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John Summers Building, Deeside

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B-F-C

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Locals might recognise this place, the original John Summers building (Deeside, North Wales), which had its centenary last year.

Its still in use, but mostly empty now. I must point out I had permission to do this and it still an operational building. I only took a wander round the more interesting parts, the other parts of the building are general 60's offices and occupied.

Main entrance
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Moving inside is the old reception area. With an old safe, waiting room and access to the remainder of the building, and some wonderful architecture.

Inside upper reception, stained glass window

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Stair core in reception
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Reception - apparently these tiles are listed

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Overkill for a stationary cupboard?

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On to the upper levels, unfortunately mostly locked. On the 1st level were some general offices with views over the rail bridge & the dee. Onto the next level and the 2 directors flats but again these are also kept locked. There was a rather sparkly loo though

Offices - locked
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Over the Dee
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Loo

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Next level - Directors flats - no access!

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Stairs to upper workings
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Making our way up the loft stairs, it leads to an uninspiring tank room, with an access ladder to the next level

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Up the ladder to the next level and we found ourselves in the inner workings of the clock tower


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One more ladder and we find the final level

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And then there's the views

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Bus shelter??? Apparently there's access from the directors flat to here - more of a 'rooftop terrace'

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Concerned I'm throwing too many photos at the report, more can can be found at
http://s192.photobucket.com/albums/z160/b-f-c/shotton/?start=all

Think my pics might be oversize, I'll get it right next time - honest!

Cheers

b-f-c:mrgreen:
 
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Earth Worm Jim

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I've been past this place so many times on my bike and always intended to investigate. Groovy. :)
 

Foxylady

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Wow, what a gorgeous building. That stained-glass is to die for...the ship and the ivy...totally delightful.
The front gates and the stairs...I could go on! :mrgreen:
Excellent first thread, B-F-C. :)
 

goodeavens

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Excellent site, excellent report & pics :) Really like pic 16, never seen one of them before
 

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A stunning building matey.

A veritable feast of ornate details too!

Let's hope that a new use can be found for this place once it closes :)

Thanks very much for sharing,

Lb :jimlad:
 

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What a dream explore, the grandeur of it is simply breathtaking.
 

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What a stunning place. I had seen pictures of the outside before but not the inside stuff. I really must get myself some shots of that terracotta work on the exterior. Great report as usual.
 

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