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Troglodyte

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  1. From approaching the site we soon realised gaining access wasn't going to be too easy. Being an old millitary hospital it's pretty secure and we chose to go early Sunday morning when the coastline was full of fisherman and couples taking a morning stroll. None the less with some perseverance we found ourselves where we needed to be. Thanks to Skeleton Key on gaining access to one of the buildings I got a smack to the face from a large window and completely tore a hole in my gum and for a moment I swear I'd lost a tooth. Laughing it off we made our way into the main hospital building teeth still in tact.I swear he was getting me back for a previous encounter were I'd knocked his tooth out with my tripod (sorry SK haha) This place completely blew my mind! There's just insane amounts of equipment laying around. Large x-ray machines, operating theatre lights and even a few CT scanners. It's crazy that they didn't get transferred to another hospital. Not sure how much of the hospital we covered in the 4 hours we spent there but I know there is definitely more to see. A quick history stolen from Wikipedia: 'Founded in the reign of King George I, the Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, Hampshire, was one of several hospitals serving the Portsmouth Urban Area, but had previously been the country's foremost - and ultimately last - military hospital. Its military status was withdrawn in 2007, and those military personnel remaining joined the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (MDHU Portsmouth) at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth. In the summer of 2009, all remaining (civilian) medical services at Haslar were relocated to the Queen Alexandra Hospital, and the site was subsequently sold.'
  2. I've been waiting over three years to go here but due to one thing or another it just never happened. However with a weekend off and some good company I finally found myself under the moores of Middleton, a small village in Derbyshire set in the southern margin of the peak district where the last working limestone mine in the uk is located. This first thing that I have to say is that this mine is absolutely humongous! Over 20 miles of tunnels spanning over multiple floors with high ceilings and some huge caverns this was set to be a truly memorable explore. Although photographing this colossal space turned out to be a challenge in itself (as if the risk of getting lost or falling down one of the huge pits wasn't enough!). I'd say that in our 4 hours or so inside I don't think we saw over 10% of whats down there. It's taken me a very long time to get round to seeing this but I can guarantee it's gonna be a lot shorter time before I go back. Thanks to everyone involved it was a great trip!
  3. What made you use the username you use?

    Me loving underground spaces and enjoying camping out in mines etc. I went for Troglodyte (cave dweller/caveman) I also have a nickname from the police too, Sk told me shortly after our incident at the animal labs they refured to me as Troglogit and I got called Trogloshite from a fellow explorer lol. Wevsky also has a simular story with his name and how it's been used. If one shits themselves in a mine it is refured to as doing a Wevsky. As to why? Thats a story I'll leave for him to share
  4. UK Middleton Mine, November 2012

    Cheers guys! Looking forward to getting back down there.
  5. This bunker has always been at the back of my mind since I first heard about it in 2004. Local newspapers at the time were always mentioning secret tunnels running throughout Hertford and this bunker was said to lead into them. So not only a bunker to explore but apparently an extensive set of tunnels too? Surely this was to good to be true? The bunker in more recent years was used as government archive storage and the man in charge of the archive team had apparently told The Insider that "when you got to a certain point when going towards the Castle or town, the tunnel was bricked up with breezeblocks." So maybe access to the secret network of tunnels was blocked off a few years back? he continued to say that "Often it is very dangerous too, On more than one occasion people have died in the process. If you attempt to enter a defence-related site, even an apparently unused one, you should expect an unpleasant encounter with military police." It all started to seem a bit over the top, Secret tunnels, People dying, Military police? So by this point my curiosity was at boiling point! Now 8 years later I finally get a chance to debunk all this. I'd heard rumours the last occupants of the building above the bunker had left, So now was the time to see it. We decided to head out at night and try our luck at finding a way in. After a lot of head scratching we eventually found our way inside. 'Only three SRHQ bunkers are of recent construction- Basingstoke, (SRHQ62), Herford (SRHQ42) and Southport (SRHQ10). Each has the same rough design, a All two-storey concrete basement below government office blocks built in the late 1960s. Walls are 20-30 inches thick (50-75cm) and each has its own borehole for water. Some one hundred and fifty thousand gallons of water are also stored in permanent tanks, and a generator room can power all the SRHQ's equipment for a month, with a ten thousand gallon fuel reserve. Two sets of filters are fitted to the air-conditioning plant, one for peacetime exercise use, and the second for war. If the level of fallout dust becomes too high, air conditioning can be switched to internal circulation for a period. The bunkers were designed to have a radiation 'protection factor' of about 400, and to resist blast pressure of 1.5psi. In contrast, the average house is unlikely, after attack, to offer a protective factor better than 5-10.' Quoted from 'War Plan UK, the secret truth about Britain's Civil Defence. Duncan Campbell. 1980' Turns out they didn't just leave it completley unwatched on my second visit we set off PIR's and had to leave sharpish! VIDEO HERE So where's the breezeblocks, secret tunnels, military police and dead people? It goes to show not you can't trust everything you read. Although I do believe there is still something to be found running under Hertfords streets. A police officer had once told me that he had been in one of them and I recently heard from a friend that a colleague of his had been lifting manholes and discovered a tiled passage exacly where the tunnels our said to lead. So for now they remain a mystery but atleast I have finally debunked one piece of the puzzle. Watch this space...
  6. Cwmorthin Slate mine (mini report) 8/2012

    Nice one mate looks great can't wait to see this one day!
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