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  1. The George Hotel as stood empty for just a little over 5 years... considering this it's not half bad inside, stairways are still intact, few if any holes through to other floors, little decay in the form of mold or interior fatigue and there's still gas in the pumps in the bar area. It's a fair size and took us over an hour to appreciate some of the victorian features still visible throughout the building. The building was sold a few years back to a local dentist for £900,000 but nothing if anything as started interns of building works to restore the hotel. which is a shame as the Hotel sits in pleasant surroundings within St George square which recently received a £21 million facelift. The Hotel as a basement area which stores the cask ales & equipment needed to run the Hotel bar. Theres rooms a plenty 60 rooms accommodation with bar(s) , ballroom, pool hall and dining room & rooftop area ... we pretty much covered the entire building in a typically dreary Huddersfield afternoon. Hope you enjoy the thread... Exterior Bar Main lobby Stair case shots Corridor shots Bed rooms The caller The ball room and dinning hall The kitchen The roof Other rooms 45 pics later... Hope you enjoyed...
  2. After visiting a different location in the city we got a tip off from others about a possible entry point so decided to take a look. Having assessed the building for security we made our way to the entry point. The building is situated in the Neepsend area of the city and forms part of Kelham island one of the oldest industrial sites in Sheffield which as an heritage for producing high-quality cutlery and edge-tools and its pre-eminence in manufacturing heavy specialist steels. The victorian grade II listed building once occupied by Barnsley resides in 37 thousand Sq ft of industrial heritage and is the last significant development opportunity in Kelham island. Today Kelham is a mixed use riverside development which compromise the creation of old and new use of buildings forming apartments, bars & restaurants, and commercial space on the riverside site of former workshops. The development is part of an ongoing regeneration of the area by AXIS and others, which started in the 1990s with Cornish place. The development is intended to create a desirable place to live with a brand new public square, and continuation of the Don riverside walk project. Due to increasing competition from imports, Sheffield has seen a decline in heavy engineering industries since the 1960s, which has forced the sector to streamline its operations and lay off the majority of the local employment. George Barnsley's is a little like stepping back inside a time machine, most of the original machinery and features still exist and for this alone is well worth a visit before the inevitability of re development. Also noteworthy is the local artists that decorate the building with graffiti and art which gives the explore a real urban edge. And to end off a pic from modern day... I went back to this place the other day... Opening the gate to enter i didn't bother going in, the old man was right it is a dump in there and natural decay has took over... but that said if you have never been in take a look, you can get some nice shots even with a crappy iPhone
  3. We all know and love this place so thought ide throw a few of my little pics up ..ive left the big angles out ..splored with Ps as always a memorable weekend in many ways..especially the magic mushrooms on the motorway.. hope you enjoy the pics... After doing PS,S head in with my tourettes all day i decided to irritate him more by seeing if he could drive with welly vision....... His answer was..."it looks a bit weird anyway, not sure i should of eaten them mushrooms i found in the grass at barnsleys, like pretty stripey car lights"...big grin,,.... Happy dazzzzzzze!
  4. I haven't posted on here for ages, while I have been out and about I haven't done that much this year at all being busy with personal and family matters. Instead of doing the odd one here and there I tend to do the longer trips, I've got a couple of trips lined up in the next couple of months. This was our second port of call on what was a 2 night sleeping in car, 1000+ mile tour for me. I love industrial places and this place is stunning and I could have spent hours here, this place alone made my trip worth while. As its been on here loads of times, I don't think it needs a introduction so straight down to the photos. (And there's loads) https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/albums/72157659274332585 Hope I didn't bore you with this lot
  5. The Visit Having tried this one a few months back with Funlester and being completely baffled by how to get in the place I returned with a non member armed with a little more intel and determination paid off this time This is one of those explores that you really can feel the history of the place I thought.. can just imagine what a hive of activity it must have been in its day. The History George Barnsley & Sons Ltd was founded in 1836 and were originally situated on Wheeldon Street, Sheffield. By 1849 they had moved to the Cornish Works, which were much larger premises. They specialised in the manufacture of files and cutting tools for use in the shoe making industry. There are a number of family names that are known to have deep roots in the Sheffield area, and the Barnsley name is undoubtedly one of them. In 1650 George Barnsley became Master Cutler, a role fulfilled by another George Barnsley in 1883. This George Barnsley was of the second generation of the firm of George Barnsley and Sons, toolmakers. The business grew to become the world's leading producer of tools for shoemakers. The technological revolution of the 20th century saw a decline in the need for traditional tools. George Barnsley's survived until 2003 when the premises finally closed.
  6. Started a little xmas tradition of heading south to do some Engerlandishshire derpage and meet up with some of the SOCC members. So for a little solo adventure before getting a little drunk at night a visit to the classic GB's was in order. Arriving reasonably early in the day I was off in search of an access point, ground covered in snow and bloody cold, it wasn't too long to find a route inside. The place was in quite bad condition and very overgrown, wouldn't be easy to navigate in the summer! But I was pleasantly suprised when I found the mostly untouched workshops, they were stunning! Didn't spend too long in this place, a couple other explorers turned up, so time for me too leave and continue exporing in my xmas bah humbug tranquility... more to follow in later reports. Thanks for looking!
  7. History: founded in 1836 and specializing in manufacture files and cutting tools for use in the shoe making industry, they grew to become the world’s leading producer of tools for shoemakers. The technological revolution of the 20th century saw a decline in the need for traditional tools. George Barnsley & Sons survived until 2003 when the premises finally closed. Explore: This site was 2nd on the agenda for my day in Sheffield with Miz Firestorm, Duggie & Alex. Short walk from the courts and we were there, somewhat interesting entry (although i can't go into details ) and we were in! Had a nice, undisturbed wonder round here - stunning place I must add, really enjoyed it here. I'll upload the rest of the pictures from the day once I get round to editing, but until then, have these.. As always, thanks for looking!
  8. Explored with Inside the Prohibited & a non member. History Founded in 1836,the original factory was situated on Kelham Island, Sheffield, one of the oldest industrial areas in Sheffield and they specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. In 1837 they were listed in the Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street. In 1852 they were to relocate to Cornish works and by this time they had increased there product range to include butchers knives and steel files. In 1883 George Barnsley was made a Master Cutler. They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades shoe knives and leather workers tools. In the 1948 listing, the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd. The company finally ceased trading around 2004 The Explore Been attempting this so many times its unbelievable. First time i got it it was too dark, second time my camera was dead and the rest of the times have beeen general fails because the entry has been blocked. But anyway, finally got in with the ability to take some photos. Had a great time hanging around with Alex (Inside The Prohibited) this weekend, Nice to meet you mate Few more pics from the day; Thanks for looking
  9. This is my George Barnsley visit, there are many like it, but this one is mine My first visit, the gate's always been shut before, I'm sure I'll be back. You all know the history, on with the pics... Wouldn't be a GB report without that pic
  10. Hello again So over the bank holidays we took a trip to see an old friend (George Barnsley) havnt been for a while and was in the area so thought why the heck not George Barnsley & Sons Ltd specialised in tools for shoe makers and leather workers. The building closed around 2004. Enjoy... Thanks for looking
  11. 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/
  12. Looks like someone's on a roll http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3031877/Decaying-ruins-remain-abandoned-asylum-patients-restrained-iron-handcuffs-leather-muffs.html
  13. George Barnsley and sons, a key toolmakers in Sheffield's history, well at least for us lot.. Heres a small set for you i took a few months back now enjoy:p THanks ........
  14. FINALLY!!! Many, many years after I first saw this place pop up and thought 'oh hey that looks pretty neat I should go there' I have got it done. And I loved it even more than I thought I would, what a way for me to start the new year. Explored in completely miserable pouring rain but by the end of it I was so happy I didn't care that I was filthy and sodden and smelling of damp wood and bird poo, I could spend so much time in here you'd have to remove my cold dead body from it when I conk out. Every man and his dog knows the history of this place and what it was about so here are some photos. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157650087333402
  15. Intro Posted a report of the water tower earlier this year on another forum, I revisited with a friend who had never done Urban Exploring before and found it a lot of fun. I personally like doing a fully thorough report, so if you're easily bored, the photos are at the end . History The Hornchurch facility was officially opened in 1938 as an old people’s home, called Suttons Institution, but soon played a key role in the Battle of Britain – housing RAF airmen during the Second World War. www.british-history.ac.uk said this: St. George's hospital, Sutton's Lane, Hornchurch, was built by Essex county council and opened in 1939 as an old people's home called Suttons Institution. (fn. 152) During the Second World War it was used to house airmen from R.A.F. Hornchurch. In 1948 it was taken over by the Ministry of Health as a hospital and was given its present name. It has over 400 beds, used mainly for geriatric cases. The Ingrebourne Centre, which is an independent part of the hospital, provides psychiatric treatment for 20 resident and many day patients. In 1948 the Sutton’s Lane building was renamed St George’s and turned into a hospital. At this time it had 700 beds. In July 1952 a Neurosis Unit with 20 beds was established at the Hospital in what had previously been the Observation Ward for Warley Hospital. In 1956 this Unit became independent of Warley Hospital and was renamed the Ingrebourne Centre (after the stream running through the grounds). In 1957 the Hospital had 424 beds. By 1964 it contained mainly elderly patients with an average age of 80 years, and some considerably older needing greater nursing care. The Hospital was seriously understaffed, despite efforts to recruit more nurses. Some 329 chronic and aged patients were cared for by 30 full-time and 15 part-time staff (an improvement on the previous year, with 28 full-time and 19 part-time staff). In 1967 there were 422 beds for chronically sick patients and dermatological and neurosis cases. In 1972 the Hospital had 384 beds for the chronically sick, dermatological and physical medicine patients, as well as neurosis cases. Following a major reorganisation of the NHS in 1974, control of the Hospital passed to the Barking and Havering Area Health Authority, part of the North East Thames Regional Health Authority. By 1984 the Hospital had 318 beds and was under the control of the Barking, Havering and Brentwood District Health Authority. In 1991, following another major NHS reg organisation and the introduction of the 'market' system, the Hospital came under the control of the North East London Foundation Trust. It offered respiratory, physiotherapy, heart and stroke services, and in-patient rehabilitation services. By the end of the 1990s the Hospital was under the threat of closure, with a proposal to sell the site for housing. In 2003 the Trust cut the bed complement from 180 intermediate and long-term care beds to 60, for patients recovering from serious conditions, such as strokes or falls. The future of the site was a live issue since at least 2005, when a consultation was launched on whether to refurbish, redevelop or close the hospital. The number of patients being admitted fell that year and bosses considered closing one of the hospital’s four wards. A campaign, led by the then Hornchurch MP James Brokenshire, was organised to halt the closure of St George’s. The consultation was put on hold while the government altered health policy. In 2007, the then head of nursing at the hospital, Lynne Swiatczak, said that the facilities were “not suitable for the care of adults†– and Havering Primary Care Trust clarified that only a rebuild would ensure that the facilities would remain up to the standard that patients expect. But the Recorder recently learnt that only two full building inspections have been carried out at the site in the last 10 years – in 2001 and 2008. In 2009, health chiefs paid about £100,000 for plans for a new high-tech building on the same site and another consultation was launched. Chas Hollwey, then chief executive of NHS Havering, said: “The old hospital is an important historical landmark which is held in great affection,†while adding that the building could not remain in its current state. The £100,000 plans were not acted on and NHS Havering was subsequently abolished and the consultation shelved. Inpatients from St George’s two wards were due to be moved out of the hospital in mid-November, with outpatient services remaining. However, the discovery of Legionella bacteria has now left the hospital lying empty. History thanks to: http://ezitis.myzen.co.uk/stgeorgehornchurch.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Geor...ital,_Havering Future The future of the Hospital is still uncertain. In August 2012 the Trust announced that despite problems with the building, it was intending to redevelop the site and create a new purpose-built health centre. In October 2012 the wards had to be closed because legionella was discovered in the Hospital's water system. The 44 patients were transferred elsewhere - some to the Brentwood Community Hospital, others to Grays Court in Dagenham, while some were able to be discharged. The Out-Patients Department also closed and the Hospital has never reopened. In July 2013 discussions were held with the Havering Clinical Commissioning Group, now the owners of the site after another major NHS reorganisation, as to the possibility of its redevelopment, with part being used for a health centre. The site has slowly been stripped of most of it's equipment, doorframes, doors, furniture, patient memories and some paint. All wiring has gone and fully stripped. Most likely by the owners as it seems to have been removed and not ripped out. On our visit we noticed a few new cameras, sensors and a few new and very recent signs stating to keep out as demolition/dismantling work has begun. There was no evidence of this inside, but the signs looked pretty fresh so this could well be the future of the site. This was taken from a report on the future of the site in October last year (2013): Hornchurch could be robbed of its promised multi-million pound health complex. The GPs in charge of commissioning Havering’s health services have been told they no longer have the power to propose a building development on the St George’s Hospital site – because they don’t own it any more. Instead, they must show a clinical need for the services – and councillors aren’t sure one exists. “All the services they are proposing could easily go into health centres,†said Cllr Nic Dodin, vice- chairman of Havering Council’s health overview and scrutiny committee. “NHS England would be right to refuse the proposal.†As part of this year’s NHS reorganisation, which involved GPs taking over commissioning on April 1, St George’s and its estate in Suttons Lane are now in the hands of NHS England. That means if the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) can’t convince NHS England that there is a clinical need for the site, it could be sold in its entirety. If this happens, the money won’t go back into Havering, as would have been the case before April, but into a central pot. The CCG is confident it can reach an agreement with NHS England that will look similar to its original plans. But with local GP practices muted in their enthusiasm for moving to the new site, it may face an uphill battle. A spokesman for Havering Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We are confident that our original plans for a centre of excellence on part of the St George’s site remain valid and that they represent the best way of providing much needed, joined up health services, particularly for older people in Havering. “We continue to work hard to make the case for the new facility – that hasn’t changed – and are progressing with our plans. “What has changed is simply the way the government now funds these projects. Basically, all property previously owned by PCTs has transferred to a new central body called NHS Property Services.†http://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/new...ture_1_2847799 Present state of the site The site has been stripped of almost everything, luckily the mortuary fridges are still most in tack and present, the autopsy slab had been ripped and smashed a year ago. All furniture, wiring and equipment has now been stripped and removed. There isn't any signs of metal thievery as roofs and wiring seems to be either in tack or untouched. The buildings themselves are in good condition and there seems to be no subsidence, cracking or natural damage, it'd be a shame if the site was flattened, especially the art deco water tower, hall and administration building. 60% of the windows had been replaced with newer once, not in any particular order, just random windows and some frames didn't even have windows as if part way through being replaced, this seemed a bit strange as there clearly wasn't any construction work going on. The boilers are now gone and probably sold for scrap. Visit Had a good laugh, ducking and diving from security who was oblivious on his phone, few close calls, had to dive in some tunnels at one point and hid in some rooms multiple times. Luckily for us this guy must be pretty chilled out. My friend has just got into photography and I suggested this site as they were interested in Urban exploring, I ended up going with him as I wanted to return for some better shots and to get some decent snaps of the morgue. We happen to arrive just as the guard was patrolling but after we waited it out, we were over the fence (Whilst my friend ripped his trousers) and made a quick dash for the main complex. from then on it was a nice 4/5 hour wander until dark. That Half mile corridor still amazes me. History etc. all stolen from my previous report on another forum. The photos The sun was perfect that day, an awesome golden glow radiated from one side The paint is slowly starting to show it's age Golden corridors Few signs of vandalism Morning frost hiding in the shadows Rays Stairs Green corridors Nature reclaiming The hall More stairs Chairs Sun set Red light is all we had that would light the fridges up enough, didn't turn out too bad though I think And of course, the table Cheers for looking, hope large is an ok file size. Thanks!
  16. A nice little relaxed explore. Not that amazing but a few good things left to photograph. History: George Barnsley & Sons Ltd was founded in 1836 and were originally situated on Wheeldon Street, Sheffield. By 1849 they had moved to the Cornish Works, which were much larger premises. They specialised in the manufacture of files and cutting tools for use in the shoe making industry. There are a number of family names that are known to have deep roots in the Sheffield area, and the Barnsley name is undoubtedly one of them. In 1650 George Barnsley became Master Cutler, a role fulfilled by another George Barnsley in 1883. This George Barnsley was of the second generation of the firm of George Barnsley and Sons, toolmakers. The business grew to become the world’s leading producer of tools for shoemakers. The technological revolution of the 20th century saw a decline in the need for traditional tools. George Barnsley’s survived until 2003 when the premises finally closed. Thanks For Looking!
  17. I wasted no time getting back into the swing of things in the UK following my return from America I saw this place pop up recently and thought yes that's right up my street, forget your spotless hospitals and little houses get me some grubby oily vintage industry please! It's what I enjoy and do best I think. George Dyke had been at their plant in Willenhall since the company was founded in 1830, but it closed in 2012 and moved to a new premises. A lot of the equipment was taken to the new location but thankfully they chose to leave a lot behind! The grubbiest location I have explored for a long time, in more ways than one - there was a multitude of pornography in some of the offices to, ahem, examine.... Thanks for looking more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157648804567288/
  18. Decided to head to this place and have a look around, everything has been stripped from the inside, although still a great place to photograph. Access was easy, and we didn't hear or see from the secca what so ever. Also managed to make our way up the tower.
  19. Out in the outback of Belgium sits this little inconspicuous property that really isn't that grand. Once inside the building its a mess and in a real state of decay, yet amongst the rot sits little treasures waiting to stitch a picture together of the former inhabitants of the site. Part of a little tour of France and Belgium, explored in good company. Cheers for looking
  20. Some may of heard a rumor that good old GBs is sealed. Well yes it is and they have done a good job of it too. The faithful explore is out at the moment but hopefully not for long.
  21. hi guys this is my first report on the forum . I visited this site a few times as it wasn't to far from me I know there is already some reports on this location with a bit of info and im not to good at this bit so here is my photos lol
  22. Bit of History. George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) They were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883. George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street, The 1849 listing records a move to Cornhill and the 1852 to Cornesh works Cornesh street they had by this time also increased there product range to include steel files, shoe and butchers knives. They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades shoe knives and leather workers tools. In the 1948 listing the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd George Barnsley died at his home at No 30 Collegiate Crescent on 30th March 1958, he lived there with his wife Mabel and mother-in-law Elizabeth. He was a partner in the firm which were steel and file manufacturers and the business was converted into a limited company about 10 years before his death. He had a long army career, joining up in 1896 and serving in the Boer war and two world wars. Colonel Barnsley played a leading part in the development of the Army Cadet Force in Sheffield. He Died Aged 83. Splored with Zero81 & met up with Mexico75,Esposa,S8,The Riddlers & Tiddlers there..... Thanks...
  23. Northern Trip Part 2 – George Barnsley and Sons Cornish Works (Sheffield) So, continuing to try and cheer myself up; I went on a long awaited Northern Tour with my close friend TBM. After replacing his rig he very kindly gave me his now not needed Sigma 10-20 lens. Unfortunately we did not notice until the last moment that this lens had a slight fault with the mount, causing some focussing issues in many of my photos. But I didn’t let this dampen my trip. What a weekend, I have got some serious photos and experiences from this under my belt now and I hope you enjoy. Day two and onto Sheffield for two explores, The Tool Maker: George Barnsley and Sons and of course the Crown Courts. I really liked this place, it had that real “Northern Industrial Decline†about it, it’s a true time-warp to Industrial Britain. It’s a shame places like this don’t really exist anymore. It’s the kind of place where you could go in and ask for a handful of bolts and they would give them to you for free. Its not in a great state by the look of it so I’m glad I captured it when I did. In 1823; George Barnsley was apprenticed into the file-makers trade by his mother, Anne. Anne was a widow. George was signed in to the apprenticeship – to a Thomas Wing of Sheffield – for seven years and two hundred and seventy one days. Later; George went in to partnership with his brother and they established themselves as one of the worlds leading manufacturers of shoe manufacturing tools and leather trades. Throughout the 19th century, the company grew and the Barnsley family were highly regarded in the thriving city of Sheffield. Eventually the vintage factory and production methods forced production to cease and give in to the increasingly competitive import market and the growing costs of production, finally closing in 2003. Northern Trip Part 3 – Sheffield Crown Courts Northern Trip Part 1 – The Burnley Empire More At: George Barnsley and Sons - a set on Flickr
  24. Visited solo. I'd wanted to do this the week before when I did the Courthouse but I was worn out after that so I knocked it back again. Having another free weekend to do something, I thought why not try this? So back over to Sheffield I went. And I'm glad I did! Looking at reports, nothing really stood out to me when I looked at the place initially; there's nothing genuinely eye catching like a complete row of intact machinery. GB's is different. With a place like this, you have to be there to appreciate it to its fullest. Having been completely unaltered since it was built around 150 years ago, this is a real treasure to behold. On the other hand, I did nearly cop out of it... I got to the access point, no problem. Without going into too much detail here, however, some idiot kicked the ladder used to get in back in the courtyard! Now this is no ordinary drop; it's at least 12 feet to the ground. Worried sick to say the least (who would come and get me if I broke my ankle on the way down? How would I get back out?), I hung off the ledge, in a moment of blind faith I drop off. I land safely, thank fuck! On through the jungle of a courtyard. Initial impressions are very good! Quite trashed, but still caught somewhere in time. And the reason why this is a defining explore for Sheffield... In the offices new graffiti has put a downer on the otherwise brilliant vibe of the place, but luckily this is contained to just that area. Crucified pigeon Trudging on, you really have to watch your footing here as some of the floors are rotten to the core! One or two rooms were inaccessible because of that but it wasn't really a big deal. On a final note, I'm so, so glad I chose to see it. It was never a high priority, but that certain vibe the place has just blew away all expectations. A wonderful, wonderful explore. I probably won't go back because of the access though; even getting out was dodgy! Love as always, TBM x