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  1. So here we are, the final chapter in my American urbex adventure. When I first started planning my trip in December 2013 I was browsing around for places to see and one place immediately caught my eye - Grossinger's Resort, in the middle of the Catskill Mountains area of New York. The photo of the iconic indoor swimming pool captivated me and from that moment I knew I simply had to see it. As the plans progressed I found someone who could make it happen and all was set, until a week before the day we were due to go and the matey with transport pulled out. So I hastily managed to reorganise it and we ended up getting a bus to a town in the middle of nowhere, with a real back-woods feel and began the mile-long walk to the resort. Before long we could see the famous high-rise accomodation block 'Jennie G', named after Jennie Grossinger one of the resort's founders. With the sounds of us trampling through the trees towards the site drowned out by some noisy roadworks on a nearby bridge we were in undisturbed. I couldn't believe I was finally stood in somewhere I had dreamed about seeing for so long. Even in it's massively trashed state, I was elated. A bit of background to the location... Almost as soon as it closed in 1986, Servico set about the demolition of eight of the buildings in preparation for the planned remodelling/redevelopment that never happened. These included the Playhouse, the Conference Centre, a few of the accomodation buildings, buildings around the Olympic-sized outdoor pool and the original main entrance lobby building. Currently nearly thirty years later the majority of the buildings are in a terrible state, the water damage is the worst I have ever seen on any explore anywhere, most of the buildings were constructed with mainly wooden floors of which many are collapsed or too weak to walk on any more. Still the site is massive, we spent five hours there and saw pretty much everything we could working our way around the areas too unsafe to walk through. In one building that doesn't seem to get much attention as from the outside its a pretty non-descript bland thing we found a room full to the brim with boxes and boxes of Grossinger's stationery, luggage tags, brand new logbooks and receipt books still wrapped in cellophane and a draw full of the promotional booklets produced by Servico publicising the renovation and new buildings that were going to be built from 1986 onwards which was really rather poignant as it never happened - so many 'what if?'s.... The Catskills area is littered with abandoned Jewish resorts and other such buildings but Grossinger's is the largest and most iconic ruin of a bygone holiday era. In the month before my visit, Louis Capelli's plan for a casino to be built where Grossinger's currently stands was rejected in favour of another location so for now at least the buildings on the massive site will continue to slowly fall down. The Jennie G, the walkway between the main buildings and itself was demolished in 1986. Big thanks for following all my adventures from America, I can't wait to go back as there is so much left to see. Many more photos from Grossinger's here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157649180368615/
  2. This disused power station was once a coal-fired monster. Owned by Belgium's Electrobel it was mothballed in the early 2000s and then finally taken out of service in 2006 and is currently being demolished. With demolition well under way this might be the last we see of this beast. The cooling tower may live on to see another day however and is definitely one of those sites that has to be seen with your own eyes. We had a decent mooch around in there and crawled through the mud to get underneath and then set about crossing the bridge of feral cats towards the power station. We had to dodge the demo team to get inside, they appeared to be pulling it down from the bottom up as the ground floor was mainly stripped out, this caused a lot of dust in the air. We spent a couple of hours inside until the level of dust got too much and made our way out with minimal fuss. It was a shame we didn't find the control room but we saw a lot of other cool stuff and it was a great start to our weekend. Hope you enjoy the pics and thanks to the rest of the crew for making this a great trip! Looking up from the entrance Elliot snapping away No Black Gloves? Too cool for school or too camp for camp? Heading for the power station Quick shaky shot as we ran past the turbine to hide from workers below..... Pipes and Art Deco windows Looking down, the worker's van just visible.... Loved this bit of graff Looking out above the conveyor belt shafts Inside the conveyor belt shaft You could see 3 or 4 storeys directly beneath your feet through these wobbly walkways The view of the Cooling Tower from the roof Overlooking the worker's van in the turbine hall The Lab Last but not least some turbine shots.... Wish we could've had a closer look at these but there was too much of a risk of getting seen unfortunately Thanks for looking
  3. This is my first report on here so i hope i have done everything as i should. This was was my first major explore. History of Whittingham Asylum Whittingham Hospital, whose grounds adjoin the village of Goosnargh, became one of the largest mental hospitals in the country, and pioneered the use of electroencephalograms (EEGs). During its time it had its own church, farms, railway, telephone exchange, post office, reservoirs, gas works, brewery, orchestra, brass band, ballroom and butchers. In 1866, the three Lancashire “lunatic†asylums at Prestwich, Rainhill and Lancaster were deemed to be full and a new asylum was needed. The building of Whittingham Asylum began in 1869, originally to accommodate 1000 patients. It was built from brick using clay dug on site from a pit which later became a fish pond. The hospital officially opened on 1 April 1873. The large site included an Anglican church, a Catholic chapel, a recreation hall (also used as a ballroom) and several farms. The Whittingham Hospital Railway was a two-mile (3 km) private branch to Grimsargh, built in 1887, to provide coal and other goods to the site. It also provided free transport for staff and passengers. The Railway eventually closed on the 30 June 1957. In the early years there was even a brewery on the site. At the end of the First World War, a part of the hospital (later known as “St Margaret’s Divisionâ€Â) was used as a military hospital. It was again used for this purpose during the Second World War. In 1923, the hospital was known as “Whittingham Mental Hospital†and by 1939, the number of patients was 3533, with a staff of 548, making it the largest mental hospital in the country. By 1948, Whittingham had incorporated Ribchester Hospital, and became known as “Whittingham Hospitalâ€Â. The Mental Health Act of 1960 deemed large institutions like Whittingham to be out of favour. Allegations of cruelty to patients led to a public inquiry. During the 1970s and 1980s, new drugs and therapies were introduced. Long-stay patients were returned to the community or dispersed to smaller units around Preston. The hospital eventually closed in 1995. The site subsequently became known as “Guild Parkâ€Â. In 1999, Guild Lodge was opened on the edge of Guild Park, supplying secure mental services, followed the next year by rehabilitation cottages close by. It is now planned to build 650 new homes on the site and to preserve some of the hospital buildings as apartments. However, the plan will not proceed until a date for the construction of the Broughton bypass is known but in the mean time some of the smaller outer buildings are to be demolished. Map of Whittingham Asylum Grounds My Visits I have been lucky enough to visit the asylum three times albeit a little late as the demolition was already well under way. Most of the connecting corridors from building to building were already knocked down when I first visited, however quite a few of the buildings were still standing with plenty to look at. My favourite places on the whole site would have to be the ballroom & water tower for different reasons. The Ballroom for me just had a calm feeling to it, this area must have been one of the happier places on the whole site for the patients that lived here and to me, as someone who likes to understand what went on in places that I visit, meant a lot. The Water Tower appealed to me because it is on the edge of the grounds and out of the way so it is peaceful and quiet. You can get to the top and see a full view of the grounds and on a nice sunny day the views are beautiful! Over my three visits here each time I went more and more had been torn down. It is sad to see this place crumbling away and being demolished as it is a huge part of the local history, if you can forget the darker side to this place anyway. Fortunately I have heard that the front 5 buildings are be restored and turned in to apartments, I just hope in some way that is possible as the water damage is a little sever. Anyway, enough of me rambling on, here are some pictures from my visits. You can click any image for a larger view. Admin Block & Managers Office Boiler House & Workshops A Room Long Since Used This room is pictured how we found it. I am sure this was setup by people who visited prior to ourselves. One thing to note though is the paintings on the windows, they looked like what you would see in a childs room. Corridor This was one of last remaining corridors at the time of my visits, as you can see it is in a very bad state of decay. Male Dormitory The Ballroom This is one of the main places we wanted to visit at Whittingham. I am so glad that we managed to see it before it was to late. The ballroom was used for theatre, watching films, dancing, parties such as Christmas and much more. I just hope this place was a happy place for the patients. The Ballroom Stage This photo was taken from the back of the stage on the sides where people would have been working in the background whilst the shows were on. This is on level 2 but there are 4 levels if you count the loft space! EEG Machine Now this is not the machine that was used for the controversial shock therapy as i first thought when seeing this. It is an EEG (electroencephalograms) machine which was used to record electrical activity along the scalp. EEG measures voltage fluctuations resulting from ionic current flows within the neurons of the brain. EEG is most often used to diagnose epilepsy, which causes obvious abnormalities in EEG readings. It is also used to diagnose sleep disorders, coma, encephalopathies, and brain death. A Moment to Reflect As the sun started to set upon the Asylum the feeling of this place changed. We took a moment to reflect on what we had seen before continuing. Mother Nature is trying to reclaim back what was once hers. Female Dormitory The room would have been split up into sections with more of the plastic walls you can see in this photo. This would have created sleeping areas for upwards of 30 patients. The rooms are a decent size with lots of windows as you can see. Water Tower, Stairs These stairs take you from the Second floor up to the Third floor of the Water Tower which has the Spiral Stairs up to the roof. Water Tower, Spiral Stairs The spiral stairs in the water tower take you up to the roof where you have an amazing view of the grounds & surrounding countryside. Male Housing Block This was one of the Male housing blocks, As you can see all connecting corridors have been demolished. A week after taking this photo the building had been torn down. More Images Available on Flickr The images above are just a small selection of the images I have edited. I have lots more photos of Whittingham Asylum on my Flickr page which can be found here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/119757413@N07/sets/72157644608038281/ Whittingham Asylum, Final Thoughts I am in no doubt that Whittingham has some bad stories attached to it, whether that is stories of ‘weird’ medical treatments or patients being treated badly or just the overall idea of Asylums such as this, However, some people believe that the people who lived in places like Whittingham had a better & longer life than they would have if they was mixed with the (i will use the words from documentaries I have watched) general population. What I think or feel is irrelevant as I know nothing of the problems that the patients faced on a daily basis. If you can push aside the darker side of Whittingham then this place has a beauty to it. The Victorian architecture in some places of the site is amazing, whilst in others it looks rushed. I have enjoyed my visits here and I am so glad I have been able to see & document it in my photos before it was to late. Before I go to look around places like this I always like to find out about the history. By doing this I feel it gives you a better understanding and appreciation of the place you are photographing. Thanks for reading, Dugie
  4. This was an unexpected gem of a spot, we nearly left after just seeing the big green locomotive but after nosing around a little longer we came across the beautiful old carriages and an even older steam locomotive. I have no idea about the history of this place, there are various trains sat there seemingly abandoned. The old carriages were the highlight, it felt like being inside a time capsule. Thanks to Miz Firestorm and Miss Lightyear for driving and putting up with drunken babble from the backseat courtesy of extreme_ironing's absinth. Cheers for popping your head in and taking a peek
  5. After a fair amount of searching online and an early start, we were on the way to this beautiful location. It was even more beautiful inside with lots of nicknacks and things to see. No history on this one so I'll just get on with the photos - these photos are a mixture from 2 visits. Starting upstairs, there were a few rooms with this one being the most photogenic. It even had a hat and coat on the back of the door! Going downstairs and into the sitting room, I was surprised with the amount of bits and pieces that were still about. This shot might've been set up slightly ...and on a windowsill... Thank you for looking
  6. Tips & Tricks for infiltration?

    I often find myself being questioned by residents when I try to get into live buildings. Most of them tend to be pretty relaxed about it, and telling them I'm visiting a friend lets me trough, but some of them are more unpleasant with questions like "Do you really live here? Let me see your access card" and things like that. Any useful tricks for getting in, without being bothered by people?
  7. So here I am. Half a decade after my first ever explore on a beautiful summers day, June 12th 2009. I can remember that day like it was yesterday, it was the day after my last AS-Level exam and I had been looking forward to my first proper explore for some time after finding out a good friend of mine I'd known for years through another of my hobbies had been doing this stuff since the late 1990s. Hellingly was the goal for us and two of his other friends that sunny afternoon and little did I know how dramatically my life would change. I can still remember the feeling I got when I first climbed through one of the many smashed out windows and set foot inside a derelict building for the first time, I can remember the sounds, the smell and the feel of it under my feet like I am there right now and that is something which will stay with me forever and part of the reason why Hellingly is my favourite out of all the Asylums I have managed to do so far. Looking back since that day five years ago I can't believe how far I've come, from starting out with what at the time was already a four year old Fujifilm point and shoot camera and no tripod, to the setup I've got now. If someone asked me five years ago where I thought I'd be now I'd never have been able to answer it, as I never envisioned I'd have explored over 200 times all over the UK, as well as four trips to the continent and another coming up in July, as well as the biggest trip of my life to the USA later on this year being planned as I speak. I've gone through finding and losing love in abandonments as well as losing my best ever explore buddy to a woman, meeting so many awesome people I never would have encountered otherwise some of whom have become close personal friends and others I wouldn't say no to exploring with again if the offer arose, and others I'm shamefully still yet to meet up with! I was part of a now infamous encounter with Beardy, had three car accidents, outran police dogs pursuing us, met the hottest policewoman in the whole of France, encountered the worlds angriest farmer in rural Belgium, had two very narrow escapes from serious injury as well as so much else I can't even begin to describe it all here...in short I've had five amazing years of generally being where I shouldn't with equally amazing people and long may it continue. Thanks to everyone I've met and explored with over the last half decade and to all others for helping me with related stuff, I couldn't have done it without you. Literally. Had my mate not introduced me to this properly chances are I'd still be an armchair explorer like I was for a good four years prior to 2009! So five years and 254 explores later (don't even ask me to work out how many individual sites!) I am going to let these pictorial highlights and personal landmarks do the talking (well maybe with a little bit of narration....). This has the added bonus of you being able to see just how far I have progressed photographically as well! Genesis....Hellingly June 12th 2009. My revisit in November 2009 is still to this day one of my favourite explores ever. But it wasn't until I visited West Park six times between August and October 2009 things really took off for me...the visit in early September was marked by us encountering the odd fellow wearing only a red lacey vest top and womens underwear running out of the adjacent forest shortly after a policeman had driven off... Wispers School in Haslemere in December 2009 provided probably the biggest adrenaline rush and one of the closest calls I have ever had exploring, about half an hour in we heard car noises outside and dogs barking, so we hid upstairs listening to people and dogs moving around downstairs, before we moved and ended up in the old servery, I reached out for a door handle and as I touched it a tremendous amount of barking erupted directly behind the door which made us totally leg it, we flung open a tiny inset door built into one of the bay windows and didn't stop running until we reached the road, it was about as intense as things have ever gotten for me. Later it transpired the police used to use the place for dog training... Fairmile in the snow December 2009 RAF Upper Heyford January 2010, here I would meet someone who would later become both my girlfriend for much of the year as well as an awesome explore buddy to boot. I revisited RAF Upper Heyford in March 2010 with Landie Man and TBM and got collared by the fuzz who searched us, but as we are good boys nothing came of it. Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford April 2010 Pyestock, June 2010...I made four visits to Pyestock in 2010 and this was the most successful, but the experience in April when we were probably the first group of explorers to encounter the security with their new Land Rover Defender was bizarre, as a game of cat and mouse underneath the Weir Road bridge ensued with them parked on the road on top of us then backing off then coming back repeatedly. GT July 2010, only a couple of days after it first surfaced. BIBRA, Carshalton August 2010. Barely anyone got into this place because of how well secured and alarmed it was, it's the only place I have ever been which has given me a really bad feeling, the whole atmosphere of the place was heavy and hard to stomach. We set an alarm off and got the hell out of dodge as we knew it was wired straight into the local police station... Abbey Mills Pumping Station November 2010, we turned up not knowing it had been very recently sealed up after some braindead morons left the access open, but by a massive stroke of luck we ran into a contractor who was milling around outside waiting for a delivery, and instead of chucking us out like we expected him to he said 'how'd you get in, over the back?' to which I replied yes we had, and then to all our surprises he let us in and gave us a guided tour! Very shortly after my visit a huge eff-off fence went up around the entire place. Reading Courage Brewery December 2010 Centre for Human Sciences Farnborough January 2011, I made four visits to this woefully under explored site just down the road from Pyestock, which featured some truly awesome sights including the enormous climatic cold chamber, dummy fighter plane cockpit rigs and more Crane, Oxford January 2011...my first and so far only crane climb Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals Basingstoke March 2011. Organised as an 'official' tour after closure by the actual staff and members of the security team, this was a fantastic afternoon to see what was there as any attempts to get in unofficially would have been met with complete and utter total failure! Mitchell Grieve Needle Works, Coalville, March 2011. My favourite factory of all time. Hanging a giant England flag from the local Grain Silo, April 2011 Denbigh April 2011, the infamous group visit which resulted in Beardy speeding out onto the public road and allowing his dog to attack one of us That house I wish I'd never found, June 2011 RAF Upper Heyford Hospital Boiler House, the place that tried to kill me with stupidly difficult access but was worth it as barely anyone got to see this part of UH, hence it's totally untouched nature! RAF Greenham Common GAMA Site, a lifelong dream of me and my fellow urbexer was finally realised on the 2011 August bank holiday weekend. Simply one of the most amazing mornings of my life watching the sun rise over the missile silos. Mobil Oil Grease Blending Plant, Birkenhead October 2011, the culmination of my first ever multi-day urbex roadtrip and another favourite. Malvernbury Care Home October 2011 RAF Upper Heyford Commissioned Officers Club October 2011. The best bit of the massive Upper Heyford site by a long way and only doable with permission as it was right behind the still open base police station....
  8. Another from the past! Wilson & Stafford was just one of a number of hat firms who set up in Atherstone and the last factory in town left in a derelict state, the rest are either converted or demolished. As for this place after some very sketchy access involving climbing over a resident's garden wall surprising a couple of kids playing in the garden and a very tight squeeze we were on site, the place is stripped pretty much bare but the decay is rather nice with very little graffiti. A big place and it was very easy to get lost inside! Cheers for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157627723483013/
  9. I travelled up to York for a wedding last week so decided to make the most of my time oop north and spent a couple of days in Sheffield. I visited the courts with Acid- Reflux who was kind enough to revisit the place on my behalf. Seeing as I had my suit with me I figured it would be rude if I didn't wear it in court. The policeman's hat was a last minute idea I had as I walked past a fancy dress shop the day before. Credit goes to Acid- Reflux for taking those shots I have to say this place is pretty spectacular, it's unbelievable to see all those beautiful mahogany court rooms and that staircase laying to waste. We were surprised to be the only visitors for the duration, I realise a lot of people have reported on this spot recently so I hope my take on it adds something a bit different. The History: Sheffield Old Town Hall stands on Waingate in central Sheffield, England, opposite Castle Market. The building was commissioned to replace Sheffield's first town hall, which had opened in 1700 to a design by William Renny. This first structure stood by the parish church, on a site with little prospect for extension. The Old Town Hall was built in 1807–8 by Charles Watson, and was designed to house not only the Town Trustees but also the Petty and Quarter Sessions. The initial building was a five-bay structure fronting Castle Street, but it was extended in 1833 and again in 1866 by William Flockton (1804–1864) of Sheffield and his partner for the project, Abbott; the most prominent feature was the new central clock tower over a new main entrance that reoriented the building to Waingate. At the same time, the building's courtrooms were linked by underground passages to the neighbouring Sheffield Police Offices. The first Town Council was elected in 1843 and took over the lease of the Town Trustees' hall in 1866. The following year, the building was extensively renovated, with a clock tower designed by Flockton & Abbott being added. By the 1890s, the building had again become too small, and the current Sheffield Town Hall was built further south. The Old Town Hall was again extended in 1896–97, by the renamed Flockton, Gibbs & Flockton, and became Sheffield Crown Court and Sheffield High Court. In the 1990s, these courts moved to new premises, and since at least 1997 to present, the building remains disused. In 2007, it was named by the Victorian Society as one of their top ten buildings most at-risk (most at risk of becoming the most over-explored building in the UK perhaps?). Exterior Cell block Court Rooms It was him.... It wasn't me.... The Stairs Other bits and pieces Clock Tower
  10. The Squatters I spotted this abandoned church a couple of weeks ago in South London and decided to pop back for a nose around this week. On seeing some bed sheets hanging out to dry around the back I realised there must be squatters living in there, then hey presto three squatters arrived home to find me trying to peek inside their house. They were pretty sceptical of me to begin with but friendly once I'd explained my interest in photographing abandoned buildings and not a newspaper photographer basically! I was given the full tour and allowed to take photos to my heart's content before they even served me up some tasty dinner, result! They were a nice bunch who were keen to show me the improvements they'd made since the previous squatters who left the place in a right old mess with anti-God messages sprayed all over the place. I haven't included pictures of their living quarters as I instead tried to capture the church that once was. This was quite difficult at times as they mostly all live in the main room of the church itself. Part of the reason they were so relaxed about letting me in was because they are expecting to be turfed out by bailiffs at any time, they are the fifth generation of squatters since the summer and the owner is not a happy chappy basically. I agreed not to share the specifics of this location, sorry about that. The Church The stained glass window is probably the best feature in here depicting pictures of the founders of the Cherubim & Seraphim movement. There are various other items of interest lying around though such as a fully functioning organ on stage in the basement, and some beautiful blue chairs (if it weren't for pigeons) with a music stand sat in front of them upstairs. The painting by the pulpit is pretty special too and there are various artefacts from the church lying around behind the main room which make for an interesting browse. I was unable to find out a great deal of history on the place like when it was built but hopefully someone who knows their buildings will be able to hazard a guess and leave a comment below. It was taken over by the Cherubim and Seraphim group in 1978, before which it was a methodist church called St George's. According to a newspaper article it is Grade II listed but I can't find any evidence to corroborate that. Somebody in the street told me it was abandoned perhaps 5 or 6 years ago but that's all I can tell you I'm afraid. Here is some history on the 'Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim & Seriphum' movement, a strange bunch from what I could make out..... The History The Cherubim and Seraphim movement church, also known as the C&S, is a church denomination in Nigeria that was founded by Moses Orimolade Tunolase in 1925. Orimolade Tunolase received a direct communication from Jesus Christ instructing him to found the church. Orimolade received considerable media attention when he is said to have healed a girl, Christina Abiodun Akinsowon, from a long-term trance in which she could neither speak nor hear. After the healing event, Orimolade Tunolase and Abiodun Akinsowon teamed up, as father and adopted daughter, and offered their services to heal and pray for people. The Cherubim and Seraphim group claims to have dreams and visions that facilitate the connection of God and humanity. In 1925, they said that Jesus Christ had directed them to name their circle of followers Seraphim, after an angel they claimed to have seen in their dreams. Two years later, they added "Cherubim" to the name of their church, making their congregation the Cherubim and Seraphim. Several years after the creation of the Cherubim and Seraphim, different denominations following in its traditions broke off and formed new churches. The Church of Aladura, which began in 1930 under the lead of Josiah Oshitelu, was one of the churches that began under "similarly spectacular circumstances". By the 1940s, the Aladura movement church had begun to spread throughout the world, from places in Africa to other English speaking countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom. The Pictures: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. (Photo of the priest on the right) 8. (Photo of the Founder on the left) 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. (Order of Service from 1989) 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. The living room As always thanks for looking, a few more shots can be found here Cherubin & Seraphim Church - a set on Flickr
  11. Visited with Obscurity,Spaceinvader,UrbanGinger,and 2 non members After such a long break since the last time we visited and it being sealed ,then Blatantly ripped open and then sealed tight this place has been off the circuit of explore,so after a lot of recce and planning a way in was found although it very public and risky, off we went to crack on,thos of you who have visited will know the baths are tidal so with that in mind the first visit was a short one due to the "old" way used to get into the rest of the areas via the old smugglers tunnels being a tad destroyed and collapsed.2nd visit was sorted and the rest of the place was explored only missing a few bits here and there due to the rather non existent routes Brief history of which there is much HISTORY The complex of buildings on the site are of two distinct phases: an early-C19 sea bathing establishment, dating from 1824, called the Clifton Baths; and a C20 lido, dating from 1926, called the Cliftonville Lido from 1938. The structures are on four levels, the lower levels excavated from the chalk cliffs and only the upper level, on the landward side, above ground level. More to be found here Margate Architecture: Clifonville Baths granted listed status On with the pics Echoes nightclub A few from Hades where the raves all happened a long time ago now Price list would be a dream in this day and age The underground Harbour and then down a level Below echoes Club Into the changing rooms which is generaly a tad of a paddle about Up in the main hall area The not so grand hall,when i visited 3 years ago it was full of the rotten contents of the hall,stage,chairs the lot all gone Thanks for putting up with so many images which arent my best, but last time i was here i used a very old nokia mobile fone and that report is long gone!!
  12. history= Designed by Anthony George Lyster, the last of Liverpool's famous dock engineers, the 14-storey building covers 26 acres. There are 42 bays divided by seven loading bays. Its construction took 27 million bricks, 30,000 panes of glass and 8,000 tons of steel. It is said to be the largest brick-build building in the entire world and at the time of its construction it was the largest warehouse in the world of any description.. The first tobacco shipment arrived from Virginia in 1648. Trade steadily grew and Liverpool had to build ever larger warehouses to store and supply demand all year round from what is, of course, a seasonal crop. This kept the market stable and free of wild price fluctuations. Stanley Dock was opened in 1848 and had locks linking the docks to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The new tobacco warehouse was opened at the turn of the century and at the time was state-of-the-art. At a high level on the west end in raised brick figures and letters are "MDE, 1900". It is believed that MDE is an acronym for Mersey Docks Estates Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse fell out of use in the 1980s and is now Grade 2 listed. English Heritage has said it believes the building should be saved as landmark of Liverpool's port history. The ongoing development of the Sunday Heritage Market held adjacent to the warehouse, which already brings upwards of 750,000 people a year to the area, can only help to protect the warehouse and find new uses for the buildings. Ex-London barrow-boy Frank Tough is already transforming the Heritage Market as he strives to emulate or even out-do London's Camden Market, the top most-visited tourist destination in the UK. At the Stanley Warehouse, there is massive scope for expansion, in contrast to Camden which is butting up against a lack of available space for growth. One of many uses during WW2 was a morgue for dead american servicemen.. Thanks...
  13. First visit in May with Ben, Beardy, Travis and Chard Remains for another great S.O’C.C. day out . We had a good mooch around, eye’d up the climb to the tower but sadly didn’t have the time to attempt it as the visit was cut short . We did however find the theatre which was a pleasant find after walking the very stripped out halls and wards. There didnt appear be be any clear access to the wards on the far right of northern wing of the building but we could have missed something. The loft space was really fun along with the interior of one of the smaller towers. We did have a near miss with secca I was just setting up the tripod for a shot of a really nice bay window when he appeared from the right of the window. We made eye contact before I bolted, alerted the group and we escaped without any further bother 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Second Visit in November... Revisited this one in order to photograph the murals on the wall in one of the wings. I had seen them on other peoples photographs but we missed this section the first time we visited in May 2013 owing to us having to make a swift exit after being spotted inside… Visited this time with Donna, we managed to succeed with the mural wards although we were limited with access to the ground floor only. I’m still glad we revisited and I had a bit of a wonder on the roof of the main building which has a nice mellow pitch . We did manage to access and subsequently get locked in the main part of the Asylum as security and builders entered through a door and then locked our exit point. I didn’t snap any photos in the main part as we were too busy keeping our eyes on the activity outside before making our exit under the cover of the noise of a digger starting up . Fun and games as usual! 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Thanks for looking Theres a few more snaps from each visit on my blog May 2013 here and November 2013 here
  14. After our treacherous climb down to Lydden Spout, we decide that it would be wise to climb into the Detention centre and shimmy down a 10ft gap. The casemates were built from fears of an invasion by Napoleon III. I loved these, the North Casemates were untouched and quiet. South Casemate: the current owner wants to convert it to a champagne store... North Casemate: untouched awesomeness, even if it was small The most bizarrely places urinal I have come across... S8
  15. Company Profile taken off the net- Founded in 1961 DP Watson Limited are a firm of Machine Knife Grinders, Printers Sundry Suppliers and Printers Engineers. Based in Liverpool, we call on over 800 customers a week throughout the North of England giving regular collection and delivery for our Machine Knife Resharpening service. We can sharpen both straight and circular knives for a variety of industries. In conjunction with our Regrinding service for the Printing and allied trades, we also offer a wide range of consumables and we represent some of the leading names in Printers Sundry Supplies. Our Engineering section specialises in: • Paper Cutting • Guillotines • Finishing Equipment • Performing electrical and mechanical repairs • Machinery removals and installations • Safety checks and servicing • New and secondhand machinery I dont know when they exactly re-located to new premises but there was a calendar on the wall showing November 2002,so it could be around then...who knows??? thanks
  16. Bit of History. George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) They were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883. George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street, The 1849 listing records a move to Cornhill and the 1852 to Cornesh works Cornesh street they had by this time also increased there product range to include steel files, shoe and butchers knives. They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades shoe knives and leather workers tools. In the 1948 listing the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd George Barnsley died at his home at No 30 Collegiate Crescent on 30th March 1958, he lived there with his wife Mabel and mother-in-law Elizabeth. He was a partner in the firm which were steel and file manufacturers and the business was converted into a limited company about 10 years before his death. He had a long army career, joining up in 1896 and serving in the Boer war and two world wars. Colonel Barnsley played a leading part in the development of the Army Cadet Force in Sheffield. He Died Aged 83. Splored with Zero81 & met up with Mexico75,Esposa,S8,The Riddlers & Tiddlers there..... Thanks...
  17. Quick visit, organised by someone down in Rochester. It was good to get back here as this was the second or third place I ever visited. Photos: We broke away from the group as to get clear photos, so we bombed it down to the old factory and worked our way fro there.. Heading back into the Air Raid Shelter Group Shot! Was good to get back!
  18. War department POW I recently ended up at this war department POW location that has morphed over time in its type of usage And has now gone back into private hands. In no way wanting to appear to be secret squirrelish I wont be naming it on the basis of what remains there today and hope people can respect that and use the system in place to cater for that. My first visit was over two years ago and was gob smacked with what remains there. The site is very signals orientated ​ Now for pic batch 2
  19. A mate wanted to have a go at Exploring so I needed somewhere easy that I hadn't done before. Quick check on the interwebs and a drive over to Wales was on the cards. Couple of sites combined into one report. The estate of Pool Parc, has been around a long, long time and was originally one of several deer parks where the owners of nearby Ruthin Castle could hunt. In the 1500s the Salesbury family bought the estate and divided it in two, one half remaining with the father William Salesbury, and the other part going to his son and heir Charles. Charles died with no male heir so his line stopped. The original house and the estate then passed into the Bagot family when Charles' daughter married Sir Walter Bagot. In 1862 the original house on the estate was re-built in a mock Tudor, half timbered style. No expense was spared on the interior where elaborate wood panelling graces the rooms and corridors and a magnificent oak staircase, complete with ornamental wood carvings, sweeps majestically down two flights of stairs mirrored left and right, into the grand entrance hall. The staircase is said to have originally come from a former bishop's residence called Clocaenog. Whilst still remaining in the family's ownership the house was not actually lived in by the Bagots throughout much of the 1800s and then in 1928 they lost it all, lock, stock and barrel, on a bet at the races! In order to make the sale of the estate quick and easy the land was split into lots but a Llanwrst timber merchant got the lion's share, subsequently felling and selling much of the timber from the surrounding forest. The house was not sold but was eventually leased to Sir Henry Tate of Tate & Lyle's sugar fame. In the mid 1930's Pool Park was bought by the local health authority with the intention of converting it into a convalescent home for 80 male patients, and then during the war this was increased to 120. A prisoner of war camp was also built in the grounds! In 1949 the house became a mental hospital to take some of the pressure off nearby Denbigh Asylum which was by now creaking at the seams. At this point female patients began to be treated as well. During the late 60s and early 70s mental asylums in the UK were progressively closed and Pool Park was no exception, finally closing it's doors in 1989. After this quick visit, hopped back in the mirthmobile to the big brother. Used to look good, now utterly paggered. Was hard to find anything to shoot anymore. The North Wales Lunatic Asylum was the first psychiatric institution built in Wales; construction began in 1844 and completed in 1848 in the town of Denbigh. It was original called ‘The North Wales Counties of Caernarvonshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Merionethshire and Anglesey Asylum'. The U-shaped Tudorbethain style hospital was built due to the spreading word of mistreatment of Welsh people in English asylums; The North Wales Hospital would be a haven for welsh speaking residents to seek treatment without prejudice or a language barrier. Renovations and extensions were made at the hospital from 1867 until 1956, when the hospital reached its maximum capacity at 1,500 patients living inside her walls and 1,000 staff at hand. Physical treatments such as Cardiazol, malarial treatment, insulin shock treatment, and sulphur based drugs were used and developed in the 1920s and 1930s, and 1941-1942 saw the advent of electro convulsive therapy (ECT) and pre-frontal leucotomy (lobotomy) treatments. In 1960, Enoch Powell visited the North Wales Hospital, and later announced the “Hospital Plan†for England and Wales, which proposed that psychiatric care facilities be attached to general hospitals and favored community care over institutional settings. This was the beginning of the end for the North Wales Hospital and others like it; in 1987 a ten year strategy to close the hospital was formed. The North Wales Hospital was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002; most notable was the closure of the main hospital building in 1995. The future of the grade II listed buildings remain uncertain. UK Living presented a ‘Most Haunted Live’ show during Halloween 2008 which drew local criticism at the poor understanding of mental health issues and general slurs on the local town and area. On the 22nd November 2008 the main hall was subject to an arson attack, resulting in the complete demolition of the hall. This halted all further development plans on the site which has now stood derelict since. Cheers
  20. For the first time in a long while I was able to take my break in Manchester and as I was just on top of it I nipped down to Big Humpty and the Medlock Culvert. Big Humpty is a victorian brick culvert and to be honest that's pretty much all there is to it, the culvert section is relatively short but it's worth going through if you're heading to the Medlock culvert. Big Humpty Medlock Culvert
  21. I been in here before but didn't take my tripod due to the climb and I really wasn't happy with the pictures, this time I've got a new lightweight tripod and had tame to spare so in I went The road currently has roadworks but a lorry driver had parked up for a sleep which made for some really good cover
  22. I love this little place, if you havent been here its well worth driving hours to see. Its got so many little things that are so photogenic inside and has loads of character. I hear this has been busy of late with visitors and I must pass it about 10 times a month-always meaning to pop in, so when I found myself with nothing to do this saturday I nipped over. Plenty of history on the place all over t'internet so I wont bore you further. My pictures: HDR WARNING, do not scroll down if you hate on HDR. This was my third visit here-my pictures from the first visit a couple of years back can be seen on my Flickr Thanks
  23. George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) They were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883.: George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street, The 1849 listing records a move to Cornhill and the 1852 to Cornesh works Cornesh street they had by this time also increased there product range to include steel files, shoe and butchers knives. They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades shoe knives and leather workers tools. In the 1948 listing the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd George Barnsley died at his home at No 30 Collegiate Crescent on 30th March 1958, he lived there with his wife Mabel and mother-in-law Elizabeth. He was a partner in the firm which were steel and file manufacturers and the business was converted into a limited company about 10 years before his death. He had a long army career, joining up in 1896 and serving in the Boer war and two world wars. Colonel Barnsley played a leading part in the development of the Army Cadet Force in Sheffield. He Died Aged 83
  24. Be gentle, this is my first report ! lol Visited with urban witness, urban sentry & urban tempest After seeing a lot of reports for this place i had wanted to visit it for a while, all i can say it was worth the wait. The only downside is one of us ( me ) forgot spare camera batteries . All that means is a re visit is on the cards asap to get the shots i missed . History stolen from Lowry Jen's report :confused History: George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) They were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883. George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street, The 1849 listing records a move to Cornhill and the 1852 to Cornish works Cornish street they had by this time also increased there product range to include steel files, shoe and butchers knives. They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades shoe knives and leather workers tools. In the 1948 listing the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd George Barnsley died at his home at No 30 Collegiate Crescent on 30th March 1958, he lived there with his wife Mabel and mother-in-law Elizabeth. He was a partner in the firm which were steel and file manufacturers and the business was converted into a limited company about 10 years before his death. The building finally closed in 2004 and has been left abandoned ever since.
  25. I thought I’d already chucked these up. ATAC Quarry in Paris
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