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  1. UK College Labs - Wye - Kent - August 2017

    Soooooo after seeing a couple of reports go up recently covering this part of the old college, and tried previously on numerous attempts with no avail a few years ago when we managed the sports hall and Withersdane Hall parts, i decided now was the time to return and have another go. Credit to whoever put this part on the achievable list as previous to this outing security had always patrolled and none of us could ever find a way in. Fast forward to some overcast late morning, i asked @starlight if she was up for having another look round the place, knowing she had also been for a look but not manged this part either. We hooked up and set off just down the road to this place which is very close to where im usually lurking. History of the college: Which im sure you have all read in other reports of this place... The College of St Gregory and St Martin at Wye, more commonly known as Wye College, was an educational institution in the small village of Wye, Kent, England, 60 miles (100 km) east of London in the North Downs area. ... The college was officially closed by its then owner, Imperial College London, in September 2009. Founded in 1447 by John Kempe, the Archbishop of York, as a college for the training of priests, in 1894, the school moved to new premises, and the South Eastern Agricultural College was established in the buildings with Alfred Daniel Hall as principal. In 1898, Wye became a School of Agriculture within the University of London. Until 2005, Wye College was a well-known study and research centre in the fields of rural business and management, biological sciences, and the environment and agriculture. The college was officially closed by its then owner, Imperial College London, in September 2009. Today, buildings that formerly housed Wye College have been repurposed as the Mind Campus in Withersdane Hall, a substance abuse rehabilitation clinic, and Wye School, a school for children of year seven and up. The main campus and several other buildings have been owned by Telareal Trillium since 2015 who are developing a masterplan involving some new housing. I cant really say much about the actual wander around, it was non eventful as security really has been wound down since i was last here. It was extremely easy going and with a bit of improvisation and teamwork we managed to cover all of this section of buildings. As i think stated in previous reports, not much left in there but very clean suprisingly and the lecture hall was a highlight for me. Enjoy... Cheers for looking, blut.
  2. Some pics from one of the weekends explores, it took a while to find an entrance but we got there in the end. And yes, we did get to the roof. Not sure when this hall of residence ceased to be used but signatures in the toilets for cleaning rota ended in 2011. At time of building this was the only 'skyscraper' to be built in a national park, maybe it still is. The college has had multiple funding issues over the years hence these dorms being now disused and this hasn't stopped, the main college is also due to be closed this year.
  3. 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.
  4. Explored with @-Raz- I've been debating whether to post this or not but after a small amount of consideration here it is. Got my first proper DSLR last week after using a Galaxy Smart bridge so if some of my pics are w@nk please leave me some CC. Having said that, I think i've picked it up rather quickly and I'm rather proud of my first set. History; Quoted from various reports The Hospital was founded in 1831 with the carlile wing been opened in 1902. The site incorporates 10 buildings ranging from Grade 2 listed Hospital buildings to modern blocks of classrooms. The former Ramsden Technical College moved on to the New North Road site of the former Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 1967.The college paid £105,000 for the site. In September 1968 the first students began lectures at New North Road.The first new bulding on the site opened in 1969.The main new block was built in 1971 - the year the college became Huddersfield Technical College By 1978 there were more than 8,000 students studying at the site.In 2008 Huddersfield Technical College merged with Dewsbury College to form Kirklees College The College moved into a new purpose build waterfront development in 2013 which will welcome 20K Students. The old site has been purchased by Oldham based Wiggett Construction Company for an undisclosed sum. Plans for the future of the site are expected to be unveiled early in 2016 but the developers are expected to create a mixed use site featuring residential, retails and leisure uses. The former hospital building has being used for psychological thriller Extremis, starring David O’Hara (Braveheart, The Departed, Luther), Isabelle Allen (Les Miserables), Neil Pearson (Drop the Dead Donkey); and 1980s singer Toyah Wilcox. Black Work, a drama starring acclaimed actress Sheridan Smith, was filmed last Autumn partly in the hospital and in the town and in other parts of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Also the drama Remember Me staring Michael Palin, Mark Addy and Julia Sawahla was partly filmed here where the building was transformed in to a hospital, care home and a police station as you can see on a few. Explore; Following a relatively unsuccessful morning in Manchester we decided to cut our loses and return to Yorkshire, to a place we've had our eyes on for about a year but never got round to doing. From previous recces we had a general idea where the entry points would be, and after having a quick scout round we promptly found one. Generally the place is pretty knacked, reminding me of Clayton for the most part mixed with a little LGS. The place was generally much wetter than I had first expected, parts resembled more of a river than a college corridor. much to my liking really. And to finish, heres an amusing snap of @-Raz- getting his hair washed dried and perm'd Thanks for looking
  5. The Explore After another hospital fail very early in the morning we headed over to Huddersfield to check out the college.. quite surprised by the variety in there although lots has been stripped out, probably by the old metal fairies The History The Hospital was founded in 1831 with the carlile wing been opened in 1902. The site incorporates 10 buildings ranging from Grade 2 listed Hospital buildings to modern blocks of classrooms. The former Ramsden Technical College moved on to the New North Road site of the former Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 1967.The college paid £105,000 for the site. In September 1968 the first students began lectures at New North Road.The first new bulding on the site opened in 1969.The main new block was built in 1971 - the year the college became Huddersfield Technical College By 1978 there were more than 8,000 students studying at the site.In 2008 Huddersfield Technical College merged with Dewsbury College to form Kirklees College The College moved into a new purpose build waterfront development in 2013 which will welcome 20K Students. The old site has been purchased by Oldham based Wiggett Construction Company for an undisclosed sum. Plans for the future of the site are expected to be unveiled early in 2016 but the developers are expected to create a mixed use site featuring residential, retails and leisure uses. The former hospital building has being used for psychological thriller Extremis, starring David O’Hara (Braveheart, The Departed, Luther), Isabelle Allen (Les Miserables), Neil Pearson (Drop the Dead Donkey); and 1980s singer Toyah Wilcox. Black Work,a drama starring acclaimed actress Sheridan Smith, was filmed last Autumn partly in the hospuital and in the town and in other parts of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Also the drama Remember Me staring Michael Palin, Mark Addy and Julia Sawahla was partly filmed here where the buiding was transformed in to a hospital, care home and a police station as you can see on a few photos.
  6. The Hospital was founded in 1831 & by 1929 special feature available included Turkish, Russian & medicated baths & electro-medical department. The Infirmary was also approved for the treatment of Veneral Diseases The New Road Campus has been home to it"s various named College incarnations since the 1967 when the College paid £105,000 for the site. New buildings were opened in 1967 with the main block being opened in 1971. By 1978 they were 8,000 Students attending the college. The site which now consists of 10 linked buildings totaling 342,000 sq/ft over a 6.1 Acre site, which includes the original Grade 2 listed Hospital buildings, with it"s impressive original sandstone columns identical to those on the nearby Railway Station. With the statue of Edward the VII now looking over the car park. The College has recently moved into a new purpose build waterfront development for £60M which will welcome @20K Students. The old site has been purchased by Oldham based Wiggett Construction Company for an undisclosed sum Suggestions for the site include a Supermarket, a Care or Medical Centre, with the final potion un-allocated. The local Lidl has confirmed it will move to the new location from it"s local site. The area is not a place i frequent often. I find it too much like Bradford, all doom & gloom & full of Druggies who ironically, had curtailed my first trip prematurely when i"d previously recce"d this place in the Summer . I"d completely forgotten about the place, so thanks go too @albino-jay for bringing this location back into the limelight, with his quality recent night-time report And thanks for the pointers mate Called down one typically Yorkshire gloomy day for a recce & met up with @The Amateur Wanderer later on & decided to return on another much more gloomy freezing & wet day (nice too meet up again mate had some laughs & frights along the way The site itself is vast combining old & new construction techniques & buildings, so one minute you"re inside a modern day facility the next you"ve stepped back in time. The only thing they both share is the fact they"ve been well trashed. It looks like the Metal Fairies have been very busy over the last 3 years & is very reminiscent of DRI / Clayton Hospital with added Razor Wire on top. But has lots of hidden nooks & crannies to keep you occupied for a few hours at the least. I should mention that lots of rooms etc have been modified for Filming purposes from what we could ascertain, paint schemes similar to smoke & soot damage over the walls and curtains and strategic placed old beds & equipment .....which obviously been strategically re-positioned lol As always, thanks for looking ] Merry Xmas
  7. Sandwell College, Smethwick, Birmingham – Nov ‘15 So I was incredibly late to this one! The what was once gorgeous and lovely has been turned to crap by a bunch of people who quite frankly this world could do with out. Wastes of spaces and wastes of mine and yours money. There we go, I digress. Visited with SouthSide after a whole day of pure fail in the City of Birmingham. This place was superb a number of years ago but has suffered horribly and has little, but some redeeming features left. Some has been bulldozed. It all started when The Chance family began running evening classes in 1846. The Science and Art studies took place at their glassworks in Spon Lane to benefit their workers. By 1852 an Education Institute was formed which ran for nearly two decades. Come 1885, most classes were being run in the evening at the higher grade school in Crocketts Lane. In 1910 ; neighbouring Smethwick Technical School was opened. This served as a Junior Technical School for young pupils during the day and a further education school for adults in the evenings. This became a Municipal College by 1927 and the name was changed to Chance College in 1945. A block of engineering and building workshops were opened in 1950 .Between 1952 and 1966 major extensions were built which enabled the college to accommodate 3,500 students. In 1968 the college was merged with Oldbury College of Further Education to form Warley College of Technology, with the buildings in Crocketts Lane (Chance Building) housing the main administrative centre of the new college and six of its eight departments. The demise was on the horizon many years later and Sandwell College was closed in stages between 2011 and 2012 as relocation to a new state of the art campus in West Bromwich was on the cards. Many fires and vandalism has forced parts of the college to be demolished and what is left is in a hell of a state. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 ] #10 #11 #12 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157661142704586
  8. Carmel College. History. Carmel College was a predominantly Jewish co-educational boarding school in England operating between 1948 and 1997. It was first situated at Greenham Common near Newbury and then at Mongewell Park near Wallingford, Oxfordshire. It was Europe's only Jewish boarding school. It also had a very small number pupils who were not of Jewish descent, as day pupils. It was referred to as the "Jewish Eton" and Carmel College alumni were referred to as "Old Carmelis". Visit We set off in the morning with the hope to go to Carmel in the morning and then spend the rest of the day at another place. upon arrival as we were walking to the site we were greeted with a pick up truck flying towards us. the old chap stopped us and said we weren't allowed down there because people break in, so i told him we were only here to do some wildlife photography, he then asked us to leave. we found another way and got to the labs, after spending a fair bit of time in there we moved onto the main building, and found an open window to slip through. within minutes we were grabbing our cameras to make a run for it. next thing we know, we're stuck in a corner with an angry old man storming towards us then grabbing my camera. after arguing for 5 minutes he phoned the police, and then accused us of breaking and entering, and tossed some hateful words about for 10 minutes until we were searched and kicked off by the police. Definitely one to remember, thanks to the non os member who drove us there ft. Biebs thanks for looking
  9. The History Carmel College was a predominantly Jewish co-educational bording school in England operating between 1948 and 1997. It was first situated at Greenham Common near Newbury and then at Mongewell Park near Wallingford, Oxfordshire. It was Europe's only Jewish boarding school. It also had a very small number pupils who were not of Jewish descent, as day pupils. It was referred to as the "Jewish Eton" and Carmel College alumni were referred to as "Old Carmelis". Typical boarding fees in 1996 were £10,000 per school term (i.e. £30,000 per year). In 1990 it topped the list of the 20 most expensive boarding schools in the country. It was closed in June 1997, mainly owing to diminishing pupil numbers and financial difficulties, having been seriously affected by the termination of government assisted places by the Labour government. The Visit After visiting a few times with LoocyLoo and TheVampiricSquid we saw a change in this place as film crews come and go slowly ripping lights from the ceiling and we started to notice the giant plaques go missing from the walls this place is still worth a visit! The Caretaker is abit thick tbh after him chasing us out he caught up with us when we was loading into the car and he asks “was that you guys in carmel†no that wasn’t us we was visiting our grandparents he replied “ok†and drove off without asking any more questions anyways enjoy! Sorry its so pic heavy guys this was over a few visits with a few different camera techniques...
  10. Well well well, hasn't it been a rather drama filled week in the exploring world, who needs eastenders when you have weeks like this - we got Elwyn whingeing about his missing teeth, fingers getting severed at sevs and then today we've been graced with the despicable antics of some photo stealing, soul selling, silly little egotistical sausage trying to get famous in the papers in order to feed his twisted and distorted self perpetuating ego. There's no comfort or solace to be found in the cold soulless embrace of the mainstream media ya donkey brained, dicknosed douche bag! I mean there's shooting yourself in the foot and then there's swan diving on your own landmine, this chap appears to have achieved the latter - go eat a bag of dicks mate. (squeeze my french) So i was thinking why don't we all simmer down and read a nice old fashioned report/load of old waffle from myself about a little medical school down in smoggy london, namely block 9 of the st thomas medical college.. The explore - Been meaning to get down here since i heard about it back in feb but living 2 and a bit hours away just havent made time for it, happened that we were in the area so we gave it a bash. Must admit we hardly orchestrated the stealthiest of access action plans, middle of the day on a weekend in central london is never going to be the ideal time to be trying to getting in somewhere you shouldn't be trying to get into! Unfortunately when we first rocked up there was a lot of builders about unloading a wagon so we decided to pop to a cafe up the way and wait for the builders to take lunch. Upon leaving the till of said cafe i was hit with a sudden wave of dry heaving, sweating and dizziness, i was sure it couldn't be the previous nights hangover... then it hit me like a smoked kipper to the face, the cold hard reality of the fact that i had just coughed up over £15 for two coffees, a chocolate brownie and a slice of carrot cake... Fifteen fucking pounds (squeeze my french), jesus christ at least dick turpin wore a mask when he robbed ya! Wasnt even sure we'd be able to afford to go to st thomas' after that little financial blow! Anyway yeah, got robbed, felt sick, drank coffee, waited, went back, great success, we're in, mooch about, take photos. We had a wonder around downstairs for a good while, as you do you know, that exploring thing we are all rather fond of, nice decay downstairs, plenty of peely paint to be had and of course the animal organ samples, now don't tell me im not the only one who hasn't thought about having those rats livers away and knocking up a nice rat liver and bacon pate?! plenty of garlic, nice bit of thyme in there, bloody lovely, fat slice of crusty french stick and a bit of marks n sparks caramelised red onion chutney, dont mind if i do! surprisingly enough after the downstairs, the natural progression of the explore then had us making our way upstairs and around the other floors, crazy right?! on one of the staircases i walked up i was greeted by a plugged in ipady tablet type doobry ma thingy showing 4 cctv cameras and a walky talky sat next to it-back down the stairs we go i think! After that we decided we had seen a fair old bit of the main building and wanted to take a look up the tower so set about trying to get up there, could we find a way up? Could we heck, sure there must have been an easier way right under our noses but we couldn't find it for toffee, we ended up squeezing through some barred windows, which definitely almost cost me a nipple i might add! If i ha my nipple pierced it definitely would have gone, also if i had my nipple pierced id be having a very stern word with myself. Once on the roof the tower was fair game so we wasted no time getting up there to pop a cider and take in the view and what a cracking view it is aswell, you must be able to see every lying scumbag in westminster from up there! jokes aside it was a lovely little spot to sit and enjoy a warm cider on a cold day and watch the world go by, very much of an enjoyableness. After that we headed down and out, grinning and laughing as we once again joined the masses of tourists tripping over each other to take the same pictures of big ben, bouncing along the river with that buzz of getting away with a nice interesting little explore in a cool ass location. bit of history shamelessly coffee and basted from mr slayaa, thanks dude! History The building was part of St Thomas' Hospital which was established in 1173. According to historical records St Thomas's Hospital Medical School was founded in about 1550. It was admitted as a school of the University of London in 1900 but remained a constituent part of St Thomas' Hospital until 1948 when it formally became part of the university. In 1982 it merged with the medical school at Guy's Hospital to form the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals. In turn UMDS was absorbed by King's College London School of Medicine and Dentistry, but the dentists have since been split out into The Dental Institute. Unlike the hospital which in recent times dropped the possessive "s", the medical school continued with the original spelling. The building is described as: Circa 1870 by Henry Currey. Italianate two-storey building with later raised attic. Main west front shows projecting 6-bay north wing;six bay main block of wider proportions with tower at south end. Red brick with Portland stone quoins, band,window dressings and balustraded parapet. Round headed windows in moulded architraves on first floor of left wing. Main block has paired round headed windows within larger round arch with light in spandrel. Tower of one tall stage with deep windows in sunk panel. Stone architrave with keystones rising to cornice whose long brackets support projecting cast iron balcony. Stone stage above has hipped lead roof with balustraded turret. for the love of god i cannot unpiss this tower! i blame the builders ta, ta, ta, t'ra t'ra t'ra
  11. I wrote this up a few months back but thought i would share it on oblivion as well as its got a two of my favourite pics that i have taken since i have been taking photos of explores, first person to guess which two gets a jaffa cake. First things first, the place is BUGGERED, anything and everything has been ripped out, every window smashed, stud walls kicked through, ceiling ripped down basically if it could be trashed it has been, somewhere there was a burst water pipe and one of the smaller staircases to the ground floor was literally a waterfall, shit myself a bit when i realised i was stood in two inches of water surrounded by exposed electrical wiring, might have ended up looking like marv when he gets electrocuted in home alone 2 if the place was live! obviously had plenty of squatters in there aswell, little fires dotted about the place, many a polish sausage wrapper and empty special brew tinny was also to be found. I only got around two of the three buildings as i was dicking about taking ages taking lots of poncy arty photos. I went hear back when i was flying solo, met a few other explorers since this and its nice to be getting out and meeting new people, a lot safer to, went down like a sack of crap on some mossy stone steps at an old mansion once exploring solo, wasn't a fun hobble back to the car! any newbies who are newbier than me and out on your own, try and make some friends! anyway ill stop rabbiting on and serve you up little bit of copy and paste history on the place. The History... Evening classes in science and art were established in 1846 by the Chance family at the schools attached to their Spon Lane glass-works. An institute formed at the works in 1852 flourished for almost twenty years. John Henderson of the London Works formed a library and reading room in the Cape Hill district and was patron of an institute which met there in the mid 1850s, while a few years later Joseph Chamberlain was fostering adult education at Nettlefold & Chamberlain's Smethwick works. St. Matthew's Church had some 140 pupils at an evening school in 1870, and Holy Trinity Church organized evening classes about the same date. Smethwick Institute, formed in 1887, met at the higher grade school in Crockett's Lane. For a few years after its foundation its activities included evening classes. It closed in the later 1920s. Another institute was meeting at Bearwood in the 1880s. The school board constituted itself a local committee of the Science and Art Department in 1885 and organized evening classes in science and art at the higher grade school in Crockett's Lane. In 1892 a technical instruction committee was set up consisting of members of the local board and the school board. It took over the management of the science and art classes, forming them into a municipal technical school. The school board members withdrew from the committee in 1898, and from 1899 the whole committee was appointed by the town council. The technical school continued to meet in the evenings in the higher grade school until 1910, when a technical school building was opened in Crockett's Lane. By 1913 there was an attendance of nearly 4,000. From 1914 until 1947 the buildings also housed a secondary technical school, and pupils from it continued to use classrooms and laboratories until 1956. Evening classes were still the most important part of the institution's work in the late 1920s, although after the 1918 Education Act the first day-release students were enrolled, with originally five firms sending workers. The school became Smethwick Municipal College in 1927 and was renamed Chance Technical College in 1945. A block of engineering and building workshops was opened in 1950. Between 1952 and 1966 major extensions were built on an adjoining site in Crockett's Lane; they enabled the college to accommodate some 3,500 students by 1966, two-thirds of whom attended courses during the day. 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. The original building, extensively renovated, is of brick with grey terracotta dressings, and was designed in a 'free Renaissance style' by F. J. Gill. The extensions of 1952-66, designed by W. W. Atkinson and Partners, consist of five main blocks faced with Portland stone and coloured brick. They house workshops, classrooms, laboratories, assembly and recreation halls, and administrative offices here's those poncy arty pics i was on about thanks for looking kids, safe take it sleazy and play safe!
  12. Bellboys College.. what an amazing site! This is my first post on here, i'm not 100% happy with the pictures and wouldn't mind a run back there soon, but these are a few of my favorites.. hope you enjoy History.. A very large private girls school, in a secluded area of Sussex, England. It had been affiliated with a ballet school which lasted from the 1980's until it's closer in 2004. Restoration work began in 2001, which only really resulted in a make shift roof and some horrible PVC windows in the top floor. Decay has definitely set in, with water damage becoming more and more apparent. Floors were beginning to become treacherous, and we had been warned by other explorers a staircase was on it's last legs.. Shout out to SlimJim for the ride, and Chopper for the location, had a sound day with these 2! I know it's been done to death lately, but here's my take on Bellboys.. Thanks for looking guys!
  13. So this place cropped up in my FB news feed a while back and I wanted in. I have never asked anyone details on how to find anywhere. I have asked for advice or tips but never locations. I have always sat and researched myself. This was probably one of the hardest, which is why it became so frustrating. Either I was stupid or having a real blonde moment. Turns out, I was just thick! The first place that came up when researching little did I know was actually it, nah I thought, can't be that easy! I was still adamant I wasn't gonna ask anyone. I got to the point I was chatting to one of my mates who had been recently and he provided me with everything I needed to know. Then when I looked it up online I could have kicked myself because I had seen it allready Anyway, as you can imagine I was pretty excited about this one, having wanted to see it for about 4 months and actually having the opportunity to drive to it this was it. I was driving the journey and all the time thinking shit, I hate dogs. Especially barky ones. That was my only concern, I knew I was getting in here. There was to be no fail. So parked the car up walked a little way down to it and went in exactly how I was told to, found access which was really easy and that was it, I was in! Walking round the corner in to a corridor where there were plants growing off the skirting board and a bath in the middle I kinda loved it allready. Spent quite a lot of time wandering round and got what I wanted in terms of pics. Saw the main house, the accommodation block, the swimming pool and the other little block with the clock in. The clock read 6.10 all the time we were here and by the time we left it was actually working. I have a video of it ticking but uploading pics is a mission so there aint no chance of a video It had lots of decay, the sort I love. Lots of wood too Very pretty and I can imagine in it's day it was was more stunning than I had seen. Anyway, it was a great day and I am so glad that I finally got to see this place. Pics aren't great but I'm happy! Enjoy I would have liked to have seen it without all that shit around it... Loved this room.. wood! I loved everything about this room, it was a little odd. I think we have all gathered now I do like a pool selfie haha! They obviously liked animals Thanks for looking!
  14. An oldie from last year but not posted on OS History Closed in 2005 the site is a former Police Training facility and living quarters, it comprises of a main central block, together with a number of residential blocks all around and additional sports fields. In addition there is a range of buildings of varying ages to the rear of the main block, comprising of accommodation blocks, a boiler house, maintenance buildings, some classrooms, gymnasium, swimming pool, sauna room, snooker room, lecture rooms and a bar/club building. Pics Thanks for looking
  15. Hello once again, OS. Said I would get my set of this place, a little late but never mind! Really liked this place some good grandeur and decay in places Visited with AndyK, Darbians and Kriegaffe9. Pics: Sunrise: Main entrance: Favourite ceiling in this place: Main entrance hall with great staircase: Details: Large fireplace: More nice ceilings: Main Corridor: Green: Fallen ceiling tiles: Peeling coat hangers: Hall: Arches: Carved fireplace: Ornate arches and balcony: Hall: Cheers guys!
  16. I've been feeling blue the last few days and the best remedy, of course, is to get out and go exploring. So that's exactly what I did! I have spent so much time exploring up north recently I kind of forgot how the south holds its own gems, of which this is definitely one. This very large private girls school in the middle of an affluent area of southern England closed around 2004 after passing through various hands and being known by various names in its life, including an affiliation with a ballet school which lasted from the 1980s until the closure date. Work was due to begin on a conversion around 2011 but only seems to have got as far as replacing the upstairs windows with modern nasty PVC units. In it's current condition a few of the floors are in a treacherous state, most notably the hall floor which has had severe water ingress and is, to put it lightly, rotten as a pear. While we were there, water was coming in in a constant stream which really is not good. The decay throughout is stunning, but equally saddening seeing how much of the ornate coving and plasterwork has been destroyed by water. It's a huge site which includes the main house/college, a large stable block with added accomodation blocks, indoor swimming pool, science block and large sports hall, we spent hours here wandering around the buildings and I could have spent hours more, I loved the place. It's like Lillesden but on steroids and taken to the nth degree (but sadly no huge mirror). But if you are a fan of fireplaces, you're in for a treat.... I went nuts with the camera and took loads of photos, so there might be quite a few in this post... Moving out of the main house now... Yes it was in there..... Thanks for looking, more here! https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157650527175186/
  17. One of my favourites from mine and Katia's trip to Germany last year. There wasn't a lot left here and it had a lot of graffiti inside it but it was worth it for the morgue I think. We got in early because its was in quite a nice up market area and we would have stood out in the day haha. It had plenty of doors banging in the wind and I felt like someone else was in there as well, had seen reports homeless have used it for shelter but we didnt come across anyone. Not a massive site but was a bit of a maze, I had almost given up on finding the morgue before we stumbled upon it. Hope you like the pics.
  18. 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.
  19. Founded in 1869 it was originally the residence of the Sisters Of Notre Dame. It began life as a pupil teacher centre and became a college in 1908. The sisters eventually left the building in 1978 due to an expansion which made the site an all girls school in 1983. In September 2013 the college moved to a new site and the building was left abandoned. Demolition of the site is now in progress so I was lucky to see this when I did. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Thanks for looking. For a few more shots of Notre Dame College
  20. This old college was a religious secondary school built in a religious “commune†solely by volunteer labour missionaries in the 1950’s who worked for the church. The school has a huge American influence as you can tell by the pictures, it is huge! The amount of things left behind is also astonishing, what a waste! The school was closed when church leaders accepted that mainstream schools offered “quality education†and the school has started to be demolished to either be converted to farmland or some other future usage. Our explore here began by cautiously entering a construction zone, in the past we had been greeted by angry residents who live on the commune and we were chased into a wet marsh behind the school, so this time we did our best to avoid that situation. After finding access presumably created by vandals, we were greeted by a huge American style school including full size swimming pool, gym and theatre, all without any signs of vandalism and the only graffiti being that of previous students to the school, making it the best abandoned school we have seen so far in New Zealand. For rest of pictures: http://urbexcentral.com/2014/10/09/a-religious-college/ Thanks for looking, Urbexcentral - New Zealand Urban Exploring.
  21. Originally named Mount Ellis, built for Joseph Ellis in 1865, and was reverted to Westmount College, a Dover College junior branch, in 1898. Shan't bore you with the full history as there have already been posts on this location before. Hope you all enjoy... Opinions welcomed!
  22. Visited this one with Goldie, Miz Firestorm and PoppunkJamie on a bit of a derp tour around his area (cheers for showing us round!). After wondering around outside for about an hour we finally found an entry point and it was worth the effort! This report mainly consists of stair shots, to me it was the best bit There were science labs and classrooms like you would expect, but haven't got many photos of those parts as i was pretty much addicted to the stairs! Altogether it's a nice spot and has some great features.. Oh and a room full of wasps! Shots: Cheers for looking!
  23. just thought i'd add to my previous report on sandwell by adding some colour shots of other areas we explored the basement found some cool stuff student toilets taken in the nursery toilets aww bless um more spooky basement wood workshop former classroom endless corridors sound room studyrooms way better in colour again thanks for looking
  24. The Chance family started evening classes in 1846,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 Municipal College in 1927 and was renamed Chance 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. 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 S College. Finally closing in stages between 2011 and 2012 as the college relocation to a new state of the art campus in West Bromwich. Since then there has been a fire to porter cabins in April 2013 and also the newer buildings which were added later have been demolished, leaving only the 2 grade II listed buildings. Went here spare of the moment. We was on the way to another explore but when we passed and saw the big pile of bricks. We thought we best do this now. Before its too late.. We had no bother gaining access and had a few good hours of uninterrupted exploring here. (loads to see and do ) No sign of the security caravan mentioned in other reports BEAUTIFUL GRADE II LISTED BUILDING old rusty water tank old damp smelly storage room woodwork and science anybody? woodwork classroom turned out to be a good find.we had great fun.... hmmm a chair + wheels + corridor + dora = madness! some good art work to be seen onwards to the technology suite recording room i believe still in tune! shame about the fire place main entrance.was quite grand lobby area reception office mail sorting office toilet shot such a shame its been left to ruin more like a grand stately home one of many corridors wood carving effect everywhere lecture theatre room didn't expect all this to be honest stairs shot empty science lab loads of personal stuff to see thanks for checking out my report. hope you all like it
  25. Was a little disappointed in this, but when I saw the chapel my opinion changed.
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