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Just another explorer and adventure seeker as fro the start of 2017 i started to film and make short movies from my adventures and explores, I've been urban exploring ever since i can remember but i'm new to the forums.. I look forward to sharing experiences and connecting with like minded people
I recently had a urbex weekend adventure and did a vlog style video and thought this may be suitable to share here as it gives you a little insight to me and what i get up to. Also the places i visited have been my first posts to the forum. I will also link those below as they each have their own video and report.
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I don't post very much here on Oblivion State, So I thought I'd best start posting a bit more.
Be warned this is going to be a picture heavy one.
I'm being purposefully vague as this place needs protecting from the cretins that unfortunately will take joy in ruining such a delightful property.
'Punch Lodge' as I'm calling it, was used by a large business as a management training facility. It had accommodation for the people attending the training courses, presumably running for several days or weeks at a time.
The Lodge has roughly 20 rooms for accommodation, as well as lounge, bar and dining room areas.
It also has a lovely round shed, swimming pool and a tennis court.
It was used from at least 1980 and closed down in around 2007.
I'm still trying to find more information about it, and I'll add any new information I find as an edit here.
So like many of my finds, this was a Google Maps spot that I decided to go check out on the off chance. Normally with these things its a gamble as it's either been converted, knocked down, sealed up or was never derelict at all. I had a good feeling about this one though.
As I approached it I could see a building over the fence, and what looked like a couple broken window panes.
Carefully wandering down the overgrown path, I was presented with a big messy courtyard and the front of the lodge. There was a couple fire extinguishers chucked on the ground, the usual sign that kids had been in messing around.
Access was simply an open door, so an excellent start already.
Exploring from room to room, I was flabbergasted what I was seeing, the house was pristine!
It almost was too good, I was expecting for an alarm to go off at any moment and the fuzz to show up.
The house has 2 floors plus a 2nd floor loft conversion (with roof access too!).
To my surprise the power was still on. Many of the lights still worked.
A good amount of the rooms were filled full of crap, almost as if they were using it as storage.
I found a few offices with lots of paperwork left. It was mostly tax returns and business related documents. Obviously the house was used to run a business from, but there was quite a few different business names to the address. However now that I know it was used for business and management training it makes a little more sense.
I headed outside to explore the surrounding land. After fighting through brambles and trees I found a very full up swimming pool and the tennis court.
I did a bit of research once I got home and found that there were numerous businesses that still had this address as its registered office. I don't have a very good knowledge of the inner works of running a business, but to have a registered office as the address of derelict property seems a bit naughty to me.
This is the main courtyard area. You can see piles of rubbish and fire extinguishers that have been chucked about.
The main lobby area was pristine.
This is the main door and porch area.
The lounge area.
The bar area used as storage for furniture.
The dinning room
The kitchen with everything left untouched once again.
The downstairs office with lots of paperwork still left.
Lots of silverware stuffed into a case?!
This looks like it was used as a training room
The long corridor with lots of bedrooms.
A few of the rooms looked like they were being renovated.
A few were being used for storage. Most had the same bright orange curtains.
Bit of Sangria anyone?
Another office type area, except I spotted something interesting in here.
A CCTV monitor that was in standby mode. I hit the power button and all 4 cameras had VIDEO LOSS, so either they weren't set up properly or someone has disconnected them.
The top floor consisted of a big bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
Adding to the fun, there was roof access from one of the windows!
By the corner of the house was a round shed that had a fantastic ceiling.
The woodlands behind the house is very overgrown and it was a struggle to fight through the foliage to find anything.
Found the swimming pool! Almost stepping right in as rain water had filled it to ground level.
The tennis court.
Thanks for reading.
There has been a good few reports on Clockhouse Brickworks over the last couple years, however none since they put up the new fence and filled in a lot of the access points.
This didn't stop me and Brewtal however, as we ninja'd our way inside. That said, it was by far the hardest access I've ever found, full credit to the people who sealed this place up as they did a top job.
We had been planning this explore for a little while now, including drone photography and scouting trips, so it was satisfying to say the least when the plan came together at the end.
I visited here back in early 2015, so its was interesting to see what had changed and how much is still intact.
It's sad to say that it has been well trashed and vandalised since the last visit. The last 18 months have not been kind to Clockhouse, which might be why they have erected a big fence around it. It certainly seems be a magnet for undesirables who want to steal copper and lead etc.
This said, it's still remarkable how much machinery and tooling is still left, despite years of decay.
I actually used to know someone who was an ex-employee here who told me a little about it. He said that shortly before it closed they had spent vast amounts of money on a new piece equipment/machinery, all of which went to complete waste.
Not sure whether its true or not, but he claimed that due to the requirement to comply with new Health and safety standards, it worked out to be more expensive to bring the site up to scratch, than it was to close it and start from scratch elsewhere. I'd imagine in reality this was one of a few factors that lead to it's closure.
It's pretty sad because he said he really enjoyed working there.
'The Clock House Brick Company Ltd was founded c.1933 to exploit a rich deposit of high-quality Weald Clay to the south of the Surrey village of Capel. The outbreak of war in 1939 was bad news for brickmaking, as housebuilding effectively ceased and the workforce was swallowed up by conscription. Although there was some demand for bricks to be used in military engineering projects, there was little use for the high-grade ceramic blocks made at Clock House. By 1941, the Company was in liquidation and sold the majority of its share capital to the London Brick Company (LBC) to avoid closing the works. In 1945, the Company was wound up for good and the works were acquired by the LBC. Under LBC, production was substantially increased to meet demand from the recovering housing market and in the 1960s the factory was rebuilt to accommodate more efficient production methods.
London Brick was acquired by Hanson PLC in 1984 the works was refitted shortly afterwards to produce multi stock bricks under the Butterley and Capel brand names. In 1998, Clockhouse Bricks were used by three major exhibitors in that year's Ideal Home Show and by 2000, Clock House was be Hanson’s main soft mud production site, making around 42 million bricks per year.
The global financial crisis of 2008 hit the building materials industry hard, however: a sudden slump in housing prices meant that house-building ground almost to a halt and demand for bricks plummeted. In March 2009, Hanson announced a 'phased closure programme' which began later that month and led to the loss of 61 jobs. Hanson have since indicated that there is no intention to re-activate the brickworks or extract clay from the adjacent pits. Since closure, Clock House Brickworks has been in limbo, slowly being stripped of anything valuable while a lengthy audit determines the planning conditions surrounding re-use of the site. Plans for an incinerator ('energy from waste facility') on the site, bitterly opposed by local residents, were thrown out by a High Court Judgment in 2009 and the future of the site is now uncertain.'
(The Derelict Miscellany :: Clock House Brickworks)
As previously mentioned, they have erected a 6ft palisade fence all the way around the site. Getting past this was surprisingly easy, getting inside the building was not. We sneaked round the outside of the building look for ways in. We saw one potential one, but it seemed tricky. After ruling out every other option(not that we had many others) we decided to give it a go. It took a couple of goes but we managed it just about.
We were in!
It's almost overwhelming to see the vast array of machinery, walkways and control panels. It's hard to know where to even start at photographing it.
Getting out proved to both easier but more painful. I managed to slip and ended up with a nice big bruise an inch below the nipple. It certainly got Brewtal worried.
Exploring is dangerous kids.
The Drying oven
The Tool room. There used to be a big pillar drill in here, but that has disappeared.
The press for the bricks.
The chair shot, of course.
The maintenance room has been trashed.
Thanks for reading and happy Christmas!
Oxted Quarry is a site owned by Southern Gravel Ltd (SGL). Those who drive the southern part of the M25 often might have seen it as its quite visible about mile west of the Clacket Lane services.
The site has been operating from as early as the 1940s and finally came to a close in 2012 when locals complained about the HGV traffic.
Pressure from the locals start in around 2007 when the traffic from the site increased due to increasing numbers of operations on the site. SGL in a what was deemed as somewhat of a panic response closed the site with the aim to convert the area into housing.
In November 2014 the council refused the application to build housing and the site has been left derelict ever since.
Personally, the road going up to the quarry is tiny, winding and very steep and is totally unsuitable to deal with any level of increased residential traffic, let alone HGV traffic. I am hardly surprised at the local residents skepticism to the plans.
Me and a friend went to visit here late in the afternoon a couple hours before sunset. To be honest it was a bit of a rush job and I could have happily spent another hour or so there.
First I sent the drone over for a bit of recon and it seemed empty, so in we went.
It would be entirely possible to walk in the entrance as it wasn't gated, however to play it safe I found a more desecrate way in. Aside from a bit of barbed wire, no issues here.
For a site that has been abandoned for only a few years, its really not in a good state. There was some interesting things going on there as well as some rather odd finds.
Unfortunately there was some lights and signs of some kind of activity on the lower portion of the quarry towards the entrance, so I didn't get to see as much of it as I wanted. A re-visit at some point might be in order.
Under the Lean-to there were boxes of helicopter rotors as well as what appeared to be gearboxes.
If anyone can enlighten me what they are doing here, I'd be curious to know.
The building behind seemed pretty sealed up, no idea what was inside it.
Thanks for reading!