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  1. 3 points
    I don´t have much information about the small brewery which is located in the south of Germany. The current owner is a guy from England, who disappeared some years ago. Since then, the building has been left to decay. The story hit some headlines in the local newspapers. Small, but I loved it anyway!
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    Tower brick and tile company is a lovely little explore tucked away in the small village of Selborne. It's very isolated, with interruptions only from the occasional passing car and the swarming birds in the field opposite. The History The Brick and Tiles company have been producing hand made bricks at this site since 1872, with production finally ceasing on the 6th of November 2009 when the company went into administration. Since then there have been attempts to breathe life back into the brickworks, however all unsuccessfully. There were plans to turn the factory into a clean eco-friendly factory by using a anaerobic digester in order to generate the gas required to power the site. Unfortunately plans for this were refused in August of 2009. (Waste-to-energy plans at Selborne brickworks refused - BBC News) The Explore After attending a wedding, nothing was better to break up the niceties of suits, dresses and canapes then getting mucky and dusty on an good explore half way into the long drive home (It was pretty much on route anyway!). The weather was cloudy and slightly foggy, but it wasn't raining and it wasn't freezing so we had no complaints. Overall a pretty chilled explore with a surprising amount of equipment and machinery left and intact. As described by Mookster, this is very much a mini Clockhouse Brickworks, although getting in was far far easier. It's a shame we rushed round here a bit, as it's one of those places you could happy spend a few hours exploring. A small factory brimming with character and interesting relics of its former years. Pictures I did laugh at this The Kiln In here is the most impressive porn room I've seen so far. A big poster of how it used to look in its former days I assume? One of a few Drying ovens. Looks like a big chemical drum leaked onto the ground. Not sure exactly what it was, but I didn't really want to find out. I'm not really sure, but this looks like it could be a press used for forming the bricks/tiles.
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    Thought i would jump on the tour bus with this one being as its quite close to me. Visited with Lolly92 Some History Saint Cadoc's Hospital is located in Caerloen on the northern outskirts of the city of Newport. The building was designed by Alfred J. Wood FRIBA, London and named after Saint Cadoc. Saint Cadoc's church is located in the town. The hospital, which opened in 1906 as the Newport Borough Asylum, was built to accommodate up to 350 patients. Extensive outbuildings were later added on the site, but since 2005 the number of residents has been very small with the growing emphasis on care in the community. St Cadoc's Hospital provides a number of mental health services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Adult Mental Health Services are provided by 11 Community Mental Health Teams and Elderly Mental Health Services provided by 5 multi-disciplinary Community Mental Health Teams Pics Thanks for looking
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    A pair of 38 storey skyscrapers unfinished and abandoned since 2008 due to a financial dispute. We had bigger and better rooftops planned than this but sadly they never happened. Anyway this one was pretty cool and it's unbelievable that these structures are completely abandoned. Visited with @Maniac one sunny afternoon. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Looking down on unfinished mall below (Guoson Centre) 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Thanks for looking
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    After a successful visit to Hospital Plaza I was most impressed - I thought it would be the highlight of the weekend, until we visited here. A beautiful church tucked away in a sleepy village somewhere. I'm under the impression it's only been abandoned for a year or two, as it's still in immaculate condition with working electricity. The decor is like nothing I've ever seen in a church before, and the stained glass windows were a work of art. We spent a good hour or two here, before moving onto other places! As always, thanks for looking!
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    This has turned into a annual trip. Santas mine trip on this festive outing @GK-WAX came to my house then it was off to meet @paradox and @bigjobs we're we loaded up the car and "jobs" in the driving seat off we went to ystrad einion mine in Wales. Once on the steep slippery road to the mine we met a frantic @the Kwan and @trancentral. Who thought we wouldn't be able to get "jobs" limo up the hill. But we were in hill car so all was good. Once the TK set out the BBQ and it didn't disappoint we had the full monty and even pulled a few crackers. Then when we had full bully a short track upto the mine entrance. This isn't a massive mine. But a nice one. With star attraction the big water wheel. I'll be the first to admit I don't always read the history from other report but please take a look at this history it is quite interesting. Ok on with a few photo and history.. Site Description 1. Ystrad Einion lead-silver, zinc and copper mine is one of the most northerly metal mines in Ceredigion, situated in the heart of Cwm Einion. Mining had been carried out here in a small way since the 18th century, but the main period of activity came in the final decades of the 19th century, when Lancastrian entrepreneur Adam Mason leased the land from the Pryses of Gogerddan and sank over £3000 in state-of-the-art equipment. Ystrad Einion was a relatively small mine; a report of 1891 notes just 11 miners working at the site, 9 men labouring underground and 2 lads, aged between 13 and 18 above ground. It also proved spectacular unprofitable, with minimal, if any, returns. In 1891 the mine produced 5 tons of silver bearing lead (value £37), 10 tons of zinc ore (value £15) and 5 tons of copper ore (value £7). The mine was closed in 1903, when much of the machinery was sold or scrapped. The above ground remains of the mine have been consolidated and are accessible to the public. Here processing to recover the metal ore took place. Water provided the main source of power and was brought to the site via a leat running off from the River Einion 2km up stream. The wheel pits for three waterwheels survive, one wheel powered the pumps and winding drum at the main shaft head, another powered the stone breaker and crusher machinery in the crusher house, where lumps of ore bearing rock were reduced to a manageable size, and the third powered the jiggers and buddles which sorted and separated the metal ore. Other features of the site included waste tips, two stone ore bins, a blacksmiths shop, an ore store, an elaborate system of settling troughs and ponds to purify the poisonous wastewater, a gunpowder magazine set away from the other buildings and a series of tramways together with an incline that transported ore, waste and other materials around the site. Below ground are 4 levels of workings, accessed through adits cut in the hillside and linked by a number of shafts that reached an ultimate depth of 50 fathoms. A waterwheel (NPRN 415676) which operated drainage pumps and a winding drum survives below ground and is unique in its survival. Louise Barker, RCAHMW, January 2011. 2. Interest in the derelict mine site was reprised in the 1970s through investigations by the Ceredigion Mines Group. The survival of the great underground water wheel was first confirmed on 17th September 1971 by Simon Hughes acting on information recieved from a former miner. Plans were variously made during the 1980s to remove and re-erect this wheel to an industrial museum, or to preserve it in-situ. During the 1980s further plans were instigated by Dyfed County Council to restore the mine and make it safe for the public to visit, including new plans of the proposed works drawn up in 1989. Following the necessary permissions work got underway in 1993 to reclaim parts of the mine and open it as a visitor attraction. These works included capping the main mine shaft, the provision of steps to parts of the mine and consolidation of the standing ruins and footings. The latest phase in the interpretation of Ystrad Einion mine involved the production of a computer animation with voice-over in 2013, reconstructing the history and process of the mine. It was produced by ay-pe Ltd, based on research by the RCAHMW and the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust. The project formed part of the Ceredigion County Council PLWM initiative, which received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
  7. 1 point
    Hello from Northeastern Pennsylvania, USA. I'm new to Urbex. I use to check out places when I was younger, but now I do daily YouTube videos and I have done a few exploration videos. Not only do they do well on my channel, they are some of the most fun things to film. I hope to find out about new locations to check out, and learn some tips and tricks.
  8. 1 point
    Unfortunately I have no historical information to share with everyone about this former school, all the information I can find trawling through the internet about this place all deals with photos of it while it's been abandoned, and no information on it. This was one of those places that me and a friend happened upon during a weekend exploration trip to another part of the country, on the way to our hotel for the night. Of course seeing this off the side of the road we had to stop and take a closer look, and I'm glad we did! Despite being stripped bare, and some few spots of graffiti here and there, the art-deco style and concrete skeleton still holds a lots of character, something which sadly lacks in many buildings built now-a-days, and the October sun provided some excellent lighting. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Thanks for looking! A few more pics can be seen here https://www.flickr.com/photos/137551524@N06/albums/72157675525426646
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    Visited as part of the Reading art exhibition. For a full in-depth history visit the Wiki page. I've never done a UK prison, certainly not one that's immaculate or recognisable as one. Sure, I've done Doftana in Romania, but that was a ruinous shell that was converted to a museum after its first closure in the 50s. So here we have Reading prison, a prime example of a Victorian prison (grade-II listed) designed by George Gilbert-Scott, the grandfather of Battersea Power Station architect Giles Gilbert-Scott in 1844. From 1992 until its closure in 2013, the prison was a Young Offenders Institution and local category C prison, housing offenders aged 18-21 who were guilty of a variety of offences from those such as repeat shoplifting and theft to even murderers in some cases! Since closure it is continually maintained and owned by the MoJ, used for filming (some of the unused cells are used to store lighting equipment and suchlike) and in this case an art exhibition which revolves around the accounts of prisoners such as Ai Weiwei (a letter to his daughter whilst under house arrest), poems and work of Oscar Wilde (its most famous prisoner) and more abstract displays such as those representing prison psychology. A deeply poignant display, I highly recommend anyone, explorer or not to visit this exhibition if they can. Now there were a few people milling about, but it was nevertheless a great opportunity to explore the prison and take some shots. One of the hosts used to work with the NHS providing mental health services to the inmates, and told me a lot about life inside Reading, which was absolutely fascinating but at the same time sad to think that once you're in its a life sentence in terms of life prospects. That is, once you have a criminal record regardless of the offence you're doomed to a life of low-paid work and no real career. Being a permission visit there isn't a great deal I can say otherwise, but I hope its worth posting, if only to show what there is to see inside. It's on until December, so definitely do get down there while you can! Love as always, TBM x
  10. 1 point
    The estate with the main-villa, a side building with chapel and a surrounding park was built from a textile manufacturer at the end of the 19th century, more specifically in 1899 (not in the 18th century, as is to be read often). The textile factory was closed in the 1980s, the villa has been uninhabited for more than 16 years now. Due to stupid vandalism a lot of things were destroyed, so also the piano in 2013. The villa itself burned down in summer of 2014. (about 1908) My fist visit was six years ago, in 2010. Now I’ve visited it again, to take some comparison shots. The current state is very sad ... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Finally, a few more photos from 2010. 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
  11. 1 point
    Yes lee would have liked you to have been there but Paul said you couldn't make it. But there's always next year
  12. 1 point
    Nice mate, looks like you guys had a good day up there
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    Hey all, today i finished my set from a very nice Hotel. Decay on a high level... 1. Hotel green garden 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. Hotel green garden 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. Hotel green garden 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. Hotel green garden 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. Hotel green garden 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 6. Hotel green garden 06 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 7. Hotel green garden 07 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 8. Hotel green garden 08 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 9. Hotel green garden 09 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 10. Hotel green garden 10 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 11. Hotel green garden 11 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 12. Hotel green garden 12 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 13. Hotel green garden 13 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 14. Hotel green garden 14 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 15. Hotel green garden 15 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 16. Hotel green garden 16 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 17. Hotel green garden 17 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 18. Hotel green garden 18 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 19. Hotel green garden 19 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  14. 1 point
    Even it's small, it's still a nice place.
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    Thank you very much mate Yep. Was in a right state to be fair mate. I still enjoyed the visit though
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    My favorite face so far...:
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    _DSC0020 by Vulex Pics, on Flickr
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    Thames Steel Happy face by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr
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    Cool idea for a thread, will try to route out some more but here's my most recent one
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