Apparently Tesco’s wanted to put a petrol station there but the council won't give them permission.

Somebody said that way back in the 1950/60s it was apparently a private house that belonged to a butcher called Mr Smith. It was called a “beautiful house” and had a snooker table, football pitch and swimming pool. The pool was filled in many years ago, and you can now actually stand in the pool and be perfectly solid as it is filled with what appears to be soil and trees. After that the local authority then used it for a while as a half-way house for the homeless. It’s sadly been empty and boarded up ever since. My guess is probably around ten years or more.







Explore:
Visited with @Seany Explores :p

Now this location is no stranger to me and Sean. We have visited this location every single weekend without fail always as we drive past it more than once a day. We always find it rather amusing because every few weeks the access always differs. It has become a game of what’s the access today for us.

When we first went there the access was the either the front or back door next to the conservatory. It used to be so easy but then it got sealed by the council due to a lot of teenagers going there, which probably would’ve caused a bit of antisocial behaviour. For awhile I must say the access was horrible where you had to climb onto the roof using the silver fence and climb onto the half fallen down stairs which honestly was so horrible and scary..... however we was pleased to see that we didn’t have to do the roof climb and the access this time was just an open window around the back. We did have to use the silver fence to get up on the window sill but that really didn’t matter because when leaving it meant I could slide down the fence - which lead to me having a laughing fit for an unknown reason.
I decided to bring my camera for the first time ever at this explore and take some photos. I never thought to before because we visit this so much I just didn’t really think to do so because I thought I could just bring my camera whenever I liked. However after a patch of not even been able to get onto the roof made me think the next time the access is easier; the next time I don’t have to climb onto the roof I will bring my camera. I was a bit of a wimp and didn’t want to take my camera when we had to climb onto the roof. I never wore my bag for that one either to just make getting in and out easier and quicker.

For a derpy building I must say this place is very photogenic and an interesting place to walk around. I didn’t like having my camera here but recently I have been wearing it around my neck again so I felt a lot safer with it.

Due to all of the floors having huge holes it took extra concentration for us to not fall through them as we noticed a lot more damage in the building that has happened over the last month. A few of the rooms were unexplorable due to the floor being like a piece of paper. As you can see from my pictures you’ll see how bad the floors are here.
I do have a few favourite things about this building which makes every revisit never boring and that is seeing the exterior. I really like the exterior and how old the boards look on the house next to the overgrown conservatory. The boards look so old and I’ve never seen boards like that before. From a distance I would say the boards are almost camouflaged on the redbrick.

Another touch I like to this place is the winding staircase. It’s just a basic metal care home looking staircase but with that the decay it just makes it look interesting.

I also like how the building curves ever so slightly, and the filled in the swimming pool. It has to be one of the most unsatisfying abandoned swimming pools to see however you can still slightly see the shape of the pool and see the blue tiles to it. It was very hard to capture the blue tiles as it is filled to the brim however I managed to get one okay shot of it.


I’ve also noticed this place has been a Kent tour bus location on Facebook and Instagram and now YouTube so I thought I would do my post on it and contribute to this location as nobody seems to know any history and really said much about the place.

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Having researched this property in my Covid-19 boredom and as I lived nearby in Pembury from 85 to 95, I feel it my duty to reveal it's true identity.
Binfields or Binfield House was built as a private residence in 1948 and was one of 3 properties along this part of Pembury Road the other 2 were compulsory purchased and demolished by Kent Highways prior to the A21 Pembury bypass project.
There have been a number of planning applications to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council over the years, all of which can be viewed on the TWBC website. These include a planning application for a further dwelling on the extensive garden in 1982 by the owner (as mentioned in previous posts) a Mr W Smith. This was declined. A further application was made by Mr Smith in 1989 and was also declined.
Both applications were refused on the grounds of the property being situated on green belt land.
The applications and subsequent applications were made under the property name 'Heatherfields'. This was obviously not a name submitted to Land Registry as TWBC always refer to the property as Binfields but obvs Heatherfields is the more attractive name.
Tesco then submitted an application in 1991 to use the grounds for parking but later withdrew this in 1998. Tesco had by 98 purchased and were developing their new store on the adjoining land.
Anyway, at some point after 89, Mr Smith sold Binfields to Kelsey Health Care who in 95, successfully applied to turn the property into a care home for 7 residents with mental or physical disabilities, hence the health and safety features then being installed.
Kelsey were later granted permission in 98 to add a conservatory to the rear of the property (I thought it looked quite recent from the pics!), before at some point, then handing it over to Tesco which is where Google let's me down as there is no sale price to be found on Zoopla's or any other website but I imagine it was a tidy sum.
Tesco, successfully applied to demolish Binfield House in 2009 so I have no idea why they have not gone ahead with this and can only speculate it's because the house is fully shielded by trees from those who don't know it's there.

I am a key worker so have been flat out over the last few months, I have 4 days left of a 2 week holiday so may go take a look at this fairly modern ruin.

Hope you've found this fairly helpful.


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Chloe Explores

28DL Full Member
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Having researched this property in my Covid-19 boredom and as I lived nearby in Pembury from 85 to 95, I feel it my duty to reveal it's true identity.
Binfields or Binfield House was built as a private residence in 1948 and was one of 3 properties along this part of Pembury Road the other 2 were compulsory purchased and demolished by Kent Highways prior to the A21 Pembury bypass project.
There have been a number of planning applications to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council over the years, all of which can be viewed on the TWBC website. These include a planning application for a further dwelling on the extensive garden in 1982 by the owner (as mentioned in previous posts) a Mr W Smith. This was declined. A further application was made by Mr Smith in 1989 and was also declined.
Both applications were refused on the grounds of the property being situated on green belt land.
The applications and subsequent applications were made under the property name 'Heatherfields'. This was obviously not a name submitted to Land Registry as TWBC always refer to the property as Binfields but obvs Heatherfields is the more attractive name.
Tesco then submitted an application in 1991 to use the grounds for parking but later withdrew this in 1998. Tesco had by 98 purchased and were developing their new store on the adjoining land.
Anyway, at some point after 89, Mr Smith sold Binfields to Kelsey Health Care who in 95, successfully applied to turn the property into a care home for 7 residents with mental or physical disabilities, hence the health and safety features then being installed.
Kelsey were later granted permission in 98 to add a conservatory to the rear of the property (I thought it looked quite recent from the pics!), before at some point, then handing it over to Tesco which is where Google let's me down as there is no sale price to be found on Zoopla's or any other website but I imagine it was a tidy sum.
Tesco, successfully applied to demolish Binfield House in 2009 so I have no idea why they have not gone ahead with this and can only speculate it's because the house is fully shielded by trees from those who don't know it's there.

I am a key worker so have been flat out over the last few months, I have 4 days left of a 2 week holiday so may go take a look at this fairly modern ruin.

Hope you've found this fairly helpful.


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Absolutely amazing! Well done! Thank you for this! All history I stated in my report was stuff I had been told by numerous locals. I only put bits in that I heard numerous of times so it was correct! Thanks again!
 

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