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Jánské Koupele – Abandoned Spa Town, Czech Republic, October 2016

This was the only ‘Derp’ we managed to visit on what was my first ever ‘derp-roadtrip’. After setting off early from our hotel in Prague, there was a long drive ahead of us to get to this place, which was […]

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Crown Theatre, Eccles, May 2016

Opened in 1899 as the Lyceum in Eccles, This iconic Theatre was designed as a home for Shakespearian performances. But with the advent of music hall it very quickly became home to variety shows changing ownership and names in 1907 […]

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Gypsy’s Tent Inn, Bolton June 2015

The Gypsy’s Tent (or Gipsy’s Tent as it was spelt up until the nineties) was built in the 19th century. Although the pub’s address is on Deansgate it was severed from the rest of the street when Marsden Road bridge […]

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Burnley Empire Theatre, Burnley, May 2015

Originally called the Empire Theatre of Varieties, this theatre opened in Burnley in 1894 with capacity to seat 1935 people. Funded by the Directors of the Victoria Opera House Limited. In 1995 the building became abandoned and has rapidly deteriorated […]

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Accrington Conservative Club, Lancashire, September 2014

The UK’s largest Conservative Club, built in 1890 with a Grand Ballroom that once held 1000 guests. The club was designed by WJ Morley and G Woodhouse, with the funds provided by John Bullough. Bullough was a millionaire through his […]

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Moorcock Inn, Lancashire, June 2014

The Moorcock Inn Hotel and Restaurant, which is privately owned, has closed and re-opened a number of times under different management. In 1975 it was put into liquidation after losses of £97,500 were revealed. Later that year, the building was […]

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Victoria Baths, Manchester, June 2013

Victoria Baths is a Grade II* listed building, situated in the Chorlton-upon-Medlock area of Manchester, in northwest England. The Baths opened to the public in 1906 and cost £59,144 to build. Manchester City Council closed the baths in 1993 and […]

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Hulme Hippodrome, Manchester, July 2012 (Re-visit)

The Hulme Hippodrome, originally known as the Grand Junction Theatre and Floral Hall, opened in Hulme, Manchester, on 7 October 1901. It and the nearby Playhouse Theatre, built at the same time, were part of the theatrical empire of W. […]

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Victoria Pavilions (Winter Gardens), Morecambe April 2012

The Winter Gardens is a Grade II* listed building in Morecambe, Lancashire. Designed by architects Mangnall and Littlewood, with Frank Matcham as a consulting architect, it was originally built as the Victoria Pavilion Theatre in 1897 and was an extension […]

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