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    Hello all just want to say that I joined the forum followed the link from the fb page
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    History Highgate Station was constructed in 1867, by the Edgware, Highgate and London Railway, in a deep cutting that was excavated from Highgate Hill. The two tunnels penetrating the hillside from either side of the station were built some years before the station itself. Highgate Station was designed so that it had two side platforms and three tracks between them. A station building was constructed to the south end of the platform, along with a covered footbridge which connected the two platforms. The entire station was rebuilt in the 1880s, and a new central platform with two tracks flanking either side was constructed. The island could be accessed via a ticket office located in the middle of the footbridge. The station was altered again in 1935, as part of the ‘Northern Heights’ project that sought to incorporate the Edgware, High Barnet and Alexandra Palace lines into the London Transport Network. The first stage of the project involved the construction of tube tunnels underneath Highgate Station. To provide an interchange between the new deep-level platforms and the existing surface platforms, a subterranean pedestrian network was built immediately beneath Highgate Station. Stairs and escalators were installed to connect the existing platforms with the new underground ones, and street entrances to the concourse were built on Archway Road and Priory Gardens. As the pedestrian footbridge was no longer required, it was demolished along with some parts of the original buildings. The remaining sections of the older buildings were redeveloped, together with the surface platforms themselves which received some minor alterations. Following World War Two, plans to improve Highgate Station were never fully completed. As other sections of London’s Railways required urgent maintenance, and were deemed more important as they were more central to the heart of the city, Highgate became less of a priority. Despite being labelled as ‘under construction’ for years on various maps, by the early 1950s passenger services at Highgate’s surface Station ceased, but freight traffic continued to pass through the station until 1964. After freight traffic ceased to operate on this section of the line, it was used only for occasional London Underground rolling stock transfers between Highgate Depot and the Northern City line; however, since it was never electrified the stock had to be pulled over the lines using battery-powered locomotives. All activity ceased on Highgate’s surface lines by 1970, due to the poor structural integrity of some of the nearby bridges. Presently, one of the original 1867 buildings still stands; this is rumoured to be used as a residential building. As for the station itself, a number of the older buildings were demolished, leaving only the 1940s structures standing. Plastic sheeting was used to cover the old track bed after the rails were removed, to prevent water from seeping into the northern lines concourse which lies below. Much of the old route between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace is now part of the Parkland Walk; however, this bypasses the station for health and safety reasons. Our Version of Events Getting into London by car wasn’t quite as bad as we’d imagined, but finding a spot to park was an absolute nightmare. As we toured the city for a bit, looking for somewhere to stop the car, we noticed that people seem to squeeze into any spot available; there were mere centimetres between some of them! Finally, after much searching, we found a space (thankfully) that wasn’t too far from Highgate Station. Judging by some of the cars that were parked near us, and the moss growing on their rooves, a few of them seem to have been there for a long time. Having witnessed this, we think we now understand, a bit more clearly, why there’s such a parking problem in London. Since we’d heard the station was situated in a hillside and surrounded by trees, we imagined finding it would be a bit of a challenge. As it turned out, however, we were wrong – it’s very visible. Gaining access wasn’t difficult either, which we were also surprised about given that there’s a busy station next door; we had gauged that it might be difficult to slip onto the old premises without being seen with such a high volume of people around. Once again we were mistaken in our assumption, as no one seemed to give a shit that we looked slightly suspicious milling around an abandoned site with tripods and cameras, meaning we were able to wander into the station very easily. Once onsite, even though people could probably see us quite clearly from the live station and a public footpath which runs alongside the platform, no one glanced our way; instead, everyone seemed more intent on rushing to wherever it was they were going. After a quick wander around the site it was obvious that there isn’t much there, and all of the tunnel portals are sealed, together with the additional doorway we found down the staircase on the main platform. The station itself was less impressive than it looked from old pictures we’d found of it, but it felt very odd, in a good way, being in part of the City of London that certainly didn’t feel like a city at all. Inside the small gully it was peaceful and we encountered trees and foxes – three things we never thought we’d find in the capital. The next fifteen minutes were spent taking in the quiet atmosphere and a few photographs, before we decided to head off to the next explore we had lined up. Overall, then, the site is perfect is you’re passing through the area, especially if you fancy a break from the hustle and bustle, but it’s probably not worth travelling from further afield to visit it. Explored with Ford Mayhem, Meek-Kune-Do and Husky. Looking west at Highgate Station in 1868, when it first opened. Highgate Station in the 1880s, looking west, when the two side platforms were replaced. The station in the early 1940s. The old 1800s toilet block was retained and incorporated into the overall design at this point. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: 14: 15: 16: 17: 18: 19: 20: 21: 22:
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    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
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    Wanted to have a crack at this one for ages, it's been done a lot over the years but seemed to have fallen off the radar since renovations took place. The scaffolding has now gone unfortunately. I headed up with @extreme_ironingand it didn't disappoint. Bit of a pain getting up there (or 'fun' as EI described it....) as they'd removed many of the ladders from the scaffolding but well worth the effort. Once up top it felt very exposed due to the brightly lit neon signs. We had to hide from police boats patrolling the Thames, not to mention the smokers on the balcony directly beneath us who were attending a full blown party on the top floor. The views were pretty decent up here but it's all about getting up close and personal with those neon signs which I won't ever look at in the same way again. Right, enough babble, some brief history of the place and some pics: Sea Containers House was originally conceived as a luxury hotel. Its location near to the City of London led to the decision to complete it instead as office space. Its name comes from the former long-term tenant, Sea Containers. In Spring 2011, a process began to gain planning permission for an extensive internal and external refurbishment of Sea Containers House. The east and west wings, which face the Thames remain offices, with global advertising and marketing agency Ogilvy & Mather moving in August 2015. The south wing was renovated as the Mondrian Hotel London, bringing at least part of the building back to its original intended use. Most pics are mine with a few from extreme_ironing thrown in (no-ent.re). 1. The now completed Kings Reach Tower sits directly behind Sea Containers House (nicked this pic from google images because I'm too lazy to go back and take my own, sorry) 2. It's difficult not to stand out like a sore thumb up here 3. Blackfriars bridge & station with St Pauls Cathedral and the 3 Barbican towers in the background 4. 5. Tower Wharf 6. London Eye in the background 7. London Television Centre, home of ITV 8. 9. 10. All about dem neon signs! 11. 12. The Oxo Tower with Waterloo bridge in the distance 13. Thanks for looking
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    Popped in here on a recent trip down South Wales. Lovely little place this one with lots of strange stuff to have a look at. I was also really surprised at how clean the cottage was. Thanks to Vulex for his help with this one Visited with non member Paul. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Thanks For Looking More pics on my Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157668191740465/with/26852876161/
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    This was my first explore (apart from Haslar O.o ) in what seems like forever, after given the heads up by @TheVampiricSquid i planned this trip with a non member. we headed up on a lovely sunny Friday afternoon. As we were walking up to it a car drove past us so we instantly thought this place was going to be busy, and before we knew it, we'd bumped into another group. We spent a good few hours inside, amazed by the amount of equipment that was left from when it was an operational nursing home. On our way out a group of local kids were approaching the building, but legged it as we walked past a window I dont know much about the history about this place, only that It's been shut for a good 6 years now after an immigration raid. Thanks for looking!
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    So for my birthday weekend I decided I didn't want to get mortal and not remember anything so instead I put money to good use and drive 600 miles in a day with @Butters and @R0tt3nW00d. This was our second stop of the day and one that surprised the hell out of me. Having only seen a handful of photos on a report that was far from comprehensive from about 4 years ago I decided to only put this in as a link between 2 locations. A pain in the ass to get to and with some seriously sketchy floors this actually made my day. History; Eastend is a 16th century tower incorporated within a later mansion house. The earliest origins of Eastend are unclear, but there is thought to have been a castle on this site owned by the Carmichael family since the 13th century. Unfortunately the majority of the family’s papers from before 1677 were accidentally destroyed. The Carmichaels also owned the castle of Carmichael nearby. It is not known which of the two branches of the family is the oldest, some sources asserting that the Carmichaels of Carmichael are older than the Carmichaels of Eastend, while others insist the opposite. It may also have been the case originally that Eastend was used by the eldest son and heir of the head of the family at Carmichael. One version has it that Eastend became the home of a branch of the Carmichaels of Carmichael which separated from the main line around 1500. The oldest visible part of the building, a rectangular keep, dates from around this time, although it is said to incorporate earlier work. The keep was originally three storeys in height, plus a garret within a crenellated walkway with bartizans at each corner. It had a vaulted basement, with the main doorway being at first floor level. Although Carmichael appears on early maps, Eastend doesn’t appear to. However a castle named Wairnhill does appear on Joan Blaeu’s map of 1654, based on a late 16th century Timothy Pont map. Wairnhill’s location could be interpreted as approximately where Eastend is – south-east of Carmichael and west of Covington Tower. Warrenhill is the name of the Carmichael farm midway between Carmichael and Eastend. Could Wairnhill / Warrenhill be an earlier name for what is now known as Eastend? When the castle at Carmichael was destroyed by Cromwell, Eastend appears to have escaped unharmed. It has been suggested that while the Carmichaels of Carmichael were Royalists, the Carmichaels of Eastend may have been loyal to the Government. Four storey wings were added to the east and west sides of the keep in 1673, with crow-stepped gables, forming a U-plan in shape. At this time the vaulting was removed from the ground floor of the keep, and much of its interior gutted during the installation of a grand wooden staircase. A string course was added between the ground floor and first floor levels, and the windows in the keep were enlarged. The space between the two new wings was filled in in the 18th century with the addition of bow-fronted façade. When a John Carmichael died unmarried and without an heir in 1789, Eastend passed to his nephew Maurice Carmichael, son of Michael Carmichael of Hessilhead. Maurice’s son, another Michael, married Mary MacQueen Thomson Honyman, the daughter and heiress of William Thomson Honyman of Mansfield, Ayrshire. Upon their marriage, they took the name of Thomson-Carmichael. In 1851 they commissioned a large Scots baronial wing was added to the west by David Bryce. During the Nazi occupation of Poland in 1939 - 1945, the house was used as a HQ for the general staff of the Polish National Army. With the liberation of Poland in 1945, it was left empty and was acquired by the McNeil Hamiltons, and following Edith’s death in 1959 it passed to two of her daughters, Miriam Millicent and Enid McNeill Hamilton. Enid died in 1979, but Miriam continued to live at Eastend until her death in 1991. The house itself is riddled with dry rot and every attempt so far to save it has failed. It has been recently estimated that it will take a healthy 8 million pounds to restore it. The set; Thanks for looking
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    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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    The Explore This place seems to be the flavour of the day and is popping up everywhere recently. I loved the look of this place, nice to see decay without lots of vandalism so thought I'd pop over and have a look. Really quite enjoyed it, nice character to it The History Really struggling to find any proper history on this school, last updates on some sites are around 1999 so maybe it closed around then. Only bit I have found is that it had 220 students at its peak and age range was 3-11
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    Wow impressive old place really, love that window!
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    Top report that mate. Some awesome shots of the staircase, very nice woodwork too
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    Yeah same as @Maniac said, that stained glass is lovely jubbly. Nice work there @Vief
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    It's all about that stained glass, lovely!
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    It's all about that ceiling, WOW!
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    Parking can be a nitemare in London sometimes, however once you realise that on a SUNDAY you can park on single yellow lines in most of London without an issue, it becomes somewhat easier (check the signs however) Whatever you do, do not under any circumstances park on double yellows or it'll cost you £260 to get your car back because they will tow it. Best advice, park outside the main city and get the tube in, you can use contactless cards to tap in and out with. Get city mapper for your phone, it will guide you round and tell you what trains or busses to get. the reason there's a lot of cars parked like that is because a lot of people in London own a car, but barely use it as public transport is pretty good in the city, so they just sit there for weeks/months without being moved. Sometimes you'll find they only use their car once or twice a year. Nice set of photos from this place, looking a lot more overgrown these days!
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    I was here the other week looks like its already going downhill - nice photos
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    Cheers for the update, still a few little bits to photograph i see
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    These photos make me really sad! I worked in this sawmill during the latter years of my time in Wolverton Works between 1980 - 1989. Life here was great looking back on it, back then I had so many friends and especially the guys I worked with on Bob C's gang. We did a variety of work in the sawmill from repair work to new build stuff. On Bob's gang we mainly did repair work and the odd foreigner (private job). I can remember like it was only yesterday how sore my fingers were after sandpapering graffiti off carriage doors panels not to mention the dust that got up your nose. I liked the laminating press best of all, I like a big tool!! At break times sometimes we used to heat up meat pies under the laminating press, mind you it was a risky practice and you couldn't take your eye off it it too long in case some clown pulled the lever and your pie got crushed!! Come to think of it I have fond memories of pretty much everyone I worked with in the sawmill except maybe Bob, he made my life hell at times, I was a chatterbox. Mind you I can forgive him I suppose, he was only doing his job as 'charge-hand', R.I.P. Bob. If anyone here is interested... Photo No: 8 above is of a Drum Sander, I/we used this to sand large items like plywood partitions (vestibule ends) door mouldings or anything too big to do by hand, I even sanded my coffee table in it one night, cough cough!! Photo No:9 above is incorrectly labelled 'the foreman's office', this wasn't the foreman's office, it was where several Fitters worked sharpening various machine tools. There was a similar room half way down the sawmill on the opposite side called the 'saw sharpening room' where several more Fitters worked sharpening giant band-saw blades and circular-saw blades. Photo:15 was the actual 'Foreman's Office' Photo: 18 this photo shows the lower basement floor which was the same level as the canal running along the outside wall. This basement level wasn't really used for much during the 9 years that I worked there except for storage. It also housed the belt drives for a number of the saws above including a suction plant to take away the sawdust from those machines. Part of this suction equipment can also be seen clearly in Photo:8. During the war this basement level also doubled as an air raid shelter and one of the old style 'thunder-box toilets' (plank over a can) can still be seen in one of the earlier photos. I'll do my best to label any future photos, so keep um coming guys. I'd love to see more shots taken from the room behind the roller shutters next to the foreman's office, this is where I worked.
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    Much awesomeness it seems!! Looks a massive old place that Love pic no 4
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    Nice to see more from here, they are great places to explore the blast furnaces, like giant climbing frames, makes you feel like your 10 again!
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    Love this place, good to see you back in action @Rody
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    WOW its huge, id need to pack a nappy to go there.
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    Good stuff Rody. I would need long trousers and bicycle clips to climb that.
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    Holy Fuckballs Simple has that .....
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    This rather normal looking 1960s/70s college building in Chesham closed its doors in 2012. The front cladding has all the connotations of a 70s build, but it has some unusual touches in places but is no great loss. It formed part of a family of about 4 different campuses in the local area and specialised in teaching trades such as: Plumbing, Electrical, Brick Laying and Gas Works. The Campus also appears to have a section of Performing Arts which is hardly surprising as one of the sister campuses is an Arts College. The college certainly has a moody look to it in the grim weather. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157644873701335/
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