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History Farringdon Hall Police Station was built in the 1960s and, at one time, it was the main station serving Sunderland West. However, in 2014, following a move by Northumbria Police to cut costs and reinvest money in front-line policing, the station was one of many in the north east earmarked for closure. Sections of the four-storey building were closed down in stages, until the last remaining officers were moved from the site at the end of 2015. Farringdon Hall is currently on the property market with an asking price of £400,000. The property description describes it as being a spacious building that provides ‘open plan and cellular accommodation including the old custody suite and cells’. An additional perk is that it offers two separate parking areas. Nonetheless, since becoming abandoned there has been little interest from potential buyers. The only thing the old station seems to be attracting is vandalism. Depending on how you look at it, then, it could be argued that the building is continuing to serve its original purpose as there are still a lot of local goons and yobs inside. Our Version of Events Exploring Farringdon Hall was a last-minute idea after we happened to find ourselves in the land of the Smoggies. We were heading back after an afternoon of hunting for a car and, after spotting Krypton’s report on 28days, decided we might as well have a quick nosy inside. For the most part, we’d say the explore is OK. As Krypton has pointed out, there’s not much point in venturing upstairs. The only reason why you might spend twenty minutes visiting this place lies on the ground floor, and it’s called the custody suite. This is a medium-sized section of the police station that’s designed to process and detain people who have managed to find themselves on the wrong side of the law. In here you can find a reception area, a small medical room, a couple of interview rooms, a fingerprinting/photography room, several cells and a storage cupboard that would have contained documents and all the inmates’ belongings. Once we’d checked out the custody suite, we made the mistake of making our way upstairs. Other than a couple of kitchens, virtually all the other rooms were completely stripped. It is perhaps worth taking the stairs all the way to the roof though. It’s always good to seek out the view from the top. Explored with MKD. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: 14: 15: 16: 17: 18: 19: 20: 21: 22: 23: 24: 25: 26: 27: 28: 29:
Not sure wether or not this fits perfectly in the "military" section but it's close enough. Hey ! I'm an explorer in Frankfurt germany and have had the chance to explore and infiltrate a huge abandonned police station in dowtown frankfurt. The building was abandonned in 2002 and what makes it really unique is the fact that it lies within the city and the skyscrapers, it gives it a special contrast between the lifelessness of the abandonned site and the busy streets and life going on in downtown frankfurt. Here is a link to a youtube video of my visit and a photo of the front of the building ! (note that i do not own the photo it belongs to the site lost-place.info) The video of my exploration, check it out ! :
This was a fun explore. It was one I and a few mates had been keeping a close eye on whenever we were in the area. Since it's closure in 2011 I had visited 5 or 6 times to find no access, so when I got word from AdamX and a few others that there was a way in, it was exciting times. I went about 2 days after we got wind of the access with Zedstar, rolled up to have some fun and bang, just as luck would have it, 2 blokes working on unblocking the drains in the premises. So we went of and explored else where. Later that day, we popped back, but true to word these contractors were milking out the job in hand. So that was that then.. A few weeks later we were in the area again and tried our luck, mid week and with the rush-hour (well for this area) we waltzed in and had a good few hours exploring. The PIR had been triggered (as it had for everybody else) but be decided to just carry on taking photos. It was while we were looking about, we noticed things like the locks had been taken out of the cell doors and other small things like that, so the contractors are working there, but just guess we got lucky that day. HISTORY This court was one of a lot of the smaller ones dotted around the country that were closed, and with the added bonus of this one having a police station attached too. This is what was placed in one local paper about it all... Announcing the axing of 93 magistrates and 49 county courts, Justice Minister ****** ***** said: “We are closing the worst courts in the estate so we can concentrate our limited resources on the best ones. “It is unacceptable that dozens of buildings never intended to be, and not fit to be, modern court buildings are still in use.” Courts taking the extra workload would get Â£22m worth of modernisation and improvements So here we are,3 years later and we now have a even more stretched justice system, and it is getting more messed up. Through to the police station