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  1. Every so often you come across something unseen from forums or even the internet before, an considering I love exploring old houses this one I could not pass up on again, I first noticed this place a few months ago driving past it then a few weeks ago the other half remembered about it, as I had long forgotten so we decided to pay a visit upon route to another house. Not much room inside as all rooms where packed full of stuff the small house itself had been turned upside down either by looters or kids, but either way the good stuff remained, an old gasmask with box was outside under some bits and buckets, inside a beautiful piano sits hardly untouched, while you looked around you soon noticed alot more than what you first would upon entering. As i said hardly any full room shots, but hopefully what I have is enough to show an insight into this place. (address an so fourth been edited). Enjoy Thank you for looking
  2. This is somewhat of a peculiar one! When this huge building was constructed in the middle of the 20th Century it began it's life as a hotel, in a great location by a beautiful river. As time went on and the fortunes of the city changed, the hotel business dried up due to declining clientele and it was bought by a nursing home company who decided to transform the former hotel into a sprawling 178-room care facility for the elderly and adults with special needs. In the basement were office and conference facilities as well as local TV and radio studios, and these vacated not long after the nursing home shut down. This place has rarely been explored before, it's always been sealed tight whenever my friend has checked it out. We were walking past it on the way back from somewhere else late in the afternoon and took a little detour through the site and the first thing I spotted once off the street was a wide open access point. It was too late and the building too large to explore with the daylight we had left so early doors the next morning we headed back inside. It's got a lot to see inside but as you can imagine with the size of the building and it's use it gets quite samey after a while. There is also evidence of recent squatters living inside in a couple of the rooms. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157659760861955
  3. Finally moving away from the midwest I headed back east on the long slow train to my friends in upstate New York. Because of a certain police encounter my friend had a couple of months back he is currently unable to get up to any mischief in his home county so he introduced me to a couple of his exploring buddies who would happily explore with me instead St. Mary's Manor is an imposing nine-storey (plus basement level) former hospital turned nursing home which closed in 2004. Since then it has been left at the mercy of the elements and thankfully has escaped large-scale trashing and tagging with a lot of lovely peely paint and decay. The downside is there are a lot of empty rooms, but the building itself is old enough and interesting enough to keep you occupied for a good while. The highlights being the chapel located on the 4th floor and, shrouded in the darkness of the totally boarded up first floor, a totally intact dental suite. Quite why they would choose to leave a valuable piece of kit like that behind is beyond me. It's also notable for an extremely tight access, one of the smallest holes I have ever had to fit myself through and which also led to the death of my phone which was crushed against a wall coming out as well as a large rip in my hoodie. I wish I had got a shot of the outside to show the scale of the place but the weather was absolutely awful. I wish the dental suite wasn't in a totally pitch black room which makes getting any photos of it a total pain, but then again I guess if it was on an upper floor it would have been destroyed by now, so swings and roundabouts. Thanks for looking more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/albums/72157659692702695
  4. After finishing our visit to the post office and enjoying a nice detour to Willington (no photos from me as I've been twice already) myself, OverArch and jo headed back down towards Leicester way and the sprawling Hornsey Rise Memorial Home situated in a small village near the city. Hornsey Rise Memorial Home was run by the religious organisation Pilgrim Homes as a Christian care and respite home. Originally constructed for NATSOPA in 1921 it opened as a memorial to printers who fell in the first world war, it was later taken over by Pilgrim's Friend Society and closed in 2012. It's been pretty ransacked by the usual lot of pikeys and morons, but is still an interesting wander and made for a nice relaxed third and last explore of the day. It reminded me of Malvernbury in a way, but a lot more trashed and less decayed - and it's a lot bigger than it looks from the road, we spent a good while here poking around the maze of rooms. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157650059332057/
  5. This nursing home (located in a forest and built on the foundations of an estate from the 18th century) was closed in 2001. 2013 burnt down a part of the attic. My first visit here was 2008. The photos are from 2011 (part one) and 2012 (part two). part one 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
  6. This former clinic with nursing home was demolished in 2013. First visit (07/2012) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
  7. Belgium ET Phone Home Sept 2014

    Built in the 1950's and consisting of nearly 50 small parabolas it was made to observe the changes in solar activity It seems to of been out of use for sometime but I think it is being maintained by enthusiasts and one large parabola is still in use. I made two visits over the weekend once at night and once during the day. I hope you enjoy. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Thanks for looking peeps. A few more shots van be found at ET Phone Home.
  8. So here is my overdue report from this late December, pre Christmas explore with Mookster. I had been visiting a friend in hospital in Bristol and staying over another friends house just outside of Bristol. Mookster and I decided an explore was on the cards so I went to pick him up not thinking that his house was 75 miles in the wrong direction, and 75 miles back up the same roads to get to the first, I had an incling but my Christmas spirit kicked in and I collected him. First stop was an old Carehome in Malvern, Worcestershire. Mooks had visited this in 2011 and it was in perfect condition, but three years had taken its toll and the site was in a horrific state, yet beautifully decayed at the same time. Other reports and Yellow Pages suggest a 2001/2 closure but paperwork inside prooves a 2008/9 closure is more likely. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650074347921/ Thanks for Looking
  9. This building from the early 20th century is well known, but inside with beautiful decay. So I've visited it two times. In war time used as a military hospital, and later as a spa hotel and recreation home. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
  10. Intro I had seen this on 28DL in the past, back then, however, it looked like there wasn't much left of the site and the one block that remained seemed destined to be demolished before 2013 was over and so I looked over it. Then in early November whilst passing on the trains towards Stratford I noticed it was still standing, then on the way to Basildon we jumped off quick and a look. The place surprised me and hope the picture reflect that well. I've uploaded in large today, if it's a bit overkill, I'm more than happy to downsize them. As some of you may know, I took a few film shots but the negatives were scratched in development, so the ones with blue streaks are film. History Oldchurch Hospital originated from the Romford Union workhouse, which had been built during 1838 and 1839 to the southwest of Romford. The 5-acre site on Oldchurch Road was purchased by the Union from a Mr Philpot at £160 an acre. The 2-storey workhouse building was of a cruciform build, a popular design with the dormitory blocks laid out in a cross-shape. It could house 450 inmates. Romford (or "Rumford", as it was known back then) was the subject of a report in An Account of Several Workhouses..., dated October 24th, 1724. The administration block was at the south of the site, whilst the main accommodation blocks radiated from a central hub or core. Observation windows in the hub enabled the workhouse master to observe and watch the inmates in each of the four exercise yards/playgrounds. The dormitories and Day Rooms for the female inmates were on the eastern side in the northeast and southeast arms of the cross, while the males occupied the western side in the northwest and southwest arms. The kitchens and dining rooms were located at the north of the building. In 1893 the workhouse was renamed the Romford Poor Law Institution. Later an infirmary block was added at the north of the site. During WW1 the infirmary of the Institution became the Romford Military Hospital, an auxiliary hospital for the Colchester Military Hospital, with 82 beds for wounded and sick servicemen. In 1924 further additions were built at the north and east of the site. In 1929, following the abolition of the Poor Law Guardians, the workhouse and its infirmary came under the administration of Essex County Council, who converted the buildings into the Oldchurch County Hospital. The Hospital, which incorporated the old workhouse buildings, was much expanded during the 1930s to have over 800 beds. During WW2 it joined the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) with 868 beds, of which 96 were EMS beds for air-raid casualties. In 1948 the Hospital joined the NHS under the control of the Romford Group Hospital Management Committee, part of the North East Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board. It remained an acute hospital and, by 1962, it had 651 beds for acute and maternity patients. In 1974, following a major reorganisation of the NHS, the Hospital came under the control of the Havering District Health Authority, part of the Barking and Havering Area Health Authority of the North East Thames Regional Health Authority. Its maternity services had closed and it had 629 beds for acute cases. In 1980 it had 600 beds. In 1982, after another NHS reorganisation, it came under the control of the Barking, Havering and Brentwood District Health Authority. By 1986 it had 530 beds. In 1993, following another NHS reform, the Hospital was under the control of the Havering Hospitals NHS Trust. In 2000 it had 473 beds. Despite local opposition, the old cruciform workhouse building was demolished so that a temporary single-storey building could be erected in its place. In 2003 the Hospital was administered by the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust. By 2005 there were 565 beds. The Hospital closed in 2006, with the last patient being seen on 15th December. Services were transferred to the nearby newly built Queen's Hospital and to the King George Hospital in Chadwell Heath. Present status (February 2008) The site has been sold and is being redeveloped by E.ON and Taylor Wimpey East London. The front parts of the Hospital have been demolished and keyworker housing - Reflections - is being erected in the northeast corner. The southeast corner is bare, awaiting house-building. Now only Block 8 stands. Present Out of all the hospital buildings, only Block 8 remains. The building at present sits in the middle of a building site surrounded by rising apartment blocks, it seems surreal to have this one block in the middle of such a modern development. The building it's self quite structurally sound, it's just the exterior fittings have decayed and fallen apart, the internal décor has been stripped and a lot of the windows have just been ripped out. The slates on the roof clearly aren't in the best of conditions and I assume the place leaks like a colander when it does rain. Green growth seems to be flourishing and a lot of the wood is practically rotting into soil. Windows remain smashed and paint has begun to peel and flake. The floor, doors and obviously some windows have been stripped out and dumped in the courtyard in a big heap. This sounds bad, but inside the places looks a lot better than it did with the floor! Little remains equipment wise, a vending machine, table and a chair remain in the hall. but despite this, a lot of the original furnishings remain in situ, i.e. the stair case, main window frames and a lot of the décor in the hall, A few signs remain in place and if I'm honest, this place is very photogenic, looks great inside but very dilapidated. The exterior shows a lot of stunning architecture, except it has been ripped apart by contractors. All in all, this building COULD have a future, and personally believe it deserves to have one. Future Planning permission has been submitted to demolish Block 8, unfortunately, it seems likely they will grant it. Block 8 now sticks out like a sore thumb and has literally been bullied into submission by close by rising developments that shadow it's future. Strategic planning application stage 1 referral (new powers) Town & Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended); Greater London Authority Acts 1999 and 2007; Town & Country Planning (Mayor of London) Order 2008. The proposal Demolition of block 8 (former nurses’ home) and redevelopment to provide 77 new homes, and associated parking and landscaping. The applicant The applicant is Taylor Wimpey East London, and the architect is CJCT. Strategic issues The loss of the non-designated heritage asset raises an objection in principle. Notwithstanding this, other issues with respect to housing, urban design, inclusive access, sustainable development and transport are also identified. Recommendation That Havering Council be advised that the application does not comply with the London Plan for the reasons set out in paragraph 52 of this report. Swan new homes will likely be granted permission and demolish it, rebuilding a 77 apartment residential block in it's place. (http://www.swannewhomes.co.uk/oldchurch-park/), having said that, they're new developments work well with Romford as a town, it's just a big shame they had to eradicate the Oldchurch site to build it. Visit and pictures Oldchurch Well, I had a lot of fun visiting this site, must of spent an hour in here. hiding from the builders was a lot of fun The fence guarding the place was a little off putting at first but it soon came apparent we had no choice but to jump it Then after UrbanAlex cautiously clambered over it we were in and quickly made our way round the front to see what was what Aware of the builders that could easily have seen us from up on the scaffolding of the new developments, we found our way inside block 8 and begun our visit A lot of people seemingly complain of 'derps' like this, but a lot of us love them, I.E. this one, it looks great from the outside and the inside, the decay was stunning and the place had a great feel to it We wandered the corridors and rooms and realised how quiet it was, and we expected to hear the contractors outside, but silence. It seemed like an odd contrast of the old buildings and decay to the new developments and contractors Staying quite ourselves was quite a task, a lot of it was crumbling under our feet, but the looming cranes outside reminded us we didn't need to be as stealthy as expected, Block 8 was forgotten We continued to mooch and snap away, oblivious to the public wandering passed outside As we ventured East on the site, we noticed more windows were missing, as we wandered the 3rd floor corridor, we looked Left and realised we were looking straight into the front room of a new apartment next door Time to go, and as we crept across the courtyard to the gate, we were spotted by builders up on the roof of a development One began to shout followed by another, and another until a harsh sounding choir of contractors were howling at us as we ran across I jumped that 9ft fence like Mario, wish I could've said the same about Alex, we got stuck up top and hurt his leg With a bit of encouragement he was free and we made a run for it knowing full well the builders, security or perhaps worse were coming for us We hoped down into the subway and made a B-line to a shop to get some cheap chocolate, then we were off to Basildon Maybe there's hope for this place, maybe a resident will appeal or the contractors will maybe miraculously add it into their development Whatever happens, this place is great, full of character and it'll be a real shame if it's flattened, I hope you enjoyed the report and enjoyed reading, apologies for the blue streaks in the film set and the pic heavy report. Cheers for looking!
  11. The nursing home was closed in 2006. My first visit was in 2007, the second visit in 2008. Thereafter it fell into oblivion with me. Seven years later, I made a re-visit. The building was unrecognizable in some areas. Some things were vandalized, others sprayed with graffiti. But in many rooms there were beautiful decay within the past seven years. After the single images I have compared some old pictures of 2007/2008 opposite to current photo in the second posting below. The perspective is not always consistent, but in direct comparison the change is very clear. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
  12. First explore out with KM punk for a while. This place was quite big so spent an enjoyable few hours here. So long, that we didn’t get time to visit some of the other places on the list. The Natsopa Memorial Home opened in 1921, a memorial to printers who fell in the great war. At some point during the 1960's or 70's it became known as Hornsey Rise Memorial Home, and was owned by the Pilgrims' Friend Society. The home closed in June 2012. Some sections had been closed longer, and were in a greater state of decay. thanks for looking
  13. Location #3 of the ‘Who’s hand was that Tour’ - ET Phone Home Visited with: PG UE, Carl Hartley, Nick Whitworth & Scott Chadwick. History This radio telescopes (interferometer) was built in 1954 to observe the changes in solar activity. On site there are around 50 radio telescopes. My Visit This was our last location on day one of the tour and with the light fading it was a race against time to get here before it got dark. So anyway, time won and when we arrived it was pitch black, luckily we found a sign pointing us in the right direction to walk amd within a few minutes we were stood on location and unpacking the gear. The location is a little out of the way and surrounded by corn fields which makes for an eerie feeling. That soon disappeared however when 5 torches were illuminating everything up! What I still find funny is that when we heard a car all went black as we turned the torches off and when the car had past ... Let there be light ! Maybe you had to be there! Anyway, as I mentioned it was very dark and we spent about an hour here trying to get a couple of images for our collections. I did a few long exposures then some bracketed and we even tried a little light painting. I managed to come away with two keepers from our time here and I can say I really like the result and I hope you do as well. Final thoughts This was a nice little site and it made a change from the usual places we had been visiting. It would have been nice to get on site when the sun was setting but you have to play the hand you're dealt and personally I think we all played it rather well. Few antics on the night as well including two of us hiding in the corn fields waiting to scare the hell out of a few of the group. It Never really went to plan and they did not even flinch! To read more location reports of the places we visited on the tour please click the following link, http://www.alanduggan-photography.co.uk/tag/toursep2014/ Thanks for reading, Dugie
  14. An abandoned children's home with not such a good history Not much left to see but it was fun to stop here on the way to another place #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6
  15. UK Home for the Blind. Aug 2014

    Taken a bit of time but now up to date with my latest explores, this one was in two parts, Sunday and last night. Over the years I have past this place hundreds of times and after seeing it redundant have stopped by but never been able to get in. Then Sunday I had a text asking if I wanted to have a look as he had been given a entry point. It don't take me long to decide which answer it was going to be, lucky I was already home from the track I work but my mate only had limited time (Hence the two visits) We got there and his information was correct but a little on the tight side but we (We met a extra 2 went last night) in but did not think there was so much left and soon ran out of time. There was a notice on the gate Sunday with a different newer one there last night, both said the place will be demolished on or after the 20th Oct 2014 and they had failed to get anyone to be able to buy the place they had plenty of offers but they were unable to come up with the money. Over the two visits I took 140 odd photos and these can be found here https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/sets/72157646299605246/ A few from last night Sadly it will not be long for this stunning building
  16. Another report from the last Belgium infiltration and this place was a stop on the second day but unfortunately we were spotted and were sent out. We came back on the way to the ferry on the Sunday and did it instead. A couple of hours mooch around here, some nice spots inside. Think that the place next door which was a dentist was also the owners parents house but unsure on the history Externals Internals Thanks for looking in. Tim
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  18. Evening all, Another Belgium residential, this time a small dwelling in the countryside that was a little small for four guys but we managed. Not much known on the history besides the owners come and check on it from time to time but we went early on our last day and did the business before making our way to a few others on the way back to the ferry. On with the photos. Not many taken as there wasn't much and some of it was a little messy but we managed an hour. There was a piano in the other room but too much mess and seen better pianos in better locations so just took more or less what you see here. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Cheers for looking in. Tim
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  20. Belgium Doctors Home - 2014

    Hey Guys last Weekend in Belgium 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
  21. There was this farm that looked as if it could be abandoned. So I went to check. You can't really know. Sometimes they look completely on their last legs and it turns out people still live there, or at least use them for something. And sometimes they look quite fine, but are long since abandoned. Well. I went to check. I spent quite a bit of time photographing the exterior. Upon closer inspection the farm looked very abandoned. And I noticed the door to the main house wasn't quite closed. The house has shifted, I think, so the door no longer fully closes. I knocked on the door. Opened it and shouted hello. Walked in, while shouting hello, anybody home? Definitely abandoned. But not all that long ago. And personnal belongings still there. Afterwords I mentioned it to a friend, and it turns out he knows the place. He didn't know when the original owners died, but he knows who owns it now. And he told me the owner let a man from eastern Europe somewhere stay there for probably several years. Wich would count for the food packages with foreign language. I took some photos. It felt ok when there, but looking at them they I thought they may look like intrution in someones home. So I wasn't sure wether to post. If you don't think it's ok feel free to tell me or delete the report. Attempting to somehow protect the residents of this home's privacy, and not least attempt to protect the place from vandalism, I'm only posting interior shots, and not the most personnal ones. Hope you think it's ok. And hope you like it. When I got in it was already getting late, and daylight was fading. It was just getting too dark to get some shots that I wanted. So I went back the next day for a couple more. The paper under the coffee mug on the table is dated 2008.
  22. ...St Edwards Home For Boys... ...Coleshill... As I'm only working up the road, I thought I'd pop in and have a poke around for a couple of hours... I think everyone knows the history behind this one... It aint pretty!! Thank for lookin' in...
  23. This is my first post but I have been on several explorations. The first few I didn't take pictures just went with born2misbehave. Took a like to the exploring and wanted to capture the experiences for myself. So with new camera in hand me and born2misbehave had a ride to coleshill to have a look around the Farther Hudson Society. The first building was Saint Edwards home for boys. So we popped in and had a good couple of hours exploring. We never made it into any of the other buildings due to the presence of the local priest. Maybe next time. History Father Hudson’s Society was founded by Father George Vincent Hudson. Father Hudson was born in 1873 at Kinsham in the parish of Bredon, Worcestershire. He studied for the priesthood at St. Mary’s College Oscott and was ordained in 1898. A week after his ordination he was sent to Coleshill as parish priest. Development of the Father Hudson’s Society Complex to the south of the centre of Coleshill began in 1905 when work began on St. Edward’s, a large boy’s home for Catholic children. The site expanded and developed until the 1940’s and eventually included its own hospital, nurses’ home, cottage homes, offices, a church and several chapels and three convents for the nuns who worked on the site. Changes in patterns of social care meant that most of the residential buildings had become redundant by the 1980’s and the hospital and school closed at the end of the 20th century. Many buildings are now empty and there are proposals to redevelop part of the site, which is in a Conservation Area. Apart from the Grade II listed church to the south and the former offices to the north, none of the buildings are considered to be of architectural significance. The present proposals include more demolition than a Development Brief adopted by the local authority in 2005 but the basic principles remain. For a variety of reasons it is not felt that the proposals will have a detrimental impact on the character of this slightly unusual Conservation Area.
  24. Last night of the Scottish sploring contingent aka the MP Masterplan we ventured to this derpy derp of a hospital, some loved it some hated it, I sat on the roof terrace for an hour nursing my poor feet after blistering the fook out of them the previous days. Yes I am a big girls blouse. Nestled in the outskirts of a town in the Belgium countryside is this largely impressive hospital, quickly finding a way in, we split off and tried to cover this place, one word of warning, if you are going start from the top and work your way down. Thanks for looking.
  25. 2013: What a pug ugly, nasty, soulless place. This was flattened in 2011 and is now a shiny new care home 2010: Built by and originally owned by the council; this “Home for Older People†was constructed and opened in the 1970’s, and was home to older people. The site closed down in summer 2009 relocating its staff and residents to the new care home in Wing on June 15th. The council sold the site to The Fremantle Trust who still own the land and plan to demolish the existing building, and build a new care home on the plot. The Elms provided accommodation for 56 elderly people, split into 5 different living groups. Each resident has their own bedroom, and each group has its own dining area and living area. These groups included: EMI (Elderly and Mentally Infirm) AKA Specialist Dementia Care Facilities. The home is set in Elmhurst, a densely populated area of Aylesbury. The building is not very inspiring, and fairly demeaning. I would not like to have spent my last years here. The site is currently used by the fire brigade as training ground. It is rumoured the building is subsiding, and has structural defects, as some of it is held up with recently installed joists. Site is very fresh, some toilets still have a cistern of water in, and though a lot of features are stripped and in a skip, a lot of them still remain, including a bag of potatoes! When I went back, we heard voices in the building, so left, only to find the fire brigade in the car park! They must have arrived just after us. I had pretty much all the photos I needed, so we left! The site was closed due to structural defects, and due to the fact that the law governing living standards for care homes was amended, meaning that every single residential room should have an en-suite bathroom and the room needed to be of an acceptable size. It would have crippled Fremantle to do this, so this home was closed. More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157623348766752/
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