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  1. 15 points
    Living just a few minutes drive away, @SpiderMonkey and I decided not to leave this one too long. The place is still pretty clean, just a few leaves around the place now. I'm not sure what the future will hold, maybe it will stay and get overgrown for a bit, who knows... Opening on the 27th May 1993, Pleasure Island was a theme park in Cleethorpes featuring 47 rides including roller coasters amongst the thrill rides and numerous smaller rides for younger visitors. Work began in the 1980s to build the site on the site of a former zoo by the owners of Pleasurewood Hills park near Lowestoft, and the new site in Cleethorpes was set to have the same name. The company went into receivership in the early 1990s and construction was halted. The site was then sold to Robert Gibb, the owner of Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire. Construction resumed and was completed in 1992, opening the following year. View over the park from the top of the roller coaster In 2010 Flamingo Land and Pleasure Island were separated into two independent companies, with Robert Gibb retaining Flamingo Land and his sisters Vicky Gibb and Melanie Wood (formerly Gibb) taking control of Pleasure Island. Unexpectedly, the park was temporarily closed in 2010 while negotiations took place, staff and visitors were turned away at the front gate. A petting zoo was added in 2013, along with a tractor ride replacing an old monorail. In 2016 it was announced the park would be closing at the end of the season, and only the McCormack’s bar would be reopening in 2017. On arriving at the park, visitors were greeted with an Old England themed entrance area with pay booths Making your way, you start to move through the different areas. First up was Morocco... Gravitron Ride The Galleon Pirate Ship Then on to the dodgems.... Tucked away in the corner of the park were the sea lions. The pool was still full of water and I'm not sure whether the inhabitants had been re-homed yet... Continuing around the park we find a few more rides... And a quick stop off at the Astra Slide gives a nice view over the areas we've just looked around Heading into White Knuckle Valley, first we find the Terror Rack... And then come across the main attraction, the Boomerang roller coaster The view from the top was pretty spectacular! Continuing on, we find the Pendulus ride Kids slider and Paratower And the Mini Mine Train Finally, we look at the Carousel ride, which is a really old traditional carousel. My favourite!
  2. 15 points
    As a Star Wars fan since my childhood and hearing rumours of the Millennium Falcon landing nearby I knew it was my destiny to explore it. We took a BBQ and some beers into the forest of Endor and set up camp. After fending off a few horny ewoks and getting ourselves a couple of hours sleep we woke up to the sound of the Imperial March music coming from my alarm clock. We set about our quest nervously but knowing “fear is the path to the dark side......” Thanks and kudos to @bauhausgirland friends for some helpful tips, lifts and for getting in here first, also thanks to Ash for having the foresight to remember his Jedi cloak, and everyone else who came along for the ride, definitely one of the most fun places I've had the pleasure to explore! Enjoy 1. “You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon?" 2. "It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs." 3. "She'll make point five past lightspeed. She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. I've made a lot of special modifications myself." 4. "It's true. All of it. The dark side. The Jedi. They're real". 5. "Chewie, we're home...." 6. On entering the ship you would hope to find it like this and maybe sit down for a game of hologram chess or something but it's not quite like that 7. "It's a trap!" 8. The reality is that it's made mostly out of wood and is held together with scaffolding poles 9. However you can just about get into the cockpit 10. "Laugh it up, Fuzz ball." 11. "Punch it" 12. "This bucket of bolts's never gonna get us past that blockade." 13. "Would it help if I got out and pushed?" 14. "You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought ..." (This one sounds a bit strange out of context.... ) 15. The level of external detail is amazing 16. Even the ground on which the ship is sat is fake 17. "What a piece of junk" 18. "She's the fastest ship in the fleet." 19. "She's the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy!" 20. Ahch-to, the planet where Luke Skywalker was living in exile at the end of The Force Awakens 21. Other vehicles sit waiting to be uncovered, a land speeder amongst other things, not sure what else yet..... 22. "The Dark Side of the Force is the pathway to many abilities some consider to be… Unnatural." "Remember...the Force will be with you, always." That's all folks
  3. 14 points
    Visited here last Bank Holiday, a cracking place steeped with history and well worth a look. There are only two large blocks remaining on site in a derelict state, G block and D block. G block is in a bad way. It has taken a right beating and is pretty much empty bar some old paperwork strewn about. We ventured in but I didn't take any pictures inside. D block however is a different story. Pretty much unused since the war (apart from storage) and although a lot of rooms are empty, others a jam packed full of old equipment. A £10 million grant has been applied for to bring it back to it's former glory. The project is expected to take up to 10 years to complete. Some pictures
  4. 13 points
    On a rather rushed last day this was our second to last stop. We were instantly eyed up by the residents of the flats opposite, but after a while of milling around trying not to look suspicious they disappeared. It wasn't long before we were inside and it really hit me. Rows and rows of cages lines the walls and the remains of the labs upstairs. It was interesting to shoot, something different - but one I never want to visit again. As always, thanks for looking!
  5. 12 points
    During a little trip trough Germany last year, we've visited this former Military airport. In WWII the Nazi's used it as a training camp for the German Air Force. In 1945 the Russians took it over, now it's abandoned since 1994 Some feedback is welcome, 'cause I'm not sattisfied with all the pictures. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
  6. 12 points
    In 2008 this village was built close to the national stadium to house hundreds of athletes for the Beijing Olympics. Unfortunately due to the level of bad pollution in the city many of the athletes decided to stay outside the city instead so the project was abandoned. Nothing has been done since with the properties although there was a fair bit of activity at one end of the site. The village consists of several streets of villas which look almost finished from the outside but are completely empty inside. There is also a huge club house with four floors and a swimming pool called the Homko Club. Spent a couple of hours here with @Maniacbefore resorting to more ridiculously cheap beer and food, well worth a visit if you're in Beijing. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Some houses were slightly more advanced in their construction but not by much. 6. Looking out from a car garage 7. 8. 9. The Homko Club 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. Thanks for looking
  7. 12 points
    Diving back into the backlog again I remembered this gorgeous powerstation I visited on a euro trip with @Vulex, @TheVampiricSquid and @Redhunter It was the last stop on the trip, and for me, definitely made up for an otherwise disappointing day, but unfortunately we did have to rush to get back to dover in time Central Ohm was built in the early 20th century, to power the iron works, which was one of the largest in belgium. This is now the oldest remaining building of the site, and has been restored, to be used most recently as an events hall. And some photos As always, thanks for looking
  8. 11 points
    Mr Norreys House After getting a tip off from a friend i had to check this place out, and what was inside definitely wasn't expected! The amount of untouched hidden gems was unbelievable, from cameras, to old T.V's just covered in dust. From what i could gather, Mr Norrey was a wealthy man, and owned a Food Wholesalers, unfortunately i couldn't find anything to indicate when the place was left, with paper work from the 40s all the way up to 2004 it wasn't easy to tell. on with the photos. Enjoy Thanks For Looking!
  9. 11 points
    War Planes After a rather unsuccessful first day we made it back to the hotel - drained, tired and demotivated. We were all hoping for a success on this one, and boy did it deliver! After only a few hours sleep I felt my phone buzzing.. the generic iPhone alarm chiming away. Still tired from the day before bags were packed in a zombie-like fashion before meeting up with everyone down in the lobby. We hit the road and before long we were pulling up to the access point. Thick fog helped cover our access, and soon enough we were following a path to where these beauties lie. What sounded like a car horn echoed in the distance, so we took off running through waist high grass - getting drenched in the process from the morning dew, but it lead to be nothing more than a false alarm. It seemed we got here at the perfect time - the fog cleared and the sun cast a beautiful orange glow through the windows of the beast. As always, thanks for looking!
  10. 11 points
    Explored way back in January of this year. The Centurion Psychiatric Hospital was opened in 1902, as a care facility for patients with severe mental illnesses. In total there are about 20 or so buildings making up the sprawling property, while many of the buildings are newer brick structures, dating anywhere from the 10's to the 70's, some of the buildings here date back all the way to 1828, when the property was used as a arsenal by the US army. After the civil war ended it was turned into a barracks and a prison, where it held captured Apache Indians, including the famous Indian Geronimo. Between avoiding the security which regularly drives around the property, and many buildings still locked up fairly tight, we were only able to get into 4 of the buildings. These buildings though are by far and away some of the coolest we've ever had the chance to explore. The kind of place you dream about. Full album here https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157662603167070/with/24072351312/. Thanks for looking!
  11. 11 points
    Explored with @CuriousityKilledTheCat , @TheVampiricSquid , @Redhunter and a n0n OS member... After driving around for about half an hour, ending up in completely the wrong place, getting eaten alive by mozzies, we'd finally managed to find the correct place ( 2 seconds away from where we were ) Loved exploring this place, although there wasnt much left in what i assume was the Accommodation blocks, the natural decay made for some pretty awesome shots! unfortunately the basement was completely flooded so we couldn't get any shots in there. History! (courtesy of wiki) Opened in 1937, it saw the peak of its activity during the years of the Second World War, when it served within the defence network of fighter bases of the RAF providing protection for the Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Humberside industrial regions. During September 1940 it became home to the first RAF "Eagle squadron" of American volunteers being No. 71 Squadron RAF initially with the Brewster Buffalo I for one month before changing to the Hawker Hurricane I. The airfield was also home to both the first all-Canadian and all-Polish squadrons, with No. 242 Squadron RAF for the Canadians and No. 306 Squadron RAF for the Polish Enjoy! Cheers for looking
  12. 11 points
    A bit late in the game to this one as when we had arrived it was already half demo'ed. But lucky enough there was still plenty to see and photograph. History (taken form https://www.cmft.nhs.uk/media/595587/history of altrincham.pdf) Altrincham’s hospital services began in 1853 when Lloyd’s Fever Hospital was built. By 1860 the hospital was making a vital contribution to improving access to health care for local residents. A Provident Dispensary was opened in 1861. Subscribers of a weekly sum could be treated at the hospital when necessary. The population of Altrincham was growing and in 1870, the management of Lloyds Fever Hospital and Provident Dispensary was handed over to the new Altrincham Provident Dispensary and Hospital, marking the establishment of what would become Altrincham General Hospital. Lloyds Fever Hospital closed in 1911. The building was pulled down and the site turned into a children’s playground. As the threat of the First World War emerged the local Red Cross Society asked the hospital for permission to train volunteer nurses on its wards. It was agreed that two nurses would be trained at a time if they provided their own uniforms. On 10th August 1914, six days after the declaration of war the hospital sent a telegram to the War Office offering the use of a ward of 16 beds for wounded soldiers. By November the ward was in full use. The hospital continued to provide healthcare after the outbreak of World War II with beds reserved for expected air-raid casualties. An air raid shelter was built in the hospital basement. On 5th July 1948, the NHS was established and Altrincham General became the headquarters for the new North and Mid-Cheshire Management Committee. In the current day, Altrincham General provides a minor injuries unit, a range of out-patient clinics, physiotherapy, X-ray, and blood test services to the local population. Work recently began on a new £17 million state-of-the-art hospital development in Altrincham town centre. The four-story development will provide modern, high quality facilities for existing services, as well as additional services for local people. The new hospital is expected to open to the public by early 2015.
  13. 11 points
    One of the better condition asylums I've been to over the years, which ain't surprising with it only closing in 2011. With it taking over 7 hours to get up to the place camping on the beach for an early start was the best option. After avoiding the crazy amount of dog walkers we finally managed to find a way in and it was worth it for the older looking side to the hospital. I mostly spent my time in the older looking side to the place as you can see from my photos. The newer side was a bit trashed and very much a modern looking hospital. A great explore cut short by the time it would take to get back south of the border. Brief history:- Sunnyside Royal hospital was a psychiatric hospital founded in 1781 located in Hillside, Scotland. The hospital was originally founded as the Montrose Lunatic Asylum, Infirmary & Dispensary. In 1858 the hospital moved to a newly built site on the land of Sunnyside farm. Over the years a few extensions and additional buildings were added including name changes. After being open for 230 years most patients were sent to a new £20 million build at Stracathro Hospital.
  14. 11 points
    Don't really know what I was expecting from this place. I had an idea it was in a bad shape from previous reports but I was not prepared for how bad this spot actually is. Falling to bits this one with loads of collapsed rooms and corridors, ceilings falling down and bare walls. The main hall was cool as half of the ceiling had collapsed and half had not, creating a nice effect. There was very few tiles left on the buildings and this has obviously contributed to the hospitals demise and ruin. All that said I was still glad to see the place and we had a relaxed few hours wandering around here. Visited with non member Paul. HISTORY Also know as The Brecon and Radnor Counties Joint Lunatic Asylum. It was opened on 18th March, 1903, by the Rt Hon. Lord Glanusk who said of it "everything has been done that human ingenuity could devise for the happiness and safety of the inmates, and under the blessing of God, for their speedy restoration to health." Although the population of the two Welsh counties remained small, by the end of 1925, 455 patients were resident. The asylum was designed to be self-sufficient, and had its own private water, electricity, heating and sewerage systems as well as a considerable agricultural estate. As well as wards, the hospital had a large hall, kitchens, workshops, a tailor, bakery, shoe-maker and printing shops as well as 8 acres of market gardens. Apart from a short spell as a POW camp, the hospital remained as a 'rehabilitation centre' until its closure. During the 1970's & 80's it began downsizing as more effective treatments and better community care became available. In 1994 the number averaged around 140 and wards began closing gradually. In 1999, the last wards closed. Some of the remaining facilities were then moved to the nearby Bronllys Hospital (formerly the South Wales Sanatorium). 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Thanks For Looking Flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157667953390491
  15. 11 points
    The old factory building (built 1906 – 1908) has a rich history. The original chocolate factory functioned as a temporary base for the American, German and Belgian army during the two World Wars. After World War II the factory was assigned a new goal, from then on it was used for the production of tin. Nowadays it's being restored in appartments. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8
  16. 10 points
    We visited this lovely abandoned hotel in Czech with awesome decay in it , we had an awesome tour there, the rest I will slowely upload and place here. It's been so long since posted on flickr and Oblivion but I didn't forget this awesome forum/community. I'll make an effort in the next coming weeks to post here on a regular basis. Any how, enjoy this amazing abandoned place. Atlantis by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Atlantis by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Atlantis by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Atlantis by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Atlantis by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Atlantis by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Atlantis by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Atlantis by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Atlantis by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Atlantis by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Atlantis by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Atlantis by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Atlantis by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Atlantis by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr This last image is my personal favorite in this set . I love the colors, the composition and the fact that it looks so calm , i wish i could be back there again Atlantis by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Hope you enjoyed my set, will be posting more from now on
  17. 10 points
    Solo jaunt, part 2/3 of my (temporary) swansong. Well, this was epic. The best asylum I've had the pleasure of exploring, and possibly the best asylum of the "post-classic" era when most closed. And definitely one of the most memorable explores I have ever done. If it was any one site that inspired me to finally visit the Emerald Isle, it was this. As always, I turned up at the site completely unprepared and without any idea of what to expect. As I walked round the building, I see the grounds are well maintained, and someone is there walking their dog. Is it security? What are those cars doing at the top of the site? I didn't have a clue. I wasn't feeling that nervous, so I spotted my (possible) way in and ran straight for it. Hidden from the view of the street, I searched for a way in, which didn't take long; though far from trashed, I can see where others managed to gain access and followed their path. I was inside, and was overcome with a really strange feeling; nervous, but like I was in another world (stay with me, I'm not talking about ghosts). I'm inside the building, and with the exception of the water dripping down there's a dead silence. The windows facing the outside are boarded, forcing me to use torchlight. All the rooms are empty and have been tagged with crap like "redrum" and the usual "haunted house" jibber jabber. One of the patient rooms on the ward. Small, secluded rooms were a contrast to the likes of the dorms found in places like Our Lady's in Ennis. As I make my way to the other wards of the vast complex, I randomly flick a light switch and boom! The room flickers back to life; the power is still on! Not only that, in so many rooms so much has been left behind. Unlike the likes of Fairmile and its empty, non-descript wards, this felt so much more real. So much more personal, even if it's just furniture. With no security to contend with, and hearing so little outside beyond cars going past, I was in a different world. I had stepped through the looking glass, and was lost within the walls of the institution, lost in my own thoughts. I'm alone, disconnected from the outside world. I feel no fear, but a feeling of peace and serenity as I wander the almost endless corridors. Apart from the crumbling walls and ceilings, it feels like this place is trapped in a time warp from when it closed in 2009. It is for this reason this has been one of the most memorable moments in my life exploring. Look into the mirror as two storks look down on you... it feels like a Hitchcock film. As I continue to wander the corridors, further away from where I was, there was less evidence of anyone coming here. No graffiti, no smashed glass, no footprints; things felt like they had been left as they were since closure. The ward below was only accessible from a single, long corridor. No idea what kind of patients were kept here, but there was once an identical ward at the other end; this had since been demolished, though when I don't know. There was no main hall designed into the asylum, so I went for a look through the industrial side of the hospital. This place kept on giving and giving. As the last port of call, I checked out the ground floor of the administration. The power was still on, and the check-in machine on the desk was still powered up and showing the correct date and time! I didn't turn on the telly to check if the CCTV was still live though, ha! Behind this room, there were tons of books piled up on the desks; inside were reports going back years regarding patient finances, admissions and discharges, in addition to letters written to and from patients (though not medical records). For privacy reasons no pictures were taken. I made my way back to my entry point, and made a swift exit. I was absolutely overjoyed to have seen what I saw, until I realized I made a ridiculous blunder... I forgot the bloody clocktower! D'arrrrrghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! But instead of going back inside, I followed the dog walkers and locals and decided to have a sniff round the outbuildings. The signs said there was a mortuary nearby, but before I did that I had a look at the chapels. I can't work out why, but on this site were an original chapel AND a newer built one a little bit further up. Both, however were locked. The mortuary/chapel of rest was different... This had been completely boarded up, but here the door in the hoarding was unlocked. The best way to describe this mortuary, which was a modern build and not the original would be like an an "airing shelter", free to walk into but with rooms inside. I sneak inside, and there's a gurney in the corner. The door into the chapel of rest (which was still rammed with stuff) and two other doors (probably the toilets, unlikely to be fridges) were locked. I find one of the glazed windows unlocked, so I open it only to find it covered inside with protective mesh! Double d'arrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhhhhh! Across the way was possibly occupational therapy and the farm buildings, accessible but full from floor to ceiling with beds and paraphenalia from the hospital when it was closed, making it impossible to take photos or navigate. The additional ward at the head of the site was completely sealed, and next door to the last live building on site so no access there. Inevitably any comparison to those two iconic Surrey asylums is anathema, but if you never saw either of these then a trip to St Brigid's should be at the top of your list. This is one of the best asylums I have ever seen, so get out there and have a look whilst you still can. You will NOT be disappointed! Lots of love, TBM x
  18. 10 points
    The History (shamelessly ripped from Wiki) Holborn tramway station was a tram stop underneath Kingsway in central London, England. It was built in 1906 by the London County Council Tramways as part of the Kingsway Tramway Subway joining the separate networks of tramways in North and South London. When opened it was named Great Queen Street. Tram services commenced on 24 February 1906, running from Angel to Aldwych, the next station in the subway. Through services across London began on 10 April 1908, running from Highbury station through Holborn and then east to Tower Bridge or south to Gate. The routes that used the Kingsway Subway were numbered 31, 33, and 35. Following the decision to withdraw tram services in London and replace them with buses, the station closed just after 12.30am on 6 April 1952. Much of the station remains in the disused subway but there is no public access. Following it's closure, the station was used as a backdrop various TV shows & films. Most notably it was featured in the 2008 film The Escapist, as a fictional London Underground station called "Union Street", which was said to be on the Northern Line between Elephant & Castle and Borough. Remains of the film props, such as a fake tube map and a Union Street tube roundel, can still be seen pasted to the walls of the station. The props date from 2008, and are not part of the original station. In 2009 the subway and station was the venue for an art installation, Chord, by Conrad Shawcross. The Explore This was a short but sweet explore that we did while on the way to something else. I did this one with my missus & partner in crime Vixxie , as well as @extreme_ironing . We started off the night with a quick round in one of the local watering holes, to give us a spot of Dutch courage & to catch up with goings on & such. We then made our way over to the entry point, which was rather fun to say the least. It’s pretty pedestrian as far as this type of splore goes, but it’s still a rather bait affair. Needless to say, the Dayglo invisibility cloak was in full effect! Once we were all in, we had a scope of the area. Having heard about a lot of activity at one end of the place, we were slightly on edge. We decided to go over to the other side first, & soon we arrived at the old poster boards. They look pretty plain in themselves, just large metal panels with a surround, but together with original cream & olive green brickwork, you could easily imagine what it was like when the place was in operation. I took a couple of shots from here, which wasn’t easy. I imagine it would have been some time ago, that is until someone fucked a giant concrete wall through the middle of the platform! After this we got to a large open room with pillars running down it. Walking through got progressively difficult, with the sloping ceiling tapering to nothing at the far side. Half way down we found a little tunnel offshoot which we crawled into. The tunnel started to curve around quite sharply, we worked out that this is where Kingsway becomes the Strand. After a bit of a tight walk through, the tunnel came to an abrupt end. Rested against the wall was a workman’s ladder, which lead up to what looked like a ledge. Being rather curious I decided to go up & have a look. Up top there was a large plastic cover which capped off the space, I thought “that’s odd”, & so I pulled it up to have a look. What I didn’t realise is that it wasn’t a ledge or crawl space at all, rather the top of the wall, & over the other side was the busy road tunnel! With nothing else to see there, we headed over to the money shots, which were the fake Union Street roundels & propaganda posters. Even though they aren’t real, seeing them still gives you that sense that you’ve found something special. I especially enjoyed the poster board, which was rammed full of old wartime posters & fliers. What I didn’t know about & what was a nice find were all of the old cast iron street lights piled up along one side. It seemed a shame that they weren’t being put to use, but part of me was thinking it’s nicer to see them here than painted up all new like on the streets. We gathered a few more snaps of the place, whilst being cautious of movement further along the tunnel. Not wanting to push our luck, & needing to continue to the next location, we made our way back out. The Pics 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 Thanks for looking
  19. 10 points
    A former tunnel for small boats, situated in the woods, along a canal, abandoned for many years. I've visited this secluded place six years ago. Some time later, the entrance has been closed. Even inside of the water a grid was installed. I don't know whether the tunnel is accessible again now or the tunnel portal on the other side is still open. I was there never again. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  20. 10 points
    Set off for a lil trip with @MrObvious and someone else, and I was pleasantly surprised. Two mills close to each other kept us occupied for a few hours - lovely locations with some beautiful natural decay. Shame our visit was cut short by the local chav infestation arriving, and throwing bricks from the top floor window, but i was happy with some of the images i got anyway As always, thanks for looking!
  21. 10 points
    After 2 failed sites, this was the second successful site with the huns @CuriousityKilledTheCat , @TheVampiricSquid , @Redhunter and a non OS member on our 24 hour road trip. This was the main site i wanted to see, and it didn't disappoint! Enjoy Thanks for looking!
  22. 10 points
    Tottenham House is the centrepiece of the historic Tottenham estate in Wiltshire, England. The grade I listed house has 103 rooms and mostly dates from the 1820s when it was remodelled by Charles Brudenell-Bruce of Ailesbury. Set in forestry land that originally stretched for over 100 square miles, the extensive estate was partly used as a deer park and the deer still roam the lands to this day. The estate was the home of Jane Seymour, the third wife of King Henry VIII, who died giving birth to the future king Edward VI. Henry VIII, a keen deer-hunter, regularly stayed there as a guest of Sir John Seymour, Jane’s father. The Ailesbury family lived in Tottenham House and shared it with the US Army during the Second World War. They moved out in 1946, at which point Hawtreys Preparatory School used the house until 1994. In 1966 the house was designated as Grade I listed, and the 50-horse stable block and octagonal folly in the deer park were designated Grade II listed. Visited with @SpiderMonkey and @PROJ3CTM4YH3M. All the walls in this room were lined with marble... The circular music room with ornate dome ceiling is stunning And finally a few externals
  23. 10 points
    The Coal Exchange in Cardiff was constructed as a place where trade negotiations regarding the sale of coal could be conducted. Constructed between 1884 and 1888 by Edwin Seward, the grand building features paired Corinthian columns, an oak balcony, and rich wood panelling in a large trading hall, which was reconstructed in 1911. History of Cardiff’s Coal Exchange Mount Stuart Square in Cardiff was a residential street with a central garden. As the city of Cardiff grew, the area was gradually taken over by businesses where business men would gather and coal merchants would use chalk to mark the prices of coal onto slates outside their premises. The Coal Exchange was constructed to form a centralised trading place, and became an important role in industrial Cardiff. Coal owners, ship owners and trading agents would meet daily on the floor of the trading hall, and during peak hours there could be as many as 200 men negotiating deals. It was estimated up to 10,000 people would pass through the doors every day! For a time, the price of the worlds coal was determined at Cardiff’s Coal Exchange, and the worlds first £1 million deal was made there in 1904. Cardiff relied heavily on the coal industry and the the Bute Docks eventually began to see a downturn in demand. The Coal Exchange closed in 1958, and coal exports came to an end in 1964. Coal Exchange, Cardiff - Trading hall in useThe building became Grade II* listed in 1975, and was used sporadically for TV filming until 1988 when it was purchased to be used as a major venue. It was extensively refurbished and from 2001 hosted acts such as the Arctic Monkeys, Van Morrison and the Stereophonics. The refurbishment retained the trading hall, although with the addition of a suspended ceiling hiding away the original glass roof. By 2013 serious safety issues concerning the structure forced the closure of the events venue. The building is now in varying states of decay – the west wing is still in use as offices by a number of business, whereas the east wing has seen many years of neglect, causing some floors to collapse and some areas have suffered a fire. The non-profit organisation ‘Save the Coal Exchange’ has done an excellent job of preserving the trading hall and main entrance which both remain in a good state of repair. Visited with @SpiderMonkey The clocks would be set daily to show AM and PM high-water times The huge trading hall was where business would be done Originally the ceiling was open up to the roof with a large glass skylight The original ironwork and skylight still remain above the suspended ceiling Behind the bar were some very nice stained glass windows Much of the building is now suffering a lot of decay Barclays Bank Some of the building was used by Barclays Bank and the vaults beneath still remain. There are many more areas to look around and the vaults had lots of interesting bits to shoot, but we ran out of time before we had to top up the parking meter.
  24. 10 points
    This is one of those 'You see it... You want it' kinda places and its been on the list for a while now! Really didn't disappoint, some of the best rusty decay I've encountered so far... Not so impressed with the local police escorting us off site ...Papermill W... As always... Thanks for looking!
  25. 10 points
    The Explore Was around Wigan and thought we would have a look at the police station Lavino had posted recently. Only a quick one as not much to shoot other than the cells really so here goes.. The History Tricky to find any history on this police station other than a few snippets on local sites. Apparently there used to be stables at the back for mounted police which were moved in 1953, now just garages at the back. Its been on the market a few times and apparently sold for £300k back in 2006.. Quite surprised its not been developed into flats to be honest as it seems perfect for it even with the garage spaces at the rear/
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