The once grand Bureau Central administration building now stands decayed and rotting, but still retains nearly all of it's character.
The Bureau Central was the main offices for the de Wendel Family Metal company. The Family had been involved in metal industry since the 18th Century. By the 19th Century they were the 3rd largest iron company in Franc. In 1870 they became the largest iron company after a major furnace upgrade successfully modernised their production.
During this period they employed 7000 people and were producing 112,500 tonnes of iron and 134,500 tonnes of pig iron each year.
When they expanding to steelmaking, they needed a grand main office to impress customers and keep on top of their every growing enterprise, and so in 1892 Central Bureau was built. In 1926 the Bureau Central was expanded to cope with the still growing paperwork.
The de Wendal iron enteprise continued to flourish until the post WW2 period where business fell into a decline. The mining industry was nationalised and eventually the whole family company was completely nationalised.
Bureau Central was abandoned in the 1980's after a company merger. The building itself is listed and protected.
The first attempt at Bureau Central was a bit of a fail as there was a worker cutting trees right behind the building, exactly where I needed to be. So I went off to explore a plan B (Terre Rouge) and returned a few days later on a Saturday morning when it was much quieter, and I got in with no drama this time.
The building is very decayed and has been well trashed. Looking at older photos it seems its been in a bad state of decay for a number of years, and not much has changed recently.
It's got 4 levels including a huge basement level. The building is pretty big, with lots of rooms, but most of them are empty and layered in collapsed ceiling material.
However the grandeur, architecture and nice lighting makes it the most photogenic explore I've done for a while. The long corridors, skylights and peeling paint tick all the boxes of a good decay photo.
I was there alone for a couple hours until 5 German Explorers showed up to explore it too. Turned out to be a really decent bunch too.
A cracker of an explore!
A very old farm house early 1800's id say..it was or sale what i found in here was unlike anything id every found before
A large roomy house
thats an old piano..
This was the 1stof a few finds..the painting was bolted to the wall...seemed hard to remove without destroying it
this might have something to do with this next room
the words die die die die...carved into a bedroom door with a padlock on it
the walls inside the room had scratches all over them...
caught 2 clear voices in this room
A room with carpet on the door
the mist in on the left...what could that be..
the house was for sale cheap but noone wanted to buy it...it was eventually torn down...
I caught two clear voices in the bathroom ...you can hear the word paris(which is my name)..and boo..i heard footsteps while i was there but nothing on film...i reget not taking that painting..hope it was save befor it bwas torn down...
Hi all, we are back already with another video! This time we had been tipped off of an abandoned Chinese resturant in Southampton and what an explore it was! It turns out that everything had been left behind although the place being slightly trashed.
I couldn't find to much in regards to history of this place but I don't think it's too extensive but after looking at the reviews it seems pretty obvious why this place was closed down as it was stated as having terrible customer service and wasn't very hygenic.
Hope you like the video, like always open to feedback. I am looking at getting new equipment to help with low light so please bear with me!
This old chapel in the middle of the forest was the first stop during my last trip to France on the penultimate weekend.
Only a small and overgrown path leads to it. If you don't know the location, you'll hardly find it; even from the winding country road below the chapel, it's barely visible. Inside were still several beautiful things - dusty plastic flowers, small Madonna statuettes and images of saints, as well as two rosary necklaces with crosses.
In a broken stone the date 13th of April 1870 was engraved. However, I don't know when the secluded chapel was actually built.