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Thread: Beacon View Residential Home, Aldridge (nr Walsall) - Dec 08

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    OK... This is my first visit report, please be gentle! I am new to both good photography and the world of urbex so I am indebted to NobodyGirl and Kaputnik for accompanying, driving and showing me the ropes - thanks guys!
    So, Beacon View - this is a place I stumbled across recently and the first few pics below are from a small recce I did, prior to the actual visit with the gang mentioned above. The interior shots are taken with NobodyGirl's 400D which she was kind enough to loan me for the day! To the best of my knowledge it's not been covered on this site so I hope you enjoy my pics (remember - beginner!)

    Beacon View residential home was built in the early 70s, initially as a children's home but later served as a 21 bedroom home for adults with learning disabilities. It closed in June 2005, after becoming "no longer fit for the purpose" due to changes in governmenent regulations. Since it's closure it has been stripped bare and ripped apart by chavs, and is currently boarded up awaiting demolition and the building of 8-12 new 2 bed disabled apartments, according to Walsall council

    Beacon View from the road


    From the driveway (side of the home)


    The rear!


    The back garden (once home of the Beacon Bowlers!)


    The insides - I've found on a lot of reports that pics of smashed toilets are almost obligatory, so I'm delighted to report this place had no less than 6 INTACT toilets!


    Kitchenette on the upper floor


    The large "window" at the top of the main staircase




    A staff logbook reporting residents antics, dated 1987



    And that's it from me - I believe NobodyGirl has some pics of her own to upload :)

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    This shares a name with the road next to the one my parents house is on.

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    A good find .. Good pics aswell mate :)
    if its abondoned its open for inspection ! :radar:

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    Nice find and first report, james.
    Loving that window shot. Well done. :)
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    I live just around the corner from this place, I didn't actually know whether it had closed or not. I'll have to walk down and have a look sometime soon, a friend's mom and a relative actually worked there, unless that building further down is another home I'm getting confused with.

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    Lord of Sword, it's kind of in the entrance way / grounds of another active nursing home which is set back from the road. Beacon View is visible from the main road tho. I think the 1st pic shows the brick sign and underneath that is the sign for the newer, open home.
    It's worth a look, but very trashed inside!

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    What a shame, I lived opposite this place from 1971 to 1996 and remember it being a childrens home - Barnados i think. I even had a family friend there when it was the home :(
    Anyway, if it is still open I must go and have a look around before the bulldozers arrive.....

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    The place looks great, the pictures are great too. Good first report lol
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