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    Visited with @SpiderMonkey and @AndyK! on our very tiresome trip to France. Chapelle des Pelotes is part of an old seminary however we didn't bother exploring that part due to the chapel keeping us busy for a good few hours and we had other places to visit afterwards. However the chapel was worth the visit and missing out on parts. Getting into the building wasn't that difficult however, dodging the nosey french neighbours was a little difficult but with a lot of crouching, rolling and crawling we were in.:) From the top floor; Cheers for looking.
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    The Palace Theater on Union Street, Plymouth was built for the Livermore Brothers in 1898 by the architects Wimperis and Arber as a Music Hall and Variety Theater, and formed part of a development which also included an Hotel called the Grand Western Hotel. The Theater opened as the New Palace Theater on Monday September the 5th 1898 with a variety show. The auditorium consisted of stalls and pit, grand circle, gallery, and eight stage boxes, four on each side of the proscenium, and was built on the cantilever principle with a capacity of some 2,500 people. Sadly the original lavish auditorium and stage house were completely destroyed only three months after the Theater opened by a serious fire on the 23rd of December 1898. The fire started at night on stage but as the safety curtain had not been lowered for the night the fire spread quickly to the auditorium. The ERA reported it in their 24th of December 1898 edition saying: 'The new Palace Theater of Varieties at Plymouth was seriously damaged by fire on Friday morning. The flames broke out shortly before midnight, and within an hour and a half, owing to a strong south-east wind, the whole of the stage, scenery, and dressing-rooms from the ground to the roof were demolished. The first signs of fire were discovered between half-past twelve and a quarter to one o'clock. The usual performance had taken place in the evening, and a large audience had been present to witness the programme, which included, among other turns, a naval spectacular scene representing the Battle of Trafalgar. When the house was closed, at the end of the performance, everything seemed safe as usual. Firemen were on duty in the house while the performance was in progress, but no one bad been left in charge. The fire was, therefore, first seen from the outside. glare was perceived by a policeman near the stage entrance. Every effort was directed to prevent the spread of the flames to the auditorium, but unfortunately it was utterly impossible to gain access to the fireproof curtain. From the first the fierceness of the flames cut off access to the stage. If this curtain could have been lowered the area of the fire might have been at once restricted. The effect of the fire was to utterly destroy everything connected with the stage, and to do an immense amount of damage to the auditorium. All the beautiful scheme of decoration, upon which a large amount of money was expended, has been irretrievably ruined. Happily the facade and the grand staircase, which are among the most striking portions of a very fine building, escaped destruction. In the rest of the house the damage was very great. The fire is believed to have been caused by some combustibles used in the Battle of Trafalgar scene. The Theater reopened on Monday the 22nd of May 1899 and it is remarkable how quickly the building was restored and refurbished The building was converted for Bingo in 1961 and then had a varied life of occasional Theatre use and Bingo for many years until it was once more refurbished in 1978 and reopened as a live Theater again. In 1982 the new Theater Royal opened in Plymouth and this was a major blow for the old Palace, sadly the building's short revival to live Theatre was to end the following year and in 1983 the Theatre closed and was converted for nightclub use as the Academy The academy was one of the biggest clubs in Plymouth until 08/05/06 after a raid at 1.15am which saw up to 140 officers in riot gear storm the main entrance after undercover police suspected that drugs were being sold on the premises the club was then shut down the same night and has been unable to operate since in which it now stands empty and falling apart. Recently been bought by a charity who are in the process of doing the building up. Full set available at http://www.urbanexboi.co.uk Youtube Videos 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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    Haven't posted in quite some time, ive got a new job which is very time consuming Although every man and his dog has been here i thought id post my take on it Visited with @-Raz- Over the years I've many a time said oooh lets go to CWM... and never been. So last month we packed the car up and made the long ass trek down. After failing in Cardiff, we headed on over to CWM. Walking straight up to the gates we encounter the secca who told us "not to bother as the police were on the way". In the typical urbex spirit we moved the car and went over the backs and got straight in! Had a good few hours mishing around and then it was time for Talgarth!! History; Cwm coke works is a large site just north of Beddau in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Up until the mid 1800′s Beddau was a small collection of farmsteads at the conjunction of four crossroads. (Incidentally, Beddau, which means ‘graves’, may be a shortening of Croesheol y Beddau, ‘crossroads of the graves’, as it is marked on an ordnance survey map circa. 1833. Criminals were often hanged as crossroads as an example to others…). In the 1860′s coal pits were sunk around Beddau, and the town grew at a steady rate until 1909, which saw the opening of Cwm colliery. As the industry moved in, Beddau grew quickly, and in 1958 Cwm coke works opened, furthering the expansion. At its peak, Cwm colliery was producing hundreds of thousand of tons of high quality, low sulphur coal per year. Much of this was processed at Cwm coke works, into high-grade coke suitable for foundry use. The National Coal Board closed the colliery in 1986, and Cwm Coke works in 2002, leaving yet another small Welsh town deprived and forgotten.” On with some photos; Hope you liked what you saw, i certainly did! for now Au Revoir
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    Yup yup, another one from here. But I loved whats left of the place and I found it very photogenic so I wanted to share what I shot. Parking up, I liked what they've done wit the place. Instead of knocking large parts of it down they have used what they could. I hope what ever happens with Denbigh they take some inspiration. High Royds Hospital is a former psychiatric hospital south of the village of Menston, West Yorkshire, England. The hospital is located within in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough and was first opened on 8 October 1888 as the West RidingPauper Lunatic Asylum. In 1988, Jimmy Savile assaulted a patient at the hospital's 100 anniversary celebrations. The hospital closed in 2003 and the site has since been developed for residential use, some of which is in the old hospital buildings. Taken on a Nikon D3300 and the kit lens.
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    The morning after a heavy night out in Antwerp when Belgium beat Hungary 4-0 wasn't a pretty site, and it certainly wasn't a time to do anything too serious. So, after rolling out of bed at just gone lunchtime we decided to do this - local, easy, and one that I was pleasantly surprised by. Despite being an older location it's still in relatively good shape - the decay is lovely and the features left behind make for a nice explore. Spent a couple of hours here, before a mad dash back to Calais via a wine warehouse to stock up As always, thanks for looking!
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    My first post on this forum is of a very known location. Really loved the cars, but not much information can be found about the location. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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    Old video i did just walking around barrow gurney
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    Video 2 of Barrow Gurney
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    It's been a pretty slow year for me this year, apart from my mad two and a bit week dash to America there hasn't been a huge deal going on here for me which is disappointing but that's just what happens sometimes I guess. So when I saw this place pop up a couple of weeks back and it's imminent demise I knew I should make an effort. So on a scorchio day as part of Landie Man's slightly delayed birthday celebrations we ventured just beyond the M25 and went for it, without knowing anything about access, possible security or much else. Driving past we were immediately disheartened to see a multitude of large skips outside, and the ground floor windows along one stretch of the frontage completely removed, as well as glimpsing the sight of heavy demolition equipment out back. We also saw at least one person and a car on site, at the far end, whether or not there is some small business operating out of a building on site I don't know but it put me on edge a little. As far as history goes, this place is steeped in it. Constructed in 1936, it was one of only five buildings in the UK designed by the founder of the Bauhaus movement Walter Gropius for film producer Alexander Korda. The film processing laboratory - formerly Rank before being taken over by Deluxe - is the last surviving building from the original Denham Film Studio complex, it's one of the only surviving examples of industrial architecture from the Modern Movement of the 1930s and was Grade II listed in 1985. During it's heyday it was the most expansive and advanced film processing facility outside of Hollywood processing more than 500 million feet of film a year which was distributed to cinemas all over the world. Films processed and edited on site included Brief Encounter, The Great Escape, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Tomorrow Never Dies, ET, Superman 1,2 & 3, GoldenEye, Eyes Wide Shut, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. After Avatar was released in 2009 the film industry shifted hugely towards digital rather than film, and the resurgence of modern-day 3D didn't help at all. In 2014, Deluxe shut down with the loss of around 70 jobs, at it's peak there had been over 1200 people working in the facility. After a walk around and a quick scramble to scope out the access and deciding it was very doable we scampered back to the car to grab our gear and headed inside. We caught it just in time, large areas of the listed building are completely stripped bare ready for conversion, but it's a massive place and there is still a lot to see that hasn't been touched by the contractors yet. If you want to see it though you had better be quick, as things look to be moving at pace. Thanks for looking, more on my Flickr
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    Looks well vegetated! Did you walk up the sphincter twitching walkway?
  11. 1 point
    Well this made up for the fail didn't it you got some real nice shots mate
  12. 1 point
    nice shots man! love places like this with nature taking over
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    Sure, this place may have been a permission visit, but boy is it worth it. The final stop on our first day trekking round the country, and a bit of a last minute addition to the list, we must have spent and hour or two in this place, there was so much to see. Made a nice change not looking over our shoulders for secca and nosey neighbours, although for me personally it takes a little bit of the fun out of it :L haha Anyway, some history on the place to start - This mansion was one of many in an area of similarly large mansions all owned by German families, this one, built in 1912, belonged to a German family in the petrol business. Most of the rest of the houses were destroyed in British bombings back in the war, somehow this particular house survived. After the war, the Germans left the residence and it was bought by a Belgian ship builder until the 60s, when it was bought by the government for office space, before being bought by a property developer who has for some reason left it unoccupied for years and let it go to ruin a little. They are however in the process of saving funds for restoration of the place. It was a little dark inside, and quite hard to shoot, partially due to us slowly losing the light outside, but more due to the fact that every window was gorgeous stained glass. A little pic heavy, apologies in advance, due to really struggling to whittle them down with the amount of things to see in here, but anyway, some photos - Taa for looking
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