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Posts posted by R0tt3nW00d

  1. The History


    There isn't really a great lot to say about this place as its only a train tunnel but the reason behind this being built in the first place is still a little funny. Located in Derbyshire, the 967 meter tunnel was constructed for the sole reason of hiding the view of the railway where this passed Haddon House from the Duke of Rutland. This was clear sign of the Dukes determination to preserve his countryside view :-D. The tunnel was opened in 1863 and remained this way  until 1967 when the line eventually closed. There are plans for a future restoration of the tunnel to extend heritage rail services however this will likely require some fundraising to be a possibility.


    The Explore


    Again there isn't really a lot that i can about the explore as this is just a walk from one end of the tunnel to the other but the ventilation shafts do create some cool shots in here however I only ended up coming out with a handful. Even though it was only small and not much of a challenge it was still a fun visit and was worth the wander.
















    Thanks for looking! :)

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  2. So after about a year since we last went to Sheffield we got a couple of re-visits in this weekend and since I wasn't too active on here the last time, i thought a report was due.


    The History:


    Founded back in 1836, George Barnsley & Sons Ltd was initially located on Wheeldon Street,  Sheffield. They were able to move to the Cornish works in 1849, which was a much larger premises. George Barnsley & Sons Ltd specialized in the manufacture of files and other tools for use in the shoe making industry and grew to become the worlds leading producer for shoemakers. Unfortunately George Barnsley did not out-live the advancements of the 20th century, rendering the traditional tools obsolete, and was open until 2003 when the site finally closed.


    The Explore:


    It had been about a year or so since my last visit here and has definitely been a location I have wanted to see again for some time.

    Not much had changed from what I could remember, other than it being much less overgrown outside and the floorboards having just a little more give to them which always makes things interesting. Nothing too exciting went on while we were there and we wandered in and out like it we owned the place :-D


    Visited with @Hydro@Fatpanda and two other non-members :) 





























    As always, Cheers for looking!! :) 

  3. A bit of the history:


    Stratheden Hospital, or  Fife and Kinross District Asylum as it was first known, opened on July 1st 1866 and was purpose built to accommodate up to 200 mental health patients. The first chief physician, Dr Tuke, was regarded highly as a doctor who changed  the traditional methods of mental health care and helped pioneer the "open door" policy of the hospital. The reporting commissioner  was impressed by this and noted that not one of the patients had abused it, including an inmate from Perth Prison who had been transferred to the hospital. The patients health benefited greatly from this advancement in treatment and it was noted by the reporting commissioner that this led to the patients becoming "more contented and less destructive."


    In 1873 Dr Tuke retired and it was noted in a report by the local health commissioner that under his care the hospital had undertaken "a steady progressive improvement" and had assumed a "very prominent place among the asylums of Scotland." Dr Tuke was replaced by Dr Fraser, who continued with the hospital in a similar fashion. He in turn was succeeded by Dr Brown, who unfortunately was thrown from his horse and carriage and tragically killed, a tragedy noted as a "melancholy event which caused great loss to science as well as to the institution" by the commissioner of the time.


    In 1896 the hospital underwent a vast extension programme in order to ease overcrowding. It was described by the reporting commissioner as "a valuable and instructive advance in asylum administration". Over £20,000 was spent, in order to increase the capacity of the hospital to 600.  In 1900 the Springfield estate was completely purchased, and by 1905 two new hospital wings had been opened, to accommodate the large influx of in-patients seen by the hospital at the time.


    The proceeding years following Dr Turnbull's resignation followed as stabley as the era would allow. When, in 1947 the National Health Service was created, the hospital system was completely re-organised. The NHS Act 1947 brought in new measures and organisational structures throughout the country, and Fife was no exception. The Springfield Mental Hospital Group, which was the governing body for the surrounding local mental health hospitals, was changed to the Fife Mental Hospital Board of Management. The NHS Act was implemented fully by 5th July 1948. On the 7th July 1948, just two days later, it was decided that Fife and Kinross District Asylum was to also undergo a name change. Implemented in January 1949, Fife and Kinross District Asylum was changed to what we now know as Stratheden Hospital.


    The Explore:


    So this was stop 3 of the day after a very early set off and long drive up north. With a lot of the site still being in use it took us some time to find a good access point and after an hour or so of loitering we managed it :) The visit was nice but it disappointing that a lot of the doors inside were locked and this massively restricted where we could venture which meant we weren't able to see the nice long corridor here :/. We didn't spend a great deal of time here and after climbing through the same ball ache of a door too many times we called it.


    Definitely worth a visit and would be one to add to the list of re-visits!


    Explored with @-Raz-, @Hydro and a non member :)


    Not many pics from here but worth the visit :)





















    Cheers for looking! :)

  4. A bit of the History:


    Kellingley Colliery was the last working deep coal mine in Britain. Located just over a mile east of Knottingley, West Yorkshire, the mine was established in April, 1965 and was functional up until its closure in december, 2015.
    The Colliery provided coal to local power stations and housecoal-quality coal from the two 800m deep shafts. The sinking of these two shafts began in 1960. Because of the porous geology, boreholes had to be drilled around each of the shafts and pumped with sub-zero temperature brine to freeze the water-logged ground down to around 200 meters. One the shafts had been lined with with a concrete seal, the brine was stopped and the ground was allowed to thaw. 

    During planning and building the surface infrastructure for the new colliery, employment of 3,000 mine workers was expected at completion. Because of updated methods and machinery, only about 2,000 men were employed there at any one time.


    The Explore:


    So after @Hydro basically made this place his second home, and it practically being on our doorstep, we had a fair few visits to this location. It became more of a place to go chill out for a few hours and relax than a normal explore. Despite visiting here 6 or 7 times I haven't many images to show for it but its definitely a favorite!


    Explored with @Hydro and a few none members.


























    Couldn't resist the chance for a couple selfies here:






    If you got this far then cheers for looking!! :)