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    Afternoon, Thought id upload a report from my visit to Wales in jan just gone. It was a freezing cold day and we had left early hours to get there before the rest of the tourbus turned up Heres some history from googles... The population of Cardiff had expanded greatly, from under 20,000 in 1851 to over 40,000 less than 20 years later. By 1890 there were 476 Cardiff residents "boarded out" in the Glamorgan Asylum, and a further 500 to 600 being held in hospitals as far away as Chester and Carmarthen.[2] Costing £350,000 and ten years to build, the Cardiff City Asylum opened on 15 April 1908. The main hospital building covered 5 acres (2.0 ha), designed to accommodate 750 patients across 10 wards, 5 each for men and women. Like many Victorian institutes, it was designed as a self-contained institute, with its own 150 feet (46 m) water tower atop a power house containing two Belliss and Morcom steam-engine powered electric generator sets, which were only removed from standby in the mid-1980s. The site also contained a farm, which provided both food supplies and therapeutic work for the patients.[2] The first medical superintendent was Dr Edwin Goodhall, whose then advanced approaches and therapies resulted in the hospital acquiring a reputation at the forefront of mental health care. Patients were also encouraged to take work and supervised tours outside the institute.[2] During the First World War, the facility was called the Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital.[3]During the Second World War, part of the hospital was turned over to the military, becoming the largest emergency service hospital in South Wales, treating British, American and German personnel. 200 beds were retained for civilian use, which enabled early treatment of post traumatic stress disorder of military patients.[2] On 5 July 1948, the hospital was taken over by the Ministry of Health as the National Health Service came into existence. After the introduction of Care in the Community in the early 1980s the hospital went into a period of decline and the number of resident patients reduced.[2] In November 2010 the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board decided that it was preferable to centralise all adult mental health care services at Llandough.[4] The hospital finally closed its doors in April 2016.[5][6] We had gotten in very easily and during our 6 hours or so there, did come across some other explorers, who had told us they had seen security walking around outside, however, we didnt see anyone at all, even from the top of the water tower we couldnt see anyone, happy days. I have heard of people getting caught here again recently though... On to some pics Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Whitchurch Hospital by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Whitchurch Hospital by Thanks for looking DJ
  2. 3 points
    Alright, this is my first post on here but I will get right to it. This hospital is trashed beyond belief but was still fun to explore. It was shut down in 1992 after the USAF pulled out of George AFB following the end of the cold war. These pictures were taken in December of 2018.
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    So this place has nothing now but memories and juvenile grafitti The Witch Ball Inn was popular with the army guys in the 1940s, due to its proximity to Prees Heath airfield. In particular the Americans stationed there took a special liking to it. And yet after that there's very little on the place. It boasted an impressive function room and a now filled-in swimming pool, At some point in the 1980s the building came under new ownership and the name changed to The Cherry Tree Hotel. The swimming pool was actually converted into a fish pond, and a fountain was installed in the bar area. The pub was visited by Michael Cain whenever he was in the area visiting his daughter. it closed down, around 2005 was boarded up and then was consequentially plundered and trashed.
  4. 2 points
    A mish mash of an industrial estate; a few empty units; big spiders old documents and lazy security
  5. 2 points
    Hello everyone, I am an explorer from Czech republic, yet I mostly go exploring in Italy and in France. Personally I love small villas, mansions, hospitals and religious sites which is the reason why I explore abroad, as in my coutry we mostly have industrial sites Hoping to meet some fellow explorers!
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    Sometimes I love my satnav today it took me a new route to the local cider farm rubber necking as i go along i spy a rather dilpidated chimney stack through the trees have a mooch? well it would be rude not to Built in 1812 thats all I know some nice stuff AND it is untouched by kids or taggers maybe I took its urbex virginity? lol
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    When I die, honey when I part with the sun and I will be a long rather sad thing will you take care of me then? you will embrace your arms and you'll fix what broke cruel fate ...
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    A building used by a payroll clerk & security guards, I believe that it was left sometime in the 80s. There wasn't much, but I found many passes and cards dated from 1940 on the floor. You can see some of the time card slots used by employees and manufactured by IBM.
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    It's nice when you get an unexpected bonus location like that
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    Carrie Furnace Hot Metal Bridge. This spanned the Monongahela River to a large blast furnace complex which was abandoned in the 70s along with this bridge. It was built in 1900 and is 51 ft high.
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    Love those old 'merican bridges, very photogenic
  12. 1 point
    Trashed as you say, but great effort nonetheless - thanks for posting!
  13. 1 point
    Welcome to the forum! Glad you had a good explore, it's what it's all about
  14. 1 point
    I couldn't find much info on this, the interior was pretty stripped and bare. Some of the graffiti was killer though
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    Hello! Been abit lazy with uploading explores so heres another one from 2016. Another rooftop (when it was much easier with less Youtube Goons) Anyways, noticed the scaffold up the side of the building, so after a late shift at work i headed into London for a solo explore. Small roof but the view was awesome OPD by OPD by OPD by OPD by OPD by OPD by OPD by OPD by OPD by OPD by Thanks for looking in DJ
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    The building(s) etc seem to be pretty cack, but a nice bonus finding the old car docs. I wonder what happened to Mr. Trott's Ford Escort GL for them to write it off? £360 squid in the bank though for the old womble
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    Doesn't look to be much left there
  18. 1 point
    That's not a bad first report. Welcome to the forum!
  19. 1 point
    Yes! That mc da was needed wasn’t it! Cheers Cheers Andy
  20. 1 point
    Looks like an interesting explore that! Funny seeing the old style V5s
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    A night in the Paris Metro My first report for a while and I felt that my photos from each location wouldn't create a substantial enough report. Because of this I decided to compile them into a more lengthy post documenting the night in which we explored various sections of the Paris Metro. I hope you enjoy reading my story and seeing the images I managed to capture. After arriving in Paris with @Letchbo for a short weekend break, we decided to begin our night of exploring by hitting a classic metro spot. Once we'd safely entered the area we wanted to photograph, we hid in an alcove for a short period of time. Patiently waiting for the end of service with front row seats to watch the last remaining trains hurl past us. As soon the service concluded for the night, we eagerly got our cameras out and started shooting. Fortunately we managed to grab a couple of decent photos before we heard what we presumed were track workers approaching nearby. We quickly concluded it was best to abort mission and keep moving ahead. Photographing sections of track as we progressed down the line, until we reached the next station and swiftly departed unnoticed. By the time we were back out above ground the night was still young and we headed onto our next location. View of a train passing on Line 10 The double raccord We'd visited this spot earlier in the year along with @Conrad and @DirtyJigsaw after visiting another of Paris' famous ghost stations. But when we arrived at this one, we noticed a large number workers across the tracks and decided to give it a miss. Fast forward to October, we thought try our luck again. My partner made his way over the fence but as I was about to climb in and join him, someone abruptly stopped me in my tracks. "Bonsoir!" "Bonsoir?" The rather authoritative looking chap approached me and continued speaking to me in French (to which I didn't fully understand.) I politely explained we were English. He then proceeded to pull a badge out and clearly stated to me the word every urban explorer wants to hear on a night out exploring the metro. "Police." Oh fuck. That's when we thought the night had sadly come to a prompt conclusion. Fortunately for us after a brief discussion with us claiming to be photographing the canal, he decided to allow us to resume our business and once he was well out of sight we made our way straight in. Onto a bit of history, Arsenal station was officially opened in 1906 and is located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. In addition to this, it is also situated on line 5 between the Bastille and Quai de la Rapée stations. After 33 years of operation, it was closed in 1939 at the start of the Second World War. This was due to French resistance members allocating the area as an ammunition depot. Once Paris had been liberated from German forces August of 1944, a battle more commonly known as Battle for Paris and Belgium. It was decided reopening Arsenal would be inefficient. This was on account of its close proximity to neighbouring stations which limited the flow of passengers. For 75 years the station has been largely abandoned aside from graffers, urban explorers, photographers and avid thrill seekers, such as ourselves. Once we'd grabbed a few shots of the abandoned Arsenal Station, we continued photographing another small section of track further down the line. It was quite photogenic and was a welcomed bonus to what had already been a predominately successful night for the both of us. Before long the morning was fast approaching, coinciding with the threat of the service resuming. We reluctantly called it a night, making our way out and back to our accommodation, covered in metro dust and feeling pretty relieved we managed to pull it all off after a few close encounters. As always if you got this far, thanks for reading
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    In a small Belgian village is this house on the roadside. There are still a few things that are worth being photographed. In the meantime it should not look like the pictures anymore .
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    Cheers pal Yea it waas pretty easy, I wish i saw it in the summer. Probs for the best I didnt as I get hay fever soo easily lol.
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    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.
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