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  1. explored with... wevsky ,obscuirty ,stealh2k12,fortknoxo,urbanginger and six riff raff a little history ... This is a large and interesting complex, located at the northern end of a tight triangular junction with the Sheerness-on-Sea branch. First proposed in 1969, the construction of Sheerness Steel Works was given the go-ahead in 1971, building work beginning in that September on land largely occupied by Army playing fields. The building cost was priced at £10,000,000 (£105,921,790 at 2008 prices), and included swallowing up a goods yard recently made redundant by British Rail. The works, a private venture under Canadian ownership, commenced operation in November 1972, and was designed to recycle scrap cars into steel coils and rods. The latter were for use in reinforced concrete and the steel mill had the capacity to process 180,000 tons of scrap metal per annum. It was envisaged that the mill’s yearly capacity could be increased to 400,000 tons within four years and, indeed, an additional £5,000,000 was invested in the works in 1975 to meet this target. Steel was produced using the electric arc process, and the mill remained a profitable venture until the second half of 1980. Much of the scrap metal dealt with originated from Mayer Parry Recycling of Erith, this being shipped down the Thames. Scrap metal and finished steel were also carried to and from the works by rail, and for this operation, new wagon batches – tailor-made for this type of traffic – were produced by ''Procor''. The rolling stock was leased by the steel mill at a time when there were few privately-owned wagons running on British Rail; indeed, this was one of a small number of works which was not part of the nationalized British Steel. For many years the Sheerness Steel Mill was owned and operated by Canadian-based ''Co-Steel'', but with this company's struggling finances, it was sold to ASW Holdings Limited of Cardiff, Wales after a deal was finalized in December 1998. The latter could only keep the operation going until July 2002, the company subsequently going into receivership on 10th of that month - the end seemed nigh for the works. And in January 2003, Sheerness Steel was taken over by Thamesteel... on with the pics... thanks for looking
  2. The House Of Tears...this place has been a labour of love and hate on occasions...Those who recognise her will know the history and the tragedy that runs throughout her walls..she is simply stunning to walk around in knowing that some of our legends of music have stayed there also made it even more of a truley amazing place to be...after seeing a post on her a couple of years ago and her getting battoned down faster than lightening i decided to hunt her down and give her a whirl back in september..lady luck shone that day and we got the whole afternoon to wander about her..i know the tourist trail hit her very quickly and no doubt youve seen her already, but heres my take on a magnificant building slowly being preserved.. splored with Perjury Saint i hope you enjoy her as we did...
  3. This is another one of those that Ive been meaning to do for a while and despite having been in the Drop Postern a couple of times I never took any pics, well until now , Theres a massive amount of history about the general area and fortifications that surround it here http://www.subterraneanhistory.co.uk/20 ... dover.html Visited with Porky Porkster, The Chop Explorer A few Pics ; Drop First Looking down the staircase At the Bottom Hospital Next Bit of a squeeze this Looking back up These Extremely well preserved doors at the bottom A few exterior shots Porkster doing er, I dont know really And some random car bits rotting away in the elements All in all a very relaxed mooch, Thanks to Pork Chop for showing me where Hospital Postern was
  4. Having passed Park Hill Flats countless times over the past 18 year or so I've always fancied getting up on the roof so after managing to miss out on a trip here earlier in the year there was no way I was passing this opportunity up, especially with the knowledge of the access tunnels underneath. Visited with a few members from another forum Site History In the nineteenth century the Park Hill area was made up of old quarries, untidy waste ground, steep alleyways and some of the worst slums in Sheffield. This densely populated area consisted of 2 or 3 storey back-to-back housing around central courtyards. Often there would be just one standpipe for around a hundred people. This, combined with the lack of any proper sewage system, allowed diseases such as typhus, dysentry and cholera to ravage the area. In 1864 back to back housing of this type was prohibited. During the 1870's Sheffield Corporation built drains and sewers through the city. Although originally the untreated raw sewage was sent directly into the rivers, at least the sanitation within the housing areas like Park Hill was improved. During the 1880's the provision of water supplies passed from a private company to the corporation and the first sewage treatment plant was built. Slum clearance began in the 1930’s but was halted by the 2nd World War. By the time the issue was reassessed in 1953, a radical solution was needed. This took the shape of Park Hill Flats, built between 1957 and 1960. The unique design was based on an idea by French architect Le Corbusier of creating ‘Streets in the Sky’. The 995 flats were built on top of a 1:10 gradient making them range from 4 storeys high at the top end to 13 storeys at the end nearest the city centre. This layout allowed nearly all of the decks to reach ground at some point, meaning milk floats and other services could access them. The community feel of the previous traditional streets was recreated where possible by rehousing neighbours next to each other. Park Hill Flats attracted worldwide attention and were praised for their innovative design. In December 1998 Park Hill Flats became Grade 2* listed giving it equal status to the Turret House at Sheffield Manor Lodge and making it the largest listed building in Europe. History lifted straight from Sheff Council Website Well after a comical start of 6 blokes attempting to squeeze through a gap that clearly wasn't made for anyone to get through and dodging secca we somehow arrived in the service tunnels, well the others finally did when they chose the right route (Adam) Once we were all in we made our way out of the dimly lit entrance almost crawling through what felt like a good 1/4 mile of tunnel until we could finally stand, this completely threw my sense of where feck we were on the site as there were too many corners to take note of. As we moved through going up and down ladders to different levels in the tunnels it was obvious some of the waste pipes had leaked in the past so we made our best attempts not to stand in the puddles. Around a corner and at the end of the tunnel there was light once again. The pipework in this section looked a lot more modern. Although some of the electrics didn't... Quickly pose for a group shot and we're back on our way A quick attempt was made to enter the service tunnels in the renovated section but ended in fail so we headed up on to the roof The vertical service shafts are seriously confined, but at least if you slip you'll not be far from the ladder and more likely to get wedged than fall to the bottom. Finally on the roof, what I'd been waiting for! Luckily the views from the roof we got to were better than those from the renovated section Finally finishing with another group shot with what looks like almost all of us in it. Really enjoyed this, a nice change. Cheers all who came along
  5. Explored with 2 non members Hubberstone Fort Scoverton Fort
  6. I don't know a lot of the history on this place,i know it closed down around 1993. Explored with 3 non members
  7. Explored with one other non member, Well what a wonderful place this is, It is full of amazing features that gave it the wow factor, Its a shame its been left to fall apart really wish the owner would do something to save it
  8. UK RAF Chilmark Dec 2012

    Explored with 2 non members Walked around for almost 3 hours with a hangover trying to find the entrance to this place
  9. 'The Waterloo' A grade 2 listed edwardian hostelry founded in 1908, The Waterloo has the most beautiful tiles throughout, wonderfully ornate not the sort of decoration you find in pubs these days. It became renowned for its downstairs Grill Room complete with its coke fired open grill, said to be the best place for a steak in Birmingham! It has just been sold for £150,000 and the new owners say they are keen to restore it to its former glory... lets hope so as it would be a crying shame to see this amazing interior lost. splored with my besty perjury saint...
  10. I nicknamed this "Squeal Like A Pig Cottage" because it seriously reminded me of a set from Deliverance A nice relaxed mooch with Skeleton Key, Bobo and J.R.Hartley
  11. Yes i hear you cry another cdc report..it's been hit a fair bit i know but as we had just left the pre metro we thought as we where in the area that we would pop in.Weather was bleak not an easy task trying to expose anything properly in that light but ive cobbled a few together that weren't that bad!! Visited with Obscurity,Spaceinvader and Urbanginer That was out 15 hour flying visit to BE..home in time for tea!!
  12. Some of you who speak to me on Fb or chatbox may have sussed i recently got a passport and also have been learning to abseil...This is the reason ive been doing the abseiling,saw this first several years or more ago and thought ive got no chance of ever seeing this!How times change..So all passported and roped up Myself SpaceInvader,Urbanginger and Obscurity set out to have a crack at this.. The shaft pics i would have liked to have done better but due to heavy rain on the way in and back out i wasnt risking the camera for a better shot!Big thanks to Si for the helping hand at the top dragging my knackered body over the final push!! On with some pics,i seem to have got some lense flair going on so a return is in order. Was very cold wet yet most enjoyable evening...
  13. Hello one n all, this has been eluding me for some time and every time in the past Ive attempted it either the tide has been in or I havent been able to get up there due to the entrance being 30ft up in the cliff, So having conquered it heres some history and a few pics ! The beach at St Margaret's was seen as a possible landing place for an invasion fleet, so was well defended during the war and old photographs show barbed wire entanglements and a pillbox and this tunnel system still remains. It was also a crucial point as the powerful gun batteries were located close by, and would have been a target for sabotage. The tunnel appears to have been dug to allow guns to be placed in rooms cut into the cliff face, to cover the beach. The original entrance to this tunnel, located at the end of the esplanade, is now sealed and the only access is a rope up to the machine gun post in the cliff face. Inside, conditions are good and the majority of the tunnel is lined with tin on the roof and supported by bricks. Parts of the tunnel which are unlined still appear to be sound, although steps lead up to a second room, which has been lost due to erosion Explored with my Partner in cryme Dan and so on with some pics Looking back at the way in The original now sealed entrance, Thanks for looking !
  14. First visited this site a year ago with one flew east but after a 4am start really couldn't be arsed to shoot anything in here as it wasnt doing much for my creative juices..So a year on we where in the area and myself,Spaceinvader Obscurity and Storm Popped our heads in to see how much it had decayed..still no access into the chapel but its been trashed even more..think it closed down in 2005/2006 .. On with a few pics Dead bird ..as you do... Not exactly epic but a nice wander for a few hours
  15. 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...
  16. The manor house in this form was built in the mid 1800's and has been vacant since the last owner died in the late 1980's The house is a treasure trove and a photographers and explorers paradise, but sadly I can't see the interior of the building lasting very much longer. There have been major collapses, some whole rooms have completely gone, some of the middle floor is only accessable by ladder and the 3rd floor is just not doabale at all Splored with SK and Mr & Mrs Bones The house is names "Bull Manor" due to the security arrangements The main entrance and stairs The Music Room The "Green" room A couple of odd rooms off the landing
  17. Built in the 1940's and closed in 2010 Splored with SK and Mr Bones & Lowri
  18. This was another one of those explores for me that had fond memories attached to it, This place was most recently used as a Motor Museum which was closed back in 2006, In my child hood my Gran used to take me here from time to time the place still smels exactly as it did back then, funny how old oil lingers for ever !, History more than covered by Wevsky In his Report viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1959 Visited with Space Invader, Morgan, Obscurity & Vickie, So on with the Pics ! Good Explore this, Shame its all buttoned up tight again !
  19. A quality days splorin & a big thumbs up to all we met on the road
  20. 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
  21. I battled with myself about whether to post this report or not. It's like a opening a packet of Revels and coming across the coffee one, it looks great on the outside, very nice, but inside Urrrgh!!! _____________________________ The History The Babies Castle was officially opened on 9th August 1886 this institution was for the reception of babies. In 1908 Babies Castle became a mixed home for children under eight years of age. It was particularly used for babies and young children who, owing to their physical condition, were not suited for boarding out. 1905 Babies Castle closed, in 1965 and was re-named, appropriately enough, 'Hawkhurst Castle', after the nearby village of the same name and operated as a private nursing home for the elderly. In 2006 planning Consent was granted for Babies Castle for conversion to provide a total of 11 residential units Thanks for sticking with it!!!
  22. Built in 1875 and is part of a complex of buildings that was once an orphanage dedicated to St Michael which opened in 1869. Splored with SK, Tommo and Klempner The floor is insulated with years of pigeon shit and you really wouldn't want to go the the scaffold supported tower either
  23. This was the last port of call on our 2 day trip to Wales.After a less than sound nights sleep in the car which in my opinion was worse than sleeping at Pool Park the night before we headed in not long after the sun had started coming up ,which would explain some of the shots!Really liked this place and even tho we missed a fewrooms with pipes and gauges as tbh 2 nights sod all sleep and clambering around the walkways in hot sunshine we had had enough and packed up. Relaxed explore in a great location if you like flaky paint ,rust and big hunks of machinery left around. visited with SpaceInvader and Obscurity while St0rm caught up on some sleep back at the car.. Borrowed history On with some pics...
  24. UK South & North Casemates, May 2012

    After a quick text to Wevsky one bright sunny Saturday morning Dover bound we went, Was a really laid back easy going visit the place is so quiet its eery ! History, a bit scarce to say the least but heres what little I could find; During a new fear of invasion from Napoleon III two new dry moats where added to the existing citadel defences. The northern and the southern moat both had their own casemates built. Between these there was also a defensive caponier built, but sadly this was filled in during the 1960's by the Dover Corporation and they gradually destroyed many parts of the Western Heights. The northern casemates are a lot larger than the southern casemates, with six separate rooms whereas the southern casemates had eight. So here goes with a few of my Pics taken on the Day, Difficult choosing them as this place is expansive to say the least and I took a fair few Sorry about the sheer amount of pics, I took hundreds and this is just a few of them
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