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  1. Explore; After a whole weekend of exploring, Bambi was one of our last stops before gong back to miserable England and my first trip abroad coming to an end, so we wanted to make this one count. After doing repetitive quick searches around the building we found our way in...well thought so. So after a lot of climbing, holding on for dear life and walking through lots of sharp, stingy nature, we were at the gates. With success right in front of us we walked straight on to then race back into the stingy nature and hide from the angry French builders. So after hiding for a while we decided to go back and go for plan B. Thankfully there was no angry French builders in sight and not as much stingy nature. We were in. Explored with @AndyK! & @SpiderMonkey. Most of upstairs was pretty much destroyed.. Bar a few rooms; Cheers for reading.
  2. France The Blue Morgue, France - June 2016

    Evening all When I saw this place come up I knew I had to visit. A couple of texts later we had a train booked, and before I knew it I was sat on the A1 heading South in France. This was a long day, and an eventful one nonetheless. It seems my car decided to fall apart whilst I was over there. But, my friend was on hand with minion plasters to stick it all back together Somehow managed to miss the train, so ended up with a Quick and a few beers waiting for the next one. One puncture, several naps in service station car parks and a stupid amount of monster later I was home. But, a trip to remember with some great company and stunning locations! As always, thanks for looking!
  3. France Chapelle des Pelotes - May '16

    Chapelle des Pelotes Visited this one with @AndyK! and @Jamie_P. First location on our long and tiring France trip which involved around 38 hours of driving and forcing our eyes open, along with 7 hours of sleeping, Win! This chapel was part of an old seminary, which also looked great,but we didn't visit that part unfortunately. This chapel was well worth the trip however, kept us occupied for a good couple of hours before heading to the next. Upon arriving we parked up in the sort of small village where you immediately draw attention to yourself, because you're driving around in the only English vehicle for miles We walked up to our decided entry point into the grounds which was not too difficult, although it required some mission impossible style rolling to avoid the eagle eyes of the locals A car drove past whilst one of us were getting into the grounds, stopped and began to reverse, but within the short time between stopping and reversing, we were straight out of sight, danger roll win! Anyway, enough rambling.. Cheers
  4. France War Planes, France - May 2016

    War Planes After a rather unsuccessful first day we made it back to the hotel - drained, tired and demotivated. We were all hoping for a success on this one, and boy did it deliver! After only a few hours sleep I felt my phone buzzing.. the generic iPhone alarm chiming away. Still tired from the day before bags were packed in a zombie-like fashion before meeting up with everyone down in the lobby. We hit the road and before long we were pulling up to the access point. Thick fog helped cover our access, and soon enough we were following a path to where these beauties lie. What sounded like a car horn echoed in the distance, so we took off running through waist high grass - getting drenched in the process from the morning dew, but it lead to be nothing more than a false alarm. It seemed we got here at the perfect time - the fog cleared and the sun cast a beautiful orange glow through the windows of the beast. As always, thanks for looking!
  5. A long time to get round to posting this fabulous location in France, visited with Baroness of Puddleland and Hector. This was the first stop of a long weekend and it was a major bit of wantage back when it first became known! We arrived shortly after sunrise, having been told to expect to get wet feet with the entry, we were lucky to get in dry, albeit a bit muddy. This Manor house is/was stunning, as I have since heard it became a tourist hotspot and has been alarmed and sealed. We waited for the to come up and had a good walk around the place, so much to take in, anyway here is my effort. Proper picture overload, but it was hard not too! Thanks for looking!
  6. Hello Urbex friends! We had a visit at a very beautiful location on our last trip! This time we went to France and visited Chateau des Singes, there was very little information about this location so please if you have some information let me know! Enjoy watching. -FandFmovies
  7. Hi all, It was difficult to take pictures of this place... The sun was too present on this day... But I tried to do my best :-)
  8. Hi all, Some pictures from "La Sainte Usine". Other name for this industrial location "L'Usine du bout du monde" I hope that you will like this :-)
  9. France Sanatorium Delirium | May 2016

    A real nice place to visit. Need to go back there soon as we were brutally interrupted by the security 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  10. 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. 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. 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. Explore: This was another location amongst a few on a rather impromptu day trip to france with the aim to visit sucsession, but this is one i've been wanting to see for aaaages. Didn't spend too long here - in and out within an hour but was nice to grab a few pictures before moving on to the real gem of the day! Had no trouble from the other 'residents', just a shame it's so trashed now As always, thanks for looking!
  11. France Grand moulins de Paris

    Hello Urbex people, A quick video of Grand moulins de Paris, a HUGE factory build in 1921 and shut down in the 80's. I think this was the biggest and most impressive location we have been to this far, and also the most dangerous.... Enjoy watching!
  12. Chateau Le Quesnel (aka Chateau Secession) France - April 2016 I know, I know, I saw your eyes roll at the sight of yet another Urbex tourbus Chateau Secession report with the same bit of history and same old pics! But fuck it I went, I saw, I took pics and Im not forcing you to scroll through my report For those of you who know me, most of my time in France is spent grubbing around either in the Catas or various other quarries or mines, so to actually be above ground was a bit of a novelty and a first for me. The plan for this trip changed so many times I lost track of what we were and weren't doing. Chateau Secession was mentioned and we thought it would be a nice little bimble on the way back to the ferry - if time allowed. What you have to realise here, is that us actually managing to see this is something of an epic feat, simply for the fact that we never make it back to Calais in time and inevitably miss our designated ferry and have to be bumped on to the later one! So to not only make our original ferry and have time to stop off and see this is one hell of an achievement for us! After a cracking weekend in Paris visiting a few mines, spending time in the Catas and having probably had around a total of 6 hours sleep over the whole weekend, it was nice to not be rushing back last minute and having time to have a chilled out mooch here. This trips limo crew consisted of me, Bigjobs, AndyJUK, Motionless Escapes and his missus, The Kwan, The Riddlers and The Merry Prankster. History (Well as good as I can make out from the unfathomable sole source available!) The castle was owned by the Knightly family of Quesnel in the twelfth century, there appears to be a couple more owners before the lordship fell to Jean Le Fevre Lord in Ponthieu in the sixteenth century. At the end of the century Renee Le Fevre de Caumartin married Jerome Le Maistre Bellejamme, who was the adivisor to the Parliament of Paris. Their son Louis Le Maistre, achieved Lordship of Quesnel in 1637. His son Jerome Picard forsake the land to the Parliament of Paris and his grandson Henri-Louis, whom was also an advisor of Parliament got rid of Quesnel. It is also noted that in 1636 the castle suffered looting committed by the Imperialists. The property was purchased by Jean Fort, who married Married Marie Damiens, daughter of Bartholomew, Lord of Acheux. It was after his death in 1751 that his son jean-Baptiste built the foundation of the present chateau. Dated 1753 the castle was built from white stone with animated chain crosswalls across the central front building. The andlges of the side pavillions were elegant and this was reflected in the curved path of the outbuildings enclosing the courtyard. In 1806 marie-Charlotte Fort Quesnel married Alexander Viscount Blin de Bourdon and their son Charles settled in Quesnel and transformed the chateau in 1853. In the west he carved key windows, and unfortunately compromised the balance of facades by adding a second floor which was loaded with large skylights, balustrades and arms created by the Duthoit Brothers. He also retraced the park into a presentable landscape. In 1914, during the war, the village of Quesnel was fortunate enough to be away from the front lines, however this did not prevent the chateau being occupied. On 31 August 1914, the chateau was occupied by the Germans, it was damaged by bombings and ransacked by the troops. After the war Viscount Bourdon Blin restored the chateau and gave it to his daughter the Countess of Lussac. After the Second World War the property remained uninhabited and was sold in 1985. Today the chateau is deserted and is in poor condition. Its current owner is a lawyer whose practice is in Paris. So anyway here are a few pics that you will all have seen before in one report or another (just a little cropped by comparison as I dont have a wide angle lens) (stick out tongue) but I had fun and I don't care. If you made it this far cheers very much for looking
  13. France Hopital des Biches

    Hi all, Some pictures of an abandoned hospital His urbex name "Hopital des Biches"
  14. Hi all, Some pictures of an old pottery somewhere in France
  15. France Prison 15H May 16

    Me again, After a day trip to France and visiting Chateau Secession, we headed to ET Church, but it was not to be, so headed onto this place. I have been here afew times now, with each time the place being more thrashed. The travellers are still on site and you could clearly hear their loud music that day blaring in the hot sun. On with some of my photos. Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Prison 15H by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Thanks for stopping by DJ
  16. Evening All, YES, its another report from this location I thought id jump on the bandwagon as i had afew days off from work and didnt wanna spend it sitting at home. Just a day trip with this being the first of the day, got there just as the sun was rising On with some photos Chateau Séccession by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Chateau Séccession by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Chateau Séccession by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Chateau Séccession by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Chateau Séccession by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Chateau Séccession by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Chateau Séccession by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Chateau Séccession by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Chateau Séccession by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Chateau Séccession by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Chateau Séccession by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Chateau Séccession by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Chateau Séccession by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Chateau Séccession by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Chateau Séccession by Dirty Jigsaw, on Flickr Thanks for looking DJ
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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!
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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!
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