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  1. Holdings Country Pottery, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire – July 2017 Another backlog lol! Back in July, Mookster and myself headed up north for a 650 mile round trip Road Trip with about two A4 pages of sites to do! Very good news; however we only managed four out of about twenty due to loud alarms going off, places being sealed up tight, horrible undergrowth and pretty much every explore failing thing you can think of, such is life. One thing is for certain, “you cant do em all!” Holding's Country Pottery was originally founded in 1842 by James Holding. The original pottery was built a short distance away in Gaulkthorn, another outlying area of Oswaldtwistle. James Holding moved his business to Broadfield in 1860, and in 1900 his son Grimshaw Holding; set up the pottery on the present site where the derelict remains sit. From then till it’s closure; the pottery stayed here and the business was passed down from father to son until it's decline. Holdings was originally powered by a steam engine; sadly no longer in situ, but the line shafting is still present. There were magazines and brochures pointing to a late 1990s closure. I am thinking around 1999-2000 at a guess. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157688819915965
  2. E.P. Bray, Chisworth Dye Works, Glossop – July 2017 So during a fairly unsuccessful road trip of a 20:4 fail ration on a huge 650 mile round trip, Northern Road Trip, Mookster and I arrived here. Nestled next to a public footpath; access was pretty easy, and although stripped, I rather enjoyed this one. Some lovely colours and decay going on inside. What I will say is; there are signs everywhere warning of Lead Chromate contamination inside from the production of coloured dyes. It is absolutely everywhere! Lovely…..! Built at the end of the 18th or in the early 19th centuries; Chisworth Works was as a cotton band manufactory. During these times, the site was called “Higher Mill”. It appears that the original building was extended twice to the rear in its past, as there are noticable lines in the mortarwork and mismatches in the courses along the south-west elevation. It is thought that these extensions took place before 1857 because the building line remains the same on the maps until 1973. The site was used as a dyeing works by 1973; and there was a large T-shaped extension at the rear which looks to have been added in two stages. The only change a decade later, was the construction of a square loading ramp at the front. The outline of the site today is the same as it was in 1984. E.P. Bray began "winding-up" by 2006 and was dissolved/liquidised and the site shut down in September that year. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157685024774162
  3. Langwith Mill, Nether Langwith, Nottinghamshire – July 2017 The 4th and final stop on Mookster and my July Northern Road Trip. Nestled almost in a sort of Farm Yard in Nottinghamshire; next to a disused Restaurant (Goff's Restaurant); a rather odd place for an eatery in a very rural location. Access did involve a bit of grazing field to get up to the mill. The disused mill is a four storey Cotton Mill which was constructed in 1786. The mill was originally sixteen windows wide, which would have made Langwith one of the largest mills in the district. Cotton spinning at Langwith Mill ceased around 1848 and the place was converted into a Corn Mill in 1886. Langwith was still operating after WWII. The Mill was built in limestone with a slate roof which is now holed and in poor condition. Langwith was powered by a large water wheel fed from a dam nearby which is now a meadow. The site is a curtilage building to the Grade II listed Langwith Mill House and a building of Local Interest in its own right. The listing was applied in 1985 as the mill is a site of Local Historical Interest. It’s in pretty poor condition in places! #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157688860638275
  4. Bradfield Water Treatment Works, Lower Bradfield, South Yorkshire – July 2017 Day two of Mookster and I’s Not particularly successful Northern Road Trip. We rose stupidly early as usual and missed breakfast; it’s always way too late in the morning!!! We parked my classic Volvo in the middle of the village and proceeded down to the Water Works, which looks rather prominent in the tiny, tiny rural village which feels incredibly secluded. By now it was around 6:30am and there were dog walkers around all of whom were friendly and gave us an obligatory “Good Morning”. One particular chap who was very polite and wished us well wondered off, when he came back passed and we were scoping the joint, his body language changed instantly and he continued walking away. They must get this a lot! Pretty trashed in here, but it had a few nice shots inside! Bradfield Water Works was built in 1913 for the filtering and treatment of water taken from the Dale Dike (the cause of the 1864 great flood of Sheffield); as well as the Agden reservoirs in the neighbouring Loxley Valley. The site was cutting edge technology back in its day and it even included the first telephone to be installed in Bradfield back in 1930 allegedly! By 1974, the Yorkshire Water Authority took over the Water Works, and then during the Thatcher Government a number of years later; the entire UK water industry was privatised with the Water Act of 1989. Eventually, the pumping house at Lower Bradfield was closed down in 1994 when a new pump house and Water Processing Plant was built elsewhere in the Loxley valley. It has been said that the locals believe the building attracts unwanted visitors and is a “constant eyesore” and a “morbid reminder of Lower Bradfields grim past.” Which explains the looks we got! #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157686442257184
  5. Tin Chapel, North Wales – May 2017 Still way behind on the reports lol! The final leg of mine and Mooksters tour of North Wales back in May; took us to this rather nice abandoned chapel made from Tin, a right trek into the woods. It’s incredibly small here and explored in about 10 minutes, but I really rather liked it. It had canvas chairs instead of pews, and has obviously been abandoned for a very, very long time. It was in amazing condition really! The last site of the May Welsh tour, and the last explore of my old cheap run around, before upgrading to a not so cheap runaround! Onto the photos: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157684346925431
  6. Salem Chapel, Arthog, North Wales – May 2017 Nearing the end of our North Wales Tour in May, Mookster and myself headed for Arthog for this little gem tucked away in the woods! We had to loiter next to my car on the road outside while a VERY Hawk Eyed elderly couple swept leaves from their road and had their eyes on us for a considerable amount of time. We thought this one wouldn’t be do able as they simply would not leave! Finally, we seized our chance and headed in after they went back into their house. It’s a wonderful little 20 minute explore, but it is rotten to hell and doesn’t have long left! The most comical thing was seeing people and cars pass on the high road behind the chapel, through its failing roof! Salem Methodist Chapel was completed in 1833. Not long after; in 1868 it was rebuilt in the Gothic style of the gable-entry type, by architect Thomas of Landore. It’s in a pretty rural part of wales and eventually closed in 1973. Legend has it, that the owner of the building moved abroad so that he didn’t have to pay a bill for a quarter of a million pounds. As a result of this; the walls and other works of the structure are unsafe to passing motorists and local residents due to lack of maintenance. It has been said by surveyors that it will eventually collapse in on itself. It was a really enjoyable Spring time explore. So relaxed once inside with no trouble at all. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Thanks all! More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157686823521306/
  7. Minffordd Hospital, Bangor, North Wales – May 2017 So, the next stop on mine and Mooksters pretty successful road trip of North Wales back in May. This was a ten minute whistle stop tour of a very, very trashed explore which was hardly worth the space on my SD Card!!!! Still, it’s all about documenting history and better than twiddling your thumbs. I’ve selected the best of the bunch! Here we go! Originally built as an Isolation Hospital after the 1882 bad typhoid epidemic which killed 42 people. The Hospital evolved through many changes in its plentiful history; eventually being a community hospital and the home for the Gwynedd Alzheimers Society. A long consultancy period saw its doors close in 2006. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157684733477426/
  8. P.D. Bricks L.T.D., Llandulas, North Wales – May 2017 As Always! I have a huge backlog of sites to get up! It’s been a slow old year, but myself and Mookster had a pretty successful North Wales trip back in May! P.D. Bricks operated this North Welsh Brick Production Facility until 2008; when it closed along with many others due to the massive economic trouble which began that year. The buildings on site are located at the base of a quarry, and are sadly largely stripped out of everything. There was however, a large network of tunnels into the quarry which led in all directions, something to be considered by The Underground enthusiasts among us. The gloom soon burnt off, and a lovely, hot, sunny day it became! #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157684731310936/
  9. Lluesty Hospital, Holywell, North Wales – May 2017 So in true recent Landie style; I have a huge backlog of sites to get up! So far 2017 has been a very slow year on the exploring front, but Mookster and I had a rather successful road trip back in May of North Wales. The first site we did was the rather derpy Lluesty Hospital which would be Mooksters 500th explore! I haven’t been counting personally, but estimate it to be around 300 and something. Anyway, though this place is rather ruined, it does have some photogenic bits and bobs remaining. The hospital is located in Holywell, Wales, and was originally built as a workhouse in the later part of the 1830s. It has been disused since the new Holywell Community Hospital opened in 2008, a mile or so down the road. According to auctioneer, there was “intense interest” in the site, potentially selling well in excess of its £150,000 guide price at £275,000. The original workhouse complex; inclusive of its chapel was Grade II listed 20 years ago. The early Victorian building was designed by St Asaph architect John Welch and used as a workhouse for 14 parishes. The hospitals construction was carried by Thomas Hughes of Liverpool and the contractor was Samuel Parry. Several alterations were believed to be carried out in 1869 and the hospital was enlarged to the right in 1902. The buildings are on grounds of around 7.4 acres which have been allocated for housing development. It is thought up to 70 houses could be built on the site. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157681845073713/
  10. Maenofferen Slate Quarry, Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales – May 2017 Still on Day Two of our North Wales Tour back in May; Mookster and myself arrived to the site of an enormous walk up to the remaining buildings at Maenofferen Slate Quarry. Oh my was it a walk… We followed the well trodden footpath up to the buildings; attempting to dodge the tour bus which goes around other parts of the quarry as part of a local museum. It just kept going on and getting steeper and steeper, but we persisted and made it to the top. Which was a relief! Lots of lovely decay; totally open to the elements here with a lot of cool stuff remaining inside the sheds and workhouses on site. We spent a good couple of hours here before heading down (which was a hard as going up!) as we had a lot more in Wales to see before a big drive home. The quarry was first staffed by men from the nearby Diphwys quarry shortly after 1800. Come 1848 the slate was being shipped via the Ffestiniog Railway. This was short lived, and this service ceased in 1850. Traffic resumed in 1857 and apart from a gap in 1865; there remained a steady flow of slate dispatched via the railway. In 1861 the Maenofferen Slate Quarry Co. Ltd. became incorporated, producing approximately 400 tons of slate in that year. During the 1800s; the quarry flourished and expanded, extending its workings underground and further downhill towards Blaenau Ffestiniog. By the year 1897 it employed 429 people with almost half of those men working underground.. Eventually, 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. Llechwedd Quarry purchased Maenofferen in 1975 together with Bowydd. Underground production of slate ceased during November 1999 and signalled the end of large-scale underground working for slate in North Wales. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 Thanks for Looking guys :-) More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157684249889963/ Oh and one more thing! One Heartbreaking find for Landie_Man :-( :
  11. Garth Presbyterian Church, Porthmadog, North Wales – May 2017 After a lovely early morning on the second day of our North Wales Road Trip, Mookster and myself recced many places around Caenarfon which didn’t really lead to any success sadly. Finally, we got into this absolutely gorgeous Presbyterian Church in Porthmadog, which had sadly undergone vast stripping, and nothing of the pews remained. This was a real shame as it was a proper stunner in there; though I still really, really liked what was left behind! #1 #2 #3 #4 #6 #7 #8 #9 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157682941056900/
  12. Ferodo Brake Components, Caernarfon, North Wales – May 2017 The Ferodo factory in Caernarfon; Friction Dynamex; was opened by Princess Margaret in 1962. By the late 1960s it employed up to 1,100 making braking components and friction pads. The site was bought by American; Craig Smith in 1997 and renamed “Friction Dynamics”, operating with a workforce of 220 in that year. By April 2001, Union members staged industrial action against bosses in a dispute over their terms and conditions. They picketed the factory gates after they were locked out. Eight weeks later, bosses sacked the members, which sparked a three-year dispute; the longest of its kind in North Wales. After losing a legal battle in 2002, Friction Dynamics called in the receivers in August 2003 and all workers were sacked. Three weeks later; Dynamex Friction was set up. The site continued to operate until 2008 when it finally closed its doors. Mookster and I parked up, just as the weather was beginning to turn once again. This would be the last site of the first exploring day of our road trip. We knew it would be a stripped and ruined site, it was, but an absolutely vast cavern of little photogenic pieces. We both really enjoyed it here, it was relaxed and we just went about and captured what we could of whatever was left. After this, we retired to our hotel and ate at a well acclaimed local curry house. It was acclaimed for good reason as well! #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 Thank You All! More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157681885580152/
  13. Flexlands School, Chobham, Surrey – April 2017 So after another little gap of about three weeks or so, I decided for a day of exploring around Hertfordshire, Surrey and over into Essex with a Non-Explore Friend; and Southside; whom I hadn’t explored with for sometime! After checking out a few sites around; we decided to move onto this one as it had recently been done and was likely doable. History Flexlands Independent Girls School operated for 70 years before it closed its doors in 2005 and was moved to a different site. In 2006, a section of the sitr was converted into a nursery but this was closed just a few years later. The entire site is now awaiting possible conversion/redevelopment into retirement flats. Parts of the site are still reasonably new; the gym which was sealed opened in 1990 and another section in 1998. The Explore t was a nice sunny, mild day and we had no problems getting in and out of the school; though it is largely trashed and stripped of most things of merit. This aside, we were able to get some good shots inside, and it’s the experience that counts! Upon leaving, a blue Micra pulled in behind us. Expecting an irate local, I politely responded to the elderly ladies greeting. It turned out she wasn’t local herself and was looking for a local Crematorium which is obviously sad in itself. The floors and staircases are LETHAL in this place! Collapsing all over the shop, so it pays to watch where you put your feet. I pointed to the direction of the city she wanted; but could be no more assistance at all. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157682739833740
  14. UK

    It had hot and cold running water, toilet roll and soap last summer.
  15. Upper Hale Underground Reservoirs, Aldershot Garrison, Surrey – April 2017 Continuing on from Flexlands, Southside, my friend and myself visited this site. I don’t really do underground, but I quite liked it here and I think it lit up quite well. History These Reservoirs are South of an area known as “Caesars Camp”; which was then; a major water catchment area for Aldershot Camp which had its own water supply from Aldershot Town There are a number of uncovered reservoir's in this area; and until recent years a water tower and pump house across the road. The Explore Just a quick explore in here really. Quite refreshingly cool as expected under there; though incredibly slippery which is understandable of course! Got a few shots here; and I for one quite liked it under there. The ladder we used was incredibly sturdy, but I have been told that other ladders here are not!!! We left after about 20 minutes to check the rest of our list for the day. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Thanks for looking! More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157681699662934
  16. Yeah it was a good mooch. Thanks Mate
  17. Arla Milk Processing Plant, Hatfield Perverel, Essex – Feb 2017 Well, this one was some time back! Coupling a backlog with the decision of keeping this one till it was gone, simply because there were bits and pieces going on here such as the sale of the equipment; I decided to mothball it. Myself and two Non-Explorer friends decided one evening back in the winter, that while one of their partners was on a night out in London we would make use of the time and do a few Essex/London night explores. Our first couple of sites did not turn out quite the way we wanted so we decided to follow this lead. We weren’t disappointed! History Arla Foods, formerly Dairy Crest; situated in Hatfield Peverel in Essex was a dairy production factory in Hatfield Peverel in Essex and processed milk for large firms such as Cravendale and supermarkets across the UK; with organic milk production taking place on site as well. The Hatfield site had the capacity to process 356,000 litres of milk per day! By March 2016; the company announced its plans to close the factory and spend £150 million on upgrading the companies shiny new mega dairy in Aston Clinton near Aylesbury which has the facilities to produce 1 billion litres of milk per year. The Aylesbury site is now the worlds largest dairy operation plant. Only 32 of 200 employees would retain their jobs after the July 2016 closure of the Essex site which has been demolished to make way for a shiny new much needed Housing Development in Hatfield Peverel. The Explore This explore came as a much needed and Crave(ndale)’d (see what I did there….) large factory explore back in the winter. After failing many Essex sites we rocked up here and spent several hours on site; my non-explorer friend delaying the collection of his partner from her night on the town in London several times and by several hour (she was safely at her friends!). The site is huge and we were uncertain if security were on site at all so remained vigilant as always. Plenty had already been removed from the site and it was obvious that demolition was well underway inside the buildings. It became apparent by things left behind on site; that the closure was sudden and came as a bit of a shock. It seemed that there was a bit of a family vibe amongst the workers here. A mural written in glue on the door of a locker can be found amongst these photos. Unsurprisingly; many parts of the building smelt of gone off milk; though other bits were squeaky clean and sterile, ready for the machines to be sold to other dairies. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20 As always guys; thanks for your time. Sorry it’s been a slow couple of years! More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157682698884470
  18. Harlow ODEON, Essex – March 2017 Part of another massive backup I have going on here! I visited the old Harlow Cinema with a Non-Explorer friend back in March; Interesting access into this one that’s for sure. We visited this as part of a little South East road trip which was full of its fails sadly; but we still got about which was nice :D. History Harlow ODEON was the first new cinema to be built by Rank after the Second World War; opening on 1st February 1960 with the Norman Wisdom and John Le Mesurier film "Follow A Star". The building was designed by T.P.Bennet with 1244 Stadium Style seats on a single floor. The projection Booth was suspended above the rear stalls almost level to the screen. Harlow ODEON closed in June 1987 and the rear stalls were converted into two smaller cinemas while the main cinema retained the original screen Not too many years later a Brand New Six Screen Multiplex opened in 1990 and it finally closed its doors in August 2005 The Explore Myself and my Non-Explorer friend were having a fairly unsuccessful South East Road Trip; but we knew this one would still be here. Quite what state it would be in; we weren’t sure. The air inside was absolutely awful and we avoided spending too much time in areas of nasty, dusty air. We all know these risks as explorers…. The interior is absolutely trashed and little did we know; the electricity still works. We were using Long Exposures and Light Painting! Doh! Totally torn apart, but a nice quick explore for that day! #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 Thanks for Looking! More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157682957536376
  19. The Royalty Cinema, Birmingham - Jan 2017 So yet again, a very slight backlog going on here but nowhere near as bad as before! Mookster, two Newbie explorers (friends of mine) and myself visited The Royalty in Birmingham on the start of a big road trip of the midlands. I had wanted to do this one for quite some time, so I made it the main spot for the day. We arrived around 7am, but it was far too dark, so off to a greasy spoon we went till it got a bit lighter! This is a bit of a funny one really as it used to be occupied by a Hand Car Wash who used the old car park, and access was allegedly through various different ways. I once rocked up outside about two years ago, but never actually explored it then so it was good to finally see it! - The Royalty was opened on 20th October 1930 with Maurice Chevalier's "The Love Parade".The cinema was built for and operated by the local independent Selly Oak Pictures Ltd. Eventually the site was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in March 1935. The site was closed by ABC on the 2nd November 1963 with Cliff Robertson in "P.T.109". It was later converted into an Alpha Bingo Club (operated by ABC) and later a Mecca Bingo Club. By 2010 it was operated as a Gala Bingo Club which closed around 2012. In the summer of 2011, the Royalty Cinema was designated a Grade II Listed building by English Heritage. in 2012, police raided the site when a large scale weed farm was found in the attic. In 2017 the site stands derelict but there is hope on the horizon with local rumours of it reopening as a cinema. What a beauty she is as well. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157680388004465
  20. I went mid march and didn't think to try any switches. doh! Just never think it's a good idea to do so.
  21. Rockwood Pigments, Matlock Bath , Derbyshire- Jan 2017 Well we are still on a fairly slow year sadly and once again I have let a backlog build!!! Mookster, two newbie friends and myself visited this rather sparse, but reasonably photogenic little site after doing The Royalty in Birmingham back in January. Rockwood Pigments Factory is located under High Tor cliffs in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. The factory is now empty and faces an uncertain future. It is known as the High Tor Works. Originally called Viaton, the site was originally established for mining iron ore. After this was worked out in 1850; the waterwheel was used to grind white lead. By the end of the century; the Via Gellia Colour Company took over. They installed a turbine to drive four pairs of Peak stones which for the next twenty years ground down iron oxide. Bone char, the waste product from sugar refining, was ground on site until the late 1960s. Eventually the site was used for blending pre-ground chemically-produced colour products for use in paving slabs and other cement products. Finally the site became part of the Rockwood group. I can’t find very much in the way of a closure date on this sadly. On site was a mine/cave of some sort, but we didn’t venture too deep. On closer online inspection, it does look quite interesting in there. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 [ More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157678692372101
  22. So 2017 went with a fairly slow start, having only done a site I have done to death before (just to get that floor in shot!). Me and two local friends (non-members) headed to the Midlands with a list of sites to do; a very rare occasion that I was navigating as opposed to driving! Said friends were keen as mustard to be exploring and joining me in delving through the history, so all good on that front! The first two sites were total failures, Forest Glades in Kidderminster was being demolished, we turned up to the scene of carnage as the interior was being pulled out, and our next site; a local school was also no go. I had a few places further East from here and Stourbridge was only up the road, so we decided to try Longlands! I have been wanting to do this one for about two years, and its now sadly totally ruined, but we still spent a good few hours on site exploring the mix of modern and not so modern school, and we were able to find the odd cool thing! There was some really good Art coursework left behind here, which is a real shame! Longlands was first built and opened in 1912, and was extended quite extensively during the 60s with a new gymnasium and class blocks built. This extension included a classroom perched right on top of one of the original 1912 wings; not a common “improvement” to a school. The school closed in 1990 as Longlands School. Despite having 500 students on it's records in 1989. Longlands was amalgamated with High Park School in Wollaston. In the later years, the school was taken over by Stourbridge College who used it as their centre for Creative Arts and Design, and that eventually closed its doors in around 2011. In September 2011 a reunion took place in the grounds for pupils of the original Longlands School which saw hundreds of former pupils turn out from all over the world. There is some lovely architecture remaining, but the place is sadly absolutely wrecked by local kids/scumbags. After several hours here, and navigating between the wings of the O-shaped school, we found ourselves sealed into the grounds and had to find another way out to that of the way in. Once back at the car, we headed toward Birmingham for our next site. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157675752950653
  23. Thanks man! Yeah it's FUBAR
  24. Well there you go, thats been well and truly cleared out. Looks like it never got its "Heston" treatment

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