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  1. Intro. Ok got bored being in all time has you do so decided to go out and explore. Wanted to do this for quite a while so went down solo (At First). When i got there was checking out the place and access etc when i found it a damn car pulled up and sat for ages right outside. So grabbed some grub and heading back where i spotted a lady right near access and was having a nosy lol. So i introduced myself would be rude not to. Turned out it was Hedgie with another person i didn't catch name sorry just coming out. After some good pointers i realized its way to much just for me solo and with night upon me so called for reinforcements. An hour later my friends turned up Tina and tony. Then off we went. All i can say was this was one of the most fun and awesome places i have been for a while. Loved it and hope you like pics. History. St Joseph's Hospital was erected on Mount Street, Preston in 1877 by Mrs Maria Holland for the benefit of the sick poor. It was opened in 1879 and run by the Sisters of Charity of our Lady Mother of Mercy, who also ran St Joseph's Orphanage in Theatre street. In 1884, it opened up two rooms as accommodation for private patients, and during the First World War it provided care for wounded soldiers (often Belgians). The Hospital was later recognised as a training centre for nurses, and accepted its first trainees in 1958. The Hospital closed in the late 1980s,The Sisters of Charity are still based in Mount Street at Provincial House. St Joseph�s is a Grade II listed former orphanage and maternity hospital developed as a sequence of buildings from 1872 through to the 1950�s. The original building is a two storey, red brick building in a high gothic style with a tower over the original entrance. The later 1930�s and 1950�s buildings are in a simple modernist style in brick. The buildings are arranged around a courtyard but one that is hidden from view despite its central location. The buildings are an important landmark and a significant part of Preston�s Victorian heritage and social history. Although the buildings have consent for conversion to residential use they have been vacant for a number of years. The site is in private ownership. Also this is the place george formby died. Here is an interesting link about this. http://www.blogpreston.co.uk/2013/0...george-formbys-death-and-his-link-to-preston/ Enjoy the pics Thanks for looking. Hope you enjoyed.
  2. UK The seminary feb 2015

    Visited this wonderful place many time and it never fails me. Been with diffrent people who I've arranged to to from various urbex sites not forgetting woopashoopaa and also come across many others in there so you no who you are and nice to meet you guys.. Let's say the entrance isn't the easiest I've done but I like a challenge whe all the hype St joes gets with all its alarms and cameras and secca it's not a bad thing as it keeps out the vandals and the like. And the alarms aren't the kindest on the eardrums I call it the sonic attack. Anyways here's a few photos and a bit of history ... HistorySt Joseph’s Seminary at Upholland opened in 1883, the first phase was built to a design by James O’Bryne. Set amongst a backdrop of copse and wildwood amidst gently sloping fields, the buildings are flanked with rough-hewn stone. An upper and lower lake are separated by a gentle and soothing waterfall. 1 The 150 acres of land the seminary is built upon had been purchased at auction in 1877. The grandeur of the chapels, meeting rooms, fixtures and fittings was unbelievable.The seminary was closed during WW1 and reopened in 1919 along with a junior seminary. The second phase of construction commenced in 1923. The design was in a different style to the original buildings, however it was equally as grand. Landscaped gardens and sports facilities were also completed by 1927. A new chapel was added in 1930 along with 14 sub chapels. The final addition to the site was a science block. 2St Joseph’s, usually referred to by its students simply as Upholland, was the main seminary serving the North West of England. The sister seminary at Ushaw provided the same services for the North East. Both institutions housed both a junior and senior seminary. The junior seminaries provided secondary education in a semi-monastic environment to boys aged 11 to 18 who wished to pursue the priesthood. The senior seminary taught adults philosophy and theology as they prepared for priesthood.
  3. visited here with woopashoopaa was a really nice and relaxed visit after a failed attempt at another place on the way here.this place has so many nice features still intact so please be kind to this place ok heres a bit of history and a few pics thanks for looking... St Saviour's Parish Church New Line, Bacup The origins of St. Saviour's At Stubbylee Hall, Bacup, lived Mr. John Holt, J.P., a Christian man with a real concern for the spiritual needs of the people living on his estate around the Lee Mill area. His dreams of building a church were not fulfilled in his own lifetime. When St. John's fell into a state of extreme disrepair and collapse a committee was formed to rebuild it but progress in making the necessary arrangements was so slow that one of the members of the committee, Mr. James Maden Holt (the son of Mr. John Holt) withdrew and determined to go ahead with the building of a church at Stubbylee. After obtaining the consent of the incumbent of St. John's, the Rev. B. Tweedale, and of the Bishop of the diocese to the assignment of a district for the proposed new church, Mr. Holt looked round for a suitable clergyman to tackle the undertaking. He learned that the Rev. William Whitworth, Vicar of St. Jude's, Ancoats, was willing to accept the onerous task of working up the new- parish and invited him to be the first vicar. Mr. Whitworth was duly licensed and began his labours in an old mill at Rockliffe. It was intended that these premises should be only temporary so very few alterations were made. The floor was covered with sawdustand benches mounted on bricks were used as pews. Worship commenced there in 1854. Work now began on the Sunday School building in New Line and was completed in 1858. The congregation and scholars were called together for a final address by Mr. Whitworth in Rockliffe Mill. A procession then formed and marched to the new school, which was opened by Mr. Whitworth who gave a further address. The upper part of the school was used as a church for the next few years. The vicarage was built next and Mr. Whitworth took up residence there about 1860, shortly before the building of the church commenced. The church was consecrated on Monday, the 23rd of January, 1865, by the Lord Bishop of Manchester, the Right Rev. J. Fraser, and was designated "St. Saviour's, Bacup". Representatives of the local Wesleyan, Baptist and Independent churches were present at the service. The cost of the erection of the church, school and vicarage was borne entirely by Mr. James Maden Holt and amounted, as near as can be ascertained, to £8,000, £2,000 and £1,400 respectively, exclusive of the value of the sites. The new church The architect employed by Mr. Maden Holt was E. Wyndham Tarn of London. The church, 120 ft. long and 53 ft. wide was built in the Early Pointed Gothic style from stone quarried on Mr. Holt's estate with pillars of polished red granite. Seating accommodation was provided for 1,000 people. The tower, which stands on the north side of the chancel, is surmounted by a spire 150 ft. in height. A small transept was built on the south side of the church. It was used originally as a pew for the Holt family but later the font was transferred to this chapel from its former position in the chancel. The church contains a baptistry for the immersion of adults. It is sunk in the chancel floor and is covered by an ornamental grating. The above information was obtained from the 1865 - 1965 Centenary Handbook When the Reverend Eddie Ashworth retired in 1999 the parish became a joint benifice with Holy Trinity Church, Stacksteads. The Church held it's final service in October 2007 and the parish merged with Holy Trinity, Tunstead.
  4. I've had my eye on this Silo for a few years as my girlfriend used to work not far from this site so I used to see it everytime I would go and meet up with her. I had a wonder about a few times with a friend but it always seemed very busy down there , anyway the whole place had shut down so I had to give it a go. it was a bit foggy but on a clear night you should be able to see for miles sorry to say its gone now but it was a good one for the very short time it was there. I found a small bit of info on the net sorry its not much .. Tunnel Refineries changed its name to Amylum which is the latin for Starch The 50 acre site at Greenwich processes crops such as wheat and maize and extracts starch. The starch is then converted into glucose syrup. The syrup is then forwarded into the food chain and appears in most processed foods that we eat. this is the fire escape you have to climb. its well fucked and you have to step over a big gap but it all adds to the fun
  5. A rare visit from me in the Military section, in fact wasn't sure to post here or in the underground This was a opportunity I had to jump on quickly after seeing a report elsewhere and gathering that demolition was about to start. After all, its not every day you can explore a former 1950's nuclear bunker. I arrived after dark to help avoid security - inside was pitch black anyway. After 10 minutes I heard voices and met another couple of explorers - James and Joe - whose extra lighting meant a big improvement to some of my shots. Much appreciated!! Here is some background info on the site, most of it taken from an article in the Yorkshire Evening Post from Nick Catford, author of the book Cold War Bunkers. Officially known as the Leeds War Room Region 2. The bunker was one of 13 built in the 1950s as the fear of nuclear attack from the Soviet Union gripped the West. In the event of war the bunker would have housed a cabinet minister acting as an emergency Regional Commissioner and it was he who would have been responsible for directing the strategic response to air raids across the region. Designed to withstand the force of a 500lb medium capacity bomb, the bunker’s occupants would have reported to a central Government War Room in London. It was equipped with a two-floor operations room and stations to house a small army of civil servants. There was a hospital, telephone exchange and male and female dormitories. An air filtration plant strained and filtered out radioactive contamination, ensuring the bunker’s occupants were protected from deadly fallout dust. A key role in the Leeds bunker would have been played by those responsible for keeping communications up and running. The war room needed to keep in contact with a host of smaller bunkers that would be feeding them information on bomb drops and fallout patterns. To that end the bunker was equipped with a telephone exchange that was wired into a secret underground network running all over the country that had been built by the General Post Office (the predecessor to British Telecom) after the Second World War. The development of the hydrogen bomb – which was 1,000 times as powerful as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 – meant that instead of a long war planners now anticipated a short, devastating attack on major cities. The expectation of mutually assured destruction meant that the war rooms were both inadequately protected and seen as too small to support the large live-in staff that would be needed in the wake of a major nuclear strike. Instead, they were replaced by a network of much larger bunkers known as Regional Government Headquarters. The Leeds war room was downgraded to the status of a sub-regional control centre which was subordinate to the local RGHQ at Shipton, near York. After 1968 Leeds City Council took it over as a more localised control centre for Leeds itself and the bunker remained in use until about 1981, although only the upper level was occupied. By the early 1990s it had been decommissioned as the threat of nuclear war was seen to have passed. In 2011 it was one of only 4 still in existence, but, shamefully this fascinating and important legacy of the Cold War has recently been demolished.
  6. Hi Guys not posted in a long while so her is one from me now The History, LGHS was founded in 1876, at a time when female education was limited but expanding. Frances Lupton and other members of the Ladies’ Honorary Council of the Yorkshire Board of Education decided that campaigning for access to the universities was of little use without better all-round education for girls, equivalent to what boys received at traditional academic grammar school. In 2005 LGHS merged with Leeds Grammar School to form the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL). The merged school administration took over LGHS in August 2005, however the schools did not physically merge until September 2008. Hope you like
  7. UK High Royds - Feb 2015

    This post is a bit late but only just got round to editing the pictures so my apologies. We decided to take a trip in February to High Royd which didn't have a good ending. The day started off well, we managed to get inside fairly easily. We had a good look round downstairs but didn't get to see much of upstairs as our trip was quickly ruined by the words 'Police Stop'!!!!!!!! Managed to get myself an urbex ban and i am now banned from the property unless i want to buy a house there lol. I don't know anyone who would want to live in that place but anyway let me know what you think and leave a comment. Thanks Visited with: -Raz- #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11
  8. Sunday morning and I'm at a loose end... Perfect excuse for a revisit! I've been meaning to get back here for some time, so seeing a few pics pop up on Facebook, I bunged the gear in the car and was off!! Definitely one of my favourite UK explores! Proper nice corridors, wheelchairs, theatres and a real nice chapel! Everything ya want really!! ... ... ... Thanks for lookin in!
  9. Fraser Range/HMS St. George, Eastney, South Coast – Feb 2015 Visited with Mookster on a quick South Coast Touyr, after a Fish and Chip Lunch, we walked up a nudist beach of all places, to reach this rather trashed location. It is certainly not worth a big drive but good for an hour or so, some good graff and some some not so good graff here. History Borrowed and adjusted from TrevBish @ 28 Days HMS St George was a shore establishment for the Royal Navy until its 1980s closure. Fraser has previously been used by the MoD as a firing range and for gunnery training for a significant period of time after the 2nd World War. In more recent times the emphasis on training dissipated in favour of research and development of electronic and radar detection systems complementing DERA’s facility at Portsdown. Since the the Defence and Evaluation Research Agency was privatised and subsequent formation of QinetiQ in its place, the latter have sought to make more effective use of the corporate estate. As part of this process QinetiQ activities on the Fraser site have been moved to Portsdown Technology Park and the site has been declared surplus to requirements. The Planning Committee resolved to grant permission (subject to conditions - not yet met) on an outline planning application (A*26996/AP) to build 3 large blocks of flats, 131 apartments, directly overlooking the naturist beach. Although they have yet to submit a detailed planning application or to start demolishing the existing radar station. The site had a more modernised and bland part as well as the older parts #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 Thanks Again Guys. More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650896476939/
  10. Fort Gilkicker, Gosport – March 2015 Visited with Mookster on a last minute trip down to The South Coast on what has been the start of some beautiful days across the UK. History borrowed and doctored from Man_Gone_Wrong’s December 2014 Report on 28days. Fort Gilkicker is a Grade II* Listed Building and Scheduled Ancient Monumen. It is a unique piece of Victorian engineering and of great importance to the history of coastal defence in the United Kingdom. The “Palmerstone†Fort, was commissioned in the 19th century by the Prime Minister of the time; Lord Palmerston, as a gun battery to protect the seas around Portsmouth. At the time, Portsmouth was the most important deep sea anchorage in the British Empire, from the threat of invasion. The Fort was constructed on the site of the earlier Fort Monckton Auxiliary Battery. Construction began in 1863 and was completed by 1871. It consisted of 22 gun emplacements in a series of semi-circular granite-faced casemates designed to sweep the approaches to Portsmouth harbour with devastating gun fire. Fort Gilkicker was laid up in 1956 when Coastal Defence was abolished. In more recent times, the Fort was earmarked for restoration into luxury apartments. Here is a quote from the developers website: Some of the rooms were cleaned up and had electricity installed for a special Open Day in September 2012 so prospective buyers could view plans and marvel at the decaying Fort as their new home. Developers Chesterton Humberts seem to have since shelved this idea as the sea air remains to decay the old Fort. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 Of course, no trip to the Sea Side was complete without Fish and Chips…. …As always guys; Thanks for Looking More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650868008279/
  11. Before heading to Ushaw Seminary we decided to have a go getting into a small morgue. We managed to get in fairly easy but didnt spend long inside as there wasn't much to see. Let me know what you think though Thanks Visited with Raz and Fatpanda
  12. UK Ushaw Seminary - Feb 2015

    We took a trip up north to visit Ushaw Seminary which was situated in a fairly remote location. We were quite disappointed at first as the place was in such a state but then we stumbled across a little chapel which had some amazing stained glass windows and was full of colour. Managed to get a couple of good photos but didn't manage to gain access to the swimming pool, so we will have to try again next time. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think Thanks Visited with Raz and Fatpanda
  13. UK Silverlands, Feb 2015

    The date Silverlands was built is unknown. It is however thought to be sometime between 1818-1825. The first owner was Vice-Admiral the Rt. Hon Sir Frederick Hotham. Silverlands was used as the Hotham family home until approximately 1887. Pretty Grand! The Actors Orphanage was started in 1896 and was used as both a home and school to about 60 children. The home and school was moved to this very place; Silverlands, Chertsey in 1938. It became a female nurse’s school for the nearby Botley Park Asylum and St Peter’s Hospital in 1941. This ran alongside the buildings use by the Actors Orphanage, until 1958 when the Orphanage Ceased to exist. In 1990 The Silverlands Nursing School paired up with other schools of nursing in Surrey and Hampshire and became the Francis Harrison College of nursing and midwifery. In the late 90’s; Silverlands ceased it’s role as a nursing school and the National Probation Service was looking for a new site for the ‘residential assessment and intervention programmes for adult males with allegations of, or convictions for, sexual offences involving children’. Pretty bad considering this was once an orphanage... Silverlands in Chertsey was considered the most appropriate. The proposal was strongly opposed by the locals who organised a candlelit vigil to protest about the site being used for such a purpose. The impact of the 7000 children attending the 25 schools within a 2.5 mile radius of Silverlands was also a concern. After a lot of debating and protests on 4th July, 2002, it was confirmed by the Home Office Minister that Silverlands will not become the home of the Wolvercote paedophile clinic. During this time, the Grade 2 listed building had already had £3.7 million pounds spent on its refurbishment. For nothing it seems; it remains empty. Its future uncertain. History borrowed from Vwdirtboys 2010 report on 28 days. Visited with SouthSide UE #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 The inevitable happened and as a result we got no good externals... #10 https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/16037355733/ My "WHAT?!" comes across as angry but it isn't, I just couldn't hear properly! More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/16037355733/
  14. So, my first reasonably intact mortuary. Its pretty trashed now mind but has some nice features left. It was a nice day, the first of hopefully many in 2015. The mortuary was built at St Peters Hospital in Chertsey, Surrey in the 1940's but closed when it was decided its positioning on the edge of the hospital site was unsuitable for the high volume of bodies, so a new mortuary opened closer to the main building in 2009 leaving this one redundant. 6 years has taken its toll and much of what remained has been stolen or rotted into the ground. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 And Finally a obligatory tourist shot! #7 More at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650632227579/
  15. Silverlands Visited between August 2014 & February 2015 with DirtyJigsaw, sweet_pea, gigi, Adam X, James Kerwin, Richie, The Raw, Lenston, Extreme Ironing, Spidermonkey, M Thornley, ZeroUE. The exact date Silverlands was built is not known, but is thought to be around 1820, give or take a few years. Initially it was used as a family home, and in 1938 the Actor’s Orphanage moved in, supporting destitute children of actors and actresses. These children however were evacuated to New York in 1940 due to the conflict of World War II. In the early 1940’s a nursing school was set up to train medical staff and they were joined in 1945 by the children who returned after the war. The orphanage closed its doors in 1958 but the nursing school remained at this site until the 1990’s. It sat empty for a few years, at which point the National Probation Service announced plans to refurbish the building and transfer patients from Wolvercote clinic for “residential assessment and intervention programmes for adult males with allegations of, or convictions for, sexual offences involving childrenâ€Â. This announcement was met with disgust and strong opposition from local residents and parents who have their children at one of the 23 schools within just 2.5miles of the site. After protests, it was confirmed in 2002 by the Home Office Minister that Silverlands would not become the new home for this clinic. At this point, it was abandoned, however not before an estimated £3.7m was spent refurbishing the Grade II listed building. Silverlands was always a location I wanted to visit, it was near the top of my list when I first started exploring in December 2012, new to the game I was put off by stories of PIRs, CCTV, Loudspeakers and security. It was the infamous site… “Get in, snap a few photos and expect security with you within 20 minutes… shortly followed by police.†I have since made 13 visits over the last 7 months with many different explorers. All security features were turned off for a short period of time, I guess this was due to the security call-out costs. It appeared in a certain National newspaper and in just a couple of weeks the place deteriorated a fair bit. Security measures have since been re-instated. External - The view from the outer perimeter fence. External - The front door. Through the front door, the main entrance. The grand staircase Looking up from the first landing. From the top of the stairs, one of the many chandeliers. The lift shaft. Upstairs is a TV screen which flicks through the CCTV cameras. The most famous room in Silverlands, the decay is beautiful. The same room at night, it's amazing the lights still work. Selfie under the chandelier A close up of the details of this room, with the decay and growth. Another room on the ground floor, more decay. And my favourite room, also on the ground floor. Smoke lingering in the dilapidated room. Another room with working lights. It's difficult to explain just how bad the water penetration is when it's raining.... So I recorded this video, please watch in HD
  16. On of the most amazing buildings i have ever explored, because of: Its rotting there for around 25 years. Its kinda dangerous, as you might see in the pics complete walls and floors are missing. Loads of decay. its the first location i ever found myself. wanted to visit this place for 3 years, and now i planned it. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18
  17. UK Region 2 War room (Feb 15)

    Visited very recently this place will be gone in a matter of days I dare say, everything else that was standing on the site has gone; the brick air raid shelters in front of the bunker included! Having travelled pretty far from home to see something that has less in I was pretty surprised how much is left in there despite the demolition, really grateful I had the opportunity to check this out for myself heres some history on the place, stole shamelessly from subbrit, its obviously outdated since the land has been sold! "The War Room opened in the early 1950's but within a few years nuclear technology left it obsolete as the H bomb threat required a new breed of protected accommodation, the RSG. By 1958 it had became a sub regional control, subordinate to the RSG at York (See Shipton). It also acted as a Leeds City Council sub control, one of 4 in a ring around the city. (the others were houses). Joint Home Office and Civil Defence use is unusual. After 1968 it was no longer required until 1981 when the upper level was refitted as Leeds City Council Control (The lower level was not used). In theory it was available until the end of the cold war, but in practice it was unsuitable for the purpose, damp and rarely used. The building is still in good external condition within its own locked compound. It is painted cream with three prominent ventilation towers on the east side and an external fixed ladder onto the roof. The rear blast door has an overpressure gauge mounted on the wall alongside. This consists of a rubber tube which passes through the door; this is connected to a glass tube with a coloured liquid in it. Mounted alongside the tube is a graduated and calibrated rule. The liquid reacts to the pressure which can be read on the rule. There is a notice instructing people not to tamper with or remove the rule. There are a further three rooms along this length of corridor, one appears to be a strong room and is locked, the other two are empty apart from filing cabinets, chairs and map/plan drawer. The corridor turns through 90 degrees and opens out into the kitchen/canteen. The kitchen area is at one end it has a long counter/preparation area, butler sink with two draining boards, a water heater and two plate racks. In the canteen area there are six tables and a locked floor standing metal cabinet. At the far end of the canteen is the final part of the upper ring corridor. On the outer side of the corridor are three rooms that have been used for storage and still contain some architects models and furniture. Beyond these rooms is the second stairway down to the lower level. On the inner side of this corridor a door leads into one of two rooms with curved glass windows (designed to cut out reflection) overlooking the well below. This was the control room and is is the larger of the two rooms with its two windows still in place. There are 6 chairs and 4 Dexion racks containing files, plans and maps. Many of the maps (large scale ordnance survey) are strewn across the floor here and in several other rooms. The smaller of the two rooms is accessed from the control room and the ring corridor has had its window removed and boarded over. This appears to have been converted into a signals room with evidence of 6 acoustic booths (now removed) each with its own light. The lower floor is flooded throughout to a depth of one foot; it also has a ring corridor. The two level operations room in the centre still retains a large angled wall board for the main map (now gone) with a step ladder for reaching the top sections of it; alongside this is a resources blackboard. On one wall there is a WB1400 carrier receiver and loudspeaker. The only remaining furniture is a single swivel chair and a rack of floor standing shelves. Three small rooms with curved glass windows look into the operations room along one side, two of these are empty, the other still has two teleprinter tables with chairs. There would have been a fourth room with a window at one end but the window and frame has been removed to make a walk-through access into this room. As with the upper floor, the ring corridor opens into a large rectangular room directly under the canteen. A sign on the door indicates this was a conference room and it still has chairs around all the walls. It has a message-passing window into the operations room, and two other adjoining rooms. There are five rooms accessed from the outside of the ring corridor, two are tank rooms and another is the GPO switchboard room which still retains a large switching frame and various wall boxes. The message basket is located in an alcove in the corridor wall. Throughout the building is damp with paint peeling from the walls in places. " more pics here ...http://www.the-elusive.uk/?p=5799
  18. Derpy bowling, no decay, staged sets and just boring to explore, however... to get here we confronted a not so happy rotweiler dog, so i had to take pics else it would be for nothing #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6
  19. A small castle, somewhere in Belgium. Vandals did a part of their job, but decay is deffinetly King in this castle. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11
  20. Belgium Ghost bus tunnel, feb 15

    My first underground explore, and i loved it. To bad there were a couple of Iphone explorers wandering around, who wanted to switch the light on :/ Kinda killing the atmosphere of an abandoned bus graveyard, but hey! It was nice, and maybe ill be planning a revisit. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7
  21. Stairs, hills, more stairs, bushes, climbing, stairs. How to even get close to this building?! Finally, we found a way to acces the site, but now, how to enter this abandoned monastry? After 15 minutes of searching, it seemed to be quite easy and we walked just past the entrance. Spend an hour inside. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7
  22. Some History The hospital, or Brecon and Radnor Asylum as it was first called, was officially opened on 22nd February 1903. This consisted of the main building (12 wards 6 male and 6 female), Isolation Ward and Farm Ward; and cost £128,710.12.8d. The two female wards East 7 and 8 were added some years later. Built originally to house 352 patients, the main building was erected to the familiar butterfly plan of the era. The estate consisted of some 261 acres. In addition to the farm, the service departments included tailor, baker, shoe- maker and printing shops and later a photography dark room when a photograph of each patient was taken and affixed to their respective case notes. (This practise continued until after World War II). The market gardens consisted of about 8 acres and an additional asset was a steam powered lorry, one of the first ever to be used in the area. This was used mainly to haul coal and other goods from the local railway station. Patients were classified as follows:- Private (fee paying, full cost of maintaining patient per week) Rate Aided Voluntary Rate Aided Certified, Chargeable to rates from the area from whence they came. Criminal Lunatic Pauper Lunatic With the inception of the National Health Service Act on 5th July 1948, this hospital became the headquarters of a Group consisting of Mid-Wales Hospital, Brynhyfryd Hospital, Forden and Llys Maldwyn Hospital, Caersws; under the management of the Welsh Border Hospital Management Committee. It is interesting to note that during the post war years, the population of patients began to rise again. Some of the major changes which have taken place are listed below: 1953 Female general bathroom converted to female Occupational Therapy Department and hairdressing salon. First T.V. sets introduced. 1954 Male Occupational Therapy Department established in what is now the Engineers Stores, with the integration of sexes. Male general bathroom conversion to Nurse Training School commenced and opened in May 1955. With the advent of 'Care in the Community' and changing attitudes towards mental healthcare, services at the hospital were wound down during the 1990s and the last wards closed in 1999. Following closure, the buildings and surrounding estate were sold to the former Chief Medical Officer for just £227,000. The visit This is my 2nd visit here and I went with a friend, Brum. The place is unbelievably huge, we were on site for about 3 hours and only got round 50% at the very most. The place is slowly rotting away and soon will just be a pile of rubble, in some places whole floors had dropped where all that remains are the doors. Most of the inside looks like 1970's decor, it's only really the outside of the building that has any original features left. Anything of any value has long been taken, apart from the hundreds of doors!! There are even some hidden safes that have been angle grinded open. Even the old fireplaces have been ripped out. Again it's sad to see such a huge bunch of buildings left to rot and in the space of only 5 years, it has gone from being unoccupied but still intact to completely derelict, rotten and damp! [ There's a whole load of high res pics on Flickr, 100+ and I still haven't seen it all!! https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5om3sE
  23. After the wonderful Fort Gilkicker and a delicious lunch at a proper seaside fish 'n' chip shop me and Landie headed towards our bonus explore for the day, somewhere I had seen around a lot a few years back but wasn't even sure if it was still around after the tower got demolished around two years ago. Well it is around, and in a real state. Only one of the buildings is really worth venturing into, the large un-modernised block near the rear of the site. It's now covered in some very talented, and a lot of not so talented, graffiti (the artist 'Samer' stands out for a number of awesome whole-wall pieces). A bit like Cannon Brewery it became an exercise in getting the best out of somewhere that has seen better days now. The Fraser Range/HMS St. George site in Eastney was at one point a Naval training centre, parts look to have closed a long while back and a few other buildings later on. It's notable because it borders a beach commonly used by nudists, however none had braved the chilly air on this occasion sadly. The only part worth your time and it's still a mess - It may be ruined but this is one of the best corridors I've seen for a while. The door kind of sums up this place now. The other buildings, including the other large block had all been modernised at some point before closure so whereas this building had a nice level of natural decay on top of the rampant vandalism, the others did not, and were just wrecked. Sad really. A few more pics uploaded here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157650656680239/
  24. Some History Ystrad Einion lead-silver, zinc and copper mine is one of the most northerly metal mines in Ceredigion, situated in the heart of Cwm Einion. Mining had been carried out here in a small way since the 18th century, but the main period of activity came in the final decades of the 19th century, when Lancastrian entrepreneur Adam Mason leased the land from the Pryses of Gogerddan and sank over £3000 in state-of-the-art equipment. Ystrad Einion was a relatively small mine; a report of 1891 notes just 11 miners working at the site, 9 men labouring underground and 2 lads, aged between 13 and 18 above ground. It also proved spectacular unprofitable, with minimal, if any, returns. In 1891 the mine produced 5 tons of silver bearing lead (value £37), 10 tons of zinc ore (value £15) and 5 tons of copper ore (value £7). The mine was closed in 1903, when much of the machinery was sold or scrapped. The Visit I visited here with a couple of friends. I took us quite a while to locate the entrances to the mines. We found 3 altogether, all 3 were gated but only 1 was locked. The first 2 higher mines are quite small and without specialised equipment & balls of steel there isn't far to explore once inside. The lowest mine entrance contains a 16ft diameter water wheel from approx 1871 and has multiple tunnels going in all directions for a few hundred yards. There are exposed shafts, wooden boarded walkways, old tracks still in place, a 10ft ridge to scale using rope that has been pre-fixed to the wall, some places involved crawling or climbing, but it was all good fun....PS I had to borrow some pink wellies! Warning! There are some extremely dangerous places inside all 3 mine entrances. Good lighting, a helmet, rope and a group of people is recommended. Just beyond the water wheel there is an exposed shaft filled with water. Had it not have been for good lighting one of us could have easily stepped into the shaft. There is an old iron kibble located at the top of the 10ft ridge. If you make it this far DO NOT take the tunnel that is straight ahead, if you do, proceed with extreme caution. There are 3 ways to go, but in the tunnel that is straight ahead is another shaft that is hidden by 4-6 inches of water and was covered with only wooden boards. We didn't know this until we returned and had fully explored every inch we could access. All in, was a good day out. Hopefully next time I can concentrate on taking some better pics, this time I was in awe of the whole place and photos were secondary to exploring. An album of about 60 pics is on Imgur http://imgur.com/a/qr39c
  25. Just have a couple of photos to share from our trip to Haslar. There are quite a lot of pics but i hope you all enjoy and please leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks
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