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  1. Our original plan was to spend Christmas here but weather forecasts were dire and we didn't want to die a watery death so we binned the idea off and went to Wales instead! Planning our summer road trip and this place cropped up again and it was game on! We'd do the island before heading off to foreign lands for a couple of weeks. After spending the previous night watching an awesome lightning storm we were hoping for good weather! Waking up a few hours later in the back of the limo to see rain I snuggled back into my sleeping bag and went back to sleep. When I next awoke the sky was grey and it was drizzly, and with an uncertain forecast we decided to check out a few alternative locations instead. A few fails and some epic jungleering through the undergrowth later, the sun decided to come out and we bit the bullet and decided Operation Island Infiltration was back on! A few hours later and we were busy unloading gear (lots and lots and lots of gear) by the sea and Riddlers was busy blowing up his dingy ready to take us out! There appeared to be quite a bit of interest in our little escapade but throwing caution to the wind the first three intrepid explorers set sail and it wasn't long before all 7 of us were safely on dry land. We set up camp and then went for a bit of an explore, its a lovely little place with lots to see and I proper enjoyed just mooching about whilst the boys played with the cannons and drank beer. We had fire and food before heading to bed for an early night, the Merry Prankster set up his projector and fell asleep to South Park, The Riddlers got shouted at for playing shit music and keeping people awake and me and Jobs had a hammock fail and ended up on the floor! In the morning we were getting ready to leave but when we looked out across the water it was bedlam, the police boat, RNLI and Lifeguards were out in force, initially thinking we had been spotted we awaited their arrival, but much to our bemusement they appeared to be clearing the harbour!! A quick google later and we discovered there was an airshow just about to start and for safety reasons they were clearing the public from underneath the display area. Well almost all the people, we had the choice seats directly underneath as bi-planes looped and dipped across the skies, dropping low enough for them to see us and give us a friendly wave as they passed by! After enjoying the show we got ready to leave, with The Riddlers at the helm, Bigjobs and Motionless Escape were the first to go. We watched them bobbing across the waves until we saw them land but an age passed and there was no sign of them returning. One phone call later and we discovered a pin had broken on the boat and they were frantically trying to fix it. So with visions of having to be rescued by the Lifeguards we waited and waited and waited, then boom across the harbour we spotted him! THey'd fixed the boat and The Riddlers was making his way back Not long after we were back on dry land chattering like excitable children on a school trip planning our next stop! History Located in the heart of the harbour lies Drake Island. The island was originally called St Nicholas' Island and later St Michael's Island before it was renamed and dedicated to Sir Francis Drake in the late Tudor period. Originally is accommodated an artillery battery, this was followed by a larger garrison and during the Civil War, the Island played a key role in the defence of Plymouth against Royalist Attack. In the mid-sixteenth century, the first fortification was commissioned as a result of the war with France. A stone and turf wall built and a garrison was installed in 1551. In 1580 a disagreement between the people of Plymouth and the Government over who had responsibility for paying for the defence it was taken into state ownership. By 1590s a garrison of 100 men and 40-50 guns were installed, increasing further as the war with Spain continued. After the restoration of the monarchy after the Civil War, the island was used as a prison for notable Parliamentary prisoners. Major General John Lambert, the successor to Oliver Cromwell, was held here from 1670-84. Also incarcerated here was Colonel Robert Lilburn, one of the regicides. The defences visible today mainly date from the mid-nineteenth century when the large casemates were constructed complete with supporting magazines and accommodation. Finally, the Island was garrisoned by just under 500 soldiers for much of WWII supporting coastal defence and anti-air operations. In 1963 Plymouth Council obtained a lease from the Crown and a youth centre was opened in 1964, coming under the custody of the Mayflower Trust until they surrendered the lease in 1989. The Island was bought by Dan McCauley in 1995 with a view to building a hotel and helipad. Initial plans were rejected due to the nesting egrets on the Island but as of April 2017 a further plan has been submitted with protection plans in place and work is expected to start in the not too distant future. Hope you enjoyed looking
  2. Ok time to get some stuff up outta my large back log lol. History seems a little weak on this but im sure you know it by now. Explore : Ok took 2 atempts due to gardeners round back being nosey lol. And also the original planned way was sealed. Overall was a decent mooch @stranton joined me on this adventure lol. And moaned all the way. To be honest the classrooms where best bit ohhhhh and strantons now famous train lol. Anyway thanks to @Vulex for first heads up on this. Sorry i aint been posting much i deffo been getting lazy :-(.. Not sue exact date it was in 2015. Anyways on with pics. Found this heartwarming a single drawing left behind.. I tried to catch the sunset has i did the street lamps came on. It created this lol Has always thanks to everyone for looking its very apreciated .. See you soon all.
  3. Dobcross works, for 37 years until 2006 it had been the home of Shaw’s Pallet Works, reputedly one of the largest pallet works in Europe. Known locally as ‘The Cathedral’ the main building housing the clock tower, is a Grade 2 listed building. The BLB gained a southern temporary member for the day also visited with Nitestalker.
  4. Right people, it's back to school for you lot! luckily for the guy's it's a girls school!! The school was designed by J. M. Bottomley and G. T. Wellburn of Leeds and built in 1910. It was built in an Edwardian Baroque style, in an English cross bond utilising red brick and with white faience dressings. In 1971 the school amalgamated with Doncaster Grammar School and was renamed Hall Cross Comprehensive. The building here is the Waterdale location.
  5. UK South & North Casemates, May 2012

    After a quick text to Wevsky one bright sunny Saturday morning Dover bound we went, Was a really laid back easy going visit the place is so quiet its eery ! History, a bit scarce to say the least but heres what little I could find; During a new fear of invasion from Napoleon III two new dry moats where added to the existing citadel defences. The northern and the southern moat both had their own casemates built. Between these there was also a defensive caponier built, but sadly this was filled in during the 1960's by the Dover Corporation and they gradually destroyed many parts of the Western Heights. The northern casemates are a lot larger than the southern casemates, with six separate rooms whereas the southern casemates had eight. So here goes with a few of my Pics taken on the Day, Difficult choosing them as this place is expansive to say the least and I took a fair few Sorry about the sheer amount of pics, I took hundreds and this is just a few of them
  6. Brief bit of history copied from the net... South Flank Casemates, Dover: During a new fear of invasion from Napoleon III two new dry moats where added to the existing citadel defences. The northern and the southern moat both had their own casemates built. Between these there was also a defensive caponier built, but sadly this was filled in during the 1960's by the Dover Corporation and they gradually destroyed many parts of the Western Heights. The southern casemates are a lot larger than the northern casemates, with eight separate rooms whereas the northern casemates only had six. The explore was a spur of the moment thing as i couldnt stand another day staring at the pc..SilverRainbow txt me to say he was free so we headed over to this spot.I first came here about a year and a half ago and only managed the south casemates as the north can only be reached via a crawl through some small chalk tunnels and a squeeze through the Pipe..going in was fine but knowing how tight it was made me a little edgy when wedged in the pipe..Eh have covered the access with anti climb paint as well as trying to seal it all up... On with some pics which i have tried not to go mad with .. South to start with..im sure you can tell which is the North ias theres no spray pain and crap Smashing day shame about that awful sunshine stuff
  7. Splored with spongebob : The place has been pretty well trashed & a far cry from previous the reports Even though well trashed was glad we poked our heads in all the same Cheers SK
  8. I won't lie, this is really pic heavy, but I can't cut it down anymore, I've already deleted about 20 photos that I really wanted to show you Massive thanks to SK and Trog who once again found another gem!!! __________________________________ Walking up the drive The Building, I'll start at the bottom and work up The Cellar The Main House
  9. UK Eastry Chapel May 2012

    Was not going to do a report on this as to be honest it's rather small ,but its always been locked down tight when ive visited the remains of the asylum so when it came to my attention that it was indeed doable with a hour or so to kill before myself and UrbanGinger went elsewhere would be rude not to pop in.. Very brief snippet of info from what used to be the former workhouse/hospital which the chapel served The former workhouse later became Eastry Hospital, a centre for the care of those with learning disabilities. The hospital has now closed and the site is being redeveloped; the infirmary block has been demolished along with most of the entrance block. The Grade II listed "Old Buildings" remain, along with the chapel Just a few pics of what it looks like today as like i say it is rather small 1970's pic from inside Nothing epic by far ,but it is local so why not!
  10. UK Bolton Steam Museum May 2011

    As I can not remember if I posted this and find no record on this site This is a late post. After a few fail splores within the Boilton area This was the only place left. If it was not run by steam it was fired up by compressed air.....or held up by screws on d'a walls... There are many forms of engines within this cramped museum and if your lucky enough like I was i ended with a photo shoot and talk with Alf (Fred Dibnah's right hand man) After leaving here is only seamed fit to see Freds house, short drive later and been told £12 each we decided to grab a pic from the road side instead.....when i'm back in work I'll call again.
  11. visited with wevsky ,obscurity and teebs a little history... Richborough Power Station is a former power station close to the mouth of the River Stour near Sandwich, on the east coast of Kent. The power station can be seen in several scenes of the 2008 film Son of Rambow, and was the location for the 2003 Channel 4 television series Full Metal Challenge. The station opened in 1962, originally burning coal from the Kent coalfield. It was converted to burn oil in 1971. In 1989 it was converted to burn Orimulsion imported through Port Richborough. After growing concerns over the environmental effects of the fuel, leading to court cases, the 360MW station ceased generating in 1996. on with the pics thanks for looking
  12. UK Astley Colliery May 2011

    I Think I have just about run out of BIG Engines for steam powered stuff !!!! so sorry for this post as I have had to go BIGGER !!!. This place has one huge Engine which we didnt expect to come across as we found this place by accident, a main drum of over 120 tons in weight and could bring coal to the surface at a crazy rate of 86 feet per second !. She no longer runs on steam but instead on compressed air (once the batteries have been replaced for the generator as the pikey's have nicked them). Thats one ride i would not want to be on, there's all sorts of goodies within the grounds too.....on with the pic's The Engine house and Engine. as no one is in the building but us 2 time to use the ladders and get below. for the full history write up and more pictures press http://nick-myurbex.blogspot.com/2011/06/astley-green-colliery-museum.html
  13. How diverse can urban exploring be? On Sunday I was taking pictures of my adrenaline pumped mates, stripping off and posing for photos in Harold Wood morgue. 24 hours later and I'm sitting all alone in a dusty but serene 700 year old church in the middle of nowhere. Brilliant!!! Information on this beautiful church is very sparse on the internet, but I have managed to find the following from various sources Deconsecrated in March 1985, the church dates from the fourteenth century, and was first mentioned in registers in 1538 and still has two windows of that age. The church had a bell dated 1594 but this is long gone On the inside the wooden floor on which once stood the pews is rotted and cracked an sunlight streams through several cracks in the walls There is no stained glass and only two interior monuments - one monument is dated 1591 and 1593. The pulpit remains, plus one stool and a kneeler. In the corner are rusting oil fires and an oil can. Research on the internet suggest that a planning application for residential use had been submitted but might have been rejected - probably due to lack of road access The church and graveyard is now managed by Epping Forest Countrycare and had been owned by an un-nammed party since 2008
  14. Good little explore this one, all was going well till secca appeared with dogs and got us escorted off site by police Visited with Nelly, Skeleton Key, Msaunder1972, Non Member Ben, Troglodyte, Priority Seven, Wevsky, SpaceInvader and Obscurity. Nelly has more than covered the History on this one so straight on with the Pics Thanks to Nelly and the guys for pointing this one out
  15. T'was a reet nice day out starting with Papplewick Pumping Station which is a reet nice Victorian water pumping station the Engine House holds the original Twin beam Engines which are independent of each other one for pumping the water up from the 200 foot deep well and the other to pump this water to an underground Reservoir again Victorian built with magnificent arch ways, sadly to day this is no longer in use due to the failing of the Reservoir walls where large cracks can be seen from what is thought to be from Deep Coal Mining within the area. on with the pic's since my last few reports have been heavily steeped in history this one is light in comparison (there will be an in-depth historical write up on my blog later). A fountain within the grounds Victorian Craftsmanship at its best. Pressure clocks for one Engine. On the top floor the Twin Beams. Within the Boiler House lives 6 Lancashire Boilers 2 of which are full originals and the other 4 have had some form of work on them in the past. Time for the Victorian Reservoir. A controller gate valve which is controlled from above ground. There will be a full write up and more pictures and video's in my blog some time soon of the running Engines under steam power, if you want a link PM me on here.....Hope you liked the pic's
  16. Oriental City was a shopping centre in Colindale, London specialising in various oriental foods and items. It is located on Edgware Road The centre contained a large oriental supermarket, and a food court with a range of foods from different areas of South-East Asia; stalls offered Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. The food court was immensely popular with surrounding office workers and the North London community; and often became very crowded at weekends Aside from the food outlets, the centre also previously housed an import game shop, a Sanrio store, and one of the largest oriental bookshops in Europe, called Asahiya Shoten. In the period shortly before the centre closed down, shoppers could find a tailor's shop, a jeweller, a hairdresser, a beauty shop, Chinese medicine shops, a martial arts store, and a large furniture store. Oriental City was also host to a Sega Dome arcade Planning application was submitted on the 8th June 2010 to demolish the shopping centre, here are some snippets from the proposal... 1. Redevelopment for mixed-use purposes,with a replacement Oriental City to include a Sui Generis amusement arcade and separately a new B & Q and bulky goods store and a health & fitness studio which together should provide 500 jobs 2. 520 residential units (comprising 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom flats, 4% being affordable) located in eight blocks rising to 3, 6, 9 and 18 storeys 3. A nursery and primary school for 480 children 4. 1,098 car-parking spaces The Oriental City in its hey day Right, on with the photos..... The menu at The Hunan Restaurant. I'll have the number 24 with a number 53 on the side, Fried Frog with Pig Ear in Special Sauce!!! Nom Nom!!! Visited with, wait for it... Skeleton Key, Priority 7, Trog, Wevsky, Silver Rainbow, Space Invader, Obscurity and a non member called Ben. Yup 9 of us mooching around the shopping centre, it was like it was open again
  17. This was a quick fly by visit to Harold Wood purely for the famous morgue. Visited with, wait for it... Skeleton Key, Priority 7, Trog, Wevsky, Silver Rainbow, Space Invader, Obscurity and a non member called Ben. Yup 9 of us in a morgue, tripods everywhere all getting in the way of each others shots!!! It was a frigging nightmare!!! This is for the history buffs............... The hospital was opened in 1909 by West Ham County Borough council, as the Grange convalescent home for children, which operated with the nearby Plaistow fever hospital. The Grange had been a private house, built in 1884 by John Compton, owner of the Gubbins estate. The convalescent home was maintained by the county borough until the Second World War, as an emergency hospital. After the war it became a permanent hospital, and in the 1960s was significantly enlarged. The hospital later became part of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust. It was closed on 13 December 2006 with patients and functions relocated to Queen's Hospital and to King George Hospital. The site vacated by the hospital has been earmarked for a 470-home housing development. The original plan to keep certain NHS facilities has been superseded and the entire plot has been approved for residential development. Local residents are opposing the proposal of over 800 dwellings, including a 9 storey block. Before we done the morgue we had a quick mooch around the hospital and found this gem, you have heard of the famous fire extinguisher room, well meet the floor buffer room............ On to the meaty bit............
  18. Went in it was day light came out in darkness......well been looking at this place for some time 1 slip on the way in and you would be skewered on't railings..... hell it stinks in ere of pigeon crap......then got attacked by a flying rat before we set up for pic's...... Down into the cellar where the boilers and pipework is Some receipts Time for the pool. back out to the front.. hope you liked this bit of fun.......coming out in the dark we had to change escape route as it was too dangerous in the dark.....time to hang and drop off the roof so we didn't have to drop onto the spiky railings...
  19. This place is well nice a big thanks to Blueink top job on info you gave me . This place is bigger than it looks from the outside MUCH BIGGER !, Ooooozing with goodness from one of the biggest stores to line drive shafts......iwe were in for hours and i still want to go back (and will).....history has been done in bits and bobs so on with the pics. Very fine grinding wheels....Knife sharpening ! 2 nice spinning frames.....with an over head line drive shaft Handles. Think this crane is not telling the truth some how ! Hand written logs well nice find Rest easy old friend......in time we will all be with you. A look into the air raid shelters under the works, we came across 2 air filtration units hand driven. hope you liked.....there must be more to this place.
  20. UK Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield, may 2011

    Boy do i pick em !, there is that much to see and write about I can not fit it on this site so this is a snippet and the end link is to my blog where i'm about 3/4 way through what I want out of this place. On my blog is a nice video which i took of the main engine from full speed to reverse in just 2 seconds. What a cracking day out this was for both me and Jo a reet nice trip round the Museum, only down side was when I asked to obtain a few shots from the gantry around there steam engine the answer was NO......... sad really I will have to contact the Manager of the museum and see if we can work some thing out !..... A Bessemer converters inside the Museum grounds, this item is big.....real BIG !. Built in 1905 by Davy Brothers of Sheffield, this powerful 12,000 horse power engine worked for 73 years in the city, initially powering a rolling mill at Charles Cammell's Grimesthorpe Works. The rolling mill made armour plate for the first Dreadnought battleships in the mid 1910s, and during World War II it rolled plate for the King George V battleships. In the 1950s the engine was transferred to British Steel Corporation's River Don Works where it powered the rolling mill for producing heavy plate to be used on oil rigs and as reactor shields. The engine was moved to Kelham Island Museum in the late 1970s, and is now in working condition and steamed for museum visitors. It represents the power and volume of Sheffield manufacturing industries during the 1900s. This engine is on 4 floors..... 3 you can see and 1 below to access the crank shaft etc. Looking into the stores. Mock set-up of Sheffield from days gone-by. A reet nice gas lamp. hope you liked this report the best is in the below link..... http://nick-myurbex.blogspot.com/2011/05/kelham-island-museum.html
  21. Visited with Space Invader,Wevsky & Swampdonkey Oil Mills West, built circa 1800's originally used for bonded oil storage from what I believe would have been the whale trade, later became used for the military and air raid shelters during WWII On with some pics And finally me being self indulgent ! Well worth a look if ever your'e in the area, this place is truly incredible
  22. Visited with Space Invader, Wevsky & Swamp Donkey A bit of History borrowed from "Sub Brit" This is the Eastern end of a large tunnel complex in Snargate Street, which began as separate tunnels but were linked during WW2 for use as air raid shelters. The main part of this section is the 900ft long Cowgate Tunnel which connected Snargate Street with Durham Hill. Unfortunately, this tunnel was penetrated by a shell during WW2 which resulted in the death of 63-year old Mrs. Patience Ransley, who was sheltering inside at the time. The tunnel is blocked at the point of the shell penetration, which occured within the grounds of Cowgate Cemetery on the surface. It is however possible to go much further than the blockage shown on the plan below, but conditions are poor due to roof falls and rotten timber props. Due to revelopment of the Durham Hill area, the entrance at that end seems to have vanished. The passage going West from the main entrance tunnel passes a vent shaft and kiln, and was originally known as 'Soldiers' Home Caves', due to them being behind the old Soliders' Home. The passage continues to a metal gate which blocks access to the next set of tunnels, which are known as 'Croucher's Tunnels'. On with some pics Getting over the collapsed section was a bit of an experience to say the least and obviously couldnt go any further once we got to the part of the tunnel damaged by the bomb in WWII, still worth a look though, wish I had taken some pics of the lime kiln but theres always next time !
  23. Done on my Jack had just got a new camera and wanted to learn how to use it, was down there for near on 3 hours in total !, plus another local site off my "to-do" list This deep shelter sunk into the chalk above Langdon Bay just to the east of Dover had two entrances about a hundred yards apart in a bank by a rough track well back from the cliff edge (the cutting for the railway line that used to run down to Dover Harbour many years ago). There are no signs of the entrances today. The roofs/walls were the usual galvanized wriggley sheet metal, but with quite a lot of brick work. In one section where the chalk was exposed an inscription, 'M. Tutt Dec 1944', had been cut quite deeply into the chalk. The steps leading out of the secondary (eastern) entrance were largely missing leaving a steeply sloping chalk floor leading back to the surface which was back filled in 1979, Right enough history on with some pics. Some "Original Graffiti" Ventilation plant This is quite a good example compared to many of the others Ive visited and while its been got at a bit its no where near as bad as the majority
  24. UK North Entrance Dover, May 2011

    After a bit of planning with the mighty Space Invader this was my second trip to this worthy Napoleonic structure, the first having been aborted after a certain young chap that was with us fell from a few feet in the air and made enough noise to wake a major city , right on with a bit of history; The North Entrance to the Western Heights was the nearest to the town of Dover and most convenient for access, Accordingly, its defences were substantial, comprising two bridges and a tunnel. The entrance dates from the Royal Commission period of the 1860s, and replaced the entrance dating from Napoleonic times - a single bridge over a ditch,The two bridges crossed the twin ditches (or lines), which were separated by an earth bank – the tenaille. Neither bridge was fixed. The first of the two had a drop-down section hinged at the tenaille end, while the second had a section that could be raised. The roadway cut through the tenaille was ‘S’ shaped, so that artillery fire could not be brought to bear on the entrance to the tunnel from the approach road. Having crossed the two bridges, the road entered a tunnel, with a pair of massive doors at the outer end. These slid on rails from deep slots either side of the tunnel, and did away with the obvious weakness of hinges. The tunnel then turns sharp left, runs straight for 50m or so, then turns right towards the inner gateway. The road bed of the tunnel was laid with 6� cubes of oak most of which are still there and can be seen, probably to guard against sparks. Onwards with pics, still using my "Point & Shoot" for this one Thanks for taking the time to view my pics
  25. As this has been done many, many times. I don't think much history Is needed. I shall warn you though, its not much of a report. Pretty much ended up as playing with a new "toy". This was due to God dam bloody pigeons, flying all over the place after we accidently disturbed them by walking in. You would think they owned a place by all the fuss they made. This almost didn't happen, turned up thinking in 5 min's were be up the rope and in. Oh no, some bastard had cut it! So with alot of determination and some expertise we eventually got in. Just started walking in and then low and behold, a pigeon crapped itself and went nuts, setting off all the others. Sod, staying near them so off down the tunnel in the other direction. Thinking this isn't the best of starts. The bricked up Espalande entrance. Looking back. And the long long tunnel Thats about it for the report. But time to have a play. ( i do apoligise if this is in the wrong section.) The Tron effect The Matrix And the haunting Thanks for looking, a few lessons re-learned. Sorry if the pictures arn't great, been a long time since i was taking a photo in a tunnel. And with a new camera, which i still need to play with.
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