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  1. So, my first splore, after looking around some local sites I decided to go somewhat suburbex & take a trip to the Peaks. The lime works were set up in 1901 next to the quarry just to the south. Been closed since mid 50s. After some streetview stalking I'd decided to go across the farmland in to the quarry, & find the buildings from there. I ended up missing one of the most impressive buildings, no bloody idea where it's hiding, but only realised I'd missed it when I got back. More to check out too, I'll be going back where there are more leaves on the trees. So stumbling over fields following a footpath that just kind of disappeared, I found the edge of the quarry & saw this... So after a quick panorama I got my bearings, worked out the way down to the industry, & headed straight for the biggest bit of concrete... ...& checked out the entrance building. I had another couple of that, but they came out shit. Oh well. I'd worked out by then that the large section appeared to be a railway siding, which I'd not realised before, so followed the old track bed along towards the existing line, & stumbled across this, which I'll check out more next time I go, I didn't get around to seeing what it was like from the top. Plus a little lean-to, covering the entrance to a weird cave room maybe 2m x 3m, again camera fail inside, but... So, then I found a railway line, my map told me if was a "mineral line", I'd been within earshot for the last 2 hours with no trains, & there was maybe 100 metres to a tunnel, rude not to right? So after walking back to the old lime works junction I decided to go back up to the top, & that's when I found what seems to be someone's private cave excavation... For rough scale the vertical clearance once the loose rocks (which look like they were put back in) are removed, is almost exactly my shoulder width, but I'm 5'5 & skinny. What looks like a pile of cleared earth & rocks by the entrance, blocking casual view of it but looking fresher than the surrounding earth (ie not covered in moss). The passage carries on round a corner & out of view (decent torch), who knows... Up top, around the other end of the quarry there's the odd relic... Now I know my way around I'll be going back sometime later in Spring. Thanks for reading
  2. Visited with an old mate of mine Cunningplan History Dinas Rock Silica Mines The mines behind Dinas Rock were a rather larger affair than their cousins alongside the Nedd Fechan. Several large entrances are still clearly visible from the path which drops steeply down from the top of Dinas Rock to the Sychryd. Note that although they are situated on what is now Forestry Commission access land, none of the mine entrances should be approached due to the danger of rockfall. The underground galleries were very extensive, extending over an area some 1000m x 500m. Parts of the mine are now flooded, others will have become unstable. The material was transported by a series of tramways and inclines and indeed overhead cables suspended on pylons, down to the valley floor and then onward to the Pont Walby brickworks. The former tramway along the southern side of the Afon Mellte is a modern-day bridleway which allows the route to be traced on foot or pushbike. In later days the material was taken to a brickworks at Swansea until the whole operation closed down in the 1960s Thanks for looking
  3. On a rather snowy morning after failing to get into a nearby mill we headed through bradford to st paul's church a place which I had seen endless amounts of pics from but never ventured there myself. The place is absolutely fuc*** but the roof is brilliant! Visited with Fat Panda Designed by JB Chantrell, St. Paul's was completed in 1846 in an Early English style featuring a large gothic tower overlooking the village of Denholme. The constructions of the church cost £3,700 in total, a number that would have been significantly higher if not for the members of the parish contributing to the construction in their spare time. St Paul's Church was granted grade II listed status meaning that it may not be demolished, extended, or altered without special permission from the local planning authority, but in 1997, soon after it's 150th anniversary the ceiling and roof were deemed unsafe and the church closed soon after this for repairs. Upon further inspection the repairs needed were found to be extensive and with great reluctance the building and part of the churchyard were put up for sale. Although the old church building is now closed (and ruined) the graveyard is still open to new burials. sorry if the edit is too much playing around with a new photoshop plugin Thanks for looking
  4. UK St Joseph's - March 2015

    Well only just realised Forex has recently posted a new thread for St Joseph's Seminary, we also went back to this amazing place to take a couple of photos ourselves. We managed to get in pretty easy whilst managing to stay away from the ear piercing alarm. We had a good look round the place but then the security arrived as someone else triggered the alarm. Had a couple of close calls but only managed to see the church on ground floor so i haven't got many photos on ground floor. Let me know what you think and leave a comment if you want. Thanks #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20
  5. HISTORY John Harvey,banker and Mayor of Norwich in 1792, built Thorpe Lodge. To extend his estate westwards he moved the road which was subsequently named Harvey Lane. This extension crossed over the City boundary, which to this day continues to run through the property. The crinkle crankle boundary wall is his creation, as also is the gazebo on the Yarmouth Road boundary, in which he installed a camera obscura wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camera_obscura although the tunnel doesent go to the gazebo as most people think, it runs very close to it the exit is very close to the river and as john harvey had regular "river frolics" this was possibly how he got people to the river. good history on thorpe: http://www.norwich.gov.uk/Planning/D...peStAndrew.pdf thanks to my uncle for finding but not getting down last time i checked it was locked and its likely it still is Did they go the wrong way or just an unfinished extension? Looking to the bricked-up end of the tunnel, beyond that wall is a small shed sized entrance filled up with wood and other crap. had some carpet down here at one point candle burn. may have had electric down here at one point
  6. Evening alll, Another set finished from March's tour of Germany. This hospital was a last minute shoe in and looked quite trashed from the outside and also the bottom floor but as we went on, there was some nice details to be had right throughout. Looks like a zombie apocalypse happened in places and they just left or succumbed to the outbreak. A two man trip which took in quite a nice few locations. Hope you enjoy. External Thanks for looking in.
  7. History The Millennium Mills is a derelict turn of 20th century flour mill in West Silvertown on the south side of the Royal Victoria Dock, between the Thames Barrier and the ExCel exhibition centre alongside the newly built Britannia village, in Newham, London, England. Along with Millennium Mills, there remains a small section of the now destroyed Rank Hovis Premier Mill and a restored grade II listed grain silo, labelled the ‘D’ silo. Described as a "decaying industrial anachronism standing defiant and alone in the surrounding subtopia", the Millennium Mills has become a well-loved icon of post-industrial Britain and has made its way into many aspects of popular culture. Visited with The_Raw, Sentinel and 5RINK5, and a few non-members. We also bumped into Gabe inside and a couple of others. We spent 10 hours in there fence to fence. It was a great day with many laughs! Standard external shot. Used my phone for this because I didn't want to get my camera out in case we had to get out of sight in a hurry. Tried to find a different angle to photograph the iconic table set up. This little patch of foliage struck out to me because although we were standing in a massive industrial unit, I found it incredible how nature can always find a way to reclaim growing space. Finally a relax on the building of Rank Hovis to unwind after a hectic day!
  8. Afternoon all, Last stop on the way back to the airport with a non member on this last minute trip to Germany saw us stopping here. Up in the forest and in the middle of nowhere was this large hospital which looked very impressive from the exterior. I knew from friends reports the week before that it was quite badly damaged so didn't have my hopes up. I wasn't disappointed as it was true, many floors all the same, smashed and wrecked so took what we could and left. These were the sum total of the photos I took and processed. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Thanks for looking.
  9. I've been planning to meet up with someone, who often explores in the Salford area for a while now but things always got in the way, like the weather for example! we rescheduled our meeting a few times and eventually got together on a perfectly mild Spring evening. There was plenty of high places to choose from, with relatively hassle free access. We first went to the Holiday Inn but got stopped in our tracks by a bar man so we decided to head out towards Millennium Tower. It was fairly straight forward once we were in and spent around an hour on the roof. The air quality was pretty poor that night due to the Salford recycling plant fire which really affected my images. After a while we decided to try our luck at the Holiday Inn again. This time we got in and spent another hour or so on the roof. Overall a really enjoyable night spent admiring the Quays :-) MILLENNIUM TOWER Millennium Tower is a 220 feet tall development situated on the waterfront at Salford Quays. It’s a block of luxury penthouse apartment with 20 floors. With its contemporary architecture, the complex is situated within walking distance of the Media City and the Lowry Centre. The tower block offers luxurious living space, whilst helping to transform the Salford Quays skyline. HOLIDAY INN The Holiday Inn Express is located in thriving Salford Quays, surrounded by the water & history of the Manchester Ship Canal & within 1 mile of Manchester United Football Club (Old Trafford), the Lowry Theatre & the Imperial War Museum. The glass-fronted, 16-floor hotel is in MediaCityUK's studio block. Thanks for looking
  10. Evening all, Another report and another residence/surgery which has been covered many a time and is still somewhere that attracts a lot of traffic.....slowly getting my edits finished from earlier stuff so brace yourselves Lucky enough to go on a last minute trip to Germany in March with a non-forum member as he wanted this place badly so we planned a nice mix of locations and was nice to revisit this one with a lot better light due to the timing of the month and the weather we had all weekend. Docteur Anna, as the legend goes, is still alive in a nursing home. Her husband ran an urology clinic from the basement until a car accident and his untimely death and judging by some of the items in the house and the size of the place, they were quite well off. The house was in a nice affulent spa town and looked like a nice place to live. The revisit since last October shows that the typical moving around/decay of time, etc is slowly destroying this place and new signs telling people to stay away have appeared plus regular sealings seem to undeter those who go for this place. Best during the early morning as there are a lot of people around during the day especially with the hotel overlooking the place. My other report is on here somewhere..... The time spent here was mostly done with the 50mm as its always good to challenge yourself and see something in a different light. On with some photos. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. I sat out on the verannda here and drank my chocolate milk 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. Cheers for looking in.
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  12. Raf Banham. Suffolk. March 2014

    Nice one to Zyge for sorting out the visit. This site was unreal when you think of the history of it, and it was nice to get the guided tour around it all. Apart from my little daughter complaining that it is not us fun exploring when you are allowed to be somewhere, it is more fun when you are being naughty. A good group of us checked this 1 out, some had been before. For me it was my 1st trip. I shot a load on my DSLR and some on the eos 5 with velvia 50. When I get that sorted I will stick them up to. When my daughter climbed to the top of the restored watch tower, it was great to be told that she was the youngest ever person to be up in there by the owner. So proud of my little explore for that, her 1st proper climb. All that time practicing at home with a ladder and mattress in case she fell had paid off. History Military facilities had existed at Barnham since World War I. During World War II, Barnham had been a chemical weapons storage and filling station for Mustard Gas. During 1953 or 1954, construction began on a high-security RAF bomb store on Thetford Heath. The site was to become known as RAF Barnham and construction was completed in 1955 with the site operational from September 1956.[1] Barnham was constructed as a sister-site to a similar facility constructed a few years before at RAF Faldingworth. Both sites were built to store and maintain free-fall nuclear bombs and Barnham was able to supply the bomber squadrons at Honington, Marham, Watton, Wyton, Upwood and Bassingbourn. Barnham came under the control of the RAF's No. 94 Maintenance Unit.[2] The operational life of Barnham was relatively short. By the early 1960s this type of storage facility became obsolete as free-fall nuclear bombs were superseded as the weapon of choice, for the British Nuclear Deterrent, by the Blue Steel stand-off missile. The storage and maintenance of nuclear weapons moved to the V bomber airfields. The last nuclear weapons were probably removed from the site by April 1963. The site was sold in 1966, and since that date it has been used as a light industrial estate.[1][2] Layout[edit] The site was built specifically to store and maintain free-fall nuclear bombs, such as Blue Danube. This specific purpose was reflected in the facility's layout: The site was roughly pentagonal in shape. It consisted of three large non-nuclear component stores, surrounded by earthwork banking and a number of smaller storage buildings to hold the fissile cores; the cores were held in stainless steel containers sunk into the ground. The larger buildings stored the bomb casings and the high-explosive elements of the weapons. The smaller stores (known as "Hutches") were constructed to hold the fissile core of the weapons. These hutches were further divided into type 'A' and 'B'. The 'A' type hutches having a single borehole for the storage of Plutonium cores and the 'B' type hutches having a double borehole for storing Cobalt cores. In total, there were 55 hutches giving enough capacity to store 64 fissile cores.[1][2][3] In addition to the storage buildings, the site consisted of a number of other buildings including a Fire Station, RAF Police flight, Administration block, Mess block, Mechanical Transport Section, Kennels and Workshops. The perimeter of the site was protected by a double system of chain-link fencing and an inner concrete-panel wall; all of which were topped with barbed wire. In 1959, security was enhanced by the building of watch towers around the perimeter.[1][2] Current use[edit] RAF Barnham is a satellite station of RAF Honnigton and is used by the RAF Regiment for training. It is used as an accommodation and training venue for the Potential Gunners Acquaintance Course (PGAC).[4] The adjacent MoD Training Area remains the property of the Ministry of Defence, and is still used by the RAF Regiment, as well as the Air Training Corps and Combined Cadet Force for training. The nuclear bomb storage facilities are designated as a scheduled monument by English Heritage. Several buildings on the site have listed building status.[5] Location[edit] The present main gate of RAF Barnham can be found directly off Bury Road (A134) between Barnham village and Thetford. The entrance to the former nuclear weapons store (now Gorse Industrial Estate) can be found on Elveden Road between Barnham village and the A11.
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  15. Visit This was a great little explore with The_Raw. On the first visit some funny random things straight from the start, including being locked in by security, finding some strange torture chair, both being attacked by pigeons plus some others. On the second visit I noticed a couple of Squibb Demolition cabins had been placed onsite so looks like works may be starting shortly. History The building opened in 1849 as the City of London Union Workhouse. In 1874 it was converted into an infirmary for the same Union. Mental patients came here for examination and assessment before being sent to other institutions or being discharged. In 1902 it had 511 beds. When the Homerton Workhouse reopened in 1909, the infirmary became superfluous and was closed. However, it reopened in 1912 as the City of London Institution to treat the chronically ill. It was later renamed the Bow Institution. The LCC took over administration in 1930, when all the Boards of Guardians were abolished. In 1933 the number of beds in the Institution was increased to 786 and a mental observation unit established. In 1935 fire destroyed the west wing and the main building. In 1936 the Institution was renamed St Clement's Hospital. During WW2, when it had 397 beds, the hospital was badly damaged by bombs in 1944. In 1948 it joined the NHS and the bomb damage was repaired. By 1959 the Hospital had become exclusively psychiatric. It became part of the London Hospital Group in 1968 and was then called the London Hospital (St Clement's). In 1974, after another NHS upheaval, it became part of the Tower Hamlets Health District, when it had 146 beds. By 1979 it had 135 beds. In 2003 the East London and The City Mental Health NHS Trust decided to sell the site for redevelopment. The Hospital closed in 2005, with clinical services moving to a new purpose-built adult mental health facility at Mile End Hospital.
  16. Wanted to go here since the first time it was posted and went with a couple of none members. When we arrived there was a farmer driving his tractor up and down the lane outside, so at first we thought we were done for the day, we were so close but so far, in the end waited until he was out of sight and made it in. He passed a couple more times but we could hear him coming, so we just kept quiet and our heads down. We split up and I ended up upstairs, having a good look around and taking photos as I went, I asked where the fox would be and was told it should be in the room I was standing, I searched and could not find it so we all thought it had gone We swapped and I went down to get some photos down there and was just setting up a shot of the little owl which I liked so much, to hear the fox had been found, What a relief!! so it was back up and completely forgot to take a photo of the Owl. As places go, this is my best so far, the fox is a stunning bit of work and it was well worth taking the risk to see it. Full set here (This new flicker is a pain) https://www.flickr.com/photos/100221036@N06/sets/72157643029319455/ Thanks for looking (And please don't ask)
  17. The house of the Sly Fox. A great explore with some superb company of Ssshhh... ,Mars Lander and antonymes for whom we owe the visit too, a wonderful find mate well done . The sun was shining and we were off into the sticks to find a few locations we had planned to visit, with the first two not turning out to be much we continued undeterred onto the third with fingers crossed, parking in the middle of nowhere we exited the car, over rolling hills, bridges over raging torrents,through graveyards of the wild, the odds were against us but we pressed on, i even found a skull and got my foot wet, before peering over the horizon to gasp in awe at the cottage of the Sly Fox, did i mention i nearly got swept away and eaten by crows ?. This is what awaited us on our adventures to the house of the Sly Fox, enjoy . Thanks to all for looking and thanks guys for a great day
  18. Originally, gas was only used for lighting for a few hours at the start and end of each day. Storing gas was the solution to make it over a longer period. The first gas holders were a “bell†floating in a tank of water. Calibration marks were used to show on the floating bell showed how much gas was being made or used. Later in the 19th century, gas holders became larger and telescopic sections were added. Waterless designs were introduced from Europe in the 20th century. Many gas holders remain in use today in Britain, being filled at night and emptied during the day in the winter. First gas pipes were generally made of iron, they are now made from polyethylene for higher pressures. There are two basic types of gasholder  rigid waterless and telescoping. Rigid waterless gas holders were a very early design which showed no sign of expansion or contraction. There are modern versions of the waterless gas holder, e.g. oil-sealed, grease-sealed and "dry seal" (membrane) types. Telescoping holders fall into two subcategories. The earlier of the telescoping variety were column guided variations and were built in Victorian times. To guide the telescoping walls, or "lifts", they have an external fixed frame, visible at a fixed height at all times. Spiral guided gasholders were built in the UK up until 1983. These have no frame and each lift is guided by the one below, rotating as it goes up as dictated by helical runners. Both telescoping types use the manometric property of water to provide a seal. The whole tank floats in a circular or annular water reservoir, held up by the roughly constant pressure of a varying volume of gas, the pressure determined by the weight of the structure, and the water providing the seal for the gas within the moving walls. Besides storing the gas, the tank's design serves to establish the pressure of the gas system. With telescoping (multiple lift) tanks, the innermost tank has a ~1 ft wide by 2 ft high lip around the outside of the bottom edge, called a cup, which picks up water as it rises above the reservoir water level. This immediately engages a downward lip on the inner rim of the next outer lift, called a grip, and as this grip sinks into the cup, it preserves the water seal as the inner tank continues to rise until the grip grounds on the cup, whereupon further injection of gas will start to raise that lift as well. Holders were built with as many as four or more lifts.
  19. This place is being dismantled very quickly so redevelopment work can begin. BIG thanks to Collingwood for sorting out a permission visit on this one History Paper making started at Stowford Mill 226 years ago, in 1787, on the same site as a corn mill, both using water from the River Erme as a source of power. Initially, paper was produced by hand, one sheet at a time from locally collected cotton rags and supplied to local customers. Half a century later, in 1837, the first paper making machine was installed to meet increasing demand for printing and writing papers. The arrival of the railway in Ivybridge in 1848 no doubt influenced Victorian entrepreneur John Allen’s decision to purchase the mill the following year. He set about re-building and expanding the mill, and by the mid 1860’s two larger paper machines had been installed. Over 300 people were employed, a significant percentage of the population of Ivybridge at the time. John Allen’s influence on Ivybridge extended beyond the paper mill, including building the Methodist church, houses for the employees, and the gas works. His descendents sold the mill in 1910, a few years before the First World War, and unfortunately, the business declined until the receiver took over in 1923. The following year, the fortunes of the mill were transformed when it became part of Portals, a larger papermaking company, which the current owners can trace links to. The mill flourished again, and as a result of specialising in the production of security and other watermarked papers, it continued to operate long after many other similar mills closed, with several generations of the same family working there. Paper production peaked both at Stowford Mill and in the UK in 2000, and has been in continued decline since, mainly as a result of changes in communications technology. During 2013, it was announced that production would be transferred to a larger mill in the Arjowiggins group in Scotland as part of consolidation plans to utilise excess capacity at the site, and as a result, Stowford Mill produced it’s last reel of Paper at the end of 2013. The site is currently being de-commissioned, and stripped, before redevelopment work can begin.
  20. Out in the outback of Belgium sits this little inconspicuous property that really isn't that grand. Once inside the building its a mess and in a real state of decay, yet amongst the rot sits little treasures waiting to stitch a picture together of the former inhabitants of the site. Part of a little tour of France and Belgium, explored in good company. Cheers for looking
  21. Visited this place back in Dec 2013 With West Park Hospital rapidly getting redeveloped this one is worth a few minutes if your passing. Couple of professional pool tables still left inside, and considering it was left abandoned around 2007 I'm surprised it's not a total wreck. Disturbingly a few signs of some paper being burnt, so hopefully the place doesn't go down that path. I'm Lucky management didn't refuse entry on this occasion
  22. So back to the old mill for visit no.6, explored with SK, Lara, Starlight, Miss_anthrope, and a non forum member, a great night with great company. History if you're interested can be found on my previous reports http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/showthread.php/4607-Millennium-mills-4-visits-Pic-heavy!-2012?highlight=millennium+mills The explore was rather chilled with no problems with Secca, once in we headed straight to the roof to enjoy the sites and take in the London evening. Sorry this one is rather short, after visit no.5 photos can get a bit Samey Excuse the quality : A sneaky exterior shot Thanks
  23. UK letsbe avenue march 2014

    before i get to the good bit im just going to say that i have been watching this location for the best part of a year now and after several failed attempts ive finally made it in. i have some history for the place but i wont be posting it for a while as it would give the location away and we all know what would happen next. i hope you like what you see and with some luck i'll be back in and getting more
  24. We done the sister site of this last month so we decided to go back and do the other one. Very similar to the others around Belgium. This blast furnace is huge! The area this place has been built, is well a shit hole! You feel very un-safe walking the streets that back onto the fence line of this place! HF6 steel industry dates back to 1817 when industrialist John Cockerill established the first metallurgical company here. Surviving blast furnace no.6 was built in 1959 and was active until 2008. Despite of several promises the plant has never been restarted. Video Here> http://youtu.be/ikhD1MYkCVs Thanks!