Beautiful old historical Brunel university site at Runnymede - pic heavy

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J_a_t_33

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Hey guys, haven't been posting much these days but the bug has been biting me again so thought I'd get editing and posting today.

These pictures are from 2 visits not so far apart in time, hence the weather difference. These were from last year when they began developing the site and I haven't been back since so I have no idea how it is looking now.

What a magical place. I am surprised to see this place not posted much on here by anyone else.

Some history:

The first records of the site appear in religious texts in 1160

During the dissolution, Henry VIII granted the site to Andrew, Lord Windsor in 1539.

Later records show it to be owned by John Lee in 1652, before it passed by marriage to Simon Harcourt in the 18th Century.

It was during this period that the last fatal duel in England took place in 1852 between two French refugees on land adjoining the campus on Priest Hill. Still today, it is referred to as the Duelling Field and the unfortunate loser is buried in Egham churchyard.

1870 - 1906 : Royal Indian Engineering College

The estate was bought in 1870 for use as the Royal Indian Engineering College. The President of the College, Sir George Chesney, had seen the empty building while boating on the Thames. The property was converted under the direction of Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt who had worked with Sir Gilbert Scott on the India Office, Whitehall.

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The formal opening in 1964:

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1980 it merged Brunel university until rising maintenance costs forced Brunel to run the site down post 2000, transferring courses and students the main Uxbridge site from 2004, before finally abandoning the campus altogether in 2007.

More info and old black and white imagery: The Runnymede Campus Archive » History


My pics:

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These aren't working but security is lurking

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Looking from above

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The classrooms

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Artwork in the wall

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behind the pillars

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1914

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Above the door

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The grounds are stunning

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The not so pretty dorms...

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Inside the dorms

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Boy it's damp in here!

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What this block looked like on the second visit:

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Another dorm block, there are many!

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peeping in

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An on-site Police station by the dorms - Wish I had managed to get in here!

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What's left of the POLICE sign

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The beginning of demolition of this other block

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I love being able to see the side of where was the stairs in this one

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The canteen:

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It has become a canvas for artwork

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In the kitchen

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Brutally murdered manikin

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The eating hall

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Inside some smaller blocks:

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Anyone else love seeing mirrors in tact??

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Nature creeping in

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Some old letters

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1999-2000 prospectus

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Cute little pink retro heater

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Paper birds in the window

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I love this shot so much:

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Moss on the floor
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This made me chuckle... What was Jane was referring to I wonder?

"Dear Students, somebody using these toilets has got some disgusting habits. Please make sure your waste has been disposed of before leaving the cubicle. Thank you, Jane"

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This was like a scene out of Arachnophobia! The whole room was just cobweb. The image doesn't show how bad it was at all

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Some pics of the work

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Hmmm someone left the hose running!

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Inside what appears to be another little canteen, or chill area:

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Fungus in the door

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More door fungus

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And finally, the little church

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One last look back at the main building in all its brilliance:

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We're out

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Thanks for viewing my long ass report :)
 
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I'm delighted you posted a load of pics, there seems to be a hell of a lot too nose around and it would be a shame to miss any, I enjoyed looking, Thanks
 

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Wow, what a place, the gift that keeps on giving!
Fantastic comprehensive report, thanks for sharing :)
 

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The brutally murdered mannequin made me laugh. It looks like a Rescuss (no idea how it spelt) Annie doll that is used for practicing resuscitation techniques. I've blown a few of these up in my past!

Great pictures, you have captured the whole site really well. Well done and thankyou.
 

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Very good report and well narrated. Sometimes too many pictures can be too much but as long as they form a story and that is what you've done here. The 1964 opening picture shows some lovely cars such as: two rolls royces, one ford zephyr and the other one looks like a bentley.
 

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The 1964 opening picture shows some lovely cars such as: two rolls royces, one ford zephyr and the other one looks like a bentley.

If you mean the car on the right of frame - the car is a Wolseley 6/99 or 6/110. Illuminated radiator badge, the position of the spot and fog lamps and the chrome screen surround are the give aways.

Jat_33 - stunning images here, wish you could have done more of the old building exteriors. Knew this place well, before Brunel ruined the surroundings with the modern crap. The quality of the old build was outstanding. One cannot have enough of quality images like these, a worthy record of this place - thanks for your effort.
 

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Dirus, loving your car geekiness, that would usually be me but these ones are just a little before my time :p
Amazing that you know the buildings, they are truly stunning and sad to see them rotting like this.

Stunning place! Looks like they had a kerning issue with their year plaque

Lol Narrator that made me chuckle!


You guys are all rockstars, Thanks for the nice comments guys :)
 
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