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  1. This was my first ever trip down a mine. So a massive thanks to @EOA for making it happen and another massive thanks to @monk and his daughter for being excellent guides. It was bloody awesome, I could've spent all day poking around the sheds at the top tbh. Underground however was just amazing. It's bloody big this place so a return visit over a couple of days with many more mine beers is a must. History copied from the ever faithful Wikipedia. Obviously. Maenofferen was first worked for slate by men from the nearby Diphwys quarry shortly after 1800. By 1848 slate was being shipped via the Ffestiniog Railway, but traffic on the railway ceased in 1850. In 1857 traffic resumed briefly and apart from a gap in 1865, a steady flow of slate was dispatched via the railway. The initial quarry on the site was known as the David Jones quarry which was the highest and most easterly of what became the extensive Maenofferen complex. In 1861 the Maenofferen Slate Quarry Co. Ltd. was incorporated, producing around 400 tons of slate that year. The company leased a wharf at Porthmadog in 1862 and shipped 181 tons of finished slate over the Ffestiniog Railway the following year. During the nineteenth century the quarry flourished and expanded, extending its workings underground and further downhill towards Blaenau Ffestiniog. By 1897 it employed 429 people with almost half of those working underground. The Ffestiniog Railway remained the quarry's major transport outlet for its products, but there was no direct connection from it to the Ffestiniog's terminus at Duffws. Instead slate was sent via the Rhiwbach Tramway which ran through the quarry. This incurred extra shipping costs that rival quarries did not have to bear. In 1908 the company leased wharf space at Minffordd, installing turntables and siding to allow finished slates to be transshipped to the standard gauge railway there. In 1920 the company solved its high shipping costs by building a new incline connecting its mill to the Votty & Bowydd quarry and reaching agreement to ship its products via that company's incline connection to the Ffestiniog Railway at Duffws. Modern untopping operations at Maenofferen. The uncovered chambers of the Bowydd workings are clearly visible In 1928 Maenofferen purchased the Rhiwbach quarry, continuing to work it and use its associated Tramway until 1953. When the Ffestiniog Railway ceased operation in 1946, Maenofferen leased a short length of the railway's tracks between Duffws station and the interchange with the LMS railway, west of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Slate trains continued to run over this section until 1962, Maenofferen then becoming the last slate quarry to use any part of the Ffestiniog Railway's route. From 1962 slate was shipped from the quarry by road, although the internal quarry tramways including stretches of the Rhiwbach tramway continued in use until at least the 1980s. The quarry was purchased by the nearby Llechwedd quarry in 1975 together with Bowydd, which also incorporated the old Votty workings: these are owned by the Maenofferen Company. Underground production at Maenofferen ceased during November 1999 and with it the end of large-scale underground working for slate in north Wales. Production of slate recommenced on the combined Maenofferen site, consisting of "untopping" underground workings to recover slate from the supporting pillars of the chambers. Material recovered from the quarry tips will also be recovered for crushing and subsequent use. Anyway onto my poto’s My first ever photo down a mine.
  2. Mad Scientist's Lab, Poland (May 2015)

    Wow. This place is fantastic! Great set of photos
  3. Derp Cars

    Morris Marina pickup more Marinas. this time an estate and a pick up. 306 lol Austin Maxi Ford Corsair
  4. Derp Cars

    That DS and BMW E3 are pure porn. Id love to rescue them. Funny how theres always a marina rotting away somewhere lol
  5. UK Maenofferen Slate Mine Nov17

    I think he just does runs up around the whole quarry complex. We thought it was dropping a load of workers off at the live bit until it got closer. Be handy to get a lift to the top off it to be honest. The walk up is a bastard
  6. UK Maenofferen Slate Mine Nov17

    cheers mate. Ive been over here for a while I just never bother posting. a bit busier with it these days so ill try and keep active.
  7. King’s Hall Southall Visited with @GK_WAX and @Lavino. This was a long arsed day but a good un non the less. The lads picked me up just gone midnight for the long drive down south. I’d been to a gig and I was smashed hoping to get some sleep in the car. Fat chance of that. After nailing some greasy takeaway on my way back from town and downing a crate of redbulls I was pretty awake, sobered up and ready for some derpingz. After gaining access, which was very straightforward we found ourselves a lovely skanky little room to chill out in for a couple of hours whilst we waited for sunrise. Bumped into two other explorers in there who gave @GK_WAX a heart attack LOL! It’s a pretty cool place this, a lot bigger than what photo’s you see online, but all of the rooms at the back are pretty much the same old derpy office/classroom type and not much character to photograph. It’s amazing that this place hasn’t been shut for as long as it looks because it’s super fooked. Absolutely hammered with pigeons and mountains of their shit. Plaster falling down from every possible point, the floors are all warped like some big shit parquet Mexican wave, but still it is a pretty unique building with some lovely tiling and worth popping over to if you’re around this way. After here we tried a few other places in the area and on the way back, sadly to no avail. You can’t win em all eh. So yeah long arse drive home just in time to watch the footy order a pizza and get back on the beers. History Located in Southall, Middlesex, in the west of Greater London. The King’s Hall was built in 1916 and was designed by architect Sir Alfred Gelder of Hull. The King’s Hall building has a 3-storey red brick and stone facade. It was operated by the Uxbridge and Southall Wesleyan Mission and it was soon screening religious films. By 1926, it was operating as a regular cinema, still managed by the Methodist church. The King’s Hall Cinema was closed in 1937. It then reverted back to a Methodist Church use as the King’s Hall Methodist Church. They vacated the building in January 2013. Pics
  8. Having seen some older reports on this place and being a sucker for old theatres, it’s one that has always been on my list. Taking the long drive back from work (Bangor to Stockport) I get an email with info that this place is open and doable. I decided to pick @eastyham up and take the 1.5hr trip over to Donny. Ideally I’d of gone during daylight but I didn’t want to miss out on it. So complete darkness it is. Had a bit of bother of some goons who work in the shopping centre but still managed to sneak in another way. Really enjoyed it in here. The floors are mega dodgy towards the front of the building but it is rather lovely along that side where the old dressing rooms are. I particularly loved the fly loft level with the old painted signs and poster remains. History The Doncaster Grand was constructed in 1899 and originally stood on a prominent site in a shopping street facing the main railway station. However, town centre improvements robbed it of any sensible context and it is no longer in a street, but attached rather indirectly to the Frenchgate shopping centre. It still faces the station, however is separated from it by a busy inner ring road which comes so close that it has actually snipped off a lower corner of the stage house. It was threatened with demolition until an energetic local campaign and Friends group secured statutory designation in 1994. The frontage, which, with an improved setting, could again become a local landmark, is three-storeyed. Baroque in treatment, with a complex rhythm of bays articulated by coupled and single pilasters and groupings of arched windows and doorways all rendered. There is a large broken segmental pediment over the three central bays with date 1899. It retains an intimate auditorium. Two well curved balconies with good plasterwork on fronts, the upper gallery is benched. Single pedimented and delicately decorated plasterwork boxes in otherwise plain side walls, flanking a decorative plasterwork rectangular-framed 7.9m (26ft) proscenium. More decorative drops to the ante-proscenium walls, bolection mouldings and plasterwork panels to the stalls and ceiling. Deep central oval ceiling dome. The Grand could quite readily be restored and reopened. It could offer amateur and community drama and musical productions, small scale touring and other activities to complement Doncaster's new venue, Cast. Pics It’s so weird seeing a building as grand as this just surrounded by utter tripe. The old dressing rooms. There was some pipework from the old gas lamps remaining in here. And then the newer porcelain roses with brass? Conduit. This whole side of the building was rotten. It looks like the flat roof bit behind the grand façade is holding water and pissing in when its bad. one of too proper cool dated bar areas. My idea of heaven. A theatre brewdog. For the la la la la LADZ Not sure if this was a ticket or a newspaper clipping? This tiling reminds of any sort of leisure site back when I was a kid. The other bar on the top level. This was suoer cool for me. Not looking good for itself here. Some great art deco styling on the seats. Im guessing this upstairs part was shut off for years whilst it was a bingo hall. LBL? and some old pictures I found on google from when it was a bingo hall.
  9. Don't know why I have only just discovered this place, wish I'd of got in years ago but ah well still a great explore. Another 2am explore with a non member (think I need to work till midnight more often, it gets me out!) anyways, rambo entrance, kept the head torches off apart from the pics, was fun finding our way around, first thing was the roof! as always. History - copied from another thread. Bowman Thompson & Company originally owned the site but was sold in 1900 to Brunner Mond whom with a seven year closure reconstructed the site producing sixty tonnes of soda ash a day. This figure rose to 800 tonnes a day in 1926 with all of the Brunner Mond assets being turned over to ICI. Lostock a coal fired powerstation was decommissioned in 2000 when E.ON built there new Combined Heat & Power plant at Winnington, Lostock is due to be flattened for a new Sustainable Energy Plant to be built on the site.
  10. I can't seem to find much information out about it when it was a hospital. Quite a large site really, something I just stumbled upon on the way home from work late one night. Access was quite tricky but after many laps of the place we managed to find a way in. it was 2am absolutely pitch black inside. It blowing an absolute gale, doors, windows and roofing constantly slamming about, there were needles everywhere on the grounds before we got in. Adding this to the fact I hadn't been anywhere for a while, I was a little on edge. I thoroughly enjoyed it and deffo need to get back during daylight. Pictures are pretty shoddy, as said it was black and hard work trying not to use our torches too much. Anyway the little bit of history I can find. There are a few buildings of the campus that are Grade II listed, the admin and business building which was built in 1831 and the statue of King Edward VII which stands outside the admin block in the carpark. It was Huddersfield Infirmary up until 1965 when the new Infirmary opened. In 1967 it became the Ramsden Technical College and opened in 1968, there were a few new blocks added to the site in 1969, and in 1971 when the college changed to just Huddersfield Technical College. In 2008 the college merged with Dewsbury College to become Kirklees College. The college closed fully in 2013 when it relocated to a new campus further up the road. Apparently it has been purchased by Oldham based Wigget group. If anybody has any more info please feel free to add it to the thread, likewise admins feel free to move it to other sites. Also I couldn't find anything on here about the site
  11. some albino fella

    how do, new member on here. I'm jay, 28 currently in Stockport. some will of seen me on 28dl and i used to post on nwex back int day. site looks decent will stick around get a few reports up, old and new
  12. Was pretty bored last night so decided to go for a wander to Elizabeth mill. It's only 5 minutes from my house, yet I never even knew it was there. rounded up a couple of mates, got a quick maccies and off we went. Friedland was mega mega trashed. Like everything that can be broken or smashed was. Looks like it's most recent use was by Stockport College for bricklaying/Plastering as there's loads of bays made out of breeze blocks with some really bad plastering and brickwork. Elizabeth Mill wasn't as bad as i thought it would be, there is a new staircase through the centre of the mill, the top two floors have got the ready made bathroom containers on and there's still a lot of the bathroom pods untouched. the stud partitioning has been put up and a lot kicked through, but considering how bad Friedlands is, it;s not too bad. The roof was fun, it's like a swimming pool so we got up to the only dry point above the staircase. also the highest point We then made a move to the baths, but were unsuccessful in our attempts. which is kind of what I was expecting really. History, copied from another report. Elisabeth Mill is positioned towards the north-eastern corner of the site, and is a four storey red brick mill dating from 1874 that is locally listed. The Friedland building is of a similar scale but is a concrete structure dating from the 1980s and located towards the south-western corner of the site. There is also a temporary single storey contractor/ marketing building towards the western boundary of the site. To the north is Victoria Mill which forms part of the same mill complex as Elisabeth Mill, and this mill building has already been converted to flats. Elisabeth Mill was constructed by Sir William Henry Houldsworth who built most of Reddish. Designed by the renewed architects A.H Stott & Sons of Oldham the uniquely arranged mill is constructed in an L-shaped layout, not too the conventional ‘double mill’ concept. Cotton spinning remained on the its until 1858, when the mills were closed, since then the mill has had several industrial uses until operations cease in 2003. Friedland Mill, is a vast concrete structure as mentioned and was owned by V. & E. Friedland who became the world's largest manufacture of doorbells. Unfortunatly i cant see to find out much about Friedland Mill, i have heard of people it use to be an electrical mill however not much exists in as far as history goes. Friedland Building Elizabeth Mill
  13. France Devils Juice Brewery... (Sept '15)

    Wow. Love this! Whats the deal with the place?
  14. But but but but everything on the ginger webs is real. No?
  15. UK Hartford Mill - July 2015

    not seen this place for a while. Looks pretty much the same as it did when we went about 8 year ago. Probably will look the same for the next 10 years lol nice report and photos mate
  16. UK Clare Tooling, Manchester - May 2015

    Nice report and pics mate. This is one that i really regret not doing. Went for a walk down the canal one day but the mrs wouldnt let me get in. Then i forgot about it and saw it in the paper. Now its gone :-( Looked an interesting little place too.
  17. Top report. Always wanted to visit here i thought it was a big no go nowadays. Might have to grow a pair.
  18. France The Foot Factory...

    Simply. Wow. What a place.
  19. Really like that Paul. Nice one fella
  20. UK Lord Line Hull Dec 2015

    Was out fishing over the weekend up in the ever so fabulous Hull. So thought I'd pop by whilst I was up there. Packed away early Sunday and decided to have a little wander with the camera. Didn't get into the building next to the lock as there were loads of people setting off Chinese lanterns and with anchor shaped wreaths and flowers etc so didn't want to disturb them It's obviously been done many times so here's the history copied from @Robbo recent report. Some history St. Andrew's Dock was originally designed for the coal trade but by the time it opened in 1883 it was earmarked solely for the use of the fishing industry which, with the development of steam powered trawlers and of the railway network, was undergoing a period of rapid expansion. The dock extension was opened in 1897. By the 1930s road transport was challenging rail and the last fish train ran in 1965. The last boom period in the industry was in the early 1970s, but by this time the fish market buildings on the north side of the dock were in need of repair. With the expansion of the freezer trawler fleet it was decided to move the fish docks to new buildings at Albert Dock in 1975 and St. Andrew's Dock was closed. This move unfortunately coincided with the declaration by Iceland of a 200 mile limit, the outbreak of the last Cod War, and a decline in the industry from which it has never recovered. During the 1980s several factors led to changes in the use of land in the St. Andrews Dock and Dock extension areas, such as containerisation and the concentration of port activities in King George and Queen Elizabeth Docks to the east, the construction of Clive Sullivan Way as the major road into the city from the west and the sudden prominence that this gave to the western docks area, and the trend with increased car ownership towards out of town shopping and leisure uses previously concentrated in the City Centre. Filling of the dock itself began in the late 1980s. The small dock-related industries located mainly on the south side of the dock either followed the fishing industry to Albert Dock or closed altogether, although a small nucleus of industries remained for some time at the eastern end of the dock, associated mainly with the ship-repair activities still taking place in William Wright Dock. As buildings become vacant they were quickly vandalised, tendering to encourage the remaining firms to move out. As outlined above, the history of St. Andrew's Dock is very closely associated with the history of the deep-sea trawling industry, and as the dock itself began to disappear through the development of the site for retail and leisure uses, many Hull people felt that a part of their history was also disappearing, a history with which many of them had close family ties. A strong campaign was therefore launched to save something of the dock and its surroundings, both to explain to future generations what the industry was about and to preserve the memory of the many people who had sacrificed their lives to it more can be seen on my flickr https://www.flickr.com/gp/133298428@N03/Vsk7U9
  21. UK Lord Line Hull Dec 2015

    Yeah i doubt much can be done with it now, in the main building the staircase that goes around the lift has collapsed at the top a d a few floors are getting a bit unstable now. And like you said unless the dock is filled in i cant see much happening.
  22. UK Kirklees College/Infirmary Dec 2015

    Lol cheers bud, hopefully it's a little bit more relaxed.
  23. UK Kirklees College/Infirmary Dec 2015

    deffo its gonna have to happen. haha not really its just the first picture i came across on my hard drive under 49kb and its Gail Platt shes a massive bell end so why not eh haha