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    The old Soviet military camp is one of my favourite ones in Germany. It was built during the Nazi era and later used by the Red Army. After the fall of the Iron Curtain and the withdrawal of the Soviet troops from the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), the area has been abandoned. I´ve visited this place three times so far, because I´ve been so deeply fascinated by still finding so many authentical remnants of the past, and I´m sure there´s still more to explore.
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    The History The Dyson group has its origins in the early 19th century, with the founding of a ceramics factory in Sheffield in 1810. The need for heat-resistant bricks for the newly developing furnaces driving the Industrial Revolution led the company to become an important producer of refractories and related ceramics products. Dyson's primary market became England's steel industry, and the group remained focused on that market into the 1970s. By the late 1950s, Dyson had grown to include three clay preparation plants, each equipped with modern, gas-firing tunnel kilns, as well as ten intermittent kilns. The company also boasted complete brick shaping and drying facilities, in order to produce a wide variety of refractory shapes used for the production of steel ingots. Dyson, which came under the ownership control of the Lomas family, began an expansion effort in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In preparation for this, the company launched a public offering, listing on the London Stock Exchange in 1958, becoming J&J Dyson PLC. Nonetheless, the company adopted a two-tier shareholding structure, with control of the voting rights shares remaining within the Lomas family. Dyson's first major acquisition came in 1962, when the company picked up rival Ceramic Holdings. By 1965, the company had expanded again, this time buying a majority stake in Pickford, Holland, another refractory producer. By 1966, the company had completed its acquisition of Pickford, Holland. The two companies had enjoyed some degree of cooperation for some time, and the addition of Pickford, Holland enabled Dyson to extend its range of refractories. Dyson targeted further growth in its refractories operations through the end of the 1960s. In 1967, the company made its next major acquisition, when it agreed to merge with Price-Pearson Refractories. This raised the company's market value to more than £5.3 million. Two years later, Dyson added another Sheffield-area company, with the purchase of Thomas Wragg and Sons. That business specialized in fireclay refractories. The Stannington site closed in 2006. The Visits. I first visited this site solo in Aug 2016 and spent around 4.5 – 5 hours in the place. I Probably covered less than 60% on this visit so had been wanting to return at some point. A return visit was arranged this time in the company of Snapt and LuigiDawn. We spent 6 hours in here and covered around 65% of the site including bits I hadn't seen last time round. I love this site – lots so see and photograph, lots of variety and some decent graf including 4 pieces by Coloquix ( a favourite artist of mine) - two of which were new to me since my first Visit. The Photos. Photos taken with a Canon 650D and Tamron 17-50 f2.8, Canon 10-22 and Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lenses. So without further ado – the images. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Coloquix 7. More coloquix 8. 9. There are a few of these small cat Grafs around the place - I rather like them 10. 11. 12. 13. One of the very long Kilns 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. One of the "New" Coloquix pieces 23. 24. 25. The other "New" Coloquix 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39.
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    December 2016/Jan 2017 Update! I vowed to not return to this place having done it to death in my early and even later urbex years. But I received a message about showing a fellow explorer around the place; so I went back with my camera to photograph what was left. I'm glad we did this, because the contractors who had stripped out the site had left some pretty amazing Original Art Deco Features (in places) #1 #2 #3 #4 We walked through the totally stripped out screens, which looked exactly as I envisaged them, not quite so interesting, so we went into the foyer. #5 For Comparison, here is a 2009 Photo of the foyer: https://c7.staticflickr.com/1/500/32018573662_cfa1b4e4dc_b.jpg #6 #7 WOW! The original double staircase was exposed for the first time in at least 30-40 years, having had one side boxed in by the Heath Robinson Kiosk, and at closer inspection, the original ODEON floor was still intact! Hidden beneath a cheap, nasty carpet for decades was this absolute beauty of a floor. I returned ten days or so later equipped with cleaning products and a friend of mine and we set about preparing the wonderful floor, which took some graft I can tell you, we didn’t manage to do the whole floor, and what we did took all morning! Makes you wonder what they were thinking, sticking blue carpets over the top. If you look at the centre of the floor, you will see that the sort of, pinstripe effect curves around. This was where it went around a long lost Box Office which was in the middle of the foyer from the 1930s till the 1970s/1980s. As a result, there was lots of carpet glue on the floor which didn’t come off, but a few days, some masks and the right equipment would sort this right out The cinema is earmarked for demolition sometime this year. Perhaps the discovery of the floor will de-rail this? We can only hope…. #8 #9 #10 #11 Thank You Everyone, More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157677409628490
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    Last September myself and Letchbo ventured to Paris to see if we could get a taste of the Abandoned Paris Metro stations. We had some info from Gabe (much appreciated) and we just had to go for it. During the day we walked the abandoned La Petite Cienture (another report for another time) and on our first night, hit up Arsenal. We made our way to the station and jumped the fence to get onto the platform, and sat in the darkness waiting for the last few trains to go through the station. Ince it all went quiet, we went down onto the tracks to take some shots. After about an hour or so, i heard something in the distance, with Letchbo being down the other end of the station, i jumped up onto the platform with my camera gear, then heard nothing. I litrally got another few shots and i see a train heading towards us, at this point, i am shitting myself. I grab my gear and hide in the corner by the arch of the tunnel into the platform. The train puts its brakes on and caomes to a halt, the red lights from the front of the train reflecting off the wall infront of me, i hear a door opn and hear 2 french voices, i thought, thats it, we are fucked. But amazingly, they chatting for probably only afew minutes but to me felt like forever, then the train goes back on and goes back the way it came. PHEW. That was time to pack up and GTFO. Excited to go back though, got another trip planned soon, again with Letchbo and also @Pinkman this time too Thanks for looking DJ
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    I think we all know that: places that we have visited, which no longer exist as a "abandoned place" today. Demolished, destroyed or renovated. They live on only in our memory and on our photos. I have collected here a selection of such places. Maison Heinen (LUX, visited 08/2010) - renovated and re-inhabited - 1 2 3 4 5 Maison Thiry (LUX, visited 08/2010) - demolished - 6 7 8 9 Maison Traufler (LUX, visited 08/2010) - partly demolished, partly renovated and re-inhabited - 10 11 12 13 14 Maison Zahles II aka Maison des Gouttes (LUX, visited 08/2010) - demolished - 15 16 17 18 Villa Lambin aka Maison Rose (BE, visited 03/2014) - demolished - 19 20 21 Tree Mansion aka Maison de Paille (BE, visited 05/2012) - demolished - 22 23 24 Villa Albert (BE, visited 05/2013 - demolished - 25 26 27 28 Villa Hektor aka Maison Champagne (BE, visited 05/2012) - demolished - 29 30 31 32 Maison Denis aka Maison dans la soirée (BE, visited 05/2012) - renovated and re-inhabited - 33 34 35 Chateau PR aka Chateau Clochard (FR, visited 07/2012) - burnt down - 36 37 38 39 40 41 Villa DAS aka Villa Wallfahrt aka Maison de la Croix (BE, visited 08/2011 - renovated and converted into a retirement home - 42 43 44 45
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    Tower Colliery, South Wales - November 2016 Unfortunately after our last explore at the Hafod Morfa Copper Works, Mookster injured his ankle while looking at a massive old College Building, which ended the previous days exploring fairly early on and led to an early return to the Hotel, a swim and sauna for myself (luxury exploring!) and a dinner at Five Guys. Bens amazing navigational skills led us in a direction which sort of led us a little further from home and then kind of back in again. We drove right out into the sticks for this one, and it really was worth it! Tower Colliery, once the oldest continuously working deep-coal mine in the UK and possibly even the world. It was the last mine of it's kind to exist in the valleys of South Wales. The Colliery got its name "Tower" after the nearby Crawshay's Tower folly began operations in 1864 and worked until British Coal closed the site in 1994 because it would be uneconomic to continue production. After the closure of Tower, 239 former workers pledged money from their redundancy packages to buy back the site and continue production in a community buy-out. The mining and production of coal ran for well over a decade, until the seams had been exhausted and Tower Colliery closed for the second time, for good, in January 2008. In 2010, an open-cast mine was opened part of the former coal washery site located a short distance away. Although this one too is scheduled to close fairly soon. A possible case for future development of both sites would see part housing, part Industrial Estate and part Heritage Museum to provide employment in the area and keep some legacy of the former coal mines alive. After 2 hours or so on site we heard beeping and a vehicle driving around outside. We had covered most of what we needed too, and although a bit longer would have been nice, we had a busy day so we just walked out of the gate where a Security Guard in a Suzuki asked us to leave; to be honest he was more fed up about his dispatch team getting him out of bed! We chatted for a good ten to fifteen minutes about the mines and Colliery, and it turned out he had worked his entire life on the site, spent forty years down the mines and several above ground, and was now Site Security. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 Be sure to order more Coal at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157677616422276
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    That i do like, nice tones to your shots too
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    No, didn't see the harrier but totally forgot about that!
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