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    Default Westfield House, Barnsley, March 2017


    1. The History
    A little bit scare on the info front for this Victorian Villa on the edge of Barnsley town centre. Westfield House was built in 1876 by William Munford for client Mr J H Watson, at the time the Bank Manager for the Wakefield & Barnsley Union Bank. Of fine build quality, it boasted two storeys with attics, and was constructed of coursed sandstone. It had a low pitched, hipped roof, with parapets, and covered with Welsh slates. It was later converted from a Student Hostel to a collection of bed-sits and Wardens flat in 1985. It remained empty since it was bought by Barnsley businessman Chris Palmer after Barnsley Council sold it off in 2006 for £585,000 and has been the target of arson attacks by local vandals.

    2. The Explore
    Visited on a very wet day in March. Couldn’t see an immediate way in so these are just externals. Probably a good decision given the state of the place. Shame really as in its day, was a fine place.

    3. The Pictures

    My quarry comes into sight:

    img9020 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9019 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    Full-frontal:

    img9016 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9007 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Nice entrance:

    img9008 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Quality stonework:

    img9009 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Round the side:

    img9005 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9003 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9002 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And round the back:

    img8999 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9000 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    There’s been a few fires here:

    img9001 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Trashed and burnt out:

    img8998 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8997 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8994 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    What a mess this place is in. A drone would have been better here. Looks like it was a nice place at one time but arsonists have just about destroyed it.
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    Nice pictures HughieD, it looks even more trashed then when I last ventured here. Is the staircase not still there from the back building connecting to the main? It looks a little dodgy to walk over but it felt sturdy enough when walking over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hippie Alien View Post
    Nice pictures HughieD, it looks even more trashed then when I last ventured here. Is the staircase not still there from the back building connecting to the main? It looks a little dodgy to walk over but it felt sturdy enough when walking over.
    Cheers Hippie. It was but was raining and dark and didn't have my tripod so thought better of it!

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    ah right, yea its not good when its been raining round there or dark. First time I went I ended up slipping on some plastic outside and falling straight into brambles, gave up after doing that that day. The good thing is surprisingly there wasn't many needles, just a few round the back bit towards what looked like the garage.
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    That looks a right mess but full of character ter.great shots hughie
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    I'll have to see if I can check this out when I'm next in Barnsley. I certainly should be saved. I love the face on the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeymutt View Post
    That looks a right mess but full of character ter.great shots hughie
    Cheers Mikey. Shame I couldn't get some internals.

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    I'll have to see if I can check this out when I'm next in Barnsley. I certainly should be saved. I love the face on the door.
    Great innit. Hope it gets either saved or salvaged. Ain't looking good though, to be honest.

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    I've heard that apparently this is to be demolished to make way for a new apartment block or some new houses? Don't know if that's true. Last time I was here didn't manage to get in as it was all fenced off. Need to definitely get back here sometime
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly-marie17 View Post
    is there defo no way in?x
    I think the time before the last time I went we managed to get in through the back, I dont 100% remember and could be wrong.
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