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Going to the inevitable

4 May

If you have a slightly better memory than me you may faintly recall a post about the old Blundell Street school and its predicament, (here it is). It’s had its share of vandalism over the years. The Council is at loggerheads with the owner over a new development, there had been talk of compulsory purchase and well, it’s all so sadly familiar. So it was really no great surprise to wake up on Sunday morning to news that this place had been ravaged by a huge fire, no surprise at all; what took them so long?. 

There’s some neat drone footage from Octovision Media.:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/164884843Blundell School Fire 30/4/16 from Octovision Media on Vimeo.

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Arson about

7 May

…and that makes three. Following fires at the Cornmill Hotel and then Lambert Street chapel it seemed only a matter of time before yet another derelict building got the ordeal by fire. Investigators says they cannot rule out a link between these fires. So far no-one’s been injured but give it time ….

I have posted several times  the sad tale of this place the latest is here.

I think I may have jinxed Joynsons, the shop with the scaffolding in the background. Shortly after mentioning they had been trading here since 1890 a large piece of masonry fell off the building, no-one was hurt. Ooops!
The weekend in black and white is here.

By schisms rent asunder

20 Apr

First of all I admit to coming here once again with half a story. I don’t know what the intentions are regarding the recently burnt out Methodist chapel on Lambert Street. What I can say is that the triangular pediment that looked like it might tumble down at any moment has gone, also the top storey on one side. But most of the front, back and one side look, to my untrained eye, to be solid; so there might some hope of salvaging something out of all this. However the building is still in the hands of  “East Yorkshire’s experts in demolition” so we’ll just have to wait and see. As I said, half a story, if that.

See how great a flame aspires …

15 Apr

Kindled by a spark of grace!
I could not say that I was entirely surprised to learn yesterday morning that the George Lamb Memorial Chapel on Lambert Street had been destroyed by fire. As I mentioned in my post three years ago it had been in a fairly derelict state for years and last used for God bothering 21 years ago. Other long empty buildings have been subject to similar blazes in the recent past. 
I’d heard rumours the Council were going to buy it under the compulsory purchase system but I don’t know if anything came of that. Anyhow that’s all a bit moot at the moment. The innards are completely gone and engineers are testing the structural viability of the shell. Let’s hope the facade is sound enough to be saved at least though it does look a bit iffy to be honest. There is, of course, plenty of scuttlebutt about how convenient this destruction might be for any potential developer, I couldn’t possibly comment.