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  1. 2 points
    Having seen some older reports on this place and being a sucker for old theatres, it’s one that has always been on my list. Taking the long drive back from work (Bangor to Stockport) I get an email with info that this place is open and doable. I decided to pick @eastyham up and take the 1.5hr trip over to Donny. Ideally I’d of gone during daylight but I didn’t want to miss out on it. So complete darkness it is. Had a bit of bother of some goons who work in the shopping centre but still managed to sneak in another way. Really enjoyed it in here. The floors are mega dodgy towards the front of the building but it is rather lovely along that side where the old dressing rooms are. I particularly loved the fly loft level with the old painted signs and poster remains. History The Doncaster Grand was constructed in 1899 and originally stood on a prominent site in a shopping street facing the main railway station. However, town centre improvements robbed it of any sensible context and it is no longer in a street, but attached rather indirectly to the Frenchgate shopping centre. It still faces the station, however is separated from it by a busy inner ring road which comes so close that it has actually snipped off a lower corner of the stage house. It was threatened with demolition until an energetic local campaign and Friends group secured statutory designation in 1994. The frontage, which, with an improved setting, could again become a local landmark, is three-storeyed. Baroque in treatment, with a complex rhythm of bays articulated by coupled and single pilasters and groupings of arched windows and doorways all rendered. There is a large broken segmental pediment over the three central bays with date 1899. It retains an intimate auditorium. Two well curved balconies with good plasterwork on fronts, the upper gallery is benched. Single pedimented and delicately decorated plasterwork boxes in otherwise plain side walls, flanking a decorative plasterwork rectangular-framed 7.9m (26ft) proscenium. More decorative drops to the ante-proscenium walls, bolection mouldings and plasterwork panels to the stalls and ceiling. Deep central oval ceiling dome. The Grand could quite readily be restored and reopened. It could offer amateur and community drama and musical productions, small scale touring and other activities to complement Doncaster's new venue, Cast. Pics It’s so weird seeing a building as grand as this just surrounded by utter tripe. The old dressing rooms. There was some pipework from the old gas lamps remaining in here. And then the newer porcelain roses with brass? Conduit. This whole side of the building was rotten. It looks like the flat roof bit behind the grand façade is holding water and pissing in when its bad. one of too proper cool dated bar areas. My idea of heaven. A theatre brewdog. For the la la la la LADZ Not sure if this was a ticket or a newspaper clipping? This tiling reminds of any sort of leisure site back when I was a kid. The other bar on the top level. This was suoer cool for me. Not looking good for itself here. Some great art deco styling on the seats. Im guessing this upstairs part was shut off for years whilst it was a bingo hall. LBL? and some old pictures I found on google from when it was a bingo hall.
  2. 2 points
    On this trip, we found this litte but nice asylum in the near from the actual objective. Fast in - fast out with realy nice motive's 1. Pflegeheim 60 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. Pflegeheim 60 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. Pflegeheim 60 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. Pflegeheim 60 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. Pflegeheim 60 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 6. Pflegeheim 60 06 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 7. Pflegeheim 60 07 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 8. Pflegeheim 60 08 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 9. Pflegeheim 60 09 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 10. Pflegeheim 60 10 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  3. 2 points
    A few years ago I visited this lovely greenhouse. Unfortunately I never managed to get there at the perfect season or daytime. But luckily it's not over 'till the fat lady sings. As a goodie i found, hidden below a canvas, a fantastic old Opel (last admission ten years ago). I will surely go there again - at least in order to learn manual focussing. #1 DSC03645 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #2 DSC03634 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #3 DSC03627 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #4 DSC03623 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #5 DSC03630 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #6 DSC03631 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #7 DSC03641 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #8 DSC03640 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #9 DSC03637 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #10 DSC03635 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #11 DSC05041-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #12 DSC03819-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #13 DSC05024-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #14 DSC05023-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #15 DSC05021-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #16 DSC05014-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #17 DSC05036-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr
  4. 2 points
    For many years this aquaprk has been the main attraction of a bavarian spa town. Since 2015 it is finally closed and abandoned. #1 DSC03927-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #2 DSC03929-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #3 DSC03931-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #4 DSC03932-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #5 DSC03933-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #6 DSC03939-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #7 DSC04322-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #8 DSC04337-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #9 DSC04338-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #10 DSC04343-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #11 DSC05902-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #12 DSC05906-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #13 DSC05916-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #14 DSC05918-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #15 DSC05922-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr
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    In 1906 the jewish Dr. A. built this sanatorium for internal diseases. It existed until the late 1970s and is abandoned since. #1 DSC09045 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #2 DSC09048 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #3 DSC09049 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #4 DSC09054 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #5 DSC09055 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #6 DSC09059 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #7 DSC09061 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #8 DSC09063 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #9 DSC09065 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #10 DSC09066 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #11 DSC09068 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #12 DSC09069 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #13 DSC09071 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #14 DSC09072 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #15 DSC09075 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #16 DSC09079 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #17 DSC09082 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #18 DSC09085 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #19 DSC09086 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #20 DSC09087 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #21 DSC09088 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #22 DSC09089 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #23 DSC09095 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #24 DSC09096 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #25 DSC09099 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr
  6. 2 points
    Found this little abandoned cages near my home... Lost since april.2000 1. Kaue Schacht 2 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. Kaue Schacht 2 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. Kaue Schacht 2 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. Kaue Schacht 2 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. Kaue Schacht 2 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  7. 2 points
    A small but nice chapelle in Belgium... 1. Chapelle D M 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. Chapelle D M 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. Chapelle D M 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. Chapelle D M 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. Chapelle D M 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 6. Chapelle D M 06 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 7. Chapelle D M 07 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 8. Chapelle D M 08 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  8. 1 point
    Built in 1896 and in continuous use until 1995, this pinwheel style quaker prison was a reflection of a similar one located nearby. You can tour that one for a few dollars and take as many pictures as you like. This one was not so easy.... It was the site of a controversial decades-long dermatological, pharmaceutical, and biochemical weapons research projects involving testing on inmates. The prison is also notable for several major riots in the early 1970s. The prison was home to several trials which raised several ethical and moral questions pertaining to the extent to which humans can be experimented on. In many cases, inmates chose to undergo several inhumane trials for the sake of small monetary reward. The prison was viewed as a human laboratory. “All I saw before me were acres of skin. It was like a farmer seeing a fertile field for the first time.” Dr. X One inmate described experiments involving exposure to microwave radiation, sulfuric and carbonic acid, solutions which corroded and reduced forearm epidermis to a leather-like substance, and acids which blistered skin in the testicular areas. In addition to exposure to harmful chemical agents, patients were asked to physically exert themselves and were immediately put under the knife to remove sweat glands for examination. In more gruesome accounts, fragments of cadavers were stitched into the backs of inmates to determine if the fragments could grow back into functional organs. So common was the experimentation that in the 1,200-person prison facility, around 80% to 90% of inmates could be seen experimented on. The rise of testing harmful substances on human subjects first became popularized in the United States when President Woodrow Wilson allowed the Chemical Warfare Service (CAWS) during World War I. All inmates who were tested upon in the trials had consented to the experimentation, however, they mostly agreed for incentives like monetary compensation. Experiments in the prison often paid around $30 to $50 and even as much as $800. “I was in prison with a low bail. I couldn’t afford the monies to pay for bail. I knew that I wasn’t guilty of what I was being held for. I was being coerced to plea bargain. So, I thought, if I can get out of this, get me enough money to get a lawyer, I can beat this. That was my first thought.” I expected to find an epic medical ward only to be filled with disappointment. The practice was so common I can only assume it was conducted everywhere. Many advocates of the prison trials, such as Solomon McBride, who was an administrator of the prisons, remained convinced that there was nothing wrong with the experimentation at the Holmesburg prison. McBride argued that the experiments were nothing more than strapping patches of cloth with lotion or cosmetics onto the backs of patients and argued this was a means for prisoners to earn an easy income. The negative public opinion was particularly heightened by the 1973 Congressional Hearing on Human Experimentation. The hearing was supposed to discuss the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and clarify the ethical and legal implications of human experimental research. This climate called for a conscious public which rallied against the use of vulnerable populations such as prisoners as guinea pigs. Companies and organizations who associated themselves with human testing faced severe backlash. Amidst the numerous senate hearings, public relation nightmares, and opponents to penal experimentation, county prison boards realized human experimentation was no longer acceptable to the American public. Swiftly, human testing on prisoners was phased out of the United States. Only a renovated gymnasium is considered suitable for holding inmates. That building is frequently used for overflow from other city jails. The district attorney launched an extensive two year investigation documenting hundreds of cases of the rape of inmates. The United States had ironically been strong enforcers of the Nuremberg Code and yet had not followed the convention until the 1990s. The Nuremberg code states: “[T]he person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision.” The prison trials violated this definition of informed consent because inmates did not know the nature of materials they were experimented with and only consented due to the monetary reward. America’s shutting down of prison experimentation such as those in the prison signified the compliance of the Nuremberg Code of 1947. You look so precious.
  9. 1 point
    Quite a big place this one with some great decay throughout. Spent a good few hours round here enjoying a relaxed explore. Some parts of the building are worse than others .There has also been some vandalism and shit graff left behind. Not enough to spoil the over all feel of the place though. And like I said, the decay is awesome. Visited with non member Paul. HISTORY Our Lady’s Hospital first opened its doors in 1868 and was then known as Ennis District Lunatic Asylum. For 134 years it continued to operate on the same site as a mental hospital and indeed until the 1950s very little changed in the manner in which it was run. The hospital was one of the largest public buildings in County Clare and was both a large employer and purchaser of goods from local suppliers.It played an important role in the economic life of Ennis, especially in earlier years when jobs were scarce and pensionable positions were highly prized. Wards were very overcrowded with up to 70 beds per room, with only inches between. It closed in 2002 and there are currently no plans for its development. . . . . . Thanks For Looking More pics on my Flickr page - https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157662358523548/with/37531708144/
  10. 1 point
    Had a look at this place while in the area back in March. The cars where the main attraction for me and they did not disappoint. Excellent examples of cars left to rust and rot until they finally fall in on themselves. The rest of the site consists of stripped huts with some being more interesting and less bear than others. A relaxed and pleasant half hour. Visited with non member Paul. HISTORY Known as Prisoner of war camp 116 was built in 1941 and located in Hatfield heath, just outside Bishops Stortford. The camp mainly housed Italians until about 1943-1944 where it held German and Austrian prisoners aswell. It was known at one point the camp housed 750 prisoners The prisoners had a relatively easy lifestyle here (Unlike the English prisoners in the German POW Camps) and could do voluntary work in the near by farm land in Harlow, they were picked up by the Land Girls and each prisoner had an allotted farm where they would work at. Thanks For Looking More pics on my Flickr page - https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157678466406434/with/32853941973/
  11. 1 point
    Jesus thats buggered. I do like that stair shot with the nice windows.
  12. 1 point
    Great stuff as always, and so neat!
  13. 1 point
    That's a great looking place. Nice set
  14. 1 point
    Good report mate, what a waste of cars! did you manage to get up that small tower? I drive past bishops stortford every week and never knew this was there.
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    Awesome. Hey everyone, glad to be here! I’m a new explorer from near the Atlanta Motor Speedway, eager to get in and start exploring! I found out about urban exploration through the YouTube channel The Proper People. I got two of my good friends into them, and we’ve decided we want to start exploring on our own. Most of my exploring will be done with two of my friends, and anyone who wants to meet up, but I will be the only one with an account. Thanks for having me everyone!
  17. 1 point
    Yep, ticks all the boxes. Doesn't look that small to me! Derpy goodness.
  18. 1 point
    Enjoyed this report, lovely asylum feel to it. Great pics as well, the size of that hall!!
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    Thanks for the advice, and I hope that someone reading this will take onboard your useful and valid tips Truth is that most people involved in this hobby are well aware of the risks involved. Official H&S directed asbestos removal teams will indeed go well beyond the safety precautions required for the disposal of asbestos, purely due to the fact that the company that they work for are so shit scared that one of their employees may succumb to it's effects. The presence of asbestos is definitely a consideration for 'explorers' and we've witnessed many many fools wearing MAGIC dust masks over the years, sometimes in the form of a clown masks to our images' detriment (LOL), but in reality I personally think that the thrill outweighs the risk most of the time. You could be hit by a bus tomorrow
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