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  1. This place has been done a few times lately, so I won't bore you with it's history. Great explore and great day out with Starlight, Baldrickthecunning, and two non members, Shaun and Gosia. Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  2. UK ROC Stussyland March 2014

    Been a few weeks, but thought I would post this little gem Went exploring with a non member and met up with stussy. cheers The Baron
  3. What a place, it's practically like a museum with all the religious artefacts, old photographs and documents left behind. The last I heard a local Rabbi has now taken the Torah scrolls to safety so we were lucky to have seen them on our viit. I visited with a non-member. This synagogue was designed by architect Alfred Ernest Shennan, famous for designing many cinemas in the area. The foundation stone was laid on 14th June 1936 by Baron Tobias Globe in the presence of Dr J.H. Hertz, the chief Rabbi of the British Emire at the time. The building was consecrated on 15th August 1937. During the Second World War the synagogue became a refuge for families who had been rendered homeless by heavy bombing during the Blitz. Over the years eventually the congregation dwindled in size until there were less than 40 regular worshippers and only one service per week so on January the 8th 2007, the doors finally closed after almost 70 years. The building was already listed but in 2008 the status was upgraded to a Grade II listing. English Heritage agreed the change after plans were filed which proposed to convert the concrete, steel and brick building into apartments. The listing report describes the synagogue as “one of the finest art deco synagogues in the countryâ€Â, and the upgrading puts the synagogue in the top 5% of all listed buildings in the UK at this time. The pics, a few the same as everyone else's and hopefully a few different ones: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Thanks for looking
  4. UK NIRD, Shinfield March 2014

    Another site from mine and Landie's local-ish derp extravanganza today. The NIRD, or National Institute for Research in Dairying is located in Shinfield just outside of Reading and is hard to find any information on really, it's a collection of single-storey buildings forming an old research farm smack bang in the middle of a new housing development - why they've been left I don't know. At a guess they have been empty for about 15 years, the asbestos sheet roofs of most of the buildings were removed some time after 2007 but it was closed long before then. A proper big derp but quite interesting all the same, some labs and multiple sets of animal enclosures with a few decent little bits here and there and some very very slippery floors! More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157641920226704/
  5. Welcome ladies and gentlemen to a massive derp! If you imagine a smaller, crapper version of the already mega-derped Sheffield Ski Slope you get Wycombe Summit in High Wycombe. It closed overnight back in 2006 after a fire broke out in the kitchen of the chalet building totally destroying it, the owners decided it wasn't cost-effective to reopen so the site has been left to rot ever since. The main slope is 124 metres in length and damn near killed me going all the way down it and back up, there are a couple of other smaller slopes on site too. Visited with Landie who spent most of the explore sliding down a small section of the slope on a trio of Asda tea trays purchased earlier in the day! By total coincidence while parking up another car the same as Landie's pulled in beside us and out popped an ex-employee of the place who was working there until only a couple of months before it burnt down, he'd turned up to see what was what as well. Looking back up the main slope More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157641917547025/
  6. This is only just down the road from Tonedale, but what a difference between the sites. I have seen photos of this place and it doesn't look that big but its like a Tardis in there. We parked up and with a very tight squeeze we were in, but this was only a smallish dark room with a drying machine and a office upstairs. In the dark places I was doing 30 sec exposures and light painting to get the shots. At this point I though we were done but my nephew (HT from now on) shouted he had found a "Rabbit hole" (Big rabbit but still another tight squeeze) into the main factory floor. I spent a hour in here while HT looked around for more. I had just packed everything away and was heading out a door when HT grabbed me and took me into another big building full of good stuff , I only took my camera back out and did this section hand held. After this was finished he took me to what must have been where some one had set up a garage and spray shop in the past, not a lot in here but junk. As normal, full set here http://www.flickr.com/photos/100221036@N06/sets/72157641714234595/
  7. I know "mde" did this the other day, but I've had it on my list for a while and it made me get off my arse and go and take a look myself. I always thought it was one mill and not two but managed to find the both. (With confirmation from mde that I did have the right places) I will be doing two reports with Tone Mill coming up soon. I went with my nephew who is a non member and we got here at about 7.30 and spent about a hour here having a good look around. It looks like someone has started to turn one part into apartments but has given up. Full set of photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/100221036@N06/sets/72157641714264543/
  8. So this place had some really funky décor Only a few shots from here, no history to be found. I believe it is now empty and being refurbished. 1 Pretty In Pink 2 3 4 5 6 7
  9. Well I have no idea where the mile part comes from as the tracks are actually 800m. Well according to Wikipedia anyway. Doing more research is just getting confusing. I have found that there maybe more to the site than what I or others have posted. Some of the site is live with one big dish here and some others nearby. Here are a few of my shots. 1 2 3 4 Not able to get into the buildings but got a couple through the window. 5 6 Lastly a couple of what I guess is a live dish on the site. 7 8
  10. A spinning and weaving mill built in 1856-8 by George Whiteley & Co Ltd. cotton spinners & manufacturers. The spinning factory had 30,000 mule spindles and the weaving shed 480 looms powered by a double beam engine by Woods Bros. of Sowerby Bridge. Production came to a halt in 1975 due to lack of orders. Had 22,104 spindles and 264 looms. The 50ton flywheel and the double beam steam engine were scrapped in 1951. Thanks for looking.
  11. 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
  12. Built in 1856 by George Whiteley,a spinning & weaving mill closed in 1975,also used as a leisure centre at one point..more info here..http://cottontown.org/page.cfm?LANGUAGE=eng&pageID=2919
  13. This was on our last day of our Belgium tour! Amazing place! I could not find any history on this place.
  14. Kingdom Monastery... an unknown building abandonned from a while. A great architecture and white room give its a special atmosphere. A magic place
  15. UK Hospital P March 2013

    hi visited with Stussy on a mild day in March Its not been shut too long and being honest lacked the decay I love, however, it was fun and a bit surreal as it was so intact other parts to it but looked alarmed so happy with this................. for now Cheers The Baron
  16. I took a look around this place back in March and posted it on another UE site but since joining up on here I thought I'd share it on here as well After reading in the local rag (Leyland Guardian) that planning permission has been submitted and is very likely to be passed on building 750 homes and employment units, I decided to get a look at the old girl again before she disappears for good just like the rest of Leyland's industrial heritage. Not much history is written about this place but from what I can gather, it was built in the mid to late 70s as a replacement for the 1st Test Track that was situated off Hall Lane in Leyland. As Leyland was considered one of Britain's biggest industrial towns with the Motors site taking up most of the town, it is pretty sad to see that hardly any traces of it remain. We are bombarded with reminders of Leyland's illustrious past and rich industrial heritage yet it's being mothballed to an extent that hardly any of the workers from Leyland Motors barely recognise. Upto now, this unique site has survived the bulldozers but not so much the Pikeys. A lot of the drain covers have been stolen, leaving dangerous 7-10ft drops at the side of the track and the workshop has suffered considerable damage since I visited here in March. Anyways, on with the pictures... Just as you get through the access point, look to the left and you're greeted by this which I thought was quite amusing. Seeing as the Leyland Cross cobbles were covered over in the last two years, I'd say these are the last set of cobbles in Leyland. I wonder if this is the original sign... Where once there was industry I think this safety barrier might've been pikeyed a bit. Those sweeping corners and high cambers would make for a huge amount of fun around here. This is the bridge that was used to gain access from the roads to test the trucks and buses. A look out from the bridge. The Eyes That No Longer See. Finally, the Track begins to Give Way to nature. Thanks for looking...
  17. Explored with one other non member Fab little place with the most beautiful stairs i have ever seen
  18. explored with wevsky and urban ginger ... a big to humpa and his cousin As wevsky explained things didn't quite go to plan on this trip, but saying that cars can be replaced good friends cant ! so all good in the end . After a flying visit to Amsterdam on the way through we push on to Berlin . We arrived at beelitz early morning and as we had been told of different things to look out for we expected someone to be on site. After coming out the third building and bumping into a group of seven German explores. We exchanged a few locations and they told us that secca wasn't a problem i didn't really get anoth pics to show the place in all its glory but no doubt it wont be long before were heading back that way really need a couple of days to cover it properly ... on with the pics .... thanks for looking ...
  19. Visited with Urban Ginger,SpaceInvader and met up with Humpa and his cousin..and a few random German bods while there This trip was supposed to be a day or so longer and we had a full on list to get thru. That all went tits up after a car crash bad enough to write off two cars.The insurance company mugged us off and although saying they would get the car moved it was down to the breakdown cover people to get us home.. The breakdown cover said it was the other way round and when we tried to get back to insurance company the automated message informed UG that business was closed till Monday morning ,so we where stranded..Thankfully Humpa and co. came back and got us to the hotel which we had booked for that night and after getting quoted 800 for train tickets for us to get to Calais or a hire car for 600 euros we where getting rather stressed as we didn't have a huge amount of money..UG' family to the rescue and easy jet tickets where paid for in the uk and we had our way home and could get some sleep before we had to leave.Big thanks to silver rainbow for the lift back from the airport.. So all in all bloody stressful few days after a ten hour drive to Germany..The upside was a visit to Amsterdam to check out the tulips and the women in the little rooms with big windows where very friendly:) History from wicki On with some pics Couple of shots from the hotel roof to finish..and thank you for bearing with me i know its a bit pic heavy Sad to say this is the only report but thew trip did end with a Bang!
  20. This was another one of those explores for me that had fond memories attached to it, This place was most recently used as a Motor Museum which was closed back in 2006, In my child hood my Gran used to take me here from time to time the place still smels exactly as it did back then, funny how old oil lingers for ever !, History more than covered by Wevsky In his Report viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1959 Visited with Space Invader, Morgan, Obscurity & Vickie, So on with the Pics ! Good Explore this, Shame its all buttoned up tight again !
  21. I first visited this place in almost a year ago to the day, but our splore was cut short by the free roaming sec dog So we decided to go for a return to see if Fido was still there, well he was, and this time he had a friend Crank the sound up and have a little lookie at Trogs video.......... A little history Opened in 1933 by William Chandler. It had a larger attendance and income from gambling than any other dog racing track in the UK, and was at one time the largest track in the UK with capacity for over 5,000 spectators It's popularity waned and in 2008 it closed There has been a large campaign to bring it back to life including a 20,000 signature petition Developers London & Quadrant (L&Q) took ownership of the iconic site, but have infuriated campaigners by failing to submit planning applications or accept offers to buy or lease the site. Infact a £9m bid by businessman and greyhound enthusiast Bob Morton was rejected by the owners My piccies..........
  22. After a last minute phone call from troglodyte , and it was off to london for a late night meet . visited with wevsky ,troglodyte and urban ginger a little history... All eight Deep Level shelters built during 1941-1942 under existing London Underground stations remained under the ownership of the British Government for many years after the cessation of hostilities. The initial plan of incorporating them into an express rail route through the centre of London was initially shelved and then abandoned due to the lack of money after the War. Then, in the late 1990s, London Underground was given the opportunity to take control of the shelters with a view to leasing them out. Since then, the deep level shelters have been progressively leased to companies interested in using them to store items such as documents, film, videotapes and other similar archive material. All except Clapham North, which has remained completely empty since its contents were cleared after the War. Transport for London advertised the lease for Clapham North deep level shelter using a local estate agent and the requests came in. Many interesting and unusual requests for use were suggested but had to be rejected for health and safety reasons - the most common being people wanting to construct a night club in the 1,400ft tunnels! Some suggested creating living accommodation there - though precisely who would like to live in an unlit tunnel over 100ft beneath London is unclear to me. It was even rumoured that a large entertainment company had seriously looked into the possibility of converting one of these locations into a theme park ride based on World War 2 air raids! Realistically though, the only practical use for this prime central London real estate space would be for storage. on with the pics on with the pics... thanks for looking
  23. This was day 2 of our Wiltshire trip and was really nice to explore,must admit i personally didnt wander as far as frosty and tb's did as the farmhouse cider had well and truely kicked in so myself maniac and obscurity had a shorter wander on our own.Raptor jesusturned up in the middle of the night which was a nice touch to the evening More info can be found here..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown's_Folly Could have covered more ground but id had cider and feet where killing me and all the tea lights looked pretty !
  24. Where to start! Obviously I won't bore you with history as it is all over this forum. We arrived here a bit late from London after having a nightmare on the trains, so we knew we had a bit of a flying visit due to the lack of daylight - although the clocks going forward helped us out! Managed to see a lot, including the tower and the padded cell. On the way out it got dark very fast, and the walkways and buildings can be very disorienting, especially when there are sagging/nonexistent floors all over the place. We were trying to get into the building we got in through, but we were in the one next to it, so coming back into the covered walkway a security guard who spoke very broken English and carried a large plank of wood caught us. We were walked to the nearest exit and waited with him and his partner until the police arrived. Won't go into that, but we got a lift to Epsom station! So not too bad. This is not a good place to be in the dark, mainly because you need to see where you are going, but also because security tend to be a lot more suspicious, and your torchlight gives you away! Pictures 1. 2. Grass on the first floor. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 9.5. 10. 10.5. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Oliver GT. 18. 19. 20. 21.
  25. The Marconi Radio Factory Visited with Skeleton Key, Priority 7 and Tstranger1066. This was the 2nd stop on our day trip to Chelmsford. The place looks absolutely fantastic, full of bits and bobs, but unfortunately after only 20 minutes we got nabbed by 4 really amicable members of Essex Plod and asked to leave the premises, so it's on the cards for a revisit The History Marconi's New Street factory was built in 1912 next to the Great Eastern Railway. A railway siding ran across New Street into the factory yard and brought materials in one end of the works and took finished radio equipment out of the other. At the South end of the building two huge aerial masts once stood, the 450ft (137m) high "Marconi Poles" formed Chelmsfords most prominent landmark. During the Second World War the Marconi Company employed more than 6,000 people in Chelmsford. Producing vital military communications equipment, the New St factory became a target for bombing and was hit in May 1941 with a loss of 17 lives. In 1920, two years before the BBC was established, the New Street factory made history as the site of the first official British sound broadcasts including the famous concert by Dame Nellie Melba which was heard all over the world. The workers entrance I learned everything I know about attenuation of radio signals and the impact and mitigation of ionospheric anomalies from this book, not to mention two-dimensional ionospheric tomography over low-latitude regions The Gang Thanks for looking