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  1. First things first - this place is a death-trap. Simple as that. And it's quite likely to be worse now than it was when I went. But as I have a bit of an obsession about redundant old cinemas and theatres I left all common sense at the entrance. The building still shows signs of its grand past but sadly any possibility of saving it looks pretty slim, although a Trust has been set up to try to preserve it and bring it back into use. The four-storey building, designed by G. B. Rawcliffe, opened in 1894 as a music hall, before being converted to a cinema in 1938. It was last used as a bingo hall in 1995. ^^^ Not sure about that!
  2. I was not really sure what to expect from this place. It turned out to be a huge industrial playground with loads to have a look at. The size of this spot is awesome and I could not have asked for a better place to give my wide angle lens it's first outing. The workshops where another nice section in here. Some nice old machinery left to see. I really enjoyable explore this one and having a wide angle with me was a great bonus. Visited with non member Paul. HISTORY Pilkingtons was founded in 1826 as a partnership between members of the Pilkington and Greenall families, based in St Helens, Lancashire. It was originally named Greenall and Pilkington up until 1849. On the departure from the partnership of the last Greenall in 1845, the firm became known as Pilkington Brothers. The Kirk Sandall site came into existence in the early 1920's when the firm looked to establish another site in the UK. Kirk Sandall was an ideal situation. Its excellent waterway and railway facilities were conveniently sited, especially since the Great Central Railway Company had doubled its line in the area. After 76 year producing glass, the factory finally closed its doors in 2008. Not much has changed since it closed, most of it has remained abandoned but some of the site is used by Trackwork for training and storage. . Thanks For Looking More pics on my Flickr page - https://www.flickr.com/photos/135648593@N02/albums/72157684315511034/with/35460637944/
  3. Designed by Architect to the Metropolitan Police, John Dixon Butler FRIBA, the Greenwich Magistrates’ Court opened in 1909 with an integral police station. The Symmetrical frontage is faced in Portland Stone in a free Classical style and features a central semi-circular tablet with Royal Coat of Arms, carved in stone by Lawrence Turner. Inside, the entranceway leads to the former police station foyer which has a mosaic tiled floor with MP monogram (for Metropolitan Police) laid by Messrs Diespeker. The foyer leads onto Court 1, the main courtroom which is toplit with a decorative plaster frieze around the light well and a monogram of Edward VII in plaster above the bench. The Courtroom has mostly original fittings and the bench is in a curved recess, up three steps. The court has its own custody suite. The suite consists of nine prison cells with associated facilities for booking in prisoners etc. Visited here with @AndyK! a few months back. We sat on this for a while as we were hoping to return and see if we missed any bits but haven't got around to it. Anyway, I think we saw all the best bits. Here are some of my photos to begin with, and a few taken by Andy at the end. I also poached the history from his website report, so cheers for that! A few shots of the custody suite from Andy Thanks for looking
  4. Visited with @stranton And @ACID- REFLUX. Thx to them both for the great time had here. Anyways on with the report and pics History Inhospitable Inhospitable is a 700yd culvert which carries the moss brook beneath Collyhurst, the infall consists of a 15ft brick arch this changes too a10ft brick arch which continues towards the outfall which consists of a 7ft brick pipe built 8ft up in a retaining wall. Halfway through the culvert theres an overflow chamber with a manual operated penstock, once the flow gets too strong the penstock drops blocking the culvert this causes the brook too divert along the works something which seldon occurs. the Works the Works is a 700yd overflow which passes alongside and below Inhospitable, consists of a 10ft red and black brick pipe. This exits the overflow chamber by droping down 2 sets of steps the latter been steep, once at the bottom you are at least 70ft below the surface. Both the moss brook and the Works discharge too the Irk, (one of Manchesters 2 secondary waterways). Hope you all enjoy thx for looking..
  5. almost empty powerplant. but it was oke. nice lights,nice shadows. 01 02 03 04 05
  6. Having stumbled across a report from a couple years back and after a little bit of research later that evening me and Matt had a short drive over to Leeds to check out the "LOL drain" It's not that long but does have some nice bits and having only been in meanwood beck and the tunnels under roundhay park it was nice to see a place where you could admire the brickwork without scraping your head along the roof! Looking towards the River Aire Once you reach the end of the first tunnel you are greeted by this junction This bit did split off into a few separate smaller parts but after matt had a look in one and came back out feeling light-headed and feeling sick we quickly got out of that part Under the black gate things at the junction it opens up for a short while then back into a nice curved part Couple from the walk back out Cheers for looking
  7. Poland Oil Power Plant - July 2015

    “This one will be something different than you might except†We found this location from the road. Tall chimney looming from the distance. In an area where only fields could be seen such structure makes you wonder what it really is. Since I was the driver I made a short decision. We have to check it out even if we had some plans already. Driving through wheat fields we reached some kind of industrial complex. We could notice that now most of the building were in use by some small companies that were using old production halls. Later searching the web I discovered that all those structures were once occupied by a flax processing plant / linen factory. Passing by all those adapted buildings we reached our destination – that tall chimney. It was located just in the center of the industrial complex. From outside it looked like an power plant/boiler. Later it turned out it served exactly this type of function. Building made out of red brick. Same with the chimney. Built by the Germans (during WWII) in 1942. Once it used to serve as power/heat source for all production halls. Since the factory has been liquidated and all production halls are now used by small companies the factory complex is open (I could park my car just next to the building). The power/heat is not needed anymore and from outside it looked that the power plant is shut off. We had a bit of difficulties to get in. Big steel door locked tight from any direction. Finally we found one sliding door which base could be moved and we were able to enter crawling on our bellies. First we entered the basement (not really interesting, lot of dust, dark space under the big hall in which there were furnaces). Finally we found the stairs and we entered the main hall of the power plant. The main instruments generating power had to be decommissioned/sold/removed. There was just the space, smell of motor oil. We found a small control room, engineer quarters. The inside of the building was interesting from the architectural point of view. There was also the hum of a transformer. One door was closed and we could guess that the power had to be switched here somehow – coming from some more modern power plant. Here the story could end and in general I wouldn’t even bother to share those picture I made back then here. But … there is another end to the story. We re-visited that place after one month. It turned out that 20 days later after our first visit someone started a fire in that place. Since there was still a lot of metal that could be salvaged someone tried to use some kind of torch. There was still a lot of the oil in the basement of the building. It lit up like a match. In the end 26 fire fighter units had to come to put the fire down. And so … this is what is left. If you have been in an abandoned structure you might know how it looks … have you revisited a structure after a massive fire ? Unfortunately a massive storm was coming when we revisited this place and I was unable to get exactly same angles of the shots .. but it will give you an idea anyway. The main hall – it used to host electric generators and after the fire On the right from the main hall there was a door. Behind it a stairs leading towards the engineer quarters And after it burned down An electric switchboard with all the gauges and controllers still feeding the power from the transformer and after the fire There was a small engineer room included in the main hall After the fire there is not much left from it The main from another angle looked like this. Door on the right open to another Hall in which there used to be furnaces but after the fire … its something totally different A big valve was still there before the fire but now and … of course … now there is no roof. Soon there will be trees growing here It seems we were the last people to immortalize this structure before the fire. Sad part it could be adapted somehow. Now … it will just decay. If you want to be more up to date with my finds or you want to see more photos (I dont share them all here for obvious reasons) visit my flickr or fb page.
  8. Germany Waterworks July 2015

    After a failed attemp last year I was more than excited when I saw recent pictures passing over the internet. I contacted a few people and drove up the second day. Just in time, because it's sealed again, so I've heard. 1. Waterworks by Dafne Op 't eijnde, on Flickr 2. Waterworks by Dafne Op 't eijnde, on Flickr 3. Waterworks by Dafne Op 't eijnde, on Flickr 4. Waterworks by Dafne Op 't eijnde, on Flickr 5. Waterworks by Dafne Op 't eijnde, on Flickr
  9. This currently serves as a Gala bingo hall but it used to be a cinema and the upstairs is no longer in use. It doesn't really warrant a proper report so I thought I'd stick it in here. I went for a nose around with extreme_ironing one evening after someone tipped me off that they thought much of the place has been disused for years. We found our way up to the upper circle which is gathering dust and has some paint peeling off the walls in places and from there we found our way inside the projection room. A couple of old projectors that haven't moved for over 40 years were a nice find. There wasn't much else to be seen in all honesty but it's a spectacular building and a real shame to see it going to waste. There were only 2 people playing bingo in the entire place on a Friday night. We shouted bingo from the balcony for shits and giggles before we left, only to find ourselves locked in. This was followed swiftly by an embarrassing call to staff down below to come and let us out. Not Pro. The cinema opened on 7 September 1931, as one of the Granada chain, and screened movies sometimes with stage shows or organ recitals until it closed as a cinema on 10 November 1973. The seating capacity was over 3000, and was often completely sold-out. Stars such as Frank Sinatra, Danny Kaye, The Andrews Sisters and Carmen Miranda gave concerts there. After closing as a cinema the building reopened as a bingo hall. BINGO! Amazing architecture An old spotlight gathering dust Dusty seats with the odd broken one..... The lost projectors Natural light coming through from the auditorium The Hall of Mirrors Thanks for looking
  10. UK RAF Upwood - Cambridge - July 2015

    A bit of history that for once I did NOT steal ..... well from anyone on here History Since 1982, the Nene Valley Gliding Club [1] has conducted its glider operations from a field that occupies the site of the old runways. Initially these operations were under an agreement with the Ministry of Defence. However, in 1995 the club was told they would need to find a new home as the land was going to be sold off. The club was unable to locate a suitable new home and was preparing for the possibility of having to close when the purchaser of the land, Marshal Papworth, agreed to lease the land to the club for 10 years. This has allowed the club to continue flying from Marshals Paddock (so named by the club after their benefactor's death in 2000). Much of the RAF Upwood is unused, closed by the Ministry of Defence in 1994. Most of the station was vacated and the land and buildings sold off to civil ownership. Upwood is also the home of No. 511 (Ramsey) Squadron Air Training Corps who have been on the site since the early 70s. Originally housed in the old fire station the squadron moved to a number of buildings before settling in the old nissen hut church building. When the station was closed by the MOD in 1995, the squadron moved to the Upwood school. The squadron finally settled into the present building inside the fence in 1997. In 2004 Turbine Motor Works purchased a large amount of property on the former base including the four C-type hangars. Their plan is to convert the property into a state-of-the-art jet engine overhaul facility. Together with the Nene Valley Gliding Club and the Air Cadet Squadron, this facility will ensure that the former RAF base will continue its aviation legacy well into the 21st century. Part of the facility is now used by paintballing players. The explore Visited with my better half, Hamtagger After quite a nice day mooching about we rocked up to Upwood in the early evening, it was a beautiful day. The sun was still beating and it must have been half 7!! Got in and soon found out it was going to be a very leisurely explore. We scaled up the many buildings and started making our way around the site. A lot bigger than I expected to be honest. I did expect the level of trashing though as I had seen in various other reports. We made our way to the medical centre as had seen those lamps, considering I'd seen reports from January this year not looking too bad I was shocked at just how trashed it was. Never mind, it made for a few decent pics. We left there and headed for the tower to get some pics from above.. Now I am not usually one for climbing but I was all game for this, was even ready to go first. Didn't even have time to get the gloves out to climb the ladder, I was on it! With HT still clambering to get his gloves on I started climbing.. one step, one fucking step was all I took when I looked up, saw a pigeon and then low and behold the flying rat shit on my forehead!!! I stepped down, HT didn't know what was going on, I just looked at him, pointed to my head and said a pigeon has shit on my head!! Well.... he may as well have been rolling around on the floor in hysterics! Thank god I saw the funny side.. Anyway, I cleaned the pigeon shit off...or so I thought! HT went first this time, with me following.. got all the way to the top and that fucking bird was still flapping around. I knew he was after me so I hastily made my way back down leaving HT up there and he escaped completely bird shit free! I carried on taking pics of some of the buildings and when HT came back down we carried on, laughing about pigeons. Done quite a lot of the site, there is a beautiful state of decay in this place. he buildings looks shit from the exterior but the insides have some real peely goodness. We finished up and walked back to the car.. walking along, HT kept saying he could smell shit, thinking it was dog shit we carried on and it wasn't until he leant in to kiss me he could smell the pigeon shit! I just started laughing, with me and him standing in this quiet little cul de sac with him pouring water over me to get rid of the smell it was the end to a good day Anyway on with the pics 1 - The start of the explore.... someone's excited.... 2 3 - kid in a sweet shop.... 4 5 6 - Those lamps, with neither of us taking a tripod it was the best I got.. 7 8 9 - Peely porn 10 11 - One for us... 12 13 14 15 - Think the electricity has gone.. 16 - He likes to get naked... this is the 'before' shot... 17 18 - Pigeon Shit tower.. 19
  11. Explored with Inside the Prohibited & a non member Background; Murphy's was established in 1930 as a tool and belt driven machinery manufacturers specialising in tanning and leather machines. They closed in 2002 after a huge decline in the demand for such machinery. The Explore; I'd been here once before with Raz and never expected to go back, however after a slight miscalculation (meaning to go to pilkington at Kirk Sandal and ending up in Kirk Woodhouse) we found ourselves nearby so popped out heads in for a look around. As you've seen in many reports there is a room with some rather graphic wall paper which disgusted one of our party so much i felt i couldn't take a snap without them thinking ill of me Killed an hour and i got some new angles so all in all no harm done Photos; Artistic Blur (I cant hold a camera for shit) Thanks for looking
  12. We knew we were close, and although we tried to find the location by driving around, we really weren’t getting any closer. So it was a case of parking the car and seeing if we could locate it on foot. There was what appeared to be a path leading up towards a possible, so we started up. More or less straight away something caught my eye. A pretty new looking lens cap, one for an Ultrasonic Canon. Either we were on the right path, or actually someone else had a similar idea and that was a fail too. Fingers crossed it was the former. I have to admit, I was glad it had been dry for the last few days, otherwise the path up would have been a quagmire and that would not have been much fun… Eventually we reached the top and in to the opening. At first I wasn’t sure we were in the right place, then there it was. In the same instant of joy at finding it, the thoughts of looking out for the loony local with a shotgun. The lawn had been cut recently, but judging from the grass left to decompose, it had been left for a fair old while until being attended to. Good news I guess. If the visits were infrequent, then perhaps we could be OK. The place is not only empty, but pretty trashed. Not just due to the ingress of weather, but vandals too Going upstairs the decay is all too evident. This shot is taken from the doorway, and that was close enough Making our way upstairs, access to the roof was pretty straightforward and the view was well worth it. There are other areas which I know we didn’t get to, and perhaps it is a lack of bravery to wander across floor beams to get to the other sights of this location, but I was happy enough to have been able to visit this place before it falls completely. Thanks for viewing
  13. This is the first of two visits with the tour guide, also known as Urblex. Thanks for getting me into this place bud. Really enjoyed both visits. Really early one this which suffered from bad light as a result. An interesting entry point which the eagle eye of Urblex had spotted. The building is a maze of connecting corridors and rooms, with a mix and match of features. Pretty filthy inside with the lower levels containing a flooded corridor with is raw to say the least. On the other end their is the medical section up stairs and the chapel. It had been on the list from the start and did not disappoint. St Joseph's Hospital was erected on Mount Street, Preston in 1877 by Mrs Maria Holland for the benefit of the sick poor. It was opened in 1879 and run by the Sisters of Charity of our Lady Mother of Mercy, who also ran St Joseph's Orphanage in Theatre street. In 1884, it opened up two rooms as accommodation for private patients, and during the First World War it provided care for wounded soldiers (often Belgians). The Hospital was later recognised as a training centre for nurses, and accepted its first trainees in 1958. The Hospital closed in the late 1980s, and is now the Mount Street Nursing Home. The Sisters of Charity are still based in Mount Street at Provincial House. DEATH OF A CHARITABLE LADY – HANDSOME LOCAL BEQUETHS In our obituary to-day we announce the death of Mrs. Maria Holland, of Bushell-place, at the age of 72. The deceased lady had suffered for some time past from the natural ailments of advanced age, and succumbed to her illness yesterday week. She was a lady possessed of considerable means, and was noted for great liberality, especially among the Roman Catholic community of the town, of which she was a member. She built and largely endowed St Joseph’s Orphanage, in connection with which she has recently caused to be erected a hospital for the sick and dying…. Thanks for looking.
  14. I had heard all sorts of rumours about this place, mainly around the farmer who had a habit of slashing tyres. Seeing as I have a fairly non standard car, this was going to be a problem. There was no way any local outlets would have tyres in stock to fit. So getting them slashed would be a bloody nightmare. Once inside, I soon forgot those thoughts The inside of the house is in incredibly good condition, and to look at some of the rooms, it would be quite believable if someone said that the owner had only stepped out the other day There were so many lovely detail shots to be had here, although a very small location, one could easily spend several hours there. One of the shots I had seen from this location was the sewing machine A quick trip up to the loft, and that was quite photogenic too Thank you for viewing
  15. Visited last summer with a couple of friends Some history Sometimes also known as the Malago Storm Water Interceptor it was built in the early 70's to help cope with the flooding problems faced in Bedminster. It is roughly 2 miles long, and runs adjacent to the Southern Foul Water Interceptor, with various overflow chambers along the way. Some pics Thanks for looking
  16. A collecion of old fire engines dating from the 1940s up to the 1990s from various southern counties and in different states of disrepair. I don't know much about them other than they belong to a collector who will apparently sell you one if you are interested. Good luck with that mate! Visited with my dad whilst on a break with my family, he got collared by a local fire engine geek who traumatised him with his extensive knowledge of fire engines while I ran round taking pics. Sadly my dad hasn't explored anywhere ever since Thanks for looking
  17. Last use was a restaurant and it was for sale at what I think is a bargain price. This place is pristine. Was a bit of wary outside even though it was dark, we could see lights on and was wandering if it was the right building. Once inside we thought we saw PIRs and then some sensor buzzing at the kitchen door. We realised it was the motor for the automated door. So we evntually calmed down and grabbed a few shots. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Hope you enjoyed you can find a few more on my site Chateau De Bois
  18. UK Miracle Chapel, July 2014

    Named as its a miracle that its still standing! This is a Wesleyan chapel on the very western edge of Wales, built in 1833 and rebuilt in 1868 in the Gothic style of the gable-entry type. It closed in 1973 and has been slowly deteriorating since. The owner appears to have abandoned all interest in the place and the local authority has had to carry out work on the retaining walls to make the structure safe for passing motorists and local residents. Surveys have been made and if/when it does finally give way, it will fall in on itself. It also felt like the surrounding trees and undergrowth was slowly choking the building. Quite sad really.
  19. Hi guys, This is my very first post on this forum and I have to say this is by far my greatest explore yet. I hope you all enjoy looking at my photographs from St Joseph's Seminary. Let me know what you think. Full report here http://wastedabandon.wordpress.com/ We woke up at 3am and made our way to St Joseph's. We knew that access wasn't going to be easy, especially in the torrential rain that had followed us all the way from our hotel. We had a few mishaps on the way which you can find out about in my blog, but we eventually made it in and were extremely happy although extremely wet. Here are a few photographs from my visit. Please let me know what you think. Cheers WA We even made it onto the roof and finally into the chapel, before an almighty alarm sounded. and consequently marched offsite by security and police. I hope you like the pics. Let me know what you think.
  20. Visited with 3 explorers off another forum. After visiting another site which was good but a bit bare was really excited to get into this place. The only downside is there was no lighting whatsoever so was relying on my flash & pikeying the other 3 guys' light. We had heard a report of some abusive chavs or junkies drinking from bottles left behind the bar that still had the optics on, but luckily (for them lol) they were long gone when we went. History, The venue has been a landmark in the town centre for decades. The building opened in August 1937 as a 1,928 seat cinema. Before it was renamed Mr Smiths for the second time in its history, it was known as Halo nightclub. This used to be the ABC cinema, or the Ritz. The club was previously known as Synergy, and before that Mr Smiths for the first time. Unfortunately the building is not listed & is set to be demolished. I thought it was supposed to be demolished last month but just seen this from the local newspaper, "CAMPAIGNERS have been offered a possible lifeline in the battle to save the building after they were given the chance to suggest alternatives to demolition. LPC Living, the property developers handling the site, met with campaigners last week. Following the meeting it said a 'short window' was available to discuss a 'commercially viable future', although the intention is still to knock it down. A spokesman for LPC Living said: “We discussed how the Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust had acquired the building around four years ago and despite extensive marketing there had been difficulties in securing a letting. “Prospective tenants shown around the building had reservations about the large size of the property, access issues, ongoing maintenance and the cost to convert to other uses. “We explained that ultimately the decision to clear the site was a reluctant one and was not taken lightly. While it is still the intention to proceed with demolition, the earliest this can take place is August 11. “However, it is likely to take a couple of months of investigations and preparatory work before the building could come down. Therefore this provided the group with a short window to explore options as to whether a community-led project could provide a commercially viable future for the building.†LPC added a further meeting could take place to discuss options." view from the roof (felt like a vampire coming back into the light took my eyes a good few minutes to adjust to it again)
  21. Visited with Mookster and a non member on our 4 day road trip abroad. I've wanted to go and see this place ever since I first laid my eyes on photos of it, and it didn't disappoint! Was it worth the 16 hour drive? 100% yes. My favourite location on our road trip by far. More here; https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuarthomas/sets/72157646040109124
  22. This was my first proper explore back when i didn't have a decent camera. Went back a few times recently with a better camera once solo & twice with Ferox (nice one mate always feels better to have some company wandering about this place), first time we went it was too dark & he didn't get the shots he needed so arranged another stupid o'clock in the morning trip. We didn't hear many unsettling noises which the place is notorious for, been in there solo a few times before at night and in the day and heard many unsettling noises. Something to bear in mind it is kind of in the city centre so a lot of the noises could probably be coming from outside. Found out from a 'friend of a friend' who used to work there as a nurse that the top floor was for private elderly patients & a lot of them talked about the 'friendly nun' who came in & looked after them/watched over them at night, no nuns worked here at that time. She also said there is meant to be a 'secret chapel' other than the chapel in the middle, don't know if there is or not but i doubt it... History "It is a Grade II listed former orphanage and maternity hospital developed as a sequence of buildings from 1872 through to the 1950’s. The original building is a two storey, red brick building in a high gothic style with a tower over the original entrance. The later 1930’s and 1950’s buildings are in a simple modernist style in brick. The buildings are arranged around a courtyard but one that is hidden from view despite its central location." first visit visit with Ferox and when we went back to get better light
  23. From what we could tell this place has been empty for a long while, once known on the circuit as the "Sewingmens Cottage" due to the abundance of sewing machines strewn around the property. Sadly these have now all been pilfered and I could not spot one. Still some nice bits remain that give an insight to life in the old place. The dates on the pickles were around the early 1970's, this would seem to tie in with the old Woseley Car in what was once the garage. Whilst wondering around the site I noted a lot of these old black batteries laying around, what raised my curiosity is what hey had written on them, they stated that they remain the property of "Her Majesty's Government" upon further inspection the batteries stated that they were for use within a Medresco. A bit of research and it turns out theta a Medresco is an early form of hearing aid. Cheers for looking.
  24. With the Mrs still away I picked up a none member to have a look at another farm I had been given, we got there to find it was a no go, so we headed off towards one of the places I didn't have time for a few days before. I must have passed this place quite a few times of late and always wondered what it was like inside. We parked up and without our cameras took a quick look, the first thing we noticed was the smell, it took your breath away, the next was a couple of birds nests. Next thing a swallow (Hence the name) flew out of one and got stuck by a window, I managed to catch it and while my mate opened the window I let it fly off. Besides the smell there was still enough about to get some good shots so hope you like. (It was getting dark time we finished so the other place will still have to wait) https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/sets/72157646097306243/ That's your lot from this place (Only two more reports left to post)
  25. After a fair amount of searching online and an early start, we were on the way to this beautiful location. It was even more beautiful inside with lots of nicknacks and things to see. No history on this one so I'll just get on with the photos - these photos are a mixture from 2 visits. Starting upstairs, there were a few rooms with this one being the most photogenic. It even had a hat and coat on the back of the door! Going downstairs and into the sitting room, I was surprised with the amount of bits and pieces that were still about. This shot might've been set up slightly ...and on a windowsill... Thank you for looking