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  1. UK Butser Hill Lime Works

    Cheers guys.
  2. I noticed Google Maps satellite view on the PC has updated and is really recent(within 6 months)for where I live, Northampton. So I spent a while scanning the industrial estates to find any factories that looked disused or really tatty and straight away I found this place, Plastmo Profiles LTD. Nothing left inside except a few desks and chairs and a load of graffiti(I'm doing a really well at finding empty shells or dumps lately!) The company still operates as Plastmo and the site was sold to Eurocell in 2008. There is a nice spiral staircase that would have been in the reception area/entrance, but that's about it.
  3. Some History Butser Hill Lime Works is a quarry site near Buriton in Hapmshire with old diggers, tractors, trucks and half crushed cars dotted about, a shed that looks like it was used as a garage and an old house that has been gutted and is ready to fall down. The only history I could find on the actual lime works was that it was incorporated in 1948 and is still operating as Butser Hill Lime Works. But I found some info that suggests that the site was used in the 1940's as part of HMS Mirtle, a Mine Investigation Range. ...more history The earliest known maps of Buriton from 1840 show a field that is labelled 'kiln field' and would have been a small lime works for use by the village. Lime was used on the farm to condition the soil and in making mortar for building. In 1859 the railway from London To Portsmouth was built and although no passenger stop was built, a siding and halt were. Maps from 1870 onwards show the lime works and chalk pits and many men moved to the village to work, some from another lime workings at Burghclere (near Basingstoke). But by 1939, having been a successful industry, lime for use in construction was being replaced by harder, faster drying mortars based on Portland cement. Lime in agriculture was still being used but not in quantities large enough to ensure a viable business. The site was bought by British Portland Cement when the Manor Farm was sold and by the time WW2 started they had gone and the site was closed. The lime workings at Buriton were used by the Royal Navy bomb disposal unit during WW2. The site was chosen as it was away from any large population, had rail and road access and the quarry walls would stop any explosions spreading out. It was given the name HMS Mirtle based on the acronym MIR - Mine Intelligence Research. "Unexploded mines, were brought to Buriton to be X-rayed. Each mine would be brought in on a trolley. It would be X-rayed all the way down and if there was a secret booby-trap that hadn’t already been spotted, the operators would see it. Once a mine was known to be safe it would be taken further back into the chalk pits and the explosives would be steamed out. The steam was produced by a wonderful old thing called a Merryweather fire engine which was stoked up to produce boiling water. Steam would be directed into the mines through one of the holes and the explosives would bubble out and dribble onto the ground underneath to solidify. This could then be burned off quite safely afterwards. If the X-ray tube had showed a booby trap then the mine was taken further back into the chalk pits to be dealt with. Sometimes blowing a little piece off was designed to provide access to the ‘nasty bit’. This small charge could be quite safely detonated once all the explosives had been steamed out.” Commander Bird After the war the site was filled in and abandoned. The council used one quarry as a landfill site and it is now grassed over and the rest have become a nature reserve.
  4. Yeah, I will be going back again, we was meant to arrive at about lunch time but I saw snow in the hills so took the mountain road, then met this beast on the way
  5. Some history The Great Western Colliery Co. began sinking Cwm colliey in 1909 with the first coal being produced in 1914. The two shafts Margaret(upcast) and Mildred (downcast ) were each about 750 yards deep. In 1918 there were 603 men employed. From a list 1923, there were 1,043 men employed producing from the Four feet and Upper Five feet seams. Powell Duffryn Associated Collieries Ltd. took it over during 1928. It became linked underground to the Maritime colliery in 1931. In 1938 there were 1,269 men employed. At the time of Nationalisation in 1947 the workforce numbered 1,154. A £9 million reconstruction scheme took place between 1952 and 1960, which included linking Cwm colliery with Coedely, Tonyrefail. During the 1970's at this unit 1,580 men produced 515,000 tons yearly from the Six feet and Yard seams. Cwm Colliery, Beddau closed on the 28th November1986 but a British Coal publicity brochure published in 1982 stated that 'a current underground development is exposing further coal reserves of 9 million tonnes' The explore Got here really late and only had 1 phone led torch between 2 of us! Only went into a couple of buildings, and had a walk about. Stayed until we couldn't see anymore. It really is a huge place and there is plenty to see.
  6. Yeah, it was such a buzz kill peering in through the windows. From how the outside looks, I thought we were in for a treat. The bath...too cold to stay in, too cold to get out!
  7. I originally found this while I was exploring on Google Earth, someone had taken a picture in 2013, then I found out about the wireworks site close by so thought I'd take a look. The house was originally built by the Hurt family in 1846 or 1848? for the daughters of Francis Hurt although they never got to live there. The Johnson family bought it and enlarged the property(this may have been in 1894 as there is a date stone) It changed purpose a number of times, it was also a retreat for the local diocese and finally became flats during the 1970's, and was unused from the 80's Only had a quick look about as was already out of time. It is pretty much a ruin. From the outside it looks in good condition, but most of the internal walls and floors have collapsed. There are some features that remain and the whole house is easily accessible, but dangerous! An attempt at some humour! Inside it reminds me of Overstone Manor in Northampton. Another beautiful old building that has just been left to decay!
  8. Went exploring the old wireworks site in Ambergate. Before getting to the factories we passed this. It is below Oakhurst, the old mock Tudor house and on the same level as the factories. It looks like it may have been a boarding house or some sort of lodging house. We were really short on time before we saw this, so only had a quick peek. There are little sheds and outbuildings dotted about that we never checked out and only went into the first part. From the outside it all looks fine, but inside the bit we went into, most of the ceilings had collapsed due to dry rot I think, it isn't damp, more like dusty. There were no stairs at all, couldn't tell if they had rotted or been removed. Still had the old cooker and fridge and what was left of a double bed balancing on a beam. And that's about it, worth another look one day...
  9. Could only find a little history. Disused GOJI Chinese restaurant, which was originally called The Dun Cow pub and also became well known as Crazy Daisy's, was ravaged by fire in May 2011 after being stood empty since 2009. Went here in August but was using the SD Card for Ready Boost and only just found the pics! This is just off the A45 between Coventry and the M1, I've driven passed it 100's of times before, but stopped here waiting for traffic to die down so I could test the um fuel consumption on my new car! There is an empty house right next to it so I included some pics from there too.
  10. Cheers everyone....it does look a lot better/more interesting than my pics show...I don't know wtf was up with me when I edited them but they look so drab and boring, I usually go for editing as close to how it looked/felt at the time but I did a pretty poor job of it! haha
  11. Found this looking for Hartwood Hospital in Scotland. Some history from Wikipedia "The remains of Hartwood Hospital, a 19th-century psychiatric hospital with imposing twin clock towers, are the main feature of the village, even after its closure under the direction of the Lanarkshire Health Board in 1998. On the morning of 28 June 2004, a fire broke out in the disused Hartwood buildings. This involved the destruction of the admin offices, dining hall and clock towers. After it closed in 1998, it was used as a studio by Lanarkshire Television, but Lanarkshire Television was closed down in 2002. After LTV left, the hospital fell victim to vandalism and fire. Security men regularly patrol the site to fend off vandals. Hartwood Hospital Nurses Home was designed by Glasgow Architect James Lochhead in 1926. It was designed to blend in with the 1890's Baronial style Hartwood Mental Hospital, located on the same site, and was originally built as Nurses Accommodation for the Hartwood Nursing staff. It was finally opened in 1931. It was decsribed as a Baronial-style nurses residential home. It is a Category C listed building. In 1974, the Scottish Western Region's Hartwood School of Nursing was based here and trained the vast majority of nurses, who then initially practiced in the area. It was latterly home to the Bell College of Technology School of Nursing and Midwifery. The building was officially vacated in 1996." Inside it was dry but the was rot in the floor. I went to go down the main staircase, put my hand on a post that held the hand rail, and the whole thing slowly rocked forwards then back into place! F-That! This is the offending post! Not much to talk about really. Just room after room of the same. Shame they let all these old buildings go to waste!
  12. Yes deffo no alarms working Well so far this weekend I have attempted a few different explores in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire & Shropshire and Moreton has been the only place I have been able to enter!....Think it's about time I travelled a little further north....
  13. Didn't hear any alarms or anything? The entry point looked pre prepared and the only sensor I saw never flashed. Maybe I was lucky.
  14. Kind of boring and a bit plain, but was something to do I suppose. Yeah I like the window pics too

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