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  1. Not quite the theatre @SpiderMonkey and I intended to visit, but after finding no way into another nearby cinema we thought we'd give the Grand a go. Having not seen anything from this place for quite some time we were pretty surprised to find a way in. Built on the site of a former Circus Hall, the Grand Theatre in Doncaster opened on 27th March 1899. The theatre stood in a prominent position facing Doncaster railway station and featured columns and arches on the frontage. Designed by by J P Briggs and built by local firm Arnold & Sons, it was one of the first theatres in the country to have electric lights. The remnants of older style gas lighting are also still visible in some areas to this day. The Grand was in use as a theatre in 1958 and was then used as a bingo hall until its closure in 1995. The front of the theatre now awkwardly faces and is wedged up against the Frenchgate shopping centre, the distinctive features looking as impressive as ever despite being somewhat hidden away and now out of place. The theatre is generally in good condition. The 2nd balcony level, the Gallery, retains original seating behind a rare example of bench seating towards the front. The circle level has all seating in tact, which had been replaced during the theatres time as bingo hall and still looks new. Some remains of old dressing rooms can be found in void areas and feature some cool old signage. The gallery level had a few rows of seats at the back, the rest of the level was taken up by bench seating Entrance areas and bar And finally some rather cool old signage hidden away in a void space.
  2. Pilkington's Glass The Explore Drove up to meet Session9 at Doncaster and headed for some industrial goodness and we weren't disappointed. Using the "going in dry" technique as always we had a wander around the outside looking for access. At one point I was boot-deep in mud and water in a large pipe checking out a possible access point when i heard S9 having a meeting with a yappy dog above so I hid in the pipe until it buggered off, whilst slowly sinking. The old sealskinz waterproof socks proving their worth once again Further around the perimeter we got lucky and found a way in... The History (stolen from S9 once again lol) Pilkington Glass was established in St Helens, Merseyside in 1826. The Doncaster site was opened in 1922 at its canalside location in Kirk Sandall. Pilkingtons had a large workforce and the small village of Kirk Sandall grew to provide housing for the workers. There was even a pub nearby named "The Glassmaker" (now rebuilt and re-named "The Glasshouse"). The site eventually ceased production in 2008. The Pictures 1. This area was mahoosive! 2. 3. Unfortunately this gantry crane cab had been wedged shut, otherwise i'd have taken it for a spin.. 4. The font and colour of these hand-painted signs reminded me of New York fire engines for some reason.. 5/6. Many would've taken a picture of the number on the pillar to the left.... 7. I spent a lot of time climbing shit here and ended up pretty much covered in red dusty crap by the end of the day.. 8. Hell minus 300.. 9. 10. 11. 12. Rusty pipe.. 13. A very much live area which appeared to have some newly built train tracks and smelled better than your own fart brand.. 14. Battery Charging Room 15. Moving on to the Engineers Workshop area.. 16. 17. 18. Gogglebox.. 19. Got filthy climbing up here... 20. Gay machinery.. 21. 22. As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  3. Various explores with -Raz- and some non members History; Pilkington Glass was founded in St. Helens in 1826 and the Doncaster site opened in 1922. This site was well located due to the canal which runs along side the factory creating easy transport links on the great canal systems. The factory is situated in the town of Kirk Sandall, a town which pretty much grew to house the work force for the factory in years prior everyone having cars. A pub was built in the town and named in the sites honour “The Glassmaker”. The site was closed in 2008 and has since been an attraction for both metal fairies and Urbexers alike. Various Explores; The first thing you notice about this place is the entrance, possibly the best one I’ve experienced; very cramped and that’s all I’ll say on the matter. The building is well… HUGE, spanning over a 1000ft end to end it dwarfs most industrial derps and it is covered in a horrid red dust (doesn’t come out of car seats). If you have a head for heights there are various cranes to climb and raised walkways to have a walk along. On the lower levels Network Rail apprentices are trained to lay tracks so be aware if they are there. If you got this far, thanks for reading
  4. PILKINGTON GLASS, DONCASTER - APRIL 2015 History Pilkington Glass was established in St Helens, Merseyside in 1826. The Doncaster site was opened in 1922 at its canalside location in Kirk Sandall. Pilkingtons had a large workforce and the small village of Kirk Sandall grew to provide housing for the workers. There was even a pub nearby named "The Glassmaker" (now rebuilt and re-named "The Glasshouse"). The site eventually ceased production in 2008. The explore It was long overdue to visit this much trodden derp, so we pointed the car at one of South Yorkshire's finest. The mooch did not disappoint, there was the industrial history brought to us on a massive scale, BUT WAIT!... as life long enthusiasts of creosote we were transported to a better world. All around us stood thousands of railway sleepers oozing their heady aroma, made stronger by the spring sunshine - magic . Anyway, on with the report! Explored with Hamtagger. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. HT's tripod sporting her legs. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Hamtagger has overdosed on the creosote... oh well nice knowing you bud . 13. I was amused by the ladder hanging from the ceiling. 14. 15. The whole factory was covered in these delightful hand painted signs (left). 16. Tracks, both narrow gauge and standard gauge can be seen disappearing underneath the toilet block left. 17. On to the store room, which did not disappoint. 18. 19. Thanks for looking
  5. A group of us went up north to have a got at this one last year, was taken aback by the sheer size of the place! We hit the main part of the factory just as the sun was setting and it made for some amazing lighting. Here's some history i found on the place but i really can remember where so apologies for no credits: Thanks for reading More Photos and full report on my blog -> http://www.ukurbex.co.uk/pilkington-glass-factory-doncaster/
  6. Another set of photos from our trip up north last year, loved the classic cars in the garage, had to give one of them a test drive. See more photos and full report at http://www.ukurbex.co.uk/doctors-manor-doncaster/
  7. This one has gone under a few different names on various previous reports including Hampole Manor, The Manor House and The Doctors House. The Stonework at the front gate shows this as Ivy Farm and this is confirmed by mapping, and Hampole Manor is actually a different building on the same road. I’m sure that everyone knows there’s a pool and cars there but as you will see they aren’t the focus of my report, the photos of them they haven’t been included. Since previous reports you will notice that the back garden has severely grown almost hiding the building from the rear, and many of the interesting artifacts are now sadly gone, there’s none of the bottles or jars left, the pair of shoes are gone. Bit of background for the site, it was owned by a Doctor until the 1990′s when he was apparently driven from his home following a very unsettling series of events whereby he released a patient who had been held under the Mental Health Act who then went on to stab an 11 year old girl two days later in Doncaster’s Frenchgate Shopping Centre. There was a Doncaster telephone directory inside dated 1999. It is a wonderful property, especially the upstairs room with the exposed beams and would be fantastic to live in should it ever be renovated. The back garden is now severely overgrown The classic urbex phone shot! The underside of the porch roof was in remarkably good condition The other classic urbex out the window shot This little chappie in the fireplace doesn't look too happy Who's next? Thanks for looking!
  8. Hi folks, I'm a 30 something guy from roughly Doncaster, looking to meet a mature abandoned property for kinky photographs of your corridor. .... Got a few explores planned looking forward to sharing them or tagging along with anyone Cheers, Z
  9. This was one of my very first explores, visited with Urban Witness. The place is a proper derp and no doubt would have been a lovely home at one time. This place is so much of an unsecure place that we parked the car on the driveway outside and walked through the gate !! HISTORY There is plenty of news on the web about the owner, just google This house was abandoned in the early 90's by a Dr. (not sure if i can say his name) either way, he was a psychiatrist and doncaster royal infirmary. He got into a bit of trouble hence why he abandoned such a lovely home, the story behind him leaving goes he assessed a mental woman who was arrested for threatening a girl with a knife, but he released the woman (something to do with the mental health act) in thinking she will do something wrong again so they can have her locked up for good. Bad decision doc, the patient went on to stab an 11 year old girl to death in the frenchgate shopping center 2 days after release. "During her admission she appealed against her detention to the Mental Health Review Tribunal, but her appeal was turned down. Despite this, on 14 April the responsible medical officerâ€â€a Dr. XXXXXâ€â€discharged her from her section of the Mental Health Act and she walked out of the hospital. Two days laterâ€â€on 16 April â€â€Carol Barratt went to the Frenchgate shopping centre and stabbed to death little Emma Brodie, an 11-year-old schoolgirl whose parents kept a nearby public house. The parents have not recovered from the shock and grief, and probably never will. The fact finding committee's report also contains the extraordinary statement: "although her responsible medical officer realised her dangerousness he nevertheless decided to discharge her from Section. In doing so he expressed the hope that the police would then get involved which could allow for more long-term detention of Carol to be arranged"." In other words, he thought, "Let her out; she is bound to do something bad and then we can have her back inside again." It is incredible, but that, as it turned out, is exactly what happenedâ€â€with such terrible consequences for poor little Emma Brodie." - copied from a clipping by Sir Harold Walker.
  10. Right people, it's back to school for you lot! luckily for the guy's it's a girls school!! The school was designed by J. M. Bottomley and G. T. Wellburn of Leeds and built in 1910. It was built in an Edwardian Baroque style, in an English cross bond utilising red brick and with white faience dressings. In 1971 the school amalgamated with Doncaster Grammar School and was renamed Hall Cross Comprehensive. The building here is the Waterdale location.
  11. Hi From Doncaster

    Just a quick hello from Doncaster, I done several explores but not posted on any forums due to all the places i have visited have been done before and with me only having a compact camera at the min my confidence in my pics being up to peoples standards on forums is low. If anyone wants to see my pics then please message me for my flickr Acc link or check me out on facebook 'urban snooper'

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