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  1. Aylesbury Former Police Station/CCTV Building/Free Parking – Sept 2014/Apr 2015 Recorded History –This site used for information -http://www.aylesburytowncouncil.gov.uk/Document/Defaultcd79.pdf In October 1935 the new Aylesbury Police Station and constabulary headquarters along Aylesbury’s Exchange Street were opened by Sir Walter Carlile; who at the time was the Chairman of the Bucks Standing Joint Committee. During his opening speech, he said: ‘a high and well deserved tribute to the efficiency of the County police and said the problem Colonel T R P Warren, the Chief Constable, had tackled had been a stiff one but the work done spoke for itself.’ After Carlile’s ceremony the guests were able to witness the despatching of a message by the aid of the teleprinter from Sir Walter Carlile to all of Buckinghamshire’s Police Forces. He also stated that in no county in England did there exist a Police Force more united, more efficient, more happy and contented or more loyal to its best traditions. The total cost of the buildings came to £14,461 by Messrs Webster & Cannon the well-known and reputable Aylesbury based builders and at that time one of the largest in southern England. The design came from C H Riley, the County Architect who also designed the now derelict 1929 County Offices in Walton Street which sit behind the police station and compliment it very well. Recent History One of the buildings became the CCTV hub of Aylesbury and the other became part of the local probation system (I believe) and both became disused by 2008. The car park and ground space at the front was Aylesbury’s best kept free parking area from 2008-2012 and saved me and many other people many hundreds of pounds and also provided easy, central parking, sometimes even for a few days!!! The site was sold in 2012, the parking was closed off, and the site sat disused until early 2015 when after many attempts to save it, it was decided that the Police Station be demolished along with the Police House, Jail Cells and the rear wings of the neighbouring Council Offices, the right most building; the Constabulary, be kept in situ. A flat tarmac car park will go in place as part of the towns Waterside Development The Explore Well well well, here is one I have been waiting to do since I first started in urbex in 2009. It’s been in my hometown, right in the centre all these years now and the time finally came to do it. In September 2014 I seized the chance to explore the one side that will be remaining, when a couple of people involved in tidying up the externals allowed me to go inside and snap away. This building remains mothballed. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 The demo date of the fated Police Station side loomed even closer and with sometimes daily checks, I found no way in at all so decided to wait till the demo crew moved in; and one early morning in April 2015, I covered the side that is being demolished. They had worked very quickly on the inside and sadly not much was left, and I could find no way into the cells. I didn’t venture into their tightly sealed asbestos removal areas so I missed the cells… Or did I? #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 A return was on the cards, I just had to see the cells, so on a rushed visit of about 30 minutes, having promised I would be home for the roast dinner laid on one April Sunday afternoon I seized the chance and checked for any open doors. Slates removed from the roofs, most of the wood and fixtures all gone and no cell doors, but at least it’s all now in the bag. #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20 It was nice to finally get that one in the bag, but it’s a shame it was too far gone when I arrived. More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157651973250242/
  2. ...Cambridge Military Hospital... I'd been meaning to try for a revisit here for some time, so when I happened upon Spidermonkeys pics of the X-ray department that was it! Always an eventful explore this one, what with that bloody fence and the ever vigilant Ghurkas! Dragged non member Mooch along for the ride this time... ... ... Thanks for lookin...
  3. Belgium ET Phone Home Sept 2014

    Built in the 1950's and consisting of nearly 50 small parabolas it was made to observe the changes in solar activity It seems to of been out of use for sometime but I think it is being maintained by enthusiasts and one large parabola is still in use. I made two visits over the weekend once at night and once during the day. I hope you enjoy. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Thanks for looking peeps. A few more shots van be found at ET Phone Home.
  4. One of my favourites from mine and Katia's trip to Germany last year. There wasn't a lot left here and it had a lot of graffiti inside it but it was worth it for the morgue I think. We got in early because its was in quite a nice up market area and we would have stood out in the day haha. It had plenty of doors banging in the wind and I felt like someone else was in there as well, had seen reports homeless have used it for shelter but we didnt come across anyone. Not a massive site but was a bit of a maze, I had almost given up on finding the morgue before we stumbled upon it. Hope you like the pics.
  5. Built early in the 20th century as a monastery, in a quiet Belgian village. Around the 1950s it became a care home for the elderly and at some point it was extended into the home nextdoor. It had the capacity of around 50 residents. Now it lays dormant and nature is taking over. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. I hope you enjoyed. I loved it here. You can see a few more shots at Carmel De La Reperation
  6. Built late in the 18th century by a notable family of the city, this stunning mansion has been left abandoned for sometime. I believe its last use was as a hotel. Around 1930 it was split into seperate properties but was later on combined back to one building. It had been purchased around ten years ago by a group of French business men who even had the furniture ready. I have no idea what happened to the project but it has been stagnant for some time now. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Hope you enjoyed feel free to check my site for a few more shots from Chateau Venetia
  7. Belgium Holy Nurse Sept 2014

    Quite a plain looking building from the outside, this hospital built in the mid 19th century holds some hidden beauty. The main entrance takes you straight into a beautiful chapel. Considering the hospital has been abandoned for some years now it is in remarkable condition. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Hope you enjoyed and thanks for looking. You can see a few more on my site Holy Nurse
  8. USA Gary, Indiana Sept '14

    The last stop on me and my mate's epicly mad sleepless weekender was Gary in Indiana, and by the time we arrived in Gary just before lunchtime on Sunday I had been awake since 5am Friday morning. We would have had more time had I come very very close to losing my bag in Chicago Midway Airport, which resulted in us missing the train that was going to take us to Gary, which only ran every two hours on a Sunday. So we popped into downtown Chicago for a bit and found a very nice diner to have some much needed breakfast in and hopped on the next train. In the grand scheme of things, the two most well known, infamous rust-belt cities in America are Detroit and Gary. Both suffered the same sort of downfall from the 1980s onwards, and both have a similar percentage of abandoned structures for their size. This however is where the similarities end. I had looked at doing both Detroit and Gary during my trip but for various reasons the visit to Detroit didn't happen - only one of those reasons being the amount of horror stories I have heard recently about photographers being targeted, being mugged, attacked or even shot whilst photographing abandoned parts of Detroit. Gary I had heard some bad things about, of course, but in comparison with Detroit it seemed like the 'safer' option. After all, if a city loses 90% of it's population over the last three decades that means there are 90% less people who could possibly attack you! So we eventually stepped off the train in Gary Transportation Center, one of the few things that is open and through the doors into a different realm...I still to this day remember the feeling I first got when I stepped foot in an abandonment, and stepping foot in Gary for the first time was another of those feelings I won't forget. It's a large city, but the silence and desertion is like nothing I've ever experienced before. It was so quiet, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in the middle of nowhere. Nobody walking down the streets that we could see initially, buildings everywhere derelict and wide open to the elements. No cars on the roads, parked or driving. First port of call was, naturally, the most iconic derelict building in the whole city of Gary, one of the most instantly recognisable derelict buildings in the whole of the United States and a symbol of the decay which has befallen the city over the last three decades - Gary's Methodist Church. In the days leading up to our visit, a storm had brought a large portion of the roof down in the sanctuary.
  9. '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/
  10. Ahhhhh that's more like it, back to the sneaky sneaky proper non permission visits Late September brought around what was planned as an absolutely mental weekend of explores, which turned out to be a lot easier said than done as neither me nor my American contact factored in the 'awake for 60 hours' part...First stop was a meet-up in a small city in upstate New York, which was once the American home of Carpet weaving/manufacturing. Same old story, once all the mills shut down and the jobs moved abroad, all the money dried up and the city has never recovered. Most of the downtown area is full of empty shops and many many homes are vacant. As it turned out, when we arrived neither of us knew about the epic steep hill that needed to be climbed to get into the actual city as the Amtrak station was right at the bottom of the hill! And in 25+ degrees heat, carrying my life in a large purple bag on my back and my smaller rucksack with cameras etc, and a tripod, it became a real endurance test for me over the three days we travelled around. As is always the case we chose the most ridiculously difficult way into the place and found a hilariously easy way out the other side, but ever since I found this place and put it on my map I had wanted to see it, it's always good doing a power plant but to do one not even the majority of American explorers know about is even better - especially when it comes complete with a pair of late 19th-century turbines. The main mill building is long gone and the smoke stack was brought down in 2006 but the long-vacant power plant remains sat there slowly rusting away, encased by undergrowth. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157648659792079/
  11. First off for avoidance of any doubt I will say this was a permission visit, as are all visits to Lonaconing Silk Mill. The cost of the visit contributes to the never-ending battle of trying to keep this amazing place in one piece, the roof is getting very bad in places and without people's contributions one more harsh winter will spell the end for this place - as Herb, the owner, told us 'as soon as the roof falls in I sell the place'. A brief history - This is the last intact silk mill in the entire United States, it's the most incredible industrial time capsule I have ever seen and one of the most amazing locations I have ever photographed. If you ever find yourself in America, GO HERE. It sat in my top three 'most wanted' sites for years, and hopefully you will be able to see why. Loads more photos here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157648641571507/
  12. This is a little mini-report more than anything After I was done around DC I headed off northwards to Baltimore to meet up with a contact I'd made on an American forum for the night. I arrived that evening and instead of us sitting around twiddling our thumbs he suggested we go out for a quick explore, now I don't normally like exploring in the dark but who was I to say no... It's fair to say this location isn't in the best part of Baltimore, indeed it's a wonder we didn't get shot or stabbed just for walking down the street! It was, as expected, very dark inside the factory and it is literally right on the street level with the pavement so very easy to attract attention to oneself but we got away with it. I tried to find history on the American Ice Co. but can't find too much, I'm led to believe they went hand-in-hand with the cold storage warehouses all over America. This one has seen better days but for a little mooch before I got into the really meaty locations it was fun. Thanks for looking
  13. Those of you awesome enough to have me on Facebook will know the reason I've been absent from the forum for the best part of two months is I've been gallivanting around a sizeable portion of America taking in all sorts of many and varied things, both tourist and of course urbex...well I returned today! My very first explores in the land of the free weren't what you'd call 'classy', I stayed with a good friend of mine in Maryland for the first few days and on an outing to try and find some cars abandoned in the woods (which ultimately proved fruitless as the land was cleared and a house built on it) we made note of a couple of abandoned houses spotted along the way. I was totally unprepared for an 'inside' urbex lacking both my tripod and torch but I couldn't refuse my first taste of urbex in America, however small. The first house was very dark, stripped and a bit ruined but the second find was much more interesting. Over the next week or so hopefully I will get all 20 locations I explored up in some form or other The stereotypical 'haunted house' look... There appeared to be a swimming pool in the back yard, somewhere! The attic was the highlight, instantly reminding me of the 'hazard cell' at Deva Asylum. After exhausting that house we retraced our route towards a house which on the face of it looked like it wouldn't be much cop at all due to the state of the outside, but I really liked it here, it was a little unexpected gem! What appeared to have happened is the upper floor had a renovation started, but then stopped and at some point after that pikeys got in and ripped all the pipes out leading to massive water damage through about half the house. More from the first one here and second one here. Loads more to come from my USA trip so keep your eyes peeled for some amazing locations I visited soon
  14. France Sanitorium de Foret... Sept '14

    I've been a bit absent of late! A MOUNTAIN of photos (x6 cos I duz HDRZZZ!) And getting to grips with Photoshop, at last, has kept me away from posting on this ere forum.... Best get something up then I spose.... ...Sanitorium de Foret... Thought it was about time I hit up some French tack, so off I jolly well went and one of em was this rather sizeable hospital tucked away in the middle of a forest... Couldve spent a fair while roaming the main buildings, but it was the morgue I was focused on! SUPER staged I know , but who cares when it looks sooooo good!! Anyway... Piccies... ENJOY!! ... Main Building... ...The Morgue... Thanks for lookin in... Got some NKPS Euro shenanigans to pop up soon, keep em peeled!
  15. Visited with Extreme ironing, The Raw, MrDan and Dirtyjigsaw History South of an area known as 'Caesar’s Camp' on the A287 which was a major water catchment area for Aldershot Camp which had its own water supply from Aldershot Town There were (and still are) a number of uncovered reservoir's and until recent years a water tower and pump house on the other side of the road These would feed smaller header reservoirs and water towers in the camp which in turn fed tanks in the roofs of the barracks The old hutted Aldershot Camp dates from the 1880's after the Crimean War when it replaced an earlier tented camp Pics Thanks for looking
  16. Visited with The_Raw, Lenston, MrDan and DuttyJigsew. Silverlands is a large country house in Chertsey, Surrey, I can't confirm the exact date of construction but it was in the years surrounding 1820, an estate has existed here under the name of 'Silverlond' since at least 1420 according to town records. First owned by Henry Hotham, a hero of the Napleonic wars in the early 19th Century, it's recent history is more controversial, after having served as an orphanage and a nurses training college for much of the latter 20th Century, in 2001 plans were made to relocate patients from Wolvercote Clinic for convicted paedophiles. With 23 schools located within 2.5 miles of the Silverlands estate, one primary school just 5 minutes down the road, this caused a local outrage, on Oct 26th of that year the first of many candlelight vigils were held outside Silverlands by protestors, these were repeated weekly between 17:00 and 19:00 for several months. During these events the buildings went under intense refurbishment and maintenance, the ultimate bill for this and the required security arrangements almost hit £5'000'000. In July of 2002 it was confirmed that Silverlands would not be utilised for the rehabilitation of paedophiles, however the building has been vacant for the most part ever since. The security arrangements in place today I imagine might remain from that time period, it is surrounded by a number of fences, the building itself has a fair amount of cameras, PIRs and loudspeakers located at strategic points. Having seen images of the building not so many years ago, the place is not looking it's best anymore, mostly damage from water leaks through the roof, many of the more ornate and beautiful rooms on the ground floor have collapsing ceilings and damaged floors, electricity still works throughout the building however. Was a nice chilled out visit overall. Photos: I'm not sure where this would have once hung but it's seen better days like most of this place. The central courtyard. Some of the more ornate rooms which make up the ground floors. They're really starting to fall apart. A live feed of the numerous external video cameras, the buzz coming from the substantial comms cabinet to the left doesn't leave me with much doubt it's being beamed elsewhere. Hundreds of keys in here. The main hall. A newspaper upstairs dates back to the last year of permanent occupancy. Pulled from my blog page @ www.unexposed.photography, have linked back to Oblivion State . Cheers for reading.
  17. UK Seminary J Sept 2014

    Visited with Makepondsnotwar and Venustas, nice 6.00am start at Macdonalds where I was given free coffee from the girl there (no idea why lol) What a fantastic location this is, for me it’s the best place in the UK I`ve done. Loads of history on DugieUK`s report the other week and I`m not one for words so I`ll crack on with the pictures I make no apologies for the number of pics, 6 hours and we didn’t cover it all, just so bloody big !! We found what looks like a room that used to house coin collections. Fascinating room, looks like details of each coin was held on a slip of paper underneath each part that holds the coin The Red Room Thought this was really cool Ok, kind of went a bit OCD with this sowing machine, but I like it  Ok, so back to moving around the building again, so much to see
  18. I can't find much information on these tunnels unfortunately, except a suggestion that they were built in the 1800s. The river is a winterbourne, so it is dry through the summer months and available to explore. This was my first underground explore, also my first solo explore. Thoroughly enjoyed myself, but the sound of approaching footsteps had me hurrying to get out...They weren't echoing footsteps either, as I wasn't moving at the time Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  19. Stumbled upon the research for this place earlier this year with a few conflicting bits of research took a bit of head scratching, Finally decided to swing by on the way home the other week and i wasnt dissappointed, Rumoured to be 17th, 18th or 19th century or older ?! was either carved for wealth or for religion, plenty of talk about ancient christian figures and pagans, warlocks and dark rituals! What i do know is; they are quite enclosed, full of cobwebs, spiders, very dark and uniquely carved in the sandstone. Set in a curved formation the pillars are on different levels joined by handcarved steps and leading to a chamber with a seat? and an altar around the far end of the curve. There were some candles and tree branches with ribbons attached littered at the foot of one of the altars, maybe some carvings, childlike name scralls all over the walls and teenage rubbish.
  20. Belgium Boerentoren - Antwerp - Sept. 2014

    While staying in Antwerp decided to give this a go since it was covered in scaff. Went up there late one night with The_Raw, Sentinel and Elliot. Boerentoren (farmers tower) AKA the KBC Tower is considered Europe's first skyscraper and was the tallest on the continent between 1932 and some point in the 50's when it was overtaken by a pair built in the USSR. Currently standing at about 350 feet, the roof is being expanded by several floors at the moment. I actually didn't grab a shot of the exterior... U_U - not mine, copyright Erf-goed.be, creative commons license. The roof now extends several levels higher. Walking across a rather dodgy gangway towards the tower proper. Towards the top of the structure, Elliot on then next level. Looking into the top level office, luckily no one home. The KBC sign. The Cathedral of our Lady. Antwerp, nothing else high up in this town really! Cheers for reading.
  21. Belgium Agnus Dei - Sept. 2014

    Dropped by here with The_Raw, Sentinel, and 3 non-members. People call it Agnus Dei but I can't find any distinct reason for that tbh. Beyond the Chapel which lies on the roadside, there's also a small hospital complex at the rear which has been partially gutted by fire, really dodgy floors here! Stained glass in the chapel was in great condition overall apart from those on the road facing side which were smeared with pollution. Building was a bit leaky but quite well preserved apart from that, a good amount of peely paint. External of the chapel and the smashed up remains of a previous exploring groups minivan. A composite photo of 5 of the windows which were in better condition. Chapel interior. Latin. A small room to the side of the alter, rain was falling heavily through the roof at this moment. Part of the hospital area. An old chair and TV set in the hospital part of the complex. One of several remaining hospital beds. A bank? O.o Heading back to the van after the storm abated. Some cyclist explorers also joined us mid way thru. I hadn't seen anything but the chapel at this place before so was a nice surprise to see there's a bit more to this place. Would love to find out more about it's history but doubt that'd be easy without a name to go by... Thanks for reading.
  22. UK Cliffe Fort, Kent. Sept '14

    Built in the 1860s, Cliffe Fort was designed to protect the Thames from invasion. It was armed with 12.5-inch 38-ton and 11-inch 25-ton rifled muzzle-loading guns. Protection of these guns was provided by granite-faced casemates with shields for added defence. The shields, casemates and the rails on which the gun carriages stood are all still visible today. Unfortunately, the place is flooded. I hope to return with a dinghy one day. These tracks were for a Brennan guided torpedo installed in 1890. The torpedo worked by coiling huge lengths of wire around the two propellers, pulling the wires to drive it forward, and controlling individual speed to change direction. It was used for twenty years before it was replaced by quick firing guns. And a nice ship wreck outside Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  23. 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.
  24. The first stop on second stop on my first Euro tour. I was surprised we had the place to ourselves on a Saturday morning. Owners of a tobacco family suilt this stunning chateau and I believe the last resident was a well known philatelist. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
  25. This place is massive!! The images can not really convey how big this place is. Its a brilliant explore. However I never took many photos. I think there are more externals So much to see and even the power is still on. Its hard to resist not to push any buttons 1 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Thanks for taking a look I hope you enjoyed this spot as much as I did.
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