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  1. So my first report - I haven't edited my latest stuff and who knows how long that will take, might as well start off somewhere There's a crane up near me and every time I go out I can't take my eyes off it. Just a couple of issues with said crane, it has lots of security measures all around it, added to that the building being constructed belongs to my ex-employers . . . and so began my crane fixation . . . Utterly fascinated, I really needed a crane in my life, it came to the point where I was dreaming about cranes - that's how sad it was I soon came across another crane, which looked very tempting. To be fair they are dotted all over town, it's just I never used to notice them before. Made some plans with a not so active member who knew his way round a tall structure. After two failed attempts we drove round trying to find others, I wasn't going to go home without climbing my first crane. As we were driving down I noticed the two cranes next to Chapel St. Pulled over and started looking for ways to get in. At one point it did seem impossible but soon enough we were in. I thought getting near the base of the crane was the hardest part until I started to climb the ladders - the never ending ladders that seemed to go on forever! As it was my first time, I was pretty knackered by the time I reached the top but that feeling of exhilaration and sense of achievement is worth every aching muscle . . . . Unfortunately for me the story doesn't end there We were up there for about an hour, just getting comfortable when we noticed a police car down the side of the road with its lights flashing. So we waited to see if it moves and whether its presence was just a pure coincidence. After a short time the police car is still there but now two fire engines are making their way up the other side of the road! after a few minutes it was becoming apparent that they were there for us . . . the police and the firemen stood at the side of the road looking up at us! with no options now left but to make our way down. They explained that some nosy bouncer from a local bar/pub thought there were some drunks up on the crane, brilliant! How ironic, I get the police turning up on my first crane. The police were very nice and friendly and just followed procedures before letting us go - they even commented how this brightened up their evening, making a change from what they usually have to deal with. A bit gutted my first visit was cut so short but it was an evening full of adventures and excitement and I loved every minute of my time at the top Some information regarding the construction from the net Chapel Street is at the centre of the £650m Salford Central project to revitalise the area with 1,000 new homes, shops, offices and a European-style plaza. The first major development at the Chapel Street regeneration area in Salford takes its name from a Vimto factory that was once nearby. The development of 83 apartments and 14 houses with the first homes being ready to move in to at the end of 2014 - early 2015 is adjacent to the Bell Tower pub will be called Vimto Gardens. The scheme is part of the Salford Central regeneration project, which is being delivered by the English Cities Fund (EcF), a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General and The Homes & Communities Agency, in conjunction with Salford City Council. When complete, Salford Central, which is made up of two inter-dependent areas, Chapel Street and New Bailey, will create around 11,000 jobs, 220,000 square metres of commercial space, 849 homes and 390 hotel rooms. Thanks for looking
  2. Up the track I attend in the 90s the council made the owners move the pits over to the other side of the track. Many a good time was had in the clubhouse but it was now made redundant, even thought it was portable and bolted together they put a new one in the new pits. After a while a family moved in, but a few years ago had to move out due to its condition. its been used for storage since and in a bit of a state. Its not often I pass it but as I had to go to a different part of the site Sunday morning I did and took a look. full set here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/100221036@N06/sets/72157642118071805/ Thanks for looking Don't forget more on flickr
  3. Following yet more fails after leaving Naylor Jennings we were headed south gradually and found ourselves outside Hartford Mill, a stalwart of the UK Industrial urbex scene for many years standing defiant amongst the many converted cotton mills in Oldham. Hartford Mill closed in the early 90s and is pretty much a shell but a massive very photogenic one, so me and Landie Man were excited to finally get into something else. We made our way gingerly to the top floor knowing full well we'd been clocked by a pair of contractors out fixing some street furniture on the road outside. The sounds of kids enjoying lunchtime in the school playground down below drowned out most other noise so we got down to it shooting the top two floors, however all was suddenly about to change dramatically.... Before going down to the above floor (3rd from top) Landie said he'd seen some kids hanging around outside, we thought nothing of it and pushed on. A few minutes later he said he looked out a window and saw what looked like smoke coming from a building on site, I looked and to me it looked like wind kicking up dust or something so carried on. About five minutes later we heard all manner of crashes and bangs from somewhere below us so knew something was up - and then I looked out the window to discover what had become a fully developed fire down below. So the executive decision was made to get out bloody quick, as we knew it'd look pretty bad and suspect if we were seen hanging around the site much longer with a fire going. Once we were clear of the site and back on the street Landie called 999 and the fire brigade turned up pretty sharpish, they did their stuff efficiently and we were on our way. It was quite an experience at least! I could have spent much longer in there, I loved it....I'll be back hopefully. Phone photos... More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157642261484564/
  4. After a day of totally rubbish fails and nothing of note in Liverpool me and Punto Man were a little disheartened but had a good sleep and as this place was within easy walking distance of our hotel for the night set off a little reinvigorated and hopeful....and whaddaya know, we got in. Mostly stripped but has a few good features which made it worthwhile, so was a nice relaxed wander. A little history...the original mill was built in 1868 on land purchased from the Rawden Baptist Church. The owner was a clothier called Thomas Pratt who lived in Little London. Cloth was produced in the mill until 1906 when a huge fire gutted most of the buildings. Most machinery was lost but the weaving shed wasn't badly damaged, the estimated cost of the damage was £20,000 at the time and left 300 workers without jobs. The mill was rebuilt and became a Dyehouse for Naylor Jennings & Co., which then became part of the Viyella group. The buy out only lasted until 2010 when the site closed for good. Redevelopment was slated to start in July 2013 but the two mill ponds on site have become diverse natural habitats for all sorts of wildlife which is holding up proceedings. More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157642252738564/
  5. After we'd finished in Tone Mills and had a half hearted attempt at Tonedale which was thwarted by too many residents selfishly enjoying the beautiful weather me and Landie/Punto Man started heading home via a site I'd never seen too much of near Bristol. Coles Quarry was a Cemex site at one point and closed a good few years ago - it's sort of like a miniature version of Fullers Earth in some ways and was a good chilled wander in lovely sunny weather. We met a nice old lady walking her Collie and small adopted Terrier-type dog, who she told us had been brought back from Cyprus with them, around the site - her house/garden backs onto the main drive into the quarry site and she's perfectly OK with people being in/around the buildings, as in her own words it's 'nothing to do with her'! Anyway we had a nice chat and went our separate ways. I had a sudden attack of the jelly legs after going across this And the quarry itself. More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157642242372144/
  6. Was given this place by a none member but she's know as madcatlady and as we've got no idea about the place I have called it after her. She did tell me a man and his mother lived there, when she died, he met a woman and just moved out. The only thing I don't understand is all the toys which have been left. The place is well trashed and as the upstairs was so unsafe I stuck to the landing (Even that's and the stairs were dodgy) full set as normal here http://www.flickr.com/photos/100221036@N06/sets/72157642113518765/ Cheers for looking
  7. Ever since I first stepped foot in Tone Mills in February 2012 I had wanted to get back there so badly but the opportunity never presented itself until now unfortunately. Me and Landie/Punto Man headed off down here as the first part of what was to be a pretty interesting and frustrating few days of explores covering a large portion of England in the process. Anyway we were in and as this was a revisit for me I decided to give my new Sigma 30mm lens it's first proper try out in a location, so some experimentation was required and I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon enough More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157642224179933/
  8. A report from a good full day out exploring on saturday Hit the road early and traveled with a non member (working on that) and got to the location. Parked up and got in fairly easy (watch out for bear traps and pits I was informed) After about 20 mins inside i caught a shadowy figure moving along a corridor out of the corner of my eye, blind panic set in, because it was indeed the highland spirit........... stussy !! Cool explore, pretty trashed but some really nice bits to it, the outside is stunning. cheers The Baron
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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/
  13. 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/
  14. 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/
  15. 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/
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. This was on our last day of our Belgium tour! Amazing place! I could not find any history on this place.
  22. Kingdom Monastery... an unknown building abandonned from a while. A great architecture and white room give its a special atmosphere. A magic place
  23. 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
  24. 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...
  25. Visited with banned batz and andy. First time out for awhile included a trip here. This was owned by Samuel Firth of Gatehead, Marsden, and opened in 1888. He also owned Holme Mill.By the 60s, it was owned and run by Fisher, Firth & Co. which became Cellars Clough Woollen Mills Ltd, managed by another Firth son, in 1981. The company has now been dissolved.At its height it employed 180 people but the mill shut down in 1982. There are currently plans to try and convert it in to apartments.
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