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  1. 18 points
    The Hospital was founded in 1831 & by 1929 special feature available included Turkish, Russian & medicated baths & electro-medical department. The Infirmary was also approved for the treatment of Veneral Diseases The New Road Campus has been home to it"s various named College incarnations since the 1967 when the College paid £105,000 for the site. New buildings were opened in 1967 with the main block being opened in 1971. By 1978 they were 8,000 Students attending the college. The site which now consists of 10 linked buildings totaling 342,000 sq/ft over a 6.1 Acre site, which includes the original Grade 2 listed Hospital buildings, with it"s impressive original sandstone columns identical to those on the nearby Railway Station. With the statue of Edward the VII now looking over the car park. The College has recently moved into a new purpose build waterfront development for £60M which will welcome @20K Students. The old site has been purchased by Oldham based Wiggett Construction Company for an undisclosed sum Suggestions for the site include a Supermarket, a Care or Medical Centre, with the final potion un-allocated. The local Lidl has confirmed it will move to the new location from it"s local site. The area is not a place i frequent often. I find it too much like Bradford, all doom & gloom & full of Druggies who ironically, had curtailed my first trip prematurely when i"d previously recce"d this place in the Summer . I"d completely forgotten about the place, so thanks go too @albino-jay for bringing this location back into the limelight, with his quality recent night-time report And thanks for the pointers mate Called down one typically Yorkshire gloomy day for a recce & met up with @The Amateur Wanderer later on & decided to return on another much more gloomy freezing & wet day (nice too meet up again mate had some laughs & frights along the way The site itself is vast combining old & new construction techniques & buildings, so one minute you"re inside a modern day facility the next you"ve stepped back in time. The only thing they both share is the fact they"ve been well trashed. It looks like the Metal Fairies have been very busy over the last 3 years & is very reminiscent of DRI / Clayton Hospital with added Razor Wire on top. But has lots of hidden nooks & crannies to keep you occupied for a few hours at the least. I should mention that lots of rooms etc have been modified for Filming purposes from what we could ascertain, paint schemes similar to smoke & soot damage over the walls and curtains and strategic placed old beds & equipment .....which obviously been strategically re-positioned lol As always, thanks for looking ] Merry Xmas
  2. 16 points
    The History George Barnsley and Sons Ltd was founded in 1836 and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883. George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street, The 1849 listing records a move to Cornhill and then in 1852 to Cornish works Cornish street. They had by this time also increased their product range to include steel files and shoe & butchers knives. They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades, shoe knives and leather workers tools. In the 1948 listing the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd. The Explore Having seen this quite a lot but very few and far between at the same time this was one place that I wanted to see. The same applied to @hamtagger. One not so cold February morning we made our way to Sheffield with Mr Barnsley's Cornish works in sight. Firstly thanks to @Fekneejit if it wasn't for you we would have probably been pounced on by squatters, wandering aimlessly around a courtyard continuing our debate on where the squatter we followed in had gone or even worse, slipped on a mouldy orange and be lost forever in the lonesome little area that aided us with getting in. Anyway, we got in. Walking through the first few bits it was difficult to see how this was going to turn in to something amazing. But lo and behold we carried on, getting excited over retro wallpaper and seeing familiar names etched in to the dirt on the windows we found what we had been looking for. We both got quite carried away. Spotting things that we had both seen in previous reports and some stuff that we hadn't. It was quite noticeable in areas where things had been moved, gone missing or just ruined. Wandering off in different directions and then swapping to not get in each others way. It was a great day and I am pretty pleased to have finally seen George Barnsley & Son. Anyway, on with the pics 1 2 3 - Everyone should be a lover of shit retro wallpaper 4 5 6 - I loved these, a real slice of history and nice to see along with a lot of the place not trashed. 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Thanks for looking!
  3. 15 points
    This was another one of those what the fuck just happened moments in my life. So I was on my way back from (not so) sunny South Wales with @The_Raw @extreme_ironing and @sentinel after visiting @Lenston when I got a call from a very excited @Frosty. "Mail Rail is doable." I know by now if he says something is possible then he's normally right. We had looked at ways into the network on many many occasions, each time being thwarted at the 11th hour by something so this was high on our list and deserved all our attention. Initially like a fool I passed on this trip. Well I was supposed to be at work early the next day and I was, for want of a better word, fucked. An enthusiastic night out drinking the night before had definitely taken it's toll. However on my home to sunny(er) Kent after dropping some people off in London, I realised what an immense idiot I was being and 4 hours later found myself back where I had just been with the people I had just been with (minus @sentinel who was sleeping off his weekend) emerging into the gloomy depths of the abandoned tunnels. It was an insane day. The Post office Railway (or Mail rail as it became known) is for many considered the 'holy grail' of exploration, especially in London. I can understand why, you've got an entire abandoned miniature underground railway complete with stations, rolling stock, miles of tunnel and the powers still on. It's pretty cool. You can walk for miles under London's streets and not really know where you are and it's also not that easy to access. It was constructed in the early part of the 20th century to link together some of the main London sorting offices and alleviate delays that occurred in moving mail around London on the surface. Construction started in 1915, but was suspended just over a year later due to labour shortages. The line was eventually completed and became available for use during 1927 and was in service from February 1928 onward. I could go into the detailed history of the railway and it's design, but I'd be writing for ages and there's plenty online about it if you want to do some research. Needless to say that by the early 2000's the system was in need of major investment to keep it working efficiently and now only had 3 stations out of the original 7 due to relocation of the sorting offices above. In 2003 the railway was officially mothballed, but has more-or-less been totally abandoned. It would take a significant injection of cash to even think about bringing it back into service and there wouldn't be much point as there's now only 2 live sorting offices located on the route, pity. In October 2013 the British postal museum announced plans to open part of the network to the public and indeed this is pressing ahead. In the coming years it will be possible to visit the station and workshops at Mount Pleasant and (apparently) go on a short train ride round one of the loops. I'm actually pleased at least part of the system is being preserved because it is a unique place and deserves it's place in history. I just hope they do a good job and don't make it too gimmicky. What you see here is only a small section of the line from Rathbone place to Mount Pleasant. I needed to get home so I left after we reached Mount Pleasant. Regretted it ever since because try thou we might we've not managed to get back in, but we have got oh so close (oh you have no idea!) So on with some photos. It won't be anything you've not seen before, but here is my take on the Post Office Railway. Rathbone station is now a tad damp because of the building work going on above it. Typical tunnel section twin tracks Before the stations, the twin tracks break into two smaller tunnels and split apart to go either side of the platform. This was actually an abandoned tunnel to the original western district office which was re-located in 1958. The abandoned tunnel was used as a siding to store locomotives and wagons in. Trains in tunnels Just before Mount Pleasant station, you have these massive doors, which I'm lead to believe are for flood protection. Coming up to Mount Pleasant And that's as far as I went. Thanks for Looking! Maniac.
  4. 14 points
    Evening Scabies and jelly spoons, hope everyones settling back into work alright. This place is on my doorstep but was never really fussed with it, as we all know its been major 2015 tour bus destination so you know what you're in for. Was kinda always saving this place for a rainy day when i fancied some exploring but couldn't be arsed to drive to far, so yeah that day came and i popped up selly oak hospital with a couple of young bloods who are new to the forum, they had been firing reports up on 28 from all sorts of old brum derps and clearly putting the effort in and getting out exploring stuff so i teamed up with them for selly oak, originally i wanted to do the river rea but needless to say what with all the rain it was a bit of a raging torrent so that's been back burnered, that word looks like bummered from where i'm sat, it shouldnt say bummered. the explore- the explore was pretty straight forward, no craziness, no swat teams, no russian mountain dog chases, not even a sniff of secca. Thank you to the lovely lady (you know who you are) who hooked me up some details on what's what access wise at the minute, pretty straight forward mooch, still plenty of nice bits left to see, a lot more than i was expecting to be honest, couldn't believe there's more to this place than a morgue!! morgue pics seems to be the only thing i've seen from the place, don't get me wrong there is a whole load of bugger all here as well but there's a few interesting bits dotted about, my fave was the bed with the leather worn off in the shape of a person and then mould has started growing through the worn material, who doesn't want to see some fungus feeding of the moisture of years of embedded human perspiration and growing in the shape of a person! fookin gross right generic wiki history The first buildings on the site of Selly Oak Hospital were those of the King’s Norton Union Workhouse. It was a place for the care of the poor and was one of many workhouses constructed throughout the country following the introduction of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. This act replaced the earlier system of poor relief, dating from 1601.[1] The rising costs of poor relief had become a national problem and the new act sought to address this. Throughout the country, parishes were formed into larger unions with the power to raise money from rates on property to pay for the poor. King’s Norton Poor Law Union was formed from the parishes of Harborne, Edgbaston, King’s Norton, Northfield and Beoley. Each of these five parishes had individual workhouses. These were replaced in 1872 by the new, much larger one at Selly Oak. It was built to accommodate 200 pauper inmates. Central supervision by the Poor Law Commissioners in London ensured that all workhouses were administered similarly by a set of rules and regulations. How humanely these were interpreted depended entirely upon each local board of Poor Law Guardians, who were local worthies. They were elected annually and gave their services voluntarily. The aim of the Poor Law Amendment Act was to deny any form of relief except through admission to the workhouse. Generally it was assumed that the able-bodied poor could find work and if they did not then they should be forced to work within the confines of the workhouse. It was thought that if conditions in the workhouse were really bad then the poor would be deterred from seeking relief. However, by the late 18th century it became apparent that the majority of workhouse inmates were the most vulnerable people in society; the young, the old, the chronic sick and the mentally ill. Various Acts of Parliament ruled that separate provision should be made for children and the mentally ill. The sick poor were to be accommodated in separate infirmary blocks. These were often built adjacent to the workhouses and were the forerunners of many great hospitals of today. Commemorative plaque recording the opening of the King's Norton Union's Infirmary at Selly Oak, on the "3rd Day of September 1897" At Selly Oak, a separate infirmary was built in 1897 at a cost of £52,000. It was the subject of much heated debate as the original estimate had been £18,000. It was a light, clean and practical building, and generally a source of much pride. The Guardians took great care and gathered information from other infirmaries to ensure that the final design, put out to a competition and won by Mr. Daniel Arkell, was up-to-date and modern. The Infirmary accommodated about 250 patients in eight Nightingale wards and smaller side wards and rooms. There was also provision for maternity cases. Between the two main pavilions were a central administration block, kitchens, a laundry, a water tower, doctors’ rooms and a telephone exchange. There was no operating theatre or mortuary and, in the workhouse tradition, the internal walls were not plastered, painted brick being considered good enough for the sick paupers. The workhouse and infirmary were separated by a high dividing wall and were run as separate establishments. The population of the King’s Norton Union increased dramatically, and in 1907 extensions to the infirmary and the workhouse made provision for the growing numbers of poor people. This doubled the size of the main hospital building. The Woodlands Nurses’ Home was built at the same time to accommodate forty nurses. A small operating room was added to the infirmary. There was a resident nursing staff of eight trained nurses and nineteen probationers who were supervised by the Matron. She also had responsibility for the resident female servants. The Steward managed the infirmary, governed the male servants, kept the accounts, ordered provisions, and recorded births and deaths. There was a Senior Medical Officer who attended three times a week between 11:00 and 13:00. A Resident Medical Officer attended at both the infirmary and the workhouse. In 1911, King’s Norton – no longer a rural area – left Worcestershire and became part of the City of Birmingham. The Birmingham Union was formed from the unions of King’s Norton, Aston and Birmingham. The King’s Norton Workhouse Infirmary was renamed Selly Oak Hospital. Over the next two decades facilities improved with the addition of an operating theatre, plastering of internal walls, and the introduction of physiotherapy, pathological and X-ray services. By 1929 there were seven full-time members of the medical staff, and the medical residence was built at this time. The Good Samaritan (1961), by Uli Nimptsch, in front of the Out-patients Unit at Selly Oak Hospital Attitudes to the poor changed gradually and measures to relieve poverty, such as old age pensions and National Insurance, were introduced before the First World War. By 1930, the administrative structure of the Poor Law was finally dismantled. Selly Oak Hospital and the Workhouse, renamed Selly Oak House, came under the administration of Birmingham City Council. Selly Oak House was administered separately and used for the care of the elderly chronic sick. Selly Oak Hospital continued to grow, new operating theatres were added in 1931, and the biochemistry and pathology laboratories opened in 1934. Nurses had been trained at Selly Oak since 1897, but it was not until 1942 that the School of Nursing was opened. In 1948, when the National Health Service was introduced, Selly Oak Hospital and Selly Oak House were amalgamated. Since then many changes to the site have resulted in the institution we see today. Recent developments[edit] The hospital closed in 2012 upon completion of the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Relocation of the first services from Selly Oak began during the summer of 2010 when its A&E department moved to the new Q.E.Hospital on 16 June and over the next 7 days Critical Care and other departments moved step-by-step the 1.5 miles to the new hospital. On average one inpatient was moved every 5 minutes between 7 am and early evening [2] On the morning of 23 May 2010 a 'Service of Thanks' was held at Selly Oak Hospital to celebrate a century of caring and this was followed by a fun fair at which staff and patients were invited to "Take a Trip Down Memory Lane", sign a memory wall [3] and contribute to an on-line memories website. The reorganisation was first planned in 1998 though it was not until October 2004 that planning approval was given by Birmingham City Council, with construction beginning during 2006. Selly Oak Hospital was well renowned for the trauma care it provided and had one of the best[citation needed] burns units in the country. It was also home to theRoyal Centre for Defence Medicine, which cared for injured service men and women from conflict zones, as well as training service medical staff in preparation for working in such areas. In March 2007, the Hospital was alleged to be not properly treating Iraq war veterans.[4] The hospital has also appeared in national newspapers with stories of servicemen being verbally abused in the hospital by members of the public opposed to the war.[5] There were also difficulties[clarification needed] when Jeremy Clarkson went to the hospital to give gifts to the wounded serviceman.[6] A report published by the House of CommonsDefence Select Committee blamed the allegations against the hospital on a smear campaign[7] and praised the clinical care provided to military patients.[8] Picturegraphs MOULD MAN!!! [ thanks for looking guys, always remember to stop look and listen, always wait for the green man and always be aware of stranger danger, take it sleazy kids.
  5. 14 points
    A rather unassuming farm house in the Belgian countryside, not much decay and completely empty... apart from one room... 'GET STUFFED!'
  6. 14 points
    First stop on a mini tour of Wales, Thanks Alex for showing me these places. I dont know the history of this place, but judging by the lay out of the house and the articles left I would guess a widowed lady lived here until she had died in the early 70's. But based on the music collection somebody lived here until at least 1987. The owner also appeared to be a bit of a hoarder with piles and piles of stuff. This is my first propper place that hasnt been gutted and left pretty much stuck in time. Thanks for looking and Happy New Year to you all!
  7. 13 points
    Hello ! A cool aquarium abandoned for about 10 years somewhere in France. It's was a fun location and visit. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
  8. 13 points
    At last I get to go to visit a train graveyard! I went to Oakamoor for a look round but even the rails have been taken away from there and scrapped. (non-HD people should press the back button and look at some drains ) Anyway, just before it was dark I managed to get pictures from another location I'd seen on Google Maps. I couldn't get up onto all of the carriages because of a bad elbow at the moment I'm surprised it hasn't been sold off for scrap. It was nice to go inside a proper old fashioned passenger carriage which hadn't been vandalized in any way. First some general shots from walking around...... and my favourite carriage......
  9. 13 points
    A recent visit to this old Power Station which has been decommissioned since 2000. A planning application has been approved to demolish it and replace it with a new sustainable energy plant. Although approval was granted in 2012 nothing seems to have happened since. Lots of stuff left in situ and it's all decaying nicely. Some pictures #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15
  10. 13 points
    Been wanting to see this for ages but I'd forgotten about it until recently. A couple of drunken attempts at sneaking past a seemingly asleep Crossrail security guard a while back didn't go as planned. This time however we took a different approach (cheers adders) and spent a couple of hours poking around inside without any hassle. Such a cool bit of London history it's a must see if you get the chance to pop in. Visited [email protected]_ironing, @adders, an extremely drunkenmonkey and a friend of ours from Germany. History The Kingsway Tram Tunnel is an abandoned tunnel, built to connect the "North Side" and "South Side" tramway systems in the Holborn area of London. The tunnel was constructed between 1902 and 1905 and it was in operation between 1906-1957. It ran from the junction of Theobalds Road and Southampton Row at its northern end, to the Embankment (in 1908) at its southern end, with underground tram stations at Holborn and Strand. Public service began on 24th February 1906. The first journey took 12 minutes northbound and 10 minutes to return, even allowing for the horse-drawn vehicles also using the roads on the overground part of the route. In 1929 double-decker trams were introduced after works that raised the roof and deepened the tunnel. During the mid 30's all trams in London started being replaced by "more modern vehicles", mostly trolley-buses and conventional diesel buses. All London trams were finally abandoned on 5th July 1952. Over the next 60 years, the tunnel was been mostly left abandoned. A project for a new tram line making use of the tunnel was cancelled in 2008. During the same year the tunnel was used as a film set for 'The Escapist', evidence of the film set can still be seen today. The site has since been acquired by Crossrail who have been using it as a worksite for the construction of a new tunnel directly under the old one up until recently. 1. Part of the tunnel still being used for storing materials 2. Apparently these tags are significant, Cos and Fume from the DDS crew. Means zilch to me but there you go! 3. Still some live switches and cables down here 4. Here the ceiling of the tunnel slopes down as the Strand underpass now replaces the old Aldwych station end of the tunnel. 5. Gets a bit stoopy down this end. Live cables run along the right hand side 6. & 7. Two small holes either side of the narrow end lead into these cavities alongside the underpass where you can still see the old poster boards on the walls 8. & 9. Unfortunately the ladder at the end takes you no further. 10. Back towards Holborn street signs lay scattered everywhere 11. 12. An old staircase leading to the surface 13. Film set posters 14. Platform down the middle where trams would have pulled in either side 15. This is how it looked back in the day 16. Union Street poster and tube map also from 'The Escapist' film set 17. 18. This section retains all it's original tiling in great condition 19. 20. Still some bits leftover from the crossrail site 21. Original tracks running towards Holborn Thanks for looking
  11. 13 points
    Okay ive posted some of my old stuff, now onto some more recent explores. I have watched this place for many years, earlier this year i decided it was time to give it a go, Having known it has been abandoned for over 4 years, and with no building work going on anymore it was the perfect time. I couldnt wait to be the 1st one to visit this place. Some history on the place, It was built around 1890 and since then it has had a few moddern additions. Its original use was as a home for a wealthy mill owner from the local area, it then became a Missionary for kids and families from other countries to live in. It then went on to be a hotel/B&B and rented flats and rooms, before its final use as a home for 4 asian families. Now it lays abandoned with no clear plan for the future. The inside of the property is sooooo clean, as you will see from my pics. You could move straight in if you wanted to, Carpet on the floor whitch was rather nice (even took my boots off) it was that clean lol. Not normally what i want to see tbh, we all love a bit of decay, But i just had to see it, The place blew me away with its grand staicase and sculpted ceilings, Some nice bits of furniture lying about too. Now heres where the fun starts...... After being inside for around 40min I was on the ground floor just taking a pic down the main hallway, when i notiched a shadow of a person stood at the outside of the front door, Knowing there was no secca on the place my 1st thought was that is was the owner, or the police..... So I grabbed my things and headed for the exit point in a bit of a rush lol, upon getting to the exit point I was greeted by not one or 2 police men, but 8 of them all with their battens drawn :-/ Needless to say I wasnt expecting that. After a long talk with the police about what i was doing in there, and the whole you shouldnt be in there speech, they took my details and let me on my way. Now on with the pics..... Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed the pics :-)
  12. 12 points
    Not much history to be found on this place but we know it served as one of 4 railway control bunkers during WWII which were crucial to keeping the Southern Railway network running during the blitz. Here's some info from Sub Brit where it gets a mention: During World War 2, the Southern Railway took over the Deepdene Hotel near Dorking in Surrey for its wartime emergency headquarters. In the grounds they excavated an underground control centre taking advantage of a network of existing natural caves. The bunker housed both the Headquarters' telephone exchange and Traffic Control's underground control centre which had underground divisional controls at Woking (South West Division), Southampton (Western Division), Orpington (South Eastern Division) and Redhill (Central Division). Woking Southern Railway Traffic Underground Control Centre remained operational until the 1960s. It's in a very poor state of disrepair due to natural decay and fire damage but there's still a few bits and pieces left behind. Visited with @Maniac, @extreme_ironing, and @Soylent green before heading to the pub for a liquid breakfast 1. Difficult to read all the writing on the blast doors but they read something to the effect of 'wait for the first door to be closed before opening the second' 2. In this room there would have been people sat on either side with telephones and typewriters in front of them 3. I guess this room was a telephone exchange 4. I got mocked for taking this shot. What can I say, I like old light switches! 5. Old telephones, there used to be loads of these apparently but they've all been taken 6. Ventilation, loved the rusty colours in here 7. Dials 8. Electrics 9. Some kind of battery or something? I'm not sure, answers on a postcard please! 10. Impressive blast doors Thanks for looking
  13. 12 points
    Bradford Conditioning House was built by the Bradford Corporation following a special act of parliament to quality check & control the moisture content of Wool by means of laboratory examination and certify their true weight and length. The purpose built building was designed by F Wild who died in 1901 and never saw his plans come to completion. It was the only such one of its kind in this country. The structure was erected over four-storeys and basement around 3 sides of an open court and opened in 1902 The Grade II-listed building (achieved in August 1983) lies forgotten & derelict since it closed in the late 80’s. In 1990, there were plans to transform the building into a hotel and conference centre. Six years on, permission was granted to convert it into commercial offices but nothing has happened up to the present time, apart from continuing it"s steady demise from the elements Anyone that"s visited here over the years has i"m sure, gained considerable insight into the many forms of Rot that affects Wood and it"s lack of ability once so affected too support an adults weight I think this must be high up on the list of "Most Rotten Building" that"s actually still standing ....for now. Anyhow, after having a drive around Bradford checking on a few sites in the rain, i thought why attempt to try & kill myself & what better way too go to Hell than through the "Conditioning House" floor (sorry A-R Fan Club members, i survived) I can honestly say it"s the only site i"ve done in Bradford where i"ve not had to worry about "Druggies" or wading through 6" of needles & associated drugs crap! TBH they"re the last things you worry about inside here, constantly thinking your"e about to take the express elevator down a few floors without warning If it wasn"t for the fear of falling through it would have been a relaxed mooch about, but even though i only managed to go through the flooring twice it was enough too ruin the experience slightly Unfortunately the building was cleared of most things years ago (i was hoping to come across an old rusty bed, but luck wasn"t on my side) so you"re limited pics wise i suppose, with the majority of interesting bits being in the lower levels in the darkness (not that i don"t find the top half interesting, because i do) so everything had to be lit up as you would expect (hence the weird coloration) One of the few buildings where the Warning signs actually tell the truth........guaranteed Hope it"s not too pic heavy ? And as always thanks for looking PS single shot RAW pics
  14. 12 points
    Thought it was high time i actually posted something so here goes my very first post. Had this place on the to do list for sometime now. In fact so long I'd forgotten all about it. Was only after another explore nearby went tits up that we decided to hit this place. Glad I did as it was a real treat. The place is full of old tanks,ground to air missiles, anti tank guns, trucks the highlight for me was the WW2 era 88mm. I have no history as to why this stuff is where it is. Possibly its a failed museum. Am sure someone on here probably knows. Explored with my other half and a non member just before new years.
  15. 12 points
    Visited with @-Raz- & @Butters History; Opened in 1911, at a total length of 259 meters and 68 meters high, the Tees Transporter bridge has dominated the Middlesbrough skyline. It supports a "gondola" which can carry up to 200 people and 9 cars, or 6 cars and a mini bus. During the second world war the super structure of the bridge was hit by a bomb, and in 1953 the gondola got stuck half way during gale force winds in which the water came within inches of the carriage. However despite this, the bridge remained in full working order, having only needed minor repairs. In 1974 the comedy actor Terry Scott while travelling between his hotel in middlesboro' to a performance in Billingham mistook the bridge for a regular toll crossing and drove his car off the end of the road way , landing safely in the net below. In December 1993 it was awarded the Institution of Mechanical Engineers highest honour, The Heritage Plaque, for recognition of the local councils efforts to keep the bridge in working order. In 1985 it became grade 2 listed and its prominence as a local landmark was enhanced by floodlighting to operate during the winter months. In March 2015, the post office issued 10 first class stamps featuring iconic British bridges, one of which, as you have probably guessed, is the Tees Transporter. The Explore; So we had been before, during one of the worst storms of the year and decided not to bother, but as always with these things our perseverance paid off as when we went back we had a chilly but uninterrupted mooch around. I was especially excited about this one as I have a lot of family and friends in the Tee's area and had grown up seeing this blue giant at least twice a month. Anyway, on with the pictures; A group photo to finish Short and sweet, thanks for looking
  16. 12 points
    Hi all, First post on here so I do apologise if I have missed anything that I should have included in this post! Down Street is a disused station on the London Underground, located in Mayfair, central London. It was opened in 1907 by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway. It was served by the Piccadilly line and was situated between Dover Street (now Green Park) and Hyde Park Corner stations. The station was little used and trains often passed through it without stopping. Its lack of usage coupled with its proximity to other stations resulted in its closure in 1932. During the Second World War it was used as a bunker by prime minister Winston Churchill and his War Cabinet. The station building survives today and is close to Down Street’s junction with Piccadilly. Part of it is now converted to a retail outlet, with the upper floors being leased as office space. This was an above-board, authorised visit. I really must advise that security has been beefed up considerably since a few years ago and anyone entering without permission or following correct protocol is likely to have their houses turned over by the police, no jokes.
  17. 12 points
    The Bargate Shopping Centre, Southampton - and what an explore this was. History: The Bargate Shopping Centre, named after Southampton's prominent Bargate landmark, was opened in 1989. The centre focused on being a collection of specialist outlets rather than a mainstream shopping centre, and boasted a number of technology-related stores, a sweet store, a nail salon, a photographic studio and a Sega Park arcade. It was set out over two levels and to a very simple design of a single mall leading to an atrium although there was an internet cafe on the lower ground floor of the atrium. Also off this atrium is the largest unit in the centre, originally occupied by The Reject Shop and then the Sega Park arcade from 1996 until closure. The Bargate Centre also contained a multi-storey car park. Explore: This was a one of the more personal explores to me - it was the local hangout as a kid. Many hours were spent in the arcade with bags of sweets purchased from the sweet shop. After spending over a year with my eye on this and casing the joint (sound like a bank robber here ) it was annoying to see someone had sold it out to local newspapers. Knowing it would probably get sealed soon, we gave it our all - and it certainly paid off. We made our way to the stairwell and up to the roof, we opened the door and was greated by a rather unpleasant sight.. our access covered in heras, 2 security guards facing the other way and a fatttt german shepard in the boot of a car. We slowly backed out and went the long way.. probably the sketchiest access ever (bar the car mine of course) but after a while we were in. Spent about 45 minutes in here shooting before we discovered some rather new looking CCTV cameras, and 5 minutes later 2 security come bounding in with world's friendliest guard dog. Had the typical walk of shame, but in a way I was more than happy as it saved a monumental climb back out. Explored this one with @Biebs - certainly one to remember. As always, thanks for looking!
  18. 12 points
    The small funeral chapel was an accidental find. The chapel is located a bit seclusively in an area which is off the beaten track anyway. But the area around it appears to be pretty neat. The chapel hardly catches anybody´s eyes. Only the exact observer will spot it. That might be the reason why the shmall church is still in a pretty good condition. You´ll approach and explore a very peaceful place. A metall door, that leads into the cellar, is half-open. You can´t see anything but darkness. I walk by the door and enter the chapel from behind through an open door. As soon as I had entered the chapel, It appeared to me that this place wasn´t an ordinary chapel. It was obviously used as a funeral chapel. The first room you´ll enter is a tiled room, which was apparently used for washing and preparing the bodies before burial. After that you´ll reach the actual chapel. which was used for funeral ceremonies. An old, red carpet is still lying around and a big cross is still painted on the wall. In the attic you´ll find the former staff rooms. While my fellow-urbexers were taking their photos in the chapel, I remembered the door leading into the cellar. So I went to explore the cellar on my own. Cellars have never been my favorite place but after knowing about the purpose of this chapel it definitely didn´t help to feel better. I had barely squeezed through the door when I saw the construction on the stairs, which was obviously used for the transportation of the bodies up and down the stairs. Someone had placed a broken cruzifix on it. I went down the stairs following them into the pitch-dark cellar. I was right in the middle of the former morgue of the chapel. An old apron was hanging on the door, a wooden cross leaning against the wall. Even old utensils for preparing the bodies. In a side room was the former cooling room with the mortuary refrigerator (tightly closed). In the next small room you could find old coffin lids. My eyes became gradually adjusted to the darkness, which let the place appear less scary. When my friends started to capture the cellar, I waited on an old stone bench. It was a wonderfull autumn´s day. I really felt the tranquility of this place. If these walls could talk, this place could tell many stories of grief and goodbyes. Yet, the peacefulness and the location of this place even comforted me. Such a nice place to say good-bye.
  19. 12 points
    Llanberis (Dinorwic) Slate Quarries – Llanberis The lowest slate quarry lies just outside Llanberis (100m A.S.L.) on the shore of Llyn Padarn, Vivian Quarry is just slightly detached from the main area, a few 100m away on the shore of Llyn Peris, rising to 650m above sea level, that’s 500m or 1500ft in height and probably 3 miles width. History Llanberis slate starts around 500 million years ago, when layer upon layer of mudstone - deposited over millennia in a shallow sea - eventually became overlain and intruded by volcanic rock, lava and ash. The heat and pressure that these applied to the shale type rock, transformed it over aeons into what is now considered the best slate in the world. Slate is virtually impervious to water, and is easily split into tiles making it excellent for roofing. Post formation the slate lay dormant for another age waiting for the next event in its long history - the collision of what is now the UK with Nova Scotia caused the mountains to rise above sea level and the Snowdonia mountain range was born. And there it would have ended for the slate, buried under a mountain of rock, but the earth had different ideas and around 100,000 years ago the earth was plunged into a glacial period - glaciers shaped the landscape of North Wales into the dramatic mountainscape that we see today. Jump forwards to 10,000 years ago and the globe started to heat up, the ice retreated and the world we know today started to emerge. Whilst limited mining occurred in early times - the most notable a Roman fort who's remains on the outskirts of Caernarfon was roofed in slate - it wasn't until much later during the industrial revolution that slate mining expanded rapidly. Factory building and rapid urban growth led to the need for an effective roofing material, and that's where slate and the Welsh quarries associated with it came into being. In 1890 the industry peaked, with over 17,000 men being employed in the mines and quarries of North Wales. The subsequent decline in the industry was to have a major effect on the locals and workers alike. When, in an effort to employ its workers with disregard for new Health and Safety Laws the owners of the quarries essentially locked the workers out for nearly a year with no pay, times became very hard and when the mine owners eventually opened the gates to the capitulating workers, they only took on half the original workforce. Similarly it is only just coming to light after the Penrhyn family finally released historic papers from the time - after the last living relative of those times passed away - that the owners not only kept the welsh workforce in poverty, but used the ships that transported the slate all over the world to engage in the slave triangle. It was this transportation to global destinations that gave birth to some of the names of the areas in the quarries, however it has been suggested that some of these have been misnamed by climbers, although the general theme is still there. After the Second World War new technology in roofing, which was cheaper and easier to manufacture than slate was born - the ceramic tile. So despite more mechanization the quarries went through a steady decline until in 1969 when the Dinorwig quarries finally closed. By the end of the mining in Dinorwig, 362 quarrymen had lost their lives extracting the grey gold. My Visit I first visited these vast quarries in the mid 80's, not to explore so much, but to climb on a rainy day when it was not possible to get out on the mountain crags, slate dries in minutes so it was possible to climb between showers. During the showers we did venture down the odd tunnel, into outbuildings and enjoy the unique environment we had ended up in. Here's a photo of us exploring the quarries in the late 80's, this is still one of the classic routes of the Quarries, called 'Comes The Dervish' E3 5C. Day 1 Enough of the history and on with the photos, I do like these quarries if you couldn't tell. That much so I decided to spend a couple of days here and visit the whole place. Photos are just in the order I found things, day 1 in the Northern half of the quarries. Straight into a couple of adits as you enter the quarry; nice as it still has the 2ft gauge train tracks at the entrance. The tunnel splits after a 100 meters, the exits terminate about 100ft above the base of the quarry. The weather was getting worse, visibility down to 30 meters making navigation interesting between the levels, this is looking down on the old buildings as I continued to climb one of the inclines. Visibility got worse, but found a track I had hoped I'd find, this went for over a mile to something I'd seen on a map. It probably would have been interesting if I could have seen it as it was a Surge Pumping Station for the Hydroelectric Power Plant, alas a big electric fence put me off taking a close look. I dropped back down to what I hoped would be the top of the quarry, and found a side tunnel to the Hydro Scheme alas it was gated. Was a good looking tunnel as well. The visibility was horrendous and was trying to pick a way across to the opposite side of the main quarry, I didn't know if any of the levels linked up and couldn't see if they did, the good thing was I had to visit each level and pop my head into all the buildings as I passed, lots of small hidden gems to see. Liked this small hut as it seemed to be perched just on the edge of the abyss, had no idea how far the drop below was at the time. The first of what would be many tramway waggons perched on the edge with the hut sat on the abyss in the background. The cloud decided to lift giving me glimpses of where I'd been, where I was and where I actually wanted to be. The level I was on at that time was good, plenty of old buildings. I was at this point also wondering where all the wheel had gone from the waggons, not one to date had any! Once the clouds cleared fully this was my view, I'd basically looked at everything on the right hand side and what lay above me and around the corner on the right side. Where I wanted to go was the left side of the quarry. I essentially had 3 options now, back the way I came and across the top hoping the cloud didn't descend again, traverse out right and head down and climb back up the left side or just descend the huge scree slope below trying to trend left. Option 3 seemed the most fun (easiest) option, what's the worst that could happen? I've descended plenty of scree before, but this was special scree, the whole hillside moved down with you, it didn't stop moving even when you got onto the bigger blocks lower down, the noise was immense, trying to move diagonally away from the main flow being the only way to avoid being enveloped by the flow of rocks. I briefly remember looking down at a group of climbers who were looking up at me and pointing, I must have made an impression as they asked a few hours later when I bumped into them again if I was that nutter on the scree slope, I just grinned. Once things stopped moving I had a quick pop into these nice buildings, just right of centre in the previous photo. The left side, a few interesting buildings here, some graffiti and the realisation I would somehow have to head upwards at some point to connect with a level to get me back on the proper side of the quarry, something to worry about in a bit. This is getting back into the central area where most folk visit, some nice buildings and workings here. The cradle of an old Blondin aerial ropeway dangling on the wire rope. Crunch time, scree or ladders to ascend up the various levels, I'd had enough of scree and what's the worst that could happen on the ladders? glad I couldn't see what secured them when I started up them! I found the tourist bit, old boots and jackets. Plenty of names, a real shame all the recent ones are so huge ffs! Heading back down after the first day, pass one of the inclines. Day 2 An early start the plan was to visit the Southern half of the quarries, the area where the quarry spoil was moved to looking at the maps. Plenty of spoil and waggons without any wheels again. The lack of wheels wouldn't have been a problem for the waggons on this track as it is the end of the line. Looking back down the quarry at one of the towers which supported the overhead ropeways. Many of the buildings have hidden gems, I did like this also a fair bit of 1950's graffiti on the walls. Back to the wheel less waggons, with what would be Snowdon on a clear day in the background. A couple of tunnels on this side of the quarry. Getting back towards the central area again, I'd seen photos of these before so was glad I finally found them, think there's 34 of these slate dressing machines in this shed. Well worth the 2 days mooch to find these and the next set of buildings, possibly I should have just done the tourist trail. This is the next set of buildings, just before you get back to the main quarry. Thankfully they are still a fair stroll for most folk so they remain in a good state. Plenty of sheep shit on the floor, but still a fantastic place to visit. And a final photo as I drag myself away from the quarries. Well that's it, the phone app said I did 20 miles over 2 days, 5000ft of ascent. I just had a good time, somewhere I had wanted to have a proper look around for many a year and I was not disappointed. Cheers, TLR.
  20. 12 points
    A site that needs little introduction Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to the east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to an identical design, providing the long-recognized four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II listed. I never saw myself coming back here but when a couple of friends travelling from afar got in contact I decided I wouldn't mind checking out the current state of play, @extreme_ironing and @shaddam came along for the ride too. We got around the whole site and didn't see a soul all night, security here seems to be on the ball one minute and completely useless the next. After recent events with another group getting caught and finding themselves in a shitty situation I would recommend using caution here though. They seem to treat this site like it's on holy ground when they catch people but the truth of the matter is it's no different to being on any other site legally. It's just that security are bigger assholes than usual and I have a message for them. Fuck you asshole security, I've been on your site four times now you dumb twats and I intend to come back for more 1. Control Room A 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Maze of scaffolding 7. Switch Room B 8. 9. An area that was previously unaccessible before the scaffolding went up. 10. This allowed us to access Control Room B, completely empty now but this was once full of dials and switches with a control panel 11. It faced towards the turbine hall in this direction 12. Some old pipes tucked away on B side 13. An old painting still preserved in the turbine hall 14. Fake security on the roof 15. Looking down from the base of one of the chimneys 16. Morning mist blowing past as we bid farewell Thanks for looking
  21. 11 points
    A big infiltration, what a amazing place,, after a few hours of climbing we got inside,, one of the best places i visit
  22. 11 points
    The first successful location on another absolutely epic trip across the channel with @TheVampiricSquid, @BlocksPhotography and (I think, although I'm sure he'll correct me if I'm wrong) another non-member. (A trip on which I came back with all camera gear intact for a change! success!!!) An absolutely beautiful farmhouse hidden in the middle of nowhere, with the most stunning hand carved solid wooden furniture I think I've ever seen, derp or no derp! Really enjoyed this place, and it was certainly a good start to what would be a trip of gorgeous locations! Once again, I want to be back already! Any chance I could get away with claiming this house as my own and just stay over there? This is actually the first abandoned house I've visited as well, and I found it very strange walking around in what used to be someone's home sweet home... almost felt as though I should have taken my boots off... I can't seem to find any history on the place at all, which is a shame because I'm actually rather intrigued... it seemed to be split into two sections with two kitchens, one upstairs and one downstairs, so possibly two generations under one roof as I'm told is common in farming families? Also spent a while flicking through an old photo album with lots of pictures of flowers upstairs, maybe if they liked taking pictures too, they wouldn't have minded us photographing their lovely home :L haha Enough speculation anyway, and on with the photos! Thanks for looking
  23. 11 points
    The former RAF Thurleigh had been built in 1941 as a new RAF Station. Its first use was by No. 160 Squadron, forming on 15 January 1942, equipped with U.S.supplied B-24 Liberator bombers, known by in RAF service as the "Liberator II". 160 Squadron trained and flew operational missions from Thurleigh until 5 July. Following the Second World War, RAF Thurleigh became the second Royal Aircraft Establishment site and was renamed RAE Bedford. Two new runways were built in the post-war period to accommodate the Bristol Brabazon aircraft (which required a very long runway) that ultimately never went into production. A new control tower was opened in 1957. The airfield was decommissioned in 1994. The site had several reasonably large wind tunnels, one supersonic and one large subsonic. It also had a 'drop tower', which is now used as a skydiving training venue. The 8ft x 8ft supersonic tunnel was dismantled in 2005. A good description of the supersonic wind tunnel is available on the Open University website. Visited with @SpiderMonkey and @Jamie_P RAF Thurleigh Control Tower We started off in the control tower of RAF Thurleigh. The rest of the base is now in use as car storage and repair workshops. 1. Control tower external 2. Inside the control tower 3. Staircase 4. Line jack panel 5. Room in control tower Royal Aircraft Establishment Wind Tunnels - Control Room Next we moved on to the control room of RAE Bedford's Wind Tunnels 6. Central station with control banks behind 7. Panels 8. Dials and gauges 9. Central Station 10. The large control panels Royal Aircraft Establishment Wind Tunnels - Wind Tunnels The 8ft x 8ft supersonic wind tunnels themselves, and all equipment have long been removed, however the entry and exit points of the huge pipes are still clearly visible 11. Air pipe entry point 12. Entry point 13. Exit pipe 14. Air portals 15. Elevated view 16. The huge test space 17. Portals 17. Crane in side area 18. Area to one side 19. Overview Smaller wind tunnels control room Finally we visited the control room of a smaller former wind tunnel set-up in another building. 20. Older control room 21. Control desk 22. Control panels
  24. 11 points
    After seeing @WildBoyz report a while back I had always fancied this place and one rather cold evening a plan was hatched between myself, @Hydro3xploric and @Butters A couple of hours and a lot of ladders later we was sat on top of the wobbly scaffolding with the inspection tags reading "Do not use" I always enjoy being above the hustle and bustle of the city streets, and this place was no exception Old & New parts of the Park hill Estate Looking towards the now demolished Castle Market site Cheers for reading
  25. 11 points
    I wont say too much about this place, History or location wise, but after seeing a post pop up from this place a while back, actually from 2 well known members on here ;-) I knew i wanted to see it, So the day after the post went up I headed out. Met up with another explorer and on we went. Upon reaching the place we knew this wasnt going to be easy, builders everywhere, farmer in his field the lot lol. So on we go, get up close and find the way in, bobs your uncle we are in, out come the cameras and we start snapping away. Then we hear mr builder come in, so we hide in a massive alcove in a fire place until the coast was clear. We thought it best to head upstairs and get some shots up there, After getting some shots upstairs time was getting on and we had noticed the builders had gone. Now we had our sights set on the main prize, the art deco theatre, so downstairs we went and soon enough we found. Boy, what a beauty it was, all lit up and topped off with a lovely wurlitzer at the front of the stage. After getting all the shots in there we headed out and upon doing that we heard a car outside, so quick as you can we head for the entry point and escape just before we get seen, was a bit of a rush thats for sure, So here she is folks Magpie Hall Said Fireplace..... Grand staicase. The bar area. Art Deco lovelyness.... This place is a real mix of old and modern, Thanks for looking :-)
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