Workers house and cottages, Ambergate, Derbyshire, March 2019

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People's Republic of South Yorkshire.
Visited in the excellent company of Bikin Glynn. On the way to Ambergate Wire works and Oakhurst House you pass these set of workers’ cottages. There are 5-6 terrace properties and a series of outbuildings which were used to house the workers of the nearby Johnson and Nephew wire works. They’ve clearly been boarded up for a while and last time I was here you could get in some of them, although like the wire works there seems to have been a concerted effort to keep them sealed. Recently - Thursday 20th September 2018 to be precise – somebody set one of the end terrace cottages on fire and now it’s a burnt-out wreck. So, nothing to get to excited about but worth a few pictures:

Obligatory trashed washing machine in out-house:

47413182292_f78a2b4e1b_b.jpgimg0050 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Think these were out-side toilets:

32524332437_4339384248_b.jpgimg0048 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Freshly burnt-out end terrace cottage:

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Nature taking over:

46743042164_b6423e3c1f_b.jpgimg0044 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Mmmm. Think I’ll give access a miss on this occasion:

47413255782_414047248e_b.jpgimg0043 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Obligatory ‘dick’ graff:

47413373012_ca40f879dd_b.jpgimg0055 by HughieDW, on Flickr

46743171254_7c657d8d21_b.jpgimg0054 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33589809118_47b0b509b2_b.jpgimg0051 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Now this place was a bit of a bonus. Spied it out of the corner of our eye when we were looking at the wireworks. It looks like this cute little two-up, two-down cottage was boarded up at the same time as the workers cottage row. It’s fared better but is now open. Not too much to see inside but worth a few pictures:

46743140304_7039c8cd21_b.jpgimg0064 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Every swing tells a story:

47466328241_74c8a8bfe8_b.jpgimg0066 by HughieDW, on Flickr

47413166512_28a224ce3f_b.jpgimg0069 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Not much in the out-house:
46742808164_e2b2cf5ed2_b.jpgimg0073 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33589494468_f98da7ccde_b.jpgAmbergate Cottage 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr


32524216817_23ab9aa39f_b.jpgAmbergate Cottage 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Living room:

47466122101_c11858f3b8_b.jpgAmbergate Cottage 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And on to the up-stairs. Master bedroom:

47466110971_8bdcea3b63_b.jpgAmbergate Cottage 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And a small bathroom:

47466098301_8a2d909364_b.jpgAmbergate Cottage 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Would have made a cosy little house but can’t see much future for this place despite it currently being in reasonable nick:

46550975655_33ea1e9148_b.jpgimg0067 by HughieDW, on Flickr


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Given the recent sealing up I reckon someone's already onto the case of restoring them. Are they listed structures in any way??
The first image with the washing machine - found myself gasping when I spotted the fragmented asbestos wall sheeting!

I'm amazed at just how much you lot are finding down that way. I think everyone moved out of those and moved into derelict properties up here!!
Interesting location that. For some reason abandoned swings fill me with sadness..

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