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  1. 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
  2. UK St Joseph's Seminary, Upholland, April 2016

    Thanks a lot
  3. UK St Joseph's Seminary, Upholland, April 2016

    Taa mate
  4. UK St Joseph's Seminary, Upholland, April 2016

    You're not bad :/
  5. UK St Joseph's Seminary, Upholland, April 2016

    Cheers mate Had an awesome day, hopefully make it up again at some point
  6. UK St Joseph's Seminary, Upholland, April 2016

    Shout out to @Vulex for letting me crash at his and helping me out with this one, great day out all round, if a ridiculously long drive, alone all the way from the south coast... Looking back through my backlog, I'd say this was one of my top explores to date. We managed to get away with a fair few hours in here, and being a gorgeous clear morning, spent a fair while chilling up in the observatory. Shame we were kicked out before we could see the whole building, but secco was pretty sound in all fairness and told us a bit about the building, which is currently under new ownership due to the old owner passing away not long before we visited Still hoping to return one day The history - St Joseph's College, Upholland is a former Roman Catholic seminary. The foundation of the large building was laid in April 1880 and college was opened in 1883. It was founded by Bishop Bernard O'Reilly to be the Seminary serving the North West of England. St. Joseph’s (usually referred to by its students simply as "Upholland") was one of two main seminaries serving the north of England. Upholland served the northwest, Ushaw College the northeast. For many years, each of these institutions housed both a junior (minor) and a senior (major) seminary. The junior seminaries provided a secondary education in a semi-monastic environment to boys aged 11–18 who wished to pursue the priesthood, while the senior seminaries trained adult candidates (mostly aged between 18 and 24) in philosophy and theology as they prepared for the priesthood. A detailed account of daily life in the junior seminary at Upholland during the 1960s was published in 2012. This account also explores the reasons why the Church's traditional form of seminary training may have predisposed certain priests to molest children, which was one of the key findings of a major investigation conducted on behalf of American bishops into the causes of the sexual abuse crisis within the US Catholic Church. The election of Archbishop Patrick Kelly saw the controversial decision to close St Joseph's altogether and the property was sold to Anglo International who instructed AEW Architects for the conversion of the Grade 2 listed RC Seminary to 92 apartments, with 220 new build enabling units. The major controversies of the decision were the ongoing financial viability of St Joseph's (it had just started to make a small surplus under Devine's management) and the sale and disposal of the art and artefacts in the college, much of which had been donated by various parishes and people of the Archdiocese who were not offered their donations back. Now for some photos (Little bit pic heavy, apologies in advance) Cheers for looking
  7. UK Pram Cottage, Wales, March 2016

    Cheers mate
  8. UK Pram Cottage, Wales, March 2016

    Sure was worth it for the pram shot, gotta load a nice old pram :3
  9. UK Pram Cottage, Wales, March 2016

    Thanks hon Say thats my fave from the set too
  10. UK Pram Cottage, Wales, March 2016

    Sooo, it's been a while, I've been doing far too much exploring and not nearly enough editing and uploading... I figured I really needed to pull my finger out at last and get some reports up. So first in the back log is A nice little cottage from a trip in Wales wayyyyy back in march with @Vulex and a few others This little cottage was up a hill far too steep for how warm it'd suddenly gotten on this particular day, I'd seen in previous reports that it was a bit of a trek but wasn't expecting it to be quite so steep :L The place had definitely seen better days, and the floors felt like they'd fall down in a light breeze in places, but a few really nice bits left, specifically the old pram upstairs Can't seem to find an awful lot on this place history-wise, as is unfortunately the case with most cottages out there But anyway, on with a few photos Thanks for looking all, hopefully try and get some more up soon
  11. UK Filature Impressionant, Belgium - March 2016

    Loved this one got some good'uns there mate, mine from that first visit came out pretty crappy thanks to being lazy and wandering around with no tripod and not budging from 2.8 lol
  12. UK St Joseph's College, April 16

    Some real great shots there mate My photobombing skills are epic in pic 14 totally done on purpose had a real great day, cheers
  13. Belgium Town Mansion (permission visit), Belgium, March 2016

    Cheers There was no way we were getting in without permission, but it was definitely worth it for this one, pictures do it no justice either (nor any others I've seen) It's stunning in real life
  14. Sure, this place may have been a permission visit, but boy is it worth it. The final stop on our first day trekking round the country, and a bit of a last minute addition to the list, we must have spent and hour or two in this place, there was so much to see. Made a nice change not looking over our shoulders for secca and nosey neighbours, although for me personally it takes a little bit of the fun out of it :L haha Anyway, some history on the place to start - This mansion was one of many in an area of similarly large mansions all owned by German families, this one, built in 1912, belonged to a German family in the petrol business. Most of the rest of the houses were destroyed in British bombings back in the war, somehow this particular house survived. After the war, the Germans left the residence and it was bought by a Belgian ship builder until the 60s, when it was bought by the government for office space, before being bought by a property developer who has for some reason left it unoccupied for years and let it go to ruin a little. They are however in the process of saving funds for restoration of the place. It was a little dark inside, and quite hard to shoot, partially due to us slowly losing the light outside, but more due to the fact that every window was gorgeous stained glass. A little pic heavy, apologies in advance, due to really struggling to whittle them down with the amount of things to see in here, but anyway, some photos - Taa for looking
  15. Belgium Maison Dave, Belgium, March 2016

    Gotta love a good old Belgian nosey neighbour! There were about 6 of us in here, so I'm surprised we didn't make enough noise to get shouted at...
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