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· @grindle ·
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Leisure Urbex. The Elms, Chester
A Chester hotelier lost his entire life savings of more than £100,000 fighting a legal case following an insurance scam. 

The two masterminds of the £1 million that brought about the financial ruin of the hotelier were jailed for more than 10 years between them.

Posing as a couple of respectable insurance brokers they tricked more than 100 victims into using their services.

Instead of providing them with “the purchased policies”, they pocketed the premiums for themselves, paying out minor claims and living in hope that a big claim would not arise. 

One did, they were caught out.

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Considering this place had been empty for over 6 years when I visited, it was in reasonable condition. 

Having walked around the place twice before finding a way in and enduring a bit of a climb I was surprised that I wasn’t challenged as it is on one of the busiest routes into the city, fortune favours the brave.


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All very gloomy and out of date decor upstairs 

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All very woody and hammer horroresque downstairs,in what must be a private dining room? 


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The bar stuck in time and personally I’d rather have a cinzano 


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The bogs are looking very spidery


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The kitchen sterile and lifeless

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Merry Christmas everyone 

![94C12AE46D7E4951900F26A5DEF8FDB5.jpeg](https://files.peakd.com/file/peakd-hive/grindle/sBFzwVpa-94C12AE4-6D7E-4951-900F-26A5DEF8FDB5.jpeg)

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![341B867414204F74B38E7737A35BEDE6.jpeg](https://files.peakd.com/file/peakd-hive/grindle/IRbYgD46-341B8674-1420-4F74-B38E-7737A35BEDE6.jpeg)

Exciting? Nah, enjoyable? Not the best,

Just be careful when you buy insurance


Go Compare!

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@mipiano ·
I like those taps!!
The site is not so bad for being abandoned... hehe and those Christmas decoration? 😆
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@grindle ·
No it’s in good condition, thanks for feed back 
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@pumpkinsandcats ·
The poor Christmas tree has seen better days! 
I think I had lunch in their once many years ago. Shame to see it end up like that now. Good to explore though
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@grindle ·
Yes barren and unloved the tree and the building 
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@scubahead ·
Yes very Hammer House of Horror although I quite like the bar. Maybe cos I'm a piss head 😂
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@grindle ·
😂 me too, but all the bottles were empty 
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@scubahead ·
nooooo, mind you after all that time and with Peter Cushing possibly lurking somewhere best left alone
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@slobberchops ·
That is in good condition for 6 years of abandonment. Some of the ones I go to..., need I say more? 😀
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@grindle ·
Nope!
I have seen your wanderings, still enjoyable 
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