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  1. UK Crank caverns jan15

    This isn't really a good report but not much gets posted about these caverns I went here in January 15 it's quite close by to me. But only went armed with my iPhone and a torch. This report is more about the tales and myths that surround these caves. I did go down in to the caves but not to far as was on my own in there and didn't want to get lost or anything so only a few externals I'm afraid. But hoping to get back there soon. So here's a bit of history and a couple of pics... The small village of Crank close to Rainford in Merseyside is not the sort of place where you would expect to encounter a vast underground man made cave system, however this little known strange place does exist and many legends are attached to this disturbing place Four children decided to explore the limestone caverns in the area and vanished. One child survived and told a terrifying tale about small old men with beards who killed his three friends and chased him. The petrified child stumbled over human bones in the caves and finally managed to scramble through an opening to the surface as a hand was grabbing at his ankle. The authorities were concerned because a number of people had gone missing in the area near the cave entrances. Two heavily armed soldiers descended into the caverns with torches and claimed that they not only found a heap of human bones, they also found the ruins of an ancient church of some unknown denomination. The interior of the church was lit by three large candles and grotesque gargoyles formed part of an altar. Throughout the exploration of the underground, the soldiers said they felt as if they were being watched, and also heard voices speaking in an unknown language. One report said that a child's head was found in a cave, along with evidence of cannibalism. After a second investigation, the caves either collapsed or gunpowder was used to seal them, and so the riddle of the underground church of Billinge remains unsolved. The caverns are actually the remains of the Rainford Delph Quarry. in which mining ceased in 1865. The surrounding woods and caverns were later used as a game reserve by the Earl of Derby, and in the WW2 they became a storage facility for ammunition for the Anti Aircraft position at Crank. The Caverns are said to have tunnels leading to them from some of the buildings in the Village, one use was for the Catholic priests to escape from the Parliamentarians/Cromwell̢۪s soliders.At this time Catholic priests were being killed and were banned from saying mass, so they had to practice mass in private at places such as Birchley Hall, tunnels from the hall are said to lead to the caverns. The main caverns are fairly new compared to the main tunnel system which starts at the mousey, Level 1 was for mining-nothing else, although one passage which streches to the 12 yarder does connect with the original level 2 main system. Level 2 was there first, this was a large network of tunnels leading to many known places in the St Helens area including the Stork Hotel Billinge, Lowe House Church, Carrmill area, St Aidens Church Billinge etc. The tunnels also run under a lot of the Pubs in the Billinge area, not all of them have entrances, but i believe the tunnel network under the Billinge arms (George and Dragon) may hide a dark secret. The Stork Inn in the village of Billinge located 2-3 miles from the cave entrance and where one of the tunnels is said to have connected with the cellar some time in the past.There is a story that the Church was once above ground, but due to part of the Cavern̢۪s tunnels collapsing, the Church sunk into the ground and fell inside the caverns.
  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. Some History Grade II-listed Overstone Hall/House, on the outskirts of Northampton, has stood as a part ruin after it was largely gutted by a fire, which broke out on April 16, 2001. Overstone Hall was designed in 1860 for Lord and Lady Overstone by William Milford Teulon but it took so long to build that Lady Overstone died before it was completed. For its time, Overstone Hall was highly advanced, built with double walls, giving it the earliest known cavity wall insulation. It also had a central heating system called Mr Price’s Apparatus, gas lighting and a butler’s lift. In the early 20th century it was rented by a shipping magnate who entertained lavishly, the house passed through various owners until the mansion, with 70 acres, was sold in 1929 for conversion into a girls’ boarding school. In 1979 the school closed and a year later, it was bought by current vendors the New Testament Church of God for £100,000. The Visit I had a couple of hours free one morning so decided to go here after seeing it on another UE forum. It's only 5-10 mins from where I live. The Hall is surrounded by a 8ft high fence with no obvious points of entry. Surprisingly, part of the Hall is actually still in use as a homeless shelter. There were dog walkers and golfers about, but no one seemed to care that I was wandering the grounds. Inside, half of the Hall has been completely destroyed internally, and only the outside walls remain. The other half has deteriorated pretty bad but has usable stairs and flooring. Even with only half of the Hall remaining, it is a huge building. It would have had 2 or 3 floors, but I was only able to access the ground and first floor safely. Parts of the inside have been destroyed by fire and there are parts where there isn't much floor left. It is kind of sad to see such a grand building left to decay, but it makes for a good explore! I spent about an hour inside, and briefly got lost in the rooms going round in circles!
  4. UK British gas building Jan-15

    Something a little bit different this time, been here a few times now and the view still takes my breathe away. Its great to have something like this so close to home and as an added bonus the security guard turned up just as we were leaving which saved us a climb The recent fire there hasn't really done much damage to the inside but there is nothing really worth seeing in there hence the lack of photos but please enjoy. Thanks guys !!!!!
  5. As The_Raw asked me so nicely heres a report even tho i posted some in photo of the day Wasn't going to do a report as to be honest after tails of PIR's being present we kinda expected when was triggered for loud alarms to go off,so we avoided the area. Baron kindly told us he set one off and we didn't go down as far as the old stairs leading up to a semi built station as there was a "chirping " noise which seemed to become more frequent as we got closer.Turns out if the pir does go off it just flashes so we could have cracked on,But after the effort getting in a joint decision was made to pack up and get back to the hotel and grab some sleep This is an unfinished metro system started in the 70's i believe and is now the home to much old junk and many buses and old trams! A few pics of what we did manage to cover.. Explored with Obscurity,Extreme Ironing,The-Raw and Monkey..waited a while to have another crack at shis so even tho we didnt cover a huge distance or find the light switch i came away happy with my lot
  6. I think most people know the history of this place. It was a power station in Willington (Derbyshire) until the final part closed in late 90's and was subsequently demolished. The only thing left standing now is the 5 cooling towers and the nearby sub station. There isnt a huge amount to see around this site but it is worth a Sunday afternoon mooch if your in the area as there are a few interesting bits and pieces lieing around. Anyway, on to the pics. I wasnt in the area long as it was a late afternoon decision and the light was fading by the end. Also couldn't resist taking the last pic of the graffiti, as it was my initials lol
  7. Dropped by 12 sites (and had a good look at a few more) over several days in a bit of a manic trip around Belgium on the weekend past with The_Raw, Wevsky, Obscurity and Monkey. Photography came secondary to actually looking around (!) so I've compressed the images into one post. Also just don't want to spam the board with 12 posts. Also lazy. Fort de Fl�malle Built between 1881 and 1884 as a group of 12 forts surrounding Liege, the fort has been attacked (successfully) during both World Wars. We didn't know what to expect from this place as had nothing but a set of coordinates. After getting past the front gate the site seemed to be semi-live, looks like an unsuccessful attempt to commercialise the site as a museum and airsoft range. Some modern signs pointing towards canteens and the like were rusted and falling off their hinges, rubbish from shooting related activities was all over the place and some barriers had been vandalised. The main door to the fort interior was locked tight and we very nearly missed a way inside, when we did move the obstacles out of the way and stepped into a long and narrow corridor I think we were all surprised by how much this place kept giving (or at least I was). In the end it went downwards 5 levels, and at the lowest of these there were cable tunnels that went on longer than I could really gauge, I'm thinking several hundred feet. There was also what seemed to be a prison at this lowest level and some defensive structures to allow defenders to shoot down the tunnel, at the end of the tunnels a shaft went directly to the surface and we could hear traffic above us which gave some indication to how far they must have travelled since it was pretty rural and quiet directly around the fort. Looking out through a locked gate. This is half way down the stupidly long cable tunnel, the path zig zags and a defensive position is put in place to fire down towards the exit. The shaft going directly upwards 5 levels at the end of the cable tunnel, ladder rungs have all rusted off. Directions and hallways. Exterior Pre-Metro / Unfinished Subway A poorly planned underground project similar to the one in Antwerp but never built out as much. Presently these tunnels seem to be used as storage for the cities' infrastructure and transport museum. There were some very old vehicles in there and others that were used in years previous. Some form of security system was active down there and we decided not to provoke it too much, further on I understand there to be the foundations for a station. Possibly the oldest carriage down there, sat next-door to a ticket booth. The wall was bricked up behind this and the tunnel u-turns before going deeper. Some really nice old adverts in there too. A warning of surveillance and sure enough, some loud beeping further down this tunnel. Moar tramz. Tons of boxes full of documents and smaller items, this was laid out before we got here, old wind up route signage I guess. University Campus This electrical engineering campus for a University closed in 1977 and students were moved to a more modern spacious site, I've read they're now working on refurbishing it although I'm not sure if it'll still be focussed on it's original subjects. A fire crew pulled up to the building next door alongside 4 fully keyed up people coming into the site during our visit, so I didn't get to see 50% of the place, really nice exteriors as well which are listed. Old Turbine Hall A really nice old turbine hall, built in 1912 to support the surrounding industrial complex which was mostly involved in car building and then railway infrastructure. Some of the turbines and compressors are still in place, no idea how packed the hall was once. Seems to be used rarely for events, the rooms round the back were in worse repair than the main hall, open to the elements in places. Lights switched on along with a lot of noise suddenly so we had to scarper shortly after we had enough daylight to photograph the place. ;/ Ruien Powerplant. Currently being pulled down by a demo team, turbines still mostly intact, the exterior is a bit of a mess and some connecting buildings are half gone. Some workers and forklifts driving through during our short visit, looked quite similar to other ElectraBel plants I've seen although probably the largest turbine hall. Slate Mine I can't recall it's real name :/. A mine with a lot of the tracks and carts still in place, was told it was slate although we only saw a small amount of it down there so probably mixed use. Some other �$%& Getting a bit too pic heavy now, actually have quite a few more worth sharing. But I'm at the limit, so a few (3) shots of other sites: Most of what's left at a power plant for the local steel manufacturing industry. Phone rays. Wevsky's lunch break. Spent some quality time at local steel works, blast furnaces etc, 1 mothballed power station and one in black start (everything ticking along), and some very old glassworks which were interesting (esp the live part ;-)). Thanks Rawski for all the work put into the organisation. And was great to meet Wevsky and Obscurity, fun and manic trip. Cheers for reading.
  8. This place has a codename but to be honest i just can't bring myself to use it,it is a tad silly in my opinion and after all i am a mature grown up type of chap,so this name will have to do! This was the second to last explore on a trip i was invited on by The_raw after someone pulled out,we joked about calling it the Razor wire Tour due to the amount of fences over 4 days we had to get past covered in the stuff.. It's a lovely mine with some rails and a fair few carts dotted about,one of which i had great fun being pushed down the tracks on.. Visited with Obscurity,The_raw ,Extreme ironing and Monkey..good group of lads on a pukka trip! Only decent shot i got landscpae view was out of focus so im afraid there all portrait..sorry about that
  9. This was the second site of the day; it was a 20 min walk from the hospital with the second trusty printed out Google map in my hand. On the way over I saw a tea shop so I went in, I very quickly realised they didn’t speak any of the Queens so I pointed at a picture of what was a cold tea drink. On leaving with my tea in a bag (don’t know why it was in a bag) I realised I had come away with bloody cold milk with added bloody sugar! I didn't drink much of that, the gag reflex made sure of it! I found this site on flickr and thought it could be quite good, and I loved it. Again I don’t have any info on it but it's been mostly empty for some time, just a couple of units are still used including a food hall. In the basement it was full of old arcade machines covered in dust, and 2 units in the far corner still used. I walked past to see a guy on his own running some sort of karaoke bar, He just sat there the whole time belting out some tunes for me to explore by. It was very surreal and slightly sad. Here is the video from Instagram I made down there so you can hear the guy singing away, quality ain't great as it's off the mobile http://iconosquare.com/p/908188132137116808_1684232
  10. Not a permission visit. but I had to choose a prefix! haha As you may imagine its not that easy searching for places in a country who's language mostly look like pictures but i did come across this, and track it down while i was over in Taiwan with work. But I'm so glad I did, I really enjoyed this one, even if its a bit bland in places it was just great to find something. It took about 30 mins to walk to from the hotel, armed with the old school Google map print out in hand as i wasn't paying the data charges! Access was walk in and on exiting I scared the crap out of a group of local teens, I think a Englishman appearing from the basement was the last thing they expected.
  11. Finally got round to taking a look at my pictures from earlier this year.. The explore: Visited with K1N5M4N and ZombieFart on a freezing January morning after I managed to get the wrong meeting spot - of the two same road names on my satnav I managed to chose the wrong one! Anyway, after a bit of a walk and wet feet from a comical log in puddle circus trick, we were on the site and trying to find our entrance. After a bit of mooch we found our way in having scared the pigeons away. I am amazed this place is still as complete as it is having been closed for a while now. Very little graff too, although the half arsed attempt of a security dummy / scarecrow had been overcome - someone had knocked him off his perch. A bit of history (which I'm sure is familiar to most on here): This place sits on a rich deposit of high-quality Weald Clay and when it was found by some intrepid explorer (!) it was shamelessly exploited by the Clock House Brick Company which was founded around 1933. After a few hiccups during and following the war (something about lack of man power - who'd have thought it) the company was sold to the London Brick Company and in 1984 it was acquired by Hanson. The site was again at the wrong end of things when the bottom fell out of the construction market in about 2008 since when its been left idle. With a bit of spit and polish and a good sweep up it looks like it could be up and running again. But then again what do I know! Anyway on with the pics: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 Thanks for looking
  12. Funny one this really. I’ve known about it for years but thought I’d go and check it out, its situated fairly near my house and there is a public footpath going through a yard which leads to the building. The place is “open to all†but first a key must be obtained from a local shop and they decide whether to let you in or not. The church is kind of derelict but its looked after by The Churches Conservation Trust. I chanced it and found a way in, so its kind of part permission visit, part not. I don’t like to think of it like a proper tourist explore with "turnstiles", opening hours and a gift shop, because its not, its disused and looked after but its not got a reception, entry fee or staff moping around. Its dusty, dark and cold inside and certainly doesn’t have the “organised†feel of a site you can “visitâ€Â. The church would have served parts of Aylesbury which no longer exist, and Quarrendon Village which is now a well known local Housing Estate. St Marys is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. John Wesley preached his very first sermon in the church soon after he was ordained deacon in September of 1725. The church originally dates from the 12th and 13th centuries, and could well stand on the site of an earlier church. Some Alterations were made in the 14th and 15th centuries and a full restoration in 1868 by George Gilbert Scott.�* By the 20th January 1972 the church was declared redundant and was vested in the Churches Conservation Trust on 24 October 1973. There was some work done on it in the last few years and money spent, including a one day licence so that a local family could have a wedding inside, but apart from that, its just there for local interest. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 Guestbook went back to 1983 #12 #13
  13. So after exploring Pianoforte, we indulged in a meaty meal in The Super Sausage Café; LOL; in Northampton. We had some Birmingham sites on the card but gave them a miss as it was a Monday morning and places were probably going to be busy. After some research we had a lead on a Kettering site so we decided to follow said lead. Rockingham Road, formally a football stadum in Kettering, Northamptonshire, was home to Kettering Town F.C. who play in the Southern Football League. This was from 1897 until 2011. At the time of its closure; Rockingham Road had a capacity of 6,264, of which 1,800 was seated. Our entrance was, interesting to say the least, and it didn’t help matters when we climbed halfway up one of the lighting rigs and then came back down as it was a very busy area. On exit, Mookster got stuck on top of the fence due to several days of no sleep and I was sat patiently waiting behind him for my turn to hop over. At this point we were spotted by an employee of a neighbouring business who was on a smoke break. After he quizzed us, he fetched a ladder from the Loading Bay of the establishment to help Mookie. It was rude not to use it as well, however a police car simultaneously drove around the corner…. …It turned out a little girl was lost and they were looking for her, so naturally a few guys trespassing didn’t even register on the radar. I hope they found her…. Anyways, on to the pics. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 And here is the EPIC FAIL at the end. You couldn’t write this stuff! https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/16218389689/ More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650547740491/
  14. So I never got round to doing this place before, as it looked so wrecked. I saw in Mookies, and other reports that it had some wonderfully untouched and seldomly explored parts; so I thought, why not go there. I first went on my own, then returned with Southside Assassin and Mookster. Thanks to Mookster for the guided tour. In 1910 a London floor polishing paste firm known as J. Masters&Co began the manufacture of of their paste on a site nearby the railway tracks along the small village train station. J. Masters&Co closed after just12 years in business and was purchased by a former employee named C.T Cripps. In 1923 Cripps founded ‘Pianoforte supplies Ltd’ which was solely dedicated to the production of castings and fixtures for Piano manufacturers and also successfully produced fair quantities of fixture parts for automobiles. In 1933 the factory suffered from severe fire damage and was soon rebuilt that year. During WWII the factory went into full time production creating spare vehicle and aircraft parts as part of a contribution to the war effort in Britain. During the 1960’s employment peaked with the factory employing a little more than 1,800 workers. This was however short lived and when the railway station of Roade was closed in 1964 Pianoforte began a slow journey into gradual decline. In 1980 the factory ceased to production of piano parts altogether, though one side continued to produce parts till 2011 Thanks to Southside for the info ;-) #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650519160101/
  15. Visited with Southside Assassin after the Post Office. The school was formed in 1977 as a result of the merging of three schools: Blackdown High School (Park Road site), Leamington College for Girls, a girls grammar school (Cloister Way site) and Leamington College for Boys (Binswood Hall site) on Binswood Avenue. The sixth form centre at Binswood Hall was a separate entity to the school until 1994, when the teaching staff merged with the 11-16 school. In September 2009, a completely new school was opened, built where the existing Manor Hall building was previously situated. This new complex merged both the main school and the Sixth Form. The old site of the school has been demolished and the land sold to developers. The site remained in use with an Airsoft company until 2013, hence all the little air soft pellets everywhere. The place still had electricity so the odd room had lights on. Please excuse the noisy photos. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650351621021
  16. I didn't even know this place existed until today so it was nice to see something a little different, although there is something inherently sad about an abandoned sports ground. Kettering Town FC played at the Rockingham Road grounds from 1897 to 2011 although from 1992 they only leased the stadium after having to sell it to save the club from extinction. After some much trickier than anticipated access we were in and it was a pretty chilled wander, although being surrounded by houses on two sides and a business on a third side we were always aware that some nosey neighbour might spot us and call the police... All was fine until we came to exit! We wanted an easier way out than the difficult way in so opted for a different route which brought us out by the restaurant place next door. We didn't realise that at the moment the first of us got back over, there was an employee from the restaurant standing right there having a fag break! Me and Landie man were still in the site and heard the voices, and by the time I realised what was going on I was straddling the top of the fence - which is where I promptly became stuck, like an idiot. The matey previously stood there having a quiet fag said to wait a second and out he popped from the fire exit with a ladder!! So me and Landie used the ladder to get down and as Landie steps foot on it, a police car pulls into the car park. So now we think oh great some busybody called it in and sure enough the first question was 'what are you lads doing?' so I approached the officer and said simply that we were just taking photos and were now leaving, to which she nodded and then asked us if we'd seen a little girl who had been lost, their original call out was in relation to the girl and had nothing to do with us at all! A slightly surreal end to the day by any stretch of the imagination. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157650429976296/
  17. I like playing tourguide occasionally, and equally love the Pianoforte site in Roade near Northampton so I was more than happy to tag along when Landie man and co suggested they wanted to go. I didn't take any new photos in the rusty rooms but did have a poke around the first part of the site I did nearly four years ago now and amazingly it has remained almost completely unchanged apart from the slightly more dodgy roof.... Pianoforte Supplies LTD manufactured parts for Pianofortes (as the name suggests) and their large factory closed in around 1980. Half of the site was re-opened for the manufacture of car trim and interior parts but this also closed back in 2011 - but as of yet it looks to be well sealed and has more CCTV and alarms dotted around the outside than you can shake a stick at. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157650083631310/
  18. After finishing our visit to the post office and enjoying a nice detour to Willington (no photos from me as I've been twice already) myself, OverArch and jo headed back down towards Leicester way and the sprawling Hornsey Rise Memorial Home situated in a small village near the city. Hornsey Rise Memorial Home was run by the religious organisation Pilgrim Homes as a Christian care and respite home. Originally constructed for NATSOPA in 1921 it opened as a memorial to printers who fell in the first world war, it was later taken over by Pilgrim's Friend Society and closed in 2012. It's been pretty ransacked by the usual lot of pikeys and morons, but is still an interesting wander and made for a nice relaxed third and last explore of the day. It reminded me of Malvernbury in a way, but a lot more trashed and less decayed - and it's a lot bigger than it looks from the road, we spent a good while here poking around the maze of rooms. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157650059332057/
  19. Seeing Landie mans report spurred me on to visit this stunning lump of 1930s building situated right in the middle of Leicester on Bishops Street. After getting in with a bit of a faff and a lot of noise we found ourselves in the main hall as the sky brightened, and what a wonderful place this is. It closed in 2008 after being bought by Leicester City Council and the future, subject to planning permission is conversion into yet more awful student accomodation. The developers had hoped to have it ready in September 2014 but it obviously didn't happen. I loved this place, it's truly stunning. Visited with OverArch and jo on a day full of top class derping. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157650463447332/
  20. Wow. Just Wow. This place is incredible; I could have spent a whole day in here and camped over! My God, why do they not build such luscious Post Offices anymore?! This Art Deco Post Office in The Midlands in England opened in 1935 and was built from coarse grained De Lank Granite. By 1954 this was the first post office in the UK to have a machine that informed package senders the postage to anywhere in the world. The site closed its doors in November 2007 and has sat ever since. It costs the taxpayer £30,000 a year and was sold to the City Council for £1.4 Million ($2.12 Million) in 2008 There was talk about demolition to make way for student accommodation. I would be very sad if that happened. Please excuse my awful, noisy photos. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 Sorry about the noise, will return soon!
  21. This place is the best I have visited so far and I seem to find something new every time! On my most recent visit I think I got rather lucky having a stroll around the ground floors without the ear piercing alarm going off! can see myself revisiting this place a lot St Joseph's Seminary was founded in 1880 by Bishop Bernard O'Reilly It was to be the Seminary serving the North West of England. The college was formally opened in 1883 and was situated in Walthew Park, Upholland (the geographic centre of the Diocese of Liverpool). The first Junior Seminary of the Diocese was founded at St Edward's College in 1842 as a Catholic 'classical and commercial school' under the direction of the secular clergy. It was established in Domingo House, a mansion in Everton. Its President for the next forty years was to be Monsignor Provost John Henry Fisher. When the Junior Seminarians moved to St Joseph's the school was taken over by the Christian Brothers.. (who ran St John Rigby College in Orrell) and continues to this day and now serves as the Liverpool Cathedral Choir School. In recognition of the heritage owed to St Edward's College one of the two chapels at Upholland was consecrated as the St Edward the Confessor Chapel. Along with Ushaw College (the other seminary in Northern England) scholars for priesthood studied and were ordained at the college. Up until the second Vatican Council boys as young as 11 years of age entered the Junior Seminary before progressing to the senior Seminary at 18. In 1972 following the changes of Vatican 2 the two junior seminaries of St Joseph's and Ushaw merged at Upholland, and in 1975, with declining numbers from Ireland offering themselves for the (now) Archdiocese of Liverpool the Senior seminary moved to Ushaw. St Joseph's continued to offer boarding school education for boys considering a vocation until 1987. Up to 1991, the building housed a small group of students who were still interested in a vocation to the priesthood, but rather than being schooled within the premises, they attended St John Rigby College, Orrell. Following the end of the seminary training and boarding education St Joseph's became home to the Northern Institute and was used as a retreat and conference centre for the Archdiocese under the leadership of Msgr John Devine. The election of Archbishop Patrick Kelly saw the controversial decision to close St Joseph's altogether and the property was sold to Anglo International who instructed AEW Architects for the conversion of the Grade 2 listed RC Seminary to 92 apartments, with 220 new build enabling units. The major controversies of the decision were the ongoing financial viability of St Joseph's (it had just started to make a small surplus under Devine's management) and the sale and disposal of the art and artefacts in the college, much of which had been donated by various parishes and people of the Archdiocese who were not offered their donations back. Thanks for looking
  22. Germany St. Jozefsheim, jan. 2015

    This old monastry has quite a disturbing past. It was a hospital for the mentally ill, and at World War 2 it was taken over by the Nazi's. This became a place where they "dumped" the people who didnt fit in the thoughts of a perfect world. Jewish and handicapped children were murdered here, 512 total. After the war it had multiple functions, from school to military hospital. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12
  23. Visited this amazing building last week, its a monument build at the end of 1800. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12
  24. This has been on my to do list for a little bit so I thought it best to get it done as it's a long while since I last did a hospital. Moreton-in-Marsh Cottage Hospital is a small Victorian hospital in the Cotswolds, it closed in 2012 after a new much larger facility opened just outside the village. There are a couple of buildings on site, the main hospital and a much more modern outpatients clinic. Since closure parts of the hospital have been used by a prop hire company as storage so there is all sorts of random objects stored in the wards. Once inside we quickly set off the alarm which was unavoidable but carried on regardless, we were upstairs about twenty minutes later when the security man showed up to turn it off which he did then left, so we carried on before duly setting it off again as we were leaving. We had a quick mooch around the outside of the outpatients clinic but couldn't find a way in so left before the inevitably quite peed off security man returned to turn the alarm off for a second time. As far as modern hospital closures go nowadays its about as expected - very stripped, with a few things of interest left. Not really enough decay in it for my liking but it was a nice wander. Despite the building not being listed, there has been an order passed to prevent it's demolition as it's an important asset to the community, so for now it'll sit here until it finds a future. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157650227495655/
  25. I was tipped off about this from my mate Jo who visited last week so fancied a wander myself - with a non-member friend who hadn't been on an explore in five years as well. This place is a weird one - the ground floor still has power being fed into it which means there are a lot of blinking PIR lights but none of them seemed to do anything so we shrugged it off - it's a little disconcerting having those red lights blinking at you while you walk around though! It was very windy too which meant some of the metal window blinds were making a lot of loud banging noises which gave it quite a lively atmosphere. Inside it reminded me a little bit of the old Tresham College Institute in Kettering but a lot less trashed and with some nice features. Well, that last sentence isn't strictly true (good old Wikipedia....). Binswood Hall as we know is still standing and being converted. The Blackdown High School site has indeed been demolished and become housing, but the original Leamington College for Girls site which sat next to the Blackdown site is very much still there and it was this part we explored. It was acquired by a charity who wanted to build a specialist respite care home on the site but since the purchase they partnered with another similar charity who have operations elsewhere, which left them not needing the site so for now it sits waiting to find a buyer. Since the closure there was evidence of both airsoft and police training use on site. I would have got an external but it was a very ugly building and I couldn't be bothered. Because I was a right twonk and didn't take my tripod the photos aren't up to my usual standard but I got a couple of nice ones This was the most surprising find, it must have been stuck in the gap between the drawers and counter top of the tables for years until the counters were removed. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157650213950655/
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