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    Default Bramham House Childrens Home - West Yorkshire - July 2010


    This was a brilliant site and visited along with BrimstoneWarrior. The exploration of this site was highly interesting, which was helped by researching this cracking website. Itís the village web page, and I recommend you read into the history of this place, as itís got an awful lot to tell! Iíve managed to break the majority down into a shorter description, but if you want to learn more about this place, then this is the link: http://www.bramham.org.uk/bhouse.htm :)

    The History

    Bramham House Childrenís Home, before it served the purpose of its title, was originally built as a family home in 1806. It ceased to be a family home when it was bought out by the West Riding County Council Children's Department in 1947, after settling the cost with the Ramsden family (the last residents) for £8000.

    The Ramsden Family in front of the main entrance.


    The house was converted for the purpose of creating a childrenís home in line with the upcoming 1948 Children's and Young Persons Act. It was intended to be a home where families of children, both neglected and homeless, could be cared for and have a place called home. By 1970 the house consisted of 35 children, being looked after by a significant amount of house staff. In charge of the site was the Superintendent, alongside him was a matron, 5 house parents, 3 non-stay house parents and the daily domestic staff consisting of a cook, gardener, seamstress, 4 cleaning ladies and a ironing lady. The majority of these staff members were from the local Bramham area.

    The children, with staff in front of the main entrance.


    The house appeared well suited to its new role until 1974 when Leeds City Council took over the running of the Home, which as a result the admission policy was changed. The managing staff left, and thereafter children on remand and delinquents were admitted to join the family groups still present. This, as one can imagine, caused many problems. The house eventually shut in the early 1980ís, the children moving to another home in nearby Wetherby, which has since been shut and demolished.
    I hope you enjoy.

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    Cheers for looking! :)

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    Cracking pics - and coupled with the family photos really make you realise the beauty of it all, such a shame to see it in such a state. First I've heard of it too - thanks for sharing

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    This place is getting worse. A lot more stuff has been stripped since Gangeox and I visited. Very sad.
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    Some more photos from my camera (quality isn’t great, really want an SLR Camera)



















    http://www.flickr.com/photos/5196443...7624473144870/

    Do be wary that if you’re going to visit this site that unfriendly non-urbexers visit this site regularly as we experienced on our visit. There is only one entrance and therefore only one exit so do be careful not to get yourself into a tricky situation where you’re cornered in the house. On our visit they didn’t enter the building but were damaging other buildings around the site. It’s a shame that they do this to such beautiful buildings.


    More posts on different sites will be up as soon as possible so keep an eye out.
    Last edited by BrimstoneWarrior; 14th Jul 10 at 00:39.

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    brilliant pictures! Loving the single lonely chair shots! :)

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    Thanks very much! :) Unfortunatly it was cut short by a visit from the local chav population smashing stuff up we got off the site without attracting any attention to ourselves, which was.....interesting!

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    Great pic's! I absolutely love that carved (or possibly moulded?) ceiling... Beautiful panneling and lovely big windows too. Always makes me feel kinda sad when I see lovely buildings falling into disrepair...
    Tell me about the dream where we pull the bodies out of the lake and dress them in warm clothes again. How it was late, and no one could sleep, the horses running until they forget that they are horses.

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    man the stair railings have gone!! gutted!


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