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The_Raw posted a topic in Military SitesI came here with Elliot5200, Gabe and Indecisive Moment. The buildings have beautiful exteriors and although the contents have mostly been removed there are still many features to admire. The staircase in particular was stunning and the military records library contained beautiful mahogany cabinets for storing records, unfortunately the records have been removed now. The main building with the four turrets had most of the best stuff but the buildings behind were also accessible with a few rooms worth checking out such as the old bar. This was a nice chilled out wander for a couple of hours in good company. Here's some history.... The Royal Military Academy at Woolwich was founded in 1741 at the Royal Arsenal. The need for more space led to a move to large new buildings on Woolwich Common in 1806, where cadets were taught mathematics, fortifications, French, chemistry, drawing and dancing. Among the hundreds of officers who graduated from the academy, probably the best known are Lord Kitchener and General Gordon of Khartoum. In 1945, the academy transferred to Sandhurst to merge with the academy there. Durkan Group bought the Woolwich site by public tender in 2006. Many of the Woolwich buildings have since been converted and extended into 334 houses and apartments, including 150 for a housing association. Renovation work is currently ongoing. Onto the pics.... Thanks for looking
This was a nice interesting explore, it was the height of the olympics and ruddy boiling !, we where glad to get inside !, lets start off with some of the boring details shall we Large art deco building established in the 1930s and was closed around some point in the 80's it was due to be demolished in 2008 but from what i can tell it was opposed by the public and is now a listed building ? edit : not quite, taken from another report It now sits there being slowly trashed and is resident to many homeless, this was actually my first encounter with homeless on an explore. You suddenly realise that you are not only in a place you shouldn't be, but you're in someone elses home and respecting that is up most important. Upon entering the building we where greeted with a bunch of local chavs/ pikee's who where there to "annoy the builders", all we heard was them running around shouting, So we ended up hiding for a bit in a small room until they finally buggered off, didnt much fancy the agrro !. Anyway onto the photos ! The place was littered with empty bags and rubbish, a lot more compared to a 2008 reports i saw =[ The stairs where loovely though ! Dont use the escalator ! So sad to see =[, homeless possessions, all they have just laying there.. On to the board room ! Sadly it was a tad too hot for a fire today.. and i forgot the marshmallows .. blast ! The architecture from outside was loovely Mirrored windows meant we could peep outside and not worry about being seen Indeed ! Can't help my self the stairs where great ^^ Up on the roof, was a lovely view ! And lovely machinery ! And to our suprise we found some fellow explorers up on the roof ! shooting some form of music video !.. would really love to of know how this went Dont do it !! One of the two safes left And saw this on the way down woops Thanks for looking, rest here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/urdex/sets/72157631256830912/with/7866122540/
Nelly posted a topic in Anything ElseRoyal Arsenal Co-operative Society Department Store, Woolwich Out for a mornings Splore with Skeleton Key and Ninja Kitten and had a quick meet with UrbanX and Priority 7 The Woolwich Co-op is one of those places where you think to yourself "Should I bother setting my camera up?", it's absolutely trashed but there were still a few nice art deco features to be seen. The impressive department store occupies a prominent place on Powis Street, Woolwich. Built in 1938 By the Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society in the art deco style. The Royal Arsenal Co-op was founded by workers at the local royal arsenal in 1868, their principal aim was to provide reasonably priced food for local workers. The co-op developed and came to offer a range of services locally which included bookshops, chemists, undertakers, laundries, insurance and savings stamps clubs and a department store. The co-op was founded on on the democratic principals of one member one vote and paid a dividend to members. An old painted type postcard The store was to become a popular high street store for the next 50 years, selling clothing and housing a bank. The RACS experienced a period of decline in the 1980's and was eventually merged with the Co-operative Wholesale society, Who in turn became known in the Uk Simply as the Co-op. 1965 The exact date of closure is unclear, but it seems to have been empty from the early 2000's. The building is popular locally but is currently under threat from the local council who have plans to demolish and re-develop the site. Ornate Art Deco stairs led from level to level Up and up until we finally hit the roof On the 2nd floor we stumbled across the sad side of UE. From the front of the photo to the back was his worldly possessions. Bed, Dinner Table and Washing Line, the table showed an in date pork pie and a couple of other fresh bits. Time to go