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  1. The Explore Quite pleasantly surprised by this one, got used to mills generally being stripped bare but this one had quite a few nice things left inside. The car park people at the front was all a bit strange, basically just walked straight past them The History Milford was named for its river-crossing, on an ancient route from Derby to the Peak district. The power of the Derwent was used from medieval times to run a corn-mill, dying and fulling mills, and iron and scythe forges. Jedediah Strutt, a farmer turned hosier, recognised the potential of the site. Inventor of the Derby rib machine, Strutt owned a Derby silk mill, and had set up cotton mills in Belper. In 1781, he bought land in Milford to build a cotton spinning mill. It was one of a series of textile milles constructed on the Derwent between Matlock and Derby during the Industrial Revolution. These pioneering developments, which included the creation of new communities to house and cater for the workforce they required, are now recognises as being of international importance. The Milford Mill complex eventually included spinning, bleaching and dying mills, as well as foundries, joiners’ workshops, a gas-works and a corn-mill. The Warehouse, constructed in 1793, was an early attempt by William Strutt, Jedediah’s eldest son. To design a fire-proof multi-storey structure. Later, and more successful, attempts at fire-proofing are embodies in the Dyehouse building, near the bridge. Whilst almost all the early mill buildings were demolished in the 1950s and ‘60s, much of the associated industrial housing has survived. Many of these houses were built by the Strutts, from the late 18th century onwards, transforming Milford from a riverside hamlet into a company village. The Strutts also built the school, created several farms to supply produce for their workers, helped establish the village’s various religious and social buildings. The road bridge, with its two elegant segmental arches was opened in 1793 was principally funded by Jedediah Strutt, it was widened in 1906. The bridge carries the A6 through the village.
  2. The Explore So after some nice trains it was back to business as usual and a decent explore of this engineering site. Spiral staircase was certainly a highlight and climbing about on the roof cranes was good fun The History The Butterley Company was an English manufacturing firm founded as Benjamin Outram and Company in 1790. Portions of it existed until 2009. Notable patents were taken out by the company's manager, Sir John Alleyne. In December 1859 Alleyne patented a method of producing a load-bearing iron beam known as the Butterley Bulb, used in many early iron steam ships including HMS Warrior In 1861 Alleyne patented a method that allowed hot ingots to be moved around a roller after they had passed by just one person. During the production of steel sections the bar has to be repeatedly put through rollers. Allowing this to happen using just one person was a substantial increase in productivity. By 1863 the company was rolling the largest masses of iron of any foundry in the country. Among its most famous buildings are the Barlow train shed at St. Pancras in London which included 240-foot spans.
  3. The Explore So after a few explores around Crewe and Stoke we met up with some friends from the North East and headed for this dairy factory.. another one of those places that we were a few years too late but not a bad one to fill a few hours The History Fole dairy occupied the site of Fole Mill, originally built in 1771 for Henry Copestake. The Dairy opened in the 1920s and was originally owned by Co-operative Wholesale Society (C.W.S.) Milk Group, and produced milk and cream. In 1995 management passed to Associated Co-operative Creameries, and finally in 2006 to Dairy Farmers of Britain (D.F.B.). At the time the Dairy closed on 31 March 2009 it employed 246 people.
  4. The Explore Usual very early morning weekend exploring took us to Crewe and this disused nightclub/music venue/cinema type place.. not a bad explore but a pain to light the place up as no natural light at all in any rooms The History Not lots of history on the place other than this website that doesn't allow copy and paste so thought I'd leave the link here if anyone is interested. The venue had a capacity of up to 1000 people, with two large licenced bars. http://www.spiritcheshire.co.uk/m-club-crewe/
  5. The Explore This was a revisit for all of us, heard the place was open again and had been over 12 months since we'd seen it and heard it wasn't doing well so thought we'd pop in and have one last look... sadly this place seems to be way beyond saving now and surely will fall down if its not pulled down soon.. Hope the pics give an idea of what its looking like now anyway Visited with @Vulex and two non-members The History Originally called the Empire Theatre of Varieties, this theatre opened in Burnley in 1894 with capacity to seat 1935 people. Funded by the Directors of the Victoria Opera House Limited. In 1995 the building became abandoned and has rapidly deteriorated both internally and externally. In 2013 it was reported that the owners of the Empire Theatre were given 8 weeks to make emergency repairs mainly to the exterior which was thought to be at risk of partial collapse onto nearby footpaths. However it does not appear that anyone from the Lancashire Theatre Company (the registered owners) have come forward to claim ownership.
  6. The Explore This place seems to be the flavour of the day and is popping up everywhere recently. I loved the look of this place, nice to see decay without lots of vandalism so thought I'd pop over and have a look. Really quite enjoyed it, nice character to it The History Really struggling to find any proper history on this school, last updates on some sites are around 1999 so maybe it closed around then. Only bit I have found is that it had 220 students at its peak and age range was 3-11
  7. The Explore Was around Wigan and thought we would have a look at the police station Lavino had posted recently. Only a quick one as not much to shoot other than the cells really so here goes.. The History Tricky to find any history on this police station other than a few snippets on local sites. Apparently there used to be stables at the back for mounted police which were moved in 1953, now just garages at the back. Its been on the market a few times and apparently sold for £300k back in 2006.. Quite surprised its not been developed into flats to be honest as it seems perfect for it even with the garage spaces at the rear/
  8. The Explore This place has been top of my list of places I'd wanted to see ever since I started this hobby. Glad to have finally seen but it was a very strange place to visit, combination of the horror stories about the gypsy camp outside and the general feel of being in a prison made it a real weird one but enjoyed it none the less. The place has been thoroughly trashed over the years but for some reason it kind of added to the feel of the place for me, kind of looked like a riot had broken out and all the inmates had escaped The History Prison H15 is an abandoned prison in France. Built using sandstone and brick, the prison could house almost 1500 inmates. The site has an interesting and varied history. A Cistercian monastery was built in the early 1200's on the site on which the prison now stands. During the French revolution the building was nationalised and the monks were expelled. The site has been used a prison since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Huge expansion of the site was planned for 1812, to convert the monastery into a workhouse for the poor and infirm. There were many delays and work did not begin until 1817, designed to accommodate 400 individuals of both sexes, and divided into four separate sections. At the time there was a lack of prisons in the area and sentences were being cut short due to overcrowding. Shortly after construction of the workhouse had commenced, the Interior Minister ordered the work be stopped, and a detention centre be built instead. The plans were amended and construction of the central house resumed until 1822 when the first prisoners were received. The building could house up to 500 prisoners, one half reserved for corrections and the other half for criminals. Refurbishment works took place alongside the construction of further dormitories, increasing the prisons population to 965 men and 532 women. A further prison was built on adjoining land to house female prisons and the original was used as a male-only prison from then onwards. Facing a change in penitentiary systems the prison closed in 2011. The site has since seen a rapid demise as decay starts to set in and the buildings have been raided for scrap.
  9. The Explore As with lots of Euro places there have been lots of pics of this place around social media recently and had to have a look myself. Photos really don't do this place justice, the architecture and light inside is just stunning.. one of the most interesting buildings Ive ever visited. No idea why it got the code name of ET chapel, surprised it never got the name Star Trek chapel with the shapes inside... The History Been really tricky to get mush history on this place and the locals didn't speak much English so hard to get any real info locally either, all I have found is this extract from a small website. In total, in fact, 381 communes declared disaster by fighting and bombing in WWI. As in most villages of eastern Somme therefore, the church of Estrées-Deniecourt must be raised. This was done ten years after the conflict ended. With the separation of the Church of law and the state passed December 9, 1905, a diocesan cooperative reconstruction is founded in December 1921. His work is immense. In 1930, 211 monuments were rebuilt, fifty other almost-completed. Since the collection of funds, the choice of architect, validate plans and project supervision work, this voluntary organization controls all stages of the re-elevation of the cult buildings
  10. The Explore Trip into France saw us visit this chateau that seems to have popped up everywhere lately. Have to say I was quite disappointed with it as peoples photos certainly make it look better than it is, most of the bits and bobs in here are fake and the whole place has a very staged feel to it.. staircases and the exterior are beautiful though. The History Possession in the twelfth century of knightly family of Quesnel, in the fifteenth of Riencourt, then Gans, the lordship fell to sixteenth Jean Le Fevre, Caumartin Lord in Ponthieu, who bought in 1569 the general charge of Finance in Picardy. At the end of the century, Renee Le Fèvre de Caumartin marriage brought it to Jerome Le Maistre Bellejamme, adviser to the Parliament of Paris. Louis Le Maistre, their son, was master of petitions to Parliament, then intendant of Picardy, and chaired the présidiaux Amiens and Abbeville gathered in 1636 to judge the unfortunate Saint-Preuil, Governor of Arras. He saw the following year his lordship of Quesnel erected in lordship, and went to the State Council. His son Jérôme Picard forsook his land to the Parliament of Paris which he was president investigations, and his grand-son Henri-Louis, Adviser in the same parliament, ends in 1733 by getting rid of Quesnel. Mentioned in a 1617 burrow, the castle occupied a mound surrounded by ditches. Built of brick, covered with slate and flanked by two towers, the residential wings - small, apparently - had not had to escape the looting committed in 1636 by the Imperialists. Jean Fort, the purchaser of Quesnel, had married in 1700 Marie Damiens, daughter of Bartholomew, Lord of Acheux Dealer Amiens, he was received in 1732 secretary of the King in the Grand Chancellery, and we stressed on this occasion that he had gone through all the charges that distinguish traders. It was after his death in 1751, his son Jean-Baptiste built the present castle. Indeed dated from 1753, this white stone, soberly animated chains crosswalls stressing the central front building and the angles of the side pavilions, did not lack elegance, as reflected in the curved path of the low annexes governing the courtyard. In 1806, Marie-Charlotte The Fort Quesnel married Alexander, Viscount Blin de Bourdon, who made a nice political career during the Restoration and the July Monarchy. their son Charles (1810-1869) settled in Quesnel which he transformed the château. He built a house in 1853 in the West, he carved key windows, and unfortunately compromised the balance of facades by adding a second floor, loaded with large skylights, balustrades and arms performed by the Dutoit brothers. Raoul Blin de Bourdon (1837 - 1940) played like his grandfather, a, a leading political role. Wounded in 1870, fighting in the mobile guards, he was elected in 1872, became secretary of the National Assembly and was constantly re-elected in the riding of Doullens, until 1893. In 1914-1918, the town of Quesnel had the good fortune to stay away from the front lines, which did not prevent the castle from being occupied as of August 31, 1914 by a German staff and damaged by bombing and ransacked by the troops. Viscount Blin Bourdon had it restored and left the her daughter, the Countess of Lussac. Again occupied during the last war, and long remained uninhabited and sold in 1985, he regained his residential. How the building originally looked And how the place looks today