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  1. So this was more of a cheeky little explore than anything planned in advance. A few of us were in the South of France for the Urban Explorer Wedding of the Year, an event that was most definitely epic and involved many many drunken selfies of at least half a dozen drunken explorers (including the Bride and Groom) but hey that's another story and not one for here The day after we left the Bride and Groom to do Honeymoony type things and took ourselves off on a trip to the local cokeworks/coal miney type place. It isn't epic or awesome but it was a pretty damn fine mooch to end the trip with. It is a derpy derp and appears to be a popular place to burn out cars but worth a trip anyway History is limited and in French so here is my best shot at something that vaguely resembles information but however doesn't mean a great deal to me and is probably worth skipping lol!.... The Sainte Marie open pit was a coal mine of the Mining Unit of Tam, H.B.C.M. (Houilleres du Bassin Centre Midi), in the south-western part of France, near Albi. In this area, a large amount of coal has been exploited by Underground mining. This pit was designed in order to exploit the coal remaining around the shaft (Saint Marie shaft) of an old Underground mine situated in the basin of Carmaux.The diameter at the top of the pit was 1200 metres and its final depth was expected to be 300 metres. The first 100 metres were composed of tertiary deposits (clay and sand) which covered the carboniferous formation. The average slope angle of the Tertiary is 37° (without benches) and in the Coal Measures, it was foreseen from 37° to 50° (with benches of 6 metres high) depending on the slope situaüon. At present üme, the depth of the mine is about 160 metres. Nine coal seams have been mined by Underground working between 1900 and 1984. Different methods have been used depending on the thickness, the dip of the layer and the dimension of the panel. In fact, panels were backfilled, caved or undermined long-wall. The basin of Carmaux is a large synclinal split by a dense network of faults which directions are approximately N 140 E. The dips and the dip directions which was left around the shaft, but, close to the slopes, begin the old exploited long walls. These long walls are at different topographic levels due to the particular structure and have been exploited in panels lined by the faults odented approximately N140. The first design of the open pit was done by a Standard geotechnical survey; this one has taken into account the geomechanical, hydrogeological, structural Parameters äs well äs the "decohesion", induced by the revival of subsidence due to old Underground mining. However, some mining slopes can locally present risks of slipping induced by old Underground mining. Anyway here are a few pics Thanks for looking
  2. Kings Hall Cinema, Southall, London - September 2017 Interesting one this one! I'd wanted to do this for a while and had been planning to in the coming weeks but had been put off with the idea of its "unique access" which requires some planning in terms of times of entry! Situated on a very busy road with lots of passersby and businesses open till the very wee hours, there is a very small window to get inside as the Night Shift commute changes to the Early and Day Shift Commute. When we arrived it was around midnight and the streets were busy. We were in London so went for a little drive for an hour or so before returning. Visited with a non-member back in September;when inside we had a little lie down in a dark corner for an hour or so to allow the sun to rise just a little bit, and spent about 2 hours light painting the rooms which were boarded and anything which the abundance of daylight wouldn't help. It's a very interesting building with lots to shoot photos of and with my "loaded" parking meter fast running out, we didn't have as much time inside as we would have liked. The air inside is terrible (understandably) and the damp has caused the parquet floors inside much of the building to bow upwards, making an interesting effect! We started shooting inside the main hall at around 6am and spent some time chilling here and getting photos as the sun came up, but we only had till 8am on the car park. The street was already very busy down below by 6am and the main hall had a hue of red from some of the shops signage. When it did become time to leave, we had to jump into a street full of commuters. We were not getting out without being seen. It was 7:45am and the bus stops had queues of people at them. As I was leaving I did attempt to not be seen, but a middle aged chap turned round and looked right at me. I wished him a good morning, jumped down and walked off to get my externals. He certainly looked slightly bewildered. The cinema come Methodists Church is located in Southall, Middlesex, in the west of Greater London. The King’s Hall was constructed in 1916; designed by architect Sir Alfred Gelder of Hull. The site has a 3-storey red brick and stone facade. It was originally operated by the Uxbridge and Southall Wesleyan Mission and was soon playing religious films. By 1926, Kings Hall was operating as a regular cinema; but was however still managed by the Methodist church. The Cinema was closed in 1937. It then converted back to its original Methodist Church use, and today is the King’s Hall Methodist Church. Some interesting and otherwise controversial quotes taken from comments when closure was announced. The church vacated the site in 2012. More Info at: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/31352 #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157688232708403
  3. Moreton in the Marsh District Hospital - September 2017 Visited a few weeks ago with Mookster and two other non-members for one of their bithdays. It was a very relaxed explore as you'd expect; pretty trashed and stripped of most things, but still retained some photographic merit. We were caught on the way out by a friendly and incredibly confused security guard who didn't really have an awful lot to say and just smiled a lot! Moreton-in-Marsh Cottage Hospital was a small Victorian hospital built in the Cotswolds. It's closure in 2012 came about after a new much larger facility opened just outside the village. Moreton Cottage Hospital was built in 1873 by private subscription. Lord Redesdale gave the land at the north end of the town in Back Ends. The first small stone building had seven beds, but this was extended in 1879 following a £3,000 request by Dr. William Sands Cox, the founder of Queen's College, Birmingham. In 1886 The Joseph Phipps Charity donated a further £1,000 stock to the hospital in and an operating theatre was built in 1900. By 1919 the hospital was extended further, when £2,000 was given to the hospital, and again in 1935. Moreton in the Marsh Cottage Hospital; which had been managed by trustees, eventually came under the authority of the Banbury and District Hospital Management Committee after 1946. There are a several buildings within the site, the main hospital and a much more modernised outpatients clinic. After the hospitals closure, bits of the hospital have been used by a prop hire company as storage but now the whole site remains disused. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 Thanks for Looking, more at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157686204703971
  4. HOOK END MANOR History: Hook End Manor was once owned by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. The manor itself has a huge 25 acres of land alongside the recording studio. It was also previously owned by record producer Trevor Horn but was sold back in 2007. The last know proprietor was Mark White, however the manor has now fallen into disrepair! Complete with 11 bedrooms, countless bathrooms, games room and tennis court, in its day the manor would have been great! The Explore: The explore itself went really well, after an hour or so drive finding our way down small country lanes we came across the manor. From an outside perspective there was no way of telling if the place was abandoned. Despite the manor being left empty the attached property is still in use. Not sure if this was still used as the recording studio or converted to offices but we avoided going into that area. The manor is a maze of rooms and much of the original furnishings still remain untouched. We spent a good 2hrs wandering around uninterrupted! <PIC HEAVY> Anyway on with the photos........ Thanks for looking
  5. Sadly now demolished � Ysgol y bont was a special education centre which was replaced by a 10million pound education cente further up the road which contains sensory rooms, a hydrotherapy pool and corridors witha built in gradient so that stairs are unecessary. Ysgol y bont was replaced in 2014. � � � � � � �
  6. Wanted to see this place for a awhile now and was over the moon to finally get into this awesome site.Spent a good few hours wandering the hospital and got to see some excellent features including the admin building and it's lovely staircase. Got to spend another couple of hours in the morning on a solo mooch which I will put up as a separate report. Visited with four local non members. History Severalls Hospital in Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 to the design of architect Frank Whitmore. It opened in May 1913. The 300-acre (120 ha) site housed some 2000 patients and was based on the "Echelon plan" - a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardian period. The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990s following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 1/2 3/4 5 6/7 8 9 10 11 12/13 14/15 16/17 18 19/20 21 22 23 Thanks For Looking
  7. Visited both these place after travelling down to London the night before the kent meetup I had always wanted to see London from the rooftops with my own eyes and it did not disappoint! much better than the rubbish views I had seen in Leeds and Sheffield! Thanks to The Raw and Extreme Ironing for showing us these 2 and thanks again to The Raw for letting us crash at his house! Cheers for looking
  8. THE HISTORY Croda was originally owned by Price's Patent Candle Company. In 1853, Palm oil was brought into Liverpool and so the company needed a site to use the palm oil closer to Liverpool than taking it to London by boat. The company build what is now Bromborough Pool village and opened a new factory in Bromborough. The factory opened in 1855 and the company went from having 84 staff in 1840 to a remarkable 2300. Borrowed from Lavino hope you dont mind m8ty. The explore Visited here with Acid- Reflux. Really liked the look of this wanted to climb those towers lol. Anyway was one hell of a fun explore. Has we got there acid suddenly stopped and said someone is riding a bike round the outside of building looking in like secca etc. Very clever has a lot quieter than a quad. Anyways once he had done one in we went but that wasn't the end of close calls and surprises lol. After a nice walk round we split up temporally taking some shots. When from out of no where this dude walked right past a door where i was stood big bald dude looked like someone you wouldn't wanna meet lol. He didn't see me so i slowly made my way back to acid told him and waited a little. Anyway decided to make our way to another building the clock tower was our next port of call. Just has we went round the corner this lad came the other way How the fook he didn't see us i have no idea. Anyway me and acid then hid like a couple of prats in a fairly cramp shower after stepping across some minions heads that made more fooking noise than pigeons lol. After 15 mins or so acid then decided to say WTF are we doing lol. And out we went straight into clock tower building. Now this was pretty cool. While we where in there one floor above us there was a shit ton of noise. Talking banging etc. When we got to stairs we stood for a bit then decided fook it up we went. Now no ghost shit but FFS it was empty no fooker there 15 mins of noise and now empty no way down past us NOTHING. So if that was you doing one hell of a magic trick fair play. We couldn't get to the clock but from what Ive heard its modern now so not really much to see. Anyway did the rest towers etc. And then right near the end i heard acid say hello and in walked this big bald dude Shit busted. So you would think but oh no all this time playing hide and seek and he was there doing something metal who knows cause he says " Are you meant to be in here " In which Acid replies in his charming manner " No Are You" The guy then says " No " Acid then says " Good " LMFAO. All this fooking time hide and fooking seek and they where not even secca DUH. Anyways was a bloody fun explore now on with thee pics. PICS WooHoo Kitchens lol love me a kitchen. Snakes and ladders or that snake game from nokia days lol Very very funny considering the company lol. Photo opp lol My made phot opp lol I am a Dalek From the towers Waiting on tour bus home lol Thanks for looking. Sorry on pic heavy but with such a larger place and several buildings hard to cut down pics. Hope you like it.
  9. After seeing Urbexbandoned's recent report on this place and knowing of the other two attractions on the same site I would have been a fool not to have gone for a look while I was in the area. Nice little mooch is one with large parts still quite clean and decay starting in others. Pretty much stripped of any stuff but an interesting building with a workhouse history. Thanks for the heads up on this one guys and a massive thanks to Tagger for the help Melton Mowbray Poor Law Union officially came into existence on 26th March 1836. Its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, 56 in number, representing its 54 constituent parishes. A Union workhouse was built in 1836 at the east side of Thorpe Road in Melton Mowbray. It was designed by Charles Dyer and adopted an elongated H-plan layout, rather than one of radial layouts more popular at the time. An infirmary designed by RW Johnson was erected at the east of the workhouse in 1869-70. At the centre were a surgery. kitchen, and nurse's quarters. Male and female patients had separate entrance to each side. A vagrants' block was located at the south of the workhouse. It contained work cells for stone-breaking at the southern side. The cells walls contained outlet grids through which were placed the small pieces of broken stone. The former workhouse later became St Mary's Hospital which seems to have shut in 2010. 1 2 3 4 5 6/7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15/16 17/18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Thanks For Looking
  10. Come and spend the tail end of the summer exploring, relaxing and having a good time in Kent. OK it is the arse end of England, but we've never had a proper big meet down here . . . . until now! I've been promising people for a long time that I would organise a meet in Kent, so here it is. Date is set as I can't really do many other weekends so apologies to those who can't make it. This will be an exploring meet staying in a nice location in the Kent countryside, we're not going to be stuck in a pub. Bring your own beer, food and something to sleep in. The venue will be announced via PM nearer the time as I have two in mind, both are in areas where there are other things to explore nearby so you can make a day of it and meet up in the evening. You won't necessarily need a tent as both venues have sheltered areas you can sleep in and places you can hang hammocks (you may need pitons thou) One venue has a lake next to it you can kayak in, both have areas we can rig a short pitch for rope techniques. So if you're interested say below and keep the 5th 6th September free! :-) There's no limit on numbers here and members old and new are equally welcome so if you've never attended a meet before, now's your chance to come and meet us all. This is a cross-forum explorers meet so they'll be members from other UE forums and Facebook. There's no limits to numbers really, but keep it to people you trust only. Maniac :-)
  11. It was a bit of a race against time getting to this location. Towards the end of the day, a successful day - this being the 4th location. We wanted to make sure that we had enough time to do the place properly, not rushed. Sometimes when the light fades, one has no choice but to rush though. as it happened, we got there around mid afternoon, so rushing was not going to be necessary. That was just as well, as I had no idea what to expect at this location, however the size of the place was a massive surprise. What was even more of a surprise was the different feel of the various rooms. It was pretty dark inside for the most part, but the decay and nature reclaiming was brilliant - if that is the right way to describe it... In one of the main rooms was a fireplace - which had a very interesting feature - a cupboard above the fire, but below the mantelpiece. Odd, as whatever was stored there would surely get pretty warm Although it was still pretty sunny outside, the shutters made it a bit of a nightmare to get any decent shots - although in some ways it also added to the atmosphere of the place In the basement was the remnants of brewing - quite whether this was just for the consumption of the house - probably - I don't know. Would be nice to have that sort of cellar though. Wine on tap - quite literally. Yep, I could do with that for sure The kitchen was a mess, they could have tidied up really On the way back to the car, I noticed this wheel. Not sure what the purpose was though, outside the house and yet with some sort of connection to the floor below. Whether it was a case of turning the wheel from the ground level or below is anyone's guess. There was not much movement in it now though... Thanks for looking in
  12. History Kettering football club played here at this ground between 1897 and 2011 before closing its gates for the last time to move in with Rushden & Diamonds I don't think the club has ever been the same since moving out of here. In 2012 they were forced to move out of Rushden and to Corby because they couldn't afford the rates and for the 2013/14 season they are playing their games in Burton Latimer. I reckon they should come back here to Rockingham Road, cut the grass and re-boot the club completely. I believe they have plans to build flats on this site eventually. 114 years of football will be gone forever, but until then; this decayed beauty stands before us. The Explore Visited solo after work on one hot Friday evening. Nice little mooch without the need to worry about usual hazards such as loose flooring or pigeon crap, this time having been replaced with hawthorns and barb wire instead. Access is a bit awkward and you are often very exposed by people nearby including houses that look directly over the pitch itself, so be discreet if you are planning a visit. I find the best attraction of Kettering football club is the pitch itself, found a couple of old footballs still lying around amongst the matted grass and wondered how many stars had kicked them around as I smiled and had kick about of my own. Most places are accessible including the stands, bars, locker rooms, equipment cupboards, VIP areas, commentary box and kitchen. There is a nice feel of football nostalgia aswell. As I left I did so with an accidental clatter which raised the alarm for nearby onlookers, explained that I was an explorer, following it up with “Now, mind your own business†Haha. Pictures Thank you all for reading my report, I hoped you liked. The Lone Shadow
  13. If you ever go on a mini tour, one of the things that pretty much no one mentions is sleep, or lack thereof. The benefit is that when one gets back to work, it feels as though one's had a couple of weeks off, whereas the reality is it has been a couple of days. So much is packed in, and so little sleep, but always worth it to be honest. The reason I mention this is because although Blue Chapel was on the list, we figured on going to another site instead. Selected that place from the pre-loaded TomTom and off we went. It was only when we arrived that we realised that actually we were at Blue Chapel. Not that it was a problem of course, as it was still a place we wanted. A quick walk around and we couldn't see a viable entry point. We were on the point of calling it a day when something from my dim and distant childhood surfaced. Something along the lines of, if you can fit an arm and head through a gap, the rest of your body can follow. Now this might be true for a child, or someone flexible without the added bodily development a few beers and burgers brings. Long story short... I was in. Phew. No need to call for an ambulance or fire brigade. Luckily. I had a look around the rest of the site, aiming to leave the chapel until last. There isn't much there to be honest, I was intrigued to spot an internal door with a built in letter box. Clearly someone too important to go and get their own mail!!! Upstairs, other than empty rooms and corridors, access to the loft Judging by the state of the roof, it won't be long before this place is totally lost They clearly liked a drink or four too With light fading fast, I made my way back downstairs to the Chapel, and the view that lends itself to the name of this location It would have been good to get there earlier to be honest, but I am glad we made it there. Although at this level, it all looks pretty sound, knowing the state of the roof, it can't stay this way for long, unless some work is done to save it... Thanks for viewing, there are a couple more shots in my Flickr album
  14. Following on from a visit to Crying Baby, it was on to Red Cross. So called as in the Chapel roof there was a red cross... To be honest, I think this site could do with a rename. If the images of a couple of years ago are to be believed, this cross has faded mighty quick!!! I did attempt to "construct" a cross of sorts - torch came in handy for this shot of the confessional There were a couple of floors of rooms full of beds, and in my opinion more photogenic than Crying Baby. That might be because of the lack of graffiti though, rather than anything else At the end of the room was a communal wash area, signs of the length of time since this was abandoned from the tree.... Thank you for viewing
  15. This was the first site in a mini tour of some of Italy's fine locations. By the time we arrived it was late and dark. We went inside to see if there was a place we could safely sleep. That found we made our way back to the cars to get our stuff and returned for a pretty decent night's sleep. In terms of history, I don't know much to be honest. It was built at the end of WW2 as a retreat for children, by a relgious order. The location had a lot of potential for not only the wide angle shots, but also some good details Upstairs there were lots of rooms full of beds. Sadly with very strategically placed graffiti, someone had painted "A" or something similar on enough pillars to make it impossible to exclude them. My photoshop skills are too rubbish to be able to do a decent enough job to get rid, so I went for a bit of a wander. As well as the dorms, there were, well I think treatment rooms, kind of like wards? I can't imagine that there were "private" smaller dorms, unless this was for the staff? If so, they were very austere I was very chuffed to find this on the lower ground level We had started our little explore just as the sun was rising, so the light was constantly changing, which made for some interesting shots. I particularly like this one. Communal showers Study time Thanks for viewing
  16. It was late afternoon by the time we arrived on site, but the plan remained - carry our gear in with us and spend the night. This was, after all, the main reason for the trip. I know, always dangerous to pin the success of a trip on one place, as if you don't get in, the disappointment is going to be pretty high. Still, that is the fact, this was the main reason for going. In terms of the history of this place, as I understand it, the site was originally an asylum built towards the end of the 19th Century. Initially used as a hospital for the mentally ill, in later life it was used as a military academy. As there have been a number of different visits to the location, on with the images It was great to find that, even after all this time, this observation light was pretty in tact. Once the sun came up, the day was a really glorious one. I ventured outside after taking this corridor shot The view from outside, in the courtyard of the main building Of course, another favourite of this site is the room full of cupboards I had seen images of this before I went, and feared that the cupboard room has been burnt out - fortunately, if that is the right way to put it, it was a different room Staircase shot - had to be done. Although to be fair, this staircase is very photogenic from a number of angles Final shot of this post - many more images on my flickr though thank you for viewing
  17. Afternoon all, Another place visited on our last day in September which was a familiar spot on many peoples list is Non Plus Ultra. This castle owes it's current decor due to the work of one man who renovated and expanded the building during the 19th century. Its a bit of an overload on the senses with all the decor and the colours, more or less empty besides some beds and bits upstairs but was a nice few hours. The building can be traced back to the Roman periods. It is reported that in 780 Charlemagne could have passed by the place on his way back from Rome, where he went to have his son baptized by the Pope. In the 1970’s from the 20th century the castle was transformed into a hotel, only to close its doors in the 1990’s. The castle remains unused to this day. The castle is built in different styles; including Moorish and Indian. It has 365 rooms and every room has a different theme. I still got a lot of process but this is pretty much the jist of what I want to add to this report. On with some photos. Externals #1 #2 Internals #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 [ #14 #15 #16 Thanks for looking in.
  18. Evening all, Long time since I posted anything and as you may already know I don't process that quick so got about 40 active locations of photos to still process bits from. This place was visited on our last day during our first of two trips to Italy last year. Not sure why it was abandoned but it was fancy, abandoned, reasonably clean and empty. Some nice bits in and outside which were worth stopping for. Right on with some photos. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 Thanks for looking.
  19. Spent a lovely morning back in September last year exploring this crazy place with Paul 2129 off 28DL (had a great time round here mate). We had an early close call where Paul spotted a bloke looking up at the Hospital with is arms crossed. Luckily he never seen us and we dropped down to ground level and lost ourselves in the corridors and rooms. Don't know if was Elwyn, just glad we never found out. After that we never seen another soul in the whole six hours we spent in a nice and relaxed mooch. Hell of a place this one, crumbling around you, overgrow and stripped. Yet still holding alot of charm as you wonder around his huge site. Liked the Nurses Home also, an explore in it's own right. The old girl may well be on the brink of collapse but she still has something to give. The North Wales Hospital (locally known as Denbigh Mental or Denbigh Asylum) is a Grade II listed building. Construction started in 1844 and was completed in 1848. Once a hospital for people with psychiatric illnesses, at its maximum capacity it could house 200 patients. Designed by architect Thomas Full James to originally accommodate between 60 and 200 patients, the hospital originally had its own farm and gasworks. Planned for closure by Enoch Powell during the 1960s, it was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002. Currently on the buildings at risk register, planning permission has currently lapsed. In 2011 the building was at risk of collapsing and no action was taken by the owners after an urgent works notice was issued, Denbighshire Council had no choice but to carry out repairs on the building which has reached £930,000. In 2013, Denbighshire Council voted to press ahead with a compulsory purchase order on the building; the council, however, wish to reach an agreement with the owners before taking legal action. An estimated cost of repairing the building is £1 million. On October 31, 2008, Most Haunted did a live series, The Village of the Damned on location in the North Wales Hospital which spanned over the course of a week The producers of the show were criticised by residents of Denbigh for slurs against the town and the hospital. Could eplain the much photographed writing on one of the walls of this place. Thanks for looking.
  20. (London) National Temperance hospital, Euston, London - September 2014 Intro Been meaning to post this for some time, only seen 2 reports of this and wondered why, then I went myself and discovered why. Considering the amount of effort, travel money and time it took to get me there and back twice, research the place and actually get in, I wasn't 100% sure it was worth it. But I think at times it had redeemed itself, I always look back at an explore occasionally, and this one was both good and disappointing. I mean it was dark, damp and gloomy, but I really enjoyed it and the roof was nice, Some nice decay in places and I'll constantly tell myself it wasn't worth it, but it was. Probably not for everyone else though! As usual, skip for pics at the end if you're easily bored. First of all! Please sign this: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-st-jamess-gardensthe-national-temperance-hospital-london-nw1.html I'd appreciate it, and so would the locals! History Administrative history: In the mid-nineteenth century it was common in most hospitals for alcohol to be given to both patients and staff. Some members of the temperance movement began to argue that this impaired staff efficiency and restricted patients' treatment. A temperance dispensary was opened in 1860 in Upper Park Place in north west London, by an apothecary, Dr. C.H. Yewen. On 17 February 1871, Dr Yewen presented a paper on the subject of establishing a hospital founded on temperance principles at a meeting chaired by the President of the National Temperance League, Mr. Samuel Bowly. A committee was appointed and a lease was acquired on 112 Gower Street for twenty one years. The first meeting of subscribers was held on 6 May 1873, and the London Temperance Hospital opened, receiving its first patients on 6 October that same year. The Board of Management which was appointed to manage the Hospital was composed of 12 total abstainers. Under the rules of the new hospital, the use of alcohol to treat patients was discouraged, but not outlawed: doctors could prescribe alcohol when they thought necessary for 'exceptional cases', and a record of such cases was kept. A Building and Extension Fund was launched in 1875, which eventually resulted in the acquisition of land next to St James' Church on the Hampstead Road. The foundation stone of the first section to be built, the East Wing, was laid in 1879 and the new hospital was eventually opened in 1885 by Dr. Frederick Temple, Archbishop of York. Inpatients were admitted to the new hospital free by a letter from a governor, or on payment of a fixed amount. Outpatients could be admitted with a governor's letter or pay at least a shilling a visit. Subscribers of a guinea per annum were entitled to recommend 6 outpatients a year, and those of 2 guineas per annum one inpatient and 6 outpatients. Life Governorship was conferred on payment of a lump sum of 20 guineas. A children's ward was opened in 1892 by the Duchess of Westminster. In 1893, 12 beds were set aside for cholera patients at the request of the Metropolitan Asylums Board. There was further expansion of the hospital on the site of the vicarage of St. James' Church, the foundation stone being laid on 25 October 1906. The Ear, Nose and Throat and Skin Departments were opened in 1913/14. A new Nurses' Home was opened in 1925, built as a memorial to Sir Thomas Vezey Strong, who had been Chairman of the hospital from 1899 until his death in 1920. An Appeals Department was established in 1923 to help with fundraising. The Insull Memorial Wing was opened in 1932, after a gift from Mr. Samuel Insull of Chicago("In 1931, Chicago magnate Samuel Insull donated $160,000 to build a new extension, the "Insull Memorial wing"). It provided accommodation for special departments, private wards and nurses. The name of the hospital was changed to The National Temperance Hospital at an extraordinary general meeting held on 10 February 1932. During World War Two the hospital was designated a Grade A Unit and a 1a Casualty Station. Under the National Health Service Act 1946, the hospital was transferred to the North West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board under the Paddington Group Hospital Management Committee. Within the Hospital Management Committee, the National Temperance Hospital was managed by House Committee No. 1, together with the Institute of Ray Therapy and the Mayor of St. Pancras Home for Children. (There were 6 House Committees in total, and they reported to the General Purposes Committee, which was a sub-committee of the Hospital Management Committee.) Between 1960 and 1969 a number of beds were set aside for use by the Eastman Dental Hospital to reduce their waiting lists. The private patients' beds in the Insull Wing were closed on 1 January 1968, and on 1 April the Hospital was transferred to the University College Hospital Group, at which point the Casualty Department was closed and all casualties referred to UCH instead. In May and June 1969 the Camden Chest Clinic, formerly the Holborn Chest Unit and the St. Pancras Chest Unit, and the UCH Asthma and Allergy Clinic moved into the National Temperance Hospital. The Nurses' lecture room was closed down when the UCH School of Nursing opened at Minerva House in 1969 and nurses' training in the UCH Group became centralised there. Closure of the hospital occurred in 1990 and eventually came under the management of University College Hospital soon there after. It was used as seminar rooms and lecture rooms in mainly the theory of medical education, as the practical side would be taught in more modern facilities. When it shut, it had a unit for the treatment of torture victims. Books about this site: James Edmunds, The Non-Alcoholic Treatment of Disease: Notes of Cases Treated at the London Temperance Hospital (1876) A. Pearce Gould, A Year’s Surgery at the London Temperance Hospital (1884) C. E. Dumbleton, A Report of One Hundred and Twenty-Nine Consecutive Surgical Operations Treated without Alcohol in the London Temperance Hospital, under the care of James Edmunds, MD (1891) Benjamin Ward Richardson,‘Work in the London Temperance Hospital,’ in Asclepiad, vol. 9 (1892), no. 34 Benjamin Ward Richardson,‘The Treatment of Disease without Alcohol: A Review of Medical Practice in the Wards of the London Temperance Hospital,’ in Asclepiad, vol. 10 (1893), no. 37 Benjamin Ward Richardson,‘The Treatment of Disease without Alcohol (drawn from five hundred cases), Report no. II,’ in Asclepiad, vol. 11 (1894–1895), no. 41 Joan E. Frame, Alive and Lively 100 Hundred Years Later: A Centennial Report on the National Temperance Hospital, 1873–1973 (1973) Present The present site sits derelict next the Euston station, it is slowly decaying inside with a flooded basement and rising damp. The top floors are littered in pigeon defecation and walls are slowly peeling. Some graffiti has appeared over time on the upper floors. The roof has seen better days, but isn't major leaking and is fairly strong, despite a few plants growing 60ft up, it's relatively clean as well. The architecture, I believe is rather characteristic and the stairways are nice. But most of the original Victorian features have been stripped for use by the University college hospital. Which is a shame, but you can see bits and pieces that have sat resident and it's nice. For example the stair banisters, some window frames and some sky lights are quite characterful. I reckon it's absolutely safe and I know it could easily be converted to flats or housing of some sort, demolition would result in the loss of some nice characterful buildings. Externally, they look nice. Future The future still remains very uncertain with nothing securing the sight with a future, however there have been ideas and plans. One proposal is for it to be demolished to make room for the Hs2 to Birmingham: TRANSPORT Secretary Justine Greening last night (Wednesday) told the New Journal that plans to terminate the High Speed 2 rail link at Euston are now “set in stoneâ€Â. She slammed the door shut on campaigners still hoping Camden could escape the disruption caused by the London to Birmingham HS2 route. We buttonholed Ms Greening as she joined celebrations at King’s Cross station at the official opening of a new concourse to ask her whether objections to the Euston plan are holding any weight at Westminster. In a reply that will devastate protesters, she said: “We have chosen Euston for a number of reasons and we feel Euston is clearly the best option. I have met with councillors and others to speak to them to make sure when we bring in HS2 to Euston it will help regenerate the area and will bring opportunities to the area.†Objectors had been trying to convince Ms Greening that it would be better for the rail link to terminate at Old Oak Common in west London. Around 500 homes face the bulldozer if the £17billion project goes ahead and there are warnings a whole community will be devastated. Concerns about disruption run from the curry houses of Drummond Street to users of the north London overground, both of which are expected to be swept up in the route. http://www.camdennewjournal.com/news...will-go-euston The second being converted for replacement housing for those affected by Hs2: In 2006 the Medical Research Council bought the site for £28 million, hoping to move its headquarters there. However, it has since changed its mind, looking instead for a bigger building behind King’s Cross. Most recently it is thought that the government will buy the temperance hospital and develop it to re-house those residents displaced by HS2 when it ploughs through Somers Town on its way out of Euston. Nothing is likely to happen for a long time; the future of HS2 even lies in some doubt. There's a whole site dedicated for this: http://www.hs2.org.uk/press/response...-hospital-site he Department for Transport is in the process of purchasing the National Temperance Hospital. “We are investigating potential options for using this land – both during and after construction. We haven’t yet made a decision on how the land will be used, but one option we and the Department for Transport need to consider would be using it as a potential location for a construction site, as the National Temperance Hospital is very close to where construction will be taking place. “If the site were to be used as a construction site, the land would be reinstated afterwards and could be used for other purposes thereafter. “We and the Department for Transport are committed to working with London Borough of Camden to develop a joint framework for replacing lost social housing – and this work is already under way.†My visit So I had first visited this site a few months ago in, I think, August/early September and didn't have much luck, spoke to security and they didn't seem to mind me taking a few external shots. Later on in the year I happened to be passing and thought it'd be rude not to take a quite mooch as I had the time for it. This time I spotted access, desperate to just see the place after a failed attempt, I jumped for it and thus begun the most ridiculous access to a site, as of yet. razor wire, pigeon faeces, splinters the lot. I got in and had a nice little wander, T'was nice to have a relaxed explore and get out of the cold for a bit. I got covered in dust and all sorts but had a nice time and was good for myself if anything to get out for a bit. After 3 hours I got out the same way I came in, this time with even more elegance. One thing I think is worth adding. As I got to the basement level I heard rushing water in the distance, thought nothing of it and continued to wander, but as I later tried to access the East wing basement where, supposedly, the boilers are. I edged closer and I slowly I couldn't ignore the rushing water sound as once nearer, I could also hear faint music and muttering, I ventured further and then heard talking. Then it clicked and I hid and laid low for a bit to listen. I kid you not, someone was having a shower doing there, and whoever it was, was having a karaoke session on their own. Confused I quickly got out of there and continued with my explore. Wish I'd gotten evidence as you'll all think I'm barmy, but nope, it did indeed happen! (Or was it ghosts? ) On with the pics, enjoy, not the best of sites in London, but with most others being, or having been, demolished/converted, it's slim pickings. Please excuse the picture quality, it's bad because I didn't want to risk taking my DSLR in through that access... So high ISO and dodgy lighting. Pictures Externals Cheers
  21. Evening all, Not getting through stuff very quickly as per usual. Means I have a lot to process which keeps me occupied for months but creates a bit of a backlog. This place in the Italian countryside was visited during our first of two trips to Italy in the latter part of 2014. No history but was a park outside and go and find the way in type of place, over the pond is mostly relaxed as a lot of you already know but Italy is even more so. This place had some nice detail, however minimal but was one of many residences with large barrels and miscellaneous brewing items in the lower levels. Anyway on with some photos. Thanks for looking in.
  22. The North London Mail Centre was established in 1904 Sager bought the 500,000 sq ft North London Mail Centre for £30m in 2003. The site is now a £370million development called the 'Islington Square Project' providing nearly 43,000 square feet of green space across rooftops in the heart of Islington. The Islington Square project will become a luxury complex of 356 homes alongside shops, cafes, restaurants, offices, a health club and a cinema. Model of how it will look when completed I visited here 3 times in as many months with a few different people, skeleton key, adders, monkey and gabe if I remember rightly. We went up the crane twice, up on the roof of the main building, and down into the bowels of the construction site. It's a big playground with a few things to do. The main building although completely stripped out looks as though it will have it's exterior retained. The site is also home to a live royal mail depot so there is always some activity down below. Here's a few pics from all over the site. The centre of the main building Struggling to find a way up to the roof... The rooftop which will be turned into 'green space' Looking down at the live mail depot The other half of the site SK deep in thought SK taking a pew.... Thanks for looking
  23. Tolly Cobbold brewery Intro After a frustrating visit to St. Clement's I wandered down to this and spent a few hours here. I think the reason I didn't enjoy it so much was because I was annoyed I didn't get into St/ Clement's/ Don't get me wrong, it's a nice place. Just not quite as good as I was expecting! The building itself looks awesome and hopefully it does get renovated, even if it's over priced flats, at least the building would be retained. I'd been siting on these pics for a while, t'is about time I posted them up. Enjoy the essay! Pictures at the end as always. History The history of Tolly Cobbold starts with the original Cobbold brewery at Harwich founded around 1723 and ends (almost) in 2002 with the merger with Ridley's and closure of the Cliff Brewery at Ipswich. It should be noted, however, that Ridley's have retained the Tolly "brand" for versions of the Tolly Cobbold beers brewed by Ridley's. It should also be noted that the name Tolly Cobbold comes from the merger of two family brewers - the Tollemaches and the Cobbolds in 1957. The intervening events reveal the interesting story of a pioneering regional business in an ever-changing world. Time line 1723 Harwich Brewery Founded. 1746 Cliff Brewery Founded. 1752 Thomas Cobbold (maltster) dies. 1754 Thomas Cobbold (brewer) opens the "Brewer's Baths" at Harwich. 1767 Thomas Cobbold (brewer, born 1708) dies. 1770 The Cobbold & Cox partnership is running the Harwich operation whilst John Cobbold is running the main company including the Cliff Brewery at Ipswich. 1835 John Cobbold dies. 1840 Thomas Cobbold (son of John) retires and the Harwich Brewery closes. 1863 John Chevallier Cobbold acquires the new Harwich Brewery 1876 New Harwich Brewery closes. 1880 Tollemache brothers acquire the Ipswich Brewery from Cullingham & Co. 1894-1896 Cliff Brewery Rebuilt. 1920 The Tollemache family acquire the Essex Brewery at Walthamstowe and become incorporated as Tollemache Breweries Ltd. 1923 Bi-centenary of Company. Cobbold acquires half of the Catchpole tied estate. 1924 Company becomes incorporated as Cobbold & Co. Ltd. 1930 Tollemache Breweries Ltd. acquire controlling share of the Star Brewery, Cambridge. 1947 White Star Brewery becomes wholly owned by Tollemache Breweries Ltd. 1957 Cobbold & Co. merge with Tollemache's Breweries Ltd. to become Tolly Cobbold. 1961 Tollemache brewery at Upper Brook Street, Ipswich closes. 1972 Star Brewery, Cambridge closes 1973 New corporate image launched. 1973 New bottling plant installed at Cliff Brewery. 1977 Company taken over by Ellerman Shipping Group. 1979 Tolly Original launched 1983 Company sold to Barclay Brothers. 1989 Brent Walker buy Company. 1989 Cliff Brewery closes. 1990 Management buyout saves Cliff Brewery. 1991 Brewing starts again in Ipswich. 1992 Brewery tours start at Cliff Brewery. 2002 Ridley's acquire company and Cliff Brewery closes. In 1746 they founded their powerbase at the Cliff Brewery in Ipswich. Their brewing ambitions had started at Harwich and although it is now known that the operation at Harwich wasn't abandoned when the Cliff Brewery came on line it was a leap to a much larger scale and was used as the springboard to greater things. When we look at the Cliff Brewery now what we see is basically the brewery that was rebuilt and extended between 1894 and 1904. Large sections of the old brewery were demolished during this time and what original parts survived were pretty much erased during the 1904 expansion and adaptation. The brewery finally changed shape again in the 1990s when production moved away from the Victorian apparatus and into, effectively, a modern microbrewery out the back. This left the old building free for brewery tours and gave the economy the modern business required. Everything, of course, changed again in 2002 when the brewery finally closed and it remains today, in a virtually mothballed state, protected by its Grade II listed status but slowly decaying in a poor state, re-development would cost a lot. Moving back in time to 1746 it is easy to see why Thomas Cobbold set up where he did. He had been plagued by the troublesome water supply at Harwich for some time and although moving up-river disconnected him from some of his customers he could obtain good water and malt in Ipswich and use the Harwich operation as a staging post, this worked well, Ipswich was where the materials could easily get to, and Harwich was just down the river where it could be exported. In fact it is quite possible that the Cobbolds started off in Ipswich malting barley and decided to take over the Harwich Brewery - probably from George Rolfe - having previously supplied it with malt. Certainly there are stories of the Cobbolds supplying malt to brewers as far afield as London. Water transport was the only way this could happen so it is quite possible that having had good success at Harwich Thomas Cobbold decided to setup a new, larger brewery close to his maltings at Ipswich. Old Maltings at the Cliff Brewery The original Cliff Brewery was probably a good deal larger than the one at Harwich but we willmost likely never know its exact size. It is quite clear that, in common with many breweries, extensions and adaptations were added over the years until in the late 19th century the complex was not fit for purpose and the brewery simply had to be rebuilt after all the chopping and changing. The old brewery before the 1984 rebuild and part of the old building left standing after the rebuild That said the new brewery wasn't greatly larger, in terms of the ground it stood upon than the one it replaced. It was just that the old brewery had evolved bit-by-bit and the new one was designed to do exactly what it was supposed to do - brew beer in an age when the brewery process had been industrialised, it had adapted what it was to fit the modern demand and new products. To achieve that designs of the day made use of gravity - the so-called tower brewery - so the raw materials started at the top and made their way downwards, via the brewing process, to be matured and put in casks at the bottom. This method worked well and proved to be a more organised way of creating products to be sold. So over this two year period from 1894 to 1896 a new brewery replaced what occupied the site before but it was a staged process and was probably carried out by Cobbold's own local people and workforce. Certainly the driving force behind the design was William Bradford & Sons, the eminent London brewery architects but we know that parts of the old brewery were retained after the 1896 rebuild was complete so in some ways the organic expansion of the brewery simply gathered pace in the late Victorian period as opposed to there being a defining moment when a complete new brewery suddenly appeared and analysis of old maps and photographs that have been documented support this idea that it is true. The Cliff Brewery after 1904, OS Map from 1887 and OS Map from 1905 After this period of frenetic development it seems that the brewery underwent little change until it was closed in 1989. Of course equipment was modernised and adapted and capacity upped as the tied estate increased and the merger with Tollemache meant that beers once brewed at the brewery in Upper Brook Street now had to be brewed at Cliff Quay. After the management buyout, a lot of things changed and with no large tied estate to guarantee sales the capacity offered at the Cliff Brewery was too much. The decision was therefore made to build a new, smaller brewery in buildings on the site and the old plant turned into a museum. Thus tourists could be staring into the old mash tuns whilst beer was being sparged out the back in the new ones. It was an interesting decision and one that worked well, But not for long, many items remain with plaques and things set up for when the museum was still open, but in a poor state covered in pigeon defecation and thick dust. Unfortunately no business stands still and the 2002 merger with Ridley's meant that the Cliff Brewery was really surplus to requirements and cost the company more than it's worth. New rumours about potential redevelopment of the site quickly began to surface. The 1989 closure, however, had prompted Ipswich Borough Council to list the brewery building and its contents and the proximity of the Vopak Terminal mean that scope for redevelopment is very limited, hence why it is still derelict. Indeed the brewery buildings stand today pretty much as they were left in 2002 and 260 years after brewing started at the site and 100 years after the impressive Victorian expansion, the future for this imposing collection of buildings seems very uncertain as they are decaying slowly. To see them standing after 260 years is pretty impressive, but to see them in this state? I can't say they'd last too much longer. History thanks to a mix of many sites but this one in particular was very helpful and great for further reading: http://www.tollycobbold.co.uk/ Future The future is still very uncertain, ideas and plans have been revealed and have crumbled or just not gone ahead. One idea seems to look very good: Pigeon Investment Management wants to turn the former Tolly Cobbold site into a mixture of flats, businesses and leisure use. Part of the plan is to convert the listed building into an auditorium, commercial units and a museum space. Outline planning permission was granted by Ipswich Borough Council and Pigeon said it hopes to begin work next year. A proposal to turn the brewery building, which dates from the middle of the 18th Century, into 26 apartments and build a further 46 flats elsewhere on the site was turned down in 2004. The latest project includes 27 flats and a supermarket on the six acre (2.5 hectare) site. Clive Thompson, project co-ordinator, said: "It's very exciting as I've spent two years working on this project and we now have the support of the council to regenerate this part of the waterfront. "The brewery building will provide an auditorium with wonderful light through the lantern roof, commercial units similar to Snape Maltings and a museum space reflecting the brewing history of the building. The old Tolly Cobbold brewery in Ipswich Tolly Cobbold brewed beer on the site in Ipswich for more than 200 years "We can now beaver away to create detailed designs and consent for the prospective demand." Pigeon said it was in discussions with the Ipswich Transport Museum and Suffolk Record Office about possible moves to the site. Mike Cook, planning officer with the Ipswich Society preservation campaign group, said: "We're very pleased because the brewery building is leaking, it's on the buildings at-risk register and its contents have been ransacked apart from a valuable steam engine and copper vat which are still inside. "I think this scheme is sympathetic in the way it will combine the Victorian history of the docks with modern design. "It could become a real visitor hub if they can get all the attractions that they're talking to to move there." (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-21701997) A quote from Pigeon Investment Management in that report. So that being said, I doubt the plans will go ahead, which is a real shame as the building is really nice and I suspect it'll be victim to one of those "arson" attacks. Then 2 days ago this popped up: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/gallery_do_you_remember_the_former_tolly_cobbold_brewery_share_your_memories_and_help_bring_ipswich_s_history_back_to_life_1_3845407 Now, project workers assisting with the redevelopment of the site, are looking for residents to share their memories, stories and pictures of the old brewery for a display, which will be on show at the orangery and stables next year. Charlotte Bethel, a Heritage Management student at University Campus Suffolk who is working on the project with Ipswich Borough Council, said: �This is about local history for local communities, and our aim is to bring information about the brewery to life with personal stories of people who worked at the Cobbold Brewery. �The project will be displayed at Holywells as part of the �3.5 million Parks for People Heritage Lottery Fund award.� Work to create an education space and visitor centre is ongoing, with contractors expected to be finished on-site in December, with the developments completed for an Easter opening next year. The Cobbold Brewery, which was located near the park from 1770 until 2002, was run by the Cobbold family, and became the Tolly Cobbold after a merger with the Tollemache family brewery in 1957. Anthony Cobbold, 79, from Devon, is a descendant of the Cobbold family from Elizabeth, the second wife of the original Thomas Cobbold, who founded the brewery, and has been involved with the heritage of the site. Mr Cobbold, founder and keeper of the Cobbold Family History Trust, said: �I have throughly enjoyed discovering my past, and it is certainly a great pride, I have loved every minute of it. �To me it is more than just the brewery, it�s a story of social history. What is so good about the Holywells project is it�s a place where we can display these bits of social history.� For those wishing to share their memories and pictures, the project team can be contacted on 01473 433 541, or by emailing holywells.hlf@ipswich.gov.uk. So who knows, maybe this will give them the kick up the arse they need to begin re-development! The present site The site as it stands now is in a very derelict condition. Floor boards are lowly rooting and you have to watch your step. Machinery has slowly begun to oxidise and rot. Stairs have either, already broken, or are slowly falling apart. A lot of equipment is left and there's a lot of labels, posters and mats that have been sat since closure of the short lived museum. I did notice a few needles, some from the testing equipment, and some that clearly weren't from the testing equipment and so I kept a wide birth away from them. Office equipment is still in situ but rotting slowly with the carpet I=on the floors slowly rising and bubbling. False ceilings slowly falling and the clear stench of rotting asbestos in some of the more modern extensions. Pigeon defecation, deceased pigeons and scrawny pigeon nests litter every surface on the upper levels and fern bushes are slowly growing up the walls in some rooms. Windows are smashed and there are gaping holes where old equipment has been removed. Partially open areas also show that some demolition has taken place, maybe older failed attempts to re-develop the site? Many of the fittings etc. have been stolen for obvious reasons and much of it is now slowly rotting. My explore I spent a while circling the place trying to gain access without success, then I found it and was kicking myself. I got really bored here if I'm honest, not much to see unless you like brewing. One bit that I did enjoy was going up the tower, nice views and cool breeze, had myself a drink up top as usual and wasn't to bad spending a little while up top. No security on the place as far as I could see, however there is a brewery tap next to the site so you can't really make much noise, but then why would you want to it's nice and peaceful up there. Hope you enjoy he pictures. Pictures My DSLR was being a pain that day, so in the end I gave up with it and used my phone. Didn't fancy continually unpacking ad re-packing my tripod. Standing in the same place for too long is a bit dodgy in there. A few externals, as you can see, externally the sites looks stunning Few from the brewery tap Partially demolished Doors Second floor storage Nice decaying paint in the "blue" room Bitter The "blue" room The next room with the mixers etc. Descending stairs Big mixer things Vandalism Slowly rotting beams Fire exit Looking through the decay and destruction Check list left on the window sill Mixer Nice old thing Acid Big empty room with the hatch To be continued...
  24. Evening all, Another report this weekend from a brief visit at the end of the day. The light was leaving us fast and we had to be quick as we had about an hours worth of daylight left to shoot this place. We had a bit of a drive to get to the last 2 day's worth of locations that we had planned for and this was on the way. Not sure when it was vacated but there was a lot of structural damage due to the earthquakes that Italy can experience and evidence of that was littered throughout this place. Not a lot left to photograph and the majority was either the corridors or the separate chapel which gives this locations it's name. On with the photos. Thanks for looking in.
  25. Evening all, Seems like my 2nd report from Italy is another hospital. This is quite a well known spot in Italy but still quite photogenic. Abandoned sometime ago and was previously used by the Red Cross to treat children hence the amount of dormitories. The famous chapel, which the red cross after which its named is fading fast. A lot of this was derelict and with some rain, a lot of it was pouring in. On with the photos. Thanks for looking in.
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