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Post# 425342   3/28/2010 at 16:28 (3,754 days old) by SeamusUK (Dover Kent UK)        

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Taken from a UK Urban Exploration website- they are in a derelict former school in Devon :(.

Sorry I just had to share the pain !!!!!!


Post# 425343 , Reply# 1   3/28/2010 at 16:30 (3,754 days old) by SeamusUK (Dover Kent UK)        
And if you thought that was painful.........

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Look at what is in front of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Post# 425348 , Reply# 2   3/28/2010 at 17:08 (3,754 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

a little surface rust,but appear totally intact-might be some
good fix up projects for someone.
hotpoint even still has the sticker in place.

Post# 425352 , Reply# 3   3/28/2010 at 17:47 (3,754 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        


A red 3236H!!!!!!!

Jeepers I feel sick to the core!!!

We have lids and replacement doors, access to rechroming facilities, as well as respraying experts.

What to do! What to do! argggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Paul :-(

Post# 425368 , Reply# 4   3/28/2010 at 19:45 (3,754 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Post# 425443 , Reply# 5   3/29/2010 at 03:35 (3,754 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
What To Do!!!

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Uggghhh, get that van out & start driving!!!!!

Sad and sorry state but well worth restoration, at least we have the Hotpoint toploaders sorted, but Ohh that poor Matchbox, have the matching dryer but no washer..Hmmm

Post# 425446 , Reply# 6   3/29/2010 at 03:49 (3,753 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
DEVON school

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Seamus which one?............

Post# 425449 , Reply# 7   3/29/2010 at 03:55 (3,753 days old) by electron1100 (England)        

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Ah its Stoke Damerel High School i know where that is dunnow about getting in there though plus trying to remove appliances might be hard, they will end up at plymouth city dump ;-(

Post# 425510 , Reply# 8   3/29/2010 at 13:31 (3,753 days old) by GEExtraRinse (Hudson Valley, New York )        

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ChesterMike - I LOVE your hotpoint collection - any american Filter Flo lover would fall to their knees! - I'd love to see these in person - they look like such neat machines!
are they similar to our GE's inside?


Post# 425601 , Reply# 9   3/29/2010 at 19:48 (3,753 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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You seam to be a bit agitated!

Post# 425622 , Reply# 10   3/29/2010 at 21:11 (3,753 days old) by favorit ()        
Heater Power

Hi Mike,is the heater on the Hotpoint toploaders round 2500- 3000 Watt as contemporary frontloaders or is it even more powerful ?

Post# 425751 , Reply# 11   3/30/2010 at 12:09 (3,752 days old) by 74simon ()        

I hope they can be saved! Looks like the school closed around 1989, so I guess they've sat there ever since, remarkably unvandalised too! I wonder if the council still owns the place, I'm sure they'd be happy to take scrap value! Also, the place looks good structurally and one would expect stuff like this to be on the ground floor.

Gary, any chance of going on a reconnaisance mission?!?!


Post# 425756 , Reply# 12   3/30/2010 at 12:32 (3,752 days old) by servisslimline (England, Brighton & Hove)        
brings back bad memories

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reminds me of this a few years ago.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO servisslimline's LINK

Post# 425775 , Reply# 13   3/30/2010 at 15:24 (3,752 days old) by liberator1509 (Ireland)        
How sad...

What a shame to see two great machines in forgotten decay! I remember that Hoover so well - my Mum's best friend had one til the late 1980s - I'm sure Mathew would love to see it rescued! As for the 1509/05 (or maybe it is a 1509/01 without the interlock!) - I'd love to rescue it....

Gary - any idea of who would own the building now? I'm tempted to try a speculative email, but have no idea who to contact.


Post# 425848 , Reply# 14   3/31/2010 at 03:26 (3,752 days old) by tumbles ()        

I came here after seeing the links on my site. I took one or two pictures of the hotpoint machine you are talking about.

I can confirm it's located on the 2nd or 3rd floor from memory. It was in a room titled 'Home Management' which always made me chuckle from a slightly sexist point of view when knowing this was a girls school. The school closed in 89 but was used by the art college into the 90's I believe. It's current owner is/was getting all sorts of trouble from the council over work that required doing to the building. I believe the council were taking him to court as they will foot the bill. Recently it's suffered further arson attacks and Vodafone removed their transmitters from the roof.

Wouldn't like to say how easy it would be to salvage it, but I reckon you could if you wanted to. I did have contact with someone who established contact with the current owner if it's of any use to you. (drop me an email)

I see quite a few old unloved machines doing what I do. Missed out on the ones at merthyr factory. Does anyone know what happened to them? I went to there a few days after the inital pictures and got caught! I went back earlier this year and they'd all gone.(I presume you probably saw them if not I'll dig out some pictures)


Post# 425849 , Reply# 15   3/31/2010 at 03:42 (3,751 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Hi Matt, will start a new thread about them then others can build on it for reference especially with the new Super Searchalator!!!

Morning Laundromat, certainly lots of agi`s and only the Hotpoints with the Spiralator

Hi Favorit, yes the 3kw heater is just whats needed to boilwash, although with Hot & Cold fill I never knew anyone that used them from cold, and most homes would dial the hot water in and just use the heater to do a hot whites programme, raising the temp from 60d to nr boiling...

Post# 425850 , Reply# 16   3/31/2010 at 03:53 (3,751 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Washers Left behind

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Hi Tumbles and welcome to our bit of cyberspace, bet you wondered what had happened when you saw all the links!!! me thinks the bandwidth went up overnight...the pic you posted was it before or after the first one in the thread?? was trying to establish from the urban pic if its all still there....nasty load of rubble all over it, and three storys up ugghhh, gonna need at least two men with trusses on that removal day!!

It would be great (or perhaps not for us preservers..LOL) to see any other appliance pics you have /or will come across and hear your experiences of the sites visited, in relation to Hoover the Merthyr machines are all safe together in storage awaiting a display feature.

Looking forward to seeing the pics, cheers, Mike

Post# 425854 , Reply# 17   3/31/2010 at 05:14 (3,751 days old) by tumbles ()        

Thanks for the kind welcome. It's always interesting to follow the links back. Usually it's some metal band looking for an empty asylum to do a music video in so makes a change!

The pictures at the top of this thread were taken by another explorer. I believe they visited around mid January this year. So they are very much on site. I have looked through my original photos and can confirm it's on the second floor, room 203. I found one more picture of the hotpoint machine, in more recent pictures it looks like the rubble has been swept off it. It's a bit out of focus, I think I was going for the arty farty shot.

I'm sure I have lots of other pictures of machines, it's the sort of thing that typically gets left behind because they are so heavy! Plenty of commercial ones in hospitals but don't know if you'll find those so interesting?

Cheers, Tom

Post# 425858 , Reply# 18   3/31/2010 at 06:22 (3,751 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Hi Tom

Thanks for your help and hopefully something will come of our enquiries. Fingers crossed!

At least, by knowing the room number, should anything come to fruition we wont need to waste too much time hunting room to room. Subject that is to them not being moved around the building!

Heres hoping and welcome to the site.

p.s below is what rustless 3236H version 1 machines look like

Post# 425859 , Reply# 19   3/31/2010 at 06:25 (3,751 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and a rustless 1509 Automatic de luxe...

Post# 425909 , Reply# 20   3/31/2010 at 12:56 (3,751 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Thanks to Seamus for highlighting the plight of these machines.

I can tell you that I am in turmoil over them and have been thinking about them (well one in particular) pretty much non-stop over the last three days.

Fingers crossed that we are able to do something for them.


Post# 426064 , Reply# 21   4/1/2010 at 09:54 (3,750 days old) by riberlove ()        
Washing machine Cemetery

There is a place in Torino (Italia) where they bring all the old washing machine when are not anyomore in working use.
When I was in the national service in the 90' I use to pass by it
I am not sure if is till open now, maybe it could be cheked on google map. .
They had machine from the 60' to the modern ones.
The first that I have been there it was like to be in haven!
Is a very large space with maybe 500 1000 wascher I can't really remember!
I was bewitch to see so many vintage washing machine in one go!

Is there anyone near London that got a colletion of old washer?
I am loking for new friends in to washing machines.
I feel home sick sometime becouse all my old washer are back home.

Post# 426127 , Reply# 22   4/1/2010 at 15:07 (3,750 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
Matching hand bag

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Post# 426136 , Reply# 23   4/1/2010 at 15:58 (3,750 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Dont know whether its a sign or not gary.

Made me smile when i stumbled across it on ebay though. Then ebay threw up a set of bearings for a you know what too!



Post# 426161 , Reply# 24   4/1/2010 at 16:42 (3,750 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Oh could you!!!....No more sleep tonight then for some!!!...LOL Purfect, pick it up on the way back....sorted!!!

After the week its been went to the chemist for some valium and apparently there`s none left in the whole of Cheshire & Derbyshire, never happened before they say!!! I wonder why???

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