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  1. This is a spectacular location for sure, surrounded by wonderful dramatic coastline. If you've got time I'd recommend bringing a packed lunch!! You could be watching the waves crash against the rugged cliffs, maybe if you're lucky you might spot a seal or a puffin passing by. Here in 1951 plans were set up to build a plant which would extract bromine from sea water and by adding sulphuric acid would then create liquid bromine. The bromine was then reacted with ethylene to produce Dibromoethane which was a key component of leaded petrol. With the phasing out of leaded petrol in the 1990's the plant diversified into other bromine chemicals. Production finally stopped altogether in March 2004. Many of the buildings have been demolished but there was enough standing to make this high on my wish list - plenty of natural decay and lots of interesting stuff left on site. Its been fairly undisturbed due to a combination of its remote location, CCTV and onsite security. Sadly though a recent fire has badly damaged one of the buildings (not quite sure which one). The photos in this report are a compilation. I had to make a return visit because the first time I somehow missed the conference room and the main attraction for me - the medical area. I really like how much variety there is, hence why there's quite a few pics
  2. Tower brick and tile company is a lovely little explore tucked away in the small village of Selborne. It's very isolated, with interruptions only from the occasional passing car and the swarming birds in the field opposite. The History The Brick and Tiles company have been producing hand made bricks at this site since 1872, with production finally ceasing on the 6th of November 2009 when the company went into administration. Since then there have been attempts to breathe life back into the brickworks, however all unsuccessfully. There were plans to turn the factory into a clean eco-friendly factory by using a anaerobic digester in order to generate the gas required to power the site. Unfortunately plans for this were refused in August of 2009. (Waste-to-energy plans at Selborne brickworks refused - BBC News) The Explore After attending a wedding, nothing was better to break up the niceties of suits, dresses and canapes then getting mucky and dusty on an good explore half way into the long drive home (It was pretty much on route anyway!). The weather was cloudy and slightly foggy, but it wasn't raining and it wasn't freezing so we had no complaints. Overall a pretty chilled explore with a surprising amount of equipment and machinery left and intact. As described by Mookster, this is very much a mini Clockhouse Brickworks, although getting in was far far easier. It's a shame we rushed round here a bit, as it's one of those places you could happy spend a few hours exploring. A small factory brimming with character and interesting relics of its former years. Pictures I did laugh at this The Kiln In here is the most impressive porn room I've seen so far. A big poster of how it used to look in its former days I assume? One of a few Drying ovens. Looks like a big chemical drum leaked onto the ground. Not sure exactly what it was, but I didn't really want to find out. I'm not really sure, but this looks like it could be a press used for forming the bricks/tiles.
  3. The Visit I was told about this place by some pensioner explorers who loved the street art around Sheffield, set off the week after to have a look for ourselves. Set in a lovely little village, not much left inside now but some amazing street art in there! The History The water works was built in 1913 to filter and treat water taken from the Dale Dike (the cause of the 1864 great flood of Sheffield),and Agden reservoirs in the nearby Loxley Valley. The water works was cutting edge technology in it's time and it even had the first telephone to be installed in Bradfield back in 1930 apparently. In 1974 the Yorkshire Water Authority took over and then during the Thatcher government some years later, the entire UK water industry was privatised with the Water Act of 1989. The pumping house at Lower Bradfield was abandoned in 1994 when a new pump house and processing plant was built Further down the Loxley valley. According to the locals the building attracts unwanted visitors and is a constant eyesore and a morbid reminder of Lower Bradfields grim past. The only small remaining hints of the buildings past Now some stripped out rooms.. And finally, some of the best street art I've ever seen... Oh.. and a fun looking pigeon
  4. This was the second stop of out Sunday trip. I have to say I do love a good bit of industrial filth. History - Originally owned by Price's Patent Candle Company. In 1853, Palm oil was brought into Liverpool and so the company needed a site to use the palm oil closer to Liverpool than taking it to London by boat. The company build what is now Bromborough Pool village and opened a new factory in Bromborough. The site employed around 115 people and was part of the Uniqema acquisition in 2006. In 2008, the business had a turnover of £45.3m and made a £2.1m operating profit. This was flattered by favourable glycerine pricing and the site made a loss in the final quarter of 2008 which has worsened into 2009, this poor performance eventually lead to the closure of the site.
  5. The Explore After visiting Lostock power station this was actually a really relaxed explore with lots of different types of building to look around, theres warehouses, offices, workshops and a huge industrial area at the back. The History Originally owned by Price's Patent Candle Company. In 1853, Palm oil was brought into Liverpool and so the company needed a site to use the palm oil closer to Liverpool than taking it to London by boat. The company build what is now Bromborough Pool village and opened a new factory in Bromborough. The site employed around 115 people and was part of the Uniqema acquisition in 2006. In 2008, the business had a turnover of £45.3m and made a £2.1m operating profit. This was flattered by favourable glycerine pricing and the site made a loss in the final quarter of 2008 which has worsened into 2009, this poor performance eventually lead to the closure of the site.
  6. Part 1. The opportunity arose to visit a friend of mine living in Beijing and it didn't take long for this place to crop up in conversation. He'd heard rumours of people being allowed to walk freely through the site before but this wasn't the case when he'd tried. Security had apparently been stepped up massively so we opted for a more sneaky approach. We made our entrance at the north end of the site where the 4 huge blast furnaces were situated. Once inside we found much more activity on site than we had expected; people on bicycles, people with dogs, cars driving around, parked cars, construction vehicles, it certainly hadn't been deserted by any stretch of the imagination and it was difficult for three of us to remain unseen for long. Many of the buildings were well sealed but we found our way inside a few of them. It's an amazing site, to think that we barely scratched the surface is just crazy. I would guess that we only covered about 5% of the whole site, if that. I've made a long report for this one as it's not somewhere you see every day, I hope you've got a spare 10 minutes to kill! History Shougang Company Ltd steelworks (also known as Capital Steel) began operations in 1919 as a small pig iron plant which eventually expanded to cover a 700 hectare area. It became the largest producer of steel in Northern China. At its peak there were 200,000 workers and an annual output of 10 million tons. The plant had its own apartment complexes, dining halls, schools, hospitals, public bathhouses, cinemas, temples, even a newspaper – Shougang Daily, which regaled readers with stories of steel output in its triumphalist headlines. For many years Shougang’s steel fed the capital’s economy, and virtually the entire district that surrounded the factory. In 2001, when Beijing was awarded the hosting rights for the 2008 Olympic Games, public concerns emerged about the level of Shougang's pollution, it's water usage (the mill required 50 million cubic meters of water annually to run), and their effect on quality of life in the area. A reputation as an industrial centre was no longer something to be proud of and by 2008 much of the plant had shut down. The city was undergoing refurbishment and industry was being moved out. On December 21st 2010, all production ceased and the state-owned company was officially relocated to Caofeidian, Hebei Province. Today works are being carried out to transform Shougang into the “Central Recreational District”. According to the plan, Shougang's old site will blend in with Beijing's urban development retaining many of the plant's original features to honour the legacy of Shougang's long lasting impact on the steel industry. A similar project was carried out in Beijing’s 798 art district with much success. Onto the pictures. 1. These were the first structures we came to, at the top of this road we could see diggers moving around so were already wary of being seen 2. 3. We got up to the silos but felt quite exposed so didn't hang around long 4. 5. We had a hunch there was somebody inside this building, not long later we bumped into a worker next to it who told us we shouldn't be here because there was a danger something might fall on our heads. He didn't seem that bothered though so we said goodbye and moved on. 6. 7. As we reached this empty pool we heard voices just a few metres away and had to hide. Luckily nobody came. 8. This building was situated right next to the pool. It didn't look like much from the outside but there were some nice control panels inside it. 9. 10. The blackboard in the corner had ‘Goodbye Shougang’ written on it 11. 12. 13. Back outside we headed across the undergrowth under a maze of conveyors, the blue one must be the longest I've ever seen. 14. Unfortunately we couldn't find a way inside the conveyors which was a shame as the blue one led straight up to the top of one of the blast furnaces. 15. This long red structure was some kind of train shed 16. As we were passing through it we spotted a man with two dogs outside so had to hide again 17. We started heading towards the larger structures, as we got close to this one we spotted two shiny vehicles parked underneath it so we turned back. 18. At this point all we could hear were lots of big dogs barking and it seemed to get louder the closer we got towards the blast furnaces. 19. It was becoming apparent how huge these furnaces were. 20. As we poked our heads around a corner we were able to take in the sheer size of these bad boys for the first time. Unfortunately there were two workers with dogs tied up in-between us and the furnace. We decided to approach them in case they might let us wander past without a care. They were very friendly but told us to head around the other side and not to try passing the dogs. Again they didn't seem all too bothered about us being there though so we felt a little more relaxed at this point. 21. The dogs weren't quite as friendly as their owners I should add. Look at that beast of a furnace though! By the way this was the smallest one out of the four. 22. 23. Around the other side the furnace was protected by barbed wire topped fences, we should have gone for it there and then but we continued further to look for an easier way in. 24. This way in looked pretty good 25. 26. However there were several vehicles milling about around here and within a few seconds we'd been busted by security. They weren't best happy with us to begin with but after offering them some cigarettes and my friend playing dumb to the fact we weren't allowed to be in there they chilled out a bit. 27. I took a couple of snaps of our surroundings before another vehicle arrived to escort us off site. 28. 29. We were driven the whole length of the site on our way out, it was absolutely huge, as big as a small town. 30. We also caught a glimpse of the larger blast furnaces which made me want to come back and see more.....
  7. I don't think this place has had widespread exposure even on American explore sites before, it's kind of in an area which is often overlooked as far as explores go with almost nobody local on the scene. Titchener's is a large iron works company still operational in upstate New York to this day, they make large scale metal items such as staircases, railings and ornamental architectural items. However they also had a factory which was responsible for pioneering the glued-together staples we know today, operational from 1880 to 2005 when it closed down. They not only made staples, their various wire products were used in cash registers, computers, hospitals, in clean room manufacturing areas, on equipment used by the US military and, most obscure of all, to hang chickens by their feet on automated plucking lines. Around a third of the factory has been demolished but the remaining sections have been left to rot and decay. It turned out to be a lot nicer inside than I thought it would be initially, and is quite an interesting place to photograph. After closure, a lot of the old staple-manufacturing machinery was donated to a technology museum as well as boxes of old records and catalogues found inside. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/albums/72157657384615684
  8. WOLVERTON WORKS - SEPTEMBER 2015 I cannot keep away from Wolverton and recently i clocked up my tenth visit since May 2014. To celebrate the occasion i got rather wet, but nothing could ever dampen my love of this classic train derp. Wolverton railway works was established in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire by the London and Birmingham Railway Company in 1838 at the midpoint of the 112 miles (180 km)-long route from London to Birmingham. The line was developed by Robert Stephenson following the great success of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway line. The Victorian era new towns of Wolverton and New Bradwell were built to house the workers and service the works. The older towns of Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell grew substantially too, being joined to it by a tramway and branch line (known as the "Newport Nobby"), respectively. The trams were also hauled by steam locomotives: the tram cars were certainly the largest ever in the UK and possibly the world. In modern times Wolverton railway works remains notable as the home of the British Royal Train but otherwise is very much reduced from its heyday. As of 2013, the facility is much reduced: a full-scale train maintenance, repairs and refurbishment works is operated at the western end of the site, the central area is derelict but slated for redevelopment, the eastern end is a Tesco store with canal-side housing development at the extreme eastern end. With the inevitable bouts of uncontrollable laughter brought about by the latest voyage subsiding, it was time to steady my machine for a few snaps. The tune 'Welcome to the jungle, it gets worse here everyday...' springs to mind: 1. 2. 3. 4. At this point i would like to say i have attempted to omit in my report the scrawls of pathetic graffiti tags, smashed windows, destroyed signs and train doors. All this damage has occurred in the last two months. A wanky 'tag' has even appeared on the long training school sign. This place stood untouched for decades slowly finding its way back to mother nature and now it is at the mercy of the local low life. 5. 6. 7. 8. This machine was still located on floor one back in May. Perhaps some of the local low life are underneath it . 9. Passage to the Foremans Office is getting to be a bit of a challenge . 10. 11. 12. A life time of ridicule. Spelling your name slightly differently will not help . 13. A first aid box would be useful here. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. That's all folks, hope you enjoyed
  9. Visited with @stranton And @ACID- REFLUX. Thx to them both for the great time had here. Anyways on with the report and pics History Inhospitable Inhospitable is a 700yd culvert which carries the moss brook beneath Collyhurst, the infall consists of a 15ft brick arch this changes too a10ft brick arch which continues towards the outfall which consists of a 7ft brick pipe built 8ft up in a retaining wall. Halfway through the culvert theres an overflow chamber with a manual operated penstock, once the flow gets too strong the penstock drops blocking the culvert this causes the brook too divert along the works something which seldon occurs. the Works the Works is a 700yd overflow which passes alongside and below Inhospitable, consists of a 10ft red and black brick pipe. This exits the overflow chamber by droping down 2 sets of steps the latter been steep, once at the bottom you are at least 70ft below the surface. Both the moss brook and the Works discharge too the Irk, (one of Manchesters 2 secondary waterways). Hope you all enjoy thx for looking..
  10. Myself and Raz went down a cool drain in Leeds last night, read Raz's report here; http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/showthread.php/9536-Knostrop-treatment-works-outlet-Leeds-July-2015?p=79018#post79018 Press HD - Little walk about Video doesnt do the smell justice I have enough photos for a report but ill save them for the near future Nice little mooch about and thanks for looking
  11. Having stumbled across a report from a couple years back and after a little bit of research later that evening me and Matt had a short drive over to Leeds to check out the "LOL drain" It's not that long but does have some nice bits and having only been in meanwood beck and the tunnels under roundhay park it was nice to see a place where you could admire the brickwork without scraping your head along the roof! Looking towards the River Aire Once you reach the end of the first tunnel you are greeted by this junction This bit did split off into a few separate smaller parts but after matt had a look in one and came back out feeling light-headed and feeling sick we quickly got out of that part Under the black gate things at the junction it opens up for a short while then back into a nice curved part Couple from the walk back out Cheers for looking
  12. Explored with -Raz- Bit of background; Coke has been produced on this site for 130 years, with the current works being the last independent coke works in the country until it was bought by Hargreaves (Norec) in 2005. It is estimated that the plant produces 11 megawatts of energy, for the less savyy that is enough energy from gas to power itself and 1,000 homes on top of that. It was also ranked one of Europe’s leading coke product producers. When the plant closed in December 2014 it sparked the end of the coal industry in Barnsley, an industry that at one time provided 50% of the jobs for males in the area. The plant is currently awaiting decommission as of this report date. The Explore; After a previous visit which was short lived and ended in "eyup flower tha nos tha shunt be on ere" we figured it might be a good time to make the return visit. Starting off the night terribly with not one but 2 locations that denied us access we set off for the Coke works on our way home. Once inside the perimeter we play the stealth game avoiding cameras so as not to alert the secca to our position and made our way steadily to the other side of the site where we found a control room full of buttons and cool looking pipes; Apon leaving the controls behind we headed over to the head gear and attemped to climb it but as we were doing it the security rumbled us and made the point that we werent wearing PPE. As an after thought we should noted to him that Hi-Vis jackets and nightime stealth dont particularly go hand in hand. So again i didnt see the whole site... Revisit is very much needed!! If you made it this far, thanks for reading
  13. Explored with -Raz-, FatPanda & a non member as part of one of our days out. So first of all a little background - Short and sweet. Soda Ash (Sourced from Wiki) - "Sodium carbonate (also known as washing soda, soda ash and soda crystals), Na2CO3, is the sodium salt of carbonic acid (soluble in water)." The production of Soda Ash began on this site in the late 1800's with the buldings being updated and extended as more technologies became available. In 1926 Brunner Monds became part of ICI and stayed part of the industrial chemical manifacturing giant until 1991 when they bought back the rights and became a stand alone company. However in 2006 they were bought out by Tata Chemicals and shortly after the production was ceased. The Explore; An unbelievable amount of fun, bridges, cat walks, conveyour belts and control panels ect. Everything you could possibly want in a dirty great industrial splore! Its a little daunting at first but once you find your confidence its brilliant to mish around the rafters and climb around the machinary of the building! Soda Ash its self is a horrible substance and if you go i suggest a pair of gloves and a very good mask. The mask i had wasnt very good and i had a sore throat for quite a few weeks after, and it makes you skin come out in a strange rash... but its great fun really dont let that put you off Please find below a series of photos from the day; Conrol Panel was still lit up!! If you got this far thanks for reading More at my page - www.facebook.com/seldomseenworldue
  14. I am not going to pretend i am some sort of expert on the working of such places and the facts of what it is exactly but what i do know is walking up the pipe i was met by about an inch of fat which disguised the fact there was shit floating around with the wet wipes and fanny plasters under foot! Seems they have spray crete'd parts since Pauls last visit and it looks shit to be honest.Getting down and across to the pipe was fun shall we say but once inside i set to work faffing about with lighting and employed paul to be my Lighting Bitch for a few shots,did walk up the river to the brick egg as to be honest i had done enough endless walking to last a life time. Big thanks to paul for assisting me get through a decent amount that was on my list and doable during the daylight hours we where about.. Totally get why there are so many people into these drains/sewers and the such like they are pretty amazing and the brick work and skill that was used is something else pics.. Quick look back from the way in.. Apparently the toy/doll mounted in the middle of this junction is a drain fairy..learn something new every day i decided being a clever cnut that i am to shove the camera on bulb and run up these steps to back light down,gotta be 2 and a half foot or there about so that was fun,only to realise to come back down without a torch on which would ruin the shot was not going to be easy i shouted to Paul to just turn my camera off..im a twat but even im not that thick to try legging it down in the dark.. Quick shot back down After crossing the perfectly safe rusting think metal walkway which crumbled under my feet paul dived in to help with the lighting Didn't fancy the ankle breaking walk to the egg so a shot looking down will do yer Pauls lighting skills again for the one directly below.. and that was my trip to the works which i have to say i enjoyed big time..probably a few more reports to come
  15. Built in 1913 to treat water from the local reservoirs & closed in 1995, it's totally trashed & has turned in to something of a graffiti gallery for all the locals. There's a pretty vibrant graffiti scene in Sheffield, & anywhere as trashed as this is fair game, especially if you can keep dry while painting Been here twice now, popped in last week while I was in the area, spend more time there today. This, along with some more local buildings, is owned by a local bloke who is apparently just leaving them all to rot, & who apparently gets very defensive when anyone suggests as much. Anyway, pics... The old way in, everything except those doors (& the graffiti!) seems to be in muted colours... Oh, & the lockers... On with the rest... My favourite graffiti artist, Coloquix And the gallery, with another Coloquix in the corner.
  16. WoooooW this place really is one of beauty and one of my fav industrial locations to date looked like something off the bbc's Frozen planet. Had a great explore with Raz and a none member :D:) ENJOY
  17. What a place this is had a awesome morning here making our way around the site clambering across rusty walkways and finding all the live machines. Baffled as to why this place isn't visited more often as its one of the most enjoyable places I have visited Not that happy with my pictures from here I think a revisit is due soon with my tripod Visited with Fat Panda and a none member Cheers for looking
  18. For a few months, Mookie and I had been planning a little Euro Derp trip; but funds forced us to stay on homeland. As we all know, most stuff is up North, so we decided to take 4 days off, book 3 nights in 2 different Premier Inns in the North and crack a whole list of Northern Sites. I picked Mookie up early one morning and we headed off for our long weekend up in the Grim North armed with Mookies very comprehensive list of sites. The fail to win ratio was about half and half, leaning toward more fails; but we saw a hell of a lot more than the average derpy weekend! The first site of our Northern tour was the very decayed yet very special Pottery JH Wetherbys, which has suffered badly from the local idiots and the weather since its 2000 closure. A lot of nice things remain and it is so damn photogenic! J. H. Weatherby & Sons Ltd who established a works on site in 1891. The Firm originally specialized in earthenware but soon expanded on to produce fine porcelain. Originally; Falcon Works had 5 kilns, but 3 where relocated to the south most area of the site in 1906 when the company expanded. The firm grew slowly between and after the wars, first branching into hotelwares, then later into collectables. By the 70s the firm’s expansion was hindered by planning control forcing it to close in 2000 with just 10 members of staff on the books, a far cry from the 200 of old. Went a bit crazy with my beloved 50mm in here! It needed it! #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157652284251609
  19. A visit to this place has been a loooooong time coming for me. It first foiled me when I turned up in 2011 and found it sealed, and again a couple of years after that the same story sadly repeated itself. On something of a fail day around Stoke on the first leg of mine and Landie Man's big northern trip this was our only success and it was a sweet one. Heavily decayed, bashed and trashed but still ridiculously photogenic, by far the best site left in Stoke in my opinion. It's just such a shame that the Grade II listed bottle kiln collapsed of it's own accord due to no maintenance work a couple of years ago. The site has been around forever with all the histories taken care of before so here are some photos. I really, really enjoyed my time here, its the kind of location and level of dereliction I love to shoot. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157652187893678
  20. After a visit in the dark a while back me and Fat Panda headed over after work for a look in the daylight a couple times this week and the place is awesome! Ace having a playground like this so local to me! Cheers for looking
  21. Lately I have seem to have developed a real penchant for sprawling, rusty industrial stuff... So a visit to this one was LONG overdue! And ive not seen pipes quite as big as this since them big blue buggers at Pye!! An absolute must if youre into your 'Industrials'... ...Shoreham Cement Works... ... ... As always... Thanks for lookin' in!
  22. So, my first splore, after looking around some local sites I decided to go somewhat suburbex & take a trip to the Peaks. The lime works were set up in 1901 next to the quarry just to the south. Been closed since mid 50s. After some streetview stalking I'd decided to go across the farmland in to the quarry, & find the buildings from there. I ended up missing one of the most impressive buildings, no bloody idea where it's hiding, but only realised I'd missed it when I got back. More to check out too, I'll be going back where there are more leaves on the trees. So stumbling over fields following a footpath that just kind of disappeared, I found the edge of the quarry & saw this... So after a quick panorama I got my bearings, worked out the way down to the industry, & headed straight for the biggest bit of concrete... ...& checked out the entrance building. I had another couple of that, but they came out shit. Oh well. I'd worked out by then that the large section appeared to be a railway siding, which I'd not realised before, so followed the old track bed along towards the existing line, & stumbled across this, which I'll check out more next time I go, I didn't get around to seeing what it was like from the top. Plus a little lean-to, covering the entrance to a weird cave room maybe 2m x 3m, again camera fail inside, but... So, then I found a railway line, my map told me if was a "mineral line", I'd been within earshot for the last 2 hours with no trains, & there was maybe 100 metres to a tunnel, rude not to right? So after walking back to the old lime works junction I decided to go back up to the top, & that's when I found what seems to be someone's private cave excavation... For rough scale the vertical clearance once the loose rocks (which look like they were put back in) are removed, is almost exactly my shoulder width, but I'm 5'5 & skinny. What looks like a pile of cleared earth & rocks by the entrance, blocking casual view of it but looking fresher than the surrounding earth (ie not covered in moss). The passage carries on round a corner & out of view (decent torch), who knows... Up top, around the other end of the quarry there's the odd relic... Now I know my way around I'll be going back sometime later in Spring. Thanks for reading
  23. Second visit to this place, first time went with 3 guys off another forum. Went again with Ferox & found the basement thanks mate a good mooch as always. After a hair raising entry into the building (one of the last guys i went with compared it to the early Tomb Raider games on PS1) we started taking photos & heard voices coming towards us but it was just a group of kids, to be fair they were pretty sound & told us of an easier way out, unfortunately we couldn't find it & had an even more hair raising exit. Was glad we got into the basement which was a lot bigger than i thought, obviously lighting was poor so didn't get the best pics down there still enjoyed exploring it though Didn't get any actual external shots so this will have to do. History, "Robert Garnett was born on 6 Jun 1830 in Penketh, Warrington, Lancs. He died on 9 Apr 1903 in Penketh, Warrington, Lancs.. He was buried in Sankey. He married Mary James on 15 Sep 1859 in Stanwix, Carlisle. Robert was employed as a Cabinet maker. He was a generous local benefactor to many churches and charities and even laid the foundation stone at penketh methodist church." One of the last explorers i went with told us apparently a few years back the police were called after someone heard screaming from inside the building but it was searched & nothing was found. the basement
  24. Wolverton Railway Works History Wolverton railway works was established in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, by the London and Birmingham Railway Company in 1838 at the midpoint of the 112 miles (180 km)-long route from London to Birmingham. The line was developed by Robert Stephenson following the great success of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway line. The Victorian era new towns of Wolverton and New Bradwell were built to house the workers and service the works. The older towns of Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell grew substantially too, being joined to it by a tramway and branch line (known as the "Newport Nobby"), respectively. The trams were also hauled by steam locomotives: the tram cars were certainly the largest ever in the UK and possibly the world. In modern times Wolverton railway works remains notable as the home of the British Royal Train but otherwise is very much reduced from its heyday. As of 2013, the facility is much reduced: a full-scale train maintenance, repairs and refurbishment works is operated at the western end of the site, the central area is derelict but slated for redevelopment, the eastern end is a Tesco store with canal-side housing development at the extreme eastern end. My Visit Visited with Southside Assassin, was a great explore, for some reason I wasn't expecting much from Wolverton, perhaps just the description of Railway works and not being a trainspotter, it didn't really get my juices flowing. I couldn't have been more wrong!! Once inside I could see this was going to be a great explore, it has everything, high parts, underground cellars, industrial equipment, in fact I would liken it to a mini Millennium Mills type explore. We mooched around for 5hrs in this place, I loved it! Once again thank you to Southside Assassin for introducing me to this little nugget. The place is mostly made of wood, so hasnt stood the test of time very well, its very spongy and downright dangerous in some places, not sure how much longer this place has left, not long! The Cellars Lower Floor 1st Floor Thank you for looking!
  25. After Cwm Coke we checked out a couple of possible new places one of which was well sealed and the other appeared to be currently occupied by workers (on a Sunday!) so we sacked them off for another day and started to head home via this factory which I had pinned for some time as something to look at at some point if I was in the area, but I thought it was long gone until I found a post about it on another forum from April this year. From other photos it looks like we missed a nice store room but other than that saw the lot, it's largely stripped, looking like planned demolition was abandoned, but a nice chilled wander. After closure it looked like parts of it were split into separate small units as we found some interesting remains in a few areas that obviously weren't from it's original purpose. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157645021050720/
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