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  1. The last stop on a mini euro was this giant and scary Prison. Filled the graffiti, trashed cells and fear. The oppressive walls always there, even though there are multiple entry points, the feeling of entrapment is real. There is also a huge gypsy camp in the carpack and apparently some have set up shop in the female block of the prison. History There has been a prison on the site since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Originally a monastery, it was converted into a prison in 1822 after plans for a conversion to a work house were changed to meet the demand for more prisons, as cells were overcrowded and prisoners were being let loose early . At its peak the Prison held 1500 inmates, 965 men and 532 women. The prison closed down in 2011 after changes in the penitentiary systems. Shot with a Nikon D3300 and a 18-55 kit lens.
  2. France H15 Prison - April 2016

    The Explore This place has been top of my list of places I'd wanted to see ever since I started this hobby. Glad to have finally seen but it was a very strange place to visit, combination of the horror stories about the gypsy camp outside and the general feel of being in a prison made it a real weird one but enjoyed it none the less. The place has been thoroughly trashed over the years but for some reason it kind of added to the feel of the place for me, kind of looked like a riot had broken out and all the inmates had escaped The History Prison H15 is an abandoned prison in France. Built using sandstone and brick, the prison could house almost 1500 inmates. The site has an interesting and varied history. A Cistercian monastery was built in the early 1200's on the site on which the prison now stands. During the French revolution the building was nationalised and the monks were expelled. The site has been used a prison since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Huge expansion of the site was planned for 1812, to convert the monastery into a workhouse for the poor and infirm. There were many delays and work did not begin until 1817, designed to accommodate 400 individuals of both sexes, and divided into four separate sections. At the time there was a lack of prisons in the area and sentences were being cut short due to overcrowding. Shortly after construction of the workhouse had commenced, the Interior Minister ordered the work be stopped, and a detention centre be built instead. The plans were amended and construction of the central house resumed until 1822 when the first prisoners were received. The building could house up to 500 prisoners, one half reserved for corrections and the other half for criminals. Refurbishment works took place alongside the construction of further dormitories, increasing the prisons population to 965 men and 532 women. A further prison was built on adjoining land to house female prisons and the original was used as a male-only prison from then onwards. Facing a change in penitentiary systems the prison closed in 2011. The site has since seen a rapid demise as decay starts to set in and the buildings have been raided for scrap.
  3. The Explore As with lots of Euro places there have been lots of pics of this place around social media recently and had to have a look myself. Photos really don't do this place justice, the architecture and light inside is just stunning.. one of the most interesting buildings Ive ever visited. No idea why it got the code name of ET chapel, surprised it never got the name Star Trek chapel with the shapes inside... The History Been really tricky to get mush history on this place and the locals didn't speak much English so hard to get any real info locally either, all I have found is this extract from a small website. In total, in fact, 381 communes declared disaster by fighting and bombing in WWI. As in most villages of eastern Somme therefore, the church of Estrées-Deniecourt must be raised. This was done ten years after the conflict ended. With the separation of the Church of law and the state passed December 9, 1905, a diocesan cooperative reconstruction is founded in December 1921. His work is immense. In 1930, 211 monuments were rebuilt, fifty other almost-completed. Since the collection of funds, the choice of architect, validate plans and project supervision work, this voluntary organization controls all stages of the re-elevation of the cult buildings
  4. The Explore Trip into France saw us visit this chateau that seems to have popped up everywhere lately. Have to say I was quite disappointed with it as peoples photos certainly make it look better than it is, most of the bits and bobs in here are fake and the whole place has a very staged feel to it.. staircases and the exterior are beautiful though. The History Possession in the twelfth century of knightly family of Quesnel, in the fifteenth of Riencourt, then Gans, the lordship fell to sixteenth Jean Le Fevre, Caumartin Lord in Ponthieu, who bought in 1569 the general charge of Finance in Picardy. At the end of the century, Renee Le Fèvre de Caumartin marriage brought it to Jerome Le Maistre Bellejamme, adviser to the Parliament of Paris. Louis Le Maistre, their son, was master of petitions to Parliament, then intendant of Picardy, and chaired the présidiaux Amiens and Abbeville gathered in 1636 to judge the unfortunate Saint-Preuil, Governor of Arras. He saw the following year his lordship of Quesnel erected in lordship, and went to the State Council. His son Jérôme Picard forsook his land to the Parliament of Paris which he was president investigations, and his grand-son Henri-Louis, Adviser in the same parliament, ends in 1733 by getting rid of Quesnel. Mentioned in a 1617 burrow, the castle occupied a mound surrounded by ditches. Built of brick, covered with slate and flanked by two towers, the residential wings - small, apparently - had not had to escape the looting committed in 1636 by the Imperialists. Jean Fort, the purchaser of Quesnel, had married in 1700 Marie Damiens, daughter of Bartholomew, Lord of Acheux Dealer Amiens, he was received in 1732 secretary of the King in the Grand Chancellery, and we stressed on this occasion that he had gone through all the charges that distinguish traders. It was after his death in 1751, his son Jean-Baptiste built the present castle. Indeed dated from 1753, this white stone, soberly animated chains crosswalls stressing the central front building and the angles of the side pavilions, did not lack elegance, as reflected in the curved path of the low annexes governing the courtyard. In 1806, Marie-Charlotte The Fort Quesnel married Alexander, Viscount Blin de Bourdon, who made a nice political career during the Restoration and the July Monarchy. their son Charles (1810-1869) settled in Quesnel which he transformed the château. He built a house in 1853 in the West, he carved key windows, and unfortunately compromised the balance of facades by adding a second floor, loaded with large skylights, balustrades and arms performed by the Dutoit brothers. Raoul Blin de Bourdon (1837 - 1940) played like his grandfather, a, a leading political role. Wounded in 1870, fighting in the mobile guards, he was elected in 1872, became secretary of the National Assembly and was constantly re-elected in the riding of Doullens, until 1893. In 1914-1918, the town of Quesnel had the good fortune to stay away from the front lines, which did not prevent the castle from being occupied as of August 31, 1914 by a German staff and damaged by bombing and ransacked by the troops. Viscount Blin Bourdon had it restored and left the her daughter, the Countess of Lussac. Again occupied during the last war, and long remained uninhabited and sold in 1985, he regained his residential. How the building originally looked And how the place looks today
  5. When a chance to come and visit this church came up I jumped at it, to hell with being skint. It was so worth it too. I got to see 2 other nice places in the day, but I was here for this Church and it was worth it. I think its one of my top 5 derps. The Architecture is stunning, just so unusual and it have a great vibe around the place. Its been given the title of E.T Church on other forums and sites. But its more a Jedi temple. Nearly all the Church and tables has been made out of concrete and the coloured Opaque materials decorating the ceiling and walls seemed to be made out off Acrylic. From what I can make out there has been a few churches on this site, but during wars they have been knocked down. This was built in 1959, but unfortunately I cant find out who made it. I would love to check out his other work. Visited with @macc_explore
  6. After seeing this pop up all over Facebook, we booked our tickets for the tour bus. The place is huge. half the building has either collapsed or missing floor boards. But when you venture deeper into the building you uncover some beautiful rooms with loads left. Not sure on the history of this place. Apologies for that. Thanks for looking!
  7. After what had must of been a good 24 hours over 3 weeks scouring the internet I managed to track down this place, the moment I found it a day off work ws booked and Le Shuttle reserved. I was a bit late on the tourist bus, and few of the amazing features had been lifted, but still a fantastic mooch. There doesn't seem to be any history on the place, but from wandering around I would say the it wasn't just a residential property. Thanks for looking Video HERE Mark
  8. After what had must of been a good 24 hours over 3 weeks scouring the internet I managed to track down this place. An amazing chateau in France, I was a bit late on the tourist bus, and few of the amazing features had been lifted, but still a fantastic mooch. The star of the video is my dad who is catching the exploring bug. Cheers for watching Mark
  9. This place is incredible! Loads of interesting things and live CCTV that you can have a play around with. We could actually see people walking past the building we were in. We heard some noise which we assumed was one of our group, but as we later found out, it was someone locking the door and we got sealed in! History borrowed from: http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/topic/10420-centrale-de-schneider-power-station-france-january-2016/#comment-67316 Opening in the late 1950s Centrale De Schneider was a coal-fired power station in France. The original configuration two turbines made by Cie Electro-Mecanique (the French subsidiary of Brown Boveri) was expanded in the 1970s with the addition of a Rateau-Schneider generator set, bringing the total capacity up to half a gigawatt. The Electro-Mecanique turbines were retired in the early 1990s and all the associated equipment has since been removed. The power station ceased generation a few years ago when the Rateau-Schneider was also taken offline. Thanks for looking!
  10. France E.T Church - France - April 2016

    You have probably seen this doing the rounds on social media. I thought it was my turn. An absolutely beautiful church. I am not sure on the history of it. I have looked on-line and haven't found anything. This was a permission visit. Thank You!
  11. My son and I have started whit exploring urbex. Prison H15 was the first in the row after quite a long search we found the location. No troubles wit the GYPSY'S. https://picasaweb.google.com/117923755975693194705/PrisonH15?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCKumwvP7vpzxUA&feat=directlink Our next target wil be indiana jones quarry urbex. Its seems to be not thad eazy to find the location
  12. So, I'm sure by now everyone has seen this place, but damn it's something pretty special. As soon as I saw this place pop up online I had to go, and within a couple of days I got a message from a friend - "want to go see that place with the cannon in France?" My answer was obviously yes, so the next day I found myself bombing it down the motorway on the way to Dover to meet her. Soon enough we were under the sea and on our way down. We didn't have a particularly successful morning with other places on the way down, but this place made it completely worthwhile. It literally was the tour bus hot spot when i went - no need to worry about access, just follow the footprints, and I counted another 18 explorers inside with us! Was an amazing day all round with so many features, so here's some pictures.. (and sorry if its a little long!) As always, thanks for looking!
  13. I took a trip to the south of France to see my brother and his family and stumbled upon this little place in Narbonnes. I'd seen a picture of the exterior online but couldn't find any photos from inside so I was quite keen to take a closer look. Here's a few bits of history I was able to piece together.... Long before it became a cinema the building was used to house a Spanish colony in the 1950s. Around that time it also served as a place for evangelistic meetings, these meetings were facilitated by the English missionary Douglas Scott. In 1980 the owner of the Alhambra (another local cinema, now demolished), Mr. Pelous, became the owner and transformed it into the first multiplex cinema in Narbonnes consisting of 5 screens. In 2001 a new Mega CGR Multiplex cinema opened on the outskirts of town. Vox struggled to survive the competition and offered Arthouse movies as an alternative attraction but ended up closing it's doors in 2005. In 2006 it was sold to property developers but due to opposition from neighbours they failed to get the ball rolling and it has now been abandoned for 10 years. During that time the building has housed squatters and suffered from fire damage. Recent plans have been put forward to demolish the building and replace it with apartments, this is being met with opposition from local residents and the Mayor who would like to see it restored instead. It is the only downtown cinema left, all the others have been demolished. Here is a link for a petition by the Mayor of Narbonnes to save the Vox from being demolished (translated into English), please sign it if you think it deserves saving..... Cheers http://bit.ly/1TnvqOq 1. 2. The entrance lobby is filled with these blue seats which have been removed from Screen 1. 3. Ticket Hall 4. How it looked when still in use in 2001 5. 6. Screen 1, the largest of the 5, has definitely seen better days. My heart sank when I walked in here 7. Most of the other projector rooms were completely empty but this one had rolls of film everywhere and other bits lying around 8. 9. Screen 2 was in far better condition, things were starting to look up 10. 11. 12. Everywhere you go in this place there are bits of film memorabelia scattered across the floor 13. Screen 3 has been left with only 2 rows of seats bizarrely 14. 15. 16. Screen 4 is a sorry sight, fire damage has caused collapse from the floor above and irreparable damage throughout 17. 18. 19. Screen 5, fully seated and amazingly still has an almost intact screen! 20. Old tickets, 32 Francs a piece......that's about the price of 4 Kronies nowadays Quite enjoyed this one despite the state of it. It always has more meaning documenting somewhere that hasn't been photographed before, especially when it's on the brink of disappearing forever....... Thanks for looking mes amies
  14. France Prison H15 March 2016

    Prison H15 has been on our list since we started with urban exploring. We arrived around 6 a.m. when it was still dark outside. My heart skipped a beat with every noise I heard. I like to freak myself out haha. We wandered through the prison for some time untill it was light enough to take pictures. We had a great time exploring this place and the gypsy camp was quite an interesting thing to see. Cheers! Rody 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
  15. France Prison H15 2-2016

    My first explore in France.
  16. Les Grand Moulins de Paris. I thought this would be an empty shell with no floors but what was I wrong, only 1/3 has no floors so there is a lot to explore. About 8 or 9 floors, I forgot the count coz of the scary staircase with no handles on both sides and de open windows next to you. There are still plenty of interesting things to see if you search all the floors.
  17. France Powerplant De Schneider(01/2016)

    a really cool powerplant in france, the big turbine hall was really cool, but the control room,, the best i ever sa
  18. Hello ! A cool aquarium abandoned for about 10 years somewhere in France. It's was a fun location and visit. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
  19. Hi all, Some pictures from old cars...
  20. Headed over with @SpiderMonkey for a weekend of Euro powerstationing. This place had some seriously huge turbonnage! History Opening in the late 1950s Centrale De Schneider was a coal-fired power station in France. The original configuration two turbines made by Cie Electro-Mecanique (the French subsidiary of Brown Boveri) was expanded in the 1970s with the addition of a Rateau-Schneider generator set, bringing the total capacity up to half a gigawatt. The Electro-Mecanique turbines were retired in the early 1990s and all the associated equipment has since been removed. The power station ceased generation a few years ago when the Rateau-Schneider was also taken offline. The big blue Rateau-Schneider The big oranage Electro-Mecanique's The yellow control room Boiler House External
  21. This was a while ago now, back in early November we travelled to Northern France to hit a few sites, this former colliery being one of them. I was thinking that there isn’t really much to see except THAT window, so it was a looonnnggg old drive just to see one thing. It turns out there is a nice old control room for the mine power plant as well. We spent about an hour in this building before heading round to the wash rooms and my first glimpse of the kuhne (I think that’s what they’re called - the hanging baskets where the miners keep their things when they go underground). They weren’t the best to be honest and whilst we were in the wash rooms we heard the security patrol driving round in their car so we waited inside for about 20 mins until they had gone and then scarpered! I believe the site closed shortly after an explosion underground killed 15 or so miners back in the 80s. There’s a monument outside the site in their memory (which I didn’t take a pic of stupidly!). Anyway on with the pics. Thanks for looking
  22. Hello all A small report containing only three photos at the moment... I hope that you will enjoy it
  23. France Sarko Home (Nov 2015)

    Hi all, A very little house somewhere in France...
  24. Hi all, Some pictures an old company closed since 1969.... Hope you like it
  25. Hi all, Some pictures from an old farm in France Hope you like it