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  1. This place easily ranks in the top 5 of the best places I have explored, its was absolutely massive, and in such amazing condition with just the right amount of peely paint in places. Visited as a first stop on a road trip with PROJ3CTMAYH3M and mrdystopia, We spent 11 hours wondering the vast complex and didn't even come close to seeing all of it. I even had time for a nap on one of the very comfortable beds, much needed after traveling throughout the night. I knew that there would be equipment left inside, but I never imagined there would be so much of it, and in such good condition. Round every corner there seemed to be another interesting feature to find, from CAT-Scaners, MRI machines, and X-Ray machines to operating theatres, laboratories and a hydrotherapy pool. This really was an amazing explore and I feel very lucky that I was able to see it. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.
  2. Visited on a very cold, early morning during a Lincolnshire road trip I went on last winter. I was so cold and tired on this particular morning that I managed to forget to put on my shoes before leaving the car, so ended up doing the whole explore in my slippers! However, it was very much worth the numb feet, and I found it hard to drag myself away from the place. This really is a stunning example of a British Victorian Asylum. History: St John’s Asylum, Lincolnshire in the East of England was built 1852. The building was then known as Lindsey & Holland Counties & Lincoln & District Lunatic Asylum. The Asylum has also been known over the years as Lincolnshire County Pauper Lunatic Asylum and Bracebridge Heath Asylum. Finally it was given the name St John’s during the early 1960’s It was originally built to house just 250 patients but by 1902 the asylum grounds covered 120 acres. The grounds of the asylum were cultivated by the inmates where they grew their own vegetables. Within the grounds was a cemetery for the hospital which covered 1.5 acres. St John’s also had its own mortuary chapel. After the outbreak of World War II during 1940, the patients were transferred to other nearby establishments as the hospital was turned into an emergency hospital. In 1948 the administration of the hospital was passed to the National Health Service The asylum finally closed its doors during December 1989 with all the patients being transferred to other nearby hospitals. The site was then sold to developers who have converted a lot of the site into new housing. All that now remains is the main asylum buildings which are Grade II listed, keeping them safe from demolition. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.
  3. Once a successful veterinary school, the buildings known as the Horror Labs now lie abandoned, since the closure of the establishment in 1991. This impressive site is a set of 19 distinct houses, pleasantly separated by courts and gardens. All the façades are Neo-Renaissance Flemish style. The buildings date from early 1900's and are now listed as a historical monument. The main building is known for its grand lecture theatres, beautiful marble corridors and a basement filled with twisted treasures. Visited with The Baron of Scotland, Proj3ct M4yh3m and Mr Dystopia, on the last day of the S.O.C.C's Franco-Belgian Tour of 2013. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.
  4. I was lucky enough to visit this old girl a few times whilst she was accessible. Easily one of the best explores I have ever had. Stepping onboard was like taking a step back in time, filled with 1980s items and memorabilia. She is the last of her kind and I truly hope she can be saved. History: HMS Plymouth is a Rothesay-class frigate, which served in the United Kingdom Royal Navy from 1959 to 1988. Plymouth was built at Devonport Dockyard, in her namesake city of Plymouth, and was launched by Viscountess Astor on 20 July 1959. Since decommissioning as a warship, Plymouth has been preserved, and opened to the public at various United Kingdom ports. During her lifetime, Plymouth served in a variety of locations, including the Far East and Australia. She saw action in the Cold Wars between the United Kingdom and Iceland and also the Falklands War in 1982. Plymouth was one of the first Royal Navy ships to arrive in the South Atlantic following the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Took part in the recapturing of South Georgia on 28 April during Operation Paraquet. The wardroom of the Plymouth was where the surrender of Argentine Forces in South Georgia was signed by Lieutenant Alfredo Astiz. She returned to Rosyth Dockyard after the war for full repair and refit. Plymouth now resides in a guarded dock and will be scraped unless the preservation trust can raise the 250,000 needed to bring the warship back to her home city as a heritage attraction.
  5. Beautiful share chick! I love picture 6!
  6. Thanks everyone! Such a lovely place, need to go back there at some point
  7. Visited with PROJ3CTM4YH3M and Darbians on a very cold and snowy day. I had no idea what to expect of this place as I had never seen any pictures of it before I went, it was so much better than I could have imagined, absolutely loved it. History: George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) They were in Cornish Place on the Don 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 the 1852 to Cornish works Cornish street they had by this time also increased there product range to include steel files, shoe and 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 George Barnsley died at his home at No 30 Collegiate Crescent on 30th March 1958, he lived there with his wife Mabel and mother-in-law Elizabeth. He was a partner in the firm which were steel and file manufacturers and the business was converted into a limited company about 10 years before his death. The building finally closed in 2004 and has been left abandoned ever since.
  8. After the legendary morning that was Santastock 2012 a few of us decided to have a look at this place (minus the Christmas outfits). I had previously visited in August but only took pictures of the outside of the buildings. Absolutely stunning Victorian building with plenty to see. I spent most of the day wandering round looking for the bleeding doors, completely oblivious that they were in a separate building. Hopefully I will be able to tick that of the list one day. History: The Cambridge Military Hospital, built by Messrs Martin Wells and Co. of Aldershot, was located at Stanhope Lines. It was named after Prince George, Duke of Cambridge and opened on 18 July 1879. In the First World War, the Cambridge Hospital was the first base hospital to receive casualties directly from the Western Front. The Cambridge Hospital was also the first place where plastic surgery was performed in the British Empire. Captain Gillies (later Sir Harold Gillies), met Hippolyte Morestin, while on leave in Paris in 1915. Morestin was reconstructing faces in the Val-de-Grace Hospital in Paris. Gillies fell in love with the work, and at the end of 1915 was sent back from France to start a Plastic Unit in the Cambridge Hospital. After the Second World War, with the decline in importance of Britain's military commitments, civilians were admitted to the hospital. It pioneered the supply of portable operating theatres and supplies for frontline duties. The hospital also contained the Army Chest Unit. It was closed on 2 February 1996 due to the high cost of running the old building as well as the discovery of asbestos in the walls. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.
  9. Salve Mater Psychiatrisch Ziekenhuis. The former Belgian psychiatric hospital for female patients. Opened in 1927 by the ‘Sisters of Mercy’ and partially abandoned in 1997. I visited this place twice on my visits to Belgium during the summer of last year. The first visit was very late in the day and the sun was gone within an hour, but I managed to get a whole afternoon in during the second visit. The buildings are slowly undergoing conversion into apartments and a bar according to one of the locals who was living in one of the renovated buildings. I also had the pleasure of running into the owner who shouted out of a window in what I assume was dutch, ran outside, shouted some more then went back inside and slammed the door behind him. I had to laugh but thought it was best to leave before he got any more wound up. I later went on to realise that people usually pay to enter and take pictures of the buildings, which explains why he was so upset. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.
  10. I visited this place last year when I was trying to see as many asylums as possible before they were knocked down or converted. I must have got to this one just in time, as last time I visited there were people living in it. It was nice to see the building being put to good use and the development company did a lovely job of the conversion with minimal demolition. History: Stone House Hospital, formerly the City of London Lunatic Asylum, was a hospital and former mental illness treatment facility in Stone, near Dartford, Kent, in the United Kingdom. As of November 2007, the hospital has been closed, and its has been redeveloped into luxury flats. Stone House was originally constructed between 1862 and 1866 at the behest of the London Commissioners in Lunacy to provide for pauper lunatics from the London area at a cost of £65,000. The buildings were designed in a Tudor Revival architecture style by James Bunstone Bunning, and the facility accommodated 220 patients. The asylum grounds, at first 33 acres (130,000 m2) and later expanded to 140 acres (0.57 km2), included a working farm. Additions to the original buildings were made in 1874, 1878, and 1885, including an expanded female wing and a separate hospital building for patients with infectious diseases. After 1892, the asylum was able to take "private" patients (patients whose fees were paid by their families, or from pensions). The influx of private patients resulted in a budget surplus, and enabled expansion and improvements of the asylum's facilities. In 1924 the facility was renamed the City of London Mental Hospital, and in 1948 it was taken over by the new National Health Service and became known as Stone House Hospital. A 1998 assessment by Thames Healthcare suggested that the hospital was not suited for modern healthcare; plans for the hospital's closure were initiated in 2003 by West Kent NHS.
  11. A ship! My favorite kind of splore! Top work, really nice report this and loving the pictures!
  12. This is fantastic, such a thorough and interesting report, looks like you had a great day!
  13. Its an awesome place, such a weird atmosphere too, but in a good way Haha yeah got to love the chairs, just places in Belgium in general seem to have some awesome chairs!
  14. Thanks so much everyone! One of my top explores of last year this
  15. Now that is awesome, crackin shots and nice ghillie suit! Haha
  16. Yeah that is a good point, actually never thought to do it, will make sure to remember in future
  17. Yep all converted now, looks very nice, and its all been sandblasted since these pictures were taken so its back to the original yellow colour now
  18. I loved those curvy corridors! Not something you get to see often
  19. It was a good one, wish I could have spent a bit more time there
  20. Thanks for the comments guys! Really glad you enjoyed the pictures, I was very lucky to have managed this one when she was still doable
  21. I had been meaning to visit this place for a while but never imagined that there would be much left, I was very wrong and it turned out to be a lovely little explore with lots of industrial gems dotted about the site. Sadly the roof has recently collapsed on the main structure due to snow making the old gantry cranes inaccessible. The chimneys however are very much still climbable if a little rusty and wobbly. Visited with a non member. History: The Brymbo Steel Works was a former large steelworks in the village of Brymbo near Wrexham, Wales. In operation between 1796 and 1990, it was significant on account of its founder, one of whose original blast furnace stacks remains on the site. The works was founded by John ‘Iron Mad’ Wilkinson who built a blast furnace on the site in 1793, just after he bought Brymbo Hall. The reasons for his move from the nearby Bersham Ironworks are thought to be on account of the nearby westminster colliery in Moss Valley, Wrexham. A second furnace was built by 1805 and a third about 1869, but from 1892 no more than two were used, and from 1912 only one. After their deaths in 1882 and 1884 respectively, the business was incorporated as Brymbo Steel Co. Ltd. The business changed company name in 1934 and 1948, on the latter occasion becoming Brymbo Steel Works Ltd in 1948, having become part of GKN, being a branch of GKN Steel Co. Ltd in the early 1960s. It was nationalised with the rest of the steel industry in 1967, becoming a division of British Steel Corporation. The works were served by the Wrexham and Minera Branch of the Great Western Railway, later of British Railways. The steelworks lasted until 1990, when it was closed. 1,100 jobs were lost and Brymbo village went into a depression and many residents into the negative equity trap.
  22. My first report in a very long time here, so I thought I would begin with my best ever explore. I hope you enjoy it. Visited with a group people I met over the internet, who aren't on any forums. A bit of history about the site: Purpose: The British government's alternative seat of power in the event of a nuclear strike on the UK. Conceived: 1956 Completed: 1961 Decommissioned: 1991 Declassified: 2004 Districts: 22 Depth: 60-100 feet below ground. Dimensions: 1km long and 200 meters across. Area: 35 acres. Transport: A fleet of battery powered buggies navigated 10 miles of tunnel. Inhabitants: 4000 government ministers and civil servants including the Prime Minister, Cabinet Office, local and national government agencies, intelligence and security advisors and domestic support staff. Facilities: Infirmary, bakery, laundry, two large kitchens and serving areas, telephone exchange, store rooms, office space, living accommodation, maintenance areas and workshops and an area for the storage and charging of the bunker's electric buggies.