Bellerby Theatre - Surrey - Sept 2014

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brickworx

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Been watching this site for weeks and only managed to gain access once demo had well and truly started. As you can see, internally it was almost gutted but I wanted to capture \ report on it as the Bellerby Theatre, Guildford has a lot of history….. the most important bit being my mum once worked there!

I am giving up the exact name etc as it is now levelled, so don’t visit unless you want pics of the new supermarket foundations.

History:
The building is a Victorian two story, brick school building with later additions, in the early 1900’s it took the form of Dickinson & Burne’s engineering workshop, the below pic shows the window-rattling tradition of anvil firing on special occasions with this occasion being celebrated on coronation day, June 22, 1911.

15327838821_53ba686c5e_o.jpgOld by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr

Five anvils are seen to represent the fifth King George. In the picture they are upturned to expose the casting slot in the base that serves as a touch hole, its charge of black powder rammed firm with a wooden plug and fused. The firing master stands back, ignition rod glowing after a plunge in the portable brazier behind him.

The works were requisitioned by the military for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers’ (REME) workshops during the Second World War and at some stage, the building was renamed the Electricity Theatre when it first opened as a centre for arts and drama.

In 1978 after a refurbishment it was renamed the Bellerby Theatre, seating 150 people. In 1983 the lease of the Bellerby Theatre was taken up by Guildford School of Acting, until reaching its final demise of complete demolition for a new Waitrose.

Anyways, onto the pics - full slideshow available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157646182877278/show/


14959420955_aae46875a4_c.jpgListenUpKids! by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr


14959101972_34584dd725_b.jpgExterior by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr


14772900747_d2a7d9b055_b.jpgStageLeft by BrickworkUrbex, on Flick


14959089262_8c08307971_c.jpgManInWindowLights by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr


14956318131_a08ce02a45_z.jpgKeepFitParchment by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr


14936444456_1c3b17d559_c.jpgBannisStars by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr


14959446635_5d69bbfd86_b.jpgManAppreciatesHisFan(s) by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr


14959065912_76282340c7_c.jpgLoftyCorner by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr


14772743679_c9f73ffe14_b.jpgHanging by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr


Thanks for looking

Brickworx
 
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Mikeymutt

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Nice set mate..but you should not have gone as it said "it's a big danger" :)
 

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Beautiful light in ur shots.....makes it even more special wiv the family connection...and wots wrong wiv pics of supermarket foundations, im leavin now:p
 

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