Urban Explorers: Blackburn Infirmary war memorial’s fading interiors shared on internet

This Is Lancashire: Pictures from www.derelictplaces.co.uk, posted by TeeJF Pictures from www.derelictplaces.co.uk, posted by TeeJF

URBAN explorers have broken into the remaining memorial wing of Blackburn Royal Infirmary and caught what could be the final glimpses of the historic building’s interior on camera.

The photographs have been uploaded on to a website called derelictplaces.co.uk by an exporer who goes under the name TeeJF.

They show the decay inside the 86-year-old wing that has been vacant for seven years and fallen into a dangerous state of repair.

It was built when £100,000 was donated from townspeople to be a ‘constant reminder’ of the men who had fallen in the First World War.

The pictures are sure to evoke a response in those who will remember its striking original features.

And intricate mosaic of Blackburn’s coat of arms lies under a thick layer of dust, and murals of children’s characters are flaking.

And the imposing dome with its white walkway, once an impressive lightwell signifying the entrance to the top floor children’s ward, has deteriorated badly.

Plaster and paint is peeling from walls, shards of glass frame windows, and the floors are covered with fallen bits of ceilings The pictures come as PJ Livesey Group, the contractors looking after the the site, have warned the building is dangerous and anyone who tresspasses is at risk.

Spokeswoman Jill Burdett said: “We would strongly advise that people do not enter the building.

“It has been empty for a long time and is in a very derelict state and that could prove dangerous. There is a reason that we have erected eight foot-high security fences and have signs up everywhere warning people to stay out.”

PJ Livesey has investigated instances of trespassing at the site and performs security patrols.

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3:08pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Mothernature says...

Whilst I don't condone urban explorers, in this instance, I'm grateful for the pictures of the building as it is now. Such a shame to see the sorry state it is in now.
Whilst I don't condone urban explorers, in this instance, I'm grateful for the pictures of the building as it is now. Such a shame to see the sorry state it is in now. Mothernature

5:23pm Fri 28 Feb 14

soup123 says...

A bit slow off the mark with this one LT, these pictures are from the summer of 2011
A bit slow off the mark with this one LT, these pictures are from the summer of 2011 soup123

6:02pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

More irresponsible behaviour by individuals firstly trespassing on private premises and secondly putting their safety at risk and the safety of others who might have to.go in and pull them out if the ceiling collapses.

The sooner this ridiculous "hobby" becomes a criminal offence the better.
More irresponsible behaviour by individuals firstly trespassing on private premises and secondly putting their safety at risk and the safety of others who might have to.go in and pull them out if the ceiling collapses. The sooner this ridiculous "hobby" becomes a criminal offence the better. Steven Seagull

6:24pm Fri 28 Feb 14

soup123 says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
More irresponsible behaviour by individuals firstly trespassing on private premises and secondly putting their safety at risk and the safety of others who might have to.go in and pull them out if the ceiling collapses.

The sooner this ridiculous "hobby" becomes a criminal offence the better.
Would you rather people stay in their homes all day, wearing high visibility jackets and hard hats for fear of a bag of tea bags falling out of a cupboard?

Yes urban exploring is dangerous, but most of the people who do it know the dangers and take the appropriate safety measures. They won't go anywhere that will put themselves in danger, nor will they go anywhere that will damage the buildings either.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: More irresponsible behaviour by individuals firstly trespassing on private premises and secondly putting their safety at risk and the safety of others who might have to.go in and pull them out if the ceiling collapses. The sooner this ridiculous "hobby" becomes a criminal offence the better.[/p][/quote]Would you rather people stay in their homes all day, wearing high visibility jackets and hard hats for fear of a bag of tea bags falling out of a cupboard? Yes urban exploring is dangerous, but most of the people who do it know the dangers and take the appropriate safety measures. They won't go anywhere that will put themselves in danger, nor will they go anywhere that will damage the buildings either. soup123

7:36pm Fri 28 Feb 14

sen c b l says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
More irresponsible behaviour by individuals firstly trespassing on private premises and secondly putting their safety at risk and the safety of others who might have to.go in and pull them out if the ceiling collapses.

The sooner this ridiculous "hobby" becomes a criminal offence the better.
Mind your head. Caves are not too high to stand in!
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: More irresponsible behaviour by individuals firstly trespassing on private premises and secondly putting their safety at risk and the safety of others who might have to.go in and pull them out if the ceiling collapses. The sooner this ridiculous "hobby" becomes a criminal offence the better.[/p][/quote]Mind your head. Caves are not too high to stand in! sen c b l

7:50pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

soup123 wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
More irresponsible behaviour by individuals firstly trespassing on private premises and secondly putting their safety at risk and the safety of others who might have to.go in and pull them out if the ceiling collapses.

The sooner this ridiculous "hobby" becomes a criminal offence the better.
Would you rather people stay in their homes all day, wearing high visibility jackets and hard hats for fear of a bag of tea bags falling out of a cupboard?

Yes urban exploring is dangerous, but most of the people who do it know the dangers and take the appropriate safety measures. They won't go anywhere that will put themselves in danger, nor will they go anywhere that will damage the buildings either.
But they'll happily commit offences by trespassing though?
[quote][p][bold]soup123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: More irresponsible behaviour by individuals firstly trespassing on private premises and secondly putting their safety at risk and the safety of others who might have to.go in and pull them out if the ceiling collapses. The sooner this ridiculous "hobby" becomes a criminal offence the better.[/p][/quote]Would you rather people stay in their homes all day, wearing high visibility jackets and hard hats for fear of a bag of tea bags falling out of a cupboard? Yes urban exploring is dangerous, but most of the people who do it know the dangers and take the appropriate safety measures. They won't go anywhere that will put themselves in danger, nor will they go anywhere that will damage the buildings either.[/p][/quote]But they'll happily commit offences by trespassing though? Steven Seagull

7:53pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

sen c b l wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
More irresponsible behaviour by individuals firstly trespassing on private premises and secondly putting their safety at risk and the safety of others who might have to.go in and pull them out if the ceiling collapses.

The sooner this ridiculous "hobby" becomes a criminal offence the better.
Mind your head. Caves are not too high to stand in!
Well if it isn't Blackburns answer to Chuck Morris, Sen C B l!!!

How you doing Sen, are the angry pills working still?
[quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: More irresponsible behaviour by individuals firstly trespassing on private premises and secondly putting their safety at risk and the safety of others who might have to.go in and pull them out if the ceiling collapses. The sooner this ridiculous "hobby" becomes a criminal offence the better.[/p][/quote]Mind your head. Caves are not too high to stand in![/p][/quote]Well if it isn't Blackburns answer to Chuck Morris, Sen C B l!!! How you doing Sen, are the angry pills working still? Steven Seagull

7:58pm Fri 28 Feb 14

sean_brfc says...

In this case the only ones committing an offence are those that left this memorial building to go to ruin for their own greed! Ironic that it will be demolished on the centenary of the war whose soldiers the building was supposed to honour.
In this case the only ones committing an offence are those that left this memorial building to go to ruin for their own greed! Ironic that it will be demolished on the centenary of the war whose soldiers the building was supposed to honour. sean_brfc

8:37pm Fri 28 Feb 14

phil kernot says...

Pj livesy looking after the site let it fall to rack and ruin
Pj livesy looking after the site let it fall to rack and ruin phil kernot

9:48am Sat 1 Mar 14

Grim ooop north says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
soup123 wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
More irresponsible behaviour by individuals firstly trespassing on private premises and secondly putting their safety at risk and the safety of others who might have to.go in and pull them out if the ceiling collapses.

The sooner this ridiculous "hobby" becomes a criminal offence the better.
Would you rather people stay in their homes all day, wearing high visibility jackets and hard hats for fear of a bag of tea bags falling out of a cupboard?

Yes urban exploring is dangerous, but most of the people who do it know the dangers and take the appropriate safety measures. They won't go anywhere that will put themselves in danger, nor will they go anywhere that will damage the buildings either.
But they'll happily commit offences by trespassing though?
"They won't go anywhere that will put themselves in danger, nor will they go anywhere that will damage the buildings either"
Hmmmm not sure about that. In it's last years the main sub floor duct was closed under the memorial wing due to Asbestos contamination.It was out of bounds and if anything major failed under there it was a case of shutting the wing down until a ton of cash and time was spent decontaminating the duct.
This particular explorer did not appear to enter the duct.
However i have seen another explorers blog where they proudly announced the fact they had been in the duct and therefore exposing themselves (and due to their dirty clothes, possibly their family) to Asbestos.
Darwinian theory proved true i suppose.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]soup123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: More irresponsible behaviour by individuals firstly trespassing on private premises and secondly putting their safety at risk and the safety of others who might have to.go in and pull them out if the ceiling collapses. The sooner this ridiculous "hobby" becomes a criminal offence the better.[/p][/quote]Would you rather people stay in their homes all day, wearing high visibility jackets and hard hats for fear of a bag of tea bags falling out of a cupboard? Yes urban exploring is dangerous, but most of the people who do it know the dangers and take the appropriate safety measures. They won't go anywhere that will put themselves in danger, nor will they go anywhere that will damage the buildings either.[/p][/quote]But they'll happily commit offences by trespassing though?[/p][/quote]"They won't go anywhere that will put themselves in danger, nor will they go anywhere that will damage the buildings either" Hmmmm not sure about that. In it's last years the main sub floor duct was closed under the memorial wing due to Asbestos contamination.It was out of bounds and if anything major failed under there it was a case of shutting the wing down until a ton of cash and time was spent decontaminating the duct. This particular explorer did not appear to enter the duct. However i have seen another explorers blog where they proudly announced the fact they had been in the duct and therefore exposing themselves (and due to their dirty clothes, possibly their family) to Asbestos. Darwinian theory proved true i suppose. Grim ooop north

11:59am Sat 1 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

Couldn't any part have been saved and incorporated in to the new build?
This council is known for respecting heritage-NOT!
Couldn't any part have been saved and incorporated in to the new build? This council is known for respecting heritage-NOT! vicn1956

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