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  1. Visited solo. I'd wanted to do this the week before when I did the Courthouse but I was worn out after that so I knocked it back again. Having another free weekend to do something, I thought why not try this? So back over to Sheffield I went. And I'm glad I did! Looking at reports, nothing really stood out to me when I looked at the place initially; there's nothing genuinely eye catching like a complete row of intact machinery. GB's is different. With a place like this, you have to be there to appreciate it to its fullest. Having been completely unaltered since it was built around 150 years ago, this is a real treasure to behold. On the other hand, I did nearly cop out of it... I got to the access point, no problem. Without going into too much detail here, however, some idiot kicked the ladder used to get in back in the courtyard! Now this is no ordinary drop; it's at least 12 feet to the ground. Worried sick to say the least (who would come and get me if I broke my ankle on the way down? How would I get back out?), I hung off the ledge, in a moment of blind faith I drop off. I land safely, thank fuck! On through the jungle of a courtyard. Initial impressions are very good! Quite trashed, but still caught somewhere in time. And the reason why this is a defining explore for Sheffield... In the offices new graffiti has put a downer on the otherwise brilliant vibe of the place, but luckily this is contained to just that area. Crucified pigeon Trudging on, you really have to watch your footing here as some of the floors are rotten to the core! One or two rooms were inaccessible because of that but it wasn't really a big deal. On a final note, I'm so, so glad I chose to see it. It was never a high priority, but that certain vibe the place has just blew away all expectations. A wonderful, wonderful explore. I probably won't go back because of the access though; even getting out was dodgy! Love as always, TBM x
  2. Visited with Cloaked Up. WARNING: If you've seen this 2012 or before, look away! At long, long last I've finally managed to get in! First and foremost, however there are some people here I owe a great deal of gratitude to for being able to do this. Firstly thanks to Telf1980 for sharing his access details with me; without those I would've gone round the hard way again and failed! Secondly to Cloaked Up for taking me here and keeping me sane. Finally to Catbalou and Tweek, whose access both got nailed shut before I had an opportunity to do the place; nevertheless I'm grateful for their intel. So here we are. Cloaked Up, Zotez and I failed at this initially in June after finding one climb too dangerous because of the rain; later being joined by Cloaked Up we try the other side, get in the garden (unfortunately Zotez cut his hand on razor wire and had to leave it), only to find all windows tightly boarded. We find Tweek's access, so Cloaked Up dives in (given how long we waited that day I was pretty damn happy!). Alas, the joy was short lived; the door was nailed shut. So that was a fail. Fastforward to September, and we're in. It has to be said, the owner/security/caretaker is genuinely determined to keep people out; in recent months chavs have broken in which is really sad to see, but you've got boards nearly everywhere, and random doors including those that lead to rooms with windows on the ground floor nailed. So what did the chavs do? Boot a load of drywall in! By the looks of it the chapel was sealed for a certain amount of time, as the connection between the maternity hospital was nailed (was open this year). Only way into the chapel we found was through a hole in the wall too. So after familiarising ourselves with the place, we hit the maternity hospital first. This is commonly reported on as the "operating theatre". Let me stress that this is not the case, it's a maternity/geriatric hospital! The place had two, side by side, sharing a preparation room. One thing that I really love about operating theatres is the sheer size of the lights; you expect them to be big, but they're absolutely enormous when you see them up close! The maternity and geriatric hospital extensions, dating from the 1930's and 1950's respectively, is arguably the best part of the site with seemingly little if any alterations being made since being built! Interesting that it closed in 1986 too, 18 years before the rest of the complex. Does anyone know what the 246 lights are supposed to represent? They're dotted about throughout the hospital, and I spotted one in the chapel funnily enough too. Despite only closing in 2004, you really cannot trust some of the floors in this place! Moving on up to the attic, we found some of the hospital paraphernalia stored up there. Couldn't spend much time though, considering there were copious amounts of broken asbestos on the floor. Not to be trusted! Other people have said that they've found the place among the creepiest and most foreboding places they've been to; I agree wholeheartedly. I can't explain why, but the place just seemed to stir up some really scary emotions in us! As far as I can tell very few people have had the pleasure of doing so, but I had this constant feeling that at any moment the owner would come inside and catch us in the act. Not only that, there was one point at which we heard this random sound in the hospital, which I can only describe as a sawing sound which didn't stop. I never did find out what it was; I didn't want to! The car that we spotted in the courtyard in June was still there; was the owner sitting in the reception, just waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting intruder? We didn't know! The lower floors of the hospital were used for storing the furniture once the place closed, with one room inaccessible because of all the stuff tipped in there! I can just imagine the old folks banging away on this! Haha Or racing in this? It took a while to find it with (as far as I could tell) the doors leading to it nailed shut, but we found the chapel eventually. Though it had some nice features, it was surprisingly spartan for a place of 19th Century origin. I also found it quite odd seeing only one stained glass window! Sad to say, however the place is in a poor condition now. Really poor. Some cock broke the head off the Virgin Mary bust! :mad On a final note, I have to be honest here. Whilst I'm relieved to have finally ticked it off the list and enjoyed seeing it, I found it disappointing overall. Maybe it was the fact that the place is just a mostly empty 1930s hospital, a chapel and an empty care home that isn't worth looking at? Or maybe it was that, like Pyestock I'd attempted it and failed miserably, and in doing so became too eager to see it? Maybe it's because it's looking far worse than it did last year? Everything perhaps. Nevertheless, it was worth seeing and I did enjoy it for what it offered. Love as always, TBM x
  3. UK Sheffield Courthouse, September 2013

    Visited solo. I'm really, really not used to solo exploring. I have a penchant for crumbling at the slightest hint of danger (security mostly), but I really didn't want to waste the little time I had to explore! So after a morning bimbling round scrapyards, I end up here. This one's probably the hottest new site I've seen on the UK exploring scene since Berkyn in terms of traffic, and rightfully so. Beautifully ornate throughout, plenty of unaltered features from when it was built, and with a perfect level of decay; I found it pretty amazing to see a lot the place still powered up like the day it left yet other areas the floors have collapsed! But who's paying the electricity bill I wonder? The owner hasn't exactly made themselves known! Closed since 1997, I bring you the Sheffield Courthouse, a brilliant timewarp of the Victorian era. Because I was on my own I was bound to be a little worried, but it has to be said that whilst getting in isn't difficult, it's bloody noisy and embarrassing! I dithered for a bit outside until someone came up to me from nearby: Him- "Do you want to go in there and take pictures?" Me - "Yeah, just come over here from Manchester." Him- "OK, go for it. I've seen about 5 people come out this morning!" Nevertheless, after nearly falling and making a hell of a noise I was in. Brilliant. I took time to familiarise myself with my surroundings (given it's in the city centre you can hear clear voices, making it difficult to discern whether anyone is inside or not). It took a while to realise there was no-one inside the building with me, although looking around there were clear signs of people using it as a hideout, not to mention hearing plenty of voices there was more than one time where I bolted to another part of the place thinking there was someone just loitering round the corner! This meant that I covered every key part, but at the same time I could've done a better job capturing certain parts instead of running from one place to another. The biggest disappointment of the day, however, came in the form of the clocktower. I love clocktowers. But alas, this was not to be; anyone who's explored with me knows I have a phobia of flapping pigeons. In the mighty duel battle of being able to see the clocktower without having a mouthful of feathers and clothes covered in shit, the pigeon won! Using utterly ridiculous methods I attempted to lure the pigeon out of the clocktower and get him to leave, but this was to no avail; the pigeon ended up flying further up the clocktower. Bollocks! Whilst inspecting the bowels of the court, I found something pretty amazing! This passage, though long since bricked up led into the cellar of the pub next door, supposedly forming a wide ranging and intricate range of underground tunnels which were used as a clandestine way of getting round the city. Mindblowing! And to conclude, the ubiquitous cells, unaltered since they were built. On a final note, I wouldn't quite call it an all-time favourite, but seeing stuff like this pop up on the exploring network is really positive; for all the talk about the exploring scene in the UK being as sparsely decorated as a cherry tree in winter, places like this breathe new life into it. It'll be interesting to see what will happen with the place in a few years time though, with it's poor condition and lack of attention from the owner. Love as always, Ps. Every time I try to do a selfie looking like a hard arse I fail miserably, so I smiled instead lol :gay
  4. These pictures are from my first visit to this site in September 2012. The first holiday camp to be built at Plemont was the Jersey Jubilee Holiday camp, built in the early 1920s. The camp was used as a base for the forces, who damaged the camp to the extent that it was going to cost a fair amount of money to restore. The solution was obvious, the camp had to be put up for sale. It was bought by Fred Pontin, who desperately wanted a holiday camp in the Channel Islands. His want came true when the States of Jersey (Local Council) agreed that having a Pontins Holiday Camp would be a fantastic boost for the Jerseys tourism industry. Fred demolished most of the original camp and constructed a new one within the footprints of the old. He constructed new chalets and a new entertainment building, and re-opened under the Pontins name in the 1960's. The camp ran like this up until the end of the 2000 season, when the owners of Pontins, then Scotish and Newcastle decided they wanted to invest thier money in the camps in the uk. Plemont, along with Portelet, closed and were left empty. Currently, the future is unknown for the site. Demolition signs are up, though it looks like nothing will happen any time soon while the owners and the council argue over the future of the site.
  5. Evening all, Been a while since my last post as I've been doing a few bits n bobs plus finishing up a few sets before the German trip which will be here soon. This little place in Wales was in the middle of nowhere and all of the items were pushed into corners so a little moving (or dressing the scene) had to be done. I have no history but looks like someone is trying to restore the place. On with the photos Thanks for looking in.
  6. One beautiful sunny Sunday morning Headed to off Ushaw North East of England with two complete strangers (non members lovely couple) after meeting up at local Mc Donalds for fill up and get to know you's we were off Enough of that crap now down to business Don't want to go into to much detail as this beauty been done many a time few reports so here's a little bit of history Ushaw was foundered in 1808 by scholars from English college Externals Frontal view Top floor view Now onto the chapel - Chapel was built in 1847 Now for seminary internals too many photos too upload so only done a few and sorry if any photos are linked together this has took me all of 2 hours to complete hope you likes and thank you for looking and well worth a splore There you go Nelly this ones for you and the kettle is on
  7. An abandoned chinese restaurant in Belgium. The place suffered a lot... Thanks for looking!
  8. I can find absolutely no history behind this farmhouse at all. Save to say, it's a six bedroomed possibly Victorian dwelling attached to a defunct farm.
  9. This place was a real time capsule! Thanks For Looking!
  10. This place is amazing! Soo much stuff has been left and the telephone still works! Thanks!
  11. We didnt have this one planned but after the owner of another explore kicked us out, he told us about this one! Restoration starts next month! Thanks For Looking!
  12. Hello! Spent the last weekend with 10 other people over in Belgium. I cant find any information on this place! I Hope you like! Thanks For Looking!
  13. Well here it is; after the insane success of my not that remarkable report on Flamingos/Empire club (huge internet stats on Flickr) at the MK Leisure Plaza, and after I was unable to find a way in, I decided to give Planet Ice another go. I thought that after three weeks the whole lot would be gone, but a photo posted on the Facebook Group “Spotted: Milton Keynes” late last week; I was filled with some hope. From the A5 it was looking bleak. The side of the stripped out bowling club was there, well partly stripped, but it looked like not much remained behind that. When I arrived on the rainy morning to the Retail Park, I saw that pretty much all of Planet Ice remained; but unsure what. After a stroll in, I was certainly not disappointed! Everything was intact, though ancillaries were long gone. The place had an eerie feel to it, it was pretty dim inside and the half demolished building had all sorts of creaks and knocks in the wind. It felt incredible to be inside such a huge imposing sports centre, but also sad as it’s seemed such a waste to see all this equipment get destroyed. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Planet Ice opened along with the Plaza in 1990 as “The Bladerunner Arena”. The Plaza consisted of The Golden Flamingo Nightclub, Megabowl Tenpin and of course the ice rink itself and other various bars and shops such as Homebase and Argos as mentioned in The Empire report. The Bladerunner Arena had 3 licensed bars, one overlooking the ice and one down next to the rink, one within a one if its three function rooms and a restaurant. Other facilities included: an arcade, an ice sports shop, 8 changing rooms and of course; the ice pad itself. The arena regularly sold out during Kings Ice Hockey games which meant that custom was turned away. Several figure skating events and competitions also happened here through the years. The Owners, First Leisure, closed the arena in 1992 but were soon pushed into reopening it by public outcry. The Bladerunner went through another 2 closures, including a final one in 1996. The Ice rink was then mothballed, with local games taking place as far away as Peterborough and Oxford. Rumour has it that staff of the Plaza’s other businesses would go into the mothballed rink during breaks, using it as a large recreation area. The rink remained closed until 1998 when it came under new ownership, and was renamed “Planet Ice”. The Kings Hockey Team reformed in the third tier of English Ice Hockey under the ownership of a local businessmen. The arena was now being used by other hockey teams including: The London Knights Superleague Team. The changing rooms were converted into a luxury dressing room and also an office and gym. As the years went by, the 80s and 90s dream of having an all in one leisure complex dwindled, and Central Milton Keynes thrived. Everything became central so redevelopment of the Leisure Plaza was on the cards for many years. It was finally granted in March 2013. Planet Ice closed its doors on the 13th of July 2013 and is currently being demolished along with Megabowl, The Empire Club and the rest of the complex. A new rink will open in 2014. Many thanks to wiki for ALL of this information which I have used to write my own report. Planet Ice Milton Keynes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Onto the photos, which sadly, many have noise :-/ Finally, check this old tin out! dated 1996! Empire/Flamingo Thread here: http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/showthread.php/6123-The-Empire-Flamingos-MK-Leisure-Plaza-Milton-Keynes-Aug-2013 Thanks for reading, more at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157635543105465/
  14. A very recent visit to this Welsh Asylum. The last time I was here was March 2010 and it has changed considerably since then. A lot of the floors have collapsed due to the water getting in and those that are left are pretty spongey. The level of decay is on a par with Whittingham in places. It's amazing that a place can downhill so quickly as it looked completely different in 2010. It was good to get back inside an asylum, as we all know they are few and far between these days. Too many went too quickly in the last couple of years! We had a about 4 hours in there undisturbed until we bumped into a couple who just happened to be on their first explore, closely followed by a very angry welshman & his dog. At which point we were asked (not very politely) to leave! We didn't get to see it all due to our early exit but here's some pictures of the bits we did see. Visited with Rusty, Chard & Webby. Many thanks to JST for the helpful info. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16
  15. I found myself in Bristol for work this week so one evening I decided to leave my hotel and go for a quick walk around this place. Despite the workmen still on site doing something to the front building and the lurkers in one part of the building banging about it was pretty mellow. Plenty of peeley paint, corridor and stair UE porno to keep even the most perverted happy. The site is massive and although I tried to get round most of it it seems from looking at others reports i might have missed some buildings. definately worth popping in if youre in the area. A bit of history..... "Barrow Hospital (sometimes referred to as Barrow Gurney Hospital) was a psychiatric hospital in Barrow Gurney, Somerset The hospital was designed by Sir George Oatley of Bristol to the then-innovative colony plan based on detached 'villas' centred around a central cluster of service buildings. The plan called for 25 villas to house 1,200 patients, treatment centres for local authority and private patients, a chapel, recreation hall, laundry and central kitchens. The buildings were austerely constructed of red brick with pantiled mansard roofs and were situated so as to give a sense of community and privacy as well as to take advantage of the wooded surroundings which were retained and enhanced by tree-thinning and landscaping. Construction began in 1934 and although the hospital was not officially opened until 3rd May 1939, Barrow Hospital received its first patients in May 1938 with the complex still only half-built. It was intended that the rest of the planned buildings should be gradually added over the following years as funds allowed, but the outbreak of war in September 1939 halted all work on site and the architect's full vision was never realised. At the outbreak of the Second World War the hospital was commandeered by the Royal Navy and became the Royal Naval Auxiliary Hospital, Barrow Gurney. The hospital treated seamen who had been injured during conflicts or who were suffering from psychological distress, brought in through the nearby Port of Bristol In 1940, the daily average number of patients under treatment was 356 and the medical and nursing staff numbered 215. The Naval Hospital was decommissioned and returned to civilian use in 1946. In 1960 the hospital's population reached a peak of 453. At this time it was predicted that new community-based care initiatives would lead to a decline in patient numbers to 200 by 1975 but in the event this target was not met. However, there was a noticeable decline in numbers during the 1970s and some residential wards were replaced with out-patient and community support services. In 2003 the Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust announced its intention to close Barrow Hospital by 2008. By 2004 only three residential wards remained open. A report published by Mind in 2003 found that on the issue of the hospital's closure, opinion among patients was divided with groups of patients having strong feelings both for and against. In 2005 a national survey of hospital cleanliness named Barrow as the dirtiest in Britain after inspectors found cigarette burns on floors, graffiti on walls, urine stains around a toilet and stains from bodily fluids on the bottom of a hoist chair. The report, combined with the collapse of part of the ceiling onto the head of a patient the same year saw the closure plan brought forward and the last ward closed the following year. After closure, the hospital attracted a variety of unofficial visitors including metal thieves, vandals and graffiti artists who contributed to the deterioration of the buildings." a few pictures from my visit.... More on my Flickr here.
  16. Cosy Manor of the Red Dress, September 2013. Looks like this place has had a lot of attention as late, but it was a location i been wanting to go see for a age now and as me and Mrs LP had some time on are hands we decided to go pay her a visit and so glad we did, the place has been pretty much covered , this is my take hope you enjoy ? Thanks so much for taking the time to look
  17. Big shout to sk for the nod !! The mortuary was built in the 1940's as part of an institution called Botley park And during the war years it was used for dealing with it's casualties.... Visted with Obscurity,St0rm Stealth and UrbanGinger...good day out and worth the drive and m25 crawl on the way home. Sorry for the 50mm overkill on some shots its my new toy...
  18. Quick bit of history and a linky if you want to know more The steelworks in Brielle Way, Sheerness, went into administration in January but in June it was sold to a company which is part of former owners, the Al-Tuwairqi Group (ATG). http://www.kentonline.co.uk/times_guard ... _mill.aspx This has been a while coming but we managed to get all of us together and go down and have a gander...There are signs of the pikey folk being at work and some of the control rooms are now welded shut as the locks seem to have been hacked off..The site is huge and loved every minute of the place right up until i looked over my shoulder and spotted One secca stood there..3 of us waled calmly out and await the other guys from across the road just as police car number one pulled up .Quick chat as to had we been in the steelworks ,no of course not etc and off they went so we started off down the road as 3 more police cars booted it down just as the others where coming back out.We got stopped and questioned by a right stroppy fucker who was keen to discuss things at station ,so necks where wound in and we where allowed to leave.. visited with Obscurity,Stealth,Fortknox 0,Space invader and Urbanginger and sx-riffraff Heres some pics of what we got before being disturbed And yes i pushed it And a quick one as you do.. Thanks for looking was a pukka trip out
  19. Heres my contribution toward the pool of doom, been so completely and mindlessly trashed, great shame Visited with Space Invader, Obscurity, Wevsky and Jade, History of sorts covered in previous threads so onto the Pics ; The only "Happy" thing left Nice little relaxed Splore, My Thanks to All
  20. Been holding off on this one while I attempted to seek out some much needed history, but regret to say I failed miserably so what little history there is has already been covered by Sx-Riffraff in his thread (http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=63509), I did however discover that the latin motto "Spero Meliora" in the stained glass window halfway up the stairs reads "I aspire to Greater things", it was used by the "Moffat" clan although the Crest does not resemble theirs ?, It also transpired that I had visited this house on more than one occasion back in the late 80's so that explained the great sense of Deja-vu I had whilst walking around the site, I do now remember that it was split up into two houses in one Visited with Space Invader, Obscurity, Jade and Wevsky Right on with my Pics, 2nd outing with the "Wangle" "I aspire to greater things" Sorry about the shadow, just loved the tiling in here Glorious suite from "Back in the day" Sorry for the sheer amount of pics, I took an endless amount and could post loads more but I felt these were the "best of" Thanks for looking !
  21. A brief explore from a month or so ago, visited with Space Invader, Obscurity and Wevsky, I have to admit that pics arent the best but its the taking part that counts Now for a brief bit of history borrowed from Sub Brit These tunnels, in the former Winchelsea Quarry, were used during WW2 as air raid shelters. They were constructed in the form of four parallel corridors with two intersecting passages. There were four original entrances in the quarry and two more which spur off from a junction at the opposite end of the tunnel. The quarry entrances were used as workshops by the company which owned the tunnels and the other two entrances have been sealed. One was located behind the Westmount building and the other was located in another chalk pit in Tower Hamlets, where the houses of 'The Abbots' road are now located. According to ARP records of the time, the shelter was designed to accommodate just over 1,000 people. Some wartime photos still remain of people sheltering in these tunnels as well as many dated etchings on the chalk walls Tunnel Plan And now for the all important pics An almost transparent Space Invader Well worth a visit if ever you're passing, thanks for taking the time to look at my pics
  22. visited with obscurity ,wevsky ,silverRainbow and mrs obs ... Not alot of history on this place so are get straight on with the pics... thanks for looking
  23. A early morning drive and after a sizeable mcdonalds we headed up to hayes to check out rph's mr beans pool..it is indeed trashed broken glass city..This site was closed and a new one built..since then the kids have broken every window and indeed emptied pots of paint down the slope into the deep end,the pikeys have cut the bars off away from the parts of the pool you climb out of!! There was a lot of flooding in the below pool section and tbh not much to see down there ,so heres a few pics of the first part of the day. Visited with SpaceInvader,Obscurity+jade and Silver Rainbow. a few pics ..its a pool dont expect amazement.. Nothing much different from RPH'S report but like i said its a Pool
  24. Right headed off down here after our little jaunt up to a swimming pool(report to no doubt follow) To be honest the history really is sparse other than i believe the raf used it during the war..i could be wrong Big thanks to sx-riffraff for a pointer in the right direction..nice one matey! Visited with Space Invader,Obscurity and Silver Rainbow (thanks for driving today mate) I headed up stairs to see what state the floor was... Nature really has taken over in the conservatory ,its really something else This was to be used by 2007 and when shaken still contained fizz..i as a reformed drinker with stood the temptation. Was a nice relaxed explore,apart from big lumps of ceiling collapsing right in front of us!!