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  1. This one has been long in the making and a good way to end 2017. I've been to the newer bit more times than I care to admit, however the older bit had alluded me for a long time. After multiple visits and too many fails to count we finally managed it with a bit of good timing and dash of good luck. I'd heard that it isn't going to be too long till the place is getting flattened so it was a bit of a now or never explore. History "In 1899, Sutton Cottage Hospital officially opened its doors to the public. At the time, the hospital housed just six beds, and operated from two semi-detached cottages in Bushy Road, Sutton. As the population of Sutton grew, so too did the hospital. In 1902, the hospital moved to a new site, which consisted of four small wards, an administrative block and contained a total of 12 beds. It was at this point that the hospital became known as Sutton Hospital. In 1930, the hospital began the expansion process again, this time with a purpose-built clinic at the current site. In 1931, the new hospital was officially opened. When the National Health Service (NHS) was implemented in 1948, the hospital was incorporated into the St Helier group. The hospital continued to receive support from voluntary activity and charitable organisations. By 1950, further beds for inpatients were desperately needed and two further wards were added. Late in 1957, a new outpatients and pharmacy was added to the complex. By now, people were beginning to live longer and the increasing number of elderly people requiring care was putting added pressure on the hospital. A new geriatric rehabilitation unit was opened in 1959. In 1983, a district day surgery unit was opened, meaning that patients could be treated and discharged within the same day. During 1990, the hospital underwent further improvements, and a work began on building an orthopaedic surgery. Patients first arrived for treatment here in January 1991." There were 3 blocks, Block A, B and C. >Block A is filled with half the pigeon population of Sutton and is truly vile. I might eventually get round to doing it properly, but its not an appealing one! >Block B is well decayed, but still has a quite a few things left inside and isn't too disgusting. The best one IMO. >Block C is very clean apart from a bit of graffiti but is empty and boring. We spent about 30 minutes in here but the camera never came out the bag. Block B is the only one worth doing really IMO. The Explore Visited with Brewtal and Prettyvacant71. A morning adventure that went without too many hiccups. We nipped into Block C first but quickly realised it wasn't very interested and elected to go to Block B instead as I'd heard it was the 'best' bit. Its got some fantastic decay but isn't totally trashed or smashed up. It's got a some nice original features still remaining. You could see where they had cleared some of the pigeon droppings using large sheets, but there was still enough in certain parts to warrant breaking out the dust mask for a less pleasant areas. A nice explore and a good end to a busy year of exploring. Hopefully 2018 brings more great explores! Photos
  2. footage and pics are taken from two quick visits. One in August and one in November 2016. Some stolen history......... In 2008 the farm was closed after concerns were raised about the welfare of the birds that were kept there. These included Harris hawks, red-tailed hawks, two emaciated European eagle owls and Lanner falcons. In 2005, nine eagle owls kept at the council-owned site were used in film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Since the farm was abandoned it has become a dangerous eyesore, and a meeting place for local kids and with evidence of drug taking on the site. Piles of rubbish litter the farm buildings, where slates have been stolen from the roof and fires have been started. In 2009 RATS president Paul Dainton called upon Wakefield Council to make the site safer after the buildings became too unsafe to be left as they were. In July 2010 the farm was sold at auction by Wakefield Council for £162,000, selling for almost double the guide price. It is unsure of what the new owners plan to do with site at present. info taken from www.stanleyhistoryonline.com Feedback welcome, still new to this.
  3. Visited today with my daughter, my first 'underground, for me as not done a tunnel before and found it most enjoyable despite my claustrophobia , was longer than I thought and decent Torches are the next purchase for me now !! A bit of history from a signpost and a few more pictures (not great as lighting was poor !!)
  4. Intresting place this,not huge for a hospital,and a little trashed in some parts....tripped a siolent alarm and secca booted me off,but they were sound...no externals im affraid,as i had to leave sharpish... Thanks for looking...
  5. Juat a few of what was a fab splore with ps..sk..and Ben..A cracking day with some good locations and fun with walkie talkies.. as you do "UP ON THE ROOOOOF"
  6. Well myself and Mr Beady tried to hit the Brighouse swimming pool but too many peeps about and getting watched by the coach company reet next door didn't help Plan 'B'.....time to hit an old mill I've known about for years ! Most of this mill has now been converted but lucky some of the mill has not been touched, after bartering 3 goats and a ferret a business backing onto this site let us through his land and over the wall to our quarry wooot ! I have no info on this mill as yet (hope to update later) but we did find a nice old piece of kit ! Part of the roof collapsed onto the compressor. a reet nice find !.
  7. As I was passing this location (like I have many times over the many years) I kept seeing a crane boom but no one ever in the yard until today !, Reet I had to ask so pulled the car into the top of the yard a weathered looking bloke strong in stature came over to my car which by now I had got out of and I asked if I could take some photo's some time in an evening when it drops dark (night time photography) his reply was 'NO' and so I said sorry for wasting his time, I was just about to leave when he asked who are you, what do you want the pictures for and why at night which I replied with my name and that I was an engineer who also was into photography and caving/potholing etc also I have my portfolio in the back of the car if he wanted a look.....after a few seconds he said yes i'll look at your photo's around 10-15 mins later seeing pictures of bigger wire controlled cranes from the Coniston area and many mine/potholing pictures he shut the book, gave it back to me then said 'come look at this'.....I didn't need to be asked twice....off we tootled round the back of the buildings and hell I didn't expect what I was shown a fully operational steam crane and not only that but it was mounted on a set of railway lines and it could self propel in both directions, it even came with its own flat carriage for hauling goods on and both units were in very good sted.Both myself and Mr Briggs talked about engineering and my full job role etc.......I must state I felt 'reet at home ere' amongst the muck and grime of engineering from the past. When I go back I will obtain as much info on the crane including locations it worked and owners if possible but for now here are some pictures... I must say she is one well endowed lady !, hope you like the pics of what I believe to be never posted anywhere.....
  8. UK Old rail repair shop.

    A day out smootchin and what's this place i pass many times and never seen until today !!!!!, a repair shop for steam trains....... nice place but I can not give any history on this place or about trains (not my subject sorry), never the less they were very helpful so on with the pics... hope you liked, ill try and go again some time and get some worthy history about each chooo chooooooo all i know is some are from poland (rescued) and one in re build stage from america also some were used in ww2.....
  9. Go in over a dual carriage way back home the other day I spotted this building and a must explore just ate away at me all that day, so off I tootled back the day after to have a shufti !, no cctv big smashed open window and grass growing out of the roof ! reet nice sized building with a come in and explore look to it, over the gate n I'm off all guns blazing like a kid let loose in a sweet shop all over it like a bad rash of space mumps..... Some history on this place..... Elland-cum-Greetland Gas Company, Established on 6th May 1836. Managers have included Robert Dempster (1850) and James Bridge (1941). Robert Dempstar (1829-1913) Scot from Cupar, Fife. He worked as an engineer and manager of the Elland-cum-Greetland Gas Company from 1850. He was one of the first members of the British Association of Gas Managers and an associate member of the Institute of Civil Engineers. His consultancy work advising local textile manufacturers on the building and running of their own small gas plants led to the establishment of Dempster's in 1855, specialising in the production of gas retorts and gasholders at their Rosemount Iron Works, Elland. In 1877, he wrote a 32-line song entitled The Good Old Gas-Light Company. He was retired by 1881, but continued to buy or build gas works from his retirement home in Penmaenmawr. He married Elizabeth (1826-18??) also from Cupar and had 5 children. James Bridge (1877-1941) was an Engineer and Manager of the Elland-cum-Greetland Gas Company (1941) This is all the history of this bloke I could find. Tom Turner. (1863-192?) Of Victoria Street, West Vale, A short history ! On 31st January 1923, he and his wife, Annie (1867-1922), were found unconscious in their bed. They were found by the police who had been alerted when Mr Turner failed to show up for work,They died later in Royal Halifax Infirmary. It was suspected that the couple had left the gas on low, because Mr Turner was suffering from cold and bronchitis. During the night, the Elland Gas Company reduced gas pressure in the area, which would have been sufficient for a small light to go out. You don't expect this next shot in a run down building full of pots n pans catchin water coming in through the roof ! Some poor family has had is 'ard' ere going by kids toys left all over the place. I was highly motivated to do the 'Monty Python Sketch' of a naked bloke playing a piano but i wont post that pic ere as i might get booted for bad taste ! Some nice cast iron work. Well I made my way back out via the broken window and back to the footpath along side of this building and I just took my last shot when a 4wd came towards me with a big bloke saying have you seen anyone in the building, my reply had to be no as I didn't see anyone.......(but me haha), then he started yapping on about a silent alarm n went off unlocking the gate I had just volted and then I was off....done n dusted ......2 mins more in the building n i'd av had a nice game of hide n seek !.
  10. UK Old building.... 2011

    Bugger me well nice building but I've no history or name.....me bad or WHAT !!! sorry peeps...
  11. Right this was a spur of the moment find as the place we where heading out to just wasnt do-able,its a chapel from a closed down and well demolished college ,i assume the chapel is still there because its listed!well i assume!the college is long gone and rebuilt on i cant find any info on the chapel it self ,but its been there as long as i can remember!right no flashy right up !the place had seen fire damage at some point and was in a bad way most of the stained glass windows had been destroyed,but a few pics of the night are in order.. it has been chav'd!! And for some reason a small boat inside.. Right like i say wasnt our first choice but has been there a while waiting for a look inside to be had so we did
  12. Hi all this was my first explore on my second visit to this place, It kind of held a special sort of fascination for me as I spent many a happy weekend with my Grandmother who lived just up the road from here when I was a child and then much later on in my early teens racing motorcycles up and down the field at the rear of this place being chased by its occupants and wow could they run. Strange thing is I could still here my granfmothers voice in the back of my mind saying "make sure you stay away from the hospital" whilst I was exploring it, anyway enough of my reminiscing on with some pics. Front view Spooky rear view The Cellar with all its heating equipment, I also noticed what looked like a coal shute in the rear wall Shame their talents cant be put to better use Action man gets everywhere, whatever happend to mine Lol ! Thought this looked interesting, an old key cupboard ? Traffic cones are like supermarket trolleys, they get everywhere Rear View from one of the now missing windows Top floor Hope the pics are ok, Im a very amatuer photographer, these were taken on a Samsung DMC TZ5 Thanks for taking the time to look at my pics
  13. Explored with solar p in quite a bad state but made for some cool pictures the barn in to the house
  14. heres a report on this place from what i can understand it was a derpartment store like alders. ot closed and was used by the theatre supposidly. explored with solarpower if anyone noes anything about the history let me no! exterior interior
  15. This was posted on BB but I forgot to copy it before it died, as its ghost has appeared from the past for some reason. Here it is again. Just had a little look around an Old gate house. I have driven past it loads of times, so I decided to have a little look. This is my first attempt at taking photos on an explore so sorry if their a bit crap. Very dilapidated, roof is falling in and most of the rooms have lost their floors. Front door Side view Rear Some shots from inside (someone should tell the vegetation that) I love the pattern created by the roof Out the back is a small shed type thing. And be careful in the woods, stupidly I touched the fence before I found this...dam that is surprisingly painful
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