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UK Convent Of The Poor Clares, York - July 15

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A touch of history;

Founded in 1864 by a small group of sisters from Bruge, and built but a Roman Catholic Ecclesiastical architect between 1870 & 1875, this convent is situated in 5 acres of land surrounded by a 20 ft wall. At its peak in the 1940's, St. Josephs Convent housed 40 nuns however the numbers have slowly declined in recent years. In the end, with only 8 nuns remaining, the convent closed as it was becoming too expensive to heat and maintain and the work load involved in keeping the nuns self sufficient became unmanagable.

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The Explore

Left work for a weekend of exploring and set off to York. When we arrived at the location it resembled Piccidilly Circus so we retreated to a local pub for a few ales before returning for a second attempt. After negotiating that b****** 20 ft wall and exploring the over grown grounds we found an unlocked door. RESULT!

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Once inside we soon realised this place had a very very creepy feel about it. Most old abandoned places have a slight creepiness about them but this place at night is utterly terrifiying. With the old building creaking and the wind blowing doors we crept on noticing that some of the upper floor lights were on. Strange for an abandoned building no?

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Every room we went in held new surprises, from cupboards filled with every bit and bob imaginable, from sowing equipment to bottles of cologne. Theres was an uneasy amout of knives, scythes and other "weapon material" laying around along with a lot of mutilated baby dolls..

Spent about an hour in all before being rudely interupted by the North Yorkshire Police Force :thumb

Few more photos from the evening;

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If you got this far, thanks for reading :thumb

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Thats another one of those just looks as they have just all walked out and left everything behind.

A sign of the times these days regarding religion.

Shame out the plod turning up :o

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Im surprised there were 8 nuns left if im honest, religion is not something that attracts many, especially not the life of a nun!

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Its generally a nice building... no doubt it will be turned into student flats :sad:

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Caught on CCTV scaling the wall - No idea where the camera was however. They thought we were burglars, came out in force!

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Caught on CCTV scaling the wall - No idea where the camera was however. They thought we were burglars, came out in force!

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Unlucky man! We were chased out of the place by an angry man brandishing a pitchfork!

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Its generally a nice building... no doubt it will be turned into student flats :sad:

Pretty sure that is the plan and work was meant to start last year so I'm surprised they haven't done anything yet, same old story huh. Well done getting over that wall, it's fucking huge :thumb

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