Bishopgarth was first built in 1891 for the Bishop to live in. In 1946 the site became the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police Training School. The classrooms were built in 1952 and the new block added in 1969 (the accommodation). There were 14 course's for training police men/women these course's included fingerprints, computer training, firearms, public speaking and traffic management. Bishopgarth could take a maximum of 250 students at any one time and usually there were 200 students staying at the on-site accommodation.
To be a policeman you must be 5'9\" tall and for a policewoman 5'6" tall. This is the same as 166cm tall for policemen and 154cm tall for policewomen. The police moved to a new facility in Carr Gate in 2014. The Carr Gate complex houses Firearms, Driver, Public Order, Crime, IT, Foundation and Leadership and Development training. But the question is what will happen to the the now old and abandoned Bishopgarth police training well the first option proposed by the planners would see the entire site used for new homes, believed to be between 120 and 150. The second option would see the number of suggested homes reduced to include space for a residential care home. There is some more info on the matter here https://www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk/news/plans-for-150-homes-and-care-home-at-bishopgarth-1-6890284
Upon arriving we noticed a massive metal fence around the perimeter, but we also noticed a lot of gaps in the fence as soon as we got walking down the drive way we got rustled by the security. We Looped around to the back where the alleged bishops palace is and snuck in through there...
From getting into the bishopgarth area we headed straight to the accommodation building... we did this because we only really came for that building. When we got there we heard rustling, peeking around the corner and seeing a hi-viz vest it was security so quickly we had to run across the courtyard... thankful we missed the security, walking up the stairs to the main entrance of the accommodation building it was boarded so we looked around the whole permitter and found some boards ripped off at the side... looking around the building was like walking around a maze thankfully not a pitch black one thanks to our exploring light. Once we got past the first few floors what contained the dinning room and the main entrance it was just copy paste bedrooms and corridors. After we explored a floor of the bedrooms we got our assess up to the top floor AKA the roof access, we spent a while looking at the landmarks of wakefield and taking pics of the roof but it was hard because at this point we did not want to get spotted... running down the stairs to get out, had a lot more to explore!!!
After the buzz of the accommodation building, we thought it would be hard to beat... ow god was we mistaken. After sneaking across the path we ran into the office/ classrooms... not much going on the outside of the building but once we entered (by opening the door) it was of its rocker! Walking in we had access to the bottom floor, very dark there were a couple classrooms and some office type looking buildings but the real deal was the top floor. We found the stairs after about 15mins of looking around... up the stairs were the IT classrooms and some offices with everything still inside. After we took pics of the upstairs, we wanted to get out but knowing there was the main entrance (with the automatic doors) we had a deeper look... finally we found it, did not expect wooden cladding, a safe, some nice stairs and some trash we was more than happy. But there was still some stairs to climb up... a whole new world (another corridor with some classrooms) the only bit worth looking at up there is the graffiti where the homeless slept.
To end of on a positive note we thought we would have a look around the many 'houses' on the site... only getting in one which was a little outhouse at the back of the accommodation building... i say a little outhouse but if we bumped into that when we stared off we would have lost our minds. After that we got some more externals but we just wanted to get off really...
Narrowly avoiding security
The admin office.
Visited this site with OliverGT - big thanks to him for getting in contact with me.
This was my second attempt, but first successful visit. What an amazing place, I am so glad I've seen it. Pictures just don't do it justice.
Access was fun, and once you're in there are lots of holes to fall through
The main part of the building was built around the turn of the century. The wing on the west side of the building was built in 1933 - marked near the roof on the west wall. The smaller brown-brick building to the east was Premier Rank Mill, which is attached but does not have any internal doors attaching the two buildings. To the south of the main building was once another Spillers building linked at the top with a footbridge, but that has now been demolished. There were other buildings on the 55-acre site, most notably CWS Mills. The chimney outside the site was left from another mill as a memorial (in stark contrast to the houses and apartments surrounding it).
The site has been used as a filming location many times, most famously for a scene in the BBC cop drama Ashes To Ashes, and the music video for Fluorescent Adolescent by Arctic Monkeys. Also, according to the IMDb, a scene in some underground tunnels in the 2010 film Green Zone was filmed here.
1. External taken from Pontoon Dock DLR station.
2. Looking through broken window to the 1933 extension.
4. The aptly named 'Open Room' - lots of holes dropping into huge silos!
5. One of the residents.
6. Notice on a tiny one-man lift.
7. Another broken window shot.
8. All looks pretty functional.
9. On the roof of the 1933 wing looking east.
11. Peeling paint!
12. Yawning holes.
13. The famous grain chutes.
14. One of many trashed rooms.
15. Stairs/Window shot.
16. And a final external taken from the roof of Premier Mills.
All in all a fantastic explore, I hope you enjoyed the photos!
Located at Langdon Hole, in East Langdon, lays an air raid shelter deep underground. I can’t find too much information on this place but it is believed it was formerly known as Dumpy ‘B’ and used as a communications shelter during WW2. Also located in Dover was Longhill shelter which was formerly known as dumpy ‘A’. These two shelters were of an almost identical layout. Langdon hole Deep shelter originally had two entrances. One was steel lined and the other was un-lined chalk. After the WW2 there was no further need for the shelter and it was capped off with the original entrances destroyed. Over the years the top soil has caused a small opening to appear at one of the original entrances meaning that the rather hidden entrance is now accessible and this almost forgotten shelter has regular visits from historians and explorers.
I had visited this shelter many times over the last couple of years but in my most recent visit I finally photographed the place.
Visited with Urban Junkie, Shadow, Maniac, Frosty, Skydiver, Cave Zombie and Scrimshady.
Originally there would have been a staircase entering the tunnel but over the years it has collapsed leaving a steep slope at the entrance
The second entrance is now sealed. This is the un-lined/secondary entrance
At the bottom of the main entrance is a small room and spur leading to the main complex
The shelter consists of two parallel tunnels with a spur at each corner.
Thanks for looking
One of the largest hosts to the development and testing of gas turbine engines, Pyestock stands proud for over 50 years in Surry in the UK. Pyestock had a huge part to play in the jet age through designing, testing and carrying out experimentation on Concord engines, Royal navy gas turbines and much more. From the 1950’s through to 1970’s Pyestock was the largest of its type in the whole of Europe.
As Technology advanced then Pyestock slowly ran into the ground until becoming eventually disused. The site is now internationally recognized and probably had the most unauthorized visitors than any other disused site. There have been no further uses for the site and planned demolition of the buildings for the erection of a supermarket storage facility is on the cards.
For a full virtual tour and tons of information on the site http://www.ngte.co.uk
So late one night whilst sitting at maniacs with my misses and frosty we were trying to decide what to do with our weekend. Well the decision was obvious, with rumors of Pyestock being torn down this year we had to see it. An early start put us on the road and on our way to one of the biggest and best places I have ever seen.
With a little help from Urban Junkie and Nik24 we found where to park. We walked round and round with no sign of the place and were then met by a huge fenced section, Towering above the trees where the tops of industrial buildings…everywhere! This was it. After a quick scale of the fence we were in.
We had been warned that security were currently very active on the site and quite a few people had been caught up there recently. With this in mind we made our way towards the buildings taking cover in the overgrowth. We spotted security and watched where they were driving and how frequent their rounds were. Now it was time to go.
We started our explore with the first building we got to, After making our way through the inner fence we started to look for a way in.
We were in, upon entering the building my jaw dropped; nothing could prepare me for the shear size of this place or the condition. Security had defiantly done a decent job in keeping the local vandals and copper thieves out.
Number 10 extinguisher
This building was built in 1969 and decommissioned in 2002 and was used to power the air supply network.
At this point two security land rovers had stopped at different points around the building and we were trapped. We wondered if we had been seen entering the building but surely we would see a land rover before it saw us?
WE sat tight and waited. They eventually were on their way. As we heard the rumble of their engines moving around the site we briskly made our way out the building and into the path of some pipe lines to keep out of sight. From here we slowly made our way round the site. There were a couple of trashed sub buildings and then Frosty found a door…Its open…
Test Cell 2
We had traveled past test cell one and entered the second. As we climbed inside we heard another land rover. Dropping to the floor in the fear they may look inside we laid still. They briefly stopped and then continued on their rounds. This was ridiculous. They had been patrolling every 10 minutes and we knew our next building was quite a way from where we were based but currently in the test cell and safely out of site we grabbed some photos
It would have been rude not too…
The place was so vast and we had been here a couple of hours already. We didn’t want to miss the best bits but we had done well so far. Looking out across the site maniac recognized the air house from previous reports…That’s where we have to go…NOW…
Gathering our stuff together we started to make our way in the direction of the air house. We went the hard way to avoid being spotted by security. Working our way under and over the huge pipes and trying to avoid walking on the gravel we slowly but surely made our way closer and closer to the air house. Another land rover passes as we freeze…now we can keep moving forward.
Maniac found a door but it was flooded. As he and my misses looked into it and attempted to construct a makeshift bridge, myself and Frosty kept moving forward to try and find a way into the air house. There was a door dripped open but we realized our chances of getting up to it and through it without being seen were remote. We eventually found another way in. We grabbed Maniac and my misses and made our way into the air house
The Air House
Slightly newer than the exhauster the air house was constructed in 1961 but I am unsure of when it was decommissioned, I would assume this would have been around 2002 also?
At this point I heard some shouting, Stop…Don’t move.
Shit…RUN…They’re gona get us…
As I looked out a slatted window toward the computer block I spotted four young gents running under, over and round the large blue pipe lines to the side of the air house. Close behind came a Land rover, screeching to a halt. Two security guards jumped out and chased after them. Taking note of this I quickly grabbed the others and we decided to be on the safe side and find a good vantage point to keep an eye on the security. We made our way to an old office at the top of the air house. First we saw a security Land rover, then another…Then two more.
At this point we thought it wise to stay put until the heat cooled of slightly.
As we peered out the window we caught a glimpse of two Alsatian dogs running loose round the grounds.
We decided to sit tight for a short while and then leave the site but then heard police sirens turning up!
Watching the security and dogs we waited and waited, about 45minutes later they had disappeared round the buildings and the barking of dogs sounded faint so we decided now was the time to leave. We had spent 5 hours there and seen a fair bit and didn’t want to over stay our welcome. There was just enough time to strip off and get a 28dayslater page 3 shot (hehehe) and then we ran.
We managed to get away and were happy with our days explore. Now we just need to return to finish what we have started
Thanks for looking
And finally Thankyou to Frosty, Maniac and dannii (my misses) we all did our bit and i dont think the day would have been or gone as smoothly without each of you there.
Visited this with the permission of the local RAYNET group who are based in this AAOR.
Had a guided tour and a few sneaky looks around whilst our guide was getting different keys.
With me on this visit was Hood_mad.
Built in the 1950s as were many others, the roof has been re-covered as it had failed and the two original transmitter masts were condemmed and had to be demolished. They have now been replaced by a single mast which houses the RAYNET antennas and two sets of mobile phone operators equipment.
The West Glamorgan CC used it for a while as its "war room" until, in 1986, it was passed onto the City and County of Swansea to be used as its 'Major Incident Command and Control Centre'. It is now used mainly by RAYNET for operational meetings and planning but also by some governmental bodies for training and document storage.
The door to the upper West side is kept locked and the protected doorway on the lower East side is used as the main entrance / exit.
The original generator was damaged when it was started with no oil. This is the replacement.
All new modern switchboards, but they have kept the original Siemens incoming.
One of the planning rooms.
Central command room.
One of the many tight corridors.
An original BT switchboard.
Old Marconi fire service communications. (not part of the original equipment)
Original resources board.
Fantastic cooker (didn't look used)
Must say many thanks to the lads & lasses at RAYNET for allowing us access to this AAOR in fantastic condition. If you've got any spare time, they're always looking for volunteers, their website is HERE
More pics HERE