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Everything posted by Urbexbandoned

  1. France Bureau Central

    That's nice mate, really like that especially 2 & 3. Atmospheric
  2. History Barbour Mill has a long and prestigious history in Lisburn and as the end of an era draws near many local people will be recalling their own memories of Barbour Threads. In 1784 John Barbour, who hailed from Scotland, established a linen thread works in Lisburn. At the same time his son, William, bought a derelict bleach green at Hilden and set up business. Later, the thread works were transferred to Hilden and as early as 1817 it was employing 122 workers. In 1823 William Barbour bought a former bleach mill at Hilden and built a water-powered twisting mill. The Linen Thread Company was founded 1898 and it quickly became a large international company. In fact it became the largest linen thread mill in the world, giving Lisburn a richly deserved international reputation. By 1914 it employed about 2,000 people and until recently some 300 workers were still employed there, with the work- force dropping to just 85 in recent years. Among the company's varied products were nets, which could be made into snares and fishing nets. The company built a model village for its workforce in Hilden, which consisted of 350 houses, two schools, a community hall, children's playground and village sports ground. Lisburn became the envy of the world thanks to its Linen and Thread industry and now the last remnant of that history is to close its doors for the last time. The Explore Although I think we were about 6 years too late with this one. This was somewhere I have wanted to go for quite some time but with other commitments and other places to explore while in NI it always got shoved to the back seat. This trip we finally got to go, explored with @hamtagger we had quite a leisurely stroll round this one. The first thing I noticed when getting close was how it was becoming crowded with new housing and developments. Still, it sits proud within its place. A bit of the site has already been demolished. The place is bloody massive! It is easiest the biggest site I have been to. Spending numerous hours there and still not getting around the whole site led us to leave before darkness fell. The architecture was pretty impressive with the stonework and iron gables or whatever you call them. Surprisingly, despite being closed several years and falling victim to vandalism, graffiti & metal theft it still has so much to offer. There were little cupboards dotted about in most sections with linen/ thread materials. Loads of hand painted signs that were of little importance but I like stuff like that. The decay was pretty cool and I loved how trees were growing out of the top floors. Nature really was reclaiming it. A few of the ceilings had fallen in with those areas a bit more decayed than others. Right on to the pics The whole site (not my pic) Some old advertising material I found online 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 (I swear this hasn't been edited at all!) 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Thanks for looking!
  3. Really nice Andy, love the detailed shots and especially like number 18
  4. UK Adel children's hospital, Leeds - September 2017

    Bit of a state but nice to see an update on the place of anything
  5. UK Belfast City Mortuary, 2016

    Well that must have been fresh off the slab so to speak. We have been to see this place numerous times over the last 2 years and never seen that reception like that. Nice! What with the troubles and all I only wish these walls could talk. Many a story to tell no doubt. Years of ruling the roost in Belfast and then along comes a state of the art Mortuary. Good news for explorers though Really nice pics, I like that one of the stainless table with the lamp
  6. Liking that plasterwork on those columns. That place is stunning!
  7. UK Casement Park Gaa sports ground Belfast

    Aha! Nice to see you here cool report, some thing a bit different which is nice and a fair bit of history to the place too
  8. UK Barbour Thread Mill (Hilden) - Lisburn, NI - Jan 2018

    Thanks Did you explore anywhere else over there? What brought you to the mainland? @Fekneejit cheers mate
  9. Looks like it would have been a lovely place to stay if I'm honest. I like 31, it's very quaint. Untouched goodness nice pics Andy
  10. UK Edinburgh Royal Victoria Hospital, 2017

    Nice little place, like the corridor and ward
  11. Hey, thanks for sharing your first post with us. St Joes has been around for quite some time and I've heard that of late it has become pretty secure due to being purchased for redevelopment. Someone may be able to help you out though. I've edited your thread, just added a space in between pics. Just a bit of constructive criticism too, I'm not rating your watermark. It drags my eye straight to it and therefore detracts my attention from the subject. Generally we usually only post reports from inside somewhere incorporating the exterior too. If you need some help there is a good thread on here to help you can also read other reports on here and see what sort of thing is posted thanks for posting, it's nice to see an update on this place
  12. Welcome ChristouVisuals

    Welcome to the forum
  13. UK Barbour Thread Mill (Hilden) - Lisburn, NI - Jan 2018

    Cheers really happy with how these have come out
  14. Explore of the year 2017

    Nothing special to most but as a lover of porcelain and with not a lot about anymore this was my fave. Thinking it was just a shed turned out to be pretty good porn
  15. Nice that, got everything going for it and that bathroom is ace! Decay is nicely matured too. Good stuff @hmltnangel nice to see you posting over here
  16. France Petit Ouvrage de Hobling (visited 10/2017)

    Nice that's Andy 3 & 4 are great, like those! Enjoyed the write up too
  17. UK West vale mill Greetland November 2017

    Quite like that, especially the old wooden cupboards. Nice mate
  18. Italy Carrozzeria Ghia

    NIce little bit of history there especially with the design of the Karmann Ghia. Funny to think something so cool was designed in what's now derelict. I enjoyed your first post, look forward to more
  19. Germany Children´s Hospital N. - August '16

    Lovely that is enjoyed the read too. As already mentioned must have been quite an experience to explore. The child aspect makes it that little bit more special. Nice set
  20. Italy Preventorio R. - 09/2016

    Well worth the effort I'd say! Really nice mate some seriously nice decay, pics are awesome
  21. Other Grand Hotel S. - 01/2016

    I really like the look of this place, pic 4 is stunning! Love that balustrade. A little bit of everything and really untouched too Pic 20 isn't showing properly mate, if you can't fix it drop one of us a PM and we will sort it for you
  22. France Forge Lunaire February 2017

    Always nice to hear how difficult somewhere is and then see success with perseverance nice work Dafne, you've come away with a really nice set! 15 & that last shot show the size of the place. Enjoyed this
  23. Germany Powerplant T... - [visit 05/2k17]

    Nice little place, like the way you've captured it. Very atmospheric #3 stands out for me, think it's those turny things
  24. Nice bit of history, pics are great. Really like number 4 Andy
  25. Germany Beelitz Heilstatten (okt 2017)

    I really love the look of this place, so much going for it. You've really done it justice with your pics too, awesome job particularly like 2, 4 & 9