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  1. a look inside former HMP Kingston in Portsmouth. built in 1877 as a Victorian radial design prison. Kingston has had a varied history. At one point the building was used for a boys' borstal, and then became a police station during World War II. In 1965 capital punishment for murder was abolished in Britain and Kingston began exclusively to hold inmates serving life sentences. Kingston was the only prison in England and Wales to have a unit exclusively for elderly male prisoners serving life sentences. The prison then later closed in 2013 These photos were taken during an open day for the residents of Portsmouth to give their input of what to do with the site, it was an interesting walk around with lots of history inside. Enjoy Thanks For Looking
  2. Hey everyone:D History..A classic example of a country estate with buildings and a designed landscape forming an integral composition reflecting late C19 taste. Minley Manor and its pleasure grounds laid out by Robert T Veitch and his landscaper F W Meyer in the 1880s form the centrepiece to the estate. This followed an earlier phase of planting undertaken by James Veitch in the 1860s. The western half of the estate is criss-crossed by a network of drives and tracks radiating from Fleet Lodge, one of which leads to Home Farm (a model farm built to the design of Arthur Castings in 1900) situated 500m south-east of the Manor. I visited here a little while back with a non-member, but had an awesome morning here - not tonnes of stuff left as rotten floorboards put some places off limits, but definitely a nice little explore. anyhow, on with some pictures.. (apologies if this is in the wrong category - only put it here as i thought it might come under manors/residential:D) These are some of my earliest urbex pictures, and in my opinion could be improved massively - not my best set, but thanks for looking nonetheless
  3. Visited with Extreme ironing, The Raw, MrDan and Dirtyjigsaw History South of an area known as 'Caesar’s Camp' on the A287 which was a major water catchment area for Aldershot Camp which had its own water supply from Aldershot Town There were (and still are) a number of uncovered reservoir's and until recent years a water tower and pump house on the other side of the road These would feed smaller header reservoirs and water towers in the camp which in turn fed tanks in the roofs of the barracks The old hutted Aldershot Camp dates from the 1880's after the Crimean War when it replaced an earlier tented camp Pics Thanks for looking
  4. So I've visited this place twice before but only taken photos down there once. Most of the hatches are welded shut, however two of them are accessible, one leading down to a large square section and the other down to a much smaller, round section of the reservoir. The ladders leading down are slightly unstable and do wobble as your going down Nice explore for warm afternoon!
  5. The bluest lake I've ever seen! I don't fancy swimming in it though! Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  6. After a few failed attempts over the past year. I saw online that it was becoming popular again, so I thought I would give it a try again. This time with no problems. Spent 7 hours inside here. Didn't see anyone else. We saw fresh footprints on the floor that didn't match any of our footwear, then noticed a few doors being sealed up that weren't the first time around? strange! Any way, here are my pictures. Nothing new, just the same stuff! A couple are a slight HDR but nothing eye burning! Hope you like. Founded in the reign of King George I, the Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, Hampshire, was one of several hospitals serving the Portsmouth Urban Area, but had previously been the country's foremost – and ultimately last – military hospital. Its military status was withdrawn in 2007, and those military personnel remaining joined the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (MDHU Portsmouth) at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth. In the summer of 2009, all remaining (civilian) medical services at Haslar were relocated to the Queen Alexandra Hospital, and the site was subsequently sold. The Royal Military Hospital Haslar had a number of notable specialist medical facilities, including a decompression chamber and a zymotic isolation ward. History[edit] The Royal Hospital Haslar was designed by Theodore Jacobsen and built between 1746–61. The site opened as a Royal Navy hospital in 1753. It has had a very long and distinguished history in the medical care of service personnel both in peacetime and in war since that time, treating many tens of thousands of patients. Haslar was the biggest hospital – and the largest brick building – in England when it was constructed. Dr James Lind (1716–1794), a leading physician at Haslar from 1758 till 1785, played a major part in discovering a cure for scurvy, not least through his pioneering use of a double blind methodology with Vitamin C supplements (limes). The hospital included an asylum for sailors with psychiatric disorders, and an early superintending psychiatrist was the phrenologist, Dr James Scott (1785–1859), a member of the influential Edinburgh Phrenological Society. In 1902 the hospital became known as the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar (abbreviated to RNH Haslar). In the 1940s, RNH Haslar set up the country's first blood bank to treat wounded soldiers from the Second World War. In 1966, the remit of the hospital expanded to serve all three services – the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, after which time, it became known as the Royal Military Hospital Haslar. In 1996 the hospital again became known as the Royal Hospital Haslar. In 2001, the provision of acute healthcare within Royal Hospital Haslar was transferred from the Defence Secondary Care Agency to the NHS Trust. The Royal Hospital was the last MOD-owned acute hospital in the UK. The decision to end the provision of bespoke hospital care for Service personnel was taken prior to the UK's expeditionary campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, but was nevertheless followed through, largely on the grounds of cost. The change from military control to the NHS, and the complete closure of the hospital have remained the subject of considerable local controversy. The hospital formally closed in 2009 and the site has since started to be redeveloped. PLEASE LOOK UP AND SEE THE TRAM LINES:^ The Haslar Tramway was constructed in 1877 as a single line running from the Haslar Jetty into the Main Arcade of the hospital. At the jetty there was an ambulance shed with a junction for the storage of the ambulance tram and a similar junction at the Arcade. The two trams were built by the London and Midland Railway. Hospital boats or cutters collected the sick, wounded or dead from the anchoring fleet at Spithead and the dockyard and ferried them to the Haslar Jetty. On arrival at the jetty the patients were landed and transferred to the ambulance. Sick Berth staff then pushed the ambulance to the Main Arcade. On arrival at the Arcade the patients were then carried to the hospital receiving room for admission. Thank You!
  7. The Royal York Hotel,a fine Art Deco style building completed in 1935 , replacing the original Victorian hotel of the same name. Closed in 2006. My guess is that it will be turnt into flats in the near future! The video tour! http://youtu.be/mKuRE1R4xvY
  8. UK Fort G, Hampshire Sept 13

    Gilkicker Fort. First explore of the day turned out to be a failure, but I had a back up! And what a beauty it is. I love this place. Can't wait for next time. Didn't spend long in here before alarms went off. Shame really, but I know better now. Fort Gilkicker was built between 1863 and 1869 to keep those pesky French off our shores! 27 guns protected the peninsula and nearby Fort Monkton. It was equipped with another 4 guns in WWI. Now it is falling apart, crumbling and rusting, with masses of scaffold holding parts up. The fort was bought out last year by Sir Robert McAlpine, and there are plans to turn it into housing. A bit dark :/ One last shaky picture before scarpering Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  9. Visited with Webbley and Chrisr86. In Dec 2012 Maternity Bit and January 2013 for the Video! The Cambridge Military Hospital, built by Messrs Martin Wells and Co. of Aldershot, was located at Stanhope Lines. It was named after Prince George, Duke of Cambridge and opened on 18 July 1879. In the First World War, the Cambridge Hospital was the first base hospital to receive casualties directly from the Western Front. The Cambridge Hospital was also the first place where plastic surgery was performed in the British Empire. Captain Gillies (later Sir Harold Gillies), met Hippolyte Morestin, while on leave in Paris in 1915. Morestin was reconstructing faces in the Val-de-Grace Hospital in Paris. Gillies fell in love with the work, and at the end of 1915 was sent back from France to start a Plastic Unit in the Cambridge Hospital. After the Second World War, with the decline in importance of Britain's military commitments, civilians were admitted to the hospital. It pioneered the supply of portable operating theatres and supplies for frontline duties. The hospital also contained the Army Chest Unit. It was closed on 2 February 1996 due to the high cost of running the old building as well as the discovery of asbestos in the walls. http://youtu.be/Umam2fBzZy4 Thanks!
  10. Going back a couple of years now, i dusted the mountain bike off, topped myself up with Jack3d and headed to Harewood Forest! I covered some mileage over the day but killing two birds with one stone ensured i had a thoroughly enjoyable day but hitting the deck after mis-judging a tree root wasn't a highlight - blood was drawn but chicks dig scars though, right? Anywho, the history? Basically the RAF required a stretch of woodland not too close to a town, that was rail served and about 25 miles inland to store ammunition. New sidings and a branch network for military traffic were built at the Longparish station in 1942 and concrete roads were built in the forest and to effectively disperse ammunition to the storage huts. Bombs started arriving in the autumn of 1943 and the depot initially stored 40,000 tons which obviously increased around D-Day. Alas and onto the pictures: A once lovely Ford Prefect, slowly rusting away. Water tower Concrete roads were laid down to disperse ammunition to the storage huts The nissen huts were utilised for a far different reason 70 years ago Emergency Water Supply (EWS) - many of these are dotted throughout the forest This is Middleton House, it was a school but taken over and used as a HQ Maintenance Unit 202 This picture was actually with my father when we went in car, it wasn't there when i re-visited on my own. I'll leave it there, thanks for looking!
  11. This closed in march of this year, they are having a open day a official visit, if anyone interested in the area. http://www.npowermediacentre.com/Press-Releases/Fawley-Power-Station-Community-Event-1249.aspx
  12. If you like bricks and concrete, then you will love Ewshot - part of a GHQ stopline but within miles you also have an abundance of military history past and present. Anyway, a few pictures from a fine sunny day: Sadly a year or so late - the whole camp has been demolished. The firing range has survived though but for how long? ... the few remains of the assault course will soon be a mere memory. Barbed wire surrounding the camp. But a supply of pillboxes in the area did wet our appetite.
  13. So yeah, this ones been done to death but hell its worth the many miles out to see it! picked up by my good friend SX-Riffraff in the early hours one morn and made off.... stopped at a morrisons to pick up the reduced splore goodies and found somewhere to park ...... which was a bit awkward as most places had metal poles and barriers because of the up-coming Air-show, but this did mean we got a Sneak preview as some of the jets where doing barrel rolls across pyestock :popcorn Anywayyyyyy we found ourselves inside and ducking behind pipes to avoid patrols, Overal a good day with a few close secca situations, i wont put any history as im sure most of you know what this place is by now Right, Pictures!
  14. UK Wisley Airfield - Hampshire - 2008

    Wisley airfield was once an raf base but over the years all the buldings bar one have been demoed the place is now used to store farm equipment and as an emergency landing facility die die die mwhahahahah
  15. finanly i found an open post i was rather exited the farmer caught us walking on his land and said we could even look in there nice guy easily repairable post tho just needs the weight put on and a bit bent back did have a go at putting down the lid but to no avail any way on with the pics this post looks burnt out but its not inside very weird still a few bits and bobs down there. just near buy there some ruins and this little building
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