A state-of-the-art manufacturer of pipes and fittings, once fully owned by the state, went bankrupt under suspicious circumstances, just before it’s 50th birthday.
Only a year before the 50th anniversary, the state sold 85% of the shares in the company to a private investment firm for roughly 300K (GBP). (the remaining 15% remained with the state.)
Shortly after that, the employees (while enjoying their christmas holiday), received a letter stating the company filled for bankruptcy.
Almost 400 workers lost their job and numerous attempts were made to reboot or sell the company. Unfortunately none of them successful.
A few years later, questions were raised about the initial transaction, from state to private investor, as the remaining assets of the company were estimated at a total value of 5M (GBP). (Roughly 17x the original investment of the investment firm.)
A short while ago, the site has been sold to a new owner and is currently being repurposed/renovated in order to house a production facility for a local company, potentially creating 200 new jobs.
Anyhow, enough history for today, so on with the shots;
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After having been offline for months, it was time to work on some pics again.
Yeah, cool… 1 set down.
500+ to go….
In 1913 this rather pretty brick church was build.
Back in the day it belonged to Russia or Ukraine, not sure.
After the 2nd WW, it was given back to Poland and wasn't used as a church after that time.
Until 1990 it served it’s purpose as storage space/warehouse and was abandoned after that time, in desperate need for repair.
Even though there’s nothing left inside, it was still a nice place to spent an hour and take some snaps.
The murals are in exceptional condition, considering it’s been left to rot for many years.
Hopefully one day it’ll be restored to its full glory, although I doubt it ever will be.
So on with the shots;
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First Explores Since Moving
Both airports were explored with a non-member (the Missus).
As some of you know I moved to Poland a little under three weeks ago. About 10 days after I arrived, I got the cravings for a splore so I decided to check out some of the local mooches... Sunday is definitely the day to explore here - it's traditionally a day of prayer and rest, so the towns, villages and back roads are virtually deserted, which makes for some pleasurable driving and wandering! It's certainly refreshing from the 24/7 hustle and bustle of the crowded South East of England. I'd known of these sites for a long time, but I never got a chance to take a look in the past because I didn't have a vehicle here... Scroll forward to the present and I managed to drag my aged wagon here, albeit with a few difficulties passing through Belgium, but I somehow got here in one piece and with a working car! Bring on the Eastern Bloc concrete!!!...
The first airport is Chojna (pronounced 'Hoy-nah')...
This one felt smaller, with less extant buildings and was much easier to navigate. I was shocked I was able to just drive onto it! There aren't many derelict airfields in the UK thanks to a shortage of land, let alone ones you can drive on! I found that both sites were used by locals as a makeshift drift/race track. When they were hooning it down the runway in Audis and what not I made sure to keep well clear I also noticed that half the buildings were being re-used as storage here. The blast proof hangars make excellent warehouses I'd imagine. There was a Nazi presence here during the war, training pilots. The Krauts blew the place up as they retreated from the pursuing Russians. Then the Soviets took over and did the place up, flying Sukhoi and Mig fighters from here.
We got into town and noticed this old building. My girlfriend said to me "You shouldn't go in there - it says not to go in there - don't go in there!". This was her second explore with me. I sometimes think she has no idea what I actually get up to when I go out
Clock tower. Some of this building was sort of half-renovated. The Poles often do that - they'll re-glaze, paint and render a set of barracks from the middle and just leave the other half falling to bits
The writing on the door roughly translates to "No trespassing. Danger of death".
Inside it was obvious the locals had been using it as a place to drink. People often sit outside garages or village shops and just knock back vodka, so why not in a derp I suppose.
There are dozens of blast proof hangars dotted about the place, which would have been for protecting the planes. The doors on them sit on rails. They must have had some sort of massive system of gears to open them, they were about 5ft thick!
I thought it would be hilarious to stick my car in one of them.
There's a fair bit of Russian written on the walls. Russian was part of the school curriculum during the Communist era.
Inside one of the bigger hangars. The scale of these things is just epic.
The second airport is Kluczewo (pronounced 'Clootch-ay-voh')...
This one had way more buildings and was x3 more overgrown. I'm sure I missed a lot, including a concrete block with Lenin's head on it, an accommodation building, a bunker and more. This one was also originally a Nazi airfield and was taken over and done up by the Reds. Like the previous spot, this one has been abandoned since the early 90s. There were a few people mooching about on the air field here too. I think I may well come back here with the crew in Winter when the vegetation has died off.
There are derp buildings everywhere. Blink whilst rolling past and you'll miss something.
An alley of semi-buried hangars.
The inside of the control tower had collapsed in many places. This made access to the upper level not possible.
There are small dugouts here and there too.
On the runway
I returned in November and got a few more shots of some things I missed...
Fuelling area. The sign says "No smoking".
GRANIT bunker for the storage of nuclear warheads.
Overall a couple of ace mooches! Very different to what the UK has to offer. I don't have the time now that I used to, but hopefully will be checking out more spots when I have the chance.
Thanks for looking!