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  1. History, of which I (believe it or not!!) didn't steal from another poster!! Bletchley Park was the central site for British codebreakers during World War II. It housed the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), which regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers – most importantly the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. The official historian of World War II British Intelligence has written that the "Ultra" intelligence produced at Bletchley shortened the war by two to four years, and that without it the outcome of the war would have been uncertain. There were 16 huts, mostly timber built. Some of those are still on site, most are demolished. One of them, Hut 4 which was used for Naval intelligence is now used as a restaurant for the museum. There were quite a few brick built blocks too, most of which still stand on the site. Block A: Naval Intelligence. Block B: Italian Air and Naval, and Japanese code breaking. Block C: Stored the substantial punch-card index. Block D: Enigma work, extending that in huts 3, 6, and 8. Block E: Incoming and outgoing Radio Transmission and TypeX. Block F: Included the Newmanry and Testery, and Japanese Military Air Section. It has since been demolished. Block G: Traffic analysis and deception operations. Block H: Tunny and Colossus (now The National Museum of Computing). Explore I visited with @hamtagger & @Session9. We had wanted to visit this place for some time and as we were making our way through the H & V's of Milton Keynes I was vocally expressing my reminiscence at the days I used to take journeys to go raving and got pretty excited when we came across V7 Saxon Street! Anyway when we got there I was quite surprised that this sat literally in the middle of a really built up area. We had a nice dander round Block G and then through to Block D. I really enjoyed it, very leisurely explore. No one around, at all. Everything was perfectly silent and at one point I even sat next to a window listening to visitors of the museum talk about how their wife really did make a shit cup of coffee. I liked the decay, especially in Block D. There was so much memorabilia I could have spent days here just trying to work out what everything was! Really pleased we eventually got around to visiting. Anyway, on to the pics. (apologies, these are completely non edited as Flickr is stillshit but not as shit as photofuckit) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Thanks for looking!
  2. History The Miramar Peninsula, which is located on the south-eastern side of Wellington, has a rich and especially fascinating underground history. The area is perforated with many coves and caves, and even more interestingly old military bunkers that date back to the late 1800s. However, information about these subterranean worlds is quite often fragmented or simply non-existent. What is known, though, is that for many years the peninsula was occupied almost entirely by the military, until 1907 at least when the northern section of the peninsula was linked to the rest of the city by tram. The peninsula has always been an important component in the defence of Wellington; its very name, Miramar, means ‘sea view’ in Spanish. The strategic position of the land was thought to be ideal for the construction of observation posts, coastal guns and emplacements. These were installed to prevent the approach of Russian enemy warships and subsequent attacks. Further additions to Wellington’s defence were made between 1933 and 1960, when Palmer Head was selected as the site for a new battery. Guns were installed in 1936 and by the outbreak of World War II it was operational, although not at full efficiency because some facilities had not yet been constructed. One of the fundamental problems was accommodation; however, this was eventually resolved with the erection of temporary huts. These were later replaced with more substantial buildings. A radar station was the next facility to be added to the installation in 1941 and remnants of this can still be found today. Later in that same year, following the completion of the radar station, it was decided that the site would be expanded once again. This time secret underground military plotting and wireless rooms were to be constructed. The development included the construction of an access road, an access tunnel, two plotting rooms, an engine room and two wireless rooms. Only two entrances for the secret facility were built, one to the north and the other to the west. Palmer Head was decommissioned in 1957, along with every other battery in New Zealand. The advent of air warfare and the threat of a nuclear apocalypse rendered these outdated forts redundant. Nevertheless, the guns were not removed and scrapped until 1961. Thereafter a widespread demolition exercise was put into effect. The original idea for Palmer Head was that it would become a new housing estate, and preliminary plans were drafted. In the end, though, the land was never actually set aside for this development. It was decided that the project could not go ahead due to the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) facilities in the area. Despite the rejection of the development project, the demolition plans for Palmer Head still went ahead and it was dealt with in two phases. By the end of 1970 most of the Palmer Head site had been reduced to rubble. As for the old plotting rooms and wireless rooms, though, they were never destroyed because they lay inside a fenced-off compound owned by the CAA. It is reported that for many years the old ventilation ducts to the rooms were left exposed and they were not buried until the 1990s, when several alterations were made to the compound. The Moa Point Radar station at the top of the hill also survived as it was being used by the CAA in the 1970s. Today, the forgotten secret rooms are once again accessible; although, finding the hole in the hillside is no easy task. Our Version of Events It was almost time to leave Wellington and head off in search of more abandoned places elsewhere in New Zealand, but as we had a little bit of time left on the last evening we set out to get one final explore done. Thanks to a young wizard who goes by the name Zort, we’d received word of some old plotting rooms deep inside a hillside somewhere on the Miramar Peninsula and they sounded particularly interesting. A good old historic underground explore would be a perfect way to end the trip. We drove as close to the site as was possible, but had to ditch the car and walk the rest of the way. So, armed with our cameras and torches, we entered the bush. For the most part, we were walking blindly, not quite sure exactly where the tunnel entrance would be. But it was good fun and we spotted a fair few wētā along the way. In the end, we actually came across the way into the underground rooms a lot quicker than we’d expected. For once there was a minimal amount of fannying around, so everything went smoothly much like a well-oiled machine. Getting into the rooms was, as we’d expected, a tight affair. Basically, if you have any Christmas padding around the midriff, or aspire to be a Hercules lookalike, you’re not getting into this site. With that in mind, we crawled flat on our fronts for a fair few metres until the tunnel gradually widened enough to kneel. From there we had to scramble down a pile of rubble and drop into a long concrete corridor. At this point we could stand up straight and see, quite clearly, that the only way we could go was forwards. So, we followed the tunnel and passed a few empty rooms to the left and right of us. One of these looked like it might have housed the engine at one time. As for the others, it was impossible to tell what their original purpose was. At the end of the corridor we found two larger rooms that were connected by a small window and a left-hand turn. We explored each of the rooms which have a few bits and pieces metal lying in them, and then made our way back to the corridor which turned out to be flooded in the next section. It wasn’t too deep to begin with, but the further we went the higher it got. It wasn’t exactly a pleasant pool of water either; it was slightly green and stale looking. Eventually, we reached the limit of our gumboots (wellies) and couldn’t quite reach the end of the tunnel where there was a large metal gate and more rubble. This forced us to turn back the way we came. After that we faffed around for a while trying to do a bit of light painting, before we finally decided it was beer O’clock and time for some food. To get back out we returned to the pile of rubble and, once again, suffered the tight squeeze back through sand, rubble and concrete. Explored with Bane. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: 14: 15: 16:
  3. The old Soviet military camp is one of my favourite ones in Germany. It was built during the Nazi era and later used by the Red Army. After the fall of the Iron Curtain and the withdrawal of the Soviet troops from the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), the area has been abandoned. I´ve visited this place three times so far, because I´ve been so deeply fascinated by still finding so many authentical remnants of the past, and I´m sure there´s still more to explore.
  4. UK Code Breakers - Oct 2016

    History - This was the central site for Britain's codebreakers during World War II. Run by the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), it regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers – most importantly the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. The official historian of World War II British Intelligence has written that the "Ultra" intelligence produced at Bletchley shortened the war by two to four years, and that without it the outcome of the war would have been uncertain. Explore - This was the second site (after a fail) on an awesome road trip with @CuriousityKilledTheCat, Sprinks and a couple of non OS members. After seeing reports on this before we went this was one place I really wanted to see because of the amount of history it held, and the role it played during the second world war.... when we pulled up, it wasn't looking promising because the block was boarded up to high hell, but we'd managed to get in... We spent quite a while in here, exploring the never ending corridors & amazed by the piles of equipment from computers to radios to decibel readers. definitely an explore to remember! Enjoy Thanks For Looking
  5. Pictures are from back in 2014 so apologies if this has been done to death (i literally have over 50 reports i could upload but for now ill do bit by bit) anyway liked walking around this place until a group of lads showed up so i hurried my way around and got out as quick as i could History The first Royal Arthur was previously a Butlins holiday camp and was commissioned as a training establishment on 22 September 1939. It served during the Second World War, becoming the central reception depot for new naval entries after HMS Raleigh was transferred to the Army in February 1944. Royal Arthur continued in service until being paid off in 1946. The establishment was recommissioned on 2 January 1947 in Westwells Road, Corsham as a leadership training establishment, and one of several assessment camps where new recruits were assessed, kitted out and sent to their various depots. Its most notable trainee was the then Philip Mountbatten, shortly before his wedding to Princess Elizabeth. The last recruits arrived on 31 October 1949 and on 15 March 1950 it ceased to be used for training National Service inductees and concentrated on leadership training of Petty Officers at the instigation of Lord Louis Mountbatten. The HMS Royal Arthur in Corsham in 2011 the name was then transferred to the recently paid off Camp Kingsmoor on 16 March 1950. The camp continued in service until the last trainees left on 11 December 1992 and personnel finally left on 5 March 1993. The site suffered heavy vandalism since its abandonment, although more recently the site has been demolished and redeveloped 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
  6. UK RAF Church Fenton

    Explored with @CuriousityKilledTheCat , @TheVampiricSquid , @Redhunter and a n0n OS member... After driving around for about half an hour, ending up in completely the wrong place, getting eaten alive by mozzies, we'd finally managed to find the correct place ( 2 seconds away from where we were ) Loved exploring this place, although there wasnt much left in what i assume was the Accommodation blocks, the natural decay made for some pretty awesome shots! unfortunately the basement was completely flooded so we couldn't get any shots in there. History! (courtesy of wiki) Opened in 1937, it saw the peak of its activity during the years of the Second World War, when it served within the defence network of fighter bases of the RAF providing protection for the Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Humberside industrial regions. During September 1940 it became home to the first RAF "Eagle squadron" of American volunteers being No. 71 Squadron RAF initially with the Brewster Buffalo I for one month before changing to the Hawker Hurricane I. The airfield was also home to both the first all-Canadian and all-Polish squadrons, with No. 242 Squadron RAF for the Canadians and No. 306 Squadron RAF for the Polish Enjoy! Cheers for looking
  7. Hi guys, this is my first post on this forum. My friend and I have been vlogging our urban exploration adventures and there has been a hugely positive response. Here is our vlog from our trip to Edingham Munitions Factory in Scotland. As a result we decided to expand and create a website and a number of new features. One being a blog. Here is a blog on our most recent trip to Edingham Munitions Military Factory in Scotland. https://offlimitsexploration.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/edingham-munitions-factory/ Enjoy!
  8. History There isn't a lot of history to this. It opened in July 1958 and closed in September 1991. That is literally about it. The Explore I came across this when I was looking at another forum, myself and @hamtagger liked the look of the 'Manning up Procedure' sign which was evident in another thread. However when we got there the sign had gone. A slight disappointment but still quite an interesting place to visit. Way out of my comfort zone and my first 'underground' explore but in all honesty I quite enjoyed it. This place was previously locked with a bar and padlock but they lay just on top of the post so has become open recently at a guess. I loved the old style Walkers crisp packets, Even I can't remember walkers crisp packets like that and I'm well old! Some nice bits left over too, the same chairs remained since at least 1999 when the old picture was taken. The sign on the door was quite nice and a few other bits dotted about. Anyway, on with the pics This was a pic of the inside which was taken in 1999 How we found it .. Hot & Fruity Flavour Walkers crisps??
  9. UK Air Raid shelter

    Lovely trip to see this place; I think its been a while since it was photographed. Sometimes you often find yourselves questioning why we do the things we do… today was no exception. Migraines, hidden holes, rubble every where and bad air! not to mention the occasional squeeze Still had to be done and feel very fortunate to have seen this place, Despite the state of me and the location! Bit O history.. There was a prevailing mood in the Government against deep shelters being built for the protection of large numbers of civilians. Their effectiveness from high explosive bombs was questioned, based on reports of their performance in the Spanish Civil War, and there were also concerns about costs. The Government’s preference for almost two decades had been for smaller, dispersed shelters, and so the large deep shelters that went ahead all had very specific causes, such as their being in areas with previously excavated mines and tunnels, or eminently suitable geological conditions, or even very determined local authorities who were willing to risk losing government grants to build the shelters they wanted. However when the Blitz started in the autumn of 1940 policy changed and permission was granted for the two large civilian shelters Grant funding was generous given the need to protect the skilled workers. The shelter was in the side of the hill allowing access at grade into two main entrances, while at the uphill end a 25m ventilation shaft was sunk, doubling up as an emergency escape via a series of steep metal ladders. The tunnels in between these ends were cut out in a familiar gridiron layout, with four long perpendicular tunnels fed at both ends from the two main entrances, and eleven cross tunnels. Toilets, a canteen, and a first aid post were provided either in the cross tunnels or at tunnel intersection nodes. Within this 1596 bunks and 793 seats were provided for those lucky enough to have the requisite shelter permit. Construction began in December 1941 and was largely completed within a year, having suffered from escalating costs, geological problems, an unskilled labour force, and also paradoxically trespassers and vandalism. The original intention was that the tunnels would be 2.1m wide and 2.0m high with an arched roof, but the surviving tunnels are considerably larger than this. Records indicate that the considerable height came about following roof trimming required in the latter stages of the project due to the softness of the rock and problems with instability after exposure to the air. The shelter, like many of the deep shelters reluctantly approved by the Government, came too late to provide mass protection during the periods of heaviest bombing. After the war it was used for customs and excise storage, fire brigade training, and was even considered for Cold War use but rejected due to extensive dry rot. The Local Borough Council visited in the 1950’s to see if they could find a use for it, but disapprovingly recorded it to be “damp, dark and featureless” and it has been sealed in recent times. Local groups in the last decade have looked at ways of reopening it as a tourist attraction, and hopefully one day will be successful. Thanks for looking More pics http://www.the-elusive.uk/
  10. Thought it was high time i actually posted something so here goes my very first post. Had this place on the to do list for sometime now. In fact so long I'd forgotten all about it. Was only after another explore nearby went tits up that we decided to hit this place. Glad I did as it was a real treat. The place is full of old tanks,ground to air missiles, anti tank guns, trucks the highlight for me was the WW2 era 88mm. I have no history as to why this stuff is where it is. Possibly its a failed museum. Am sure someone on here probably knows. Explored with my other half and a non member just before new years.
  11. History Malabar Battery, also known as Boora Point Battery, was constructed at Malabar Head in 1943, during WWII. The battery comprised part of the coastal defence positioned at Bare Island Fort, Henry Battery and Banks Battery; it was built as an aggregate to reinforce the existing structures in place. Early in 1942, after the fall of Singapore, the Australian government feared a Japanese invasion and since the country lacked defences they sought help from the United States. In reality, Japan never planned an invasion as it was deemed unfeasible to try and carry out a takeover; their only significant action against Australia involved advancing through the South Pacific, in an attempt to isolate Australia by slowing the advance of allied forces. At Malabar Battery, two six inch Mark XII gun emplacements were installed. In addition to the guns, an underground counter bombardment facility was constructed, adding to the overall firepower of the defensive structure. This was fitted with ‘gun crew ready rooms’, an ammunition supply/store area and an engine room. A single track tramway was also fitted, traversing from the ammunition drop off point to the ammunition supplies in the basement, and finally to the two gun emplacements themselves. Further sections to the battery included northern and southern searchlight blockhouses, and a barracks and toilet block for the facility. After the war, like most of the other lookouts and defences across Australia, Malabar Battery was decommissioned and the guns were removed. Since then the site has remained abandoned and an alluring target for Australia’s graffiti ‘artists’. Our Version of Events Next on our list of sites to see: the legendary Malabar Battery. Originally, we had intended to meet up with another explorer who’s located in Sydney and he had wanted to take us out to this location, but, due to unfortunate timings, he was busy. Nevertheless, we took it upon ourselves to get on a train, then a bus, and then a second one, all the way down to Malabar. By all accounts, the area looks particularly picturesque when looking at photographs of the coastline, but heed our warning – looks can be deceiving! Only when we were happily on our way, on the first bus, did we noticed that a couple of our fellow travellers were wearing ankle tags. As various normal-looking people got off, more and more dodgy looking characters got on. The bus suddenly began to feel like a prison transfer, rather than a public service. At the point where we had to change buses, we noticed a group of security guards gathered at the bus stop; their job it seemed was to hop on the buses as they drove into Maroubra and Malabar. Once again we found ourselves in ghetto territory. In the beginning, judging by the names, we were expecting to find small Spanish-looking towns: how wrong our first impressions were. We hopped off the bus in the middle of a housing estate somewhere, after I saw a bay out of the window that looked strangely familiar. Indeed, we’d managed to drive to the opposite side of the bay so had to walk back towards our desired location. This didn’t matter so much as we were able to enjoy some of Malabar’s fantastic coastline. It took less time than we’d imagined to cross the bay, and before we knew it we were standing outside the nearby water treatment plant. Since it’s inconveniently in the way, blocking access to the wilderness behind it – where the batteries are located – we were forced to traverse the cliffside. We made slow progress up the rocks, but eventually we caught sight of the buildings we’d been looking for. Careful to avoid snake and other beasties, we wandered into narrow sandy tracks within the bushes. They continued on for quite some time and, since the bushes were high, we weren’t able to see where we were going. Continuing on, using pure instinct (luck), we eventually stumbled upon the crumbling remains of the former battery. The intense glow of the graffiti must have guided us there. With daylight fading quickly we decided to cover the site as quickly as possible, hence why I didn’t manage to get any photographs of the spotlight nests. It didn’t really matter though since there was plenty more to see. At first it seemed that all of the entrances had been sealed, as we’d been warned by others, but after some searching in the bushes we soon discovered what we were looking for: a great big dirty way inside. And that was that really, once inside it felt a little bit like the film, Outpost, with its long concrete tunnels and various chambers. Fortunately, there didn’t appear to be any murderous Nazi ghouls or experiments inside this bunker, so we made it back out again just as the sun had fully set. Only at that point, though, did we realise that we had to wander back through the bush to get out again… Explored with Ford Mayhem. 1: Some Australian Wilderness 2: One of the Spotlight Nests in the Distance 3: Inside the Bunker attached to the Observation Post 4: Former Trenched Walkway and Barracks 5: Former Tramway 6: Main Observation Post 7: Inside the Underground Bunker 8: Stairs (up) to one of the Gun Emplacements 9: Doorway to a Former Ammunition Store 10: Ammunition Storeroom 11: Heading Towards the Second Tunnel 12: Fallen Ventilation Shaft 13: More Underground Tunnel 14: Underground Rooms in the Bunker 15: Old Ventilation Duct 16: Large Underground Corridor 17: Following the Former Tramlines 18: End of the Line (Flooded Second Ammo Store Downstairs) 19: Gun Emplacement Outside 20: Huntsman Spider Merry Christmas Everyone!
  12. Germany 'The Lost City'(October 2015)

    1: 2: 3: 4: 5: Visited 'The Lost City', abandoned soviet base in former eastern Germany. Big location lot's to see and explore, we went back few days later when not seeing all on the first day. grts, Peter
  13. Opening in May 1939, Royal Air Force West Raynham was used by RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War. RAF West Raynham was an expansion scheme airfield with a grass landing strip and a Fort-type lookout tower. The lookout tower was replaced with a “Control Tower for Very Heavy Bomber Stations†later in the war. The headquarters and accommodation blocks were built to the west of the landing area and bomb stores to the south-east. In 1943 two concrete runways were built to replace the grass landing strip. One runway was 1.8km and the other 1.3km in length. The housing on the base was also expanded at the same time, providing accommodation for 2,456 men and 658 women. The station had a Rapier missile training dome, in which a 180 degree simulation could be projected onto the inside of the dome to simulate flight in a fighter jet. Many of the facilities were similar to those provided by the stations sister base RAF Kirton in Lindsey in Lincolnshire, including the training dome. The station closed in 1994 but was retained as a strategic resrve. The site laid derelict until the RAF decided it was surplus to requirements in 2006 and was sold to developers in 2007. Part of the site has been used as a new housing estate, and the land around the main runway is now a solar farm. The Airmen's Restaurant Officers Mess Station HQ Accommodation Blocks Medical Block Sports Hall Control Tower Hangers and Rapier Dome The hangers are now in use by private businesses so we didn't go inside them. Water Tower
  14. History RAF Hospital Nocton Hall was a 740-bed RAF hospital serving the predominantly RAF personnel based at the large number of RAF Stations in the area. Officially designated as No. 1 RAF Hospital Nocton Hall it opened in June 1947. It was used by forces personnel, their families and local civilians until it closed on 31 March 1983. The hospital was situated the small village of Nocton in rural Lincolnshire and partly in the grounds of Nocton Hall. The Hall was used as the Officers' Mess. The main part of the hospital consisted of long corridors with wooden hut wards and departments branching off them. The hospital was on a slight slope so the corridors were not level. Explore Visited with Hamtagger having visited a few other places in the area we decided to pay Nocton a little visit. I hadn't been before but it is one of HT's favourite places so he dragged me, literally. Haha! Probably one of the easiest explores I have ever had. In, pictures taken, leisurely explore, no one around and gone again without a trace of us even being there. The place is pretty well documented and knowingly trashed but those corridors do make awesome pictures. The level of decay gets better every time I have seen it. Some nice little areas around too, quite a lot of the buildings have a lot to offer in terms of peely porn and corridors, I enjoyed it anyhoo. Thanks for looking
  15. Explored with Raz & 2 non members (i think) Background Royal Air Force Station Folkingham or RAF Folkingham is a former Royal Air Force station located south west of Folkingham, Lincolnshire and about 29 miles (47 km) due south of county town Lincoln and 112 miles (180 km) north of London, England. Opened in 1940, it was used by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces. During the war it was used primarily as a troop carrier airfield for airborne units and as a subsidiary training depot of the newly formed Royal Air Force Regiment. After the war it was placed on care and maintenance during 1947 when the RAF Regiment relocated to RAF Catterick. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the RAF Bomber Command used Folkingham as a PGM-17 Thor Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) base. Today the remains of the airfield are located on private property being used as agricultural fields, with the main north-south runway acting as hardstanding for hundreds of scrapped vehicles. Went early one february morning for a look around and with the ice melting and sun rising we found this little gem, Bedford fire trucks and all sorts, Love it!! Half hour in a jeep and a van came flying onto site and we took shelter behind a 360 degree tipper. Found us and the conversation went a little like this; Imagine Farmer in a heavy Lincolnshire farmers accent Farmer -"Who are you? What are you doing here?" Us - "We are photographers, taking photos of these vehicles" Farmer - "So why the fuck didn't you ask?!?! How would you like it if i came into your back garden and started taking photos of your things" Us - "We didnt think anyone owned it" Farmer - "Oh yeah, because there is any land in the whole of england that isn't owned" Us - "Sorry" Farmer - "No, i can tell your nice lads but why the fuck didn't you ask?" This went on for a while longer and he then eventually told us to "Fuck off cause ive called the plod" Need to revisit Quite gutted i missed out on the amphibious vehicles, i was hopping to get inside a "Stolly" If you got this far, thanks for looking
  16. History Gin Head Rader Research Facility was made ready for action in 1943, during the Second World War. It was used as an early warning station to alert the RAF to incoming enemy aircraft; it allowed the RAF to scramble fighters specifically to the areas under attack and was part of the reason why the RAF always appeared to be in the right place at the right time. The site was also a secret facility that tested and developed radar systems for the Royal Navy and the Air Ministry. The Luffewaffe failed to recognise its significance throughout the war. The main priority was to assess captured German radar equipment. In particular, experiments were conducted on German Wurzburg and Seetaktrader equipment; this helped to understand the systems used by German destroyers, mine sweepers and other ships. The site is also well known for the innovative equipment that was produced prior to the D Day Landings in France on 6th June 1944. After the success at Gin Head, another site was established at Flamborough Head in Yorkshire; even this site was capable of detecting large enemy naval movements at sea. It is estimated that many allied lives were saved because of this technology. One of the additional major achievements of the Gin Head facility was the development of the technique named ‘Window’. The method here was to drop bundles of aluminium from an aircraft which would reflect enemy radar signals and jam their stations. It is reported that calculated amounts of aluminium dropped at certain intervals could deceive enemy reader and make it appear as though one bomber was a mass of planes or ships. The site continued to operate as a testing facility after the war, under the command of the Admiralty, although the station was reduced to maintenance level by the mid 1950’s. Nevertheless, a high level of security was still retained. Gin Head was owned by the MOD up until the early 1980’s when it was eventually sold to GEC Ferranti (now Bae Systems Avionics Ltd.); a company which specialised in manufacturing gun sights for the RAF. Ferranti continued to use the facility for testing and developing equipment for the MOD during the final years of the Cold War. The site was abandoned during the mid 1990’s and although it is currently privately owned, no plans to develop the area have arisen. Our Version of Events After our little explore in the North Sea, we decided to head back inland and check out the derelict looking building that we’d spied on the cliff edge when we initially set out to reach Bass Rock. Back on dry land, although slightly damp ourselves, we managed to reach the secure perimeter of the former research facility. The fence is still heavily covered in barbed wire, and since it was strategically positioned on the cliff edge, it’s very difficult to enter from the opposite side. After some strategic thinking of our own though, we managed to conquer the fence. Inside, the site is almost entirely stripped, although the buildings look fairly intact from the outside. A few interesting features still remain if you look hard enough, such as the protective netting, the large ramp and a few traces that the site was in fact a radar testing facility. One thing I feel I must add above all else, however, is that after discovering the significance of this site during the war, I feel satisfied that we were able to have a good look around and see the last remnants before it disappears forever. Explored with Ford Mayhem. 1: Gin Head Radar Research Facility from the sea 2: Gin Head Radar Research Facility from the land 3: Boiler house 4: Outside the main buildings 5: Central area 6: An example of most of the rooms 7: The ramp (used to position large radar equipment) 8: Front building 9: Side shot of front building 10: Inside 11: One of the main rooms 12: Another main room 13: The front room 14: Upstairs 15: Upstairs front room 16: Caution non ionizing radiation 17: The front of the station 18: Admiring the netting 19: Up on the roof 20: Remains of the roof 21: Room with seating 22: A corsa
  17. hey all, i'm back again So, after setting my alarm at, what can only be described as stupid o'clock in the morning and riding for what seemed like forever in darkness, I finally found myself standing in a Burger King car park waiting for my friend. Lucky I didn't have to wait long, and we were off to our first location of the day! Entry was fine - even got in early enough to chill out for a little before sunrise. The room we chilled in happened to be that of the bleeding doors, and it's safe to say it was such a lovely site watching the sun creep through the window and illuminate the doors. I didn't take loads of pictures, but here are some of the better ones.. Sorry it's not many pictures - was too busy enjoying myself Anyhow, thanks for looking guys - and if you couldn't tell, i really liked the bleeding doors;)
  18. Italy Ex Military base - 2015

    https://fotogiornalismoeurbex.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/papa-delta-charlie/ Ci troviamo nell’entroterra ligure, sulla sommità del colle dov’era in passato situata una base militare. In realtà si trattava solamente di un centro comunicazioni che ospitava antenne radio; la struttura era presidiata dalla “59th Company U.S Army Signal” ed era in stretta comunicazione con altre stazioni tedesche. Questa rete contava circa 40 basi in tutta l’Europa, ma, tra la fine degli anni ’80 e l’inizio degli anni ’90, con l’avvento delle nuove tecnologie satellitari, la base dove ci troviamo cessò di essere utilizzata, così come molte altre stazioni che vennero dismesse. Vi lavoravano anche dei civili, come tecnici che si occupavano della manutenzione dei gruppi elettrogeni, visto che erano presenti ben tre generatori. All’epoca della Guerra del Golfo la base ebbe un ruolo molto importante, in quanto utilizzava anche la tecnologia a microonde per le comunicazioni. Translation We are in the Ligurian hinterland , on top of the hill where it was previously located a military base . In reality it was only a communications center that housed radio antennas ; the property was held by " US Army 59th Signal Company " and was in close communication with other German stations . This network had about 40 bases across Europe , but , in the late ' 80s and early' 90s , with the advent of new satellite technologies , the base where we ceased to be used , so like many other stations that were abandoned . They worked there also civilians , as technicians who took care of the maintenance of the generators , since there were three generators . At the time of the Gulf War, the base had a very important role , as also used microwave technology for communications. Al posto di guardia situato all’ingresso, era presente un militare americano e due carabinieri dei reparti speciali. La pista di atterraggio per gli elicotteri è tuttora esistente e potrebbe ancora essere utilizzata in caso di necessità , mente le grandi piazzole in cemento ancora visibili reggevano le grandi parabole. L’intera struttura si trova in condizioni pessime, addirittura poco tempo fa, ha sperimentato direttamente gli effetti devastanti delle manifestazioni non autorizzate. Alcuni anni or sono, infatti, è stata teatro di un Rave Party con un bilancio impietoso di devastazione. Lo spettacolo è a dir poco allucinante: bottiglie vuote, cumuli di sporcizia e vetri rotti ovunque. Carabinieri, polizia e vigili urbani hanno assistito impotenti allo scempio, cercando di prevenire le degenerazioni senza però poter intervenire per sgomberare gli occupanti per evitare disordini che sarebbero stati sicuramente più gravi rispetto ai disagi registrati. Ora non resta che il ricordo di un’epoca e la documentazione fotografica. Translation At the guard post at the entrance, there was an American and two police special units. The airstrip for helicopters still exists and could still be used if needed, mind the great pitches in cement still be seen holding up the great parables. The entire property is in poor condition, even recently, has directly experienced the devastating effects of unauthorized demonstrations. Some years ago, in fact, it was the scene of a Rave Party with a budget of merciless devastation. The show is nothing short of incredible: empty bottles, piles of dirt and broken glass everywhere. Carabinieri, police and city police have watched helplessly the destruction, trying to prevent the degeneration without being able to take action to evict the occupants to avoid unrest that would be certainly more serious than inconvenience recorded. Now I have the memory of an era and the photographic documentation.
  19. I struggle a lot for good internet access of late, have a lot of old and new explores to share so will begin with good old Haslar, visited a while back now with Mr K, Matt and a cowboy. Spent hours in here, if you have not visited it is one of the best explores the UK has to offer. We thought as its nearing the end of the day, a cat and mouse game with secca would be fun, so we could explore the site properly. It didn't end well, getting shown the exit by security and what I can only describe as 6 cops straight off the set from an Hawaiian cop with cameras show. Hope you like the few images I chose, have loads from this hugh place. Some history from Wiki below too The Royal Hospital Haslar was designed by Theodore Jacobsen and built between 1746 and 1761. The site opened as a Royal Navy hospital in 1753. It has had a very long and distinguished history in the medical care of service personnel both in peacetime and in war since that time, treating many tens of thousands of patients. Haslar was the biggest hospital – and the largest brick building – in England when it was constructed. Dr James Lind (1716–1794), a leading physician at Haslar from 1758 till 1785, played a major part in discovering a cure for scurvy, not least through his pioneering use of a double blind methodology with Vitamin C supplements (limes). In 2001 Haslar was designated a Grade II listed historic park. Several of the buildings are listed. Its military status was withdrawn in 2007, and those military personnel remaining joined the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (MDHU Portsmouth) at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth. In the summer of 2009, all remaining (civilian) medical services at Haslar were relocated to the Queen Alexandra Hospital, and the site was subsequently sold. To mark the handover of control to the civilian NHS trust, the military medical staff marched out of RH Haslar in 2007, exercising the unit's rights of the freedom of Gosport On 17 May 2010 an investigation of the hospital's burial ground, by archaeologists from Cranfield Forensic Institute, was featured on Channel 4's television programme Time Team. It was estimated that up to 7,785 individuals had been buried there, although other estimates say there could be anything up to 20,000. The hospital formally closed in 2009 and the site has since started to be redeveloped. Hope this report is to everyone's liking
  20. History In 1910 a military training camp was built, the now abandoned Haus der Offiziere was added in 1914 as military sports school, which was later adopted seamlessly by the Nazis. This was just part of the huge site which became known as Wünsdorf or “Little Moscow†in the 1950’s. The town which grew to accommodate 35,000 people from the Soviet republic was significant in size and worthy of its nickname. As with many other areas of Germany the Russians withdrew in 1994, since this time the town has remained largely unoccupied. A significant number of the former Soviet buildings are currently up for sale with various suggested development opportunities, it its possible that this will once again become a thriving town but for now little Moscow is left rotting away. Our Visit Visited with Andy K , Lowri, Scott, Stussy and Carl. Another giant military site was to be our next location, this time the previous use of the now abandoned Haus der Offiziere was a Sports training facility as relatively small part of a large military town occupied by the Russians until the mid 1990’s. As we approached the site it was clear that a significant number of the nearby buildings were also unoccupied and derelict. Lots of stripped out apartment buildings mixed in among occupied ones it was quite unusual. The sports complex is separated off with its own fence and secured pretty well. There are several buildings on site and we managed to gain access to the majority with the exception of the Officers House. Some of my favourite features in this place were the Spiral Staircase in the main building, the indoor swimming pool and The corridor which lit up with the backlit picture of a Russian soldier. 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. Thanks for checking out the report, higher res copies of the above photos and loads more from here on my blog: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2014/12/21/urbex-haus-der-offiziere-wunsdorf-germany-july-2014/
  21. UK RAF Newton, Notts, Dec14

    Long time since I've had an explore with Frizman, and he'd just got his first Canon DSLR. Newton had been on the list for a long time, it was a good place for him to try it out. I thought everything had gone from here, and that I had long missed the boat, so was quite pleased to find there were still a few buildings around to explore. Some rooms were a bit a stripped and empty, but buildings like the dining hall and bar were rewarding. Apart from the beginning of the day, we didn't see security again, so had an enjoyable few hours mooch. Thanks to Mr Sam for information on this place. Explore with Frizman, on a bright winter's day. RAF Newton is a disused airfield immediately to the south of Main Street. It opened in July 1940 and closed in 2000. The hangars and other buildings are now used by a number of businesses within the Newton Commercial Centre. thanks for looking
  22. 'Hey do you fancy going somewhere completely different for a change?' was the question that was posed to me in August by one of my contacts as I was planning various parts of my America trip out. What eventually unfolded was our absolutely mental no-sleep weekender which involved three flights in two days, a bus ride with an ex-prostitute, falling asleep in bars, an LGBT parade and a very nearly lost bag containing all my everything I needed to live, and three epic locations. The Power Plant (report up separately) was the first port of call, and two buses, a train, two planes and a taxi later - involving a very nail-biting half hour gap to reach our connection in Atlanta which is the biggest airport in the entire observable universe - we arrived outside the best hospital I have ever explored. This former military hospital buried deep in the United States shut it's doors in 1979 and although largely stripped, owing to it's location, good security (some serious fencing going on here!) and the open museum next door which occupies one of the old buildings has remained almost totally undamaged and unbreached since closure. I feel privileged to have seen somewhere even most American explorers don't know exists. The building is shaped in roughly a 'T' shape with two angular wings jutting out to either side of the 'bridge' of the 'T' This place is all about the incredible decay.... ....and the never ending corridors Most of the doors have hand-painted signs on them, the numbers and some of the lettering in gold and outlined. The main big wards were situated on each floor at each end of the 'T' shaped main building. One of the few relics from the hospitals past was this vintage Coke vending machine The laboratory Dental Surgical suite An anechoic chamber for conducting hearing tests Oh yeah in the basement it also has a morgue with slab complete with head restraint, which was still able to be adjusted via the little wheel on the side. Loads more photos here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157646750927624/
  23. Haven't posted a report for a while, and have quite a backlog of places to do, so getting started with this awesome former military complex. This was a paid permission visit, not a lot though, but more than glad I paid to see this place, it was huge, but only had a couple hours to run around the place with several others. Fantastic day out. The explore was split into three sections, firstly we headed to the Swimming Pool side. Next on the route was the Theatre Buildings, wow, just wow. Hidden away in a back room of the Theatre, a couple wee finds was rather gruesome but ace all the same!! Onto the main building, time was running out before the groundsman was due to lock up. That was it, time was up and we had to leave, ran around here for about 3 hours, but it was such a good explore, permission or not, it had to be seen. Thanks for looking
  24. Had a good opportunity to visit this place after a long time of wanting to, managed to score a spot to sleep on Captain Trollface and Spider Monkey's hotel room floor so we could hit it good and early. Was stupidly thick fog that morning and would have made for some majorly haunting externals, unfortunately security are alert and mobile enough that I didn't get an op to do that. <_> Had a lot of fun in this place avoiding the sec, they were on the ball and camped out at certain vantage points but we all did a great job spotting them first and waiting them out. Cambridge Military Hospital was built in 1879 and closed in 1996 due to the cost of maintaining the old building and the discovery of a £$%&ton of asbestos in the walls. Pioneering plastic surgery techniques were performed and developed here on soldiers brought back from the Western Front during WW1. Old external of the hospital from the front showing the clock tower and main building. Didn't get into the tower unfort as was locked off from our section, might be worth checking out at gourd level next time. Smaller operating theatre lights with nature creeping in behind. One of two remaining x-ray set-ups, amazingly the power was still working and all mechanics fully functioning, had a bit of fun in here. The kitchen - pigeon only thing on menu today, this place was missing a roof so was well colonised. Ek. To the wards... The main structure was epic in scale and a single corridor linked the whole building, on the bottom floor you could see all the way to the end, on the top floor the hallways was split up but wide enough to be equipped with beds. Children's ward. Some sort of booth for the testing of audio skills or hearing aids. Some rather amazing doors. Love love love this room, they haven't come in thru the windows so not sure how they grew so fast here. Leaving so soon? Thanks for looking, I wrote a blog entry with all the high res pics on my site at: http://www.unexposed.photography/Visits/Cambridge-Military-Hospital. Linked back to Oblivion State. Thanks Miz Firestorm and SpiderMonkey for having me. Cheers guys.
  25. Cheers for looking in guys
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