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  1. The chateau is one of the many large abandoned houses that can be found around France. Built in the 1700s by the lord of the village it is within, the house has been modified and expanded over the years. The vaulted basement contains a full size snooker table below the original arched ceiling. A large stone fireplace is the centre-point of a sitting area to one end of the basement. The front entrance opens directly to a small stone staircase, leading up to the main living areas which are slightly raised from ground level, or down to the basement. Visited with @SpiderMonkey
  2. The family and I went on a little road trip in Germany over August. Starting in Munich and driving the Romantic Road to Wurzburg, then on to Berlin. Whilst in Germany it would be rude not to stop of at some derps that I had my eye on. Some of which I have wanted to see since beginning my hobby back in 2010. There were no derps on my list until the second week of the trip. 1st on my list Dr Anna's House. I found this place by searching the internet for a 2 months, about 3 years ago (before it was common knowledge)and wanted to see it ever since, having watched the place slowly deteorate with each report posted on the forums. We pulled up outside Dr Anna's House to find Heras fencing surrounding it, all the yard cleared and builders loitering on site. F**K was the word that repeatedly popped in my head. Once I had calmed down it was of to the next stop. The Air Museum was ok, small and very public with some office forecourt holding a lot of the vehicles. Took a couple of pictures from the fence as I was getting eyeballed by a couple of dog walkers. I began to believe the trip may not bare much fruit. Beelitz, exploring mecca. we arrived to find thousands of people wandering around, organised tours, aerial walk way through the tree tops and the best buildings behind yet more fence with motion cameras, beeping every time I got near the fence. The main pavilion now has on site security. I have never been so disappointed, this was a place I have yearned to see for nearly 7 years and now it was theme park. I suspect if you got there early enough the place would be doable, but a schedule is a schedule Kaserne Krampnitz, I could not wait to see the mural in the Adler building. 10 seconds over the wall, and we got caught by security and chucked of site. It was weird, the security was kind of alright initially, but once we were back at the car he started going berserk shouting at us, and threatening police and fines. I guess he felt safe once in the open. Schloss H, success! Apart from having to hide form a postie for 15 minutes this was a breeze, however I forgot my tripod, and it was dark so the photos aren't great. I was now getting a bit disillusioned by the whole venture and the urge was wavering. However the CCCP Flight School got the old mojo back, stunning building and nice and relaxed. We met a group of Brit explorers in the theatre who were a bit cagey about who they were (nice to meet you) they informed me they had not long been to Dr Anna's House. (How could this be) Apparently it was the house next to the one with Heras fencing. I felt sick at this point, I could not believe how stupid and lazy I had been. Lesson learnt! And finally at little trek to The Beast (I think this is the one referred to as this) absolutely amazing machine, gigantic. and behind a fence be protected by a guy on a moped. In all, not the best exploring trip but the holiday on a whole was great, I highly recommend Bavaria, it is stunning. Thanks for looking and reading, if you made it this far. My Family, sorry CREW! [/url]
  3. Murphy’s machinery The Explore Visited with my better half [MENTION=1371]Urbexbandoned[/MENTION] A bit of a back-up location after things didn't go to plan at a mill in the area and we decided against the "death by pikey-horse/dog" access followed by a bit of nosey neighbour avoidance at High Royds. Nice little place to be honest and quite photogenic so was a mellow way to spend an hour The History G.L Murphy’s Machinery Ltd. was an industrial parts manufacturer established in 1930. They were based in this mill, named Imperial Works, on the rural outskirts of Menston in West Yorkshire. The company made tools, belt driven machinery, transmissions and electrical equipment, specialising in items for tanners and leather manufacturers in addition to glue and gelatine plants. They produced batch runs of specialist components and carried out renovation work on various machine parts. Imperial Works is primarily constructed from locally mined millstone grit and features an attractive redbrick chimney. It covers a fairly expansive area amid rural farmland to the north of Menston, just off Otley Road. Some parts of the site are still in use but this older section is now falling into rapid decay. Most clues from items found within the G.L Murphy factory appear to date its closure to some time in the mid 1970s. The Pictures 1. 2. 3/4. 5. 6/7. 8. 9. 10/11. 12. 13/14. 15. And one for the Dad's As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  4. Evening all:thumb Another one from my little trip to wales, unfortunately no history on this place really, but seems to have been left for a long time. The upstairs flooring has started to rot, and brambles have started to reclaim the outside - making entry a prickly one! A few nice shots inside, but mostly the place was filled with junk. Didn't spend hours here, but it was nice for a little look between other sites! On with some pictures.. Thanks for looking!
  5. History. The first buildings on the site of Selly Oak Hospital were those of the King's Norton Union Workhouse, featured in the image below. It was a place for the care of the poor and was one of many workhouses constructed throughout the country following the introduction of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. This act replaced the earlier system of poor relief, dating from 1601. At Selly Oak, a separate infirmary was built in 1897 at a cost of £52,000. It was the subject of much heated debate as the original estimate had been £18,000. It was a light, clean and practical building, and generally a source of much pride. The guardians took great care and gathered information from other infirmaries to ensure that the final design, put out to a competition and won by Mr. Daniel Arkell, was up-to-date and modern. The infirmary accommodated about 250 patients in eight Nightingale wards and smaller side wards and rooms. There was also provision for maternity cases. Between the two main pavilions were a central administration block, kitchens, a laundry, a water tower, doctors' rooms and a telephone exchange. There was no operating theatre or mortuary and, in the workhouse tradition, the internal walls were not plastered, painted brick being considered good enough for the sick paupers. The workhouse and infirmary were separated by a high dividing wall and were run as separate establishments. The hospital grew in size with more buildings built, including the morgue, theatres & and a few laboratories. The hospital closed in 2012, due to the newer hospital been built with more facilities, much larger then the original and a more modern. Shorty after the closer of the Hospital, the buildings have stood intact and even still had working lights in some of the buildings, But after time it became a hot spot due to the amount of copper and materials left inside, this lead to people setting up camp on site and completely stripping most of the buildings back. In the past few months the main hospital has been looking in it's worst state, with corridors you can't even walk down due to the extent of damage caused. Currently the site is up for demolition, where 650 houses will be built within the site the hospital once was. Slowly but surely you can see signs of work been done, footings and old pipe work is been dug up ready for new piping etc. It'll be sad to see this place go, but things have to move on. The visit Visited with @BrainL. We'd previously done the main hospital and the morgue and we wanted to adventure over to the other side of the hospital. We walked around and got into the admin block, x-ray block, outpatients and a few more ( can't remember names) I wish I done this a few months back, because once inside it was pretty much bare, big piles of " scrap" had been assembled and wasn't the same. Anyways we both seen things we hadn't before and we was very chuffed with the result. Thanks for looking
  6. The bunker is located in the dunes of ÃŽle de Noirmoutier , an island in france.
  7. Our first visit was late in the afternoon. We were keen to find out if it was worth going there early the next day. After we had booked our flights and car hire, we heard rumours that the weekend of our trip was also the weekend of a large Socialist gathering. If there were loads of Socialists, although the "documentary" style photography would be good, in reality it would be a total let down. We all put a brave face on it, but in reality it would be a waste of time going there and not being able to even attempt to get in - maybe not even get near. As we approach the access road, we noticed a lot - A LOT of coaches coming down the hill. Great. Eventually we found the other route, this time, no coaches, in fact no one at all. When we got to the top, it was bloody windy. Very cold too. After walking around the monument we spotted what looked like the way in, and decided to make the most of being there with some exterior shots. Around this time a lad arrived and asked if we were going in - errr... no, of course not... He then asked if we knew how to get in, we said we had a good idea and just carried on doing our own thing. "Well I am going in, f@#k the police" he said and sprinted up the stairs. We all looked at one another and decided to follow. So, even though the light was fading fast, we were in. I won't lie, it was great being in the monument, although it was howling a gale, pretty cold and the light was rubbish, it was still awesome. No sign of any Socialist gathering, no security lurking about, just us - oh and the local youf. We decided to make tracks and return for sunrise. Although we waited around in the main area for the sun's rays to create shaft of light - there wasn't enough in the atmosphere to give that effect, so off we went to document this quite amazing place The main area is surrounded by mosaics and above the centre is a large Hammer and Sickle The detail in the craftsmanship is amazing There were all sort of rumours some French explorers falling to their death on the rickety ladder leading up the tower which is to the side of the "dome" Looked around for the supposed memorial, and found nothing. As it happens, the ladder up is a series of flights of stairs, totally sound. The stars in the side of the tower are, 12m high, I think. The wind through here was fierce, and I wasn't too keen on the idea of stepping out at the top. I figured that if it was as windy there as it was walking by the stars and the broken windows, I wouldn't bother going out. As it happened, it was totally calm. Just as well, as the shot I really wanted was this one Of course I could tell you that I got my tripod out, lined it up, double checked alignment, took a couple of shots and moved forward a little until I had the perfect shot... Errr.... OK, it wasn't quite like that. I did climb over the low railing on to the platform, lie down flat and edge forward so that my arm was able to dangle the camera (strap still around my neck) over the edge. Fired the shutter and checked the image. It wasn't quite right so out went the arm again and fired off another shot. Nailed it. Good. Edged back and having lost some weight (heights not so great without a harness), over the railing and double checked the image again. It would do. After 4 hours inside, it was time we headed off and on to other adventures, but we are all glad with the explore. It was a glorious day and, I for one, didn't really mind where else we went, Buzludzha had been epic Thank you for viewing - yep, more images over on Flickr
  8. History The British Xylonite Company could justifiably claim to be the first British firm successfully to manufacture a plastic material in commercial quantities. Xylonite, better known by its American equivalent of 'celluloid', was invented by Alexander Parkes and first displayed in 1862 under the name of 'Parkesine'. Derived from the nitro-cellulose and collodion processes, it was initially used for making domestic articles in substitution for wood, horn, ivory or tortoiseshell. Its subsequent development was closely associated with Hackney, being taken up by Daniel Spill, rubber manufacturer, in 1864 and later by the Xylonite Company at Hackney Wick and the 'Ivoride' Works at Homerton High Street. The founders of the British Xylonite Company, Levi Parsons Merriam and his son Charles, established in 1875 a small business to make combs, imitation jewellery etc. next door to the 'Ivoride' Works; the two works merged in 1879. The original site being small and unsuitable, it was decided in 1887 to buy land at Brantham on the Suffolk bank of the River Stour and erect a purpose-built factory; finished goods continued to be made at Homerton until 1897 when a new factory was built at Hale End near Walthamstow (its products going by the trade name of 'Halex') which also housed the head office. Other types of plastics were introduced, and in 1938 the British Xylonite Company became a holding company with three subsidiaries: B.X. Plastics making xylonite and lactoid; Halex Ltd. making finished goods, and Cascelloid Ltd. making toys and bottles at Leicester and Coalville. The Distillers Company took a half-interest in 1939 and bought the entire Group in 1961, but in 1963 it formed part of a new grouping called Bakelite Xylonite Ltd. established jointly with Union Carbide, and including plants at Birmingham, Aycliffe and Grangemouth. Several sales and mergers took place in the 1960s and 1970s, the most significant being the sale of the Brantham and Aycliffe sites in 1966 to British Industrial Plastics, a subsidiary of Turner and Newall Ltd., who were in turn purchased in 1977 by Storey Brothers of Lancaster, formerly a major commercial rival. The Brantham has been operating under the name of Wardle Storeys since 1984 and until recently manufactured limited quantities of xylonite using traditional processes and equipment before closing in 2007. Other company names that cropped up onsite were ICI Imagdata and Bexford Plastics, but when one company stopped and the other took over was difficult to work out. (Sourced largely from: The National Archives) The Explore Explored with the talented company of Session9 and a non-member. Entry to this site was very easy, as this place is enormous and tucked away nicely in a corner of an industrial estate, so no need to worry about nosey onlookers here. It is a strange and interesting place to visit, much of the site has been demolished, a large proportion is still thoroughly active and the rest is stood derelict. So, moving through the grounds from building to building required us to try and figure out which parts were which. There is some amazing machinery here, many dials, buttons, switches and levers await photos as does miles and miles of pipework of all varying thickness and size. The shameful thing is; the best bits of machinery are in a part of the plant that is in pitch black and producing photos of any range was extremely difficult. Another interesting part included a mangers office full of paperwork and company blue prints with many handwritten documents created throughout the 1980's, we spent over an hour reading some of the information in here before heading off to the other side of the rail track. As light was quickly receding by this point we were forced to rush our photos before calling it time. All in all an excellent explore, especially if you enjoy old industry. Photos Thanks for viewing my report, I hoped you liked. The Lone Shadow
  9. History Built in 1902-3 by Northampton architect Thomas Dyer, the Hope Methodist Church is a striking landmark on Higham Ferrers' High Street. Marked out in East Northamptonshire Council's own Conservation Area Appraisal as a building of merit, the church, which is notable for its exuberantly Gothic west end, has a powerful presence in its historically significant surroundings. Yet the historic and architectural importance of Hope Methodist Church has not been enough to dissuade its owners from drawing up plans to demolish the building and erect a new church and community centre on the site. This, despite government planning policy guidance that the demolition of conservation area buildings should only be considered after all reasonable efforts have been made to keep the building in use, as well as the Council's draft Management Plan recommending that the building be locally listed. It was opened officially in 1905 costing £5,200 to build. The Rev. Charles H. Kelly conducted the Opening Dedication Service and in the afternoon the Rev. H. Howard May conducted a Young People's Service. The first boy to be Christened in the new Church was H.E Bates. In 1922 The Pipe organs were installed and unlocked. In 1960 the boilers were converted from coke to oil burning for a price of £374. In 1986 The 81 year old wooden spire was removed from the top of the tower because it was leaning and the timbers were rotting. On top of the 24ft spire had been a 6ft weathervane. The Rev. Alan Taplin preached 50 sponsored sermons from 9.00am to 1.40pm and raised £1,320 towards the cost of the new extension. In 1988 Lightning struck the Church Hall causing the chimney to crash through the roof of the Guild Room. In 1989 Church and Hall rewired and decorated. New lighting was installed. Raunds joined the Higham Ferrers Circuit. In 1991 Asbestos cladding was removed from the boilers at a cost of £1,495 and the kitchen was refurbished. In 1992 A major leak in the hot water heating system to the Church cost £4,800 to repair. In 1996 The Youth Club was restarted. A new amplifier and loop system was installed in the Church at a cost of £2,406. In 2003 The Rushden and Higham Ferrers Circuit amalgamated with Wellingborough and became the Nene Valley Circuit. Superintendent Minister: the Rev. Gordon Chisnall. The Administration Office for the new Circuit was located at Park Road. In 2004 Rushden and Higham Ferrers Churches joined together to form one Church. Unfortunatley this meant closure for New Hope Methodist Church. The Explore Explored with a non-explorer. This site has been on my tick list for a while now as it is not too far away from me. Entrance to the site was moderatley easy, but looks like locals have made attempts to enter far harder as of recent times. Never mind, explorer experience prevailed on this occasion. The building appears to be in relatively good structural condition from the outside, but inside the place is rotting fast, with floor boards like quick sand in certain areas, albeit it is not very dangerous here. We were greeted by a large flock of pigeons roosting all over the place as we entered the main church hall who were never satisfied sitting in one place for long and enjoying crapping everywhere. There are few things left over from when the church was open; the main organ is mostly still in one piece (but not operational), the pews don’t appear to have been moved from their original position and the odd prayer book lies strewn in a corner here and there. Enjoyable explore overall. Pictures The church in 1988 August 2014 Thank you all for reading my report, I hoped you liked. The Lone Shadow
  10. Originally a Commandery of Knights Templar from the 13th century, formerly with chapel. Inhabited until the 1970s. 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
  11. Evening all, On our run of countries visited this year, one of our trips on the way to see Budzludzha saw us visiting a few other locations. Pretty much in the same condition as the mig school but the sheep were using the ground floor. Not much left and had to be really creative with what was left. Thanks for looking in.
  12. Just digging through some older photos, am sitting on thousands at the moment I've not posted up! Quite sure this site has been covered when it was in much better condition already on these forums and quite a few buildings had been knocked down when we dropped in. Scared a few kids off on our entry. . None the less I took some nice grabs of the oldest building on-site which is being retained apparently.. Some of the others were in a very precarious state, especially the one that seems to have been a chapel at one point, floor was caving in below us. Visited with Rawski and Sentinel after having some fun trying to sneak into another spot, alas that was a no-go in the end. ;/ I've pulled some history from t'internet. Not my wording, but FYI. Apols for my laziness. "In 1846 the Chance family started evening classes in science and art at their glassworks in Spon Lane for the benefit of their workers. In 1852 an education institute was formed which existed for almost twenty years. By 1885 Most classes were being run in the envening at the higher grade school in Crocketts Lane. In 1910 a permanent Smethwick Technical School was opened next door. It served as a Junior Technical School for school-age pupils during the day and an adult further education school in the evenings. The school became Smethwick Municipal College in 1927 and was renamed Chance Technical College in 1945 and A block of engineering and building workshops was opened in 1950. Between 1952 and 1966 major extensions were built and they enabled the college to accommodate 3,500 students by 1966. In 1968 the college was merged with Oldbury College of Further Education to form Warley College of Technology, with the buildings in Crockett’s Lane (Chance Building) housing the main administrative centre of the new college and six of its eight departments At some point it merged again and became Sandwell College – Smethwick Finally closing in stages between 2011 and 2012 as the college moved to a new campus." The old Chance Building. Some admin documents. Remains of the piano, it was fawked. ;( Gordy was a character it seems. Editing/sound booth. Shame all the decks were ripped out by local kids it seems. Seen pics of this in a much more complete state. HND project presentation. The road facing buildings, apart from the modern extension further down, are all that remains. I'd say 60% is demo'd at this point.
  13. Hello, My first exploration : a sugar beet distillery closed since more than 40 years. Inside is empty except one piece of furniture down the stairs. I haven't climbed to the floors, holes in the roof since years ago and wooden floors dissuaded me. (PS : i hope my english is comprehensible) 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ 6/ 7/ 8/
  14. St. Clement's hospital Intro First thread on OS, I tend to write a lot, so if you get bored, the pics are below. Apologies if the post is too big! Been holding on to my pics for a while, loved this site a lot. Clock tower was pretty epic and despite the morgue being stripped and rather empty, the site was thoroughly enjoyable, one of the best in my opinion. Was a little worried they were demolishing the clock tower so after finally researching it and realising they're retaining it I thought I might as well put a report up. I'm so happy they're keep that tower, It just looks awesome and the view up there is nice, hopefully they get a new mechanism in it and get it ticking away again soon. As always, pics at the end if you're not interested in the write up. History A little timeline: TIMELINE 1834 - Poor Law Amendment Act defined the organisation of Poor Law Unions 1848-49 - City of London Workhouse for the City of London Union, known as Bow Workhouse, opened 1849. Built by the Board of Guardians of the City of London, designed by Richard Tress to accommodate 1200 persons 1867 - Poor Law Reform Act that led to more specific workhouse infirmaries 1869 - Amalgamation of West and East London Unions with the City of London Union 1874 - Bow Workhouse became Bow Infirmary 1909 - Bow Infirmary closed and lay vacant – the Infirmary had been amalgamated with the Homerton Workhouse 1911-12 - The Infirmary was adapted and became The City of London Institution, Bow for the chronic sick in March 1912 – with a certificate for 600 inmates, ‘paupers who are not able bodied but at the same time cannot be included in the infirmary patients’ (cost £11,000), managed by the City of London Board of Guardians 1930 - Local Government Bill abolished the Poor Law Unions London County Council took over the Infirmary and undertook a major building programme 1935 - Hospital affected by a major fire in the west wing 1936-37 - Renamed St Clement’s Hospital in May 1936, after the City of London church of the same name.Major project including nurses’ home (cost £29,966) 1940-44 - Damaged by wartime bombing – with a loss of 214 beds, the chapel lost its roof, the western former women’s wing was destroyed and much more was damaged 1948 - Taken over by Regional Hospital Board at the inception of the National Health Service. It was partially derelict at this time 1959 - Converted to a psychiatric hospital by the Regional Board 1968 - Became part of the London Hospital (St Clement’s) 2005 - Hospital closed, site available for redevelopment 2011 - Homes and Communities Agency start the tender process for a new residential use The full history: The historic significance of the site lies in its development history that is in five distinct phases: workhouse, workhouse infirmary, institution, a general hospital under the London County Council and latterly under the National Health Service. WORKHOUSE The workhouse, as a central place for assisting the poor, has its origins in occasional experiments in earlier centuries. As the speed of economic change increased from the later eighteenth century and as the extent of poverty grew, so more areas began to pool resources and provide workhouses in the name of both efficiency and deterrence. The real change came with the advent of the New Poor Law in 1834. Under the Poor Law Amendment Act, parishes – the traditional unit of local government – were combined into Poor Law Unions, and instructed to build workhouses to provide ‘indoor relief’. Although ‘outdoor relief’ continued, caring for paupers in their homes, the emphasis was now on institutional assistance that was often both harsh and degrading. Many areas embraced change enthusiastically; others were slower to respond. Each Union appointed a Board of Guardians answerable to the ratepayers and to the Poor Law Commission in London. The City of London Union took longer than many areas to provide a workhouse, establishing one on the Bow Road in east London to designs by Richard Tress. Plan of Workhouse - This shows the orthogonal plan with a central spine The landscape is focused at the Bow Row frontage and in the enclosed therapeutic gardens Key- Reception Block (1 John Denham Building)b. Chapel (now demolished)c. Administration Block (4)d. Ward Blocks (5 North Block on east side)e. Kitchen (6 Catering Block)f. Dining Room (now demolished)g. Laundry (9/10 Occupational Therapy)h. Infirmary (15 South Block)i. Mortuary (16 Generator)j. Workshops (17 Old Boiler House) Richard Tress, architect, Bow Road (St Clement’s Hospital)Richard Tress, the architect for Bow Road workhouse, predominately designed in an Italianate style. He had published Modern churches: designs, estimates, and essays in 1841 before he embarked on Bow Road. Italianate styles dominated the book. The Corn Exchange, Saffron Walden in Essex (1847), Ravensknowle near Huddersfield in the West Riding of Yorkshire (1860), and the City of London workhouse in Bow Road (1849) are among his most important surviving commissions. In 1856 Tress also designed the Central London District School at Hanwell, Middlesex for the amalgamated Poor Law Unions that included the City of London. Parts of it survive, and this too was Italianate.The buildings commissioned from Tress for the Poor Law Unions were on a substantial and relatively lavish scale: Bow Road cost £55,000 when first built, Hanwell School cost £45,000. These were both in the second great wave of workhouse building. Over 350 new workhouses had been built in England between 1834 and 1840, many on square and radial plans that emphasized the punitive nature of the environment. After 1840, workhouse architecture tended to be less harsh and more showy.It now became the norm to have a separate entrance block, a linear main block, and a hospital block all running parallel to one another. Around 150 of these corridor-plan workhouses were built in the period 1840-70. Bow Road (St Clement’s Hospital) is a well-preserved and fine exemplar of this type.In corridor-plan workhouses, the main block generally had a central corridor along its length with rooms off to both sides, unlike earlier designs that were usually one room deep. This main block normally had administrative functions at its centre, often surmounted by a tower containing a large water tank, with kitchens and dining hall to the rear, creating a T-shaped building. Many of these new buildings were in the north of England, which had initially held out against building new workhouses, and in London. They were often Italianate, with gables, pinnacles, projecting bays and Venetian windows, a style that was fashionable but also less gruesome than the utilitarian and gothic earlier wave.After 1870, fashions in workhouse design changed again, moving to a pavilion style that was already becoming prevalent in hospital design, influenced by the reforms instigated by Florence Nightingale. Bow Workhouse 1849-1874 /live/community_projects/library/stclements_history2.jpgTress’s designs for the Bow Workhouse conformed to the model type. The accommodation for the paupers was regimented into a symmetrical plan that subdivided the sexes, and isolated the infirm and feverish into separate blocks. The plan illustrated in The Builder identifies all the areas and functions except the mortuary; that appears on the Ordnance Survey plan, located on the boundary wall, but is not shown on The Builder plan.The front block contained receiving rooms for men on the left and women on the right with the porters’ lodge in the centre and a grand committee room for the Guardians on the first floor. The central spine of the site contains the chapel (demolished), catering block and dining hall (demolished), men and married couples to the left, women and children to the right. Workshops (demolished), a laundry and workrooms separate the rear part of the site, where the infirmary block and the fever ward building (demolished) were located. The spaces around the buildings were divided into compounds known as airing grounds, where the inmates could exercise. Originally the privies would have been located in these outside areas. Covered walkways linked the main wards to the chapel and the catering building.The layout of the workhouse partly survives, with the major exceptions of the loss of the west wing through bombing, loss of the chapel, and loss of the dining room (demolished to make way for the nurses’ home).It is clear that from the start this workhouse was anticipating admitting mainly infirm and unruly inmates, and there is little space given to industry or the work tasks that are associated with many other workhouses. INFIRMARY In the mid-nineteenth century the only health care provided by central or local authorities was for paupers. All other hospitals were voluntary hospitals and were funded by charitable donations. Bow Infirmary 1874-1909 In the 1860s there had been an outcry against the conditions in the workhouse infirmaries and the growing numbers of sick and infirm in the workhouses in London. Numerous reports were written that culminated in the Metropolitan Poor Law Amendment Act 1867. It set out to remove lunatics and imbeciles from London workhouses and to provide separate accommodation for fever and smallpox cases. Consequently in 1874 the Bow Workhouse was transferred to being under medical supervision, taking in sick paupers from a wider catchment area and from neighbouring workhouses. Bacon’s map of 1888 shows how the Infirmary is close by both the Cemetery and the Whitechapel Union Workhouse in South Grove. Terraced houses back onto the boundary walls and include an almshouse on the western boundary. The wider surrounding area was densely populated, and is in close proximity to industry and the docks. By 1893 the tramway passed along Bow Road in front of the Infirmary. A new entrance with linking passage was extended to Bow Road; this can be seen in the photograph of 1905. By this time the wards will have seemed out of date, as new ward design in the 1870s emphasised the importance of cross ventilation which was not provided in the workhouse layout. Purpose-built infirmaries were typically built on a pavilion layout with cross ventilation in all the wards. In 1909, the City of London Union vacated the Bow Road site. It had decided to concentrate its work elsewhere, at Homerton in the former East London Union workhouse, which had just been substantially enlarged and brought up to date. INSTITUTION The City of London Institution, Bow 1912-1930 The buildings lay empty for around three years until they were reopened after deliberations between the London Guardians Board and the City Guardians. The East London Advertiser recorded that the new Institution received males from the Metropolitan Unions who ‘while not requiring the skilled medical nursing treatment given in the Poor Law Infirmaries, are in need of more medical and nursing care than can be given in the Workhouses’. There was certified accommodation for 651 inmates in the scheme and an intention to provide a male nursing training school within the Institution to supply nurses to kindred organisations. Paying patients were charged £12s 6d a week. Sanitary towers providing internal water closets and basins were built onto the old infirmary and the main wards, the boiler house and laundry blocks were extended, a two storey extension was added to the rear of the front block (John Denham Building) and a new front porch or lodge was added to the side of the entrance corridor. THE LCC AND ST CLEMENT’S HOSPITAL The Local Government Act of 1929 empowered local authorities to appropriate former workhouses and workhouse infirmaries. A Health Committee could then develop the hospital as a general hospital, providing hospital beds to the general public where previously beds were available only to paupers. London County Council took over Bow Institution in 1930 and made changes to adapt it to becoming a general hospital. At this time the standing and social acceptability of hospitals was rising and the numbers of patients increased. In 1935 a fire in the western, former women’s wing, as shown in the press photograph, caused considerable damage but without loss of life and this was made good again. The hospital needed to expand to cope with rising numbers of patients, and so the nurses’ home was built on the site of the old dining hall in 1936-37. The renaming of the Institution as St Clement’s Hospital in 1936, after a City of London church, was partly in recognition of the long link to the City, while by this time there was a move away from the idea of an Institution and towards a general hospital open to all. Before the 1960s, it was common for nurses – who were almost always single women – to live on a hospital site or near at hand, in specially designated and often purpose-designed nurses’ homes. All the major London hospitals were building or converting nurses’ homes from the later nineteenth century onwards. As a nearby example, Tredegar House, immediately opposite St Clement’s, was opened in 1912 as a residence for nurses starting their training at The London Hospital before moving to accommodation at the main site on Whitechapel Road. St Clement’s was no exception. As the central dining hall had been subdivided and now fallen into disuse, it made an ideal site for a nurses’ home to be built in 1935. Set well within the hospital complex, it needed to make no architectural statement to the outside world. Designed by the LCC architecture department, the home was in a current ‘moderne’ style being widely adopted in hospital and public buildings at the time. A curved window and balcony for the communal space is a nod to prevailing styles with ideas about light and space; otherwise it is a fairly utilitarian and undemonstrative building. The hospital took a hit from bombing in the Second World War with the loss of the western (female ward) wing, considerable damage to the chapel and the loss of the old fever wards. There still remains the possibility of contamination, particularly in the chapel site and western wing basements. from the war damage. Although the chapel was much damaged it appears from the photographic record by the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments to have been left standing in 1949, only being demolished after the National Health Service had taken over the site. NHS TO CLOSURE National Health Service 1948 The National Health Service was inaugurated on 5 July 1948; following this, the NHS ran St Clement’s. The concept of healthcare for everyone was established. The hospital was a general hospital with a psychiatric specialism. The RCHM photographs record the state of the central buildings in 1947 and the repairs carried out by the NHS in 1949. These show that the committee room of the Board of Guardians had survived but repairs were necessary to the roof and the interior. The western wing was demolished and the catering block was re-roofed. Also, the clock tower on the John Denham Building was demolished post-1949. The chapel remained after 1949 but it had sustained substantial damage to the roof. This was demolished at some point and was replaced around 1966 by a two-storey timber building. It masks the scar of the loss of the chapel, but has no value in itself. The rendered scars of the western wing and the chapel require particular attention in any refurbishment programme. The interiors were much altered by the NHS with dropped ceilings, partitions and alterations and insertions to the sanitary arrangements. This can be seen in the record photographs. St Clement’s Hospital closed its doors in 2005. Following its closure the site was transferred from the NHS to English Partnerships, then to the Homes and Communities Agency, and eventually the Greater London Authority, who in 2011 took the site to market so that it could be sold and redeveloped. In June 2012 it was announced that St Clements would become the United Kingdom's first urban Community Land Trust, with the East London Community Land Trust[1] working in partnership with Linden Homes (Galliford Try) and Peabody Housing Trust to bring the scheme forward. In August 2013 St Clement's was reopened to the public for the first time as the site of Shuffle Festival, a community festival showing films curated by Danny Boyle. There was also an art exhibition, music, live projections and a 'Day of the Mind' - an alternative fête day with installations by artists and scientists exploring ideas about mental health. The Day of the Mind was free to the public and supported by the Wellcome Trust. The Arts Council and Canary Wharf Group also provided support for the festival. In December 2013 Shuffle returned as the Winter Shuffle, with an extended programme of art, film, storytelling, theatre, music and science from 5–15 December. Sometime after the Shuffle festival the morgue was stripped out and used as a generator room, I assume, for the festival. All thanks to Linden Homes for a nice bit of info on there site and the plans - http://www.lindenhomes.co.uk/community/london/st-clements/history#nav I personally believe they're doing a good job on the site and can't see how anything else would benefit the community in a better way, and so happy they're keeping that tower. With help the good old Wiki - Future Linden Homes were selected as Greater London’s (GLA) Development Partner in October 2012 to deliver the redevelopment of St Clement’s hospital. St Clement’s redevelopment will be London’s first Community Land Trust (CLT) whereby the freehold of the development will be held in Trust by the Ricardo Community Foundation. The proposal for St Clement’s is a principally residential led scheme with the provision of up to 250 units accommodated in existing and new buildings. Linden Homes are responsible for the delivery of the redevelopment and marketing/sale of the private units. 35% (by habitable room) of the total number of habitable rooms will be affordable accommodation. Of the affordable element 70% of the units will be owned by Peabody for social rent and the remainder (30% 21 – 25 units) will be owned by the East London Community Land Trust (ELCLT) for Shared Ownership. Since being selected in October Linden Homes and their architects John Thompson and Partners have been working with the community and other key stakeholders to develop a vision for the site in preparation for submission of a planning application in spring this year. For further information about the Community Planning Process, please contact Ieva Ansaberga by email ia@jtp.co.uk or call on the freephone community telephone number displayed below. Phone Number: 0800 0126 730 Postcode: E3 4LL Taken from - http://www.lindenhomes.co.uk/community/london/st-clements#nav All planning applications can be found here - http://planreg.towerhamlets.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?action=show&appType=Planning&appNumber=PA/13/01532 This image shows the proposed demolition and development with the red grids indicating demolition/partial demolition: Present As of August the site is being developed and partially demolished. When I visited a few bits had already gone but much was left and there's no major signs of any natural damage, all buildings, other than peeling paint and cracked plaster, the structures seem very strong, basements were not flooded and there seemed to be no subsidence at all. They seem to be all a ok. Diggers were on site and the contractors office we in situ along with tools, generators and other equipment. The john Denham building was in use and seemed pretty newly decorated. lights were on and didn't seem relevant to access it. Administration had tools in situ, but hadn't yet been stripped, sinks, trolleys and furniture still seemed to be left. Original paint and graffiti all present. A pipe had obviously been cut through whilst live and there seemed to be quite a mess below the clock tower stairs. The building occupying the site of the old dining room seemed to be in ok shape although I didn't spend much time in it. The boiler house and workshops seemed a little messy with pigeon poo but are all structurally sound as far as I could see. The morgue/generator room was stripped out and in all ok condition, seems it'll be retained along with most of the site. Occupational therapy had been partially demolished with the back section being stripped and the rest being retained for affordable housing, much to my relief! Basements were untouched in August. Hearing from UrbanAlex, they sound to have progressed and I personally look forward to the new housing! The explore So I visited this on my own a while back in August. Now security back then and was very relaxed. Took about 3-4 hours of my day out to see this and thoroughly enjoyed it, I still think I rushed it and would love to go back. I was on my way to a few other sites in London but this seemed to be the only fully successful explore of the day. I managed access after confusing some locals and headed straight to the smallest building, the morgue, rather interesting ephemera in there that seemed to explain medical procedures. Sinks all in situ and of course the generator. Then followed the boiler house, and occupational therapy, didn't stay in the boiler house for long as was eager to get in the occupational therapy for a well deserved mooch (had this site on the list for about 10 months.), nice bit of equipment left, including a piano and some oxygen masks, and was collectively very interesting! Then I headed to the admin block and wander up the tower to open a nice refreshing can of Monster (that seems to have become tradition with me recently). Then it was me off and out to check some other sites. The pictures Here are the pictures, I'll try and include some new stuff for those who haven't been and hopefully you'll enjoy it! I'll post them in the order I took them. Morgue/generator room This greeted me outside the old morgue, can't quite work it out, but looks to be a body lifter, where the tray would slip onto, if not, it's just a bed... A lot of people seemed unsure what building the morgue was, well this is it, it's just been stripped Inside, note the tiled walls and the shadow, left by what was probably, the fridge (could be wrong) The generator Occupational therapy At first, the building look inaccessible and rather secured, but then I went round the corner and entered through the demolished section. Loved the look of this buidling Old mug Bandage Occupational therapy from North Looking up the staircase Looking down the staircase Trolley with equipment Some nice ol' sinks Lights in the room with the one way mirror Pinkish room The piano
  15. Abandoned since 1986 this derelict prison camp located in a remote area of the North Island in New Zealand barely resembles a prison. The prison is heavily decayed with surprisingly little vandalism, the prisons strange colour schemes were meant to help calm prisoners. Our road trip taking us to this prison began with a sunny 18 degrees, five hours later we were in snow, this place had a very somber feeling to it. Cheers for looking at our explores in New Zealand, sorry if it was a little picture heavy! More here: http://urbexcentral.com/2014/05/20/waikune/
  16. Voil un petit moment que j'ai visité ce site (aout 2013) qui est maintenant rempli de tag (vu sur d'autres photos) en moins d'un an... J'ai eu certains témoignages de personnes qui on connue le site encore avec les machines d'assemblage dedans il y a moins de 10 ans. J'y retournerai un de ces jours afin de voir ce qu'est devenu le site depuis mon dernier passage. En attendant voici les photos:
  17. A bit of a derp here, explored this one quite sometime ago with Mookster. Totally trashed but some beautiful light in here. The Defence Medical Equipment Depot (DMED) in Ludgershall, Wiltshire was a part of the DLO (Defence Logistics Organisation). The Building provided medical equipment and supplies to the armed forces both here and abroad. It has laid empty since 2005; There is very little in the way of Planning Applications or developers sites with it on so for the near future at least it looks like nothing will be done with it. It consists of a very large factory-type area and a few more regular military buildings including a mess hall built in 1939. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 [/ #8 #9 #10 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157648613116265/
  18. UK 1 Nine Elms Tower Crane - August 2014

    This tower closed alongside the rest of the site for redevelopment in May of this year. The entire place was gutted when I looked through the building unfortunately and they were/are in the process of bringing the tower down, level by level. Had my eye on it for awhile and was keeping tabs, The_Raw brought it to my attention again when some new access points became available, went up there with him and 2 non members early one morning. First crane I've been up top of. c: Only made it about half way out on this section. Cab absolutely stunk of sweat and aftershave, eyuk. A lot of fun for me. Thanks for looking.
  19. Wasn't going to do a report seeing as how Woody covered it so nicely but it has been a while since my last report and i thought why not.Rumour has it that the place is locked up but doesn't sound like its been locked officially either so really not sure of the state of play here! This did have a Casualty Clearing Station on its upper level which over the years caused rumours of it being an underground hospital,that and the fact there are so very many bunks in the place.It is a two level jobby with stairs leading further up to an old entrance,these stairs are in short rotten and in no way could you put full weight onto them without much crashing of wood coming down the many flights of stairs to the bottom so it was a case of climb on the framework of the stairs to get about. got wind of this when a few private pics went up and between us worked out where what and how..so off we popped,Visited with The Wickerman & obscurity.. some pics..there all pretty samey but it is a nice old explore Sorry about the amount of pics..well tbh im not sorry at all Another report rehosted from photocuntbucket to flcikr
  20. This was a real nice surprise on our 3G Tour. A last minute decision was made to call in on the way back to the Chunnel terminal, and I am glad we did. No history on this place, but it seems to have dropped of the exploring radar as all the info I can find on the place is from 2012. The house had a great level of rot and decay, and also a nice mix of religious paraphernalia and porn. Thanks for looking t2020
  21. Just a quick report from my recent trip to Belgium, this is an abandoned monastery nicknamed Schola CVXX. I don’t know any history about the place but the chapel is absolutely stunning. We’d only been in the chapel for about 10 minutes before our journey was cut short by plain clothed Belgian police unfortunately. In fact we’d only been in the country for less than 2 hours. Oh well, they went through their formalities, told us where there was a really nice museum worth visiting ( ) and we were on our way to the next site. Here’s a few pics from the place..... Thanks for looking
  22. Hey all, Another location finished albeit a small one. What was quite a hot morning after an epic 5 hours in Buzludzha, we hit this school which had a MIG in the grounds. The school itself was a bit of a mess and didn't hold for much epicness so we took little photos and had a rest outside on a rickety old bench in the sun before heading back to the hotel for the final evening before home. On with the photos. Thanks for looking in.
  23. Evening all, Another set more or less finished. A bit quicker finishing this set as I normally process from different sets of locations rather than concentrate on one. With Italy coming shortly, I thought I'd sort another location out plus I enjoyed processing these. History Been on the tourist trail for a good while, I think it's been covered a million times (slight exagheration) but it was a nice, abandoned spa hotel in Belgium with the added bonus of a vintage and classic car rally happening outside so we decided to grab breakfast after we finished and watched the cars arrive for a bit. On with some photos..... Thanks for looking in.
  24. Had a fantastic time exploring a few sections of these mines with Le Kwan, Lenston, Rawski and Crooner. Thanks so much guys for having us, really enjoyed it. No awards for the photography here unfortunately but some amazing colours down there and some of the industrial heritage remains there in a very rusted and delapidated state which works for me. I've totally nicked some info and history from http://www.fforestfawrgeopark.org.uk, sorry. Silica mines at Pontneddfechan The area around Pontneddfechan at the head of the Vale of Neath is one of very few in the world where sandstone has been extensively worked in underground mines. But then this is a very special sort of sandstone. Silica Rock In the steep walls of the gorges of the Nedd Fechan, the Afon Mellte and the Sychryd are exposed beds of a very hard and pure sandstone which have come to be known as ‘the Silica rock’. It is in fact the lowermost of a whole family of such beds which collectively are termed the ‘Millstone Grit’ – a gritstone is simply a sandstone formed from coarse angular grains of quartz or ‘silica’. It is the purity of these rocks – almost 100% silica (SiO2) – that made them a target for miners from the 18th to the 20th century. The burgeoning industries of industrial South Wales needed large numbers of heat-resistant bricks to line the furnaces in which copper and iron-smelting took place. Only bricks made from more or less pure silica could stand the intense temperatures without shattering. The silica rock was worked through a series of adits – horizontal mine passages driven into the side of the hill – both behind Craig-y-ddinas and on either side of the Nedd Fechan upstream of Pontneddfechan. Dinas Rock Silica Mines The mines behind Dinas Rock were a rather larger affair than their cousins alongside the Nedd Fechan. Several large entrances are still clearly visible from the path which drops steeply down from the top of Dinas Rock to the Sychryd. Note that although they are situated on what is now Forestry Commission access land, none of the mine entrances should be approached due to the danger of rockfall. The underground galleries were very extensive, extending over an area some 1000m x 500m. Parts of the mine are now flooded, others will have become unstable. The material was transported by a series of tramways and inclines and indeed overhead cables suspended on pylons, down to the valley floor and then onward to the Pont Walby brickworks. The former tramway along the southern side of the Afon Mellte is a modern-day bridleway which allows the route to be traced on foot or pushbike. In later days the material was taken to a brickworks at Swansea until the whole operation closed down in the 1960s. Rawski cycled there in his sandals! Respect! Really enjoyed it here, thanks again Kwan and Lenston. Thanks for looking
  25. This place i found thanks too some recognized pictures So no doubting and just go. In a rich and quiet neighborhood we arrived at 6 am with 4 urbex friends There were also a few guys inside also waiting for some light This place was one of the most beautifull locations i visited The bus was arriving at about 9 am because we were in there with a total of (i thougt) 18 persons. This mansion has been sold so we were just in time to visit it,as in today there's an active loud alarm #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 More to see at https://flic.kr/s/aHsjHpGwYy
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