I am not a particularly big fan of this kind of thing, but this blew me away
A big thankyou to my good friend "Nell" for helping me find it....cheers dude
Hidden at the back of Castle ring up on Cannock Chase is this fine old place. This is whats left after the demolition company went bust, half way through the job during 1934. Apparently the original building was erected sometime during the 11th Century and was used by the Bishops of Coventry and Lichfield, in 1568 it ended up with one of Henry the 8th's henchmen ( William Paget ) who gave it to his son. He did some mod's, it was "gothicked up" during the 1770's and a huge fire ripped through it 1909.
You can see where the later mod's were done here quite well, a very strange mixture of old medieval stonework and later brickwork.
Here's Birmingham Archaeology's 3d laser scanned reconstruction they did for English Heritage to help give you an idea of the size of the place
Check out the pipes poking through the concrete
And of course......the ubiquitous light switch
There is a fantastic old wall that circles the entire place, this section had a small room in it with some rusty iron "things"
This was a bit unexpected.....but explains the abandoned boat a few pics above
Yet another storage room built in the bridge next to the ( once ) ornate pool.
Running along the main driveway up to the building is this wall I mentioned earlier. It's got a good 500 years worth of shrubbery around it but still one or two more sunken rooms along the way
I understand this is where the original medieval stone was quarried from
and here is a drawing I found giving an impression of the place
Nell.....the dude who helped me locate it worked at the Coal Board back in the mists of time ( remember that ).....sniff and told me he had read this place used to burn up to a ton of coal per day !!!!