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Streatham Common pumping station was built in 1888 to a Moorish design and survives today on Conyers Road. The pumping station was constructed for the Southwark and Vauxhall Water Company. The company was formed by the merger of the Southwark and Vauxhall Water Companies in 1845 and became part of the publicly owned Metropolitan Water Board in 1903. This was more of a sneaky peek than an explore, I thought I'd post it up anyway as I can't find many pictures online. The pumping station is still in use so every entrance was heavily padlocked. I had to make do with climbing up the windows to get a glimpse of the inside so the pictures aren't great, not helped by filthy windows and piercing orange lights inside one of the rooms. I set every floodlight PIR off in order to get this close, nobody appeared so I carried on regardless. Like I say, not a proper explore as such but it's a beautiful little building that I'd been wanting to see the inside of for ages as it's just down the road from me. I was only able to see lots of control panels so I guess the pumping machinery must be underground. Anyway, here's some sketchy pictures: The control room, as you can see the orange lights made it difficult to photograph.... This was the main circular part of the building, interested to know where those stairs lead to.... This report was brought to you via much alcohol, thanks for looking
The_Raw posted a topic in Anything ElseThe History Caesars started life as the first purpose built Ballroom in England opening in 1928 as 'The Locarno Ballroom'. It was one of the premiere London nightspots of the time, with Glenn Miller, Laurel & Hardy, Audrey Hepburn, and Charlie Chaplin among the top names to grace its stage. How it looked back then Streatham Megabowl sits to the right nowadays In 1969 it became the 'CatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Whiskers Club' with a revolving stage where bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces & Rod Stewart performed. Miss World and Come Dancing (now Strictly) started their legacies there and it became a regular haunt for people in the London underworld such as The Krays. It went on to become 'The Studio' in 1984, 'The Ritzy' in 1990 and eventually 'Ceasars Night Club' in 1995 owned by Fred Batt. The new owner started the first lap dancing club for women in there, it also became a boxing venue and held the first ever pro female boxing match. In recent years cage fighting took place in there and since it's closure there are rumours that illegal boxing matches went on there. Fred Batt with the dancers It made several TV appearances, most notably in Guy Ritchie's movie Snatch for Brad Pitt's boxing scenes. Most Haunted filmed there in 2009 where they attempted to investigate the ghost of Ruth Ellis, the last female to be hung in the UK who is said to have worked in the club in 1948. The episode can be viewed here > and although it's a load of nonsense there is some half decent footage of what the club looked like in it's former glory right at the beginning.In 2010 the club ran into financial difficulties and had to close it's doors for the last time. It was bought by developers who failed to do anything with it and was sold on again in the last 12 months to commercial property developers London Square along with the Megabowl next door. The existing buildings are to be demolished except for the historic facade of the Megabowl and the new site will include 243 new homes, childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s play space, retail space on ground level, plus a community and theatre space. Demolition is fully under way now. The Explore I've been trying to access this place for the last year or so, the closest I got was inside the roof but there was no way inside the building from there. Every other access point was locked up and I had pretty much given up until I heard that the demolition team had turned up. I made a trip with extreme_ironing and we found a way in but unfortunately we were a little too late as much of the interior had been ripped to shreds already, gutted (literally). Anyhow it was still great to see the inside of the place and there was enough of it left to imagine what it would have been like. The ballroom is enormous and with it being in pitch darkness it was difficult to photograph well, especially with the batteries dying in my torch. Anyway I did what I could and hopefully enough for you to imagine the place before it is gone forever. The Roman murals covering the walls would've been enough to make even Del Boy blush, they were tacky as hell but kind of cool. Anyway onto my pics, hope you enjoy Arty shot of the night The Stage Strippers billboard Stripper poster, one for the ladies Backstage Bits of the PA system amongst rubble on the dancefloor Extremely grainy shot of the stage from the balcony The sorry state of affairs, if only we'd got there 2 weeks earlier....this gives you an idea how big the place is at least Plaster decorations ripped off the walls Stairs leading up to the balcony, most rooms up there appeared to have been stripped already with asbestos removed Looking towards the balcony from the top of the stairs One of the countless murals dotted around The bar Looking across from one balcony to another with large leather seating downstairs Cage fighting poster Hand written bubbly menu, perhaps from an illegal boxing match....? More murals Carpets with Caesars logo Balconies Compliments slips in one of the offices that hadn't been stripped yet but were trashed Found this sign amongst the rubble 'Smile you're going on stage' Thanks for looking at some of my crappest photos yet, you can see more shots from Caesars on their still functioning website here http://www.darkforce.com/caesars/ RIP Caesars
sentinel posted a topic in Public buildings, Education & LeisureHi Guy's Visited this place back in Jan with The_Raw and a non member. History Streatham MegaBowl was formerly the Gaumont Palace cinema and opened in March 1932. Gaumont was a chain of cinemas which never really made it and was bought by Odeon. In July 1944 it was damaged by a German V1 rocket. In 1961 it closed as a cinema and the interior was reconstructed into bowling alleys over two levels, opening as the largest in Europe in January 1962. As a cinema it was not missed. There were others close by and the interior was described as having acoustic problems and echoes. A Lazer Quest was added at an upper level in later years before the whole place closed in early 2008. Since then there have been talks of redevelopment, but little has been confirmed. And Finally watch out for your shoes if The_Raw is about, this still makes me feel sick to this day.
This was a great fun place to explore, due to the nature of the place it's easy to turn into a big kid once inside. I visited at night with a couple of 28DL members juicerail and sentinel, we had a proper good giggle throughout and I promptly went back for some daytime shots on the roof the following day. There are two floors of bowling alleys to explore complete with stray bowling balls all over the place, unfortunately there's no skittles to aim at but it's easy enough to pretend. One of the bowling levels is covered in trash from illegal raves and squatters in years gone by but the other one is fairly clean in comparison, both have large bar areas and various adjoining rooms with all sorts of bowling paraphernalia to be found. Upstairs there is a maze-like laser quest level with fluorescent gun toting robots painted all over the walls and from here you can make your way up onto the roof. The roof is about as high as anywhere in Streatham so there's a decent enough view from up there and there's even a higher section at the back of the complex if you can be bothered although the view is less interesting from up there. The loft is accessible from one of the stairwells and was one of the highlights for me. You can walk above pretty much every inch of the old cinema's ceiling via a network of wooden walkways once used for maintenance. It's not the cleanest of places as the pigeons have been in here for a while but it's worth a good look in my opinion. History (ripped from juicerail's report): Streatham MegaBowl was formerly the Gaumont Palace cinema and opened in March 1932. Gaumont was a chain of cinemas which never really made it and was bought by Odeon. In July 1944 it was damaged by a German V1 rocket. In 1961 it closed as a cinema and the interior was reconstructed into bowling alleys over two levels, opening as the largest in Europe in January 1962. As a cinema it was not missed. There were others close by and the interior was described as having acoustic problems and echoes. A Lazer Quest was added at an upper level in later years before the whole place closed in early 2008. Since then there have been talks of redevelopment, but little has been confirmed. Here are my shots: Front of Building Bowling Lanes Credit goes to juicerail for taking this action shot One of the Bar areas Bowling shoe graveyard Application forms Employee Record, Ã‚Â£120 for a week's work.... The Safe Daily Express from 1969 Ghostly Doors The Laser Quest level Laser Gun holsters What is 'unauthorised personnel'? The Hidden Room The Loft The Rooftop, both lower and upper levels Credit to Sentinel for taking this one in some pretty dreary weather conditions! You're welcome! Thanks for looking