Built in the mid 1800s this asylum was only ever intended to hold 200 hundred people. However this quickly changed when numbers quickly reached capacity so the main block was extended and new wings were added to accomodate the influx of patients.
This is a common theme throughout all the aslyums in the country, north and south of the boarder. As numbers increased the conditions dimminished.
The building has 3 floors including a basement level. There are reports of chains and beds still stored there. We couldn't find access into these.
Cells line the corridors.
Not much room for anything except a bed.
Through some research online you can see that in 1851 there were 3,234 individuals resident in asylums and by 1891 this had increased to 11,265. Shocking figures to say the least.
A solitary chair, as if this is a place to think, or a place for punishment. I'm not sure.
"For people placed in ‘lunatic asylums,’ the conditions were harrowing. Cells had stone floors, with litt...
Are you taking part in a renovation project or are you building your own house, have just moved into a new home, commercial premises, or perhaps you are selling your home and you'd like professional photographs taken?
If you fall into any of the above, or you think you have a project that might fit, please get in touch!
Records in the house suggest it's been empty from 2011 with the last occupier being a gentleman who suffered from dementia. It's a modestly sized three-bedroom and two reception farmhouse with some decent farm sheds which look to have held cattle at one time. There was a sandpit beside the house, which is how it earned it's name.
Unfortunately, someone has broken in and stolen the boiler and trashed the rooms. Though in doing so they uncovered some very old and interesting black and white photographs, which were lying on the floor. One being of the old lady in the windowsill. I'd guess an era of the late 1800s on this and the other three photos also shown. Fascinating!
The wallpaper and paint are in an advanced stage of the peel effect, which is what I just love. It just shows us how quickly the rate of decay can actually happen.
You come in the front door and take a right into the 'good sitting room' complete with piano. Just look at the cracking and peeling paint on that door, lovel...
Do you, or know someone who owns a derelict property in Omagh, Strabane, Newtownstewart areas. I'm working with the BBC for filming next week and looking for a property in this area for permission to film. If the building is also near or connected to the River Strule, the Derg, the Mourne, the Camowen, the Owenkillew, the Fairy Water, the Drumragh that can work too!
This religious retreat was built in the early 1800s, it was used for numerous other purposes after this and has lain empty from the 1990s.
It has extensive long corridors, large rooms with high ceilings, beautiful three-story staircases, and long basements covering the length and breadth of the building.
It's also been heavily vandalised, leaving broken windows and glass sprinkled everywhere, collapsed ceilings, and spongy floors with holes showing what's waiting below.
But most of all it holds all the elements a photographer loves, miles of muted colors of peeling paint, large windows letting in streams of natural light and beautiful architectural detailing that reminds us of what the building not so long ago, once was.
Now the rooms and halls stand eerily quiet, empty of life - but only for now.
There will be a video walkthrough to follow including basements to follow 🎥
Hi All, I just wanted to write a quick update to you all on the recent publicity I've been receiving, which is just fantastic, and I wanted really just to thank you all for continuing to support and follow the page. Really without you all, it wouldn't be here.
Below is an image from the write up in last weeks Newsletter, I've also featured in The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Mirror and Ladbible and appeared in two BBC Radio interviews last week (which I can't bring myself to listen too lol)
I'm now signed with a literary agent and finally the book I keep talking about will be following soon.
I never ever thought this journey would have taken me so far, and I'm excited to see what the next chapter brings😁
This abandoned convent/mother and baby home started operating from the 1950s up until the early '80s.
It was partially in use until three years ago. Some buildings have been demolished and I assume the rest will follow soon.
The Abandoned Chapel on the complex could easily be put to use again.
Long corridors lead the way.
Unfortunately, the convent is caught up in an inquiry involving illegal forced adoption of babies from their mothers.
It is reported that up to 7,500 women have the same story to tell from across six of these homes in the North of Ireland alone.
I've been in convents previously that have reported a history of mass graves of unborn children, and we all know the history of these Magdaline laundries. It's just simply horrifying. I'm just so glad in these buildings the walls cannot talk.
The detail on this organ is incredible and I've never come across one just like it.
I suspect the rest of the convent will soon be demolished. Some people on the page have said they thing tha...
This was documentation that took place between December 17' and ended April 18'. I was asked to record the property by the owner and I was so very happy to do so. Over those five months, so much social history was discovered, it was just incredible. From the first day I took the trip to the home I was unsure what I would find if anything, but I was far from disappointed.
It's places like this that just blow my mind with the history that is stored away that we just overlook or just don't realise is there.
I've held a few exhibitions and talks on the property so some of you may remember the images and lives that grew up here.
The country property was home to three boys, one of which was the last remaining son to survive and lived his days in the home until he sadly passed away in early 17'. Among many things he was a fabulous cook, many friends still talk about his famous soda bread which he cooked over the original stove (since replaced with a modern version)
I was very excited to get the chance to document this once beautiful courthouse built in the late 1850's in Belfast. The building has been derelict from the late 1990's and unfortunately has been subject to several deliberate fires. All the floors are badly damaged, however there are still traces of how grand and elaborate this building once was.
There have been many famous trails here throughout the years, and it was the main courthouse for the 'troubles' which saw lots of activity from it to the near by prison which interlinks via an underground tunnel.
I took the walk down to the basements to the underground cells and into the tunnel. This walk would have been what many prisoners would have taken to start their sentence or to receive the death penalty by hanging. This was very atmospheric!