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  1. Hi all, I'm new to Oblivion State, but I've been doing Urban Exploring for about 18 months now. Here is my latest explore from late last night. Coulsdon Deep Shelter This was the site of my first proper Urban Explore about 18 months ago. I remember scrabbling through the woods one October night with some friends (that I think were quite convinced I was trying to get them killed) trailing behind me to try and find the way in. Eventually of course we made it in and it was all worth it. I of course had no idea what I was really doing, I don't think any of use really do when we start this rather weird hobby. Neither the less, 18 months later and I'm still hooked (and somewhat poorer with all the camera equipment I've bought). I heard that this the shelter had been sealed up with a massive pile of dirt back in the middle of last year. However a few months later there was a report up in October saying it was back open again. So I made a mental note to go re-visit when I got a chance. History The History has been said many time about this locations, so I won't go into great detail. You can get a very detailed write up anyway if you look this shelter on Google, so I'm not going to try and compete with that. It was constructed in 1941 It was bough by Cox, Hargreaves and Thomson Ltd, a manufacturing company that made Optical Equipment. They operated from the 1950s to the 1960s. However the moisture and cold made the tunnel unusable for manufacturing high precision equipment. It was bought by a motor vehicle repair company but they moved out for the same reasons sometime later. It was sealed up and left for years before being opened up at sometime later. The Visit I tried to find 'the usual' way in, but as reported a massive (Its truly massive, it would take a digger hours to clear it all away) mound of dirt and bricks was piled on top of it. Anyway, we dug about with sticks a bit to try and work out how someone got in previously, but gave up after a short while. We started to head back in defeat before accidentally stumbling across a totally new way in. Compared to 18 months ago, not much has really changed in the shelter. The only new thing is the bright pink speakers and DJ mixer that have been left in there from rave some people must have had in there. There was actually cable going into the entrance from outside, so I am assuming they ran a small generator outside and ran the power inside for the speakers. Pretty clever IMO. Full album here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/grahamr123/albums/72157661916861733
  2. 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
  3. visited with alanmowbs82, this set of tunnels wwas a deep refuge for the royal marines, built over two levels the lower being a sleeping and refuge area and the upper being the offices, plant and casualty clearing station for the hospital which sat at that entrance. It's a nice set of tunnels with little to no graffiti from after the second world war. Unfortunately it's damp in places which has led to a lot of the hardboard walls of the offices deteriorating but all in all a very nice set. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. thanks for looking
  4. Germany Very deep mine 2014

    very deep mine, in an area where so far only very few were. more pictures coming soon... 1. 2. 3. 4.
  5. Morning everyone, managed to finally see this place after waiting for a long time, it was the final deep shelter around the dover area that i hadnt seen so i was pretty happy, nice shelter but stinks of wee wee up the top part and it has been really burnt out at some point but there is still some nice features down there with the pipework etc, pics are resized so dont look too good but hope there ok anyway :-). i need a wide angle lens. also its now sealed up again. Brief bit of history: St Martin's Battery was constructed in the 1870s and mounted with three 10-inch RML guns. It is located overlooking Dover's Western Docks, in an area which would have been just inside the South Entrance of the Western Heights fortress. Directly behind the battery is the deep shelter. This was constructed originally as a main magazine to supply the battery guns, but was lengthened and turned into a deep shelter at the time of world war 2. The deep shelter is now in poor condition, many parts having suffered from smoke damage and collapse. thank alan.
  6. This was the one and only Deep Shelter at St Margaret's that I hadn't done, Mainly as in previous years I hadn't found it, I got a text from Space Invader saying he was at a loose end and did I fancy going and doing some thing local, I thought yeah why not so off we went and found ourselves here. A nice aerial shot of the site; A bit of history about the site, Its construction and the fire power employed; This was a coastal artillery battery with four Mark X 9.2 inch guns and a network of bunkers and ammunition stores, northeast of the lighthouse on the road to St Margarets. The site was cleared after the war, but traces remain albeit heavily overgrown. Excavations started on 28 December 1940 and the first gun arrived on 25 March 1941, although No. 4 gun was not test fired until 28 November of that year. Their best-known action came a few months later, on 12 February 1942, when the light battleships Gneisenau, Scharnhorst and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen attempted the Channel Dash from Brest back to Germany. The K band radar at South Foreland started to track the ships of the Brest Group coming up the Channel towards Cap Gris Nez. At 12:19, the first salvo was fired; since maximum visibility was five miles, there was no observation of fall of shot by either sight or radar. The "blips" of the K-set clearly showed the zig-zagging of the ships and full battery salvo firing began without verifying fall-of-shot. 33 rounds were fired at the German ships, which were moving out of range at 30 kn (35 mph; 56 km/h). Initially it was thought that four hits had been made, but the Germans revealed that all had missed. By the end of the war the four guns had expended 2,248 shells, most in the months before and after the Normandy landings. 28 enemy ships were confirmed sunk between all the coastal batteries around Dover and the deterrent effect was significant A couple of Original photos from when the site was in full operation And the pics taken from my visit to the Shelter Thanks for taking the time to look through my Pics, I had a great time visiting this place, I would Highly recommend going to experience it for yourselves ! !
  7. everyones probably seen these many times before but i Popped in here yesterday on the way back from visiting deepdene deep shelter but there's already a new report on that so thought id post up a few pics from my 2nd explore. had been down here before but the mrs wanted too see it so went for a revisit. bit of info: coulsdon deep shelter was built on the grounds of the cane hill asylum around the time of ww2, it was one of four shelters which surrey council had built, After the war Cox, Hargreaves and Thomson, Limited who specialised in the manufacture of optical devices – mainly lenses for huge telescopes purchased the shelter. they left the shelter due to damp issues and corrosion and the shelter was then purchased to be used as a garage but with the same issues happening again left and the shelter was finally sealed up by surrey council. nice little explore but the same as deepdene a fair bit of asbestos laying about. thanks for looking Alan.
  8. This is the first of two deep shelters that were built at south foreland. This particular shelter was excavated in 1941 by 172 Tunnelling Coy and No.1 Section, 171 Tunnelling Coy. R.E. to provide accommodation and shelter to the gun crews at the Battery site. Really liked it down this one,been to quite a few deep shelters and this one doesn't have much graffiti which is nice, the general condition isnt too bad but most of the wall linings etc have fallen off making a bit of a mess but one of the tunnels is spotless so i guess someone's been having a sweep up down there at some point. didnt spend too much time down there as was in a rush and went on to do another 3 explores that night but i think the pics came out ok. thanks for looking alan.
  9. My second underground explore after visiting Z-Rocket earlier that morning. Very steep entrance with not much to hang onto but has some good pieces still in it. Some history: This deep shelter sunk into the chalk above Langdon Bay just to the east of Dover had two entrances about a hundred yards apart in a bank by a rough track well back from the cliff edge (the cutting for the railway line that used to run down to Dover Harbour many years ago). There are no signs of the entrances today. The roofs/walls were the usual galvanized wriggley sheet metal, but with quite a lot of brick work. In one section where the chalk was exposed an inscription, 'M. Tutt Dec 1944', had been cut quite deeply into the chalk. The steps leading out of the secondary (eastern) entrance were largely missing leaving a steeply sloping chalk floor leading back to the surface which was back filled in 1979.
  10. This was my first underground explore and loved every minute of it. A big thank you to AlanMowbs82 for some help with the entrance Some stolen history: The Site is located under the 5.5 gun battery constructed during world war 2, this battery no longer remains having been demolished in the 1970s. The Deep shelter however still remains. This gunsite mounted 4 x 5.5" guns and was manned by 411 Battery. Tunnelled accommodation was provided at the rear of the Battery, and an extra chamber between the two parallel tunnels was later added by 171 Tunnelling Coy. as additional space for the medical services.there are hazards such as unsupported sections of the tunnels as well as a chute that opens directly into the face of the cliff. Thanks for looking.
  11. Afternoon everyone we had a long day exploring yesterday and visited 4 places so im acheing like crazy today, anyway in between explores i popped back down into the z rocket for another look, still like it down their although its a small explore but nice all the same :-). the crazy pidgeons are still there waiting to fly into your head when you least expect it but it keeps you on your toes haha. just a few pictures incase everyone hasnt seen them a thousand times. a little history on the place: The Site is located under the 5.5 gun battery constructed during world war 2, this battery no longer remains having been demolished in the 1970s. The Deep shelter however still remains. This gunsite mounted 4 x 5.5" guns and was manned by 411 Battery. Tunnelled accommodation was provided at the rear of the Battery, and an extra chamber between the two parallel tunnels was later added by 171 Tunnelling Coy. as additional space for the medical services.there are hazards such as unsupported sections of the tunnels as well as a chute that opens directly into the face of the cliff. thanks for looking alan.
  12. This is the former private home of the Lieutenant Governor of the Plymouth Garrison, built in 1793. Winston Churchill stayed there. He visited Plymouth in 1941, to see at first hand the effects of the Luftwaffe’s bombing campaign on the city. King George IV also stayed there, but its secret history lies in a two-mile warren of underground tunnels. They are entered via a bunker built in 1940, its seven-feet reinforced concrete roof designed to withstand a 500lb bomb direct hit. The tunnels, now damp and eerily dark in places, reek of military history. You pass old mess rooms and briefing areas, canteens and abandoned telecoms centres, all secured by foot-thick steel doors. Until a decade ago, this subterranean world was full of 200 naval staff working 24-7. Even the people of Plymouth did not know of the cloak-and-dagger operations engineered from below their land. It was where model ships were moved across tables to monitor naval manoeuvres in the Western Approaches at the end of the Second World War. Nor did Plymouthians know that the tunnels were a nerve centre of secret intelligence and telecommunications guiding naval operations during the Falklands War in 1982. Currently this site is under development for a new housing estate.
  13. second visit for me down to Lydden as a couple missed out on it the last time, access route has become slightly more worrying, guess that was due to the rain! dont really like revisits but what we saw when we got out was breath taking history can be found here: http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/l/lydden_spout_battery/index.shtml this is my favorite place in dover, not very trashed and a sketchy entrance
  14. I've not been underground for 5 days and was starting to get the shakes, my eyes had adapted to being above ground and my skin was no longer translucent so I had to find somewhere dark and cool to hide from the midday sun As I was in Stockport I decided on Brinksway deep level shelter Wardens post Toilets
  15. It may have reached some peoples attention that i got a fisheye lens yesterday ,so itching to get out and play underground when Obscurity asked if i was free i jumped at the chance..So im very sorry there is fisheye overkill..If fisheye offends please look away now Visted with Obscurity and as he didnt bring his tripod down i asked him to help with the lighting in some shots and thanks for suggesting the angle in shot number 1 some blagged hitsory Back filled entrance/exit Thanks for looking and yes not every ones cup of tea with the over kill but you where warned!
  16. Few pics from St Martins, nice little shelter, could also be known as the nutcracker! Sorry pretty crappy pics! Frosty.
  17. Another deep shelter for the many gun batteries that bristled around Dover. Entry was interesting, glad we did it before the rain because I wore wholly inappropriate foot wear. History: http://www.thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/si ... lter-dover Image00003 by Image00005 by Image00002 by Image00001 by (the fallen ductwork was quite nicely placed for photos) S8
  18. In another round of re-visits, we decided to pop our heads into the Lydden Spout plotting room and deep shelter as they are only a short distance from each other. Like all the others dotted along the clifftops at Dover, this was built as part of the gun battery that used to be on top of the cliffs at this point. All the surface features have long since disappeared, but the underground features still remain. The entrance to the Lydden shelter is a bit tricky being halfway down the cliff with a fairly steep path leading up to it. We must have been slightly mad to be doing this on a fairly cold, very windy and wet night, but we all made it in and out OK. Visited with Frosty, Jesus and a non forum member. My photos of the plotting room mainly consist of doors - as to be fair, that's all there really is in the place apart from the old ventilation equipment. And now the deep shelter. This one is very damp towards the back, but does have an excellent staircase in. Thanks for looking! Maniac
  19. There's loads of these dotted around the Dover area. This one is one of the better ones in my opinion, and is one of the least reported so it would seem, mainly because it can be tricky to find if you don't know where it is (where as some of the others are easy to just stumble across) They were all built to a similar design, and all built for the same reason - to shelter the military personnel manning the various guns and other defenses along the Dover cliffs during WWII. They don't really have names, but this one is often called South Forelands shelter number 1 to distinguish it from it's smaller counterpart just up the road. incidentally, someone's been having a clean out down here, and the floor of one of the tunnels was swept clean. Only a few photos, as there's not a lot left really, and there's only so many photos of tunnels you can take. Thanks for looking! Maniac.
  20. Been meaning to do this one for a while and have recently been doing a few "Re-Visits" of other things in the area with a newb explorer so here goes with a bit of history; Situated on the cliffs between Folkestone and Dover. Built during WW2, the Lydden Spout Deep Shelter was part of the site for a battery of six inch long range guns on the cliff tops above the spring known as Lydden Spout. There were also quite a few surface buildings and three underground magazines. Most of the surface building have gone leaving just two which are used as cattle sheds. One interesting feature of this site was the water supply, which I believe came from the spring at the bottom of the cliffs several hundred feet below. A chamber had been hollowed out of the cliff at the base of the spring and ram pumps installed to pump water up to the cliff top. Ram pumps work by using the energy of the flowing water to raise some of the water higher, and need no other power source or engine. On with my pics.... Well worth a look if you dont mind heights and a bit of climbing, Really enjoyed this one despite access being a bit dicey
  21. Saw this pop up and had to go check it out,thanks to Frink for clearing up a few details. The history was covered by Canute And to be honest the site with the full very indepth info where i would have quoted from is the same Canute used ,so rather than repeat a very good history ill use the linky http://www.simoncornwell.com/urbex/projects/chb/history/index.htm Explored with Obscurity Space Invader and Storm...really nice relaxed explore with shit loads to see and was well worth the trip... And also at a later date revisited with Jesus UrbanGinger and Maniac..so guys do tag some pics along if you want On with some pics in no particular order Heres a map for starters Sorry to say this was Re-sealed big time . thanks for looking
  22. Splored with Skeleton Key, UrbanX, Wevsky, SpaceInvader, Troglodyte, Mrs Troglodyte, Urban Ginger and Ian ______________________________________________________ Planning for this battery situated just south east of the Drop Redoubt started around 1853 and completed in the 1870's and was updated at the begining of the second world war, this included the building of the Deep Underground Shelter The battery housed 10" RML guns which protectively looked out over The Straits of Dover in The English Channel In 1867 a gun exploded during the saluting of the Sultan departing Dover, killing a gunner by ripping his arm off and injuring two others of the crew. The gunner was named Andrew McDowell and his grave can still be found in St. James's cemetery Sadly the bottom half has broken off but the rest reads: "...by the Officers and Non-Com Officers, Gunners and Trumpeteers, No.1 Battery, 2nd Brigade, R.A., to the memory of Gunner Andrew McDowell of the above battery who was killed by acident in the Drop Battery, at Dover..." The Deep Shelter The Deep Shelter has suffered several cave-ins Thanks for looking
  23. visited with wevsky, troglodyte ,peach, silver rainbow, oliver gt and one flew east a little history... At St Margaret's Bay there is the underground deep shelter for St Margarets 5.5" Battery. This site was the first one to use the unrotated projectile known as the Z - Rocket which was a anti - aircraft (AA) weapon. It was officially known as a UP or unrotated projectile. It was not particularly accurate, but the thinking was that if fired in large enough amounts an enemy plane just might get hit! on with the pics ..... Thanks for looking
  24. After a last minute phone call from troglodyte , and it was off to london for a late night meet . visited with wevsky ,troglodyte and urban ginger a little history... All eight Deep Level shelters built during 1941-1942 under existing London Underground stations remained under the ownership of the British Government for many years after the cessation of hostilities. The initial plan of incorporating them into an express rail route through the centre of London was initially shelved and then abandoned due to the lack of money after the War. Then, in the late 1990s, London Underground was given the opportunity to take control of the shelters with a view to leasing them out. Since then, the deep level shelters have been progressively leased to companies interested in using them to store items such as documents, film, videotapes and other similar archive material. All except Clapham North, which has remained completely empty since its contents were cleared after the War. Transport for London advertised the lease for Clapham North deep level shelter using a local estate agent and the requests came in. Many interesting and unusual requests for use were suggested but had to be rejected for health and safety reasons - the most common being people wanting to construct a night club in the 1,400ft tunnels! Some suggested creating living accommodation there - though precisely who would like to live in an unlit tunnel over 100ft beneath London is unclear to me. It was even rumoured that a large entertainment company had seriously looked into the possibility of converting one of these locations into a theme park ride based on World War 2 air raids! Realistically though, the only practical use for this prime central London real estate space would be for storage. on with the pics on with the pics... thanks for looking
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