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  1. I have been wanting to go here for years and finally got round to going earlier this month on a 2 day tour. It was awesome to go and so hard to explain what its like there. The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of the Soviet Union, Id put more but you all must know about it. Here are a few of the photos I took
  2. Belgium Heavy Metal April + May 2015

    After a huge effort and going underneath 2 lines of razor wire, we managed to get in this HUGE abandoned factory.Great fun to explore! Pictures are from 2 visits.
  3. Heavy Metal was a high capacity steel strip mill which closed in 2012. Access was a bit of a nightmare but made the prize that bit more special. As soon as you make your way inside, the size of the place dawns on you, it's an absolute beast. It's somewhere you could easily spend 2 or 3 days and still not see it all, this is EPIC UMBECKS SLPOREGASM TERRITORY! Cheers for looking
  4. This place is massive!! The images can not really convey how big this place is. Its a brilliant explore. However I never took many photos. I think there are more externals So much to see and even the power is still on. Its hard to resist not to push any buttons 1 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Thanks for taking a look I hope you enjoyed this spot as much as I did.
  5. Lovely evening explore this factory, full of contrasting ages building wise and some attempts of renovation have been made not to long ago, although I wouldnt want to guess when. With the original part of the factory built post war it has some extensions and some great features, parts of the place where in a time warp! From what information I can gather this factory suffered damage during the war; Heres a snippet of someones' recollection.. "One morning I went to work as usual, but when we got to the factory it has been completely destroyed in the air-raid the night before. We just stood there amazed. We were told to go to the Employment Offices, where they said I either had to go into the Land Army or work in the ammunition factory. The Doctor said I was not well enough to work on the land, so I went to the ammo. factory as an assembler. I hated it there, but it had to be done." Kinda cool to find a personal piece of information. The factory was moved to a temporary location whilst a rebuild was conducted and after a period of time was able to start to function normally and continued so until 1978. The factory looks as it was used after that time frame for storage of some kind and was given another name.
  6. So here I am. Half a decade after my first ever explore on a beautiful summers day, June 12th 2009. I can remember that day like it was yesterday, it was the day after my last AS-Level exam and I had been looking forward to my first proper explore for some time after finding out a good friend of mine I'd known for years through another of my hobbies had been doing this stuff since the late 1990s. Hellingly was the goal for us and two of his other friends that sunny afternoon and little did I know how dramatically my life would change. I can still remember the feeling I got when I first climbed through one of the many smashed out windows and set foot inside a derelict building for the first time, I can remember the sounds, the smell and the feel of it under my feet like I am there right now and that is something which will stay with me forever and part of the reason why Hellingly is my favourite out of all the Asylums I have managed to do so far. Looking back since that day five years ago I can't believe how far I've come, from starting out with what at the time was already a four year old Fujifilm point and shoot camera and no tripod, to the setup I've got now. If someone asked me five years ago where I thought I'd be now I'd never have been able to answer it, as I never envisioned I'd have explored over 200 times all over the UK, as well as four trips to the continent and another coming up in July, as well as the biggest trip of my life to the USA later on this year being planned as I speak. I've gone through finding and losing love in abandonments as well as losing my best ever explore buddy to a woman, meeting so many awesome people I never would have encountered otherwise some of whom have become close personal friends and others I wouldn't say no to exploring with again if the offer arose, and others I'm shamefully still yet to meet up with! I was part of a now infamous encounter with Beardy, had three car accidents, outran police dogs pursuing us, met the hottest policewoman in the whole of France, encountered the worlds angriest farmer in rural Belgium, had two very narrow escapes from serious injury as well as so much else I can't even begin to describe it all here...in short I've had five amazing years of generally being where I shouldn't with equally amazing people and long may it continue. Thanks to everyone I've met and explored with over the last half decade and to all others for helping me with related stuff, I couldn't have done it without you. Literally. Had my mate not introduced me to this properly chances are I'd still be an armchair explorer like I was for a good four years prior to 2009! So five years and 254 explores later (don't even ask me to work out how many individual sites!) I am going to let these pictorial highlights and personal landmarks do the talking (well maybe with a little bit of narration....). This has the added bonus of you being able to see just how far I have progressed photographically as well! Genesis....Hellingly June 12th 2009. My revisit in November 2009 is still to this day one of my favourite explores ever. But it wasn't until I visited West Park six times between August and October 2009 things really took off for me...the visit in early September was marked by us encountering the odd fellow wearing only a red lacey vest top and womens underwear running out of the adjacent forest shortly after a policeman had driven off... Wispers School in Haslemere in December 2009 provided probably the biggest adrenaline rush and one of the closest calls I have ever had exploring, about half an hour in we heard car noises outside and dogs barking, so we hid upstairs listening to people and dogs moving around downstairs, before we moved and ended up in the old servery, I reached out for a door handle and as I touched it a tremendous amount of barking erupted directly behind the door which made us totally leg it, we flung open a tiny inset door built into one of the bay windows and didn't stop running until we reached the road, it was about as intense as things have ever gotten for me. Later it transpired the police used to use the place for dog training... Fairmile in the snow December 2009 RAF Upper Heyford January 2010, here I would meet someone who would later become both my girlfriend for much of the year as well as an awesome explore buddy to boot. I revisited RAF Upper Heyford in March 2010 with Landie Man and TBM and got collared by the fuzz who searched us, but as we are good boys nothing came of it. Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford April 2010 Pyestock, June 2010...I made four visits to Pyestock in 2010 and this was the most successful, but the experience in April when we were probably the first group of explorers to encounter the security with their new Land Rover Defender was bizarre, as a game of cat and mouse underneath the Weir Road bridge ensued with them parked on the road on top of us then backing off then coming back repeatedly. GT July 2010, only a couple of days after it first surfaced. BIBRA, Carshalton August 2010. Barely anyone got into this place because of how well secured and alarmed it was, it's the only place I have ever been which has given me a really bad feeling, the whole atmosphere of the place was heavy and hard to stomach. We set an alarm off and got the hell out of dodge as we knew it was wired straight into the local police station... Abbey Mills Pumping Station November 2010, we turned up not knowing it had been very recently sealed up after some braindead morons left the access open, but by a massive stroke of luck we ran into a contractor who was milling around outside waiting for a delivery, and instead of chucking us out like we expected him to he said 'how'd you get in, over the back?' to which I replied yes we had, and then to all our surprises he let us in and gave us a guided tour! Very shortly after my visit a huge eff-off fence went up around the entire place. Reading Courage Brewery December 2010 Centre for Human Sciences Farnborough January 2011, I made four visits to this woefully under explored site just down the road from Pyestock, which featured some truly awesome sights including the enormous climatic cold chamber, dummy fighter plane cockpit rigs and more Crane, Oxford January 2011...my first and so far only crane climb Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals Basingstoke March 2011. Organised as an 'official' tour after closure by the actual staff and members of the security team, this was a fantastic afternoon to see what was there as any attempts to get in unofficially would have been met with complete and utter total failure! Mitchell Grieve Needle Works, Coalville, March 2011. My favourite factory of all time. Hanging a giant England flag from the local Grain Silo, April 2011 Denbigh April 2011, the infamous group visit which resulted in Beardy speeding out onto the public road and allowing his dog to attack one of us That house I wish I'd never found, June 2011 RAF Upper Heyford Hospital Boiler House, the place that tried to kill me with stupidly difficult access but was worth it as barely anyone got to see this part of UH, hence it's totally untouched nature! RAF Greenham Common GAMA Site, a lifelong dream of me and my fellow urbexer was finally realised on the 2011 August bank holiday weekend. Simply one of the most amazing mornings of my life watching the sun rise over the missile silos. Mobil Oil Grease Blending Plant, Birkenhead October 2011, the culmination of my first ever multi-day urbex roadtrip and another favourite. Malvernbury Care Home October 2011 RAF Upper Heyford Commissioned Officers Club October 2011. The best bit of the massive Upper Heyford site by a long way and only doable with permission as it was right behind the still open base police station....
  7. So I heard about this place from a previous report so decided to have a look around. After gaining access immediately once we were on the site, we discovered that its fairly large, the corridors seem to go on forever. A majority of the floor has been taken up and there are random items dotted about in various different rooms. We also discovered a basement which we ventured into, which turned out to also go on forever. Away from the main building there are several small outbuildings with other junk and old documents. We also managed to find 2 of the server rooms. THE BASEMENT
  8. Well having seen Silent Hill's report I thought I'd chuck upsome of my photos. I'm with Silent about this place - it's a fabulous building and explore and I love it lots. it's one of the places that got me into Urbex. Once I saw "that" staircase I had to see it for myself and photograph it. Our first attempt saw us politely escorted off the premises by the Polish Man mountain but we vowed to return and so we did. On with the graphical representations: That Staircase Ghostly goings on An explore that towers over others a few more frames to come yet A few more shots of that staircase Time to say goodbye to the old place and there you have it folks - thanks for looking. If ever you needed evidence that it's the photographer that matters not the equipment ... these were all shot with a Canon G10 COMPACT camera
  9. I haven't been about for a while but just had a busy weekend exploring, this was the first and there will be a couple or more coming up as soon as I have the time. I used to frequent this place in the late 70s early 80s and it was a nice little pub, I've known its been empty for ages but thought it would be well locked up and never gave it a second thought. Then Friday afternoon a friend of mine came into the garage and said it was open. He was working nearby and noticed a broken window so had a quick look and took a couple of photos on his phone. As we both finished at 5 it was arranged to meet just after. (We both went back on the weekend to go down the cellar as it was short notice we only took or cameras (I managed to grab my tripod)) The metal thief's had done a good job on the floors upstairs and the kids had done a good job on the rest, but all in all there is still lots of odds and ends about. Had a busy weekend so will have a look for some history as soon as I can, one room though had been done out as the inside of a old boat (The Mary Rose) but that was since the last time I was there. On to the photos with the full set here https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/with/14214713672 Thanks for looking
  10. firstly I make no apology for the size of this thread or the order of the pics, its been a 3 day battle of processing Visited with Project Mayhem, Lowri and non member Diane Well, what a crazy 30+ hours this turned out to be. Left central englandshire at 4pm, only to realise that 1 member didnt have their passport !! so a quick detour to wales (guess who) and we were back on track, straight into an accident on the motorway, so after 90 mins of traveling approx 100 meters we were off again.................. I had built in about 2-3 hours buffer "just incase"...... this would be close. Uneventful drive to the chunnel, until we heard of "problems" at the chunnel........ wtf !!! the curse was hanging over us !! 5 hours delay !! we wouldnt make it !! wtf !!! Drive in and ask random bloke trying to sort out all the cars, and he said "just head to the trains, we`ve given up trying to sort an order out" 45 mins later we are on a train, 2 hours drive over the other side and a cheeky 2hours sleep in a service station. Alarms go off and we are off again, met our contact and the rest is history...............
  11. This was going to be the 3rd of 5 places earmarked for the day, but the trip between the church and here took a bit longer than planed, that with this cottage being so nice I just kept finding more and more to take photos of, we ended the trip here and headed home leaving the others for anther day (My health didn't help ether ) Full set here https://www.flickr.com/photos/100221036@N06/sets/72157643475278245/ That's all Folks
  12. Belgium Heavy Metal (visit 2014)

    One of my favorite locations !! I was impressed by the size of this location , the machines , .... Such a cool explore, but a bastard to get in these days, well guarded , razer wire around the factory and again around the buildings and security patrolling
  13. well i thought id go and see what all the fuss was about and set off early in the morning to find the beast that is cwm coke. im still blown away by the size of the place if im honest. there cant be that many places around quit like it. to date i would say it was the best 6 hours of urban exploring i have had. anyway, i wont say anything about the history as im pretty sure everyone knows it and to be honest i dont know a lot about the place other than its amazing.. hope you enjoy the photos
  14. UK Hospital G March 2014 (pic heavy)

    A report from a good full day out exploring on saturday Hit the road early and traveled with a non member (working on that) and got to the location. Parked up and got in fairly easy (watch out for bear traps and pits I was informed) After about 20 mins inside i caught a shadowy figure moving along a corridor out of the corner of my eye, blind panic set in, because it was indeed the highland spirit........... stussy !! Cool explore, pretty trashed but some really nice bits to it, the outside is stunning. cheers The Baron
  15. This is only just down the road from Tonedale, but what a difference between the sites. I have seen photos of this place and it doesn't look that big but its like a Tardis in there. We parked up and with a very tight squeeze we were in, but this was only a smallish dark room with a drying machine and a office upstairs. In the dark places I was doing 30 sec exposures and light painting to get the shots. At this point I though we were done but my nephew (HT from now on) shouted he had found a "Rabbit hole" (Big rabbit but still another tight squeeze) into the main factory floor. I spent a hour in here while HT looked around for more. I had just packed everything away and was heading out a door when HT grabbed me and took me into another big building full of good stuff , I only took my camera back out and did this section hand held. After this was finished he took me to what must have been where some one had set up a garage and spray shop in the past, not a lot in here but junk. As normal, full set here http://www.flickr.com/photos/100221036@N06/sets/72157641714234595/
  16. Fifth Urbex Anniversary, Thanks for the Memories -Pic Heavy- (mod note: This has been cut up into 4 parts) Firstly I am SO sorry about the image count but this thread really means a lot to me and it’s been emotional writing it as it has brought up so many memories, good ones, and bad ones with tales of woe that the urbex itself helped me overcome. - Well I am glad I am writing this report up. First of all I am not egotistical, just very nostalgic. I am by far not an elitist explorer but I can definitely say I have been the Aylesbury and perhaps even Bucks Explorer; usually quite quick at reporting on sites before they are gone. Taking all into account, please accept this “blog” as you will. I haven’t been as active as many, only covering 100 or more places over the years, but I am glad to mark my fifth urbex anniversary this Sunday (16/02), having gone from a curious “fence looker” and armchair explorer, (my passion sparked by the 1992 film “Trespass” and also certain areas on past GTA games, as well as having had an interest for as long as I can remember in derelicts.) to 100+ sites under my belt including Chernobyl and a lot around Wales and the North of England. I am proud of what I have achieved and where I have been and hope to get some European sites under my belt soon. I won’t bore you with a photo from every site I've been too, but choose a vast number to contrast the years (sorry to those forums with a limit but I feel so nostalgic right now). Maybe I have started a trend, everyone on their 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 etc urbex anniversary can make an oversized thread; I’d be interested in seeing other peoples milestones in time. So let it buffer and have a flick! First Urbex 16/02/09 #1 My first ever urbex location, the one that kicked it off. The BOCM Research Development Farm which is now a Nursing Home. Visited first with two friends then back again on my tod. Feb 2009, this is my first ever urbex; starting with the first photo: #2 #3 http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/3861095461/in/set-72157621366504561 Before the “selling out to the Daily Mail” days, I innocently made a local interest report back in the day as the site was a total derp. This was in our local rag. The biggest pile of derp known to man but everyone has to have a first! I revisited with a new camera in August 2009 and did a massive historical report on my first ever site. Some interesting things actually happened here which have paved the way for modern meat and egg production but the site is a derp!!! Milestone Two My second Milestone would be April 2009, my first proper building. Chesham Cottage Hospital, once again I revisited in August of that year and re-reported. #4 Crappy April shot #5 August Shot #6 Milestone Three I guess my third milestone was my next explore which I royally screwed up photo wise but showed the community Aylesburys most photographed urbex. The old cinema. Again, I visited here in August 2009 to re-shoot. #7 #8 This is April Style! #9 August Style #10 #11 Cant forget my most visited site ever, The Water Eaton Grain Silo #12 #13 #14 Milestone Four First out of home turf explore and first London Explore, Unisys. #15 #16 #17 For me the next two years were amazing urbex wise, in my eyes anyway, 2009 and 10 were pretty good and 11 started well but went on a decline into 2012, so here is a few choice photos from 09-14 in order of date #18 #19 #20 #21 #21 #22 #23 #24 #25 On to 2010 #26 #27 #29 #30
  17. I like graffiti and ever since I saw this place I wanted to pay it a visit, it was second on my list for the day and I was alone. I parked up and found a way in, I could hear a generator and see a cabin on one side, so I went in a different direction. After about half hour I walked out of a building and straight in front of secco. He looked at me and ambled up while I walked down to him, he didn't say anything so I told him what I was doing and asked if he minded if I carried on. He asked how I got in and if there was anyone with me, I told him, he asked how long I wanted I told him and he said I could as long as I didn't go anywhere stupid. They have cleared between the buildings and he said they will be down in 3/4 weeks, so it looks like I got there in time. As I was squeezing through my exit point I was face with a couple of coppers, they asked what I had been doing and ask if I knew I was trespassing, I told them that I had spoke to the secco and they were happy. They were looking for some young kids and asked if I had seen any, when I said no they just walked back to their car. As I said, I did take some photos of the buildings but the graffiti was the main subject. full set here http://www.flickr.com/photos/100221036@N06/sets/72157640154562644/ Thanks for looking
  18. Cambridge Military Hospital Visited with Chaos History 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. The Explore We were getting restless moping about trying to work out what we were going to do with ourselves, one evening we decided on a last minute next day explore to this monolith of military medical history. We set off at 9am... a relatively late start considering some of the stupid times I decide to get up and go exploring, we made are way over and in....first stop... the Morgue 1. 2. 3. 4. After our 'chilling' poke about in the morgue we headed off to the main building, hearing that there was a vigilant secca presence we made best effort to get in as quickly as possible....no such luck, we spent a while frustratingly wandering around with eyes in the back of our heads to the front of the building trying to find a way in until suddenly a head pops out of a broken window "ssssssh down there...window" We moved to where we thought he was pointing....nothing. Close to the 'obvious' hut we had to make a decision and quick, after poking around a bit more we needed to adapt, improvise and overcome, with a slip and slide danger entry and a bit of an ankle breaking drop we were in, we made our way to the clock tower and then pushed on through the building. 5. On our way up to the clock tower we realised the epicness of this building, the corridors easily span 300 meters from point to point, and in the dark felt like they wen't on forever. We bumped into a couple other explorers one of which scared the living daylights out of us on a dark stairwell....cheers for that Webbly, we had a quick chat and pushed on. 6. The building 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. The mould slowly consuming the building was like nothing I've ever seen We really underestimated the size of the place and wanted to get one more area in before we left this fantastic building home for some well deserved dinner. The childrens ward 14. 15. 16. 17. The Bleeding Doors Thanks for looking
  19. Evening all, I'm sure that its OK to post in here now considering the amount of people that are doing it lately? If not, please move and accept my apologies. I'll try not to bog down the post with too many photos, as I have a lot more to go and a lot on Flickr. Lots of detail shots in with these. I decided that I needed to do this, apart from a handful in the UK, I've not done much in this country this year. After help from some fellow explorers (you know who you are) I decided that a day off work was in order and a drive from sunny South Wales to London in the early evening was on the cards. In the meantime, I arranged to meet with Dursty, a fellow member of the OS forum and community who kindly took me to B and we did the roof together. On arriving and making it to the site and negotiating my way to control room A, I spent some time in here and worked pretty quickly for me, swopping between lenses and making the most out of the early part of the explore. Once Dursty arrived, we did Control Room B and climbed up to the base of the chimneys to get that awesome skyline. Some history Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Battersea, an inner-city district of South West London. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to an identical design, providing the well known four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II* listed. The station's celebrity owes much to numerous cultural appearances, which include a shot in The Beatles' 1965 movie Help!, appearing in the video for the 1982 hit single "Another Thing Comin´" by heavy metal band Judas Priest and being used in the cover art of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals, as well as a cameo appearance in Take That's music video "The Flood." In addition, a photograph of the plant's control room was used as cover art on Hawkwind's 1977 album Quark, Strangeness and Charm. The station is the largest brick building in Europe and is notable for its original, lavish Art Deco interior fittings and decor. However, the building's condition has been described as "very bad" by English Heritage and is included in its Buildings at Risk Register. In 2004, while the redevelopment project was stalled, and the building remained derelict, the site was listed on the 2004 World Monuments Watch by the World Monuments Fund. The combination of an existing debt burden of some £750 million, the need to make a £200 million contribution to a proposed extension to the London Underground, requirements to fund conservation of the derelict power station shell and the presence of a waste transfer station and cement plant on the river frontage make a commercial development of the site a significant challenge. In December 2011, the latest plans to develop the site collapsed with the debt called in by the creditors. In February 2012, the site was placed on sale on the open property market through commercial estate agent Knight Frank. It has received interest from a variety of overseas consortia, most seeking to demolish or part-demolish the structure. Built in the early 1930s, this iconic structure, with its four distinctive chimneys, was created to meet the energy demands of the new age. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott – the man who also designed what is now Tate Modern and brought the red telephone box to London – was hired by the London Power Company to create this first of a new generation of ‘superstations’, with the building beginning to produce power for the capital in 1933. With dimensions of 160 m x 170 m, the roof of the boiler house 50 m tall, and its four 103 m tall, tapering chimneys, it is a truly massive structure. The building in fact comprised two stations – Battersea ‘A’ and Battersea ‘B’, which were conjoined when the identical B section was completed in the 1950s, and it was the world’s most thermally efficient building when it opened. But Battersea Power Station was – and is – so much more besides. Gilbert Scott lifted it from the prosaic into the sublime by incorporating lavish touches such as the building’s majestic bronze doors and impressive wrought-iron staircase leading to the art deco control room. Here, amongst the controls which are still in situ today, those in charge of London’s electricity supply could enjoy the marble-lined walls and polished parquet flooring. Down in the turbine hall below, meanwhile, the station’s giant walls of polished marble would later prompt observers to liken the building to a Greek temple devoted to energy. Over the course of its life, Battersea Power Station has been instilled in the public consciousness, not least when Pink Floyd famously adopted it for its Animals album cover and launch in 1977. As a result of its popularity, a great deal of energy has been expended in protecting this landmark. Following the decommissioning of the ‘A’ station in 1975, the whole structure was listed at Grade II in 1980 before, in 1983, the B station was also closed. Since that time, and following the listing being upgraded to a Grade II* status in 2007, Battersea Power Station has become almost as famous for plans heralding its future as for its past. Until now, that is. The transformation of Battersea Power Station – this familiar and much-loved silhouette on the London skyline – is set to arrive, along with the regeneration and revitalisation of this forgotten corner of central London. History is about to be made once more. Getting out in the early hours after a good 5 hours in here and then driving home. Glad I made it to this place to see for myself. On with some photos. A side B side External Thanks for looking in. Tim
  20. Evening all, Visited with Camerashy, Dai and Gareth earlier this month. This was one we definately had on the list to do, so after a very early start and over a good hour of waiting for sunrise which, with the rain made it very difficult on exposure times for the first couple of hours. Especially down stairs in the clinics which is what most people go there for. An affluent looking town with an overgrown house/clinic in the centre. Apparently Dr Anna is still alive, over 100 years old and being cared for in nursing home accommodation. Her name and her husband's were apparently above the door of the Urological clinic they ran down in the lower levels of the basement. The house is a split level affair, with clinical and waiting / administration spaces on the ground and lower ground floors with an opulent house on the floors above. Dr Anna was clearly a well dressed lady judging by the amount of swanky old clothing and bags still there and the furniture. Not to mention the hobbies and travels they clearly had judging by the items left behind. Her husband died in a car crash sometime in the 90s and the home has been left to rot. Not sure if this is the most current history, on with some photos. Thanks for looking in. Tim
  21. A visit to Imber is always tinged with sadness for the people who were forced to leave by the MOD in 1943 never to return.A history of the place is to be found here http://www.abandonedcommunities.co.uk/imber.html The big house couldn't get in due to guard on the place sign on wall The pub Farmhouse farm building Unknown building outbuilding
  22. Evening all, Thought its time to post another report. This set of photos is nowhere near complete but thought I'd report on some of the photos that I've processed so far. For those in the know and have also visited, this is a place filled with history including the hospital where a young 17 year old Adolf Hitler was treated in October and November 1916 after he was shot following a leg injury during the Battle of the Somme. Beelitz-Heilstätten, a district of the town, is home to a large hospital complex of about 60 buildings including a cogeneration plant erected from 1898 on according to plans of architect Heino Schmieden. Originally designed as a sanatorium by the Berlin workers' health insurance corporation, the complex from the beginning of World War I on was a military hospital of the Imperial German Army. In 1945, Beelitz-Heilstätten was occupied by Red Army forces, and the complex remained a Soviet military hospital until 1995, well after the German reunification. In December 1990 Erich Honecker was admitted to Beelitz-Heilstätten after being forced to resign as the head of the East German government. Following the Soviet withdrawal, attempts were made to privatize the complex, but they were not entirely successful. Some sections of the hospital remain in operation as a neurological rehabilitation center and as a center for research and care for victims of Parkinsons disease. The remainder of the complex, including the surgery, the psychiatric ward, and a rifle range, was abandoned in 2000. As of 2007, none of the abandoned hospital buildings or the surrounding area were secured, giving the area the feel of a ghost town. This has made Beelitz-Heilstätten a destination for curious visitors and a film set for movies like The Pianist in 2002, the Rammstein music video Mein Herz brennt and Valkyrie in 2008. We had a bit of drama getting around the buildings due to the size of the place and some of the older buildings had been redeveloped, the maps thankfully served us well but we did run into the Police. Thankfully, we went and hid for half hour while they did their checks and had no further drama. On with some photos. The rest will be on Flickr in due course. Normally I wouldn't drive hundreds of miles for an empty building but this was kind of special and was one that was on the list for a long time. Thanks for looking in.
  23. Evening all, Another set more or less finished with and another one in the UK - that must be 5 this year. Went here two weeks ago and the crossing the stream to get to the Mill was knee deep so worked with wellies full of water for a good 2 hours or more. Even though this place was only 109 miles from my house, it still took over 2 hours to get to it and was only in spitting distance to a previous Mill visit on the opposite side of the road. Strange world. Visited with a non member and thankfully on a clear day as those in the know already know, the roof has seen better days. Considering this place was one long and rotting room, we spent a good while here and did some obscure macro and 50mm shots as well as the typical wider stuff. Don't know the history. There could have been more mills further down stream but thats a job for another day. Photos below. Thanks for looking in.
  24. Evening all, My third visit to this place which is not that far away from me in South Wales. Wasn't really going for myself but two long time explorer non members of this forum, one of which has been caught here twice in quick succession going back a few years before security got a bit slack. As with a lot of revisits, the challenge is to find something new or a different viewpoint to photograph and maybe change lenses. As per the first and second times, security was non existant and knowing most of the site like the back of my hand, took the guys to the areas I was familiar with and also starting at the bottom and working the way up through. The site was extremely overgrown and a lot of stomping down of brambles and weeds had to be done, some of the paths and especially the steps you couldn't even see and were wet with moss and slippery too. But going on some of the areas I found, especially across the top of the coke ovens, the revisit was definately worth it - Especially considering the weather was great too. A bit of history (Found following a Google search) There was originally a colliery named "Cwm Colliery" at this site in Beddau, just south of Pontypridd in Rhondda Cynon Taf, that was sunk in 1909. No coal was actually extracted until 1914, however, and then it came from two shafts, Margaret and Mildred which were over 750 yards deep. In 1928 the colliery was taken over by Powell Duffryn Associated Collieries Limited, and at this point it employed over 1000 men. It operated under their name until 1948 when the National Coal Board (NCB) was established to manage the nationalized coal industry in the UK. The NCB updated the colliery in a massive £9 million redevelopment between 1952 and 1960. This included connection Cwm (pronounced "Coomb") to Coedely Tonyrefail, and of course building a massive Coke works, Cwm Coke. In the 70s, the coke works alone employed 1,500 men and produced some 515,000 tonnes of coke each year. It continued to do so until 1986, when the NCB was privatized. The colliery ceased production at this point, but the coke works were bought buy CPL Industries and continued producing coke right up until 2002. It would have remained open had it not been for the fact it was extremely outdated, in desperate need of modernization and no one was willing to invest in new technologies. On with some photos. Thanks for looking in.
  25. So this is the final report from that weekend road trip in July with wevsky, sx-riff raff and space invader. This was visited after a few visits elsewhere and I think was the last one of the day. Researching this place, I believe that that this was the place where they made crystal mouldings and actual glass crystals for one of the famous crystal producers in Belgium. The factory is now downsizing and these abandoned buildings are adjacent to the active factory. For me, I think this was one of the best places I saw that weekend. It felt a bit like Tone Mills in the UK. A small workshop but with antiquated machinery and tools – a return is definitely warranted in the future. I could literally spend a few hours there just explore the place and taking shots. Here are a selection of those pictures and sorry in advance for the overload! Pictures: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 13) 14) 15) 16) 17) 18) 19) 20) 21) 22) 23) 24) .....and that's me finished for that roadtrip, finally!
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