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  1. This is my first Urbex adventure. I recently moved to West Sussex and though I'd have a look around at some popular and easily accessible sites to explore. I stumbled upon Bedham Chapel and after some quick research, I found the location and travelled there. We drove down a single track road until spotted it in the woodland below us. We parked a few hundred metres further down the road and set out on foot to get there. This is my video report that I captured and I apologise for the clickbaity title of the video and the fact that it's so weird it looks staged. But it really isn't! My girlfriends reaction to this is real and we were definitely creeped out by our find. If anyone has any idea of what this ceremony was about, please let me know! Video Link
  2. This complex was built in the late 70's as the faculty of science and biology of a renowned university. It is located in a quiet, residential area surrounded by a large park. Due to the architecture, the buildings are a bit futuristic and out of place here . It gets even more interesting when you find the greenhouses where a group of 'highly motivated' researchers may have spent a lot of hours amidst their plants in the company of pizza and distilled water. The buildings were abandoned after being in use for only 30 years. Not because of structural problems, the university had simply become too small, as the courses gained popularity. So the students moved to a larger and newer building closer to the other faculties. 1. 2. 3. 4. how panda's are made ... 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
  3. Last month @SpiderMonkey and I were given the heads-up on this place and after a quick Google we decided to head down to Worcester at the next available opportunity. We noticed a few people had tried before, only to find active security scuppering their success, so we were slightly apprehensive about what we may have to deal with. It would seem we got lucky with timing and found it relatively relaxed. I had serious wind that day! History St Mary’s Convent School was originally Battenhall Mount, an impressive house built around 1865-9 for William Spriggs, a Quaker and Worcester Clothier, in the Italianate style popularised by Prince Albert. In the 1890s the house was enlarged in a matching style by the architect John Henry Williams of Worcester for the Hon. Alfred Percy Allsopp. Allsopp was a local brewer who owned the Star Hotel and was Mayor of Worcester in 1892, 1894 and 1905. The original house is now incorporated into the South West corner of the property. The building was used as a convalescent home during the First World War. It then became the home of the Sisters of St. Marie Madeleine Postel, a Roman Catholic Teaching Order, in 1933. St. Mary’s was a popular and well-regarded independent nursery and school until its closure in 2014. Italianate styled interior, matching the external appearance... Moving into the music room, which was just as impressive with its large fireplace And this drawing room! Entrance lobby and top of the tower Moving further, we find the later addition of buildings that forms the main concentration of classrooms Yes, we tried it out! Nursery St Mary's School also has a nursery in the same grounds, in a separate building set a little away from the main buildings.
  4. I have hardly any information about this former boarding school. Apparently it was an institute for boys only. The building is in a decaying state. Fortunately, the vandalism isn´t too bad so far. The size of this insitution almost kills you. It´s very emotional to explore this part of history, when obviously a stong religious belief was one of the most important parts of education. As already mentioned above, this institution was huge. It´s picturesquely embedded between hills. It consisted not only of numerous dormitories and classrooms but its own chapel and infirmary - with rusty bed frames and old medical stuff left behind - as well. You´ll find traces of religious importance again and again, for example old images of saints - to remind you over and over about the importance of a strong belief that was once an omnipresent theorem in this institution. Let the pictures speak for themselves.
  5. Ok this has been planning to be upped for a while but lost the pics till now lol. @bolts and @Stitch2016 where with me and bloody hell learned where he got his name from on this mad has hell adventure.... History i have none other than it was for disbaled kids and special needs. Ok let me tell you a crazy tale. It began with a nice invite from bolts to come check out this school his mate had found. Bloody good stuff and off i went. Met up with bolts and headed out to the school. Once we got there checked out the pic on whats app of how to get in. After some scouring it was found and in me and bolts went p.s this was just to get into the playground. With awesome people shot chances and cough p3 lol Said playground Now has bolts has posted his report elsewhere turns out my pic pops up searching name of school. Only just saw this after trying to find history. So hopefully this will also work lol.. @bolts on playground Anyways on with the tale. So after taking some shots and having some fun @Stitch2016 turns up and off we go getting in. After finding a better way in we went. Now at first the place was rather bland and bare i say at First. Anyway here is the pics of bland ish bits. Now has you see quite bland. But has the tale goes on .... In this time bolts had accidentally triggered a pr. And a little beeping sound started up. Then stitch says dont worry no one came the last time. At what point i thought well who turned it off lol. Anyway with risk of secca and the place bland it wasent looking great Until. A voice came from another room saying we got power. Said room Then stuff turned up odd for a school.. Ok bit more intresting ... Then more stuff . This place was bigger than at first thought. And i aint going to lie the alarm thing was worrying and later you will hear what happens. Then from out of nowhere i here OMG a pool. I thought wth a pool in a school lmao ryme at the right time . And yep there it was a pool and hospital stuff and POWER. A school with built in hosi. hell yea Now i apologize some of the next shots are not great .. This is due to hiding and running but that can wait pics first. Now let me explain how this next part went. Bolts spotted a secca guy standing outside. Cutting the explore short. While watching said secca another turned up . While heading for way out saw all the beds etc and just fast shot what i could .. The place looked great and wish i had more time but unfortunate that secca had other ideas. Now has we headed for a nice fire door we got out and stealthed our way to get off the site .. That did not last long has when we got to said exit a little look back and fook me 4 or 5 secca stareing back from inside school. And WTF they started taking pics . We got out of the playground. BUT it was not over yet has we went round a corner fook me Two vans and Two cars. Secca army now this is where bolts gets his name. We all fled and got split up . I thought i was long gone only to be ambushed by 5 secca wanting to know crap. So made some shit up about bird watching. They yapped for a bit saying shit like breaking in. Then over radio heard some shit about someone running from school i presume bolts lol. So they let me on way . Fooking crazy crazy crap. Was the most fun and crazy explore i have done yet. propper heart racing crap. Please people stay away its alarmed and secca are well not the niceist and in force. But whens that ever stopped anyone lol..... Some of Said secca taken by bolts. Hope ya dont mind m8ty.. Anyways has always hope you enjoyed and thanks for looking and reading. See ya all soon.
  6. Ok time to get some stuff up outta my large back log lol. History seems a little weak on this but im sure you know it by now. Explore : Ok took 2 atempts due to gardeners round back being nosey lol. And also the original planned way was sealed. Overall was a decent mooch @stranton joined me on this adventure lol. And moaned all the way. To be honest the classrooms where best bit ohhhhh and strantons now famous train lol. Anyway thanks to @Vulex for first heads up on this. Sorry i aint been posting much i deffo been getting lazy :-(.. Not sue exact date it was in 2015. Anyways on with pics. Found this heartwarming a single drawing left behind.. I tried to catch the sunset has i did the street lamps came on. It created this lol Has always thanks to everyone for looking its very apreciated .. See you soon all.
  7. This school was build in the 17th century, during the reign of Napoleon III. Located in a beautiful park of 15 000m2, with some old majestic trees. During his two century of existance, 20 000 schoolers studied here. For a longtime, It was Considered like the greatest school in the region. The college was closed ten years ago. And a part of the site was bought for a youth rehabilitation device. For the biggest part, all the doors are closed and the windows sealed. We didn't saw the most interesting stuff like the neo-gothic chapel. This place has a huge potential, we definitely have to come and try again. The "non-urbex" pictures, mostly archives, make us drool with envy. The other buildings around Inside the main building
  8. History “Boys at King James had to war gorgeous uniforms of red and gold, and these were expensive… It had to be worn at all times outside school, and if we happened to pass one of the masters in the street, we had to salute him by touching the cap” (Alan Scott, former school attendee). In 1604, a widow named Anne Swyfte of Durham City, presented a petition to the King of England. She petitioned for the founding of a grammar school in North Auckland. The King, in his efforts to advocate royal absolutism, quickly agreed and on 12th April 1604 conferred the Royal Seal of approval, alongside a grant of £10 year to the Governors. Although the school was founded in 1604, as the funding acquired had to accumulate, the school that stands today was not built until 1864. Designed by Thomas Austin of Newcastle, the first rooms were a house and schoolroom. Further extensions were added by the same architect in 1873/4. The large two storey front block was constructed in 1897, in a Gothic Revival style using thin course of squared stone with ashlar plinth, quoins and dressings and a slate roof. The main entrance had steps leading up to a double doored entrance; a large carved stoned was positioned above this with the inscription Schola Regia ad 1605 Aucklandensis. In 1902, Arthur Stanley Jefferson (Laurel of Laurel and Hardy) attended King James I Grammar School. Since his parents were actors and therefore travelled a great deal, Laurel was sent to live with his grandmother for many years in the north east of England. He later moved to Glasgow and finished his education at Rutherglen Academy. It is rumoured that there is a 20th century plaque commemorating Laurel somewhere on the front of the main building. Currently, there are concerns among local residents and the council that the former school, which was severely damaged in an arson attack in 2007, has been left to rot. Many have argued that the council need to do more to prevent the listed building from becoming irreparable. As with any historic building though, there have been complications with several restoration projects that have been proposed. It is hoped that various fundraising activities will allow the Stan Laurel Community Building Group to take ownership of the school. However, as it is estimated to cost around £2 million to complete the project, the building continues to stand abandoned, with a metal fence, scaffolding and tarpaulin surrounding it. “The size of the challenge is immense, but that doesn’t mean to say it isn’t worth doing. I know how everybody feels about this building, so I say good luck to you” (Councillor Charlie Kay). Our Version of Events It was late, and we already felt pretty fucked, but we’d been putting off having a look at King James I Grammar School for a long time. Now, stood outside the front gates we realised precisely why we’d been putting this place off for so long. It looks just as fucked as us. Nevertheless, as the legendary Laurel attended the school, we wanted to be able to say we’d walked along the same corridors as he had. Waiting until the coast was clear, one by one we hopped the fences surrounding the rotting building. From there it wasn’t difficult to find a way inside; anyone taking a look from the outside will see why. Inside, the building looked even worse. We walked, tentatively, across the first room, after realising that most of the floorboards were so decayed they crumbled beneath our feet. It was mainly decomposing carpet that constituted the floor now. With each step a bittersweet stench stung our nostrils; strangely nostalgic and repellent at the same time, the odour hung heavily throughout the room. Further into the school, it was obvious that the entire structure was in a sorry looking state and, other than peeling wallpaper, crumbling fireplaces and stained toilets, there was very little by way of visual stimuli. None of this mattered though. After all, it is likely Arthur Stanley Jefferson had walked through these very rooms. Determined to reach the top floor, we continued with our slow pace. None of us suddenly fancied plummeting through the floor. Thankfully, the stairs, which were caked in years of grime and shit, were made of stone and concrete, so they seemed much more durable than anything else we’d seen so far. Step by step, we ascended to the uppermost floor of the school. There was no doubt about it, this was clearly where the fire had been back in 2007. A large metal support structure filled the entire room, and above we could see a large white tarp, clearly covering a gaping hole were a slate titled roof should have been. Fearing this floor more than the others we’d encountered, we decided to stick to the sides of the room as we made our way across. There was no real reason why we needed to wander around up here, but since Laurel had been here it seemed worth it. With the sound of Dance of the Cuckoos ringing in our ears, we thought we’d take a chance, doing a dance, because, well, I’m a cuckoo and you’re a cuckoo. Laa-laa-laa-laa-la la. And, now all the folks have gone wild, it’s time to bring this report to an end. As with all explores, an extraordinary amount of courage, or perhaps it was impatience, blanketed us. Needless to say, it took a fraction of the time to get back out. The taste of the fresh night air smelled good against our nostrils as we stepped back onto the cracked, chewing gum coated, pavement of Bishop Auckland. A couple of scummy looking chavs wandered past, stopping only to ask if we had a light. We didn’t, so they continued on their way, but not before Mayhem shouted after them, “Nice trackies, bruv, they match your trainers.” And with that, oh what a howdy-do. It is because two funny chaps taught them all something new? Explored with Ford Mayhem and Rizla Rider. King James I Grammar School King James Postcard Laurel of Laurel and Hardy 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: 14:
  9. History In spite of Dunedin’s falling population throughout the twentieth century, Kenmure Intermediate School was built in 1974. Like most other architecture constructed in that era, the school’s buildings are distinctly modernist; this means the structures adhere to design principles that are open to structural innovation, yet they make rational use of modern-day materials and limit the amount of ornamentation in any project. The school survived for less than twenty-five years, as it was later merged with Kaikorai Valley High on a nearby site in 1997. Presently, the site neighbours a former landscaping and nursery business, and some sort of truck depot which itself looks as though it is slowly turning into a graveyard. As for the school, it is rumoured that the local police armed offenders squad occasionally use it as a training site. Our Version of Events Realising that it’s been a while since we posted anything from New Zealand, we decided to quickly pop back over the water and see what’s going on in Middle Earth. As it turns out, very little has changed since we were last there, except for the few odd abandoned sites that have a habit of popping up from time to time. One of these is Kenmure Intermediate School, which we’d actually seen once before, but dismissed as being a collection of dilapidated sheds. You will see why when you get to the photographs. Access to the site wasn’t particularly difficult, although it did involve a fair bit of waiting around. Dunedin is one of those cities that seems virtually silent, until students decide to have a party in their veritable ‘ghetto’, or when it’s time to explore. Two guys in chequered truckers-style shirts gazed in our direction for a long while, until someone inside their house diverted their attention. Our patience paid off; with their backs turned we were soon inside the school which, bizarrely, looks nothing like a school. For the most part, the school itself is pretty trashed, and most of the rooms seem stripped. As you wander around the buildings, however, an increasing number of clues begin to emerge, which suggest that this site was in fact an educational establishment. Quite a few of the old classrooms still have blackboards (which are actually green) in them and, for reasons unbeknownst to us, there were rather a lot of seats left over, all scattered chaotically around the site. Unfortunately, there were few tables, so we weren’t able to get any lifelike classroom shots. All was going very well for the first hour (the site is surprisingly large), until the sound of a pneumatic drill began to ring throughout the buildings. The single pane windows rattled violently in their frames, as the juddering steadily became more intense. The door of a nearby fridge even swung opened. Wondering what the fuck was happening, we decided to have a quick look outside. Outside, we edged forwards, creeping up a steep hill made up of rubble and other random shit, to take a sneaky peak at what was on the other side. Sure enough, there was a guy on the other side with a large tool of some description, laying into the floor like Tigger on LSD. Surrounding him was some sort of large truck depot; although, many of the trailers and cabs looked as though they’d been there for a while. A long row of silver trailers sat parked to the left of us. Several moments later, a we noticed a second guy walk over to one of the trucks in the distance. We watched him climb inside and start the engine. A moment later it roared past us, heading towards what looked like an exit. Neither the pneumatic drill guy, nor the truck driver seemed to notice us, though, so we headed back inside the school to finish taking photographs. The sound of the drill thing began very intermittent after a while, and it seemed to get very close at one point, but we came across no one else inside the school. By the end of the explore we’d decided that the truck depot must still be active in some sense; perhaps used for long-term storage, or something of this nature. 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: 30:
  10. History While records are relatively vague, it is reported that St. Anne’s school was constructed sometime in the 1800s. The school is likely to have been constructed during England’s Industrial Revolution as Bishop Auckland became a large mining town following the arrival of the railway to the area. The railways meant coal could be transported to the coast and shipped abroad much more easily; however, more miners were obviously required to meet the growing demand for the fossil fuel. Subsequently, the population in Bishop Auckland increased rapidly; the population increased from 1861 in 1801 to 10,000 in 1891, and to 16,000 by the turn of the twentieth century, and more facilities such as schools were suddenly required. It is well known that the town’s history surrounds its links with the Bishops of Durham, and despite causing controversy with the local aristocracy, a number of them were keen advocates for improving education for the poor, to improve their social, financial and moral circumstances. As with any powerful authority, the influence of the Bishops and their attitudes towards education continued long after they were stripped of their power in 1836, meaning the area remained a great centre for Christianity (on account of the Saints the region produced), learning and arts. To emphasise why their influence, ethics and morals lingered long after they were gone, for most of their reign the Bishops of Durham were given power equal to that of the King of England. In other words, they could hold their own parliament, raise armies, appoint their own sheriffs and Justices, administer laws, levy taxes, issue charters, collect revenue from mines, salvage shipwrecks, administer the forests and mint their own coins. Unfortunately, the early years of the twentieth century brought a decline in the area’s booming industry, as coal reserves were starting to become exhausted. Colliery employment had halved by the 1920s, and, equally, the railways which supported the mining industry were also cut back as fewer were needed to transport coal. With lower employment opportunities, the once prosperous town faced a declining population, resulting in the closure of schools, businesses and other facilities. While St. Anne’s survived throughout most of the 1900s, the school was eventually sold and became Durham County Council’s Education Offices. The offices were moved in 2010, and since then they have been left to deteriorate. Plans to demolish the site, to make way for a housing project, were revealed in 2015. Despite the vandalism, anti-social behaviour and rats the derelict building has attracted, many locals have opposed the decision to bulldoze the former school, stating that the buildings are of an innovative architectural design. Our Version of Events Realising that we’ve been focused on a lot of underground and train related stuff recently, we decided it would be good to spice things up a bit and have a look inside a few local ‘derps’. One of these was St. Anne’s school which has been on our doorstep for years. As with all buildings that look completely trashed, it’s easy to set them aside and cast them off as being empty and shit, but as we’ve found out many times in the past, sometimes you can be surprised by what you find inside. Unfortunately, though, St. Anne’s school wasn’t one of those buildings; instead, it turned out to be completely stripped, to the extent that there’s virtually nothing inside. Access to the building wasn’t particularly difficult, as anyone who’s stood outside will notice, and after a quick scout around the outside we soon found ourselves inside – free to roam the old corridors and classrooms. As noted above, the building has deteriorated badly, so we had to watch our footing here and there. For the most part, however, the building is easy to navigate. On the whole, we were incredibly disappointed to find that there’s nothing left inside, but we did try to take advantage of how photogenic some of the decay that’s managed to spread throughout the building. It only took around twenty minutes to cover the entire site, but we were glad we took the time to visit a fine looking building that’s been completely ignored for too long. Like the entry, exiting the building was a smooth affair. We managed to get out again without attracting much attention (we think), and decided to have a walk down to the local shop to grab a bite to eat. Exploring is hungry work after all, and, as the Shreddies advert taught us many years ago, it’s important to keep hunger locked up till lunch. On the way, however, we encountered a few of the locals as they flew past in their chavved up automobile. In typical Bishop Auckland style, they decided to lob a chicken nugget out of the window, presumably in the hope that it might hit one of us… Well, we just thought we’d let those local goons, who were most likely the result of some chemical spillage that occurred in the area in the late 1980s, know that you missed. Explored with Ford Mayhem, Meek-Kune-Do and Box. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: 14: 15: 16: 17:
  11. USA Abandoned School - June 2016

    Desert Center is a census designated place in the Colorado Desert in Riverside County, California. It is in southern California, between the cities of Indio and Blythe at the junction of Interstate 10 and State Route 177 (Desert Center-Rice Road). The ZIP Code is 92239, and the community is in telephone area codes 442 and 760. The elevation is 656 feet (200 m). The population was 204 at the 2010 census.
  12. Desert Center is a census designated place in the Colorado Desert in Riverside County, California. It is in southern California, between the cities of Indio and Blythe at the junction of Interstate 10 and State Route 177 (Desert Center-Rice Road). The ZIP Code is 92239, and the community is in telephone area codes 442 and 760. The elevation is 656 feet (200 m). The population was 204 at the 2010 census.
  13. Holly Lodge started out life in 1828 as a detached Georgian house in West Derby, Liverpool. The house became part of Holly Lodge Girl’s College, and was in use until 2015 when a new college was built within the grounds. The building is due to be demolished to make way for nearly 60 new houses being built by Redrow. The site includes two Grade II listed buildings, Fremont and Sandheys - which will be saved as part of the proposals. Since its closure, the buildings have been used for filming, including sets for a police station, a prison and a hospital. The sets comprise mainly corridors and only a few other rooms. Visited with @SpiderMonkey and @PROJ3CTM4YH3M 1. External 2. Main entrance 3 & 4. Hallway 5. Staircase 6. Corridor 7. Classroom 8. Classroom 9. Messy classroom 10. Going into the main hall 11. Reminds me of old asylum halls 12. View from stage 13. Woah!! 14. Funky corridor 15. Corridor 16. Another entranceway Now, heading into the parts used as a film set.... 17. Hospital corridor 18. Psychiatric ward sign 19. Prison entrance set 20. Sign in prison set 21. Police station set 22. Room used as police incident room 23. Room used as police laboratory Any idea what programme the film set was for? - Answers on a postcard if you recognise it.
  14. A bit of history: this beatifull hotel has been built in 1936. it used to be a very luxurious place during pre ww2 times. It was an infamous place, with guests like: the british queen, Bjorn Borg and the belgian national football team. During the second world war it's purpose changed, no more fancy hotel, it was converted to the headquarters of the Germans up until 1944. After being retaken by the Americans it was used as a headquarters and barracks for nearby stationed reconnaissance pilots, who would coordinate the attacks against the v2 missile installations and sites. After the war it reopened an hotel, but 1978 the hotel closed and the ministry of education bought the place to be used as an all girl boarding school. The place closed down in 2011. my visit: it was a nice day in spring when i went there. After almost giving up hope on getting in there, i tried one more option. i had looked at it before, but i thought to myself that would have been impossible to open. Anyways we got in, started looking around, taking the pictures of what used to be the restaurant part of the hotel. nothing to fancy, but still nice. above the fire place used to be a plaque honoring the merits of this place during the war. they removed it so it wouldn't fall prey to vandals. next we ventured into the lobby. the bar and one of the other rooms. as you can see on the old picture, it used to be quite cosy. After these pictures we went upstairs, but i didn't have the chance to take more pictures. we saw 3 other men walking up to the place so we had to hide in the cellar. Turns out it was the real estate agent who would show people around. we didn't take any chances and just stayed hidden in the cellar. luckily the one shined there flashlight in the cellar while explaining something and then continued with their tour. We had to stay hidden for one more hour before we could make our escape. But, to be honest, the other levels of the building were a bit trashed.
  15. History borrowed from @Lavino has there is nothing else on this i could find. Hope you dont mind m8ty. The long established St John's, Wingates CE Primary & Fourgates County Primary schools were closed in 2004 following amalgamation to form The Gates CP School. The place has remaining untouched for many years after the Bolton Council set up a Family Learning Centre there for a few months but again moved to another building in Bolton City Centre and was put up for sale in 2009 but no buyers were found it remains to be seen wether the building will be knocked down in the near future. Explore: Ok this was a second visit. Just before place was demolished Sadly. Never seem to have got round to putting this up so will do now. The place had quite some charm especially the piano room. You could picture all the kids sat on floor singing away. Deffo was worth the visit. Thanks go to whoever it was put this on my radar lol. To far back to remember. You know who you are. On with pics. This pic inside a outbuilding was done by all the kids INSIDE The piano.. Anyways hope you enjoy and thx for looking.
  16. History Caringbah High School, which was split over two campuses, opened in 1960, in the Sutherland Shire of Sydney. Originally only the Southern Campus; the site that this report is based on, existed, but a second northern campus was constructed a few years later to cater for an increasing student population. Both sites were linked by a covered walkway that took five minutes to cross. After the redevelopment the southern site became the main administrative building, and also housed the music, technology and applied science classrooms. All other classes were located on the northern campus. Caringbah was well known for being a high achieving school and every year – on average – eleven students would achieve 99+, twenty three would achieve 98+, and forty eight 95+. Over 98% of all students would go on to attend university. In view of its success, it later became a selective school in 1989, after being nominated by local authorities. In 2007 it was discovered that the southern site’s foundations were constructed on unstable clay. Subsequently, a project to consolidate all of the school’s facilities commenced later that year. By 2010, only the northern site remained, and the southern campus soon attracted the mad and the bad. It wasn’t long before the southern campus was heavily vandalised and subject to a number of arson attacks. In 2012, in one of the worst instances, the former school hall was destroyed. Several other fires have occurred throughout the remaining buildings since then. One of the unique features of the school is that it has attempted to utilise some of the former site, such as the areas where the covered walkway once existed. In this space students and staff have begun to create an Outdoor Learning Centre inside a large pod. The central pod has five smaller ones attached and inside some of these students can engage in bush tucker activities, xeriscaping and meditation. The school has also developed a ‘regeneration area’ on the former driveway that allowed teacher’s to drive between campuses. In this space pre-European plant life has been reintroduced, to increase knowledge about biodiversity and attract indigenous wildlife. Our Version of Events After our first day in Sydney proved to be a little disappointing in terms of the exploration we got done we endeavoured to do little bit more research the early the next day, in search of more ‘abandos’ ripe for the picking, and then made use of our Opal cards to get to them. Looking much like the other tourists around us, we blended in nicely. However, after arriving at our first site of the day we soon discovered that it was heavily graffitied and halfway through being demolished. It wasn’t a good start, but we continued on our journey to Caringbah High School anyway. The next hiccup… we managed to miss the station we were supposed to get off at and ended up at the end of the line, where we promptly walked off the train and straight onto one that would take us back up the line. That’s what happens when you start to drink a couple of bevvies in the middle of the day! An hour later than expected we arrived outside the former gates of the school. Needless to say, it looked shit. Once again, like every other one we’d seen so far, this abandoned building was covered head to toe in graff; the shit pubescent sort of scrawl, not the fine artwork we’re used to seeing across Sheffield. Nevertheless, rather than turn around and head for the next explore, we decided to get out of the sun for a wee while and take a look around. Inside, the building is just as fucked as it looks from the exterior. There was graff absolutely everywhere, even in the places you’d imagine it would be impossible to etch a marking. This too, like the other building we’d visited earlier that day, seemed to be in the middle of being demolished. As a result, most of the first building we entered was entirely stripped. We were shocked then when we passed through the second block and actually found physical remnants that proved this building was indeed a former educational facility. We spent a bit more time wandering through the few remaining classrooms, imagining how shit it probably was sitting indoors in the heat we were experiencing. By now we were getting a little more used to the idea that dangerous creatures (i.e. spiders) wander the corridors, and every other place imaginable, in Australia, so compared to our last explore we were a lot more chilled. Having said that, we had had a beer… Explored with Ford Mayhem. 1: Caringbah High School 2: Caringbah High School 3: Storage Room 4: Old Photographs and Documentation 5: Old Storage Cupboards and More Photographs 6: Wooden Dummy 7: The Jonathan Hughes Memorial Shitter (Thought Hamtagger would appreciate this one) 8: Classic High School Toilets 9: Locker Problems 10: Science Focus 11: Classroom in the Site Being Demolished 12: Corridors Blocked by Lockers 13: Surviving Classroom 14: Classroom 2 15: Classroom 3 16: Classroom 4 17: Classroom 5 18: Former Administration Office 19: Let's Learn Japanese 20: Music Class 21: Main Corridor 22: Healthy Eating Promotion Poster 23: Larger Corridor in Site Being Demolished 24: Take in the Graff 25: Main Staircase
  17. The Visit This was unfortunately one of them explores that has lots of potential but somehow just doesn't live up to expectations. See what you guys think anyway The History This old school building was designed by the architects Innocent and Brown and opened in 1875. In 2003 the school was moved to a new, purpose-built building on Andover Street, built on the former St Catherine's RC Primary School site. The original school building is now Grade II listed. It stands in a prominent position on the hillside with great views across the city with plans to convert it into apartments.
  18. Hey guys. At first i will say sry for my bad english. I hope you understand what i want to say Last weekend we drive a little bit more far away then normally. The plan was to visit some villa. But then we found this school. It was not so much inside but some old pieces were really nice. After we take some phots we came to the middle of this building and found amazing stairs which i never have seen before in a school. Enjoy the pictures feel free visit my fb-page https://www.facebook.com/thelastwitnessderletztezeuge
  19. I am finally at the last location visited on the epic 'you're in my shot tour' held on my first weekend of my stay. So many laughs and good times with great friends old and new in mostly glorious weather, with nine locations nailed. Horace Norton Elementary School has kind of flown under the radar as far as schools and other derelict locations go in Gary. It closed around the mid-2000s and for years it was well secured. Although of later construction than the much larger Horace Mann High School it is far more intact, with only a small amount of graffiti and trashing. It is also home to a simply huge amount of stuff from at least two other schools including Emerson High School, where a few months ago a teenage girl was found murdered. At some point after closure the auditorium and sports hall as well as numerous classrooms were used as storage for the stuff out of the other abandoned schools, which explains why it was so well locked down. We visited at the end of the afternoon and I took maybe half the number of photos I should have done but I was absolutely knackered and still fighting off the effects of jet lag. We were going to round the day in Gary off with a quick sprint through the Screw & Bolt factory but there were new barricades set up at the road leading to it and the entire neighbourhood felt sketchy as hell so we left in search of food, somewhere slightly nearer Chicago. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/albums/72157659250973298
  20. Much like my post on Grossinger's Resort from my first trip over, this is going to be quite text and photo heavy as it's one of those places which I had wanted to see for so long, and which really piqued my interest. Horace Mann High School in Gary, Indiana is the city's largest derelict school as well as one of it's most famous. It is on the shortlist of American high schools that graduated more than 75 classes of students during their lifetimes and was unique among schools in Gary, featuring landscaped gardens, multiple pools and gyms and even a large pond. All of this was the creation of innovative educator William Wirt who had a new vision for education in the city and in particular at Horace Mann. Construction began in 1918 and carried on in bits and pieces for a decade, before the grand opening in 1928. The building itself was actually a trio of buildings joined together, constructed in a classic tudor style. The main building boasted grand entranceways offset by white columns. The central building housed 48 classrooms as well as the senior staff's offices. It also contained two libraries, the auditorium, cafeteria, refectory, two gyms and two swimming pools (at the time the school was built both gyms and swimming pools were separated by gender). When the school opened it served everyone through Kindergarten to 12th Grade. The west building initially served Kindergarten through 3rd grade, but later it included the music department, ROTC headquarters, a general shop, and additional classrooms and offices. The west building would also host the school’s new modern gymnasium, which was added to the rear of the building later in 1985. The east building was largely administrative offices and contained the school’s printing department in the basement. By 1937 the staff at Horace Mann had increased to 80 while enrollment had grown to 2,386. The school’s athletic program had enjoyed some success during this time, producing one of the school’s most famous alums in Tom Harmon. The student base continued to grow, and by 1956 Horace Mann boasted an enrollment of 2,597 – greater than the school’s designed capacity. Overcrowding would soon force the school to split. In 1958 the wooded area in front of the school was cleared, the land flattened, and a new school–the John H. Vohr Elementary–was built in its place. When Horace Mann opened it's doors in 1928, it was an all-white school. It was slow to de-segregate, and the construction of all-black schools during that period only lessened the apparent need for it to do so. By the 1960s the school was integrated, but still overcrowded, and this exacerbated the racial tensions existing in the city at the time. When Gary's first black mayor was elected in 1967, it started what became known as 'white flight', as tens of thousands of white citizens moved away from Gary. The population of the city dwindled as did enrolment at Horace Mann - in the 1950s the school was 100% white. By the time it shut it's doors in 2004, 98% of the students were black and 2% latino. In 2003, numerous schools were proposed for closure and first on the list were those running way below capacity. This included Horace Mann, which by that time only had 546 students on it's books - 1/5 of it's maximum capacity. Horace Mann closed for good on June 10th, 2004 following a closing ceremony held by old students, teachers and other supporters who had lobbied to keep the school open. The final class of 2004 yielded 72 proud graduates. Horace Mann High School still sits derelict and decaying eleven years after it closed it's doors. During that time it has been heavily vandalised, but the school is still a seriously impressive sight. It's in much the same condition as the old Liege Mechanics Institute and indeed feels like that in certain parts, with so many laboratories and long corridors. We arrived in Gary at about 9am one Sunday morning and immediately realised that there was some kind of event taking place on the old playing field behind the school. Lots of cars turning up and pickup trucks with smokers and barbecues and suchlike being taken onto the field. Luckily the access point is nowhere near the field so we got in undisturbed and spent a number of hours wandering the huge school. After leaving we asked one of the locals what was going on, and we were stunned when he replied 'it's a school reunion'. It was then we saw all the middle-aged men and women walking down the street wearing 'Horace Mann' t-shirts! Personally I couldn't believe our timing, of all the days to show up and explore a school it had to be then. 'Horace Mann Class of 2015' Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/albums/72157659207846808
  21. Ok wanted to see this for a while so at 2 am decided to go look. Visited with acid reflux even though he stayed in car has he was shattered and stranton. Explore. Ok work is well on way here with lots of the building ripped up and several outside buildings now rubble. But most was still here. Was a wonderful explore and had some really nice features. However due to time never got to see has much has i would have liked but hell atleast i saw what was left. The computer room with headphones is sadly gone also much of the other stuff is also gone. I was late to party on this . Nevermind was still worth the look. History. Leeds Girls' High School (LGHS) was an independent, selective, fee-paying school for girls aged 3–18 founded in 1876 in Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It merged with Leeds Grammar School in 2005 to form The Grammar School at Leeds. LGHS was founded in 1876, at a time when female education was limited but expanding. Frances Lupton and other members of the Ladies’ Honorary Council of the Yorkshire Board of Education decided that campaigning for access to the universities was of little use without better all-round education for girls, equivalent to what boys received at traditional academic grammar school. Established interests prevented the use of existing charitable funds, so Lupton and her colleagues created a new way forward: a joint stock company. The school motto was Age Quod Agis, which means "do what you do". While seemingly tautological at first glance, it is in fact a corruption of the Biblical exhortation, "whatsoever thy turn thy hand to, do it with all thy might". The pupils were divided into four houses, named after the four patron saints of the United Kingdom: Andrew, David, George and Patrick. Girls were placed into the houses that their families had been in before them. There were various house competitions throughout the year, mainly sports and arts orientated, the main one being the house music competition during the spring term. The school had three sections situated in the western suburbs of Headingley: Infant School (Rose Court): 3 to 7-year-olds Junior School (Ford House): 7 to 11-year-olds Senior School: 11 to 18-year-olds The Infant School (Rose Court) was situated on the large Senior School site on Headingley Lane, while the Junior School (Ford House) operated 1 mile (1.6 km) down the road in a converted mansion house. The Senior School building was built in the early 1900s, and efforts are currently being made to have the building listed. The fine oak wood panelling in the Assembly Hall detailed where Old Girls went to university on completion of their education at LGHS. The furniture within the Senior School Library was designed by Robert Thompson (The Mouseman), but was sold when the school moved to Alwoodley Gates (the Leeds Grammar School site). In 2004 LGHS was the highest performing school within the Leeds LEA area, achieving top results at both GCSE and A Level. In 2005 LGHS merged with Leeds Grammar School to form the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL). The merged school administration took over LGHS in August 2005, however the schools did not physically merge until September 2008. At that time the Junior School (ages 7–11) and Senior School (ages 11–18) moved to Alwoodley Gates. Classes for girls and boys between the ages of 11 and 16 remain segregated, but all extracurricular activities are mixed. The Infant School moved to the Ford House building next to a new nursery school, currently operating as GSAL'S Rose Court Nursery and Pre-Prep. The school building was used as a filming location for the fictional St Matthews' Hospital in the new ITV medical drama Monroe, which was scheduled for broadcast in 2011. Pics: Fake lift lol Last of the computer desks Fellow explorers Guess some people are not fans of a certain other site or some of there people. And Acid couldn't give a fook lol. Would put a pic up but do-sent deserve a spot on my pics lol. But sure those who have been have seen the black board. But enjoy this pic instead. Ok hope you all enjoy sorry diden't get the door shot somehow we missed it has it was total darkness lol. Thanks for looking all
  22. My first post on the forum so hope everything we be as the guidelines Visited this beautiful location during my 4 day decay tour, which you will see during this month. CCCP Flight School, lots of decay, stairs etc.. Pictures : 001 : CCCP Flight School (1) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr 002 : CCCP Flight School (2) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr 003 : CCCP Flight School (3) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr 004 : CCCP Flight School (4) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr 005 : CCCP Flight School (5) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr 006 : CCCP Flight School (6) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr 007 : CCCP Flight School (7) by Urbex Joey, on Flickr Thanks for watching!
  23. a abandoned school for business in germany... i find the staircase's awesome *-* 1. staircase - top view by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. stairs... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. staircase... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. cafe... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. floor... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 6. curve... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 7. burned room... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 8. stairs... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 9. staircase... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 10. staircase - top... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 11. light staircase... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 12. staircase - top... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 13. staircase - down view... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 14. white floor... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 15. location... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 16. clock... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 17. double clock... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 18. Business school 18 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 19. Business school 19 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 20. Business school 20 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 21. Business school 21 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 22. Business school 22 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 23. Business school 23 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 24. Business school 24 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 25. Business school 25 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  24. History King Edward VII Secondary School, which opened in 1910, was originally known as the County Grammar School of King Edward VII; the school can be found in Melton Mowbray, on a 56 acre green field site. The first headteacher, Dr Fred Hodson, was appointed in 1909 and thereafter he oversaw the selection of all other teaching staff. In the beginning, however, the schools name was initially challenged, since they had not sought royal authorisation, and the matter subsequently became far more complicated when the King died May 6th 1910. To resolve the problem the school were forced to appeal to MPs before the Board of Education. After much debate and consideration, the new King finally declared that his father’s name was ‘indeed a splendid choice’. By 1912, the school hosted its first ever sports day and also divided its students into houses: Belvoir (Red), Cottesmore (Yellow) and Quorn (Blue). Each of the houses competed against one another in events that included: pillow fighting, needle-threading, bean bag races, skipping races and athletics. By 1931, plans for extensions to the school were inaugurated and by 1936 the construction of a new assembly hall was set underway. Furthermore, the science block was replaced with a modernised two storey block and more classrooms were built. In the 1940s the Old Grammarians started a memorial fund to construct a pavilion for the school, in memory of those who died during the First World War, and for those who were dying in the Second. After the Second World War, after a period of relative stability and consistency, the school was renamed in 1964 (to King Edward VII Upper School). This change was part of wider plans in the area to close the Boy’s Modern School and the Sarson Girl’s School; both of which were located within the local vicinity. The school continued to grow in successive years and in 1975 a new sixth form was opened, alongside a larger sports hall. The music centre and all-weather pitch were opened more recently, in 1991, followed by the sports centre in 1996. By 1997 the school also gained Technology College status. As King Edward VII entered the 2000s, it was regarded as both a national and international leader in the use of ICT, since it had networked hubs in every subject area, video conferencing facilities and wireless networking for laptops across the entire site. By 2004, the school had over 500 computers. Nonetheless, despite its reputation, and the fact that the school was designated as a Regional Training School for research and ICT, the decision to close the entire site was passed in 2010 (it closed its doors later in 2011). King Edwards VII was closed because it was predicted that falling student numbers would eventually make the running costs of the school unsustainable. Over the years King Edwards fostered a notable list of famous former pupils; some of these include: Graham Chapman (Monty Python), Paul Anderson (Footballer) and Dave Benson Phillips (Comedian/TV Presenter). Our Version of Events Melton Mowbray, the place you visit for the country’s best pork pie: that was the full extent of our knowledge before we arrived at King Edwards. We’ve passed the area a few times on our travels and, as far as we were aware, there was a pork pie factory there. As it turns out, there’s actually a whole town there too. So, still rather stunned with this new found discovery, and with a somewhat nostalgic KM_Punk, we set off in the direction of his old school. Access was novel to say the least, and we had to avoid the sports centre nearby since it is still used by clubs and teams. But, we managed it and there was still plenty to see across the buildings we explored. While most of the tables and chairs have been removed, there’s still plenty of evidence that King Edwards was indeed a school, and hopefully the pictures reveal this. Unfortunately, however, we only managed to access the English, Humanities and ICT classrooms, the photography and design and technology workshops and the arts and drama studio. Explored with Ford Mayhem, Soul and KM_Punk. 1: King Edward VII Upper School 2: One of the Main Corridors 3: Trumpet 4: Media Classroom 5: Photography Class 6: Photography Room 7: Remaining Photographs 8: Photograph Basin 9: Technology Workshop 10: Bits and Pieces in the Technology Department 11: Technology Store Room 12: Technology Shelves 13: The Main Hall 14: A Student Guide to King Edward's 15: The Drama Studio 16: Drama Studio Staircase 17: Drama Studio from the Other Side 18: Accessible Lift 19: Old Art Sink 20: Map of King Edwards 21: Science Classroom 22: Misc Props (Drama) 23: Strange Hub in the Middle of the School 24: Technology Classroom Tool Cupboard 25: Technology Storage Area 26: English Classroom 27: Languages Classroom 28: Staff Office 29: Traditional School Wall Decor 30: ICT Classroom
  25. Most people know about this place and have seen it pop up almost everywhere this year, I may be hated for this but it just did not do nothing for me this place, I only liked the ceilings mainly, the best part for me was basically being a ninja an walking around trying not to make noise at silly o clock in the morning, I guess once you have seen the pictures of this place online, you've basically been, im sure my photos wont show anything different than anyone else's either but someone might enjoy them I have to also say watching secca sleep and the dogs staring up at me as I stood looking at them from the windows was rather fun, I was expecting them to bark and wake secca up, but alas nothing not even a whimper... shocking. IMGP2706 IMGP2704 IMGP2699 IMGP2696 IMGP2694 IMGP2691 IMGP2685 IMGP2684 IMGP2680 IMGP2678 IMGP2667 IMGP2670 IMGP2664 IMGP2663 IMGP2660 IMGP2657 IMGP2648 IMGP2643 IMGP2653 Thanks for looking as always