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  1. As a Star Wars fan since my childhood and hearing rumours of the Millennium Falcon landing nearby I knew it was my destiny to explore it. We took a BBQ and some beers into the forest of Endor and set up camp. After fending off a few horny ewoks and getting ourselves a couple of hours sleep we woke up to the sound of the Imperial March music coming from my alarm clock. We set about our quest nervously but knowing “fear is the path to the dark side......” Thanks and kudos to @bauhausgirland friends for some helpful tips, lifts and for getting in here first, also thanks to Ash for having the foresight to remember his Jedi cloak, and everyone else who came along for the ride, definitely one of the most fun places I've had the pleasure to explore! Enjoy 1. “You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon?" 2. "It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs." 3. "She'll make point five past lightspeed. She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. I've made a lot of special modifications myself." 4. "It's true. All of it. The dark side. The Jedi. They're real". 5. "Chewie, we're home...." 6. On entering the ship you would hope to find it like this and maybe sit down for a game of hologram chess or something but it's not quite like that 7. "It's a trap!" 8. The reality is that it's made mostly out of wood and is held together with scaffolding poles 9. However you can just about get into the cockpit 10. "Laugh it up, Fuzz ball." 11. "Punch it" 12. "This bucket of bolts's never gonna get us past that blockade." 13. "Would it help if I got out and pushed?" 14. "You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought ..." (This one sounds a bit strange out of context.... ) 15. The level of external detail is amazing 16. Even the ground on which the ship is sat is fake 17. "What a piece of junk" 18. "She's the fastest ship in the fleet." 19. "She's the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy!" 20. Ahch-to, the planet where Luke Skywalker was living in exile at the end of The Force Awakens 21. Other vehicles sit waiting to be uncovered, a land speeder amongst other things, not sure what else yet..... 22. "The Dark Side of the Force is the pathway to many abilities some consider to be… Unnatural." "Remember...the Force will be with you, always." That's all folks
  2. History The Millennium Mills is a derelict turn of 20th century flour mill in West Silvertown on the south side of the Royal Victoria Dock, between the Thames Barrier and the ExCel exhibition centre alongside the newly built Britannia village, in Newham, London, England. Along with Millennium Mills, there remains a small section of the now destroyed Rank Hovis Premier Mill and a restored grade II listed grain silo, labelled the ‘D’ silo. Described as a "decaying industrial anachronism standing defiant and alone in the surrounding subtopia", the Millennium Mills has become a well-loved icon of post-industrial Britain and has made its way into many aspects of popular culture. Visited with The_Raw, Sentinel and 5RINK5, and a few non-members. We also bumped into Gabe inside and a couple of others. We spent 10 hours in there fence to fence. It was a great day with many laughs! Standard external shot. Used my phone for this because I didn't want to get my camera out in case we had to get out of sight in a hurry. Tried to find a different angle to photograph the iconic table set up. This little patch of foliage struck out to me because although we were standing in a massive industrial unit, I found it incredible how nature can always find a way to reclaim growing space. Finally a relax on the building of Rank Hovis to unwind after a hectic day!
  3. I've been planning to meet up with someone, who often explores in the Salford area for a while now but things always got in the way, like the weather for example! we rescheduled our meeting a few times and eventually got together on a perfectly mild Spring evening. There was plenty of high places to choose from, with relatively hassle free access. We first went to the Holiday Inn but got stopped in our tracks by a bar man so we decided to head out towards Millennium Tower. It was fairly straight forward once we were in and spent around an hour on the roof. The air quality was pretty poor that night due to the Salford recycling plant fire which really affected my images. After a while we decided to try our luck at the Holiday Inn again. This time we got in and spent another hour or so on the roof. Overall a really enjoyable night spent admiring the Quays :-) MILLENNIUM TOWER Millennium Tower is a 220 feet tall development situated on the waterfront at Salford Quays. It’s a block of luxury penthouse apartment with 20 floors. With its contemporary architecture, the complex is situated within walking distance of the Media City and the Lowry Centre. The tower block offers luxurious living space, whilst helping to transform the Salford Quays skyline. HOLIDAY INN The Holiday Inn Express is located in thriving Salford Quays, surrounded by the water & history of the Manchester Ship Canal & within 1 mile of Manchester United Football Club (Old Trafford), the Lowry Theatre & the Imperial War Museum. The glass-fronted, 16-floor hotel is in MediaCityUK's studio block. Thanks for looking
  4. I shot this over a few weekends , its a bit long but as I'm sure most of you know this is one very building so I had to do it justice.
  5. I don't know if any of you have seen ITV news this afternoon (possibly the London regional version) but the Millennium Mills has been used in a training exercise for the emergency services. A simulated aircraft crash was set up to test the response times of the fire crews, medical teams and security services etc. in time of crisis. As soon as the news started I recognised the place. Scrutinising the footage it would appear that the 'Leap of Faith' window has been boarded up! How mad it would have been to be inside the building 'sploring' while all this was going on... another missed opportunity! u>.<n
  6. So back to the old mill for visit no.6, explored with SK, Lara, Starlight, Miss_anthrope, and a non forum member, a great night with great company. History if you're interested can be found on my previous reports http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/showthread.php/4607-Millennium-mills-4-visits-Pic-heavy!-2012?highlight=millennium+mills The explore was rather chilled with no problems with Secca, once in we headed straight to the roof to enjoy the sites and take in the London evening. Sorry this one is rather short, after visit no.5 photos can get a bit Samey Excuse the quality : A sneaky exterior shot Thanks
  7. The Plymouth Town Mission was established in 1836 to extend the Gospel to poor and destitute people in Plymouth. In 1876 they extended their mission to include the Crossline telephone counselling service to those in need. Plymouth Brethren Bethesda Mission 1898 & 1901 Mission Classroom Bethesda: House to house visitation for instruction in spiritual truth, circulation of scriptures and tracts, to hold mission and cottage services, relief of the poor and sick, occaisional teas for poor persons,Evangelical and unsectarian. The Gaumont Palace in Union Street, Plymouth, was opened in 1931. The building's fluted columns and tiled foyer immediately attracted attention whilst inside the auditorium a mighty Compton organ had been installed at a cost of over £6,000. Mr Leslie James entertained the audiences on this during the intervals that week. The walls of the cinema had been covered by acoustic felt and fabric to prevent echo. Dressing rooms had also been provided. Designed by Mr W H Watkins and built by Messrs McLaughlin Harvey Ltd of Highbury Grove, London N5, the main structure was formed of a new material named Clinco-Compo which was manufactured at Pomphlett, Plymstock. This was faced with red brick from Reading, Berkshire. Seating for 2,252 people had been provided by Messrs W W Turner Company of King's Heath, Birmingham. Heating was by warm air ducts and even the lighting was hidden behind grills on the walls. The Gaumont's first manager and licensee was Mr R E Eady and the advertised prices were: front circle 2s; back circle 1/6d; front stalls 7d; back stalls 1s. There were continuous performances from 2 until 10.30pm. Mr Maurice Leacey was the Chief Projectionist. Under him, in 1939, were four projectionists, Mr R Thomas (2nd), Mr C Charters (3rd), Mr C Peel (4th) and Mr E West (5th). The projection suite consisted of six rooms. Crompton-Parkinson generators supplied Hall and Connelly type R.4 H.I. arc lamps, which were installed with Gaumont R/S Eclipse projectors. On either side of the projectors were a Premier 75 amp spotlight and a slide lantern. The Duosonic Sound was provided by two 200 watt main amplifiers and two 10 watt input amplifiers, with a change-over switch. The stage battens and floats and the proscenium arch lighting were all three-colour. These were all controlled by a dimmer switch with remote control conveniently located in the projection room. The screen curtains were also controlled from there but the house tabs were operated by hand from the prompt side of the stage. The Millennium complex was closed in 2004 and was owned by Luminar Leisure group .
  8. "It's a dyeing trade" Brook Dyeing were a large company with at least four sites to It's portfolio. They were commission dyers to a host of textile companies throughout West Yorkshire. We all know the scenario though! The textile trade dwindles, we are flooded with cheaper imports and the inevitable closure of our traditional woolen mills ensue. This then seemed to signal the death knell for this particular site, and the order books are no more. There's a lot of activity within this complex. It seems as though certain parts are being rented out to various company ventures! As to what will happen to the actual dye plant Itself is anyone's guess. Let's have a butchers then. With It being associated with dyestuff, one would expect a rather colorful affair. Yeah...... I would agree with that. Workers had a fine choice of buckets and bins to choose from so they could happily weigh their dye recipes in. You would also need a set of scales for precision measuring. Not forgetting the dye. A nice bit of yellow. The business end of things. The dye pans themselves. That was your step by step easy guide Another door...... And even more to explore. The sample room, and lots of pretty little boxes. And lab vessels. It had a nice little office that was packed with goodies. And a cool comfy leather chair. This place never seems to end. Wooden stairs leading everywhere. Lots of weird and wonderful machinery to feast upon. Capturing the moment judderman style. Lets nip outside for a minute. Bit of fresh air. Filtration tanks. And the rather splendid view. Steel pipes. Luv em. The huge twin boiler. Heading out. There's simply too much to cover. So It's time to say adios my friends. And as always..... Ta for looking.
  9. Lincolnshire County Lunatic Asylum Yeah I know she's been covered a multitude of times, but to me, It will always remain one of my top visits. How can you not love St John's! St John’s hospital in Bracebridge heath has a long and interesting history. The Asylum was built in 1852 and enlarged on several subsequent occasions. It was originally established jointly by Lindsey, Kesteven, Holland, Lincoln, Grimsby and Stamford, and managed by a Board of Visitors appointed by the contributing authorities. Kesteven and Grantham withdrew from the arrangement when the contract of Union expired in 1893 (eventually establishing the Kesteven County Asylum at South Rauceby, 1897). The hospital was set in grounds of 120 acres which included gardens, farmland and a burial ground. In 1940 female patients were transferred to other hospitals, mainly Storthes Hall near Huddersfield, to make space for an Emergency Hospital, and many did not return until well after the end of the War. Administration of the hospital passed to the National Health Service in 1948. By the early 1960s it was known by its final name of St John's Hospital. Patients were admitted from Harmston Hall Hospital when that hospital closed. St John's Hospital itself was closed in December 1989 with the remaining patients transferred to other establishments. The site was sold for housing and most of the buildings apart from the central block were demolished. Italian style elegance. The hospital had male, female and children’s wings and used some of the traditional medical techniques in that day to cure insanity, including electric shock treatment. Conditions such as depression and post natal depression were classed as a mental illness and treated the same as someone with schizophrenia. Brain surgery was believed to cure mental illness and was commonly used in asylums such as this. If a patient was deemed unfit to decide what treatment they wanted, the doctors would decide for them. The famous cat in the children's ward The following names, among others, were used for the Institution, sometimes interchangeably: 1852-1893 Lincolnshire County Lunatic Asylum or Lincolnshire County Pauper Lunatic Asylum 1894-1915 Lincolnshire Lunatic Asylum 1897-1898 Lindsey, Holland, Lincoln and Grimsby District Pauper Lunatic Asylum 1903-1920 Lincolnshire Asylum 1898-1902 Bracebridge Pauper Lunatic Asylum 1902-1919 Bracebridge District Lunatic Asylum 1919-1948 Bracebridge Mental Hospital 1930-1938 Lincolnshire Mental Hospital 1939-1960 Bracebridge Heath Hospital 1961-1989 St John's Hospital, Bracebridge Heath The hospital was also used as a wartime Emergency Hospital in the period 1940-1943, and a few records of this function survive with the asylum records. The corridor of cells I couldn't imagine being thrown into a salmon pink cell! Or even a sickly green one either The corridor of crosses. The Lincoln Crest. That wonderful staircase. She just oozes atmosphere throughout. Deep in the cellars. The honeycombed ceiling even continues down here. The safe door in the admin block. Solid metal and bloody heavy. Close up of the lock. And the beautifully crafted key that fit it. Here's some men at work. And a fungi. Head towards the door, and shit....... No floor. Some nice peeling paint. Vintage wallpaper. A couple of door shots. I like doors. Room with a view. And to finish with.... A couple of items I managed to win on that well known auction site. Postcard dated 1899. Other side of the postcard regarding the minutes book, and the fantastic Asylum truck. Ta for looking
  10. This was built ( presumably ) at the end of the 18th or early 19th century, and was known as Chisworth Works. They were cotton band manufacturers. It's also had It's fair share of extensions in the past, which probably took place before 1857 as the buildings remained the same on maps up until 1973. In 1973 It became a Dye & Color Pigment Works known as E.P.Bray's. And I kid you not! This place is more akin to a Slaughter House All will become clear folks. At the front there is a row of cottages that were used for the workers. The reception was in one of these. The company started to wind up In 2006, It was dissolved/liquidised and closed in September the same year. Visited with my other half, and shots from both of us. Nice relaxed trouble free explore. The reception and enquiries. Capturing the moment. Overgrown back gardens, and a chicken coop? Remember me mentioning the Slaughter House! Could easily pass as one. Especially when It comes complete with drainage channels. I would imagine the site will will be deemed contaminated for a long while once It's gone. Dye stuff everywhere. Makes for some nice arty shots though. And the color continues..... The lonesome Urbex Chair. Room with a view. The extinguisher shuffle. The dirty area. And those rather fine wellies to finish with. Ta for looking.
  11. Murphy's Machinery Established in 1930! Murphy's were industrial parts manufacturers who made tools, belt driven machinery, transmissions and electrical equipment. They specialized in items for tanners and leather manufactures. They finally hung up their tools around 2002. Visited with my better half, and some other random peeps. I'm not sure what the state of play is here now, but I hope it remains as it was on our visit. It's only a small site, but what lies inside is well worth seeing . If chains, cogs and pulleys float yer boat! Then It's win all the way. Some really nice things to photograph too. It really was a neat little explore. I hope you enjoy. In we go then. Best clock on for the shift. The main shed. This place really does get you hooked. Did I mention lots of chains? How about a nice vintage cart. And some vintage furniture. The HDR drawer Now destined for room 101 The reflection told me they were rude men at work here! The porn room proved my theory correct. Engineering bliss. Then somebody had a bright idea.... .... And invented a fleshing machine. That must have been fun. Some more vintage stuff. A few cogs. Not forgetting the painful nut crackers. Some steps to ascend.... Be rude not to. Lots more to feast upon. Here endeth today's shift. Ta for looking
  12. One of the seminal Urbex locations in the UK so I really had to pay this place a visit. Seen loads of pictures and love industrial locations so was pretty excited about seeing this one. I’m sure a few on here could tell me a thing or two about the history of the place so I won’t even try to do a write up. Think we made a 'bit of a meal' of getting in. After taking the wrong route several times through bushes and undergrowth, we finally made it onto the site. Access into the building was also a little more awkward than I had imagined but well worth it.
  13. Millennium Mills

    Bad new's again from me. Confirmed by a fellow splorer and an OS member, access has been boarded and nailed up, ladder from the leap gone as well as access after that has been boarded up. looks like we will have to find other means of access in the future =/. They're moving fast by the looks of it ...
  14. So This is my 5th visit to the place, if you don't know the history yet then visit my previous massive thread http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/showthread.php/4607-Millennium-mills-4-visits-Pic-heavy!-2012Anyway explored with Harry, Starlight and 1 non member, arrived at the site in the wee hours of the morning and made our way in.. access this time around was surprisingly easy with no one around we where very relaxed. After helping Star after she made friends with a leap of faith and making sure she was ok after no realising her fear of heights ! [sorry ><] we made our way to the roof to be met with a foot deep water covered roof.. back in and to find an alternative staircase, not having to do this in the past made it more fun 'Shadd's .. you know where the ladder is ?' 'Nope d:' .. 'oh...' . Anywayyy on to the pics ! Lets star with a couple of rooftop photos Then got a quick shot of the process of a light painting shot with light approaching, we decided to head inside and make use of the morning sun The Cava from Nye ;] Pipe porn d: Now shortly after these photos, my camera took a rather large nock which defunked the aperture lever or light sensor resulting in all photos being near black unless at least 1 second exposure at isom 800 was used .. =/ The famous fans ;] peeking out looking out The last meal And a couple of exteriors The remains of the Pleasure gardens Rather let down with my camera as i wanted some HDR shots of the place, but a great explore none the less, thanks for coming you three ! Rest can be found here :http://www.flickr.com/photos/urdex/sets/72157633796240320/
  15. So a fair few people i have done this and it is one of my favorite sites to explore, still so much to see in there. In 2012 i managed to get in there total of four times, so instead of doing four different reports i decided to stick it all in one mega thread covering all of the visits, so sorry for the mass photo spamming Right lets start off with a little history, Built in 1904 the small building called Rank hovis was the first mill on the site but not in the area at the time, how ever In 1920, Vernon & Sons was taken over by Spillers Limited which resulted in the name Spillers millennium mills being named. most of the main building was rebuilt in 1933 to appeal to the current times. The mills at the height of their time where the one of the largest suppliers of flour to the south of the uk at the time, supplying their "millennium" graded flour which was voted winner after the 1899 "miller challenge cup" . photo taken in the prime of the site The mills, before their part destruction in the early 1990's [ see here for some nice photos of that http://www.flickr.com/photos/millenniummills/sets/72157611257381816/with/3107584883/ covered almost 60 acres, which as many know is still laying pretty much empty, their have been failed attempts to bring life back into the area such as the failed "pleasure gardens" see here for that : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19114930 and it would cost upwards of £1.5 billion to fully revamp the site, so until then this white lady will sit their awaiting a second chance. Ok so boring bits over, Visit No. 1, explored with 3 other non forum members. At the time being still rather new to the scene, this was the largest thing i had ever attempted, explored with 3 others [ non forum members], we met in the wee hours of the morning and waited till a certain car drove past and dived into the hedge, getting over the spiky fence and inside. By the time we arrived and go inside after wondering around trying to find out how [ told you i was new to the scene at the time d:] the heavens had opened and we where all drenched to bone.. the broken gutter outside that we had to pass under didnt help that. Now inside and sitting on concrete shivering, someone made the decision to wait till it was light outside before heading onwards.. yeah that was a fun time.. anyway here are some of the photos from visit no.1 : Now in MM we had a little encouragement ;] Getting out was fun, after creeping out and peeking around the corner to the palisade we where met with a silver pickup ;].. ok we said we will wait it out.. 10..20..30 minutes pass he's still sitting there, ok so he knows we are here somehow, now how do we get out, ahh around the spikey fence, so we make our way around said fence, 2/4 around, then all we here is oi.. i turn around about 20ft away is a grey old secca walking towards us, never seen two people get around that fece so quickly lol, anyway secca seemed to of given up chasing us by the time we got out rest : http://www.flickr.com/photos/urdex/sets/72157629464375342/with/7083256473/ Explore No.2 : Explored with 2 non forum members :This one was done near the time the pleasure gardens opened.. around the same time Nick Franglen was doing his "art project" in MM, this consisted of a vegetable garden, a tv and 100 solar boats on the roof, more info here : http://www.franglen.net/legacy.html .. there was some photos taken by mr Franglen when he was in there, getting compost around and making the boats but they're long gone im affraid. Anyway we set out to find these. But with the pleasure gardens around the front we decided to go via the back entrace and go by boat ;], it was a quick in, take some photos, get to the roof and enjoy the view type splore so most photos are from the roof. although we did not find any of the art projects we did have a good time =] Onto the photos : and a better group shot Getting out we had a nice slow row enjoying the morning sun, about the only explore i've done where it got more relaxe as time went on,usually gets more stressful lol Rest : http://www.flickr.com/photos/urdex/sets ... 096958910/ explore No.3, explored with one other non forum member. This time it was a few months after the pleasure gardens had failed and we where met with a Palisade outside, We where determined to find the art projects we missed the time before. After scouting around for a while we found a way and then went around the palisade that saved us the first time, got to see most of the bits we missed the first time and had a very nice splore in general, no hassel, although climbing the palisade on the way out was a tad tricky... vegetable bed : sadly the plants looked a bit sorry for them selfs, after seeing a sign saying if i look dry please water me, it was clear my Franglen expected more splorers in there ... Secca probably having a doze in his hut ^^ And finally remembered to take a photo of D-silo We did also find the solar boats on the roof but forgot to taken any photos of them [derp] rest at : http://www.flickr.com/photos/urdex/sets/72157631534153341/ And finally Explore no.4, done with 3 other non forum members, This one was a last minute split choice between this and another site for NYE, in the end we decided to go for this one because we guess there would no secca present.. turns out we where right, go in the grounds and casually wondered over, went around the same palisade.. which no had a barge docked next to it and extra razor wire.. which made things tricky .. still want my hat back... Photos not that great this time, was too busy enjoying the view of fireworks in every single direction !.. oh and the champagne probably didnt help Getting out was no fun, One guy took a palisade spike to the hand and we ended up in A&E most of nye morning.. luckily the first house party we ran into, the hosts where paramedics... what are the odds ??, Don't worry hes alive we well Rest at : http://www.flickr.com/photos/urdex/sets ... 416844796/ i hope to return once again to this place, hopeful with good light and get some more creative shots
  16. Visited this site with OliverGT - big thanks to him for getting in contact with me. This was my second attempt, but first successful visit. What an amazing place, I am so glad I've seen it. Pictures just don't do it justice. Access was fun, and once you're in there are lots of holes to fall through Brief History The main part of the building was built around the turn of the century. The wing on the west side of the building was built in 1933 - marked near the roof on the west wall. The smaller brown-brick building to the east was Premier Rank Mill, which is attached but does not have any internal doors attaching the two buildings. To the south of the main building was once another Spillers building linked at the top with a footbridge, but that has now been demolished. There were other buildings on the 55-acre site, most notably CWS Mills. The chimney outside the site was left from another mill as a memorial (in stark contrast to the houses and apartments surrounding it). The site has been used as a filming location many times, most famously for a scene in the BBC cop drama Ashes To Ashes, and the music video for Fluorescent Adolescent by Arctic Monkeys. Also, according to the IMDb, a scene in some underground tunnels in the 2010 film Green Zone was filmed here. Pictures 1. External taken from Pontoon Dock DLR station. 2. Looking through broken window to the 1933 extension. 3. Offices. 4. The aptly named 'Open Room' - lots of holes dropping into huge silos! 5. One of the residents. 6. Notice on a tiny one-man lift. 7. Another broken window shot. 8. All looks pretty functional. 9. On the roof of the 1933 wing looking east. 10. Stairs 11. Peeling paint! 12. Yawning holes. 13. The famous grain chutes. 14. One of many trashed rooms. 15. Stairs/Window shot. 16. And a final external taken from the roof of Premier Mills. All in all a fantastic explore, I hope you enjoyed the photos!
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