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  1. I don't post very much here on Oblivion State, So I thought I'd best start posting a bit more. Be warned this is going to be a picture heavy one. History I'm being purposefully vague as this place needs protecting from the cretins that unfortunately will take joy in ruining such a delightful property. 'Punch Lodge' as I'm calling it, was used by a large business as a management training facility. It had accommodation for the people attending the training courses, presumably running for several days or weeks at a time. The Lodge has roughly 20 rooms for accommodation, as well as lounge, bar and dining room areas. It also has a lovely round shed, swimming pool and a tennis court. It was used from at least 1980 and closed down in around 2007. I'm still trying to find more information about it, and I'll add any new information I find as an edit here. The Explore So like many of my finds, this was a Google Maps spot that I decided to go check out on the off chance. Normally with these things its a gamble as it's either been converted, knocked down, sealed up or was never derelict at all. I had a good feeling about this one though. As I approached it I could see a building over the fence, and what looked like a couple broken window panes. Carefully wandering down the overgrown path, I was presented with a big messy courtyard and the front of the lodge. There was a couple fire extinguishers chucked on the ground, the usual sign that kids had been in messing around. Access was simply an open door, so an excellent start already. Exploring from room to room, I was flabbergasted what I was seeing, the house was pristine! It almost was too good, I was expecting for an alarm to go off at any moment and the fuzz to show up. The house has 2 floors plus a 2nd floor loft conversion (with roof access too!). To my surprise the power was still on. Many of the lights still worked. A good amount of the rooms were filled full of crap, almost as if they were using it as storage. I found a few offices with lots of paperwork left. It was mostly tax returns and business related documents. Obviously the house was used to run a business from, but there was quite a few different business names to the address. However now that I know it was used for business and management training it makes a little more sense. I headed outside to explore the surrounding land. After fighting through brambles and trees I found a very full up swimming pool and the tennis court. I did a bit of research once I got home and found that there were numerous businesses that still had this address as its registered office. I don't have a very good knowledge of the inner works of running a business, but to have a registered office as the address of derelict property seems a bit naughty to me. Photos Externals This is the main courtyard area. You can see piles of rubbish and fire extinguishers that have been chucked about. Internals The main lobby area was pristine. This is the main door and porch area. The lounge area. The bar area used as storage for furniture. The dinning room The kitchen with everything left untouched once again. The downstairs office with lots of paperwork still left. Lots of silverware stuffed into a case?! This looks like it was used as a training room Upstairs. The long corridor with lots of bedrooms. A few of the rooms looked like they were being renovated. A few were being used for storage. Most had the same bright orange curtains. Bit of Sangria anyone? Another office type area, except I spotted something interesting in here. A CCTV monitor that was in standby mode. I hit the power button and all 4 cameras had VIDEO LOSS, so either they weren't set up properly or someone has disconnected them. The top floor consisted of a big bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Adding to the fun, there was roof access from one of the windows! Outside area By the corner of the house was a round shed that had a fantastic ceiling. The woodlands behind the house is very overgrown and it was a struggle to fight through the foliage to find anything. Found the swimming pool! Almost stepping right in as rain water had filled it to ground level. The tennis court. Thanks for reading.
  2. Explored with Ant after a mooch about the town hall. Background; Honestly i couldnt find very much on this place online, so i went through the Order itself. As it turns out, the mini illuminati isn't very good at keeping records as they couldn't tell me much either. However, research has paid off! Opened in the early 1900's this was the second Masonic Hall in Pontefract. Located next door to the Crescent theatre and eventually linked via a large metal door (which is welded shut) this was used as a community hall once the Masons moved out in the late 60's. Since then it has had a number of uses including a gym and leisure centre. The only real clue that this was ever a Masonic Hall is the Freemasons Crest on the staircase window. The Explore Having been for a look around Pontefract town hall in search of the elusive underground police station (Now being used by the WY police NPT) we decided to take a quick mooch around a building we found months earlier but never really taken any notice of. With the entry being a little easier than the previous time and it being daylight i noticed a few bits and bobs that we missed last time, such as the crest on the window. Oh i almost forgot... Pigeons, Thousands of them... Admittedly this is nothing spectacular but it hasn't been reported on before that i know of Couple more pics; Thanks for looking
  3. After almost four years, I've revisited this nice Oldie. Not much has changed - apart from the fact that sadly all handrails of the staircases were destroyed in the meantime. This time I also took a look into the former stables, that I didn't notice on my first visit. The hunting lodge was built in the 18th century. End of the 19th century, the castle was connected to the drinking water network, but already in 1900 it was in parts demolished due to disrepair. Later, a castle-like hotel was built at the same place. The surviving elements of the previous castle were integrated in the new building. Finally the hotel was closed in 1980 due to large structural damage. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Finally, as a comparison, two photos of the staircase from my first visit in 2011. 28 29
  4. The castle was built as a hunting lodge in the late 17th century. From the 19th century it was also used as a guest house until 1919, later it was a warrior rest home, and finally a holiday home. In 1998 the castle was sold to a private person, but this woman did nothing against the further decay of the building. Parts of the castle burned in 2006. Thereupon the south wing collapsed in the following years. My first visit was in 2011, the photos are from my re-visit in May this year. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
  5. HISTORY John Harvey,banker and Mayor of Norwich in 1792, built Thorpe Lodge. To extend his estate westwards he moved the road which was subsequently named Harvey Lane. This extension crossed over the City boundary, which to this day continues to run through the property. The crinkle crankle boundary wall is his creation, as also is the gazebo on the Yarmouth Road boundary, in which he installed a camera obscura wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camera_obscura although the tunnel doesent go to the gazebo as most people think, it runs very close to it the exit is very close to the river and as john harvey had regular "river frolics" this was possibly how he got people to the river. good history on thorpe: http://www.norwich.gov.uk/Planning/D...peStAndrew.pdf thanks to my uncle for finding but not getting down last time i checked it was locked and its likely it still is Did they go the wrong way or just an unfinished extension? Looking to the bricked-up end of the tunnel, beyond that wall is a small shed sized entrance filled up with wood and other crap. had some carpet down here at one point candle burn. may have had electric down here at one point
  6. Very nice small farmhouse somewhere in the nowwhere. Nearly got caught there...
  7. 2013: Demolished 2012: All credit to Northern_Ninja for this one. Very little info on this site, but many things appeared to have go on here. It seems the previous owner was a mechanic, but dabbled in chemistry and biology, with the embalming fluids and letters from chemical suppliers. It seems this place was fled in the mid 90s, though there were newspapers from the late 00s in some of the rooms. The house is full of nick nacks, though has suffered a fire at some point. The chest freezer seems to contain food from the estimated dereliction time of 1996, it smells foul and can be smelled from most of the external of the building. AVOID IT! Oddly, the garden was strewn with packaging for "Discover tortilla wraps" that goes for most of the upstairs of the house. There were car parts everywhere. More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157631679013083/
  8. UK summerlands lodge, sept 2011

    visited with obscurity... a little history.. Built in 1906, as new premises for a preparatory school,called Doon House School. The school was closed in the early part of the Second World War and the property requisitioned by the military as an officer's mess for nearby Manston airfield. In 1946 it became the headquarters of the British Legion Homes, Maurice House. The home moved to new premises in nearby Broadstairs, the building became the head office for a construction company and then, in the mid-1980's a nursing home. A large neo-Georgian property set back from the road with substantial gravel approach and grounds. Constructed in red brick with stone dressings it comprises of a central projecting gable flanked by two of similar design to the left and right of the property. A tiled roof with central glazed timber lantern and six dormer windows to the front elevation. Three round windows with decorative brick surround to the gable ends with decorative timber soffit and corbel. To the centre of the building to the first floor is an impressive leaded window the upper portion divided into four parts. These contains the coat of arms of colleges that two founders and original masters of Doon House School attended. The main entrance, which is situated below the leaded window, has a fine stone arched broken pediment surround terminated with two well-detained Corinthian columns. on with the pics.. thanks for looking
  9. This was my first visit to Summerlands. I didn't see all of it, It was just a quick walk around photographing things of interest. Summerlands Lodge is located in Westgate, near Margate. It was a BUPA care home which closed down in recent years (not sure exactly). Inside it is rotten and damp beyond repair. Room with lots of photos, not sure why. Looking up tower This was probably the most eerie room... Thanks for looking, please leave feedback!
  10. A magnificent symmetrical pair of Grade II listed gate lodges located at the South gate of the Briggens House Hotel in Roydon The hotel itself is undergoing a refurb and is currently occupied by the caretaker Description on the British Listed Buildings website is thus... Gates and a pair of gatelodges 'HCG 1914' on approach bridge parapet. Plum brick with red brick dressings, steep Coniston slate roofs, carved limestone urns to gatepiers, wrought iron gates. A formal classical symmetrical arrangement approached by a converging parapetted bridge from Essex across a stream. Deep moulded brick capping and plum brick with short square piers to parapet wall, opening into small rectangular forecourt. Heavy wrought iron double gates with scrolled tops between tall brick piers with urn finials. Tall 1-storey and attics gate lodge on each side with steep hipped roofs, square central chimney and flat topped dormer with moulded cornice on each side. 2 flush box sash windows with 6/6 panes, each set in round arched panel with keystone. Moulded wooden eaves cornice. Parapeted flat roofed open porch links each lodge to a gatepier and each has an ornamental wrought iron gate in a round arched opening with stone imposts and keystone. Circular opening with scrolled grill on canted face next gate. Matching brick extensions at rear of each lodge. The entrance frames a view of Briggens House along the avenue. ]When you get to the other side of those magnificent gates, the driveway goes on forever ]I went to have a look at the North Gate Lodge, but this is obscured by scaffolding, it did have a couple of interesting features though There is also some sort of tower in the grounds, but I was getting too many strange looks from the golfers to explore it. Thanks for looking
  11. Right this was not our plan for the evening!Dover was the actually place to visit for something much nicer!But as some of you may have noticed its been snowing road conditions arent good and it was minus 4 last night...so after a driver round our local derelits and a few fails on entryas a last Resort we decided to visit this place i hadnt been before uncle b has twice so not quite an adventure for him but something new for me!! History ,well it was a nursing home one report i read reckoned it closed in 2006 another said 2008.i spoke to a woman who worked there and she agreed on the 2008 option..I know obs has put up a wonderfull history on the place somewhere ,i dont know the history so tbh im not gunna nick his stuff!it is what it is and a shame its getting in the state it is in!The big baths still have power to them but thats only due to the fact they have big old batteries fitted still withg power!! Right as said visited with uncle b on a cold december night!! Some pics And one as i left of the frontage of the place ...and yes visited as ever at night Not epic but a nice building ..shame its taken me so long to get into it!!
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