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  1. History Oxted Quarry is a site owned by Southern Gravel Ltd (SGL). Those who drive the southern part of the M25 often might have seen it as its quite visible about mile west of the Clacket Lane services. The site has been operating from as early as the 1940s and finally came to a close in 2012 when locals complained about the HGV traffic. Pressure from the locals start in around 2007 when the traffic from the site increased due to increasing numbers of operations on the site. SGL in a what was deemed as somewhat of a panic response closed the site with the aim to convert the area into housing. In November 2014 the council refused the application to build housing and the site has been left derelict ever since. Personally, the road going up to the quarry is tiny, winding and very steep and is totally unsuitable to deal with any level of increased residential traffic, let alone HGV traffic. I am hardly surprised at the local residents skepticism to the plans. The Explore Me and a friend went to visit here late in the afternoon a couple hours before sunset. To be honest it was a bit of a rush job and I could have happily spent another hour or so there. First I sent the drone over for a bit of recon and it seemed empty, so in we went. It would be entirely possible to walk in the entrance as it wasn't gated, however to play it safe I found a more desecrate way in. Aside from a bit of barbed wire, no issues here. For a site that has been abandoned for only a few years, its really not in a good state. There was some interesting things going on there as well as some rather odd finds. Unfortunately there was some lights and signs of some kind of activity on the lower portion of the quarry towards the entrance, so I didn't get to see as much of it as I wanted. A re-visit at some point might be in order. Aerial Shots The Quarry Under the Lean-to there were boxes of helicopter rotors as well as what appeared to be gearboxes. If anyone can enlighten me what they are doing here, I'd be curious to know. The building behind seemed pretty sealed up, no idea what was inside it. Thanks for reading!
  2. History This site was originally the home of the largest employer in the area, but now after 20 years, the majority of its towering structures are now empty. There has been a limestone quarry on this site since 1851, which in conjunction with the nearby Shoreham and Steyning Railway, brought about a large amount of rail based traffic to and from the site. However, the railway was closed to passenger traffic on 7th March 1966. The site has been acquired in recent years by Dudman Aggregates and there is now regular activity and security on site. Visit After hearing about this place so many times, I thought i'd finally arrange a trip there for an early birthday splore and check it out, and hopefully get passed security, after being told by everyone they were on the ball. @CuriousityKilledTheCat and i decided to go there at midday, big mistake that was, because it was one of the hottest days of the year so far when we arrived, it quickly became apparent just how big this place was, i'd checked it out before hand, but none of the photos did the size of the place any justice. Drenched in sweat, after trekking for what seemed like miles in the midday sun, we'd finally got to where we needed to be, unfortunately, there was a lot of activity on site. after doing some recon, we'd found the best route, and went for it, just being missed by a worker sat in his lorry, we'd made it into the main parts. The place was full of corroded metal and had some flooded areas, but it was good to finally get in there and check it out Big thanks to Curiousity for the successful tour Images aren't great because i couldn't be arsed with hauling a tripod around in the heat Thanks For Looking
  3. Visited with Conrad + a non member. Well it's the morning after an alcohol-fueled Saturday night...We've just had about 6 hours sleep after hitting Bristol's shittest club, where Conrad lost his marbles and kept buying us jugs of green cocktail and we all ended up super pickled! After leaving the guesthouse, settling my malfunctioning gizzard (god bless Morrisons' toilets - curse Fosters, VK and weird cocktails) and getting a fry up, we finally get to the derp albeit feeling a bit fragile... History wise the quarry dates back to the early 1800s and was the last of it's kind to use ponies. You can still see their tracks in places. It's a remarkable site in that it's very much public and well trodden, yet very well preserved, with little to no vandalism. How all places should be really, in a perfect world. We'd heard different things from different people regarding size, stability, etc. It does have a dodgy feel to it - melon sized slithers of rock hang from the ceiling by a thread in places and you can see where there's been significant falls in the past. The place is actually really quite big, I think we spent over 4 hours inside before Conrad had to catch his train back t'up North. In photos, the place looks much the same, so I don't have many of them. Another entrance. Being us, we took a much more complex route in through a small vertical slit! With splore buddy Mr.Pb. Conrad was fiddling with his tripod out of view. Beauty of an old crane, still standing. Video footage (shows way more than my pictures do): Decent bit of underground exploring on the whole! Was nice to get out of the wind and crap West Country weather! Excellent hangover cure too! Thanks for looking!
  4. Evening All, A post from me tonight of the gorgeous Springwell Quarry located close to home. I have probably visited this place 4-5 times now during different seasons so it's lovely to see it in the different conditions. All my visits start off as a lovely walk down the canal and a quick run up a steep grassy verge into the site. The places has sat decayed roughly for 10 years now, with the infamous giant pg monkey which hangs over the water just out of reach (no one knows how it got up there, I love the mystery!). A Brief History: There is virtually no information about this place as I browse on the internet, all I know it was definitely used as a gravel quarry, in particular chalk. There are some tunnels (which lead to a dead end) which I presume were used to dig out chalk from the land above. This site also has been known to be used in Doctor Who the 10th anniversary story 1972/1973. Thanks for looking! I appreciate any feedback. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
  5. France Quarry Suzanne - 2015

    Hi OS friends ! Here is another underground report of a giant abandoned quarry... All the stuff are still inside, that's really huge !! - 1 - - 2 - - 3 - - 4 - - 5 - - 6 - - 7 - - 8 - - 9 -
  6. After recent events and other posts going up, here is my take on the place Please read underneath BE WARNED - a group of people were physically assaulted at Bethel Quarry on Friday 1st May 2015 by some thug wielding a baseball bat, who accused them of breaking in. Somehow that's unlikely as it has been open for months. It's probably still open.... History A fairly small (120,000 square feet total area), single adit entrance Bath stone quarry. The Bethel quarries were extensively worked by Messrs. Rogers according to the Bradford on Avon Gazetteer of 1868. It was later requisitioned in 1939 by the War Department and used for Royal Naval storage after some strengthening work. It was later used by Oakfield Farm Products as a mushroom farm and before that had been used by Heinz to grow mushrooms for its mushroom soup. Mushroom production stopped in September 2010 and it was offered for sale in April 2011 as having potential for underground storage. The Estate Agent details reported a "large and historic stone quarry extending to very approximately 10 acres with mains power, water and sewerage connected. The quarry ceased to be mined for stone at the end of the 19th Century but was latterly been used for the farming of mushrooms, though for some months has been disused. Pics Back then as a mushroom farm Thanks for looking
  7. I got an invite to go to France to see the Catacombs and this Quarry , as I don't drive I jumped at the chance to see it. it was a good weekend everyone was friendly , in fact it seems the French under ground where much better than those above it. Anyway here's some info The Hennocque limestone Quarry was started in the nineteenth century and was operated by three generations of the Aubin-Hennocque family. Covering over 35 hectares, this site is huge. The quarry was occupied by the German army during World War II and was going to be used to store V2 rockets but the modifications where never completed. so the site was never a functional storage base for the rockets. The Nazis being the nice sort of blokes that they were did make several improvements to the site , including the installation of electricity, the construction of a headquarters and they added fortifications to the site. Once the war ended, limestone extraction resumed, the site enjoyed the electrification and the various other improvements the Germans made but this was short-lived because as the construction industry turned away from stone and moved to using concrete the stone industry collapsed and many quarries had too close Hennocque being one of them. on our way in a local told us not to go too deep into the Quarry because of a fire that had caused some carbon monoxide to be released into the Quarry a few years back.
  8. This was the 2nd quarry i visited on this weekend away and all i can say is wow, the place is absolutely huge like nothing ive seen before, i spent 10 hours on site and i dont think i saw even a 3rd of it, didnt get too see any of the low down underground levels as i just concentrated on the overground stuff on this visit, absolutely loved the slate buildings, pump houses, old rickety ladders everywhere, the scenery and just everything about the place, cant wait to go back again and explore the other levels and go right to the very top as there is so much that i havent seen, i think it will take me at least another 5 visits to see all that i want too see there. sorry for the 20 pics but i took so many its hard too choose the ones i like the most. enjoy. small bit of history: The Dinorwic Slate Quarry is a large former slate quarry, now home to the Welsh National Slate Museum, It was the second largest slate quarry in Wales, indeed in the world,It covers more than 700 acres (2.8 km2) consisting of two main quarry sections with 20 galleries in each and a number of ancillary workings. Extensive internal tramway systems connected the quarries using inclines to transport slate between galleries. The first commercial attempts at slate mining took place in 1787 and continued through different ownerships up until 1969. it was producing 100,000 tonnes a year in its peak and employing over 3000 people.
  9. I visited this place with The Elusive and two other splorers. Abandoned hall and quarry, now in ruins and overgrown. Beautyful place. And big. Very different from what I find back home. A very wet, great fun and very early morning splore :-) Thanks for looking :-)
  10. After we'd finished in Tone Mills and had a half hearted attempt at Tonedale which was thwarted by too many residents selfishly enjoying the beautiful weather me and Landie/Punto Man started heading home via a site I'd never seen too much of near Bristol. Coles Quarry was a Cemex site at one point and closed a good few years ago - it's sort of like a miniature version of Fullers Earth in some ways and was a good chilled wander in lovely sunny weather. We met a nice old lady walking her Collie and small adopted Terrier-type dog, who she told us had been brought back from Cyprus with them, around the site - her house/garden backs onto the main drive into the quarry site and she's perfectly OK with people being in/around the buildings, as in her own words it's 'nothing to do with her'! Anyway we had a nice chat and went our separate ways. I had a sudden attack of the jelly legs after going across this And the quarry itself. More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157642242372144/
  11. The bluest lake I've ever seen! I don't fancy swimming in it though! Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  12. I found a few photos from here on flickr, so I thought I would take a closer look. Not sure if its live or not it seems pretty derpy as you enter but seems more in use as you go deeper into the site. A nice lil wander luckily I had some nice skies too 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoyed.
  13. Dangerous adventures there, but beautiful. Attention, there are piling up again and again accidents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.
  14. In between renovations we took a trip out to one of the many slate quarries. Maenoffren opened in 1800 and by 1861 was knocking out 400 tons of slate a year. At its peak the quarry employed over 420 people, half of whom worked underground. Like every other quarry demand for welsh slate slowed due to cheap foreign imports. Production ceased in 1999. The quarry reopened and production of slate recommenced on the combined Maenofferen site, consisting of "untopping" underground workings to recover slate from the supporting pillars of the chambers. Material recovered from the quarry tips is also be recovered for crushing and subsequent use. Let the pictures commence: The winding station back then: ] The winding station now: Sadly demolition work on some of the old working buildings has started: Still some nice things to experience - and yep I like my macro:
  15. UK C Quarry. Jul 2013

    No Reports form me for a while - Just been busy and not got around to any editing. Anyhoo got one edited at last. Going off the calendar in the office and dates on correspondence it looks like this quarry stopped being worked in 2010. I have read that it may just be mothballed and operations COULD recommence at some point. There are also stories of new owners and plans to turn it into a holiday resort and hotel complex. Anyway on with the pictures thanks for looking
  16. Visted With Phill, Les, Ben, and myself, we arrived a little late to the proposed meet-up, because we got breakfast - omnomnom we managed to gain access via the wrong grill. but never-the-less, armed with a map and a compass we made our way around, Starting at cathedral we followed our noses to the smell of a fresh bbq, to see a pre-lit foil tray with no food but never mind! we plodded on, after speaking to two people who stayed over night.we attempted to get to the northern section (as we thought this was where everyone was headed), so following the map we soon lost track of where on the map we were, so vaguely following north, we somehow ended up going around 4 times and thought lets try and get back to catherdral and start again, so we plotted and pondered and eventually we turned up, about 1-2pm just as everyone finish a group shot as was on their way out, so after a few minutes to get our breath back and say our goodbyes, we decided to head back to the entrance and head to the northern section once more. So after a few twists and turns, over a few falls, we still got lost, but suddenly we saw a sign! a big square tank, after looking at the map, it sure was a eureka moment! So yeah after that we didnt get lost again, but on the way out we ended up getting trapped in the dead routes once more and could find the way home! but needless to say, we're alive! Also thanks to Phill, Les, Ben for lighting up the tunnels, and inviting me along! Anywho, sorry to drag on a bit, but here's some photos =) Thanks! Please check Out my other photos! http://www.flickr.com/photos/mperryphotography/
  17. This was our first port of call for the evening and it didnt disappoint,not only did i manage not to get lost but i didnt get stuck in that awkward crevice which is the known as the letter box(i think). Visited with Obscurity and non member John. History Blatantly stolen Kingsdown Quarry also commonly known as Swan Mine is a small bath stone quarry lying under the hillside along the road from Bathford to Kingsdown. The Main entrance to the quarry is opposite the Swan Inn which was once the Quarry managers house, the inn its self is held to the hill side by great iron chains anchored ito the buried workings of the quarry itself. Kingsdown Quarry was producing stone as far back as 1833. ] Thanks for looking!
  18. Quarry M. June 2013

    I can find zilch, zippo about this location so cannot give any history. I have only seen a couple previous reports one of which has since vanished from the face of the earth - that one mentioned that there were some newspapers on site that were fairly recent to when they explored - the site looks like it has been disused for some time. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Time to get in the cab of the beast in pic 11 16 note the date on the newspaper !!!! WTF ?? 17 18 19 Thanks for looking.
  19. This quarry is located just outside of maastricht in the south of Holland and has got to be one of the best I have visited. We stopped here at the end of our recent euro trip, stayed on a great campsite nearby before driving home. It was a nice end to the trip, I highly recommend a visit. Looking at some of the graffiti the quarry shut down in the 80's but work must have started pre 1900. In places the roof was 30-50 ft tall and the passages went on for miles, which made it fun trying to get out:cool: visited with urban junky, spanners and daz ​
  20. The trip....Oldskool and Host, another epic fail turns good... Arrived in Wales early morning (like we do ),took a short walk to find the pump house . I thought to myself this place we be a doddle being so remote , how wrong was i... We spent a good hour and a half looking for a way in , even crawling under the boilers at the back and scaling old roofing beams ...this place is like fort knox . The only place we could think of was to one side of the huge pipe running out of the pump house , alas on closer inspection it was back filled with scaffolding planks and lumps of cast iron and steel (epic fail) Anyways no to be disheartened we set about the pretty big task of shooting the rest of the quarry ,after about two hours we arrived back at the top of a hill near the pump house ....by this time Host had disappeared, i could hear voices round the corner so went to see what was going on , i came across Host talking to a man in shorts and a big black hat ( saved again by a dog walker ) Quote Host " This man knows were the engine's custodian lives , well kind off ".. Brief directions ...up the hill, he drives a four wheel drive and his name is John. So of we went ten minuets later we approached an elderly gentleman stood in his garden with his 3 dogs ....." hi could you tell us if john lives around here ? " He replies im John..............NO WAY.........!!!!! Ok onward, he takes us in his jeep and gives us a guided tour of the whole quarry and explains about every out building on there he even drove to the house he was born in and showed us his newly planted gardens, this went on for about a hour then we arrived at the pump house ..... 1. Dorothea itself opened in 1820 and remained in production until 1970. The land the quarry stands on was owned by a Richard Garnons (1774 -1841) but the main driving force for quarrying in the valley was a Lancastrian - William Turner (1776 -1857). The original name for the quarry was Cloddfa Turner but it was renamed Dorothea after Gamona's wife. The workings grew out of a series of smaller workings with names such as Hen Dwll, Twll Bach, Twll y Weirglodd, Twll Coch and Twll Fire. Over the years these pits were deepened and amalgamated into the large flooded pit seen today. Turner gave up his interest in the quarry in 1848 and following a brief period of closure it was acquired by a family called Williams. He married into the Rev John Jones of Talysarn's family & John Hughes Williams was from Llangernyw near Denbigh. bought shares in the Company set up by Jones & local Nantlle quarrymen (though half the money was raised outside the area). Williams gradually bought out most of the others by the 1860s, and his family continued in charge thereafter. ________________________________________ In 1828 the Nantlle Railway opened giving the quarries of the valley a route to the sea. The horse powered railway was of 3' 6" (105cm) gauge and ran originally to Caernarfon. From 1872 the tramway ran only as far as Talysarn where connection was made with the national rail network. The Nantlle Railway continued in use, as a part of British Railways, until 1963 and remained horse worked until a couple of years before closure. The final two horses in use were "Prince" and "Corwen". After the horses were retired a tractor was used for the diminishing amount of traffic. Over its lifetime the route of the railway was moved many times as the quarries expanded. Much of its route is traceable today as far as the easterly terminus at Penyrorsedd Quarry. Dorothea Quarry used the Nantlle Railway to dispatch slate from 1829 until 1959. By the 1840's production at Dorothea had built up to about 5,000 tonnes per annum and had reached over 17,000 tonnes by the 1870's. The future looked good for Dorothea but serious flooding problems then befell the quarry. In 1884 several men were drowned when the pit was engulfed. In 1895 the Afon Llyfni which flowed through the valley was realigned and deepened to flow to the south of the slate workings. This cured the flooding problems to some extent but as the workings deepened, the need to continually pump out water became a constant drain on the quarry's profits. In 1904 the decision was taken to install a Cornish Beam Engine on site to replace the waterwheels. 2. 3. 4. 5. The pump .... At the beginning of the 20th Century, Dorothea quarry was urgently in need of a long term solution to the ongoing problem of keeping the workings, by then over 500 feet deep, free of water. It was decided to purchase a Cornish beam engine. An old but reliable technology. The engine was built by Holman Brothers and was the last but two ever built. It is also believed to be the newest Cornish beam engine still in existence. The engine was able to pump 10 gallons of water per second from a depth of over 500 feet. The engine started work in 1906 and served until 1951 when it was replaced by a 60hp electric pump. Apart from a brief period in 1956 the engine has been disused ever since. Following closure of the quarry in 1969, the site has been owned by several companies, each with its own priorities and plans - none of which have included the engine. This has made the restoration and maintenance of this important artifact extremely difficult. In fact, grants have been made available towards its restoration but have subsequently been withdrawn because of the problems of access. The enginehouse is a Grade 1 listed structure which is the same as Caernarfon Castle. Despite this, and despite the valiant efforts of the engine's custodian, it continues in a state of limbo. What should be one of North Wales finest examples of industrial heritage is now a forgotten link to a golden age. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. Thanks for looking Oldsk@@l.........
  21. Abandoned Quarry - 2013

    Hi all, Visited this place this weekend which was quite local to us. Abandoned quarry with trucks, a lot of macro work and bokeh more than straight wide angle shots. A few more to process by some in the report below. Not sure if there is any history as the local dog walkers didn't really know much. It seems like just a dumping ground for trucks and related quarry machinery now. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 Thanks for looking in.
  22. Quarry "M" - (2012 ) 2013

    Last post tonight. This was a nice little morning's explore but it was very bright and made for tricky exposures plus it was my first time using my fisheye. No history except someone I know knew the guy who used to own the engines in the yard. There is nothing else known about the place. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 Thanks for looking in.
  23. This is the depot above Monks Quarry that contains the winding gear and maintenance sheds and stores.Visited with Tommo and Spungeltrumpet back in 2011. And this beastie used to guard the entrance And that was the above ground depot at Monks Many thanks for looking
  24. The granite quarry at St Breward's primary function was to supply the building blocks for the re build of Bodmin's notorious Gaol back in the mid 1800's. But granite blocks from this St Breward source have built great bridges and cobbled our roads far and wide, giving rise to some of the most prominent architectural structures in the land. The great Naval College at Dartmouth owes its character to St Breward stone and in Britain's capital, so does, London's County Hall, Transport House, the Esso Tower, the Shipping Office and most of the buildings in Paternoster Row. All owe their existence to St Breward stone, cut from here, dressed and shipped by transport provided by the rail head at Wenford Bridge. Now ironically, the start of the Camel trail, one of the most popular and picturesque nature trails used by cyclists and walkers in the country. Other perhaps more impressive architectural structures are St Breward born too and are laid claim to by the Hantergantick Quarry and St Brewards oldest and perhaps most famous commercial granite quarry, the De Lank quarry, the most famous granite quarry in Cornwall at the turn of the century. The fist quarry here, known as the Eddystone is now unused but forms a part of the whole quarry complex. It was used for the construction of the lighthouse of the same name back in 1750's
  25. Box Quarry Sept 2012

    Explored with 3 non members This was my first underground and it defo wasnt my last, Unfortunately we didnt find the ''red door'' so i revist is defo on the cards
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