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  1. 18 points
    The Hospital was founded in 1831 & by 1929 special feature available included Turkish, Russian & medicated baths & electro-medical department. The Infirmary was also approved for the treatment of Veneral Diseases The New Road Campus has been home to it"s various named College incarnations since the 1967 when the College paid £105,000 for the site. New buildings were opened in 1967 with the main block being opened in 1971. By 1978 they were 8,000 Students attending the college. The site which now consists of 10 linked buildings totaling 342,000 sq/ft over a 6.1 Acre site, which includes the original Grade 2 listed Hospital buildings, with it"s impressive original sandstone columns identical to those on the nearby Railway Station. With the statue of Edward the VII now looking over the car park. The College has recently moved into a new purpose build waterfront development for £60M which will welcome @20K Students. The old site has been purchased by Oldham based Wiggett Construction Company for an undisclosed sum Suggestions for the site include a Supermarket, a Care or Medical Centre, with the final potion un-allocated. The local Lidl has confirmed it will move to the new location from it"s local site. The area is not a place i frequent often. I find it too much like Bradford, all doom & gloom & full of Druggies who ironically, had curtailed my first trip prematurely when i"d previously recce"d this place in the Summer . I"d completely forgotten about the place, so thanks go too @albino-jay for bringing this location back into the limelight, with his quality recent night-time report And thanks for the pointers mate Called down one typically Yorkshire gloomy day for a recce & met up with @The Amateur Wanderer later on & decided to return on another much more gloomy freezing & wet day (nice too meet up again mate had some laughs & frights along the way The site itself is vast combining old & new construction techniques & buildings, so one minute you"re inside a modern day facility the next you"ve stepped back in time. The only thing they both share is the fact they"ve been well trashed. It looks like the Metal Fairies have been very busy over the last 3 years & is very reminiscent of DRI / Clayton Hospital with added Razor Wire on top. But has lots of hidden nooks & crannies to keep you occupied for a few hours at the least. I should mention that lots of rooms etc have been modified for Filming purposes from what we could ascertain, paint schemes similar to smoke & soot damage over the walls and curtains and strategic placed old beds & equipment .....which obviously been strategically re-positioned lol As always, thanks for looking ] Merry Xmas
  2. 16 points
    History I can't find much history on this one. All I know is that this was an established farm for some years before the owners moved to a new premises in the Lincolnshire area. After being pointed out that there is still a lot left here especially if they just moved I am now unsure as to why this place is empty. I had read somewhere they had moved premises but that seems unlikely. The residents were well known within the area and their family dates back to the 1800's. This was once a thriving farm. Producing Pigs for Bacon as well as other fresh produce. The explore Firstly thanks to @Mikeymutt for info on this place. Much appreciated as always Visited with @hamtagger as always Really nice explore this. Infact I may as well say that I have got the bug for cottaging haha! Everywhere we turned in this litle place was something to see. There is so much here that will sadly end up in a skip one day but it is one of those houses I looked at and really thought I could live here. Looking beyond the damage and the way it was, it has real potential. Some really grand features, mainly the furniture. The house was lovely and dotted with age old signs that it really needs some modernising. Nice and leisurely though, lots of noises, the wind banging doors upstairs, birds in the loft etc. Anyway enough of me waffling, here are the pics 1 2 3 4 My love of wallpaper & fabric continues.. 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Thanks for looking!
  3. 16 points
    The History George Barnsley and Sons Ltd was founded in 1836 and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883. George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street, The 1849 listing records a move to Cornhill and then in 1852 to Cornish works Cornish street. They had by this time also increased their product range to include steel files and shoe & butchers knives. They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades, shoe knives and leather workers tools. In the 1948 listing the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd. The Explore Having seen this quite a lot but very few and far between at the same time this was one place that I wanted to see. The same applied to @hamtagger. One not so cold February morning we made our way to Sheffield with Mr Barnsley's Cornish works in sight. Firstly thanks to @Fekneejit if it wasn't for you we would have probably been pounced on by squatters, wandering aimlessly around a courtyard continuing our debate on where the squatter we followed in had gone or even worse, slipped on a mouldy orange and be lost forever in the lonesome little area that aided us with getting in. Anyway, we got in. Walking through the first few bits it was difficult to see how this was going to turn in to something amazing. But lo and behold we carried on, getting excited over retro wallpaper and seeing familiar names etched in to the dirt on the windows we found what we had been looking for. We both got quite carried away. Spotting things that we had both seen in previous reports and some stuff that we hadn't. It was quite noticeable in areas where things had been moved, gone missing or just ruined. Wandering off in different directions and then swapping to not get in each others way. It was a great day and I am pretty pleased to have finally seen George Barnsley & Son. Anyway, on with the pics 1 2 3 - Everyone should be a lover of shit retro wallpaper 4 5 6 - I loved these, a real slice of history and nice to see along with a lot of the place not trashed. 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Thanks for looking!
  4. 15 points
    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
  5. 15 points
    Living just a few minutes drive away, @SpiderMonkey and I decided not to leave this one too long. The place is still pretty clean, just a few leaves around the place now. I'm not sure what the future will hold, maybe it will stay and get overgrown for a bit, who knows... Opening on the 27th May 1993, Pleasure Island was a theme park in Cleethorpes featuring 47 rides including roller coasters amongst the thrill rides and numerous smaller rides for younger visitors. Work began in the 1980s to build the site on the site of a former zoo by the owners of Pleasurewood Hills park near Lowestoft, and the new site in Cleethorpes was set to have the same name. The company went into receivership in the early 1990s and construction was halted. The site was then sold to Robert Gibb, the owner of Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire. Construction resumed and was completed in 1992, opening the following year. View over the park from the top of the roller coaster In 2010 Flamingo Land and Pleasure Island were separated into two independent companies, with Robert Gibb retaining Flamingo Land and his sisters Vicky Gibb and Melanie Wood (formerly Gibb) taking control of Pleasure Island. Unexpectedly, the park was temporarily closed in 2010 while negotiations took place, staff and visitors were turned away at the front gate. A petting zoo was added in 2013, along with a tractor ride replacing an old monorail. In 2016 it was announced the park would be closing at the end of the season, and only the McCormack’s bar would be reopening in 2017. On arriving at the park, visitors were greeted with an Old England themed entrance area with pay booths Making your way, you start to move through the different areas. First up was Morocco... Gravitron Ride The Galleon Pirate Ship Then on to the dodgems.... Tucked away in the corner of the park were the sea lions. The pool was still full of water and I'm not sure whether the inhabitants had been re-homed yet... Continuing around the park we find a few more rides... And a quick stop off at the Astra Slide gives a nice view over the areas we've just looked around Heading into White Knuckle Valley, first we find the Terror Rack... And then come across the main attraction, the Boomerang roller coaster The view from the top was pretty spectacular! Continuing on, we find the Pendulus ride Kids slider and Paratower And the Mini Mine Train Finally, we look at the Carousel ride, which is a really old traditional carousel. My favourite!
  6. 15 points
    As a Star Wars fan since my childhood and hearing rumours of the Millennium Falcon landing nearby I knew it was my destiny to explore it. We took a BBQ and some beers into the forest of Endor and set up camp. After fending off a few horny ewoks and getting ourselves a couple of hours sleep we woke up to the sound of the Imperial March music coming from my alarm clock. We set about our quest nervously but knowing “fear is the path to the dark side......” Thanks and kudos to @bauhausgirland friends for some helpful tips, lifts and for getting in here first, also thanks to Ash for having the foresight to remember his Jedi cloak, and everyone else who came along for the ride, definitely one of the most fun places I've had the pleasure to explore! Enjoy 1. “You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon?" 2. "It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs." 3. "She'll make point five past lightspeed. She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. I've made a lot of special modifications myself." 4. "It's true. All of it. The dark side. The Jedi. They're real". 5. "Chewie, we're home...." 6. On entering the ship you would hope to find it like this and maybe sit down for a game of hologram chess or something but it's not quite like that 7. "It's a trap!" 8. The reality is that it's made mostly out of wood and is held together with scaffolding poles 9. However you can just about get into the cockpit 10. "Laugh it up, Fuzz ball." 11. "Punch it" 12. "This bucket of bolts's never gonna get us past that blockade." 13. "Would it help if I got out and pushed?" 14. "You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought ..." (This one sounds a bit strange out of context.... ) 15. The level of external detail is amazing 16. Even the ground on which the ship is sat is fake 17. "What a piece of junk" 18. "She's the fastest ship in the fleet." 19. "She's the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy!" 20. Ahch-to, the planet where Luke Skywalker was living in exile at the end of The Force Awakens 21. Other vehicles sit waiting to be uncovered, a land speeder amongst other things, not sure what else yet..... 22. "The Dark Side of the Force is the pathway to many abilities some consider to be… Unnatural." "Remember...the Force will be with you, always." That's all folks
  7. 15 points
    Chateau Foret was built in 1860 and has been unoccupied since the 1990s due to a family dispute. We were extremely lucky to get in here, most people who have managed it before have had to pay for the privilege. Never thought I'd see it with my own eyes, thankfully we took a chance and it paid dividends. We were inside for about 2 hours before the owners turned up and we had to make a hasty retreat to the roof as they made their way upstairs. Luckily they didn't find us and we managed to escape after they'd gone. We managed to photograph most of the best bits so we were all happy with what we'd got anyway. What a place. Much of it is still in amazing condition although the top floor is a complete mess and falling to pieces (see pic 27 for example). Onto the pics, I went a bit vignette crazy with these but I quite like the effect on this particular set. Enjoy 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. See ya
  8. 14 points
    Evening Scabies and jelly spoons, hope everyones settling back into work alright. This place is on my doorstep but was never really fussed with it, as we all know its been major 2015 tour bus destination so you know what you're in for. Was kinda always saving this place for a rainy day when i fancied some exploring but couldn't be arsed to drive to far, so yeah that day came and i popped up selly oak hospital with a couple of young bloods who are new to the forum, they had been firing reports up on 28 from all sorts of old brum derps and clearly putting the effort in and getting out exploring stuff so i teamed up with them for selly oak, originally i wanted to do the river rea but needless to say what with all the rain it was a bit of a raging torrent so that's been back burnered, that word looks like bummered from where i'm sat, it shouldnt say bummered. the explore- the explore was pretty straight forward, no craziness, no swat teams, no russian mountain dog chases, not even a sniff of secca. Thank you to the lovely lady (you know who you are) who hooked me up some details on what's what access wise at the minute, pretty straight forward mooch, still plenty of nice bits left to see, a lot more than i was expecting to be honest, couldn't believe there's more to this place than a morgue!! morgue pics seems to be the only thing i've seen from the place, don't get me wrong there is a whole load of bugger all here as well but there's a few interesting bits dotted about, my fave was the bed with the leather worn off in the shape of a person and then mould has started growing through the worn material, who doesn't want to see some fungus feeding of the moisture of years of embedded human perspiration and growing in the shape of a person! fookin gross right generic wiki history The first buildings on the site of Selly Oak Hospital were those of the King’s Norton Union Workhouse. It was a place for the care of the poor and was one of many workhouses constructed throughout the country following the introduction of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. This act replaced the earlier system of poor relief, dating from 1601.[1] The rising costs of poor relief had become a national problem and the new act sought to address this. Throughout the country, parishes were formed into larger unions with the power to raise money from rates on property to pay for the poor. King’s Norton Poor Law Union was formed from the parishes of Harborne, Edgbaston, King’s Norton, Northfield and Beoley. Each of these five parishes had individual workhouses. These were replaced in 1872 by the new, much larger one at Selly Oak. It was built to accommodate 200 pauper inmates. Central supervision by the Poor Law Commissioners in London ensured that all workhouses were administered similarly by a set of rules and regulations. How humanely these were interpreted depended entirely upon each local board of Poor Law Guardians, who were local worthies. They were elected annually and gave their services voluntarily. The aim of the Poor Law Amendment Act was to deny any form of relief except through admission to the workhouse. Generally it was assumed that the able-bodied poor could find work and if they did not then they should be forced to work within the confines of the workhouse. It was thought that if conditions in the workhouse were really bad then the poor would be deterred from seeking relief. However, by the late 18th century it became apparent that the majority of workhouse inmates were the most vulnerable people in society; the young, the old, the chronic sick and the mentally ill. Various Acts of Parliament ruled that separate provision should be made for children and the mentally ill. The sick poor were to be accommodated in separate infirmary blocks. These were often built adjacent to the workhouses and were the forerunners of many great hospitals of today. Commemorative plaque recording the opening of the King's Norton Union's Infirmary at Selly Oak, on the "3rd Day of September 1897" At Selly Oak, a separate infirmary was built in 1897 at a cost of £52,000. It was the subject of much heated debate as the original estimate had been £18,000. It was a light, clean and practical building, and generally a source of much pride. The Guardians took great care and gathered information from other infirmaries to ensure that the final design, put out to a competition and won by Mr. Daniel Arkell, was up-to-date and modern. The Infirmary accommodated about 250 patients in eight Nightingale wards and smaller side wards and rooms. There was also provision for maternity cases. Between the two main pavilions were a central administration block, kitchens, a laundry, a water tower, doctors’ rooms and a telephone exchange. There was no operating theatre or mortuary and, in the workhouse tradition, the internal walls were not plastered, painted brick being considered good enough for the sick paupers. The workhouse and infirmary were separated by a high dividing wall and were run as separate establishments. The population of the King’s Norton Union increased dramatically, and in 1907 extensions to the infirmary and the workhouse made provision for the growing numbers of poor people. This doubled the size of the main hospital building. The Woodlands Nurses’ Home was built at the same time to accommodate forty nurses. A small operating room was added to the infirmary. There was a resident nursing staff of eight trained nurses and nineteen probationers who were supervised by the Matron. She also had responsibility for the resident female servants. The Steward managed the infirmary, governed the male servants, kept the accounts, ordered provisions, and recorded births and deaths. There was a Senior Medical Officer who attended three times a week between 11:00 and 13:00. A Resident Medical Officer attended at both the infirmary and the workhouse. In 1911, King’s Norton – no longer a rural area – left Worcestershire and became part of the City of Birmingham. The Birmingham Union was formed from the unions of King’s Norton, Aston and Birmingham. The King’s Norton Workhouse Infirmary was renamed Selly Oak Hospital. Over the next two decades facilities improved with the addition of an operating theatre, plastering of internal walls, and the introduction of physiotherapy, pathological and X-ray services. By 1929 there were seven full-time members of the medical staff, and the medical residence was built at this time. The Good Samaritan (1961), by Uli Nimptsch, in front of the Out-patients Unit at Selly Oak Hospital Attitudes to the poor changed gradually and measures to relieve poverty, such as old age pensions and National Insurance, were introduced before the First World War. By 1930, the administrative structure of the Poor Law was finally dismantled. Selly Oak Hospital and the Workhouse, renamed Selly Oak House, came under the administration of Birmingham City Council. Selly Oak House was administered separately and used for the care of the elderly chronic sick. Selly Oak Hospital continued to grow, new operating theatres were added in 1931, and the biochemistry and pathology laboratories opened in 1934. Nurses had been trained at Selly Oak since 1897, but it was not until 1942 that the School of Nursing was opened. In 1948, when the National Health Service was introduced, Selly Oak Hospital and Selly Oak House were amalgamated. Since then many changes to the site have resulted in the institution we see today. Recent developments[edit] The hospital closed in 2012 upon completion of the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Relocation of the first services from Selly Oak began during the summer of 2010 when its A&E department moved to the new Q.E.Hospital on 16 June and over the next 7 days Critical Care and other departments moved step-by-step the 1.5 miles to the new hospital. On average one inpatient was moved every 5 minutes between 7 am and early evening [2] On the morning of 23 May 2010 a 'Service of Thanks' was held at Selly Oak Hospital to celebrate a century of caring and this was followed by a fun fair at which staff and patients were invited to "Take a Trip Down Memory Lane", sign a memory wall [3] and contribute to an on-line memories website. The reorganisation was first planned in 1998 though it was not until October 2004 that planning approval was given by Birmingham City Council, with construction beginning during 2006. Selly Oak Hospital was well renowned for the trauma care it provided and had one of the best[citation needed] burns units in the country. It was also home to theRoyal Centre for Defence Medicine, which cared for injured service men and women from conflict zones, as well as training service medical staff in preparation for working in such areas. In March 2007, the Hospital was alleged to be not properly treating Iraq war veterans.[4] The hospital has also appeared in national newspapers with stories of servicemen being verbally abused in the hospital by members of the public opposed to the war.[5] There were also difficulties[clarification needed] when Jeremy Clarkson went to the hospital to give gifts to the wounded serviceman.[6] A report published by the House of CommonsDefence Select Committee blamed the allegations against the hospital on a smear campaign[7] and praised the clinical care provided to military patients.[8] Picturegraphs MOULD MAN!!! [ thanks for looking guys, always remember to stop look and listen, always wait for the green man and always be aware of stranger danger, take it sleazy kids.
  9. 14 points
    Visited here last Bank Holiday, a cracking place steeped with history and well worth a look. There are only two large blocks remaining on site in a derelict state, G block and D block. G block is in a bad way. It has taken a right beating and is pretty much empty bar some old paperwork strewn about. We ventured in but I didn't take any pictures inside. D block however is a different story. Pretty much unused since the war (apart from storage) and although a lot of rooms are empty, others a jam packed full of old equipment. A £10 million grant has been applied for to bring it back to it's former glory. The project is expected to take up to 10 years to complete. Some pictures
  10. 14 points
    A rather unassuming farm house in the Belgian countryside, not much decay and completely empty... apart from one room... 'GET STUFFED!'
  11. 14 points
    First stop on a mini tour of Wales, Thanks Alex for showing me these places. I dont know the history of this place, but judging by the lay out of the house and the articles left I would guess a widowed lady lived here until she had died in the early 70's. But based on the music collection somebody lived here until at least 1987. The owner also appeared to be a bit of a hoarder with piles and piles of stuff. This is my first propper place that hasnt been gutted and left pretty much stuck in time. Thanks for looking and Happy New Year to you all!
  12. 13 points
    On a rather rushed last day this was our second to last stop. We were instantly eyed up by the residents of the flats opposite, but after a while of milling around trying not to look suspicious they disappeared. It wasn't long before we were inside and it really hit me. Rows and rows of cages lines the walls and the remains of the labs upstairs. It was interesting to shoot, something different - but one I never want to visit again. As always, thanks for looking!
  13. 13 points
    New Scotland Yard New Scotland Yard was located on Broadway in Victoria and has been the Metropolitan Police's headquarters since 1967. By the 1960s the requirements of modern technology and further increases in the size of the force meant that it had outgrown its Victoria Embankment site. In 1967 New Scotland Yard moved to the site on Broadway, which was an existing office block acquired under a long-term lease. The Met's senior management team was based at New Scotland Yard, along with the Met's crime database. This uses a national computer system developed for major crime enquiries by all British forces, called Home Office Large Major Enquiry System, more commonly referred to by the acronym HOLMES, which recognises the great fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. The training programme is called 'Elementary', after Holmes's well-known, yet apocryphal, phrase "elementary, my dear Watson". A number of security measures were added to the exterior of New Scotland Yard during the 2000s, including concrete barriers in front of ground-level windows as a countermeasure against car bombing, a concrete wall around the entrance to the building, and a covered walkway from the street to the entrance into the building. Armed officers from the Diplomatic Protection Group patrolled the exterior of the building along with security staff. In May 2013 the Metropolitan Police confirmed that the New Scotland Yard building on Broadway would be sold and the force's headquarters would be moved back to the Curtis Green Building on the Victoria Embankment, and renamed Scotland Yard. Ahead of the move to the Embankment, the Metropolitan Police sold New Scotland Yard to Abu Dhabi Financial Group in December 2014 for £370 million. Staff left New Scotland Yard on 1 November 2016, when ownership of the building was passed to Abu Dhabi Financial Group who plan to redevelop the site into luxury apartments, offices and shops. The Metropolitan Police are due to move to the Embankment in early 2017. Since this appeared on here a couple of months ago I've visited a few times with @Maniac, @KM Punk, @starlight, @extreme_ironing, @Miss.Anthrope, @adders, @Porkerofthenight, @DirtyJigsaw, @TrollJay, @Merryprankster, monkey, suboffender, silentwalker, theriddler, dragonsoop, and many non members. Most of these photos were taken on my first visit when we did a sweep of every floor looking for anything of interest. Much had been stripped before the Met handed it over unfortunately but there was still enough to make it a decent explore. The view from the roof is pretty sensational on a clear evening, made even more special by the fact you are sitting on top of perhaps the most notorious police Headquarters in the world. A great place for a dragon soop and some classic 80s tunes. 1. Starting from the bottom and working our way up, the underground car park. Sadly no bunkers or anything quite so interesting under here. 2. Security control room for monitoring cctv and opening gates. 3. 4. 5. Press conference room 6. Briefing room 7. Locker room, now in use by construction workers. 8. A message from the last officer to leave 9. These marble lift lobbies were the only bit of grandeur really, the lifts were still fully functional which came in handy a couple of times. 10. 11. The remains of a once plush office 12. How most of the building looked....stripped and being prepared for a new lease of life 13. Pretty much every floor had large server rooms in the centre, this one in particular held restricted access servers. 14. Where firearms would have been distributed, there was a similar firearms storage room on the ground floor. 15. Label on the cupboard above 16. Sand boxes presumably for discharging rounds of ammo when handing in firearms 17. safe room 18. 19. Bridge connecting the two buildings together 20. Just off the bridge sat this lecture theatre, a week later it was completely ripped to pieces. 21. 22. Canteen 23. Cctv monitoring work station 24. 25. Plant room on the top floor 26. Engineer's control room 27. 28. And last but not least, the rooftop. 29. 30. 55 Broadway, TfL's art deco Headquarters until recently 31. Buckingham Palace 32. One of the best views in London really 33. 34. 35. Fish eye view from the top of the mast. Scotland Yard, it's been emotional.....
  14. 13 points
    Last stop on a 2 day tour of Belgium.... This visit reminded me a little bit of the end of Raiders of the lost Ark, the part where the camera pans out at storage facility filled with treasures and artefacts. This Hanger is filled to the brim with decaying military (and a few civilian) vehicles. From a Submarine to an ambulance. To be honest im not sure if this location was a derp or not. My instincts tell me its a collection owned by museums, but the doors were sealed inside and out and it required some spider-man stuff to get in. On to the pictures... and there is a lot, I probably only covered half of it. There was so much to see, it was hard to fit into frame with a 35mm lens and I struggled to remember what I had already shot.
  15. 13 points
    Hello ! A cool aquarium abandoned for about 10 years somewhere in France. It's was a fun location and visit. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
  16. 13 points
    At last I get to go to visit a train graveyard! I went to Oakamoor for a look round but even the rails have been taken away from there and scrapped. (non-HD people should press the back button and look at some drains ) Anyway, just before it was dark I managed to get pictures from another location I'd seen on Google Maps. I couldn't get up onto all of the carriages because of a bad elbow at the moment I'm surprised it hasn't been sold off for scrap. It was nice to go inside a proper old fashioned passenger carriage which hadn't been vandalized in any way. First some general shots from walking around...... and my favourite carriage......
  17. 13 points
    A recent visit to this old Power Station which has been decommissioned since 2000. A planning application has been approved to demolish it and replace it with a new sustainable energy plant. Although approval was granted in 2012 nothing seems to have happened since. Lots of stuff left in situ and it's all decaying nicely. Some pictures #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15
  18. 13 points
    Been wanting to see this for ages but I'd forgotten about it until recently. A couple of drunken attempts at sneaking past a seemingly asleep Crossrail security guard a while back didn't go as planned. This time however we took a different approach (cheers adders) and spent a couple of hours poking around inside without any hassle. Such a cool bit of London history it's a must see if you get the chance to pop in. Visited with@extreme_ironing, @adders, an extremely drunkenmonkey and a friend of ours from Germany. History The Kingsway Tram Tunnel is an abandoned tunnel, built to connect the "North Side" and "South Side" tramway systems in the Holborn area of London. The tunnel was constructed between 1902 and 1905 and it was in operation between 1906-1957. It ran from the junction of Theobalds Road and Southampton Row at its northern end, to the Embankment (in 1908) at its southern end, with underground tram stations at Holborn and Strand. Public service began on 24th February 1906. The first journey took 12 minutes northbound and 10 minutes to return, even allowing for the horse-drawn vehicles also using the roads on the overground part of the route. In 1929 double-decker trams were introduced after works that raised the roof and deepened the tunnel. During the mid 30's all trams in London started being replaced by "more modern vehicles", mostly trolley-buses and conventional diesel buses. All London trams were finally abandoned on 5th July 1952. Over the next 60 years, the tunnel was been mostly left abandoned. A project for a new tram line making use of the tunnel was cancelled in 2008. During the same year the tunnel was used as a film set for 'The Escapist', evidence of the film set can still be seen today. The site has since been acquired by Crossrail who have been using it as a worksite for the construction of a new tunnel directly under the old one up until recently. 1. Part of the tunnel still being used for storing materials 2. Apparently these tags are significant, Cos and Fume from the DDS crew. Means zilch to me but there you go! 3. Still some live switches and cables down here 4. Here the ceiling of the tunnel slopes down as the Strand underpass now replaces the old Aldwych station end of the tunnel. 5. Gets a bit stoopy down this end. Live cables run along the right hand side 6. & 7. Two small holes either side of the narrow end lead into these cavities alongside the underpass where you can still see the old poster boards on the walls 8. & 9. Unfortunately the ladder at the end takes you no further. 10. Back towards Holborn street signs lay scattered everywhere 11. 12. An old staircase leading to the surface 13. Film set posters 14. Platform down the middle where trams would have pulled in either side 15. This is how it looked back in the day 16. Union Street poster and tube map also from 'The Escapist' film set 17. 18. This section retains all it's original tiling in great condition 19. 20. Still some bits leftover from the crossrail site 21. Original tracks running towards Holborn Thanks for looking
  19. 13 points
    Okay ive posted some of my old stuff, now onto some more recent explores. I have watched this place for many years, earlier this year i decided it was time to give it a go, Having known it has been abandoned for over 4 years, and with no building work going on anymore it was the perfect time. I couldnt wait to be the 1st one to visit this place. Some history on the place, It was built around 1890 and since then it has had a few moddern additions. Its original use was as a home for a wealthy mill owner from the local area, it then became a Missionary for kids and families from other countries to live in. It then went on to be a hotel/B&B and rented flats and rooms, before its final use as a home for 4 asian families. Now it lays abandoned with no clear plan for the future. The inside of the property is sooooo clean, as you will see from my pics. You could move straight in if you wanted to, Carpet on the floor whitch was rather nice (even took my boots off) it was that clean lol. Not normally what i want to see tbh, we all love a bit of decay, But i just had to see it, The place blew me away with its grand staicase and sculpted ceilings, Some nice bits of furniture lying about too. Now heres where the fun starts...... After being inside for around 40min I was on the ground floor just taking a pic down the main hallway, when i notiched a shadow of a person stood at the outside of the front door, Knowing there was no secca on the place my 1st thought was that is was the owner, or the police..... So I grabbed my things and headed for the exit point in a bit of a rush lol, upon getting to the exit point I was greeted by not one or 2 police men, but 8 of them all with their battens drawn :-/ Needless to say I wasnt expecting that. After a long talk with the police about what i was doing in there, and the whole you shouldnt be in there speech, they took my details and let me on my way. Now on with the pics..... Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed the pics :-)
  20. 12 points
    This place was part of a giant complex where they used to build trains for the national railroad company. Most of the site was already demolished by the time we got here, but the lab itself was still worth the visit. It's been abandoned since 2010, which is sort of surprising, if you look at the amount of decay, but well, I'm not complaining about that at all... Actually took 2 visits to get in. First attempt was on a thursday afternoon. Entered the site, walked to the particular building and said to my girl: "what's that noise?!" Peeked inside the building and got instantly spotted by demolition workers... Took a run and returned a few days later in the weekend. More luck that time. Have to say, definitely worth it... 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 Thanks for looking!!
  21. 12 points
    First report from the latest trip abroad! This old mansion sits in a small village, the gates are wide open and the locals don't seem to even care about it. The highlight here was definitely the grand entrance hall, surrounded by pillars, red carpet, grand staircase, and a lumiere-esque balcony above it. There were also some pretty nice side rooms too. From what I can gather the last use this building had was as a hotel, judging by the slight modernization of some areas. A nice relaxed explore with @AndyK! and Kriegaffe9. Featuring: My tripod because I'm too lazy to shop it out. Cheers
  22. 12 points
    Not much history to be found on this place but we know it served as one of 4 railway control bunkers during WWII which were crucial to keeping the Southern Railway network running during the blitz. Here's some info from Sub Brit where it gets a mention: During World War 2, the Southern Railway took over the Deepdene Hotel near Dorking in Surrey for its wartime emergency headquarters. In the grounds they excavated an underground control centre taking advantage of a network of existing natural caves. The bunker housed both the Headquarters' telephone exchange and Traffic Control's underground control centre which had underground divisional controls at Woking (South West Division), Southampton (Western Division), Orpington (South Eastern Division) and Redhill (Central Division). Woking Southern Railway Traffic Underground Control Centre remained operational until the 1960s. It's in a very poor state of disrepair due to natural decay and fire damage but there's still a few bits and pieces left behind. Visited with @Maniac, @extreme_ironing, and @Soylent green before heading to the pub for a liquid breakfast 1. Difficult to read all the writing on the blast doors but they read something to the effect of 'wait for the first door to be closed before opening the second' 2. In this room there would have been people sat on either side with telephones and typewriters in front of them 3. I guess this room was a telephone exchange 4. I got mocked for taking this shot. What can I say, I like old light switches! 5. Old telephones, there used to be loads of these apparently but they've all been taken 6. Ventilation, loved the rusty colours in here 7. Dials 8. Electrics 9. Some kind of battery or something? I'm not sure, answers on a postcard please! 10. Impressive blast doors Thanks for looking
  23. 12 points
    During a little trip trough Germany last year, we've visited this former Military airport. In WWII the Nazi's used it as a training camp for the German Air Force. In 1945 the Russians took it over, now it's abandoned since 1994 Some feedback is welcome, 'cause I'm not sattisfied with all the pictures. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
  24. 12 points
    Great Tew Manor was originally built around 1730, with extensions added in 1834 and 1856. Shortly after the First World War the owner died and the house was left empty until the 1960s. A further period of neglect in the 80s left most of the house uninhabitable. One end of the house has now been renovated and is occupied but the majority of the building is still in poor condition, clad in scaffolding and plastic sheeting. Several sections of floor and ceiling have now collapsed, the 'ongoing restoration project' doesn't appear to have got very far sadly. Shame as it's a spectacular building. I'd never heard of this place before, it just popped up while I was doing some research. I soon discovered a flurry of reports from 2010 to 2013, but nothing ever since. A few comments on the old reports suggested the whole place had been fully refurbished but I couldn't find anything online to verify this so we decided to go take a look for ourselves. Glad we did as it's not changed much at all and it's an absolute belter. Shame we only had 45 mins of daylight left though as I easily could have spent hours in there. There were lots of things I didn't capture with my camera, old documents dating back over 100 years and tunnels running underneath the whole of the house. A good end to a quality weekend with my bitches @Miss.Anthrope and Cankles, perhaps we will return here some time for afternoon tea. 1. 2. 3. This was inside the dome shaped roof section, you can just make out the decorative patterns on the walls 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Roof collapse in the attic 17. and on the floor below.... 18. However this was the best part, the Gothic revival library. An absolute stunner and somehow still in pristine condition. 19. 20. 21. Thanks for looking
  25. 12 points
    History This mortuary was nestled in the Northern Ireland countryside. It was small, quaint & perfect! A small chapel inside accompanied the mortuary. With no body fridges which was one of the first things I noticed I could only put that down to either it was a mortuary whereby bodies were not stored or given the history of Northern Ireland & tradition with death they were not needed as bodies are usually buried within 3 days. Possible that a body fridge could have been removed I guess but no signs that there was ever one there. The main thing I noticed which was pretty hard to miss was the perfectly kept porcelain table. Not only porcelain but a rotating one! I had the pleasure of visiting another in the north of the UK a couple of years ago & that in itself shows how hard to come by these are. Now anyone who knows me & my love for death/mortuaries/embalming etc will know this was like pure porn to me. When searching for new places, the unseen if you like.. to find a fresh one and one of this kind is infact a rareity. To be able to put together the history, including that of the slab is as interesting as visiting it The table was deep, very big lip on it. No drainage channels at all, just a nice recess around the perimeter which deepened leading to a drain at the far end. Then on the foot of the table was the word Twyfords, now I Still haven't got around to seeing 2 Twyfords porcelain tables at another uk mortuary and others which have long gone. Twyfords are known for their sanitary products, toilets, basins etc but they extended in to the mortuary field too. Cliff Vale potteries was built by TW Twyford in 1887. It was Cliff Vale where the slabs were fired in Stoke On trent. The word Twyfords would have been added with a 'flow blue' application..a deep cobalt blue inking. An underglaze pottery printed. The blue tends to flow in to the glaze giving off a blurred effect. This would have been done prior to firing the slab. The slab itself would have been fireclay, as would the belfast sink that you see in the same room. This firing recipe would have required particular firing conditions. Buff Coloured clay body with a bright white enamelled surface built to withstand strength and rough usage it was perfect for mortuary slabs. Lucky enough to find the porcelain slab and a Belfast sink with both wings intact was something of a find. The explore I explored with @hamtagger, we hadnt been out much lately due to family commitments and took the opportunity to put our research to good use while out there. Visiting family over there always gives us a good enough reason. I knew from looking at this place that it was what we thought, it was what was meant to be inside that was questionable. Having made a journey to Frenchay to discover that only the previous week the ceramic slab and all stainless ones had been removed I was holding not much hope. I tend not to get my hopes up nowadays, just take the rough with the smooth. But this... well.. we couldn't have hoped for more. It was somewhere I didn't want to leave, very atmospheric despite being quite sparse. Literally no vandalism or graffitti at all. Just how we like it. There were signs that someone had been in recently but they had respected it as we had. I would definitely go back here, even just to give the old girl a good old polish! On with the pics... 1 2 3 4 An old advert from Cliff Vale & Twyfords (I found this online) 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Thanks for looking
  26. 12 points
    In 2008 this village was built close to the national stadium to house hundreds of athletes for the Beijing Olympics. Unfortunately due to the level of bad pollution in the city many of the athletes decided to stay outside the city instead so the project was abandoned. Nothing has been done since with the properties although there was a fair bit of activity at one end of the site. The village consists of several streets of villas which look almost finished from the outside but are completely empty inside. There is also a huge club house with four floors and a swimming pool called the Homko Club. Spent a couple of hours here with @Maniacbefore resorting to more ridiculously cheap beer and food, well worth a visit if you're in Beijing. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Some houses were slightly more advanced in their construction but not by much. 6. Looking out from a car garage 7. 8. 9. The Homko Club 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. Thanks for looking
  27. 12 points
    Diving back into the backlog again I remembered this gorgeous powerstation I visited on a euro trip with @Vulex, @TheVampiricSquid and @Redhunter It was the last stop on the trip, and for me, definitely made up for an otherwise disappointing day, but unfortunately we did have to rush to get back to dover in time Central Ohm was built in the early 20th century, to power the iron works, which was one of the largest in belgium. This is now the oldest remaining building of the site, and has been restored, to be used most recently as an events hall. And some photos As always, thanks for looking
  28. 12 points
    Bradford Conditioning House was built by the Bradford Corporation following a special act of parliament to quality check & control the moisture content of Wool by means of laboratory examination and certify their true weight and length. The purpose built building was designed by F Wild who died in 1901 and never saw his plans come to completion. It was the only such one of its kind in this country. The structure was erected over four-storeys and basement around 3 sides of an open court and opened in 1902 The Grade II-listed building (achieved in August 1983) lies forgotten & derelict since it closed in the late 80’s. In 1990, there were plans to transform the building into a hotel and conference centre. Six years on, permission was granted to convert it into commercial offices but nothing has happened up to the present time, apart from continuing it"s steady demise from the elements Anyone that"s visited here over the years has i"m sure, gained considerable insight into the many forms of Rot that affects Wood and it"s lack of ability once so affected too support an adults weight I think this must be high up on the list of "Most Rotten Building" that"s actually still standing ....for now. Anyhow, after having a drive around Bradford checking on a few sites in the rain, i thought why attempt to try & kill myself & what better way too go to Hell than through the "Conditioning House" floor (sorry A-R Fan Club members, i survived) I can honestly say it"s the only site i"ve done in Bradford where i"ve not had to worry about "Druggies" or wading through 6" of needles & associated drugs crap! TBH they"re the last things you worry about inside here, constantly thinking your"e about to take the express elevator down a few floors without warning If it wasn"t for the fear of falling through it would have been a relaxed mooch about, but even though i only managed to go through the flooring twice it was enough too ruin the experience slightly Unfortunately the building was cleared of most things years ago (i was hoping to come across an old rusty bed, but luck wasn"t on my side) so you"re limited pics wise i suppose, with the majority of interesting bits being in the lower levels in the darkness (not that i don"t find the top half interesting, because i do) so everything had to be lit up as you would expect (hence the weird coloration) One of the few buildings where the Warning signs actually tell the truth........guaranteed Hope it"s not too pic heavy ? And as always thanks for looking PS single shot RAW pics
  29. 12 points
    Thought it was high time i actually posted something so here goes my very first post. Had this place on the to do list for sometime now. In fact so long I'd forgotten all about it. Was only after another explore nearby went tits up that we decided to hit this place. Glad I did as it was a real treat. The place is full of old tanks,ground to air missiles, anti tank guns, trucks the highlight for me was the WW2 era 88mm. I have no history as to why this stuff is where it is. Possibly its a failed museum. Am sure someone on here probably knows. Explored with my other half and a non member just before new years.
  30. 12 points
    Visited with @-Raz- & @Butters History; Opened in 1911, at a total length of 259 meters and 68 meters high, the Tees Transporter bridge has dominated the Middlesbrough skyline. It supports a "gondola" which can carry up to 200 people and 9 cars, or 6 cars and a mini bus. During the second world war the super structure of the bridge was hit by a bomb, and in 1953 the gondola got stuck half way during gale force winds in which the water came within inches of the carriage. However despite this, the bridge remained in full working order, having only needed minor repairs. In 1974 the comedy actor Terry Scott while travelling between his hotel in middlesboro' to a performance in Billingham mistook the bridge for a regular toll crossing and drove his car off the end of the road way , landing safely in the net below. In December 1993 it was awarded the Institution of Mechanical Engineers highest honour, The Heritage Plaque, for recognition of the local councils efforts to keep the bridge in working order. In 1985 it became grade 2 listed and its prominence as a local landmark was enhanced by floodlighting to operate during the winter months. In March 2015, the post office issued 10 first class stamps featuring iconic British bridges, one of which, as you have probably guessed, is the Tees Transporter. The Explore; So we had been before, during one of the worst storms of the year and decided not to bother, but as always with these things our perseverance paid off as when we went back we had a chilly but uninterrupted mooch around. I was especially excited about this one as I have a lot of family and friends in the Tee's area and had grown up seeing this blue giant at least twice a month. Anyway, on with the pictures; A group photo to finish Short and sweet, thanks for looking
  31. 12 points
    Who thought I'd manage to post an entire set! This huge cotton mill was operated by one of the most important Italian textile companies and was abandoned in 2002. There are actually very few details available on this particular site's history, as the company initially started production in a nearby city and gradually acquired new plants. Although some of the buildings have been damaged by the rain and by (more than one) fire and despite the easy entrance, several mannequins, spools, paintings, printed textile samples, original drawings and who knows what else are still there untouched - quite surprisingly if you ask me! I plan on going back there soon as a half-day exploration was barely enough to cover half of the buildings! The infirmary: If you'd like to see the whole set, you can find it here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/neurojuice/albums/72157666964381081
  32. 12 points
    A really cool location, a lot of industrie here
  33. 12 points
    Hi all, First post on here so I do apologise if I have missed anything that I should have included in this post! Down Street is a disused station on the London Underground, located in Mayfair, central London. It was opened in 1907 by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway. It was served by the Piccadilly line and was situated between Dover Street (now Green Park) and Hyde Park Corner stations. The station was little used and trains often passed through it without stopping. Its lack of usage coupled with its proximity to other stations resulted in its closure in 1932. During the Second World War it was used as a bunker by prime minister Winston Churchill and his War Cabinet. The station building survives today and is close to Down Street’s junction with Piccadilly. Part of it is now converted to a retail outlet, with the upper floors being leased as office space. This was an above-board, authorised visit. I really must advise that security has been beefed up considerably since a few years ago and anyone entering without permission or following correct protocol is likely to have their houses turned over by the police, no jokes.
  34. 12 points
    Right, I guess I should start going through the backlog from the start :L I'm starting to drown in Raw files that need sorting, it was only a matter of tie :L lol Another one from the seemingly ages ago epic euro trip Really nice little place this, if very strangely laid out. The owners seemed to have a serious obsession with radios by the looks of it, and the entire place was littered with various gorgeous old radios. They were also clearly very religious, with various religious items scattered about. This was the first one of the day, but also the death of my one and only camera battery :'( Once again, I can't seem to find any history on this place sadly, and didn't stumble across anything which gave away how long the place had been abandoned for either, but judging by the old radios and multitude of cobwebs, I would say a pretty long time, and it was in extremely good condition considering Anyway, on with some photos ^.^ Cheers for looking ^.^
  35. 12 points
    The Bargate Shopping Centre, Southampton - and what an explore this was. History: The Bargate Shopping Centre, named after Southampton's prominent Bargate landmark, was opened in 1989. The centre focused on being a collection of specialist outlets rather than a mainstream shopping centre, and boasted a number of technology-related stores, a sweet store, a nail salon, a photographic studio and a Sega Park arcade. It was set out over two levels and to a very simple design of a single mall leading to an atrium although there was an internet cafe on the lower ground floor of the atrium. Also off this atrium is the largest unit in the centre, originally occupied by The Reject Shop and then the Sega Park arcade from 1996 until closure. The Bargate Centre also contained a multi-storey car park. Explore: This was a one of the more personal explores to me - it was the local hangout as a kid. Many hours were spent in the arcade with bags of sweets purchased from the sweet shop. After spending over a year with my eye on this and casing the joint (sound like a bank robber here ) it was annoying to see someone had sold it out to local newspapers. Knowing it would probably get sealed soon, we gave it our all - and it certainly paid off. We made our way to the stairwell and up to the roof, we opened the door and was greated by a rather unpleasant sight.. our access covered in heras, 2 security guards facing the other way and a fatttt german shepard in the boot of a car. We slowly backed out and went the long way.. probably the sketchiest access ever (bar the car mine of course) but after a while we were in. Spent about 45 minutes in here shooting before we discovered some rather new looking CCTV cameras, and 5 minutes later 2 security come bounding in with world's friendliest guard dog. Had the typical walk of shame, but in a way I was more than happy as it saved a monumental climb back out. Explored this one with @Biebs - certainly one to remember. As always, thanks for looking!
  36. 12 points
    Llanberis (Dinorwic) Slate Quarries – Llanberis The lowest slate quarry lies just outside Llanberis (100m A.S.L.) on the shore of Llyn Padarn, Vivian Quarry is just slightly detached from the main area, a few 100m away on the shore of Llyn Peris, rising to 650m above sea level, that’s 500m or 1500ft in height and probably 3 miles width. History Llanberis slate starts around 500 million years ago, when layer upon layer of mudstone - deposited over millennia in a shallow sea - eventually became overlain and intruded by volcanic rock, lava and ash. The heat and pressure that these applied to the shale type rock, transformed it over aeons into what is now considered the best slate in the world. Slate is virtually impervious to water, and is easily split into tiles making it excellent for roofing. Post formation the slate lay dormant for another age waiting for the next event in its long history - the collision of what is now the UK with Nova Scotia caused the mountains to rise above sea level and the Snowdonia mountain range was born. And there it would have ended for the slate, buried under a mountain of rock, but the earth had different ideas and around 100,000 years ago the earth was plunged into a glacial period - glaciers shaped the landscape of North Wales into the dramatic mountainscape that we see today. Jump forwards to 10,000 years ago and the globe started to heat up, the ice retreated and the world we know today started to emerge. Whilst limited mining occurred in early times - the most notable a Roman fort who's remains on the outskirts of Caernarfon was roofed in slate - it wasn't until much later during the industrial revolution that slate mining expanded rapidly. Factory building and rapid urban growth led to the need for an effective roofing material, and that's where slate and the Welsh quarries associated with it came into being. In 1890 the industry peaked, with over 17,000 men being employed in the mines and quarries of North Wales. The subsequent decline in the industry was to have a major effect on the locals and workers alike. When, in an effort to employ its workers with disregard for new Health and Safety Laws the owners of the quarries essentially locked the workers out for nearly a year with no pay, times became very hard and when the mine owners eventually opened the gates to the capitulating workers, they only took on half the original workforce. Similarly it is only just coming to light after the Penrhyn family finally released historic papers from the time - after the last living relative of those times passed away - that the owners not only kept the welsh workforce in poverty, but used the ships that transported the slate all over the world to engage in the slave triangle. It was this transportation to global destinations that gave birth to some of the names of the areas in the quarries, however it has been suggested that some of these have been misnamed by climbers, although the general theme is still there. After the Second World War new technology in roofing, which was cheaper and easier to manufacture than slate was born - the ceramic tile. So despite more mechanization the quarries went through a steady decline until in 1969 when the Dinorwig quarries finally closed. By the end of the mining in Dinorwig, 362 quarrymen had lost their lives extracting the grey gold. My Visit I first visited these vast quarries in the mid 80's, not to explore so much, but to climb on a rainy day when it was not possible to get out on the mountain crags, slate dries in minutes so it was possible to climb between showers. During the showers we did venture down the odd tunnel, into outbuildings and enjoy the unique environment we had ended up in. Here's a photo of us exploring the quarries in the late 80's, this is still one of the classic routes of the Quarries, called 'Comes The Dervish' E3 5C. Day 1 Enough of the history and on with the photos, I do like these quarries if you couldn't tell. That much so I decided to spend a couple of days here and visit the whole place. Photos are just in the order I found things, day 1 in the Northern half of the quarries. Straight into a couple of adits as you enter the quarry; nice as it still has the 2ft gauge train tracks at the entrance. The tunnel splits after a 100 meters, the exits terminate about 100ft above the base of the quarry. The weather was getting worse, visibility down to 30 meters making navigation interesting between the levels, this is looking down on the old buildings as I continued to climb one of the inclines. Visibility got worse, but found a track I had hoped I'd find, this went for over a mile to something I'd seen on a map. It probably would have been interesting if I could have seen it as it was a Surge Pumping Station for the Hydroelectric Power Plant, alas a big electric fence put me off taking a close look. I dropped back down to what I hoped would be the top of the quarry, and found a side tunnel to the Hydro Scheme alas it was gated. Was a good looking tunnel as well. The visibility was horrendous and was trying to pick a way across to the opposite side of the main quarry, I didn't know if any of the levels linked up and couldn't see if they did, the good thing was I had to visit each level and pop my head into all the buildings as I passed, lots of small hidden gems to see. Liked this small hut as it seemed to be perched just on the edge of the abyss, had no idea how far the drop below was at the time. The first of what would be many tramway waggons perched on the edge with the hut sat on the abyss in the background. The cloud decided to lift giving me glimpses of where I'd been, where I was and where I actually wanted to be. The level I was on at that time was good, plenty of old buildings. I was at this point also wondering where all the wheel had gone from the waggons, not one to date had any! Once the clouds cleared fully this was my view, I'd basically looked at everything on the right hand side and what lay above me and around the corner on the right side. Where I wanted to go was the left side of the quarry. I essentially had 3 options now, back the way I came and across the top hoping the cloud didn't descend again, traverse out right and head down and climb back up the left side or just descend the huge scree slope below trying to trend left. Option 3 seemed the most fun (easiest) option, what's the worst that could happen? I've descended plenty of scree before, but this was special scree, the whole hillside moved down with you, it didn't stop moving even when you got onto the bigger blocks lower down, the noise was immense, trying to move diagonally away from the main flow being the only way to avoid being enveloped by the flow of rocks. I briefly remember looking down at a group of climbers who were looking up at me and pointing, I must have made an impression as they asked a few hours later when I bumped into them again if I was that nutter on the scree slope, I just grinned. Once things stopped moving I had a quick pop into these nice buildings, just right of centre in the previous photo. The left side, a few interesting buildings here, some graffiti and the realisation I would somehow have to head upwards at some point to connect with a level to get me back on the proper side of the quarry, something to worry about in a bit. This is getting back into the central area where most folk visit, some nice buildings and workings here. The cradle of an old Blondin aerial ropeway dangling on the wire rope. Crunch time, scree or ladders to ascend up the various levels, I'd had enough of scree and what's the worst that could happen on the ladders? glad I couldn't see what secured them when I started up them! I found the tourist bit, old boots and jackets. Plenty of names, a real shame all the recent ones are so huge ffs! Heading back down after the first day, pass one of the inclines. Day 2 An early start the plan was to visit the Southern half of the quarries, the area where the quarry spoil was moved to looking at the maps. Plenty of spoil and waggons without any wheels again. The lack of wheels wouldn't have been a problem for the waggons on this track as it is the end of the line. Looking back down the quarry at one of the towers which supported the overhead ropeways. Many of the buildings have hidden gems, I did like this also a fair bit of 1950's graffiti on the walls. Back to the wheel less waggons, with what would be Snowdon on a clear day in the background. A couple of tunnels on this side of the quarry. Getting back towards the central area again, I'd seen photos of these before so was glad I finally found them, think there's 34 of these slate dressing machines in this shed. Well worth the 2 days mooch to find these and the next set of buildings, possibly I should have just done the tourist trail. This is the next set of buildings, just before you get back to the main quarry. Thankfully they are still a fair stroll for most folk so they remain in a good state. Plenty of sheep shit on the floor, but still a fantastic place to visit. And a final photo as I drag myself away from the quarries. Well that's it, the phone app said I did 20 miles over 2 days, 5000ft of ascent. I just had a good time, somewhere I had wanted to have a proper look around for many a year and I was not disappointed. Cheers, TLR.
  37. 12 points
    A site that needs little introduction Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to the east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to an identical design, providing the long-recognized four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II listed. I never saw myself coming back here but when a couple of friends travelling from afar got in contact I decided I wouldn't mind checking out the current state of play, @extreme_ironing and @shaddam came along for the ride too. We got around the whole site and didn't see a soul all night, security here seems to be on the ball one minute and completely useless the next. After recent events with another group getting caught and finding themselves in a shitty situation I would recommend using caution here though. They seem to treat this site like it's on holy ground when they catch people but the truth of the matter is it's no different to being on any other site legally. It's just that security are bigger assholes than usual and I have a message for them. Fuck you asshole security, I've been on your site four times now you dumb twats and I intend to come back for more 1. Control Room A 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Maze of scaffolding 7. Switch Room B 8. 9. An area that was previously unaccessible before the scaffolding went up. 10. This allowed us to access Control Room B, completely empty now but this was once full of dials and switches with a control panel 11. It faced towards the turbine hall in this direction 12. Some old pipes tucked away on B side 13. An old painting still preserved in the turbine hall 14. Fake security on the roof 15. Looking down from the base of one of the chimneys 16. Morning mist blowing past as we bid farewell Thanks for looking
  38. 11 points
    This building used to be a monastery but in the first World War it was turned into an emergency hospital for soldiers who fought in the trenches. Many Belgian soldiers were brought into care here, which explains why the ' don't spit on the floor" sign is both in French and English. We came here on a chilly winters day in December. I loved how the warm sunlight supported the nice colours in the building. It's also the first location in which i stripped down to take a selfie, to find out later on, loads of other explorers had been there on the same day. this could had turned out very awkward 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Thanks for watching.
  39. 11 points
    War Planes After a rather unsuccessful first day we made it back to the hotel - drained, tired and demotivated. We were all hoping for a success on this one, and boy did it deliver! After only a few hours sleep I felt my phone buzzing.. the generic iPhone alarm chiming away. Still tired from the day before bags were packed in a zombie-like fashion before meeting up with everyone down in the lobby. We hit the road and before long we were pulling up to the access point. Thick fog helped cover our access, and soon enough we were following a path to where these beauties lie. What sounded like a car horn echoed in the distance, so we took off running through waist high grass - getting drenched in the process from the morning dew, but it lead to be nothing more than a false alarm. It seemed we got here at the perfect time - the fog cleared and the sun cast a beautiful orange glow through the windows of the beast. As always, thanks for looking!
  40. 11 points
    A bit late in the game to this one as when we had arrived it was already half demo'ed. But lucky enough there was still plenty to see and photograph. History (taken form https://www.cmft.nhs.uk/media/595587/history of altrincham.pdf) Altrincham’s hospital services began in 1853 when Lloyd’s Fever Hospital was built. By 1860 the hospital was making a vital contribution to improving access to health care for local residents. A Provident Dispensary was opened in 1861. Subscribers of a weekly sum could be treated at the hospital when necessary. The population of Altrincham was growing and in 1870, the management of Lloyds Fever Hospital and Provident Dispensary was handed over to the new Altrincham Provident Dispensary and Hospital, marking the establishment of what would become Altrincham General Hospital. Lloyds Fever Hospital closed in 1911. The building was pulled down and the site turned into a children’s playground. As the threat of the First World War emerged the local Red Cross Society asked the hospital for permission to train volunteer nurses on its wards. It was agreed that two nurses would be trained at a time if they provided their own uniforms. On 10th August 1914, six days after the declaration of war the hospital sent a telegram to the War Office offering the use of a ward of 16 beds for wounded soldiers. By November the ward was in full use. The hospital continued to provide healthcare after the outbreak of World War II with beds reserved for expected air-raid casualties. An air raid shelter was built in the hospital basement. On 5th July 1948, the NHS was established and Altrincham General became the headquarters for the new North and Mid-Cheshire Management Committee. In the current day, Altrincham General provides a minor injuries unit, a range of out-patient clinics, physiotherapy, X-ray, and blood test services to the local population. Work recently began on a new £17 million state-of-the-art hospital development in Altrincham town centre. The four-story development will provide modern, high quality facilities for existing services, as well as additional services for local people. The new hospital is expected to open to the public by early 2015.
  41. 11 points
    One of the better condition asylums I've been to over the years, which ain't surprising with it only closing in 2011. With it taking over 7 hours to get up to the place camping on the beach for an early start was the best option. After avoiding the crazy amount of dog walkers we finally managed to find a way in and it was worth it for the older looking side to the hospital. I mostly spent my time in the older looking side to the place as you can see from my photos. The newer side was a bit trashed and very much a modern looking hospital. A great explore cut short by the time it would take to get back south of the border. Brief history:- Sunnyside Royal hospital was a psychiatric hospital founded in 1781 located in Hillside, Scotland. The hospital was originally founded as the Montrose Lunatic Asylum, Infirmary & Dispensary. In 1858 the hospital moved to a newly built site on the land of Sunnyside farm. Over the years a few extensions and additional buildings were added including name changes. After being open for 230 years most patients were sent to a new £20 million build at Stracathro Hospital.
  42. 11 points
    Wanted to have a crack at this one for ages, it's been done a lot over the years but seemed to have fallen off the radar since renovations took place. The scaffolding has now gone unfortunately. I headed up with @extreme_ironingand it didn't disappoint. Bit of a pain getting up there (or 'fun' as EI described it....) as they'd removed many of the ladders from the scaffolding but well worth the effort. Once up top it felt very exposed due to the brightly lit neon signs. We had to hide from police boats patrolling the Thames, not to mention the smokers on the balcony directly beneath us who were attending a full blown party on the top floor. The views were pretty decent up here but it's all about getting up close and personal with those neon signs which I won't ever look at in the same way again. Right, enough babble, some brief history of the place and some pics: Sea Containers House was originally conceived as a luxury hotel. Its location near to the City of London led to the decision to complete it instead as office space. Its name comes from the former long-term tenant, Sea Containers. In Spring 2011, a process began to gain planning permission for an extensive internal and external refurbishment of Sea Containers House. The east and west wings, which face the Thames remain offices, with global advertising and marketing agency Ogilvy & Mather moving in August 2015. The south wing was renovated as the Mondrian Hotel London, bringing at least part of the building back to its original intended use. Most pics are mine with a few from extreme_ironing thrown in (no-ent.re). 1. The now completed Kings Reach Tower sits directly behind Sea Containers House (nicked this pic from google images because I'm too lazy to go back and take my own, sorry) 2. It's difficult not to stand out like a sore thumb up here 3. Blackfriars bridge & station with St Pauls Cathedral and the 3 Barbican towers in the background 4. 5. Tower Wharf 6. London Eye in the background 7. London Television Centre, home of ITV 8. 9. 10. All about dem neon signs! 11. 12. The Oxo Tower with Waterloo bridge in the distance 13. Thanks for looking
  43. 11 points
    History Glamis Private Hospital opened in 1988, to cater for the rising elderly population in Dunedin. It closed during the autumn of 2011, after $18 million was invested in the Yvette Williams Retirement Village (named after the former Olympic gold medallist) located in nearby Highgate. Investment in a new premises was said to be due to the increasing demand for bed space. All of the former staff and residents at Glamis were moved across to the new site, which was described as a ‘boutique retirement village with improved facilities’. All residents would, for instance, have access to an en-suite bathroom at the facility. While Ryman, the current owners of Glamis, intended to sell the site once it was vacant, it still remains empty in 2016. Our Version of Events Back in the barely habited scrubland of the South Island of New Zealand – better known as Dunedin – I decided to follow up a tip off that an abandoned hospital had popped up. Deciding to walk was a bad idea, since it turned out to be miles out of my way, but I still arrived with some daylight to spare. After standing around looking suspicious for a while, waiting for a suitable gap in the pedestrian traffic, I managed to get inside fairly easily. It’s a funny thing that, normally Dunedin is like a ghost town, but when I decide to explore hundreds of people suddenly appear! Inside there seemed to be plenty of leftover stuff, so I set about grabbing as many snaps as possible before it got too dark. To my disappointment, there were no beds in any of the former bedrooms, although there were other medical-related objects – namely chairs, walking sticks and pills – spread around the building. Overall, the place felt as though it had been abandoned only a few months ago, not four years or so. There were still plenty of food supplies leftover for instance; baked beans and what not – so that was my dinner sorted anyway. I had to pass on the bread unfortunately… 1: Glamis Private Hospital 2: Front Entrance 3: Main Reception Desk 4: Main Entrance 5: Behind the Main Desk 6: The Main Hall 7: Kitchen (Room One) 8: Kitchen (Room Two) 9: Stereotypical Elderly Person Tea-set 10: Shared Ward Area 11: Private Room 12: Toilet Seat 13: Main Corridor 14: One of the Communal Rooms 15: More Rooms 16: Former Office 17: Staircase Shot 18: Leftover Personal Belongings 19: Staff Room 20: Staff Kitchen 21: Physiotherapy Department 22: Another Staff Office 23: Hair Dressing Room 24: Bathroom 25: More Belongings 26: Second Communal Area 27: Wheelie Toilet Chair 28: Communal Area 29: Walking Sticks 30: The Piano Shot
  44. 11 points
    Built in the 18th century, Doughty House is a large house on Richmond Hill in Surrey, England. The house has amazing views over the Thames and central London can be seen in the distance. The house is named after Elizabeth Doughty, who lived there from about 1786. A 125-foot-long gallery was added in 1885 for the very important family art collection. It housed a considerable collection of paintings including works by Titian and El Greco. Both the house and gallery are Grade II listed, and planning permission for rennovation with some alterations has been granted. The house was put on the market in 2012 with a guide price of £15 million. Visited with @SpiderMonkey The Main House The Gallery
  45. 11 points
    A big infiltration, what a amazing place,, after a few hours of climbing we got inside,, one of the best places i visit
  46. 11 points
    Visited the slate mine with @the Kwan and @trancentral was another exellent trip with two great lads we never fail to have a good laff on our outings. So much to see and thanks to Kwan for his map reading and navigating us around the many tunnels and levels. So on with the history and photos ..... History Rhiwbach Slate Quarry, along with Blaen y Cwm, differed from all other quarries in the slate industry in one important aspect. The exit incline from the quarry for the finished product led up and not down. The classic balanced incline, by which the outward loaded slate wagons brought up the empty wagons by gravity, was not possible. The answer for the quarry was to build a substantial engine house to power the incline from the bottom, with the haulage wire passing around a sheave at the top. This engine house also powered the quarry machinery and the underground inclines. The remains of the engine house are a notable feature of the quarry with the tall chimney still an imposing sight. The quarry was started at the beginning of the 19th century on a site to the South of the later main workings. This area developed into a deep pit working which has now flooded. This part of the quarry was worked out by the 1880's and work transferred to the present site. The pit working here, started in the 1860's, was later developed extensively underground to encompass eight levels. Drainage of the underground workings was through a tunnel which began 350 feet below the surface and emerged onto the side of Cwm Penmachno. The entrance to this drainage tunnel may still be seen today. When the quarry first opened, the slate was taken down on horseback into Cwm Penmachno and eventually to the quay at Trefriw on the Conwy. Later the finished product was taken out in the opposite direction, around the shoulder of Manod Mawr and down to the Afon Dwyryd below Maentwrog. The Rhiwbach Tramway opened in 1863 and revolutionised the transport arrangements for the quarry. A wharf was opened in Porthmadog and from then on all slate went out along the tramway and down the Ffestiniog Railway. In 1908 the quarry started to use the exchange sidings at Minffordd to transfer their product to the national rail network. This quarry was one of the most remote in the industry and it was frequently cut off for long periods in bad weather. Because of this, the living quarters almost reached village status. The quite extensive remains of which includes family accommodation, a shop and a school house as well as the barracks for the single men. Although the quarry occupies a large area, the annual output rarely exceeded 6000 tons and it was closed down several times for quite long periods. Electricity was introduced to the site in 1934 which somewhat relieved the hardships of life at this remote location. The last workers at the quarry still barracked on site and this is believed to be the last quarry where this practice took place. The quarry finally closed in 1951 and all the machinery was removed. Nowadays, although much of the site is ruinous, there is still much to see. The impressive engine house, the entrance to the underground workings - now barred by steel girders, the extensive remains of the "village" area and the flooded pit workings. Thanks for looking
  47. 11 points
    The small funeral chapel was an accidental find. The chapel is located a bit seclusively in an area which is off the beaten track anyway. But the area around it appears to be pretty neat. The chapel hardly catches anybody´s eyes. Only the exact observer will spot it. That might be the reason why the shmall church is still in a pretty good condition. You´ll approach and explore a very peaceful place. A metall door, that leads into the cellar, is half-open. You can´t see anything but darkness. I walk by the door and enter the chapel from behind through an open door. As soon as I had entered the chapel, It appeared to me that this place wasn´t an ordinary chapel. It was obviously used as a funeral chapel. The first room you´ll enter is a tiled room, which was apparently used for washing and preparing the bodies before burial. After that you´ll reach the actual chapel. which was used for funeral ceremonies. An old, red carpet is still lying around and a big cross is still painted on the wall. In the attic you´ll find the former staff rooms. While my fellow-urbexers were taking their photos in the chapel, I remembered the door leading into the cellar. So I went to explore the cellar on my own. Cellars have never been my favorite place but after knowing about the purpose of this chapel it definitely didn´t help to feel better. I had barely squeezed through the door when I saw the construction on the stairs, which was obviously used for the transportation of the bodies up and down the stairs. Someone had placed a broken cruzifix on it. I went down the stairs following them into the pitch-dark cellar. I was right in the middle of the former morgue of the chapel. An old apron was hanging on the door, a wooden cross leaning against the wall. Even old utensils for preparing the bodies. In a side room was the former cooling room with the mortuary refrigerator (tightly closed). In the next small room you could find old coffin lids. My eyes became gradually adjusted to the darkness, which let the place appear less scary. When my friends started to capture the cellar, I waited on an old stone bench. It was a wonderfull autumn´s day. I really felt the tranquility of this place. If these walls could talk, this place could tell many stories of grief and goodbyes. Yet, the peacefulness and the location of this place even comforted me. Such a nice place to say good-bye.
  48. 11 points
    Thanks too @Redhunterfor showing us this place. This one was one of the earliest starts ive had, 1.15am to get up and be ready for pick up. But it was well worth it. It was my first rooftop and I enjoyed that more than seeing the ballroom. Having said that, it is very beautiful. There is now a lot of water damage and the lights dont work, the wall is crumbling and I think they might of missed the boat in trying to save it. We timed our exit perfect, as we got down, work men arrived to take the scaffolding down. History The Grand Hotel is a Grade II* listed Victorian hotel in the city centre of Birmingham, England. The hotel occupies the greater part of a block bounded by Colmore Row, Church Street, Barwick Street and Livery Street and overlooks St Philip's Cathedral and churchyard. Designed by architect Thomson Plevins,[3] construction began in 1875 and the hotel opened in 1879.[4] Extensions and extensive interior renovations were undertaken by prominent Birmingham architecture firm Martin & Chamberlain from 1890 to 1895. Interior renovations included the building of the Grosvenor Room which boasts rich and impressive Louis XIV style decoration. The hotel closed in 2002 and due to the risk of crumbling stonework it has been under scaffolding and protective covers since. In 2012 planning permission was granted for plans to restore the building into a luxury 152-bedroom hotel. Works to the exterior began in October 2012 and it planned to open the building as a hotel in 2018.
  49. 11 points
    The first successful location on another absolutely epic trip across the channel with @TheVampiricSquid, @BlocksPhotography and (I think, although I'm sure he'll correct me if I'm wrong) another non-member. (A trip on which I came back with all camera gear intact for a change! success!!!) An absolutely beautiful farmhouse hidden in the middle of nowhere, with the most stunning hand carved solid wooden furniture I think I've ever seen, derp or no derp! Really enjoyed this place, and it was certainly a good start to what would be a trip of gorgeous locations! Once again, I want to be back already! Any chance I could get away with claiming this house as my own and just stay over there? This is actually the first abandoned house I've visited as well, and I found it very strange walking around in what used to be someone's home sweet home... almost felt as though I should have taken my boots off... I can't seem to find any history on the place at all, which is a shame because I'm actually rather intrigued... it seemed to be split into two sections with two kitchens, one upstairs and one downstairs, so possibly two generations under one roof as I'm told is common in farming families? Also spent a while flicking through an old photo album with lots of pictures of flowers upstairs, maybe if they liked taking pictures too, they wouldn't have minded us photographing their lovely home :L haha Enough speculation anyway, and on with the photos! Thanks for looking
  50. 11 points
    When arriving I was a bit dissapointed since I've expected more from this location. It's really trashed and empty. The only exciting thing about the building was the rooftop and the hallways. A fun location for when you're around otherwise it's not worth the trip. Cheers, Rody