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  1. 6 points
    This fortress was constructed by the Germans from 1907-1914. It served German soldiers during the First World War but saw little action. Then it was occupied by the French between 1919 & 1940, where it was incorporated into the maginot line for WWII. After the departure of French troops in June 1940, the German army took back the fort. On September 2, 1944, it was declared a fortress of the Reich by Hitler. The stronghold must therefore be defended until the last extremity by German troops, whose chiefs all took an oath to the Führer. In October 1944, the fort was captured by the American 3rd Army in the Battle of Metz. Definitely one of the best military sites I've visited yet. Amazing to think it served both WWI & WWII yet remains in such good condition today. There are dozens of murals dating back over a century, and 1,700m of tunnels connecting various sections. I had to be dragged away as I could have spent a week in here. Visited with @Maniac @extreme_ironing and @Andy. "Flourish German fatherland" "Cameroon child in Munich" / "Man does not agree" "Booze kills, so do not drink so much!" (or something to that effect....) "Beautiful is the recruit life" "Whoever quarrels or rushes gets the hell out of it" "May God punish England" Thanks for looking y'all
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    This was my first ever trip down a mine. So a massive thanks to @EOA for making it happen and another massive thanks to @monk and his daughter for being excellent guides. It was bloody awesome, I could've spent all day poking around the sheds at the top tbh. Underground however was just amazing. It's bloody big this place so a return visit over a couple of days with many more mine beers is a must. History copied from the ever faithful Wikipedia. Obviously. Maenofferen was first worked for slate by men from the nearby Diphwys quarry shortly after 1800. By 1848 slate was being shipped via the Ffestiniog Railway, but traffic on the railway ceased in 1850. In 1857 traffic resumed briefly and apart from a gap in 1865, a steady flow of slate was dispatched via the railway. The initial quarry on the site was known as the David Jones quarry which was the highest and most easterly of what became the extensive Maenofferen complex. In 1861 the Maenofferen Slate Quarry Co. Ltd. was incorporated, producing around 400 tons of slate that year. The company leased a wharf at Porthmadog in 1862 and shipped 181 tons of finished slate over the Ffestiniog Railway the following year. During the nineteenth century the quarry flourished and expanded, extending its workings underground and further downhill towards Blaenau Ffestiniog. By 1897 it employed 429 people with almost half of those working underground. The Ffestiniog Railway remained the quarry's major transport outlet for its products, but there was no direct connection from it to the Ffestiniog's terminus at Duffws. Instead slate was sent via the Rhiwbach Tramway which ran through the quarry. This incurred extra shipping costs that rival quarries did not have to bear. In 1908 the company leased wharf space at Minffordd, installing turntables and siding to allow finished slates to be transshipped to the standard gauge railway there. In 1920 the company solved its high shipping costs by building a new incline connecting its mill to the Votty & Bowydd quarry and reaching agreement to ship its products via that company's incline connection to the Ffestiniog Railway at Duffws. Modern untopping operations at Maenofferen. The uncovered chambers of the Bowydd workings are clearly visible In 1928 Maenofferen purchased the Rhiwbach quarry, continuing to work it and use its associated Tramway until 1953. When the Ffestiniog Railway ceased operation in 1946, Maenofferen leased a short length of the railway's tracks between Duffws station and the interchange with the LMS railway, west of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Slate trains continued to run over this section until 1962, Maenofferen then becoming the last slate quarry to use any part of the Ffestiniog Railway's route. From 1962 slate was shipped from the quarry by road, although the internal quarry tramways including stretches of the Rhiwbach tramway continued in use until at least the 1980s. The quarry was purchased by the nearby Llechwedd quarry in 1975 together with Bowydd, which also incorporated the old Votty workings: these are owned by the Maenofferen Company. Underground production at Maenofferen ceased during November 1999 and with it the end of large-scale underground working for slate in north Wales. Production of slate recommenced on the combined Maenofferen site, consisting of "untopping" underground workings to recover slate from the supporting pillars of the chambers. Material recovered from the quarry tips will also be recovered for crushing and subsequent use. Anyway onto my poto’s My first ever photo down a mine.
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    Small abandoned PowerPlant in east germany... 1. PowerPlant T 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. PowerPlant T 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. PowerPlant T 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. PowerPlant T 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. PowerPlant T 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 6. PowerPlant T 06 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 7. PowerPlant T 08 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
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    Deep in the woods of the Italian mountains I visited this small chapel. Due to an eartquake it is no longer accessible and abandoned. Although the chapel is really unimpressiv from the outside the beauty of the still existing interior makes it worth to be shown here. #1 DSC07367 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #2 DSC07368 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #3 DSC07369 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr
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    For many years this aquaprk has been the main attraction of a bavarian spa town. Since 2015 it is finally closed and abandoned. #1 DSC03927-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #2 DSC03929-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #3 DSC03931-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #4 DSC03932-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #5 DSC03933-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #6 DSC03939-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #7 DSC04322-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #8 DSC04337-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #9 DSC04338-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #10 DSC04343-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #11 DSC05902-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #12 DSC05906-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #13 DSC05916-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #14 DSC05918-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #15 DSC05922-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr
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    The well-known 18th century building was once the central administration of a nearby steelworks. Visited with @The_Raw , @extreme_ironing & @Maniac. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
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    History Heap’s Rice Mill, which is now Grade II listed, was founded by Joseph Heap. It was constructed in 1778, on Pownall Street, Liverpool. Originally, the site operated as a small processing mill; however, additional warehouse space was constructed as demand for rice in Europe increased. The warehouse space was later combined with the mill to form one single building. The reason for Joseph Heap’s success can be attributed to the Indian Mutiny of 1857-58 and the American Civil War in 1861-65 as these events meant British traders were forced to seek out trade in other areas of the British Empire. Heap was one of the first to establish trade in British-ruled Burma. By 1864 the company was sending its own ships to acquire one thousand tons of ‘Cargo Rice’ for its Liverpool mill. Joseph Heap & Sons Ltd. became wealthy enough to own its own shipping firm which was known as Diamond H Line, named after their house flag. In the mid-1800s, during a period of expansion, Heap’s company constructed a number of new warehouses at various other sites across Liverpool. These buildings were used for the storage of sugar, and as additional office space. The sugar warehouses were later adapted and amalgamated into the rice mill industry. At this point in time, Joseph Heap & Sons Ltd. vessels were sailing as far as the East Indies and Australia. The original mill would also become the one that ground rice for Kellog’s Rice Krispies in 1927. Despite several changes in ownership, Joseph Heap & Sons Ltd. main mill was still fully operational up until 1988. After this time, some operations were transferred to a new site on Regent Road. Parts of the mill on Pownall Street continued to operate until 2005. Twelve years later, however, and Heap’s original Rice Mill has decayed badly due to water damage, to the extent that it was due to be demolished in 2014. Nevertheless, a petition to save the site resulted in it being categorised as a listed building by English Heritage. This means the imposing structure remains one of the earliest and last surviving warehouse complexes in a once-thriving industrial area. It is also an important reminder of Liverpool’s rich mercantile history and overall prominence. In terms of its future, it is reported that the building is due to be converted into luxury apartments. However, the £130 million residential development has been heavily criticised because the developers threatened to pull out if they were forced to keep the interior. Subsequently, it is likely that only the original façade of the mill will survive; the interior is due to be sleek and modern. Our Version of Events In the mood for a bit of action and adventure, we decided to have a drive over to Liverpool. We had a bit of business to attend to over in Scouse Land first, but plenty of time before that to get a couple of explores under our belts. We didn’t really have much of a plan, but since there are many places on our to-do list over in the North West, we had high hopes we’d get something interesting done. After taking a look at a site we’ve had our eye on for a while, and deciding the street was too busy for us to access it, we wandered back to where we’d parked the car. It was on the way that we spotted a very large derelict-looking building that was just ripe for the picking. It didn’t take us long to realise that this was the old Heap’s Rice Mill (the name is written on the side of the building) and that it’s rather historic. Finding access to the rice mill was a bit of a ball-ache to be honest. All of the ground-level doors and windows are covered with heavy-duty metal doors and shutters, so there’s no getting past those. We spent the next half an hour wracking our brains and were on the verge of giving up when we realised the way in was right in front of us. This raised our urbex-deprived spirits and ten seconds later we were inside the old mill, staring up in awe at an incredible bridge and several large tanks. The place felt absolutely huge from the inside, and it was fucked, in a nice, photogenic kind of way. The only downfall was the phenomenal amount of green fetid bird shit dripping from the roof, which was weird because there didn’t appear to be any living birds. Splodging our way through a good inch of crap, we made our way to the far end of the enormous alleyway we seemed to be in. From there, we found a staircase and made our way up with the intention of finding the roof. However, by level three we soon discovered that the former metal staircase had become so corroded a huge section had fallen off. This forced us to backtrack a bit, until we found a stone staircase. This was much more sturdy and took us to the top levels of the building. Roaming around up here, though, is quite risky, so if anyone happens to pop to Heap’s Rice Mill after seeing this report, watch your step! You should take Historic England’s description of the building, the one that says the premises is ‘mainly 7-storeys’, quite literally. Many of the floorboards have disappeared, and those that remain are completely rotten. We moved around very tentatively up here. Other than a few bits of leftover machinery and random bits of kit, there isn’t much to see throughout the building, but the extreme decay is pretty cool to see. The best bit of the explore, by far, was what we found in the basement. At first, we thought we’d discovered a normal cellar sort of setup. But, we stumbled across a small stone staircase that took us even deeper, until it reached a beautiful brick-lined tunnel. Unfortunately, the tunnel was sealed at the end, but we’re assuming it probably led all the way to the docks at one time. It seemed to head off in that general direction. After wandering around in the basement for a while, we agreed we’d seen most of the building and decided to call it a day. We didn’t have a proper place to stay, so we still had to find a spot to camp. On that note, then, we made our way back to the main street and set off in search of a place to drink a couple of beers and catch fifty winks. Explored with MKD. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: 14: 15: 16: 17: 18: 19: 20: 21: 22: 23: 24: 25: 26: 27: 28: 29: 30:
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    Interesting stuff. I just googled that quote from your last pic.... Gott strafe England" was a slogan used by the German Army during World War I. The phrase means "May God punish England". It was created by the German-Jewish poet Ernst Lissauer (1882–1937), who also wrote the poem Hassgesang gegen England (lit. "Hate song against England", better known as "Hymn of Hate").
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    Cracking report that @Andy, really enjoyed your pictures.
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    Bet that was nice back in the day Andy
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    Very nice @Andy, really enjoyed the light in here
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    the acces is sealed again, therefore this was the only picture i could take, struggling my tripod through a fence. tho a bit later we came across a 'guide' who was walking a group of families (20! people) and according to him there was maybe a slight chance that the other part was open, but then again, we didn't feel like struggling another kilometre through the woods in the opposite direction and in deep mud with the risk of going back empty handed.
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    Found this little abandoned cages near my home... Lost since april.2000 1. Kaue Schacht 2 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. Kaue Schacht 2 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. Kaue Schacht 2 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. Kaue Schacht 2 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. Kaue Schacht 2 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
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    Nice little write up and as said well done on the lighting. Looks real nice this. A lot of character & I really like the old signage.
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    Fecking nice one! Great job in the dark too
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    Spot on mate, nicely shot Good to see you on here bud.
  18. 1 point
    That is top notch. Like this alot
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    Totally love abandoned theatres. Nice work here, very elaborate repo which is not easy in those dark conditions.
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    That is awesome, love theatres. Its a lot of decay and doesnt look well cared for, but that adds to it. First picture tells me what to expect, and it didnt let down. I reckon thats a newspaper clipping myself.
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    I'm a sucker for this type of place. That's a cracking set of pics and bonus points for quaffing a brew-dog One I sadly missed out on - maybe it'll be open for a weekend in another 3 years....
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    Fuck that's pretty tasty. I prefer these old derpy theatres photographed in the dark anyway, makes it a bit more atmospheric. Good job on the lighting
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    Great place, I really like the dome and the piano.
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    Always good to see photos from here, great report mate That dome
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    One of only a few of my discoveries which I have exclusive (at least I didn't find any pictures on the www). I spotted this small farmhouse a few years ago on one of my rides but unfortunately there was no way inside. But happily I decided to keep in mind. This year I detected an open window. Have been in there twice since. #1 DSC09261-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #2 DSC09282-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #3 DSC09283-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #4 DSC09314-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #5 DSC09268-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #6 DSC09266-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #7 DSC09311-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #8 DSC09267-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #9 DSC09269-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #10 DSC09312-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #11 DSC09285-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #12 DSC09273-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #13 DSC09274-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #14 DSC09292-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #15 DSC09295-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #16 DSC09278-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #17 DSC09275-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #18 DSC09302-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #19 DSC09276-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #20 DSC09277-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #21 DSC09299-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #22 DSC09304-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #23 DSC09281-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #24 DSC09272-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #25 DSC09271-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #26 DSC09307-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr
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    part of a big metal factory, rust,metal,machines,turbines,,, really my kind of place
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    A big infiltration, what a amazing place,, after a few hours of climbing we got inside,, one of the best places i visit
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    This was a small but nice explore, not much to see, but the machines are great!!
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    Nice report, the pictures show a different angle / detail to others on here which is nice. Those floors though, they look like Thor has been in town!
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    Done a good job on that mate. I was hanging from the night before when I went here as well, my pics show it unfortunately....
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