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Victorian Asylum door knobs Arts & Crafts style circa 1900 Talgarth mid Wales.

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Seller: jinnjann (1,723) 100%, Location: leeds, West Yorkshire, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 142181166611 Superb Originals! Price is per pair. I have 24 pairs.Fitted in around 1903 and removed in the 1990's. I have door knobs from most Asylums, that's a lot of knobs! However 90% of the original knobs were replaced in the various modernisations by the NHS. And as usual I get messages, most are good , but some like the one below are just sour grapes. I don't mind answering questions - in fact I like to enlighten people, however there's always those mealy mouthed twits who can't conceal their petty natures. Some oily nerk (oils456) sent me a message saying these were nicked! (I think he wanted to use this to negotiate a lower price) Talgarth Asylums huge site was sold in 2004 to it's own (there's a surprise) chief medical officer and his wife - for a pittance. £300,000! Of course it wasn't sold on the open market! You can't by a decent sized house for that! And then they got £100,000 back! to pay for security, damage and a lease issue. (In reality a a further sweetener from their NHS sleeper) The couple then sold it for double the money to a 'Mr Collins' a property investor. (These are public owned assets being sold far below open market prices - look that up you legal eagles) This money later dissapeard from the couples 'offshore' bank account.Collins bought it 'as is' * in 2011 for £720,000 - around the cost of the value of the Admin Block. He wants it bulldozed, (and of course by now it probably needs it) He wants to build a hundred houses. And at at least£100,000 a plot - that's a lot of brass knobs (no wonder you want to be his friend oily456)Why couldn't the NHS cash in and take the £10 million profit themselves? Selling land and property is very easy and most NHS trusts have a property department (and we are always hearing how strapped for cash they are) The answer is simple; Corruption. In effect what Collins and his predecessors have done is to buy cheap (with inside help) and asset strip. Thank goodness the local people have put a spanner in the works and got together. It isn't what the local community wants and I agree, this is a lovely rural setting, so why not let it remain so? Answer; Because it's not up to ordinary people - it's up to wealthy individuals!And besides! poor Mr Collins wants a 'return on his investment.' In fact all NHS property sales in the last 20 years have been clouded in secrecy. The NHS trust in Wakefield has just destroyed the iconic Clayton Hospital - I questioned them using the FOI act and they admitted (just a cover up) that they had 'allowed' local scrap dealers into the buildings to remove lead and copper. The roofs were denuded of lead and water damage did the rest. Uneconomical to repair and dangerous = demolition! I have dozens of examples - here are a couple closer to home.The iconic Main building at Pindarfields (same grounds of Stanley Royd) was sold by me (on ebay) to get publicity because I knew the NHS plans were to bulldoze it. Thousands of people around the world saw the listing and I got hundreds of comments all saying that to demolish it would be 'sacrilege' and stupid to demolish it. Now its a car park. As with the nearby Stanley Royd Asylum Church and the iconic Clayton Hospital, locals thought they were 'listed' buildings'. Large developers (many with overseas investors) have cut the sort of deals with the NHS that would not pass any type of legal or moral scrutiny, and such deals have never once involved the wishes of local communities.Part of Stanley Royd was sold to a notorious developer who bought the Asylums pristine All Saints church - I reported to the Police and Fire service that the owners would destroy the building to allow the land to be developed. But after years of purposeful and contrived neglect it became derelict, and after several dubious fires (lit without any signs of access) it eventually got burned down. The Police admitted it was Arson - but there was no investigation - just the police's usual smokescreen of blaming local kids. Wakefield's Masonic Lodge stands opposite a building (that I singlehandedly rescued from dereliction) the old Vicarage (built in 1349) from who's vantage point I've watched a sucession of Masonic members meetings for over 20 years. [They often park on my (leased) car park] Dukinfield and Bettison of the Hillsborough crimes against humanity were members. Interestingly the missing paintings of the founders of Stanley Royd Asylum were sold at auction by a private individual. A retired policeman! (I know him) Almost all NHS property sales have been controversial. I wrote to Cadwr and Simon Thurley of EH to make them aware of the future regrets they will undoubtably have if such places are lost. I explained to them the established NHS format that always results in dereliction and demolition.They said that their criteria 'doesn't allow for these places to be given listed status' Type: Door Hardware/ Accessories, Sub-Type: Door Handles/ Knobs, Material: Brass, Style: Arts & Crafts

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