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  1. Calcott Hall The Explore Well, I'm a little behind on posting reports, 13 months behind to be exact. Mojo issues mixed with a busy year but generally can't be arsed with the whole thing. Normally this is where I'd write about the explore and what happened etc but I really can't remember much as it was last April and I've slept approximately 387 times since then. I had a quick squiz at @Urbexbandoned's report to jog my memory, to pinch the history, and to view all the items that I myself failed to photograph due to walking around with my eyes closed as normal. Easy derp to have a wander around and I think we had spent the previous few days sleeping in the car near, and inside of, a large hospital down south in Cardiff, then worked our way up to Shropshire and back to Lincoln on a lengthy road trip of derpy delights.. History This was once a Dairy Farm, built in 1725 as a Georgian Farmhouse. It's most recent resident was Ellen Jones who died in the 70's. I believe that some of her family also lived there as there are lots of bits of paperwork for a Francis Jones & a gentleman with the same surname. This farmhouse has more or less a written / photographic story of the residents who once lived there. Cupboards littered with bread and cake making supplies and ingredients showed the life of a typical farmhouse wife. Exterior buildings litter the farmhouse, some still being used today with the farmland scattered with cattle. Set in a beautiful little countryside, I cant help but think this really would have been beautiful in it's day. The Pictures 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7/8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Little bonus car in the garage in the grounds.. 16. As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  2. I've driven past this place many times but only recently realised it was empty as I passed it on a day out to explore, I know nothing of its history but deduce it's been empty around 5 years according to magazines found inside. It's situated in Mid Wales on a main road and the gardens are quite overgrown, thankfully this time of year the greenery is manageable! All doors were closed but thankfully one of them wasn't locked. There is also an outbuilding next door which I didn't have time to check out properly to see if there was access, next time maybe. Thanks for looking.
  3. A nice find by @SpiderMonkey while perusing the many chapels of Wales, this proved to be a surprisingly pleasing bonus for our Weekend... Capel Salem is an abandoned chapel in Pwllheli, North Wales. Built in 1862, the building was remodelled and enlarged in 1893 and is now Grade II listed. Along with the chapel, there are a couple of vestry rooms and a school room. The chapel was closed for around two years from 1913 and required extensive renovation following a fire. The fire was started by a local man who had tried to steal money from the chapel. He was unable to find any money so started the blaze instead.
  4. The first of a couple of chapels in Wales I visited with @SpiderMonkey last month... Engedi Chapel was established in 1842 and built as we see it today in 1867. The chapel's most impressive feature is its grand classical entrance, designed by architect Richard Owen of Liverpool. Its organ, pulpit and pews also remain intact.
  5. Coleg Harlech was a residential adult education college for mature students, established in 1927 by Thomas Jones. Starting from just 6 students; numbers increased to 30 in the 1930's, then 70 in the 1960's. Coleg Harlech began offering a two-year diploma course validated by the University of Wales, which became a preparation for university education for those who had missed out on earlier education to give them a second chance. I had spent the day on Harlech beach with @plod and after our original plan became unsuccessful we headed to the train station. On our way there we came across this place which I was surprised we hadn't noticed sooner as it really stands out like a sore thumb, so we went ahead and had a look inside as we had an hour to kill anyway. There wasn't much to see inside but I'm doing this report because I've noticed nobody else has actually gone here. We did get a really good view of the beach from the roof though
  6. Salem Methodist Chapel was built in 1833 in Arthog, near Barmouth in North Wales. In 1868 it was rebuilt in the Gothic style of the gable-entry type, by architect Thomas of Landore, and eventually closed in 1973. Apparently the owner of the building moved abroad to avoid paying a bill for a quarter of a million pounds, which means as a result the walls and other works of the structure are unsafe to passing motorists and local residents due to lack of maintenance. It has been assessed and surveyed and is deemed likely to collapse on itself if it does go. Me and @plod were on holiday in the area so I did a bit of research to see what was about that we could explore. We hadn't yet done a chapel so I was pretty eager to look at this one, so we took a long walk up to check it out. It seems the chapel roof has already started collapsing in on itself which is a huge risk with it being situated on a hill right next to the road, although we got some great views of the inside of the chapel from the path that goes up along by the roof. I really liked the little piano in the corner too, and the building itself was in a very nice state of decay. We actually ended up sleeping in here one of the nights since we walked here at about 3am and were too far away from where we were staying
  7. way over due writing an actual report, got a back log of about 20 reports at the minute but just cant find the time or the internet speed for uploading to flickr, spend most the week working away on the most basic hotel wifi youve ever seen then when the weekend comes around im always off exploring, anwyays heres a little start with some good old south wales indursty took my mate lara whos wanted to come exploring for a while, was a good day but i reckon we only saw about 2/3rds as we had other stuff on the list to tick off, definitely want to come back here in the summer when the foliage is in full bloom bit of coffee and paste histoire Cwm coke works is a large site just north of Beddau in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Up until the mid 1800′s Beddau was a small collection of farmsteads at the conjunction of four crossroads. (Incidentally, Beddau, which means ‘graves’, may be a shortening of Croesheol y Beddau, ‘crossroads of the graves’, as it is marked on an ordnance survey map circa. 1833. Criminals were often hanged as crossroads as an example to others…). In the 1860′s coal pits were sunk around Beddau, and the town grew at a steady rate until 1909, which saw the opening of Cwm colliery. As the industry moved in, Beddau grew quickly, and in 1958 Cwm coke works opened, furthering the expansion. At its peak, Cwm colliery was producing hundreds of thousand of tons of high quality, low sulphur coal per year. Much of this was processed at Cwm coke works, into high-grade coke suitable for foundry use. The National Coal Board closed the colliery in 1986, and Cwm Coke works in 2002, leaving yet another small Welsh town deprived and forgotten. It would seem now, work has begun to reclaim the land, so perhaps this magnificent example of commanding industry and stark, utilitarian achitecture won’t be around for much longer. thanks kids ttake it sleazy!!
  8. @CuriousityKilledTheCat and I went 'cottaging' with a few non-OS members (there were other types of derps on the , but one had been converted and one was a fail). It was a trek to get here, in the middle of nowhere. I imagine if you lived here, back in the day and it snowed. You'd be stuck for some time. I can only guess by the dated books, but this house looks like it has been left empty since the early 80's. Shot with a Nikon D3300 and a 35mm lens. ( I might of gone a but bokeh crazy.)
  9. With a few weeks of half assed research, I met up with @CuriousityKilledTheCat and a few others for a long day (out of the house driving/derping for 16 hours) in and around South Wales. After visiting a few nice places earlier, some terrible driving and 3 fails this was our last stop. This lovely house is out of the way but is worth the walk. Inside there is lovely character, especially where there are parts of the walls missing. Looking at earlier photographs taken from the place it looks like somebody has swept up a bit. All shots taken with a Nikon D3300 and a 35mm lens.
  10. This was one we got told about my my mates contact. Not sure there is any history at all as just a cottage on the side of the road. Its called "Brownie" as there is an old Brownie Camera on the side in there.
  11. Visited with Raz, Fat Panda & Rott3nWood Background; Leri / Lerry Mills, situated at the confluence of the Ceulan and Leri rivers produced Tweed for suit making using both water wheels from the river and workers to power the looms and spinning machinery. Little history can be found about the mills but they were built on the site of an old furnace which smelted the lead from local lead mines. Records date this back to 1642. The mill itself stopped meaningful production around 1958-60 in-line with when the UK became a net cotton importer and the general demise of the industry put paid to over 800 mills. At this time the two mills were purchased by Mr J Hughes – he ran the mills with his wife till the end of 1980 as a popular tourist attraction. In the August of 1981 they put the whole site, including a 6 bedroom house, the two tweed mills, a craft shop and 14 acres of land around the river bank with shooting & fishing rights, for sale at a guide price £150’000. The site is now owned by a lovely old guy who was very helpful once we explained why we were in his garden Explore; So whilst out on one of our many trips into deepest darkest Wales we decided to drop in on this place. So parking up, in a car small car park and grabbing our things we then proceeded down a small grassy path... or someones garden as it appeared when an old bloke pops his head out of a door shouting at us, and as i was nearest he grabbed me by the arm and dragged me towards the house when i tried to walk off. So whilst being dragged along, trying to explain why we were there and getting ready to twat him with my tripod he suddenly seemed to pick up on one word. "Photography", he then instantly changed from being angry to being very very interested and by the end of the conversation we knew exactly where we were going, we knew the history of the mills and also why he had acted the way he had... Please if you go here, just knock on the blue door and tell him, he's a lonely guy and would appreciate the company im sure So we ventured around the mills and up and down the river for an uneventful hour or so. Once finished, Myself, FatPanda and Rott3nwood headed back up to the house and he had made us a CD full of old photos of the place and all the history, along with his email address and phone number We again chatted for a while before our conversation was cut short by the sound of an accident, Raz decided he wanted to go for a swim... Casualties for the day - One camera and Raz's pride Heres some shots; All in all, a great explore. The owner suggested that we come back in spring.. and considering the beauty of the place... I think i just might. Thanks for looking
  12. Came across this one; Kinmel Hall near Rhyl - North Wales. Not too far from me so I'm going to do a little research about reaching the place via public transport (unfortunately I don't drive..). Some history on the Hall: http://docs.novaloca.com/165_20062_634595428790297892.pdf The article: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/architecture/kinmel-hall-the-welsh-versailles-lies-derelict-and-unloved--who-will-come-to-its-rescue-10502644.html?cmpid=facebook-post
  13. Visited with Raz & Fatpanda Bit of History; Originally owned by Sir Walter Bagot, the current buildings were rebuilt in the late 1820′s. It was acquired by the North Wales Counties Mental Hospital and opened in 1937 to accommodate 80+ patients to relieve the overcrowding at the much larger Denbigh Asylum. It eventually closed in 1990 and has laid derelict ever since. It would appear that some building work has, at some stage been attempted, but then simply left. We approached stealthily as possible up the private road with FatPanda's bass system shaking the very ground beneath the car... The Explore; Once out of the car and my headache beginning to reside, we nipped under a bush and found ourselves stood outside a very attractive white building. My first impression was something off of Heartbeat (Welsh Version probably called something like "HLleysgry LleLlen" as they love their double L ) and as you walk in the door you are greeted by some serious staircase porn. So after spending 20 mins dribbling over it we moved on the the rest of the building. I say building but building is a very loose statement, perhaps 6 million seperate parts held together in close formation... Unstable as fook. Stayed on the roof for all of 20 seconds before legging it back down. Upper floors feel a bit like a bouncy castle, only this bouncy castle is 20ft in the air and covered in nails and of course, my favourite asbestos. Not the kind of thing you want at your 6 year olds birthday party right? All in all a cool day out but the staircase is pissing me right off because the architect was either an idiot or he thought "You know what, one day someones going to want to take pictures of this so im going to build it on a slant" so none of my pics are straight - Moan over, heres the rest of the pics Thanks for looking
  14. what a lovely find this one was, gonna keep this really short as i am using the on screen keyboard haha thanks. thanks guys
  15. Evening all:thumb Another one from my little trip to wales, unfortunately no history on this place really, but seems to have been left for a long time. The upstairs flooring has started to rot, and brambles have started to reclaim the outside - making entry a prickly one! A few nice shots inside, but mostly the place was filled with junk. Didn't spend hours here, but it was nice for a little look between other sites! On with some pictures.. Thanks for looking!
  16. Sweet day out in Wales today Visited with Raz & FatPanda Bit of History; Holywell Union workhouse was erected in 1838-40 at the south of Holywell and was designed by John Welch. The Poor Law Commissioners authorised an expenditure of £6,200 on its construction which was to accommodate 400 inmates. The workhouse design followed the popular cruciform or "square" layout with separate accommodation wings for the different classes of inmate (male/female, infirm/able-bodied etc.) radiating from a central hub. To the rear, a central three-storey range connected to the central supervisory hub who observation windows gave a clear view over all the inmates yards. The main accommodation blocks ran north and south and had cross-wings at each end. In 1930, the workhouse passed into local council control and became a Public Assistance Institution. In 1948, the former workhouse became part of the National Health Services as Lluesty General Hospital. In the final years Lluesty was used to provide geriatric care up until its closure in 2008 when the towns new community hospital opened. In Febuary 2011 it was sold to developers for £275.000. The site is allocated for a development of 70 houses but as the original work houses and chapel are grade II listed, they cannot be demolished. The Explore; Easy 9am start after 2 hours sleep still a little bit pissed we set off for a day in Wales. Enroute to our first location we stumbled across an old hospital, eager to find a somewhat original derp that maybe resembled Denbigh's little brother we clambered over the fence into what looks like the court yard of a prison (and after looking into it, it transpires that it was once used as one ) and the first thing we come across is needles. Lots of them. Now this is normally enough to make me think "hmmm do i really want to be here?" but not today, today i was going to be careful and push on. It turned out to be a rather photogenic little spot! Ruined, but pleasing to the eye. However after aprox 1 hour we decided it was time to make tracks and continue our adventure in Wales. Heres a few more photos; And a couple of funky blue boilers to finish... If you got this far, cheers for looking
  17. Had a day round North Wales afew weeks ago with Urblex, great day as usual mate. This place was the second explore of the day. The place is quite trashed to be honest, reminding me of a mix of Cookridge and Billinge Hospitals. An enjoyable little mooch all in all, worth a look if your in the area. We came across hundreds of needles quite early on during the visit which had us on edge abit. Something to bear in mind for anybody who visits later in the day or early evening. Holywell Union workhouse was erected in 1838-40 at the south of Holywell and was designed by John Welch. The Poor Law Commissioners authorised an expenditure of £6,200 on its construction which was to accommodate 400 inmates. The workhouse design followed the popular cruciform or "square" layout with separate accommodation wings for the different classes of inmate (male/female, infirm/able-bodied etc.) radiating from a central hub. To the rear, a central three-storey range connected to the central supervisory hub who observation windows gave a clear view over all the inmates yards. The main accommodation blocks ran north and south and had cross-wings at each end. In 1930, the workhouse passed into local council control and became a Public Assistance Institution. In 1948, the former workhouse became part of the National Health Services as Lluesty General Hospital. In the final years Lluesty was used to provide geriatric care up until its closure in 2008 when the towns new community hospital opened. In Febuary 2011 it was sold to developers for £275.000. The site is allocated for a development of 70 houses but as the original work houses and chapel are grade II listed, they cannot be demolished. 1 2/3 4 5/6 7 8 9 10/11 12 13 14/15 16 17 18/19 20 21 22/23 Thanks for Looking
  18. Still miles behind in posting some reports up, but this was from an small trip to Engerlandshire and Welsheepshugger land between Xmas and New Year. First stop of this particular cold morning was one of two mills I visited. The first is known as Tweed Mill, and access is not the easiest, but a bit of decent balance and no stopping half way over its simple enough for what is a bit of a gem of a little mill. Ever since I first saw this place appear on the forums a few years ago, I knew it was right up my street, lots of nice natural decay, and plenty of bits left behind to see!! The second mill, only a mile up the road, was jam packed with machines, making it a bit harder to get the images I wanted, but did my best, known as the Wool Mill. Many thanks for looking, as always, click the pics if you want to see more or visit my Flickr
  19. What a amazing building, the next Location from my "Have-to-see" list is done! 1. North Wales Hospital 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. North Wales Hospital 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. North Wales Hospital 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. North Wales Hospital 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. North Wales Hospital 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 6. North Wales Hospital 06 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 7. North Wales Hospital 07 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 8. North Wales Hospital 08 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 9. North Wales Hospital 09 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 10. North Wales Hospital 10 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  20. Morning, afternoon or good evening girls and boys, hope everyone is feeling funky fresh and enjoying the bank holiday, just a little report on the, now missing a red dress manor, previously known as, you guessed it, red dress manor aka calcot hall aka calculator hall, naah only pokin i made the last one up though i definitely think calculator hall would have been a loads better name for it. Visited this place twice, wouldnt recommend driving any kind of distance to see it mind, definitely one of the derpiest derps in derp town, first time i was checking something else out in the area so stopped in for an hour or so, second time i popped in was on the way up to snowdonia for a kayaking/exploring weekend, was the same weekend i did vanity house (which has a report floating around somewhere) and a failed cloud house. Not really all too much new to say about the place that hasn't been said, watch yourself in the front rooms where the floors are falling in would be the first and foremost! I think it was landie man pointed out the same as what i found, the place has had plenty of traffic, been through lots of set up shots etc, much like i pointed out on my vanity house report, fine setting up shots and getting a nice photo, guilty of it myself occasionally, chucked a couple of bits from off the floor on the dresser in this set, if somewhere is as trashed as this place i don't see any harm in tidying up a bit! Places like this and vanity house, you still get to see interesting bits and bobs and get a vague insight into the lives that lived in that house but you just don't get that same 'frozen in time' feeling from the place you know. Decay wise as i said downstairs front rooms the floors are buggered, not a lot to see in them but if you insist on going in them make sure you're on a joist. Got some good ol' peeley paint in the kitchen, peeley wallpaper in tuther rooms and plenty of water damage upstairs due to the gaping holes in the roof, one of the 1st floor bedroom floors is pretty buggered on the front of the house so again watch your ass. Windows are all smashed in on the front and as a result the plant from the little shop of horrors appears to be living in one of the bedrooms upstairs-ickle bugger nearly had my bloody porkie pie out! feed me seymore!! right enough of all that frevolity, take a look for yourselves what it looks like at the minute, well- at the minute being a couple of months ago! - apologies for the awful quality pics, this was one of the first times out with my new nikon and i didn't smash it into raw so they are all crappy jpegs im afraid, except 3 i took on the return visit. Red was never really my colour but boy do i look hot in those heels!! #dresstokill #nomakeup #girlsjustwannahavefun thanks for taking a goosey gander kids. apologies again for the crap quality control Stray off the path.
  21. Very well known, why I don't will tell the history, for the umpteenth time. For me it was the first visit of an hospital / Mental Asylum in UK. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 (I've retouched the "ornate penis-graffiti" from the right wall ... ) 20 21 22 23 24
  22. Visited with The Raw, MiarioDigital and Andy Great to meet Andy and Dennis, hopefully some more trips in the near future. I have been close to this mill in the past when heading underground further up the valley but never really gone to take a look, was a nice chilled wander though and a change for me to be above ground. Some History Out of the 5 mills situated in Talybont the mill was the only one built on the banks of the River Celuan. It is sometimes refereed to as Heron Mill. Built in 1847 by the Morris family it prominently produced flannel and cloth. Although originally powered by a small waterwheel it was converted to run on electric during the 1920/30’s. The mill continued to operate till 1962 when, like so many other mills, it suffered from imported cotton prices. Attempts were made to pass the ownership over to the national trust but the then owners could not contribute to the cost of handing it over. Grade II* listed in 1997 the mill retains nearly all of its working machinery at closure. Pics Thanks for looking
  23. The Trip Visited with The Kwan An amazing location with so much to see in the area, weather wasnt amazing but just added to the moodyness of the place. This was a reserve location as we couldnt find the other which will be on the return visit. Possibly July there will be a camping trip with bbq and beers with some mines and various other things in this area, i will be posting up the trip details shortly which will be open cross forum and open to everyone so please get in touch if you are interested. History Slate was first discovered here in the 1830's when quarrying commenced on a very small scale. Operated by a string of different owners each developing and enlarging the workings. But the story is not one of steady expansion. The ups and downs of the slate trade, the difficulties of raising capital, geological problems and dangerous underground working practices also brought periods of closure and industrial unrest. Peak output occurred in the 1880's when over 6000 tons per year of saleable slate was mined. This was also the period of greatest employment when over 200 workers were engaged. A major blow to the quarry occurred in 1900 when the "Great Fall" occurred underground, in the south eastern section of the workings. This destroyed a large part of the most profitable reserves. From this major blow the quarry never fully recovered. The first world war brought about a period of complete closure followed by reopening in 1919 and a brief flurry of activity. A slow lingering existence followed until final closure in 1930. However in the hope of the market for slate improving it was decided to keep the underground pumps working. This proved to be a futile gesture and the pumps were finally turned off in 1948 causing much of the underground workings to flood. The life of the quarry had ended and the scrapmen moved in. The final ignominy being the wholesale demolition of many of the quarry buildings to recover the workable slate. This accounts for the ruinous state of much of the surface remains today. Some Pics Thanks for looking
  24. An oldie from last year but not posted on OS History Closed in 2005 the site is a former Police Training facility and living quarters, it comprises of a main central block, together with a number of residential blocks all around and additional sports fields. In addition there is a range of buildings of varying ages to the rear of the main block, comprising of accommodation blocks, a boiler house, maintenance buildings, some classrooms, gymnasium, swimming pool, sauna room, snooker room, lecture rooms and a bar/club building. Pics Thanks for looking
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