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On call: Factories of a certain size were at the time legally required to have their own fire service on site

Fire station that lay undisturbed for 50 years is rediscovered

The fire station remained untouched and ready for service in the basement of a former Co Op factory in Dudley, West Midlands, until it was rediscovered by curious workers on the site this year.

With unfinished cars left to rust on the production line, these eerie photographs show how the Longbridge plant in Birmingham has been left deserted.

With unfinished cars left to rust on the production line, these eerie photographs show how the Longbridge plant in Birmingham has been left deserted.

An MG TF can be seen here on the production line. Production at the Longbridge plant in Birmingham was massively scaled back after MG Rover collapsed in 2005 - meaning that the factory has been almost entirely unused over the past decade. The owners of MG

The car factory where time has stalled

An MG TF can be seen here on the production line. Production at the Longbridge plant in Birmingham was massively scaled back after MG Rover collapsed in 2005 - meaning that the factory has been almost entirely unused over the past decade. The owners of MG

With unfinished cars left to rust on the production line, these eerie photographs show how the Longbridge plant in Birmingham has been left deserted.

With unfinished cars left to rust on the production line, these eerie photographs show how the Longbridge plant in Birmingham has been left deserted.

Untouched: The fire station was unearthed in the basement of a former Co Op factory in Dudley, West Midlands

Fire station that lay undisturbed for 50 years is rediscovered

Untouched: The fire station was unearthed in the basement of a former Co Op factory in Dudley, West Midlands

A mysterious past: The history of this 19th century asylum in the West Midlands saw patients being restrained by means of 'the leather muff,' 'iron handcuffs' and 'restraint chair'. St George's County Asylum first opened in 1818 and once housed nearly 1,000 patients

Haunting photos of decaying ruins all that remain of abandoned asylum

A mysterious past: The history of this century asylum in the West Midlands saw patients being restrained by means of 'the leather muff,' 'iron handcuffs' and 'restraint chair'. St George's County Asylum first opened in 1818 and once housed nearly patients

A very dusty MG front bumper can be seen in this picture. Thousands of workers were made redundant at the Longbridge plant after MG Rover collapsed in 2005. The factory has been almost entirely unused over the past decade. The owners of MG Motor confirmed last week that the West Midlands factory has completely stopped assembling cars after almost a century of on-off production

The car factory where time has stalled

With unfinished cars left to rust on the production line, these eerie photographs show how the Longbridge plant in Birmingham has been left deserted.

The West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs members claim they were trying to monitor members of the Warwickshire Hunt when the incident happened on Thursday in Birdingbury, Warwicks

Hunt saboteur hospitalised after clash with angry man in field

The West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs members claim they were trying to monitor members of the Warwickshire Hunt when the incident happened on Thursday in Birdingbury, Warwicks

Fire station that lay undisturbed for 50 years is rediscovered

idden details: A button on one of the five coats left at the station

Information about the site's main water supply...

Fire station that lay undisturbed for 50 years is rediscovered

Information about the site's main water supply.

Records: A page is filled with one Co Op employee's workings...

The fire station remained untouched and ready for service in the basement of a former Co Op factory in Dudley, West Midlands, until it was rediscovered by curious workers on the site this year.

An invite to a fire brigade competition in 1967

Fire station that lay undisturbed for 50 years is rediscovered

The fire station remained untouched and ready for service in the basement of a former Co Op factory in Dudley, West Midlands, until it was rediscovered by curious workers on the site this year.

Forgotten: Dusty jackets and hats hang in the station

Fire station that lay undisturbed for 50 years is rediscovered

The fire station remained untouched and ready for service in the basement of a former Co Op factory in Dudley, West Midlands, until it was rediscovered by curious workers on the site this year.

A stack of old Co Op records lies in one corner of the room

Fire station that lay undisturbed for 50 years is rediscovered

The fire station remained untouched and ready for service in the basement of a former Co Op factory in Dudley, West Midlands, until it was rediscovered by curious workers on the site this year.

Paperwork: Firefighters from the station competed in local events

Fire station that lay undisturbed for 50 years is rediscovered

The fire station remained untouched and ready for service in the basement of a former Co Op factory in Dudley, West Midlands, until it was rediscovered by curious workers on the site this year.

Treasure trove: Empty gas cannisters lie next to piles of paperwork and bits of rubble inside the basement station

Fire station that lay undisturbed for 50 years is rediscovered

The fire station remained untouched and ready for service in the basement of a former Co Op factory in Dudley, West Midlands, until it was rediscovered by curious workers on the site this year.

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