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  1. No worries about the tour! Nice set of pictures there
  2. Drones

    I have a DJI Phantom 3 Professional. I've been meaning to use it for exploring for a while now, used it on my first explore over the weekend. I know a fair bit about them, feel free to message me and ask any questions and I'll do my best to help!
  3. I found out about this place way back in 2014, but put it on the back burner for a while. I mentioned it to Mookster last year after filming a video of my friends car outside the place, but only attempted it recently and it paid off. Was a strange place to explore, being so clean and clinical everywhere. To save a lengthy post on the not-so-lengthy history of the Caterham F1 Team and it's very messy collapse and end, here is a very detailed article explaining exactly what happened - http://www.racecar-engineering.com/articles/how-caterham-f1-collapsed/ Two drone shots, these just show the scale of the place. We then found the old simulator room, sadly the car chassis has been removed. More on my Flickr here; https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuarthomas/albums/72157669277485536
  4. Temple Cowley Pools in Temple Road was a public swimming and gymnasium complex run by Oxford City Council which closed in December 2014 for redevelopment as housing. It first opened in 1938, and had a major refit in 1987. Its main pool was 25 metres long, it also housed a baby pool and a diving pool. It was built on the site of part of a former Knights Templar estate. This explore was an interesting explore for me for two reasons, first being that I learnt to swim here as a youngster. Second being that for my job I design swimming pools, it was clear to me to see why this was closed and a new complex was built! A re-visit is on the cards soon as I missed out on the gym complex due to setting off an alarm, with other places to be I didn't want the hassle of getting caught. On with the photos More available here: http:// https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuarthomas/albums/72157662106329693
  5. Decided it was time to get out exploring again so sorted out a visit to Selly Oak as its been on my list for ages. Met up with two other explorers on the day and had a good look around. Getting into the mortuary is a bit risky but so worth it! History The first buildings on the site of Selly Oak Hospital were those of the King's Norton Union Workhouse. It was a place for the care of the poor and was one of many workhouses constructed throughout the country following the introduction of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. This act replaced the earlier system of poor relief, dating from 1601. The hospital closed in 2012 upon completion of the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Relocation of the first services from Selly Oak began during the summer of 2010 when its A&E department moved to the new Q.E.Hospital on 16 June and over the next 7 days Critical Care and other departments moved step-by-step the 1.5 miles to the new hospital. On average one inpatient was moved every 5 minutes between 7 am and early evening. On the morning of 23 May 2010 a 'Service of Thanks' was held at Selly Oak Hospital to celebrate a century of caring and this was followed by a fun fair at which staff and patients were invited to "Take a Trip Down Memory Lane", sign a memory wall and contribute to an on-line memories website. The reorganisation was first planned in 1998 though it was not until October 2004 that planning approval was given by Birmingham City Council, with construction beginning during 2006. Pictures Mortuary Outpatients X-Ray Main Hospital More pictures up here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuarthomas/sets/72157654300167915
  6. Selly Oak Hospital & Mortuary June 2015

    Thanks for all your replies Thanks for your company too! Hope to explore with you again.
  7. This is my second explore of this place, last time I got busted, having seen a few people have explored without a hitch I thought I would try again. No problems this time, apart from an eventful journey home being involved in a car crash on the M40, this was a good day. History: The exact date Silverlands was built is unknown, however it is thought to be between 1818-1825, the first owner being Vice-Admiral the Rt. Hon Sir Frederick Hotham. Silverlands was used as the Hotham family home until approximately 1887. The Actors Orphanage was started in 1896 and was both a home and school to approx 60 children. The home and school was moved to Silverlands, Chertsey in 1938. In 1941 it became a female nurse’s school for the nearby Botley Park Asylum and St Peter’s Hospital. This ran alongside the buildings use by the Actors Orphanage, until 1958 when the Orphanage Ceased to exist. In 1990 Silverlands Nursing School amalgamated with other schools of nursing in Surrey and Hampshire to become the Francis Harrison College of nursing and midwifery. At some point in the late 1990’s Silverlands ceased it’s role as a nursing school and the National Probation Service was looking for a new site for the ‘residential assessment and intervention programmes for adult males with allegations of, or convictions for, sexual offences involving children’. Silverlands in Chertsey was considered the most appropriate. The proposal was met with strong opposition from local people who organised a candlelit vigil to protest about the site being used for such a purpose and were concerned about the impact of the 7000 children attending the 25 schools within a 2.5 mile radius of Silverlands. After a lot of debating and protests on 4th July, 2002, it was confirmed by the Home Office Minister that Silverlands will not become the home of the Wolvercote paedophile clinic. However during this time, the Grade 2 listed building had already had £3.7 million pounds spent on its refurbishment. It remains empty. Its future uncertain. More images here; https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuarthomas/sets/72157648367883600/
  8. Visited with Mookster and a non member on our 4 day road trip abroad. I've wanted to go and see this place ever since I first laid my eyes on photos of it, and it didn't disappoint! Was it worth the 16 hour drive? 100% yes. My favourite location on our road trip by far. More here; https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuarthomas/sets/72157646040109124
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