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  1. UK The lost lido..Febuary 2017

    My friend told me about this outdoor pool hidden in the woods and showed me a few pics.i just knew I had to see this.always one for something unusual and different.fast forward a few months and I was travelling back from my last trip to Scotland.i popped in on the way home.i took the stroll through the woods and there it was sunken below in the trees.it is in the grounds of a Manor House.i have no idea when it was built.but it's in a state now.the coloumns around the pool use to have statues on them.you can still see the original tiles and hand rails.it sits in a bit of a sun trap.the pool is filled with natural spring water.which has been been filtered off to feed the pool.the water still flows next to the pool.with holes in the concrete everywhere.i would say this pool was for the more well off.i fell in love with this place.the peace and tranquility was lovely.and can imagine it was grand in its hey day. The pool how it was in the sixties How it looks now from above the water filter system. Bathers steps from the changing rooms The deep end steps Pool lights I would guess this was the diving board frame
  2. Villa Spar is a modern architecture abandoned villa. Contemporary design and minimalist elements found here. Mix of wood, glass, stone and marble in a rather empty spot with an amazing swimming pool and an imposing living room ! The pictures are taken from two different visits, in the same year. One of my favorite places ever !! For now, the place is destructed.
  3. This was the second stop off on a road trip with @CuriousityKilledTheCat, @Biebs and a non OS member. We met up @stoozie there (massive thanks for the tour ) After navigating through a maze of underground pipes we were finally greeted with the pools, and what a site it was! this place was amazing, complete with a massive diving section. Enjoy Cheers for looking!
  4. Castellnou pools were tremendously popular at the end of '60s beggining '70s. With a olympic size pool, minigolf, another big pool, restaurant, etc., all surrounded by the dressing rooms for hundreds of people to come here the weekends in a place a little bit far of any beach. This closed after 3 young killed from the top of the springboard. Since then, black legends prey this pool, strange sensations damned. There was a psicosis and people left to come after that. Others come to look for paranormal phenomena or psychophonies in the pools and sports brands such as Nike, come to make commercials with Ronaldinho when this one was FC Barcelona player Uncertain fate for a unforgettable present. If you can see the full report, go to: http://the-lostsouls.blogspot.com.es/search/label/-%20PISCINAS%20DE%20CASTELLNOU
  5. Visited with Raz & Fatpanda Bit of History; Originally owned by Sir Walter Bagot, the current buildings were rebuilt in the late 1820′s. It was acquired by the North Wales Counties Mental Hospital and opened in 1937 to accommodate 80+ patients to relieve the overcrowding at the much larger Denbigh Asylum. It eventually closed in 1990 and has laid derelict ever since. It would appear that some building work has, at some stage been attempted, but then simply left. We approached stealthily as possible up the private road with FatPanda's bass system shaking the very ground beneath the car... The Explore; Once out of the car and my headache beginning to reside, we nipped under a bush and found ourselves stood outside a very attractive white building. My first impression was something off of Heartbeat (Welsh Version probably called something like "HLleysgry LleLlen" as they love their double L ) and as you walk in the door you are greeted by some serious staircase porn. So after spending 20 mins dribbling over it we moved on the the rest of the building. I say building but building is a very loose statement, perhaps 6 million seperate parts held together in close formation... Unstable as fook. Stayed on the roof for all of 20 seconds before legging it back down. Upper floors feel a bit like a bouncy castle, only this bouncy castle is 20ft in the air and covered in nails and of course, my favourite asbestos. Not the kind of thing you want at your 6 year olds birthday party right? All in all a cool day out but the staircase is pissing me right off because the architect was either an idiot or he thought "You know what, one day someones going to want to take pictures of this so im going to build it on a slant" so none of my pics are straight - Moan over, heres the rest of the pics Thanks for looking
  6. Hopefully the first of many explores over here, not as good as i was expecting but still a nice little wander. Did this before moving on to Milner's Tower which was pretty dull tbh but if any of the pics from that turn out alright will get a report of that up as well. Couldn't find much history on the place and the locals round Port Erin aren't too friendly so not asking them. Found this from a local paper, some guy kicking off about it being an eyesore, which is a bit of a joke since you can hardly even seee the place unless you know it's there. "THE former swimming baths at Traie Meanagh in Port Erin is a 'significant blemish' and should be camouflaged to make it less of an eyesore, local resident Charles Faragher has said. Mr Faragher wrote to Port Erin Commissioners in view of the refurbishment of Bradda Glen cafe (which is being transferred from the local authority to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry). 'As we all know, the views from Bradda Glen constitute a big part of its unique appeal, however, the beautiful panorama has one very significant blemish,' wrote Mr Faragher. 'In full view of the glen is the eyesore of the derelict and abandoned swimming baths, which must have drawn tens of thousands of detrimental comments over the years.' He added: 'Commercial viability has eluded all who have ventured there. However, the legacy of monies invested over the years is a concrete structure whose great ugliness is matched only by its great robustness which makes it capable of defying the elements for many generations to come.' He said: 'If it cannot be removed, it should at least be disguised.' He asked the local authority to ask for specialist advice on a painting scheme. The local authority has battled since 1990 to get action taken to tidy up the site. The former swimming pool, owned by the commissioners, was leased to Clearwater International Aquaculture, who ran it as a fish farm and then bought it. It then sold it to Chattens Ltd, owned by Steve Bradshaw. At one stage, Mr Bradshaw had plans to create an extreme sports centre at the site. The local authority's prompting has resulted in the Department of Local Government and the Environment's environmental health unit to make several trips to the site — the latest was in 2008. Some work was done to tidy it up. At last week's commissioners' meeting, Jean-Pierre Depin said it was not the commissioners' property and they should pass the letter on to owner Mr Bradshaw. But Phil Crellin said they should ask environmental health officers to look at it again. Clerk Mike Kewley explained a notice was served nine years ago on Mr Bradshaw, he appealed and won his case and the local authority has been 'stymied ever since'. 'It has gone down hill,' said Mr Crellin. 'It does look awful. It would be lovely to think we could have an outdoor use swimming pool, but those days are gone, it's about time we grasped the nettle. It's an eyesore, it's a millstone round his neck and Port Erin's.' Mr Crellin proposed the commissioners write to environmental health and reply informing Mr Faragher of their action. He was seconded by Anne Kelly. Speaking to the Examiner following the meeting, Mr Bradshaw said a project to breathe new life into the former swimming pool is on the drawing board. 'There is a strategic review by somebody going on at the moment,' he said. 'There is some activity. A firm is looking at something regarding the site. 'It has got to be commercial. We are looking to work with a very reputable environmental agency from Finland.'" Didn't really fancy a dip
  7. Visited with The_Raw and MiaroDigital. Pool Park House was built for the second Lord Bagot in 1826-29. In order to counteract the overcrowding of the Denbigh Asylum, the North Wales Counties Mental Hospital bought Pool Park House and opened there a home for mentally ill people in 1937, with rooms for 87 patients. The hospital was closed about 1990. It's sad to see the present condition, compared with older photos. Much was destroyed and stolen, as ornaments on the staircase, ornate panels of wood and figures made of wood and stucco. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
  8. A bit of history, shamelessly stolen from Wikipedia. HMS Ganges was a training ship and later stone frigate of the Royal Navy. She was established as a boys' training establishment in 1865, and was based aboard a number of hulks before moving ashore. She was based alternately in Falmouth, Harwich (from 1899) and Shotley (from 1905). She remained in service at RNTE Shotley until October 1976. In 1907 the 143-foot (44 m) high mast of the old steam corvette HMS Cordelia was erected.[3] It would become a major landmark. The old HMS Minotaur had been HMS Ganges since 1906, but was renamed HMS Ganges II on 25 April 1908. This was a great explore, I loved it. Actually I love all of them, except 1 but that's another story all together! I had seen a little about this but not too much, not many recent reports at all so decided to go and try our luck. Access was really easy. I really came for that swimming pool! Got in to a few out buildings but not too many considering how many were actually on site. Found a few little treasures in them. Then we made our way to the swimming pool. I definitely didn't anticipate a 20ft climb that's for sure but if I wanted in on the pool it was the only way so up I went, with some help of course! It was amazing, a little graffiti but relatively no damage. Lots to see including the old boiler room, changing rooms and a junk room where we found a police shield! I had seen police training manuals in one of the out buildings so presumed they had used this place for training. Anyway, pics! Old Tannoy Machine HMS Cordelia mast, which was climbed up to the platform, a bit rotten after that. The pool Changing rooms Junk room Sorry.. but had to have a pool selfie Hope you enjoyed them
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  10. I had friends down from Kent for the weekend and we managed a 350+ mile round trip around north and mid Wales. We left the house at 2am and got back at 8.30pm. We had 7 places on our list but knew there would be some let downs so the rest were for back up. I will put up a report on the first place shortly but as we were only there not long before we heard the alarm I didn't managed to take that many internal photos. The next place we now call the Alarm Farm as soon as I opened the door (Unlocked) something fell behind and a siren started sounding very loudly above my head, so we just jumped back into the car and headed to Pool Parc. The place is meant to be haunted and the clouds done their best to make it look that way. We took some externals and I headed for the entry point and was in and managed to open up somewhere for the rest to get in. All bar the stairs and a few other odds and ends there's not much in the place, its still worth a look and I plan to go back again and with more time take a better look. https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/sets/72157644320465919/ Thanks for looking
  11. This was quite a strange explore. There is some really impressive Grafitti here, And I used to live about 2 minutes away so it was nice coming back here. There's also power too. Visited with Hamtagger, Session9 and Catbalou History Lesson One day there was a swimming pool, people swam, some drowned, there was also a yellow slide. The End I found this too. A group of pensioners bid a fond farewell to swimming pool as the building is set to be closed down. The swimming pool, in Station Road, Wigston, will be demolished and a six-lane replacement with a large fitness suite, built in its place for May, next year. The council is spending £9.2 million to replace the facilities at Wigston and update them. In addition, the money will also pay for a pool to be built at Parklands Leisure Centre, in Oadby, plus a refurbishment. Once this is complete, Oadby pool will be closed down (Possibly a future explore) Picture time Oops... The famous yellow tube! This must have been quite annoying to build The slide/flume This is pretty impressive! And to think Police would arrest him for doing it... Lessabled? That's a new one The amount of Tampax and Sanitary towels in here was unreal This is where the tightest Speedo's were kept The only time I have ever and will ever be in Female changing rooms with a camera Was this where people left their babies when they went for a swim? The deep end Thank you for reading my report. I apologize for the lack of imagination with the pictures but I was feeling sorry for myself because I had food poisoning and was trying to hold vomit down. P.S I lied about the yellow tube being famous, I just wanted it to sound good and not just like a tube.
  12. This place was mint when I first saw it on the forum, and I just had to visit, as it is a rare type of site. I knew it had been trashed since….. but not on this scale! I’m not a fan of graffiti; especially mindless vandalism, but I did take the time to look at some of it in there, and I have to say there was some quite good stuff in there. It was an interesting explore, and glad to have got it done before its demolition. Many thanks to Leicester Urban XP for showing me round. Thanks to RichPDG for originally posting, and Ive quoted what little is know about this place. Built 1954-1957, and closed March 2014. The existing Wigston Swimming Pool will be demolished and in its place will be built a new facility featuring a 6 lane 25m competition pool with timing equipment and starting blocks, and a 60 station gym featuring the latest fitness equipment, this is due for completion in Spring 2015. thanks for looking
  13. UK Graff pool,

    I dont have much information on this place; Im not even sure of where it is exactly, or how long its been closed for! Great explore, lots of fun there were um a big group of other people on site and the strongest smell of spray paint, tee hee and wee... still a cool place to have the good fortune of seeing!
  14. History off net. Pool Park House was once owned by Sir Walter Bagot, a prominent Staffordshire barrister, and was rebuilt in in its current incarnation between 1826-1829 as a residence for the second Lord Bagot. After eventually being sold to the Tate family (of Tate & Lyle), it was acquired by the North Wales Counties Mental Hospital and opened in 1937 to accommodate 87 patients for relief of overcrowding at the much larger and much more visited Denbigh Hospital. Its official designation was as a psychiatric convalescent home, and eventually closed in 1990. Planning documents were submitted some years ago for conversion into a 60-apartment residential home, but were rejected. It's now, sadly, in a poor interior state. It is a nice little explore although the light in there can be a pain at times... Explored with 4737Carlin & Damon (a big thank you for driving mate) This is the main entrance inside... ground floor.. 1st floor.. 2nd floor.. Chapel... thanks ..
  15. Splored with spongebob : The place has been pretty well trashed & a far cry from previous the reports Even though well trashed was glad we poked our heads in all the same Cheers SK
  16. I was working in Ruthin and it would have been poor form not to drop in and visit the old girl Pool Park has always been about that staircase and with good reason, it's stunning On with the pics I then found a way into the generator house
  17. A Nice example of an Edwardian Swimming Baths constructed in 1907-8 - Still keeping mostly original features the baths have been closed since 2005 and are a listed building. Visited solo ..
  18. 2013: No trace remains. This is now a temporary tarmac car park. 2011: The Explore Well, Well Well. This has been a tough one, I have wanted to explore this one ever since I started out in urbex two years ago, but it has been as tight as a nuns ever since a controversial video filmed in 2007, and uploaded in 2009 revealed the lights and gym equipment to still be running. Finally, during demo access was discovered. Sadly, the Olympic style pool had been demolished, and all that remained was the normal play pool, reception, gym and plant rooms. I am so chuffed I’ve finally explored this one, though slightly FUBAR, not as FUBAR as my tripod though, so excuse the dodgy photos. Take it from Mookster and True British Metal, This tripod has absolutely had it. Moisture was also a problem inside. The Location Opened in 1975 the Reg Maxwell swimming pool served Aylesbury alongside The Vale pool across town. The whole complex held a theatre, The Civic Centre, plus a multi storey carpark. The Maxwell closed in September 2001 following the construction of Aqua Vale on the site of the former Vale Pool. The Civic Followed its closure in June 2010, and finally the car park in January 2011. The concise tidbits Opened: July 1975 Closed: September 2001 Initial Explore was at night as I was unsure if the workmen would be in the next day..... Morning After: Taken as two legs fell off the tripod....
  19. 2013: I believe bastards and thieves have driven this place further into the ground :mad: 2011: So kicking off a few urbexes with another epic Welsh adventure with the mrs. Set in the lovely valleys of North Wales, Pool Park is a lovely mooch. We spent a good few hours in here, and kudos to her for finding an open access point. Formally part of the Bagot estate, Pool Parcs Elizabethan dates back to 1826. The Tates from the sugar company, Tate and Lyle moved in some years later. In about 1930 the surrounding farms and land were sold on. It was used as a home for the mentally infirm from 1937, with the last residents leaving in 1988, the last activity I can find is in about 1992. We headed to Denbigh afterwards but the weather sent us home... The EPIC staircase took my breath away! #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 More At: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157627870773696/
  20. Explored with one other non member Fab little place with the most beautiful stairs i have ever seen
  21. Another installment of Englandshire road trip Scattergun and I embarked on. This Asylum wasn't even on our list until the night before when we are were deciding what to have a look at. A very quick muggle search and we the one shot made the decision for us. So off we set at 5am (needless to say we were zombies until we got food) and to picked up AltDayOut en-route and take a trip down here first thing in the morning. Arriving at the site we wandered down the path to see a few cars parked around and quite a bit of noise, so thought we find a back way in. Trudging through the forest we figured we have to cross a valley with a small burn at the bottom. Slipping and sliding around, me getting my foot wet, we finally made it to the other side to be greeted with a fantastic view of this beauty in the trees! We made our way inside the place, and it was freezing!, there must have been a temperature difference of 10 degrees between the ground floor and the top floor. A touch of history. This manor house was rebuilt in 1862 for a wealthy landowner, but the family later lost a bet with the stake being this estate. The house was not sold and eventually leased by Sir Henry Tate of Tate & Lyle's who was the last private resident of the manor. The manor house was sold to a local health board and converted in the 1930's to an convalescent home for male patients. In 1949 the health board converted it an Asylum for over-spill patients at the nearby Asylum which was over crowded, it finally closed it doors in 1989. Sold in 1992 but no developments have come to fruition. This was a really nice explore and when we left we decided not to take the hard route out but rather walk past the bunch of farmers and just say "Good Morning Chaps, lovely day for it" to hear the reply from a stuttering startled old guy, "ppprrrivate ppprrroppperty" Bold as Brass is the way to go
  22. It's grim up North! Myself, Drinkinbud and the Beardyemukidwhotagsalong went for a mooch around this mill, we've all passed, either discounted it, it was tight or more recently full of pikeys with diggers?!?!?!!? Comedy of the day involved drinkinbud complaining that he liked southern places better, electricity, carpet, warm........he is now our honorary southern softie LOL! Anyway, here's some stolen history: "The woollen mill was owned by Samuel Firth of Gatehead in Marsden, and opened in 1888. He also owned Holme Mill. By the 60s, it was owned and run by Fisher, Firth & Co. which became Cellars Clough Woollen Mills Ltd, managed by another Firth son, in 1981. The company has now been dissolved. Situated just off the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the mill’s pond is now a popular fishing spot. Planning permission was granted for the conversion of the mills and former offices to 101 dwelling units, 9 live/work units, a resident’s gym, pool, shop, meeting room, bike store, car park and improvements to the access road. Previous planning applications have been unsuccessful as bats were found to be residing in the mill. The bats weren’t forcibly removed, so the hope was that they would eventually choose the ‘improved accommodation’ for themselves." Beardygirlpants doing his thing. Drinkinbud attempting to stare at his strongbow till it magically fills up again.. Graffreflection, just had to. At the top. My big shaft shot. It's full of big rooms. And doors. And lift shafts. HI! Also has an outside. Actually, for somewhere with very little detail, this place was great, well worth a wonder round if you can! Cheers for looking.
  23. Heres my contribution toward the pool of doom, been so completely and mindlessly trashed, great shame Visited with Space Invader, Obscurity, Wevsky and Jade, History of sorts covered in previous threads so onto the Pics ; The only "Happy" thing left Nice little relaxed Splore, My Thanks to All
  24. A early morning drive and after a sizeable mcdonalds we headed up to hayes to check out rph's mr beans pool..it is indeed trashed broken glass city..This site was closed and a new one built..since then the kids have broken every window and indeed emptied pots of paint down the slope into the deep end,the pikeys have cut the bars off away from the parts of the pool you climb out of!! There was a lot of flooding in the below pool section and tbh not much to see down there ,so heres a few pics of the first part of the day. Visited with SpaceInvader,Obscurity+jade and Silver Rainbow. a few pics ..its a pool dont expect amazement.. Nothing much different from RPH'S report but like i said its a Pool
  25. Couldn't find a lot of history on this place apart from an episode of Mr bean was filmed here and it closed down last year. visited with wevsky, obscurity and Silver Rainbow on with the pics ... thanks for looking

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