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  1. Moo Farm The Explore Visited with @Urbexbandoned and my first piece of cottaging. Thanks to @Judderman62 for the info on this one, much appreciated mate. Also, thanks to the cows nearby for refraining from charging at us and stomping on our heads. They merely gave us evils instead and moo'd from time to time reminding us that they could be waiting for us around any corner. I didn't get a massive amount of photos here as i decided to leave my tripod in the boot. I struggled with the low light downstairs and came home with mostly blurry messes of pics, twat, but i enjoyed the little time capsule all the same. The History (stolen) Built in around 1875 this little farmhouse was a thriving business with cattle producing milk for locals. Since around 1901 a family moved in to the farm, the parents died leaving their children to run the farm. The farm has been derelict for some years, I am not too sure how long but parts of it and especially the little trinkets & belongings have been preserved nicely. The farm land around it is still in use by local farmers who use it to keep their sheep and cows on the land. The Pictures 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Photobombed As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  2. So after collecting Mookster Early/Mid Morning from Bicester Village, we set off up the M40/M1 to a lovely location 103 miles north in Derby. We arrived and made our way in only to have our morning ruined prematurely by a Council Worker. We decided to just head off to our back up location which was trashed beyond trashed; yet wonderfully photogenic, especially those windows! In 1868, Alfred Seale Haslam bought the ‘Union’ foundry with only 20 men employed.abd despite a fire in 1873; he was always looking to expand. After much experimentation and expansion he started to produce dry-air refrigeration equipment. In 1880, the first refrigeration system was designed at this foundry. This breakthrough made it possible to import frozen food from Australia and South America. Not long after this; the first ground-breaking journeys that fruit and vegetables were being transported in refrigeration ships and cold storage plants installed at dockyards and major markets. Haslam also built a large numbers of good houses for his team over a period of 40 years, some set around the medieval common, which was established as a public park in the 1880s. Haslam became a very important figure locally. In 1890/1 he was elected Mayor of Derby and he also laid on an impressive reception for Queen Victoria, when she visited Derby to open the Derbyshire Infirmary. It is believed to have finally closed in the early 2000s and all development plans have proved unsuccessful. The rain was pretty heavy when we went inside and the sound inside the place was pretty insane! #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 Thanks All, More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157658874908534
  3. Myself and Landie Man set off to Derbyshire in search of industrial derpiness, and things didn't really go to plan. We got sprung by a nosey council worker clearing tree debris on what should have been one of the easiest of easy walk in explores so disheartened put the backup mode into full swing and headed south to this place not really knowing what to expect. I actually enjoyed it here more than I thought I would, it's stripped and has been a bit battered in comparison with reports on the place from seven or eight years back (no surprise there) but it had some interesting features to take photos of. Union Foundry, later Aida Bliss was built in 1840 beside the River Derwent to the north of the city. It closed some time around the early 2000s, and there was a housing development planned for the site but god knows what's going on with that now. There are a number of later light industrial units on site which we didn't bother with because meh, so ventured into the foundry in the pouring rain. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/albums/72157661216351655
  4. History “The area used to flood quite regularly until the corporation carried out work to improve the drainage system. The water used to come up through the drains after heavy rainfall as there was nowhere else for it to goâ€. Markeaton Brook, which runs through the centre of Derby, has been the cause of many problems since the medieval ages. As early as 1610 it is recorded that the brook spilled over its banks, flooding a nearby gaol which killed three prisoners because the cells were located beneath street level. Floods continued to torment those living in Derby throughout the years, and St. Werburgh’s church is rumoured to have faced extensive damage in both the 18th and 19th centuries. A Great Flood of 1740 was perhaps the worst of all, however, since it caused great damage to many homes, as many rooms which were positioned on the ground floor were entirely submerged. A significant amount of cattle was also swept away from nearby pastures during this disaster. More recently, in the early 1930s, Derby endured two more major floods which remain famous to this day since they each caused some substantial damage and disruption to the centre of the town. The first occurred in September, 1931, after many days of heavy rain. The full effect of the flooding led to many residents who lived alongside the Markeaton Brook being trapped inside their homes. Many shops were also damaged. Additionally, several allotments were ruined and what would have been the harvest was uprooted and swept through the main streets. The second flood hit the area in May, 1932; this was also known as the Great Flood of Derby. The damage to buildings throughout Derby was catastrophic. Alongside the effects of Markeaton Brook, it is thought that excessive rains from the hills around Kedleston and Mickleover also caused what was described as “an avalanche of water†to cascade throughout the town since it is located at the base of the neighbouring high ground. While a large culvert did exist, and had done for ninety years or so, the sheer volume of water was too great. By ten o’clock on May 22nd water had already breached the streets in low lying parts of Derby, to the extent that shops in the Cornmarket, St. James’s Street and St. Peter’s street were submerged half-way up to the windows. Describing the scene, one resident suggested that “the centre of town presented the appearance of a lake and the sight was unforgettableâ€. In the aftermath of the 1932 Great flood, the Borough council launched an investigation to understand why the area was hit so badly. In response to the research that was carried out, two flood relief culverts were constructed. Further improvements were also implemented on Derby’s sewage system. The relief tunnels were officially opened in 1938, with the first draining excess flows from the Markeaton Brook and the second taking surplus water from Bramble Brook. Each brook has its own inlet spillway along with a weir that overflows during periods of high flows, and once inside the system the flows are taken eastwards for 2.2km, beneath the suburbs of Derby, to an outfall in Darley Park which links to the River Derwent. It is estimated, especially during the winter months, that the catchment can generate a flow of 50 cubic metres per second within thirteen hours of heavy rainfall. Since they were originally constructed, the culvert has been improved and upgraded to cope with expected deteriorated that has occurred over the years. Our Version of Events With the alarm set at 5.30am, we decided that we would aim to get an early night after a BBQ which was organised by KM_Punk. But, once the whisky came out, it was clear that the original plan wasn’t going to happen. After many burgers, sausages, a couple of cheese slices and a philosophical conversation, we made it to bed around 3.30am; those of us who didn’t pass out at least. Two hours later, with blurry vision and the taste of whisky still in our mouths, we rose – albeit very slowly – at 5.30. After a quick coffee though, we managed to grab our cameras and tripods, and a bucket for The Shepshed Diamondback, before we made our way to the car. Somehow we managed to endure the early morning ‘domestic’ which exploded in the back by cranking up the volume of some good old heavy metal tunes, and, as it turned out, the bucket wasn’t needed after all; so we could say that, in spite of the late night shenanigans which ended only a few hours earlier, the plan was coming together quite well. We arrived at our destination in good time and it wasn’t long before we were climbing our way into Markeaton Interceptor. Due respect to The Shepshed Diamondback who managed to get this far whilst in such a state, but he wasn’t quite so lucky once inside the overflow culvert. Despite his tentative steps, the slimy slope claimed its first victim and he went down harder than a sack of potatoes while yelling something about saving his camera. Ultimately, all I heard was a very loud BOOM echo throughout the tunnel. The slippery tunnel would later claim more victims, but somewhat ironically, only those who were stone sober! (The Stranton Express for instance who, all of a sudden, sounded like a derailed train). On the whole, however, despite the slick surface in certain areas, the Markeaton Interceptor is a fantastic example of late Victorian architecture and the overflow culvert stands, rather proudly, as an example of something that was built to last. It is only while you are stood inside the tunnel that you can really comprehend the sheer size of the place, and the effort that must have gone into building such a structure. Explored with KM_Punk, ACID-REFLUX, The (Still Pissed) Shepshed Diamondback, Miss Mayhem and Stranton. The 1932 Flood. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13:
  5. Info from the net... The post-war 'baby-boom' resulted in a much higher number of teenage children in the 1950s. Liverpool Corporation embarked on a massive school building programme.. West Derby High School was opened in September 1957 by the first Head Teacher who was Mr A.L Casson. The school was designed by Liverpool Architects Harold E Davies and Sons to house 540 boys. Harold E Davies died in 1952, so it is unlikely that he was involved with the plans, his son Harold Hinchcliffe probably designed the building which took about two years to complete. Originally West Derby was designed to be used in collaboration with nearby Holly Lodge girls school, and in 1984 there were unsuccessful plans to merge the two schools into one. West Derby School is now a single site school as of September 2010 when it relocated a few hundred yards to a brand new building on West Derby Road, as part of the Building Schools for the Future scheme. Famous ex-pupils include.. * Actor Craig Charles * Radio DJ Kev Seed * Actor George Wilson 1957 This is the Bankfield Road Wing...
  6. History blatantly robbed from a quote form Paul powers post on this from a few years back ! Last explore of Full day 1 this was i think and we met up with a couple of Friends from forum and facebook alike to say hi..then off we squeezed and climbed into the In-fall which apart from the nice junction really is all to be seen,didnt fancy the 2km walk to the outfall so was just a flying visit,and you will be glad to hear my last report from this trip A few Pictors This is a pretty impressive in-fall as it goes well worth changing to the fisheye for this! Looking back towards it Couple of standard shots of just how long the fucker is And of course the money shot. And that's all there is..Thanks for putting up with the sudden influx of reports everyone's seen time and time again but it was some places i've wanted to see for a long time so im happy with my lot
  7. Hi all, First post on this forum, start off with something simple. The DRI, alot of people have visited this place and it caused alot of drama, but it was on my list for a while. Some history for you. Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (DRI) was established in 1810 on land formerly part of Derby's Castlefield estate on land near what is now Bradshaw Way and the A6 London Road. It was known as the Derbyshire General Infirmary at the time. In 1890 a Typhoid outbreak sweeped through the hospital, and the buildings design was blamed. The hospital is entirely demolished, a year later Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of what would become Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. The neo-Jacobean building was completed in 1894, and its main features were its 'Onion' shaped domed towers and its central corridor which ran the length of the hospital. The hospital was expanded at several points in the 20th century, the most visible being the still used Wilderslowe Tower and the now disused A+E building built in 1970. The DRI as a result is an architectural mish-mash with the original hospital at its heart. Buildings aside, the DRI was a pioneering hospital, the UK's first Flying Squad was set up here in 1955, in 1976 George Cohrane set up the first National Demonstration Centre for Rehabilitation and in 1992 the Pulvertaft Hand Centre was opened by the Queen, her grandson William was sent here seven years later following a rugby injury. In the late 90s, the NHS Trust's for each hospital in Derby merged, and drew up a dramatic plan to consolidate the services of both hospital's on one site. The so called 'super hospital', soon to be known as the Derby Royal Hospital is one of the largest in the region. There are no official plans to redevelop the now redundant Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, the land is covered by a large regeneration plan which will expand Derby's city centre southwards into what is known as Castleward. The 1987 built part of the hospital shall continue to provide medical care, providing the services of the closed Aston Hall and Grove Hospital's south of Derby. The vist. I've wanted to get into this place for months, with many attempts and fails. But I finally managed to get in. I soon became aware of the pure amount of workers on site demolishing many of the out buildings slowly but surely. I stayed in one of the first buildings, I'm not sure which part of the hospital this was, be great if someone could tell me? But I enjoyed the look around. 4 Floors and each have their own character and story. It's just such a shame a big beautiful place has to be knocked down for something completely useless. Onwards and upwards I suppose. Hope you enjoy. http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag89/arron13/IMG_2402_zpszbbmtji5.jpg' alt='IMG_2402_zpszbbmtji5.jpg'> Thanks for looking:cool:
  8. Today was my second explore, and I was accompanied by hamtagger It was however cut short by some of the lovely locals who were drinking at 11am and swinging a bat around. Most likely trying to strip what little copper is left in the building. (We didn't fancy having to go all Jackie Chan on them or risk getting our arses kicked and losing our cameras) So unfortunately we left a lot earlier than expected. Here's a bit of History on the place. Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (DRI) was established in 1810 on land formerly part of Derby's Castlefield estate on land near what is now Bradshaw Way and the A6 London Road. It was known as the Derbyshire General Infirmary at the time. In 1890 a Typhoid outbreak sweeped through the hospital, and the buildings design was blamed. The hospital is entirely demolished, a year later Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of what would become Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. The neo-Jacobean building was completed in 1894, and its main features were its 'Onion' shaped domed towers and its central corridor which ran the length of the hospital. The hospital was expanded at several points in the 20th century, the most visible being the still used Wilderslowe Tower and the now disused A+E building built in 1970. The DRI as a result is an architectural mish-mash with the original hospital at its heart. Buildings aside, the DRI was a pioneering hospital, the UK's first Flying Squad was set up here in 1955, in 1976 George Cohrane set up the first National Demonstration Centre for Rehabilitation and in 1992 the Pulvertaft Hand Centre was opened by the Queen, her grandson William was sent here seven years later following a rugby injury. In the late 90s, the NHS Trust's for each hospital in Derby merged, and drew up a dramatic plan to consolidate the services of both hospital's on one site. The so called 'super hospital', soon to be known as the Derby Royal Hospital is one of the largest in the region. There are no official plans to redevelop the now redundant Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, the land is covered by a large regeneration plan which will expand Derby's city centre southwards into what is known as Castleward. The 1987 built part of the hospital shall continue to provide medical care, providing the services of the closed Aston Hall and Grove Hospital's south of Derby. One of the corridors just as you walk in. I'm assuming all power is out in the Hosptial because after ringing the bell for a Uniform, Nobody came... I was quite shocked that these weren't smashed like every other bit of glass in there. Some doors through a hole I was also shocked that the locals hadn't taken this to Cash Converters Someone needs to work on their aim, this looks quite fresh too. A pressure...thing Window Close-up Someone has actually taken the time to smash each and every window. Did anyone on here leave the bottle of water? I'm assuming it was explorers by the size of it. Corpse is watching you. Creeping through the windows General Manager Door Sign I liked the look of this one That's all until next time. We're hoping to go back in a bigger group incase of another run in with the local doleys (Safety in numbers) Thankyou for taking time to read my report. I really enjoyed the short amount of time we spent here and can't wait to re-visit and get a better report and some more impressive pictures.
  9. Working on a weekend should be illegal, so as I was in derpy and decided to go for a wander in Bordomiser. so the original culvert was built 130 odd years ago and has been added to over the years, it now measures over a kilometre across the centre of derpy.
  10. This really was a laid back explore and one highly recommended for Noobies...bit of history condensed: Union Foundry (latterly known as AIDA Bliss) was built in 1840 besides the River Derwent to the north of the city.In 1868, Alfred Seale Haslam bought the ‘Union’ foundry. At first he employed only 20 men, but despite a fire in 1873, he was always looking to expand. After experimentation and expansion he started the production of dry-air refrigeration equipment. In 1880, the first refrigeration system was designed at the foundry, which made it possible to import frozen food from Australia and South America. It was not long after the first ground-breaking journeys that fruit and vegetables were being transported in refrigeration ships and cold storage plants installed at dockyards and major markets.At some point,the factory was acquired By the Tokyo based engineering company that make metal presses and metal forming solutions.I have no exact date of closure of this factory but my estimate is 2005.Aida Bliss has now been re- branded as Aida Engineering Ltd UK. And finally Like I said,this is one for either oldies like me or Noobies to practise on
  11. I'd spent all day working down Essex and London I was going to pop down a London drain but after sitting Rotherhithe tunnel for half an hour I decided to fuck london off and get home. I reached Derby at 7pm, I'd been driving since 9:30 am and felt like I'd been prison gang raped so I needed a decent walk and Flo Selecta is quite a walk. And a video of the walk back from the box section
  12. Time to jump on the tourist bus and we decided to organise a road trip with a load of mates including atomic, zyge, magpie tommy, spark and sbmkIII, for some it was the 1st time we had met for most it was exactly 1 year to the day since our 1st escape from Norfolk road trip. Part of my reasoning for going was to document this explore as my tutors wanted to see me doing something different and out of my comfort zone, but ultimately it had been so long since we had all met up for a good old explore it was just getting a bit rude if we had not done. What a great days exploring, not bumping into anybody else all day was not what we had expected, but we managed to see most of the cool stuff, a nice drop of lunch in the canteen sat at tables was rather nice and civilized... The pipe porn in the boiler rooms was fab, only draw back was the drive home and getting stuck in a traffic jam on the dual carriageway 1 mile from Norwich for a mile.. All in what a fab day, and thanks everybody for a top day of serious wheelchair action and photos. History stolen from wombat... such a good write up it has to be done mate Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (DRI) was established in 1810 on land formerly part of Derby's Castlefield estate on land near what is now Bradshaw Way and the A6 London Road. It was known as the Derbyshire General Infirmary at the time. In 1890 a Typhoid outbreak sweeped through the hospital, and the buildings design was blamed. The hospital was entirely demolished. A year later Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of what would become Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. The neo-Jacobean building was completed in 1894, and its main features were its 'Onion' shaped domed towers and its central corridor which ran the length of the hospital. The hospital was expanded at several points in the 20th century, the most visible being the still used Wilderslowe Tower and the now disused A+E building built in 1970. The DRI as a result is an architectural mish-mash with the original hospital at its heart. In the late 90s, the NHS Trust's for each hospital in Derby merged, and drew up a dramatic plan to consolidate the services of both hospital's on one site. The so called 'super hospital', soon to be known as the DerbyRoyal Hospital is one of the largest in the region. There are no official plans to redevelop the now redundant Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, the land is covered by a large regeneration plan which will expand Derby's city centre southwards into what is known as Castleward. The 1987 built part of the hospital shall continue to provide medical care, providing the services of the closed Aston Hall and Grove Hospital's south of Derby. Dont worry the engineers are here
  13. Me at the most amazing corridor in the DRI (part that I managed to explore). In my brief urbex life I have to experience a wide range of feelings. There have been moments where I felt totally happy, lost in wonder, complete, mesmerized and son, as well as scared, stressed, tired, annoyed. Strangely enough I have never felt bored, yet. What I keep from my visit at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary on the first weekend of March 2014 is a surreal mixed feeling of absolute excitement and utter disappointment. And as the writer that I claim to be (among other things), I will keep the reason why hidden until the very end of this report. So, as always, a little piece of history taken from Wikipedia. The London Road Community Hospital, (formerly Derbyshire Royal Infirmary), is a hospital in Derby, part of the Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is based in the city centre. The other main hospital in Derby is the Royal Derby Hospital. During the year that he was Mayor of Derby, Sir Alfred Seale Haslam managed to replace the old William Strutt Infirmary with the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. In 1890 there had been an outbreak of disease at the old infirmary and Sir William Evans, President of the Infirmary arranged a three day inspection which condemned the old building. When Queen Victoria came to open the new hospital on 21 May 1891 she knighted Haslam for his services and gave permission for the term "Royal" to be used. There, not much and I have to admit I didn't spend hours researching so I apologize. This explore came to be as part of a meetup organized through IG with several people. All in all, there were 14 of us and I think none of us had ever gone exploring with such a big group. People behind planning this were confident the DRI would be more than capable to accommodate and boy were they right. Despite a recent report in the "BOOOO" Daily Mail by a "BOOOOOO" guy (I dare not call him an explorer) who sold his pics (time and time again) for shameless self-promotion disregarding what this sort of publicity may do to all explorers, we arrived in the city of Derby all confident and after parking at the nearby mall, this band of explorers, armed with cameras and tripods made the less than 5' walk to the side entrance of the DRI. Getting in was easy, one of the easiest so far. Didn't even have to lift my leg. Initially I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the buildings as the first thing I saw was the nurses' block, a humongous and ugly building, surrounded by many more smaller ones. My thought was "how the hell are we going to see everything?". However, we kept moving further in the complex as Tom who had been there the week before kept the group going towards the actual hospital building. Not sure if there was a way up the rooms and what one can find there, Tom said there is nothing there if I remember correctly, and despite my enormous, innate curiosity, I stuck with the group. So if any of you has been up the nurses' block, please let me know about what you found. A few more steps forward and we saw the hospital building. The moment we got in I felt as if I was in Disneyland, where you just want to go everywhere and see everything but your mom keeps you tight by the hand and you just have to go with your parents' own pace. But no parents now so without thinking much (I have to admit) I rushed for the first sign of stairs I found and soon found myself separated from the group (though I've had some random encounters with 2 other pairs of explorers who looked totally out of place). DRI is HUGE. Ok, I haven't been to that many sites yet and I am sure there are REALLY huge places, but this one felt really big. I spent 4 hours there and for the most part I saw no-one, heard no-one. But DRI was/is in not that bad state for the most part. The decay is obvious but not extreme, so in a sense I felt more like a kid entering some old place (not necessarily abandoned), rather than an urban explorer. Nothing negative about that feeling, just pointing out the fact that DRI at times and certain bits felt as if I was at a working place on a Sunday (well it was a Sunday after all...hmmmm). I am not the best person to report on the uber cool findings at the DRI. Later that day when the group got together I realized I had missed some really interesting bits and pieces, still what I got out of my visit was CORRIDORS and ROOFTOPS! It's amazing how a month later and several explores later, I can recount what I did step by step though I won't bore you with it all. I will keep it brief. So, corridors, like any hospital that respects itself, the DRI had plenty and even though they were not the kind of decayed corridors/hallways one finds in the old asylums and hospitals, they had a rather unique feeling of desolation that the former sites never give me. I found that a more recent (and modern) derelict place makes me feel more on my toes than the really old ones that are in total decay (like Birkwood). The awesome elevator. Where is the spin class? Another thing I enjoyed in the DRI was fire extinguishers. I saw at least 30 and at some point had some intimate role-playing with a few (why not?). Moments before I got down and dirty with the fire extinguishers. Lots of points in creepiness I have to award at the children's wing. Most parts were pitch-black and using a torch to navigate myself I often would find myself looking at disney characters. Like I always say with my brother, it's amazing how grownups have associated anything relating to children and childhood as creepy when encountered in abandonment. Run Peter! Run! The scariest (?!) bit was the operating theaters that were pitch-black and while in there using a torch and my camera's flash to document the place, the thought of all those people who would have died in these rooms came into my head and yes, it was quite unpleasant. I have no problem with morgues, dead animals etc. because they are dead already. But the thought of suffering and pain really gets to me. Can you hear the squeaky noise? One of the corridors outside the ORs. Another corridor that really needs alterations. Yet another corridor. Ha! You were expecting a corridor. At some point I found a large staircase that looked like one you would find at a huge parking lot (no paint job done, like it was just finished) and there was a strong breeze coming from the top so immediately I thought "ROOFTOP". I marked the spot to come back later because I just love rooftops. However, I was not to come back to that bit, but actually got on the rooftops through a different route. While at the X-Rays I saw light coming through a hole on a wall and sticking my head I saw the cafeteria. That was actually quite funny. Peek-a-boo. I soon found myself in the cafeteria which can only be described as the playground of people who suck at set-ups. The floors were covered with all sorts of pasta, a table was covered in dozens of keys, some xmas ornaments were laying somewhere, broken windows all over, and, of course, fire extinguishers. As I always like to do I tried to picture this place back in the day where it would be filled with people. Too much Grey's Anatomy though made me start thinking of love quarrels and I snapped out of it moving on to the rooms at the back where I found all sorts of things, like old photos of the cafeteria with people who probably were the staff, a ledger with names and sums of money taken out of the (now empty of course) vault, a sex and the city dvd and huge cans of red beans still good and sealed but thank God I am not at that point yet. The cafeteria. That would have been quite useful actually. Photos at the cafeteria back rooms. And then I found a room where outside the broken window I saw a metal ladder leading to the rooftop. No second thought. Not minding the sharp shards of glass I climbed out and finally realized why I have been going to the gym as I had to literally pull my entire body (all 195 lbs) up a ladder whose bottom was shut tight in order to keep people from climbing. But I did and I just loved being up there on the roof. I think I could have stayed up there for hours just enjoying the moment. But it was getting late and I realized I really needed to find the rest of the group. Me being cocky on the first level of the rooftops. Higher and higher. Now I tell you, getting back to where I started was not easy. After initially getting lost, I managed to get back to the starting point and the group. It turned out the DRI had some quite risky bits as one of us managed to fall through a floor and now has all the nice scars (actually a hole) to prove it. After stepping outside we moved to the other buildings and as we entered one, I, again, managed to find myself separated from the rest of the group. Maybe it's an inner calling to keep people out of my shots. However, I found myself at the nursery and that was WICKED! You all have experienced that sense of "why did they leave all these things behind???" on several occasions. Well that was me at the nursery and ok, I get it, you are not going to take ALL the childrens' painting and whatnots from the boards and walls of the classrooms, you will not clear out medicine etc, and yes, the occasional red child's jacket will be left behind to creep you out, but why for the love of me they left all the photos of little kids behind is beyond me. I don't know maybe I am weird but I would hate my kid's photo being left in a derelict building, let alone think about who might get in and get his hands on these. One of the classrooms. "The red jacket" A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. This was right next to the nursery. If anybody can enlighten me with what this actually does I would be grateful. After that, we stepped back out where a few of us had just encountered a secca who informed them that they would be demolishing the place starting next week. I believe the DRI is still there standing. If anybody knows anything let me know. I would love to get back to it one day as getting there is so darn easy. So why the negative feelings about my experience? Because I saw just a 15%-20% max of the entire complex and building. There is nothing more frustrating then closed shut doors and bricked windows, giving you that feeling of "AAARGH I NEED to see what is behind all this!". But far more annoying than that is actually being in a site that you fall in love with more and more by each passing minute and then running out of time. However, I have no regrets. Maybe I am stupid, maybe I am too arrogant for my own good, but show me a locked door and tell me that there is nothing of interest behind it, I will still get inside. I just NEED to see with my own eyes, therefore I feel I will always be running out of time. I need to open every door, lift every trapdoor, climb every ladder. Explore everything. PS. I apologize for the length and most probably boring details.
  14. The DRI - a bit like the old cliché - nothing for ages then 3 come at once Its an amazing site with all sorts to see, a bit like a giant Urbex playground. On the downside you have to share it with various other types of dubious life-forms but I met some smashing fellow explorers here and had a ball! At the time I went it wasn't a place to go to if you like peace and quiet. Surely you don't want the history again, just the pics? Hopefully some stuff that's new among the more familiar... . . . . . . . .
  15. Hey, as DRI seems popular at the moment, I thought why not. Photos are from a series of visits, so things have moved, been more damaged or just changed. This is relfected in the photos, as the microscopes move every time I've been. I'll skip the histoty and say sorry in advance for the large number of photos! Enjoy!
  16. First report on here! First full proper road test of the new camera, so please be patient whilst I go through some new learning curves! After an early start (well, for me anyway!), had a full day’s explore here. And we needed it – its huuuge. I can see how you can get lost here due to its size and multiple levels. The buildings vary in age, from the Victorian era, to the modern concrete, to a recent extension dating from 1995 (hope that wasn’t a waste of money then.) Some bits are trashed or pikied, whilst others don’t look too bad. Whilst a lot of rooms were empty, I was surprised at some of the expensive medical equipment left here. We only encountered one other person in the building; who walked round the corner, and gave us all a heart attack. He was taking some video footage for a project of his. We explored everything from the operating theatres, to the wards, canteen, security office, accommodation tower & the morgue. A good day’s Explore, with Leicester urban XP & Nightvision. history Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (DRI) was established in 1810 on land formerly part of Derby's Castlefield estate on land near what is now Bradshaw Way and the A6 London Road. It was known as the Derbyshire General Infirmary at the time. In 1890 a Typhoid outbreak sweeped through the hospital, and the buildings design was blamed. The hospital was entirely demolished. A year later Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of what would become Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. The neo-Jacobean building was completed in 1894, and its main features were its 'Onion' shaped domed towers and its central corridor which ran the length of the hospital. The hospital was expanded at several points in the 20th century, the most visible being the still used Wilderslowe Tower and the now disused A+E building built in 1970. The DRI as a result is an architectural mish-mash with the original hospital at its heart. In the late 90s, the NHS Trust's for each hospital in Derby merged, and drew up a dramatic plan to consolidate the services of both hospital's on one site. The so called 'super hospital', soon to be known as the DerbyRoyal Hospital is one of the largest in the region. operating theatres this looks expensive... security office children's ward The Morgue And finally the view from above Thanks for looking, and I hope this report is acceptable
  17. UK T.G. Greens Pottery. Dec '13

    ...T.G.Greens Pottery... 'Cornish Kitchen Ware was first produced in 1926 by T.G.Green & Co in Church Gresley, Derbyshire, a county famed for its pottery. The range’s special characteristic came from the lathe-turning process, which cut clean bands through its beautiful blue slip to show the white clay beneath. It was apparently this that inspired the name, since it reminded one T.G.Green & Co. employee of the clear blues and white-tipped waves of Cornwall. The range of kitchen and table ware, from the hooped plates to the iconic storage jars, was an immediate success and remained popular from then on. This inspired T.G.Green & Co. to produce more colours of Cornishware, and more ranges, including the spotted Domino Ware and the cream and green Streamline Ware In the 1960s, Cornishware was updated by a young designer called Judith Onions. It says much for her skill and sensitivity that this restyled range was embraced as warmly as the originals had been. Over the past 20 years, the range has become highly prized by collectors, with the sighting of both rare original designs and Onions classics the subject of much excitement – and ever-increasing prices. The story was not so happy for T.G.Green & Co. itself, however. It had become increasingly difficult for the Victorian pottery in Derbyshire to compete in the modern age and, after a series of owners had done their best since the Green family sold it in 1964, it finally closed in 2007.’ Top notch mooch this place is! And nice and relaxed compared with my last visit where I was escorted off site by the local constabulary! On with some pics... Thanks for looking...
  18. Visited with a non OS forum member as part of an organised meet on another well known UE forum. Met a few other small groups on the way round and the local kids that use the place for hanging out and skating were ever present in the grounds. Not being the most agile person these days I managed to take home a good deal of bruises from several comedy entrances and exits. Not really the most subtle of entries on a busy Saturday afternoon but fun all the same. This was my first hospital explore and probably the most modern of all the places I've visited so far so I wasn't too sure on whether I was going to enjoy it or not as I tend to prefer places a bit more industrial. That said I really enjoyed this even though parts are absolutely trashed while other parts don't seem to have been touched. There's a good deal of old and new to keep anyone happy. Didn't cover half the site I wanted to so will be taking another trip back sometime soon. History The Derby Royal Infirmary was built on the site of the city's first hospital, the Derbyshire General Infirmary, built between 1806 and 1810. During the year that he was Mayor of Derby, Sir Alfred Seale Haslam managed to replace the old William Strutt Infirmary with the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. In 1890 there had been an outbreak of disease at the old infirmary and Sir William Evans, President of the Infirmary arranged a three day inspection which condemned the old building. When Queen Victoria came to open the new hospital on 21 May 1891 she knighted Haslam for his services and gave permission for the term "Royal" to be used. The hospital started to transfer it's services in 2009 to a new hospital built on the other side of the city now known as the Royal Derby Hospital. The latest scheme to transform the former hospital has been put forward by housing firm UK Regeneration (UKR) who wants to build 300 much-needed homes for rent on eight acres of land between London Road and Osmaston Road that it will buy from Derby Hospitals NHS Trust. UKR says it intends to retain the iconic towers that formed the end of two of the Royal Infirmary's early-1900s wards and the trust has confirmed that statues of Florence Nightingale and Queen Victoria on the site will be retained. The DRI also has a link to celebrated nurse Florence Nightingale. The nurse, who was born in Florence, Italy, but was mainly raised in Derbyshire, is most famous for her role treating the wounded during the Crimean War, imposing high standards of hygiene on makeshift wards. But she also had a role advising on the redevelopment of the Derbyshire General Infirmary in the 1860s. That led to the famous nurse, dubbed The Lady of the Lamp, being immortalised by a statue there. The whole development site has now been named the Nightingale Quarter in her honour. On with the photos... 1. Dishwashing equipment in the kitchens of the main building. 2. Fire Alarm Plan 3. Main Corridoor 4. Drains and Underground Walkways 5. Glass Flasks and other equipment 6. Microscopes 7. Pathology - completely trashed 8. Biochemsitry 9. Blood Fridge and Lab 10. One of the two 1900 towers 11. X-Ray Room 12. Barnums - Childrens Ward 13. Lift Cage 14. Perjury Saint woz 'ere ? 15. Bedside Lamps 16. LInen Cupboards 17. Pipework in the Attic - pitch black up here and thanks to the person that left a fresh Mr Whippy that I narrowly missed standing in ! 18. Old Medical Journals and Books 19. Old Signage Thanks for looking - full set here
  19. With the right equipment and with an UrbExing friend to keep me company (as it'd be both scary and dangerous to solo it), I visited the basement. I was told it was massive, but it was larger than I expected it to be. On with the photos. Saving my personal favourite shot from this trip until last! Thanks for looking
  20. This place is where many Derby UrbExers started out. I had to wait a fair while for the right opportunity to appear and when it did, I took it! Visited with 2 non-forumers. "The (Derby) Friargate Line is a now closed railway line that was part of the Derbyshire and Staffordshire extension of the Great Northern Railway. It linked Nottingham and Grantham to the east of the East Midlands counties to Burton upon Trent to the south west of the area. The route cut a direct line through the midlands industrial city of Derby whereupon an impressive warehouse was constructed, large sidings and the pretty Derby Friargate Station. The line had such an impact on Derby, Friargate and the surrounding areas that it became known as the Derby Friargate Line. It opened as Derby in 1878, was renamed as Derby Friargate in 1881 and was closed to passengers in the September of 1964." Some of the grafitti in abandoned places is amazing, this place is no exception... I saw the basement, but didn't have a torch, tripod or my wide-angle lens with me. I have another report on that which I'll post. Thanks for looking
  21. NKPS The Derby Dash and Ushaw slopes April 2013 A couple here that we did a few months ago..crackin splores both of...hope you enjoy..splored as always with my besty PS..a mix of both our pics to follow...hope you enjoy.... The Derby Dash..... Ushaw Slopes...
  22. It's been a scorcher of a day with temperatures reaching 30 C I was on my way back for a job in Luton and a combination of the heat and my sweat had my balls sticking in my inside leg, I needed to head underground where I could be cool for half an hour. I've been in the major drains around derpy all ready this year so decided to head down this one The culvert is mainly a corrugated construction which can't be very thick as I got a phone call half way in I believe the culvert was first explored by TheNewMendoza
  23. Derby Infirmary May '13

    ...Derby Infirmary... I found myself flying 'solo' for this one, NK being indisposed due to work! (Boo!) Pulled up armed with a detailed access plan (Cheers Shush) and was immediately spotted by secca... Curses!! Well, I aint giving up that easy! So set about finding a different access point, which I did... YAY!! Right, on with some piccies... ​Cheers for lookin' in...

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