Ambergate Wireworks and Oakhurst House

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The house was built in 1848 by industrialist Francis Hurt behind his wirework business in Ambergate. It was designed to house his three unmarried daughters. However, his daughters never moved into the house. Instead it was bought by the Thewlis Johnson, part of the wirework business. The house remained a possession of the wireworks during the later 19th and early 20th centuries, with some alterations being undertaken during the 1890s.

In the 1970s Oakhurst House was converted into flats; however, with the bankruptcy of the wireworks and the deteriorating condition of the building, the flats were abandoned in the late 1970s. Since then, the house has remained unoccupied and is now derelict and a partial ruin.


As you make your way towards the wireworks you come across some cottages which would have been for the workers. Inside lies not much furniture except a chair and some draws, but it's better than nothing. There was a stair case which I did not manage to go up as I was not sure whether it was safe.

The wireworks were definitely huge, not much to see but I didn't get around to seeing everything. There is some lovely graffiti and huge working areas.

The oakhurst house was definitely way too damaged and corrupt to even step inside, but the visuals from the outside were so beautiful. It would have been amazing to see the house when it was still standing.

I'm doing a revisit of the wireworks and house soon as I was informed that I did not get to see everything and I didn't get chance to take the quality photos I wanted to, so expect another post soon.

Here are the photos:

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