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  1. HOOK END MANOR History: Hook End Manor was once owned by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. The manor itself has a huge 25 acres of land alongside the recording studio. It was also previously owned by record producer Trevor Horn but was sold back in 2007. The last know proprietor was Mark White, however the manor has now fallen into disrepair! Complete with 11 bedrooms, countless bathrooms, games room and tennis court, in its day the manor would have been great! The Explore: The explore itself went really well, after an hour or so drive finding our way down small country lanes we came across the manor. From an outside perspective there was no way of telling if the place was abandoned. Despite the manor being left empty the attached property is still in use. Not sure if this was still used as the recording studio or converted to offices but we avoided going into that area. The manor is a maze of rooms and much of the original furnishings still remain untouched. We spent a good 2hrs wandering around uninterrupted! <PIC HEAVY> Anyway on with the photos........ Thanks for looking
  2. This was the first stop on our little euro trip! Not sure on the history of the place, but like many others around Europe its a beautiful house! Looking at other pictures online it looks a little stripped now. Thank You!
  3. History: Doughty House is a large house on Richmond Hill in Surrey, England, built in the 18th century, with later additions. It has fine views down over the Thames, and both the house and gallery are Grade II listed buildings. The house was named after Elizabeth Doughty, who lived there from about 1786, and built St Elizabeth of Portugal Church in The Vineyard, Richmond. It was the residence of the Cook baronets from when it was bought in 1849 by the first baronet until after World War II. A 125-foot-long-gallery (38 m) was added in 1885 for the very important family art collection. The house was damaged by bombing in the Second World War and the 4th baronet moved to Jersey with 30 paintings from the collection. In 2012 the house was on the market with an asking price of £15,000,000. Future: C18 house with C19 alterations made by the Cook family. Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent have been granted to retain the main property as a single dwelling and to convert the gallery to ancillary accommodation, along with re-instating Doughty Cottage as the link between the house and gallery. The explore: So we spent basically all day in traffic jams to get there and back... The explore itself was surprisingly easy too; I must admit, that from what I have seen of it, I was expecting the place to be a little bigger than it was, but I guess thats the art of the wide angle lens! Anyway, great explore, would definitely revisit providing there are no traffic issues!
  4. Other The GENTLEMAN House

    Another small countryside manor with some interesting details. 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09
  5. Our first attempt to enter this beautiful house went so bad that were spotted by a guy who lives in another house of the estate... the guy was wearing a cyclist outfit on lycra so the house started to be called by my "gang" as "The Lycra House". Obviously that, two weeks latter we retourn at 6:00 a.m. and spend more than an hour in pitch black waiting for the first rays. The morning was cloudy, the light a beautifull shit, the clock was tiking and we only had one hour to "work" untill our dear good cyclist returns (we calculated that that fashion victim wolub be out of bed very soon on a sunday). Result; bad light, few pictures, will to return on Spring. The third visit is always the best... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
  6. 1000 mile Mega Xplore day 2 part 4 (These are not in order) After kipping in the car in the corner of a field we made our way here, bit of a walk but, this must be one of the oddest places I have been too. If I knew what it was like inside I would have slept on the floor in there and waited for daybreak. https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/albums/72157659274332585 the outside the inside
  7. Ferdowse Clinic AKA Heckington Manor The Explore Visited with Urbexbandoned after a wander around the Bass Maltings. I had been last year already for a quick mooch around and then it was starting to show signs of abuse by the local shitbags so i wasn't holding high hopes for the state of the place, and i wasn’t wrong. Such a shame a buyer didn’t come forward before it got to it’s current level of fuckedness. I remember being amazed that the stained glass window was still intact 18 months ago, but now some toe rags have smashed it up. Pretty much just an update on the place, difficult to actually get a photograph nowadays but heres a couple for record only… The History (Stolen from myself) Dr Mostafa Morsy, a specialist of addiction treatment, spent around £300,000 bringing the former Heckington Manor up to scratch and opening a successful private practice for the treatment of alcoholism in the late 1980s. In 2003, the government had drastically cut funding for this sort of treatment and Dr Morsy had no other option other than to close the doors of his pride and joy. Since being disused, the property has been vandalised heavily and now sits waiting for a new owner. The Pictures 1. 2. 3/4. 5. Final thoughts… derp-hole, take a tripod, or even better a hand-grenade, I wouldn’t even waste your time As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  8. Had a heads up from a mate about this place, so decided to have a nose around early one morning... VERY CLEAN! After spending some time in Sheffield I was on route back down the country, an after a quick scope of access, I then parked up in another nearby field and caught a few hours kip. Frosty start and inside I went before workmen arrived, gave myself a max time limit and away I went, honestly you could MOVE IN TOMORROW! from a few old newspapers darted about it was left circa 2012, an a tiny bit of damp on the carpet is visible, but hey it needs a new owner thats for sure. On with the shots! My only regret was not taking a cheeky bath after 3 days sleeping in the car oh well all clean now!
  9. 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
  10. Unsure what I should really name this? An abandoned dairy farm, missing that red dress (which was more pink) and some large amounts of decay in rooms... A lovely afternoon spent walking around, admiring the decay and bits an bobs that laid scattered about, certainly worth your time still and quite frankly seems like locals have given up asking questions why you walk down a lane with a camera an tripod, especially after explaining once before we dont get nice fields in kent like these ones here... Walking around inside with the wind blowing through the whole place was rather cool, doors slamming and the curtains blowing about made for some interesting pictures. Many people know most of this places history after it splashed in papers and its been done a fair amount. IMGP0772 IMGP0642 IMGP0648 IMGP0651 IMGP0655 IMGP0656 IMGP0665 IMGP0668 IMGP0682 IMGP0687 IMGP0690 IMGP0698 IMGP0699 IMGP0703 IMGP0712 IMGP0713 IMGP0716 IMGP0741 IMGP0744 IMGP0748 Cheers for looking everyone!
  11. Belgium Domein M May 2015

    Explored this beauty last May with my partners in crime and was stunned by it's beauty! Only the ground floor was worth taking pics, upstairs was nothing interesting! Enjoy! Hall Dinner Domein M Room
  12. What a amazing staircase *-* One Location of my trip to east germany 1. Manor house of a knight 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. Manor house of a knight 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. Manor house of a knight 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. Manor house of a knight 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. Manor house of a knight 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 6. Manor house of a knight 06 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 7. Manor house of a knight 07 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 8. Manor house of a knight 08 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 9. Manor house of a knight 09 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 10. Manor house of a knight 10 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 11. Manor house of a knight 11 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 12. Manor house of a knight 12 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  13. So here is a place I did last year, an recently went back to find most of the original items missing anyway best not to dwell on the past an focus on the present. This place was rotten, you could not find a worse place to venture inside, with dry dog Sh!T everywhere, an huge spiders and sacks of babies hanging from ceiling (more spiders) this place even makes my skin feel weird now. When I first stepped foot inside, the smell an rot of the place was very overpowering, but document I must and soon I did not become aware of any of the surroundings an focused on the photos. Id say judging by letters tucked on cabinets it had been abandoned 10/11 years, the last owner was (female) judging by the clothes that was left, an it seemed she lived in one bedroom, bottles of water tucked in cabinets and draws while she remotely hide herself away, did i mention she had possibly 13/14 dogs alive in the house as she sheltered from the outside world? With the woman never leaving the dogs was forced to eat what they could... then each other. (Dog bones present in places). Unsure how even in todays world this could happen, unsure if the woman died here or simply vanished eventually leaving behind every sentimental piece of her past behind, but judging by the place she died here, spoke to the locals the place has been put on the market but with a new road coming in, they want to knock this place down an move the others living nearby. Here is my photos, sorry if there is many, first shots are of a recent visit (B/W) which was not visible or found at start. 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 27 28 Thanks everyone for sticking with this, hopefully ive documented this place well enough
  14. So I was rather lucky to have around 4 hours of undisturbed exploring inside here, despite a half naked model on the stairs and a photographer inside shouting "bit more". It seemed secca had the day off, as the hours passed more explorers turned up who each came in two's and threes. I have to admit I never saw the fascination with the main stairs for a photo, the rooms I found more enjoyable. (yet will include a few shots of the stairs anyway). So I explored here undisturbed and left on my own free will before I left an old gent walked in, sandals and a small compact camera, he had to be around mid 60's/70 years old, he strolled in seemed chuffed with himself and began taking some photos for the "holiday album" anyway enough was enough, an decided to head home for some tea! Obviously many people know the history, but has anyone seen the gravestone near the front? ... I heard about it but never spotted it?!?! - oh well. Anyway below is some history -(stolen from web) followed up with my usual style of photos! The Actors' Orphanage was started in 1896 by Kittie Carson at Croydon and was established as the Actors' Orphanage Fund in 1912. In 1915 the Orphanage moved to Langley Hall at Langley (was in Buckinghamshire - now in Berkshire). The orphanage was both a home and a school to approximately 60 children. At ages 15–17 pupils sat the School Leaving Certificate of Cambridge University and if 10 subjects were taken to Matriculation. The home and school was moved to Silverlands at Chertsey, Surrey in 1938 where it remained until 1940. In September 1940 the Orphanage was evacuated to the USA where the children were housed in New York City at the Edwin Gould Foundation, and the children were sent to local schools. After the war ended the Fund established a home (once again at Silverlands, Chertsey). This arrangement ended in 1958 and the Actors' Orphanage ceased to exist. The 1912 fund was re-established as the Actors' Charitable Trust and financial and care help was offered to those in need. Over the years many from the theatrical profession have given time and money to the running of the orphanage including some who became presidents of the orphanage among whom are Sir Gerald du Maurier, Noël Coward, Laurence Olivier and the last president Lord Attenborough. In 1990 Silverlands Nursing School amalgamated with other schools of nursing in Surrey and Hampshire to become the Francis Harrison College of nursing and midwifery. At some point in the late 1990’s Silverlands ceased it’s role as a nursing school and the National Probation Service was looking for a new site for the ‘residential assessment and intervention programmes for adult males with allegations of, or convictions for, sexual offences involving children’. Silverlands in Chertsey was considered the most appropriate. The proposal was met with strong opposition from local people who organised a candlelit vigil to protest about the site being used for such a purpose and were concerned about the impact of the 7000 children attending the 25 schools within a 2.5 mile radius of Silverlands. After a lot of debating and protests on 4th July, 2002, it was confirmed by the Home Office Minister that Silverlands will not become the home of the Wolvercote paedophile clinic. However during this time, the Grade 2 listed building had already had £3.7 million pounds spent on its refurbishment. It remains disused, As always cheers for looking, an hope you enjoyed my take on this popular place!
  15. Evening all, only got a couple of bits to offer atm but got a couple of fairly interesting things in the pipeline which look promising, hope everyone's had a good weekend and not too down about going back to work tomorrow. Here is one of said bits, Pitchford hall, what a bloody lovely building! This is probably one of, if not, my favourite explores mainly down the fact that i'm an oak frame carpenter myself and build houses like this everyday, which I love, and also the fact that when I found it, to my knowledge I didn't know anyone else had been here. I found it whilst trawling through what felt like the 600 million churches on the heritage at risk register for shropshire and when I googled the place for explorers reports I found nothing. So yeah as soon as I saw a 500 yr old oak framed house, tagged vacant and in a state of disrepair on HARR, less than an hour from me, with a 300 yr old tree house there was no way I wasn't paying it a visit! I love seeing old timber frames like this, as I say pitchford hall is about 500 years old and I love the thought of the houses I build being around in 500 years time, I always like carving my name and the year into the timbers where it will be hidden somewhere in the hope someone will read it in god knows how long and go, wonder who the hell Jake was and what the hell WOZ EAR! means, I found an outline of a shoe with a name etched into some lead and dated 1846 on the top of brogyntyn hall, love stuff like that, proper little personal connection with you and one of the craftsmen that put the place there, amazing stuff. Anyways on with the show. The explore. This was a solo mission for me, one that put me off solo missions a little actually as I went ass over tit down the mossy stone stairs at the front of the house, I blame not having my lucky boots on, I always explore in my boots and this time I forgot, as I thought it was just a reccy and ended having to traverse a stream, slipped down some steps and then got caught up in an extremely boggy stretch of the estate which nearly engulfed one of my adidases, is there such thing as plural for adidas?? Anyway yeah this was one of those that starts off as a reccy and before you know it your inside with less than 1/4 of a camera battery and whole bloody house to get around! First thing I did was tick off the tree house, if nothing else just so I can say I chilled out in the same tree house that queen victoria used to frequent as a princess, bust that one out at your next dinner party over a nice salmon roulade! I took a couple of pics of the tree house and chilled out taking in the view for 5 minutes and just thought how flippin cool the situation was, then headed back to the main house and found a way inside. I was probably inside for about 2 hours or so, getting my beedy eye all over the fine wood work in the place, beautiful stairs, wood panneling, fire surrounds, all absolutely stunning, I would love to have a go at carving some of the intricate details in these features, it's basically a chippy's wet dream in there! Toffee and haste Pistory courtesy of British listed buildings Pitchford hall, Country house. Circa 1560-70 for Adam Ottley with a probably C14 or C15 core and minor C17, C18 and early C19 alterations and additions; restored, remodelled and extended in the 1870's and 1880's by George Devey (1820-86) for Charles Cotes, and further restored in the late C20. Timber framed with rendered infill panels (with red ochre colouring on the north front - probably part of Devey's restoration) on coursed red sandstone rubble plinth, squared and coursed to east; stone slate roof. E-plan around courtyard to south, service wing and courtyard to west. 2 storeys and attic, over basement to east; jettied first floors with moulded bressummers, cable-moulded shafts to first floor in gable ends, and gables have cambered tie-beams with carved vine ornament; 5 brick ridge stacks, 3 external lateral brick stacks with grey sandstone ashlarlower parts, and integral brick end stack to west, all with clustered star-shaped brick shafts. Framing: square panels (4 from sole-plate to wall-plate) with diagonal struts forming lozenge patterns, close studding beneath some windows; some close studding with middle rail and short straight corner braces. Late C19 wooden mullioned and transomed windows with leaded casements. South front: 5-window recessed centre withprojecting gabled wings; 2-storey gabled projections in re-entrant angles with carved quatrefoil frieze to first-floor middle rail; central 2-storey porch has 4-centred arched doorway with pair of half-glazed doors, and first floor with cross-window and carved quatrefoil frieze to middle rail, and probably C17 louvred bellcote in gable above with flanking carved scrolls, diagonally-placed square clock, and small shaped gablet above (finial missing). Recessed garden seat with chamfered arch in stone ground floor wall of late C19 addition to west of left-hand gabled wing. North (entrance) front: near symmetrical C16 range to left with short gabled projections and large stacks flanking central 2-storey gabled porch with first floor oriel window and chamfered ogee-arched doorway with 2 boarded doors and approached by 8 stone steps; asymmetrical late C19 remodelling of C18 or early C19 range to right in a matching style. 5-window east front with 4 gables of differing size, high plinth, and central probably C18 two-storey bow window remodelled in late C19. Service wing to west forming one side of a service courtyard together with the west wing of the E-plan part and a retaining wall (qv); one storey rendered brick and slate roofed lean-to adjoining both walls of house with glazing bar sashes, probably reset carved red sandstone shield with foliage decoration, and short open loggia with chamfered painted stone posts; wing returning to south at west end has a coursed sandstone rubble ground floor with triple segmental arches; stairs within corridor lead up to a C19 timber framed service porch opposite stable block (qv), with chamfered red brick ashlar plinth, stone slate roof, moulded bressummer to gable end, moulded barge boards, and nail-studded boarded door with decorative wrought iron strap hinges. Interior: largely C17 and late C19 in a Neo- Tudor style; hall and dining room with late C19 panelling, moulded cross-beamed ceilings and Tudor -arched stone fireplaces; drawing room with early C17 fittings including panelling, fluted Ionic pilasters, fluted frieze, moulded cross-beamed ceiling with thin ribbed plasterwork and heraldic devices in panels, and stone Tudor-arched fireplace with carved spandrels and open triangular-pedimented overmantel; ground-floor rooms in west wing of E-shaped part have C17 fireplaces with elaborately decorated overmantels; library with fireplace dated 1623; two mid-C18 fireplaces in bedrooms said to be by Pritchard, with plain and lugged architraves, friezes with masks and carved foliage decoration, and moulded cornices; L-shaped staircase of c.l700 with closed string, turned balusters and square newel post; C18 dog-leg staircase in east wing with closed string, turned balusters, ramped handrail, square newel posts, and dado panelling; early C19 staircase in service wing with stick balusters. Internal fittings of interest throughout. The remains of a former probably C15 two-bay crown-post roof are visible in the roof space over the west wing of the E-plan part (see cambered tie beams and mortices). George Devey's alterations included moving the main entrance to the north side of the house, removing the wall formerly enclosing the south side of the courtyard, and creating the present garden with its summer house (qv) and retaining walls (qv). Pitchford Hall has a very complex architectural history for which space does not permit a detailed description. And here we go with some pictures, again same day I was at Calcot hall, don't know if you read that report but I was fresh out with a new dslr and took everything that day in jpeg apologies if they come up a bit crap quality. Traditional pegged mortice and tenon joints, exactly the same as I bash pegs into all day at work, the peg hole through the tenon would be slightly off set to the peg hole in the mortice, doing this creates 'draw' so that when you drive the peg through it forces the holes to align and brings the shoulder of the joint in tighter. Like a pig in shit! Underneath this tree is where I nearly lost one of my adidaseseses And last but by no means least, ol queen viccys holiday hang out spot, which now appears to have ginger bearded knob hanging out the window flipping the bird and chaving the place up, oh well at least no one will rob your pics and flog them to the fail if its of you with your finger up in the middle of it!! :grin2: Peace out to all my brothers from another mother n all my sisters from another mister, thanks for looking. safe exploring kids.
  16. Morning, afternoon or good evening girls and boys, hope everyone is feeling funky fresh and enjoying the bank holiday, just a little report on the, now missing a red dress manor, previously known as, you guessed it, red dress manor aka calcot hall aka calculator hall, naah only pokin i made the last one up though i definitely think calculator hall would have been a loads better name for it. Visited this place twice, wouldnt recommend driving any kind of distance to see it mind, definitely one of the derpiest derps in derp town, first time i was checking something else out in the area so stopped in for an hour or so, second time i popped in was on the way up to snowdonia for a kayaking/exploring weekend, was the same weekend i did vanity house (which has a report floating around somewhere) and a failed cloud house. Not really all too much new to say about the place that hasn't been said, watch yourself in the front rooms where the floors are falling in would be the first and foremost! I think it was landie man pointed out the same as what i found, the place has had plenty of traffic, been through lots of set up shots etc, much like i pointed out on my vanity house report, fine setting up shots and getting a nice photo, guilty of it myself occasionally, chucked a couple of bits from off the floor on the dresser in this set, if somewhere is as trashed as this place i don't see any harm in tidying up a bit! Places like this and vanity house, you still get to see interesting bits and bobs and get a vague insight into the lives that lived in that house but you just don't get that same 'frozen in time' feeling from the place you know. Decay wise as i said downstairs front rooms the floors are buggered, not a lot to see in them but if you insist on going in them make sure you're on a joist. Got some good ol' peeley paint in the kitchen, peeley wallpaper in tuther rooms and plenty of water damage upstairs due to the gaping holes in the roof, one of the 1st floor bedroom floors is pretty buggered on the front of the house so again watch your ass. Windows are all smashed in on the front and as a result the plant from the little shop of horrors appears to be living in one of the bedrooms upstairs-ickle bugger nearly had my bloody porkie pie out! feed me seymore!! right enough of all that frevolity, take a look for yourselves what it looks like at the minute, well- at the minute being a couple of months ago! - apologies for the awful quality pics, this was one of the first times out with my new nikon and i didn't smash it into raw so they are all crappy jpegs im afraid, except 3 i took on the return visit. Red was never really my colour but boy do i look hot in those heels!! #dresstokill #nomakeup #girlsjustwannahavefun thanks for taking a goosey gander kids. apologies again for the crap quality control Stray off the path.
  17. Hey everyone:D History..A classic example of a country estate with buildings and a designed landscape forming an integral composition reflecting late C19 taste. Minley Manor and its pleasure grounds laid out by Robert T Veitch and his landscaper F W Meyer in the 1880s form the centrepiece to the estate. This followed an earlier phase of planting undertaken by James Veitch in the 1860s. The western half of the estate is criss-crossed by a network of drives and tracks radiating from Fleet Lodge, one of which leads to Home Farm (a model farm built to the design of Arthur Castings in 1900) situated 500m south-east of the Manor. I visited here a little while back with a non-member, but had an awesome morning here - not tonnes of stuff left as rotten floorboards put some places off limits, but definitely a nice little explore. anyhow, on with some pictures.. (apologies if this is in the wrong category - only put it here as i thought it might come under manors/residential:D) These are some of my earliest urbex pictures, and in my opinion could be improved massively - not my best set, but thanks for looking nonetheless
  18. Hello once again, OS. Said I would get my set of this place, a little late but never mind! Really liked this place some good grandeur and decay in places Visited with AndyK, Darbians and Kriegaffe9. Pics: Sunrise: Main entrance: Favourite ceiling in this place: Main entrance hall with great staircase: Details: Large fireplace: More nice ceilings: Main Corridor: Green: Fallen ceiling tiles: Peeling coat hangers: Hall: Arches: Carved fireplace: Ornate arches and balcony: Hall: Cheers guys!
  19. Hello again y'all. Now this one is really special.. After researching a lead, Andy de Kay and I were getting pretty excited about what we could potentially see. Pretty relaxed explore, however we were threatened to have our cameras smashed up if we didn't delete all our photos.. "Format that camera or i'll format it with a rock!" Well.. good ol' card switcheroo.. Anyway.. SHOTS: Entrance Staircase Staircase from the bottom Drawing room Gold room Mid-staircase Nice rooms upstairs too We found this sat upstairs, perhaps from a previous redevelopment scheme Another random old picture to the right Mural room Main corridor Best bathroom Upstairs room Pink entrance Here's the best bit... A more modern extension to the house.. We look further.. Through a door and it's pitch black. Andy finds a light switch and... HOLY SH*T! Notice those awesome mural walls.. We found these upstairs too.. DAMN Check out Behind Closed Doors' Magpie Hall Report Cheers guys..
  20. Hello OS. Been holding this one back a little while, but after a few visits I've had the chance to 'get the pics I wish I got the last time' etc. First visit in mid 2014, second and third in '15 Such a nice place, can't seem to keep away. Visited with: MrDan, ZeroUE, M Thornley, Infiltr8, WoofooPix, Brutas and Gaz. History: Silverlands was built in the 1800s and has had an interesting history. It was a private home, an actors orphanage and a nurse training school. The training school finally closed in the 1990s. In 2001 there were plans to turn it into a clinic for convicted paedophiles. Local residents protested against it, being so close to local schools. During the protests, the house received a £3 million re-furb for it’s new role. But in 2002 the protests paid off and Parliament decided to end the conversion. It has remained empty ever since. Pics: Strange how it's been the same for so long and not been totally destroyed.. Cheers
  21. Lotus Hall aka Cuckoo Hall Visited with: Venustas, Shane & Miz Firestorm Visit date: January 2015 Please Note: Entry is always through an open access point and not by forcing our way in….. We are explorers, not vandals. My Visit My first Urbex trip of 2015 and it started out like many more from 2014 with my phone alarm waking me up at 03:30 AM! 10 minutes later after making a flask of coffee I was in the car and on my way to meet Shane and then to pick up Alex. Before making our way to Lotus Hall we was to meet up with Klare at a set point and then head to the location. At around 07:15 we parked up the car and started the walk to the manor house. With the combination of the bad weather and the dark mornings at this time year it was fairly straight forward. We never spotted a soul but made sure we kept hidden using the tree lines and darkness to our advantage. After around 30 minutes Lotus Hall started to show itself though the trees and murky light. After standing at the edge of the grounds for a few minutes taking in the sight of this beautiful Manor we headed to the entry point, 5 minutes later we was in. Now this place is huge and once you get inside it turns into a maze of rooms and corridors. A good chunk of this place however is made up on small bedrooms which I am guessing is from its time as a boarding school for girls. We knew this was the case and started to look for the area of the Manor that we had got up at silly O'Clock to photograph. After what seemed a good while and a few head scratching moments later were it felt like we was going around in circles we finally spotted the main stairs through a door window, brilliant we have found it. As we pulled the door handle however, it was locked! A little disheartened but far from beaten we kept looking for another way in, minutes later we found it. I always make sure to get the main areas photographed first just in case we get rumbled and walked off the site and for me it was the staircase. Alex was already at the top of the stairs so I waited for him to get the shots he wanted and followed him down taking my shots whilst trying not to get in each others way. I have explored with Alex a good amount of times now so we know how each other works and we managed to get what we needed without any problems. Beautiful right? I think so.... With the photos taken that I really wanted in the collection I headed off to look around at what else Lotus Hall had to show me. This to me looked like the main foyer and from other images I have seen there was some very fine tables and chairs in here at some point. Now this next room I call the Ballroom as it just gave me the feeling that many extravagant parties would have been held in here, whether it is a ballroom or not I am unsure. Here is a closer look at the ceiling taken from the balcony. Next up was the library, stripped clean apart from a few units and the fireplace. If you look above the fireplace you will see two green squares. At one time there was two ornate wooden carved panels in those squares given to the owners by Queen Victoria, however they have been stolen. Next up had to be the most colourful room in the manor. Dubbed accordingly as the 'Red Room', How original I hear you say... Well I am a simple kind of guy! My final image for this report is a room that looks like at some point renovation had been started but seems to have stopped. More images available on flickr The images above are just a small selection of the images I have edited. I will be adding lots more photos of Lotus Hall aka Cuckoo Hall on my Flickr page which can be found here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/119757413@N07/ Final thoughts So was Lotus Hall aka Cuckoo Hall worth the early start? Was it worth the muddy, dark and wet walk to get to the Manor? Was it worth wandering around a maze of corridors scratching our heads in frustration trying to find the main area? The simple answer is YES and I would do it all again as I feel that Lotus Hall has much more to show me. All in a brilliant location and a fantastic morning spent exploring with a great group of people. What a start for my exploring in 2015! Thanks for reading, Dugie
  22. The mansion was built in the late 19th century on the former site of a manor house. During World War II it served as a labor camp and later as resettlers home. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
  23. Hello there! Second port of call of the euro trip day two! Liked this one, sadly wrecked but does have a nice entrance hall and staircase and some nice bits of furniture dotted around. Not a lot of history here. Anyway, on with the pics: Cheers, SM
  24. This is my second explore of this place, last time I got busted, having seen a few people have explored without a hitch I thought I would try again. No problems this time, apart from an eventful journey home being involved in a car crash on the M40, this was a good day. History: The exact date Silverlands was built is unknown, however it is thought to be between 1818-1825, the first owner being Vice-Admiral the Rt. Hon Sir Frederick Hotham. Silverlands was used as the Hotham family home until approximately 1887. The Actors Orphanage was started in 1896 and was both a home and school to approx 60 children. The home and school was moved to Silverlands, Chertsey in 1938. In 1941 it became a female nurse’s school for the nearby Botley Park Asylum and St Peter’s Hospital. This ran alongside the buildings use by the Actors Orphanage, until 1958 when the Orphanage Ceased to exist. In 1990 Silverlands Nursing School amalgamated with other schools of nursing in Surrey and Hampshire to become the Francis Harrison College of nursing and midwifery. At some point in the late 1990’s Silverlands ceased it’s role as a nursing school and the National Probation Service was looking for a new site for the ‘residential assessment and intervention programmes for adult males with allegations of, or convictions for, sexual offences involving children’. Silverlands in Chertsey was considered the most appropriate. The proposal was met with strong opposition from local people who organised a candlelit vigil to protest about the site being used for such a purpose and were concerned about the impact of the 7000 children attending the 25 schools within a 2.5 mile radius of Silverlands. After a lot of debating and protests on 4th July, 2002, it was confirmed by the Home Office Minister that Silverlands will not become the home of the Wolvercote paedophile clinic. However during this time, the Grade 2 listed building had already had £3.7 million pounds spent on its refurbishment. It remains empty. Its future uncertain. More images here; https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuarthomas/sets/72157648367883600/
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