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Everything 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 . 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!
  2. Nice report man not seen this place in quite a while!
  3. Awesome report mate love it! This place brings back so many childhood memories!!! Definitely going to have to visit soon!
  4. Cheers all! Glad I waited to get this report up as after looking through my old shots from last year I was pretty shocked with myself
  5. 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 Visited with @Hydro, @Fatpanda and two other non-members As always, Cheers for looking!!
  6. This building looks epic! Awesome report man, can imagine that being a unique and terrifying way be to escorted out of a derp!
  7. Cool place this man Love that first pic and those detail shots too!
  8. A bit of Wiki History: Teesside Steelworks was a large steelworks located along the south bank of the River Tees between Middlesbrough and Redcar and was founded back in 1917 by Dorman Long and the steel that was produced was used to build structures including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tyne Bridge and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The majority of the steelworks, including the Redcar blast furnace, Redcar and South Bank coke ovens and the BOS plant at Lackenby closed in 2015. The Teesside Beam Mill and some support services still operate at the Lackenby part of the site. This is probably one of my all time favorite explores to date and after a couple ventures here with @-Raz- and @Hydro i found i was having too much fun just wandering around than taking pictures. After spending the night sneaking around this Goliath we podded out and caught a few z's atop the furnace adding this to the list of crazy places to sleep. Cheers for looking!!
  9. Haha I assume they were left by a previous explorer or a ghost with a rather odd OCD habit
  10. 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!
  11. Pretty cool report and a chilled wander mate Also looks to have a kinda creepy Chernobyl feeling to it!
  12. Ill be honest i didn't but kinda wish i meant for it Definitely need to venture down south more often!!
  13. Cheers guys!! Yeah we were gutted we couldn't get to it and with this place being so far from home it's not a trip made too often but at least we got in andan aged what we did!
  14. Cool report man! Haven't managed to come across a pool in such good condition, unfortunately up here they are plagued by terrible graffiti.
  15. 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!!
  16. A bit of history: Sunnyside Royal hospital was a psychiatric hospital founded in 1781 located in Hillside, Scotland. The hospital was originally founded as the Montrose Lunatic Asylum, Infirmary & Dispensary by Susan Carnegie. In 1858, a new improved asylum was completed in the village of Hillside on lands of the farm of Sunnyside and the old site was vacated. The site was further developed adding a new facility for private patients called Carnegie House in 1899. Despite this addition, overcrowding was a problem, as the asylum's patient numbers had grown to 670 by 1900 leading to additional building work to be undertaken. Two new buildings were added to the facility and additional staff were required to care for the additional patients. A further development was the addition of Angus House, which was built in 1939 to accommodate elderly patients suffering from dementia. After the 1946 National Health Service act brought the hospital under the control of the Eastern Regional Hospital Board, the name changed from the Royal Asylum of Montrose to the Royal Mental Hospital of Montrose. In 1962 it became Sunnyside Royal Hospital and came under the jurisdiction of new management. The site was officially closed in late 2011 after being open for 230 years and most patients were sent to a new £20 million build at Stracathro Hospital. The Explore: Its not often we venture north of the wall so we didn't arrive at the location until after dark and the by that time the weather had taken a turn for the worse. This was the last stop of the day after a gruelling 03:30 set off and was to act as base camp before the crazy drive home in the morning, After wandering around in the rain for a while we managed entry and began the explore. After a very short walk we decided we found the best spot to set up, nothing to do with no one daring to explore further.... After what was possibly the worst nights sleep ever we took advantage of the morning light and began wandering. The place definitely had a much safer feel to it and has to be the best asylum I am probably going to see for a very long while. Explored with @-Raz-, @Hydro and another friend not on OS. Cheers for looking!!