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Rebel
21-07-2008, 02:08 PM
I visited Pioneer House yesterday with ernie99_uk and seized an opportunity to finally get in. One of the buildings has been demolished which enabled access to the rest of the site on this occasion as you will see in a couple of the pictures. Darkness fell a bit quicker than expected which made getting the necessary shots a little more difficult because the building is rather exposed.

The building used to compose of many shops on the ground floor and had a cinema, snooker room, Italian restaurant in the upper floor and the usual co-op funeral directors.

Pioneer House is situated on Northgate and is currently being developed into 54 luxury apartments and 8 shops, as I’m sure comes as little surprise. The building next door is being replaced by a 6 storey glass tower block.
Pioneer house was originally built to house the Co-op society in 1872, which was later known as the Pioneers’ Industrial Society. The Grade II listed building was designed by Holtom and Fox architects who were also responsible for designing the town hall which was build in 1889.



Just before it closed
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/367828_b266b315.jpg
^^ Copyright Humphrey Bolton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The externals:
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6634.jpg

Only the door-way survives...
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6632.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6630.jpg

Shop fronts
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6627.jpg

The Cinema (no projectors, only half a cinema reel)
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6525.jpg

You can just about see the top of the original proscenium arch
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6519.jpg

There were loads of original Victorian style tilling everywhere:
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6513.jpg

Hook for the lift
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6517.jpg

This was up in the projection room?
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6547.jpg

View out of the window
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6621.jpg

In the tower holding the lift motor
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6537.jpg

This was in the room also
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6538.jpg

Above the dome was the clock tower...
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6602.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6606.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6607.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6609.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6612.jpg

The clock is driven by an electric motor. The four bells were located above.
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6613.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6616.jpg

Ceilling in one of the rooms
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6597.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6594.jpg

Stairway tiles next to the restaurant
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6583.jpg

The restaurant...
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6586.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6590.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6591.jpg

Outside view...
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6570.jpg

Stonework detail...
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6574.jpg

Cheers :thumb

~R

Rebel
21-07-2008, 02:31 PM
one for Elvis :lol: Ernie found this amougst the various records...


http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6562.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/elvis.jpg

ERNIE99_UK
21-07-2008, 03:10 PM
Historical images:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/ernie99_uk/Dewsbury%20pioneers/2008_0721dewsburypioneer0003.jpg
Architects plans 1880.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/ernie99_uk/Dewsbury%20pioneers/2008_0721dewsburypioneer0005.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/ernie99_uk/Dewsbury%20pioneers/2008_0721dewsburypioneer0007.jpg
Victory celebrations 1918, and the same part more recently.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/ernie99_uk/Dewsbury%20pioneers/2008_0721dewsburypioneer0009.jpg
The corner (more recently the italian restaurant) on a foggy day, 1920.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/ernie99_uk/Dewsbury%20pioneers/2008_0721dewsburypioneer0010.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/ernie99_uk/Dewsbury%20pioneers/2008_0721dewsburypioneer0012.jpg
The butchers department in 1910, and more recently.

Rebel
21-07-2008, 03:12 PM
Forgot the bells...thanks fuck they did'nt ring :lol:

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6617.jpg

Rebel
22-07-2008, 11:21 AM
A few more...



We were on the restaurant porch and E99UK was reflecting on the buildings history...
“You know, this site used to be a meadow...it was beautiful but now look at it...”
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6581.jpg

“The council have flattened the building next door to make way for a glass box. What a waste, it could have been a meadow again....i’ll show the council the f-u-c-k-i-n-g scum!!!”
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/Frontline81/Rebel/Dewsbury%20Co-op%20Pioneer/IMG_6577.jpg

:lol: