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  1. Hello again. Here is another hospital report. I visited Thornton last February and it was my first explore done with another fellow explorer (non-member). In retrospect, the place is not all that interesting as a whole, but at the time it the first hospital I had the chance to get into, and it was a place of firsts. Thornton, located in Fife in Scotland, was a fever hospital. It is hard to find a lot of information online. Here is one bit of info I located: These buildings were built as part of an isolation hospital (serving mainly patients with diphtheria, scarlet fever, meningitis etc); later one building was used as a hotel but now the whole place seems to have been abandoned. [link here] It has also been made known that after the hospital was shut down, the place served as a children's home and later they used it to park lorries used by Strathore Plant Hire Ltd. If you consider the hotel business that also ran for a few years, one can understand why this place holds a million of random stuff piled up and laid to rest there, from lorry tires and magazines, to toys and a wheelchair. The whole complex is right on Strathore road, but apart from a house where people still live in, there is nothing else in the vicinity. So if you are relatively quiet and avoid attracting the attention of the residents of that house, it is a very easy explore. We parked on the side of the road and headed up the muddy pathway leading to the west side of the complex. No big drama, very easy to get instant access (no fences etc). The place has been left to rot and fall into the hands of vandals for some time now and it shows right from the get go. What is also clear is that you can find many interesting things to shoot. Love switches One of the big rooms. The typical hanging apparatus. A red door always makes the explore more exciting. We spent quite some time there, mostly because we were on a mission. As Di had been there before, she knew of a wheelchair that was said to be around. In older reports we had spotted the old wheelie and we really wanted to locate it. Weirdly enough, the chair at some point had decided to play the role of the Chief and McMurphy and we found it in the position below: It took about 30' to free the wheelie. I must say I felt a far more greater sense of accomplishment having dislodged the tree branches that had managed to grow through the wheel's spokes, than when I got my master's degree. I literally wanted to lift the chair over my head and scream. Instead we rushed it into the almost perfect corridor and had a bit of fun. One of the 2 corridors. The other corridor. Another interesting bit was when walking around a room I suddenly, in a very bullet-time slo-mo effect kinda way, felt my right foot sink into the floor. It was my first ever experience of the sorts and the feeling was a mixture of "what the heck is going on here?" and "should I laugh or turn white?". It's funny that several explores since then and some really bad floors, stepping on a rotten floor that feels like a waterbed has become such a familiar feeling. Psycho shower. Silent hill. Just piles of trash upon trash upon trash...and a chair. And a baby chair. After running through all the hospital buildings we moved to the hotel that was in the worst shape of all as clear indications of a fire and a collapsed roof invited us in. We both climbed halfway up the stairs but I believe we made the right call of not trying the first floor. When you feel you can squeeze your fist through the floor I think it's a sign not to continue. But then again who knows...that's the beauty of this I guess. The fact that you really can't tell most of the time so you just use your gut feeling at any given moment. Maybe a different day I would have tried it. Bar fight results. Wallpaper delight. The hotel was quite interesting with its big bar/restaurant bit where tv stands where still screwed on the walls and several curtains still hanging untouched by the fire. The kitchen was also quite cool with nice peeling. Generally all the buildings had some really nice wall decay. Thornton is one of those places where setups are so over-done that I guess it might end up feeling too staged to satisfy you. Don't get me wrong, I loved the glow worm doll in the baby trolley and other stuff, but yeah, I always prefer experiencing something that nobody has messed with, despite the obvious value from a photographer's point of view. Like this one, one of the best setups I have encountered. After taking a few more exterior shots (nice cloudy day) we left Thornton. I can safely say I won't be revisiting ever. However, I am really happy I got that under my belt. For more photos on Thornton and other explores check my facebook page. Thanx for reading!
  2. Went on a solo adventure last month and visited a good few places before heading off to do a meet some underground explorers. My last solo explore of the day was this, Crawford Priory. Crawford Priory is a large country mansion origanlly built in 1758 for the 21st Earl of Crawford and substantially enlarged and extended in the 19th century by a sister of the 22nd Earl, Lady Mary Lindsay Crawford, It was redisgned by architects David Hamilton of Glasgow, then James Gillespie Graham to redesign the building in the gothic style, adding buttresses, turrets and pinnacles effecting the look of a priory, although it had no religious history. Lady Mary's heirs, the Earls of Glasgow, further developed the house. In 1871 the 6th Earl of Glasgow built a chapel in the east front. However huge debts forced the 7th Earl to sell off all his estates in order to retain the family seat at Kelburn, near Largs. The house then passed to the politician Thomas Cochrane, son-in-law of the 6th Earl of Glasgow. Cochrane was created Baron Cochrane of Cults in 1919. Further remodelling was undertaken in the 1920s, including the removal of the porte cochere to the west front. After the death of the 2nd Baron in 1968 the house was closed, and gradually fell into disrepair and ruin. Today there is very little remains of the main house and is suffering from many collapses, a very sad but impressive site hidden in the trees. On with the pics Thanks for Looking
  3. Haven't done a report for a wee while since I broke a lens and it had to get repaired, so throwing this ole Derpy DerP up. Very little information can be found on this place, it was formally owned by Gordon and McEwan Linen Producers and later used by Wm Yule and Son Ltd wholesale food distributors which closed sometime in the late 90's. The Factory has been on fire a few times and partially demolished in areas, but still had some nice bits and bobs Thanks for looking
  4. I'm based in Fife and tend to do underground stuff with other explorers or look for bits and pieces locally. Some of you might know me as RichardB from other forums or RichardB5 on Flickr I certainly see a few names I recognise and some that I have met.
  5. Quick explore of this Derpy house, I normally love houses and yes Cottages and take more pics in there than a big place, but here well, I think I took 17. This little adventure was just a quick splore whislt waiting for another opportunity to present itself (I bailed eventually on the explore I was hoping to do ) Can't find much history on this place, it sits in a prominent situation overlooking a famous town where house prices can be extortionate! Sadly this manor house has been visited a few times by the metal fairies and local youth hell bent on destroying this place! How it hasn't been set on fire yet is surprising, but if the owner doesn't do something shortly I think it'll be gone. Enclosed in a large walled garden, even has its own pet cemetery but I failed to find it the bushes! A very sad sight, think it could have been a nice place at one time! Even had its own little gate house, but that has also been wrecked. If you got this far, congratulations please contact me to claim your prize.
  6. Part of a recent road trip adventure ending up here late at night looking for a Hobo Hotel. Up at the crack of dawn to take some pics before heading off to find some new places! This former British General Post Office Listening Post is the replacement of an earlier site in a nearby village. In 1917 the GPO opened a commercial radio-phone service between this station and an AT&T site in New Jersey, USA. The original site was a field full of wooden huts with the surrounding hills covered in aerials. These structures were sadly removed in the 1950's for television transmissions. Built in 1939 and was officially operational by 1942, Station H was one of a number of Y listening stations run by the Foreign Office and wartime intelligence services, gathering the raw material for the code breakers at Bletchley Park (Everyone should know what happened there). Several staff based in this GPO were transferred to the Far East in the early days of WW2 to Singapore. Some were captured, and held as prisoners of the Japanese for the remainder of the war. At the end of WW2 the station came under the control of the Government Communications Head Quarters, masquerading as a long distance radio station. It continued to intercept messages, primarily in the Eastern Black, until becoming obsolete with the wide spread use of satellites and was finally decommissioned in 1988. Recently the building was sold for conversion into residential accommodation. On with the pics 1. Front View of the Listening Station 2. Chair shot , oops 3. Large room to the front. 4. Ignored this sign 5. One of the operation rooms 6. Floor access ducts for the cables from the aerials 7. Aerial intake room 8. Safe to say this was a safe 9. Cold peely corridor 10. The building really is beginning to get in bad shape. There was roof access, but didn't head up 11. One more before leaving Thanks for looking