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  1. I've always wanted to come across an abandoned house with Gas Masks from the Second World war still inside, possibly the inner child in me who glorified war growing up, still influencing my interest in that conflict. And with reports of 'Soldiers Widow' being emptied of most things of interest this was the only location that I knew of, that was a maybe. So while I was in Wales to guide a friend down a certain slate mine full of cars, I made sure I had plenty of time to stop by here. Passing by a very angry looking farmer on the long single road to this location, who obviously knew where we were going, we walked the rest of the way, from where the road ended with haste. Arriving at the house, we found it to be very professionally boarded up, upstairs and down, quite possibly the best i've seen, all reinforced inside too. Fortunately for me, it was still accessible. Inside it was pitch black and had a family of rats/mice (I didnt see any, but I heard them squealing and saw plenty of droppings). And with a farmer Potentially on his way up to bullock us, I was in and out in 10-15 mins. I just set my tripod up, plonked it down, shone the torch at the ceiling (so that the light reflected and lit the room evenly) and shot as quick as i could. In hindsight I wish I took more time.
  2. Its been a long time since I posted a report, so here is my first of 2017. I hope you're all doing well. History (wiki) It was a residence of members of the princely dynasty of the Welsh kingdom of Powys and one of the taî'r uchelwyr (houses of the gentry) in late medieval Wales. It subsequently came into the possession of the Ormsby-Gore family (Lord Harlech). Its English correspondent is sometimes given as Porkington. A manuscript known to have been in the possession of Brogyntyn in 1574 was a copy of the Hanes Gruf(f)udd ab Cynan. The house itself is of brick dating from circa 1730 refaced and much added to between 1813–20 by the architect Benjamin Gummow.[3] It is noted for a portico of four giant unfluted Ionic columns with scrolls and pediment. Outside can be seen an arch with 2 pairs of unfluted Ionic columns. In the entrance hall survives an elaborately carved fireplace dated 1617. Brogyntyn Hall and its 1,445-acre estate, was sold by the 6th and present Baron Harlech in 2001 for less than £5m to a local developer, who divided up the estate, and investigated the potential for a retirement community development in and around the Hall.[4][5] However, the Hall and 234 acres went up for sale for £5m in December 2013.[6]
  3. Its looking great still, really nice photos!
  4. UK Eckersley mill wigan march 2017

    Gutted, its been way too long!
  5. UK Eckersley mill wigan march 2017

    Should of given me a bell, 10 mins from here lol
  6. UK Eckersley mill wigan march 2017

    Same entrance as when we did it?
  7. Well covered and good job for getting it done. Lovely pictures as usual.
  8. UK Teapot Cottage (March 2016)

    I Really like your editing and framing. Looks like a cute little cottage.
  9. Im guessing you mean the Orphanage, I thought you meant the Seminary. My bad. Trespass to your hearts content, I do. I just wouldn't want you to get caught by the security at the seminary, tooled up. We're a community and we should look out for each other. And i would be more than willing to go to the orphanage with you.
  10. Im local to st joes and have been there quite a bit. It would be next to impossible to get in there in its current state without going equipped, which i do not condone or recommend.
  11. UK RAF Nocton - August 2016

    Nice mate, got some potential left this place
  12. Its that time of year again, where real life gets in the way of exploring. Luckily I managed to squeeze one in with my scouse explorer friend before my car temporarily packed in. Sandwiched between work parties and seasonal sessions I made the trek to RAF Church Fenton not really knowing what to expect. With just a few images in my head of what I thought was a big grand entrance hall and turned out to be the mess hall. The location itself wasnt worth the drive but the company was and I had a good day. History Opened in 1937, it saw the peak of its activity during the years of the Second World War, when it served within the defence network of fighter bases of the RAF providing protection for the Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Humberside industrial regions. During September 1940 it became home to the first RAF "Eagle squadron" of American volunteers being No. 71 Squadron RAF initially with the Brewster Buffalo I for one month before changing to the Hawker Hurricane I. The airfield was also home to both the first all-Canadian and all-Polish squadrons, with No. 242 Squadron RAF for the Canadians and No. 306 Squadron RAF for the Polish. As technologies evolved, the first night fighter Operational Training Unit (No. 54 OTU) was formed at Church Fenton in 1940 and stayed until 1942. Some of the squadrons stationed there flew the famous de Havilland Mosquito. On 25 March 2013 it was announced that Church Fenton would close by the end of 2013. The units would be relocated to RAF Linton on Ouse by 31 December 2013.[36] By 19 December 2013, all units had relocated and the airfield was closed. Some equipment will be relocated to RAF Topcliffe. MoD security continued to secure the site until disposal. A NOTAM was issued suspending the air traffic zone (ATZ) at the end of 2013.
  13. UK RAF Church Fenton, December 16

    Cheers pal Yea it waas pretty easy, I wish i saw it in the summer. Probs for the best I didnt as I get hay fever soo easily lol.
  14. UK Winnington soda ash (TATA) Jan

    Nice Mike, looks like a nice derp.
  15. Looks like a great day out, gutted I have a family portrait booked.
  16. UK Harperbury Hospital - March 2016

    Looking nice mate, your photography has really come on too.
  17. Italy Manicomio Di Q, Italy - September 2016

    Stairporn indeed Jack, nice!
  18. With its impressive and oppressive architecture, Curtains blowing in the wind, from a top floor window and razor wired up gate. St Joseph's of Preston cant help but inspire some great imagined images of what lies within. Its a shame its fucked. Everybody comes for the impressive operating theatre lights and I can see why. They are pretty cool. But in context of what is left behind from various changes to the building, they seem out of place. The modifications to the gate have been updated yet again and is really starting to resemble something from Mad max. Still, worth a climb even if it slashed my wrist, jeans and hoodie. Shot with a Nikon D3300 and a tokina 11-16 Thank you for taking the time to read and look at my photographs. History St Joseph’s Orphanage was opened in 1872 on the site of an ancient alms house, and St Joseph’s Hospital for the Sick Poor followed five years later. They were built by wealthy widow Maria Holland, who gave £10,000 at a time when Preston had one of the worst mortality rates in the country, due to poor housing and low-paid mill workers. St Joseph’s Orphanage cared for 971 children before it closed in 1954. Ran by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of Mercy, the orphanage was the first welfare provider for Roman Catholic girls in Preston, taking in up to 60 youngsters at a time in two dormitories. After its closure, the top floor of the orphanage continued to serve as accommodation for the nuns who worked in St Joseph’s Hospital, known locally as Mount Street Hospital. The hospital held collections to help pay for health care for poor patients. During the First and Second World Wars, they tended injured soldiers and, over the years, tens of thousands of babies were born at the hospital’s maternity unit. Legendary performer George Formby died at the hospital following a heart attack on March 6, 1961. The hospital closed when the last sisters left nursing in 1982. It later became a care home, which closed down more than 10 years ago.
  19. I visited this beautiful building on a recent tour of Welsh Chapels, unlike the others, this was still looking fairly usable, just lots of cobwebs.
  20. Irish Tour When weekend plans get cancelled last minute, might as well go out on the derp to a nice local. Hanging a bit from the night earlier, we ventured to Liverpool to photograph this beautiful ballroom. With it being so dark in parts of the building and mirrors on the wall, it presented a good opportunity to try out Bulb mode on my camera instead of light painting, so a few of these shots were taken with the sensor exposed for 3-5 mins. It made Lining up shots a ball ache. Visted with @The Man In Black Shot with Nikon D3300 and a 11-16mm Tokina Lens History The building was designed by the architect Edmund Aikin and built between 1815–1816 as a subscription assembly room for the Wellington Club. It was originally used by high society for dance balls and parties. Neo-classical in style the building's façade is Grade II* listed, but it is now blackened and the building is derelict, a reflection on the changing wealth and fashions in the city. As the Irish centre it was a popular clubbing venue (1997), renowned for its excellent Guinness, pictures of the Everton and Irish football teams, high ceilings and period decor in the main hall. A petition was organised to prevent the building's closure, but this was ultimately unsuccessful. [ Thank you for looking.
  21. I think its because JFK married a Irish girl and his parents were Irish, so there was some strong roots. @Lavino Glad somebody got the reference and I hope youve got that album in your collection. @Urbexbandoned Cheers Thank you @The_Raw
  22. UK The Mint Chapel November 16

    Cheers guys @The_Raw sorted mate.
  23. That is some sexy decor! Looks better than a sausage fest party.
  24. Lovely reports thank you for sharing. Its nice to see what its like over in the USA.