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  1. The Palace Theater on Union Street, Plymouth was built for the Livermore Brothers in 1898 by the architects Wimperis and Arber as a Music Hall and Variety Theater, and formed part of a development which also included an Hotel called the Grand Western Hotel. The Theater opened as the New Palace Theater on Monday September the 5th 1898 with a variety show. The auditorium consisted of stalls and pit, grand circle, gallery, and eight stage boxes, four on each side of the proscenium, and was built on the cantilever principle with a capacity of some 2,500 people. Sadly the original lavish auditorium and stage house were completely destroyed only three months after the Theater opened by a serious fire on the 23rd of December 1898. The fire started at night on stage but as the safety curtain had not been lowered for the night the fire spread quickly to the auditorium. The ERA reported it in their 24th of December 1898 edition saying: 'The new Palace Theater of Varieties at Plymouth was seriously damaged by fire on Friday morning. The flames broke out shortly before midnight, and within an hour and a half, owing to a strong south-east wind, the whole of the stage, scenery, and dressing-rooms from the ground to the roof were demolished. The first signs of fire were discovered between half-past twelve and a quarter to one o'clock. The usual performance had taken place in the evening, and a large audience had been present to witness the programme, which included, among other turns, a naval spectacular scene representing the Battle of Trafalgar. When the house was closed, at the end of the performance, everything seemed safe as usual. Firemen were on duty in the house while the performance was in progress, but no one bad been left in charge. The fire was, therefore, first seen from the outside. glare was perceived by a policeman near the stage entrance. Every effort was directed to prevent the spread of the flames to the auditorium, but unfortunately it was utterly impossible to gain access to the fireproof curtain. From the first the fierceness of the flames cut off access to the stage. If this curtain could have been lowered the area of the fire might have been at once restricted. The effect of the fire was to utterly destroy everything connected with the stage, and to do an immense amount of damage to the auditorium. All the beautiful scheme of decoration, upon which a large amount of money was expended, has been irretrievably ruined. Happily the facade and the grand staircase, which are among the most striking portions of a very fine building, escaped destruction. In the rest of the house the damage was very great. The fire is believed to have been caused by some combustibles used in the Battle of Trafalgar scene. The Theater reopened on Monday the 22nd of May 1899 and it is remarkable how quickly the building was restored and refurbished The building was converted for Bingo in 1961 and then had a varied life of occasional Theatre use and Bingo for many years until it was once more refurbished in 1978 and reopened as a live Theater again. In 1982 the new Theater Royal opened in Plymouth and this was a major blow for the old Palace, sadly the building's short revival to live Theatre was to end the following year and in 1983 the Theatre closed and was converted for nightclub use as the Academy The academy was one of the biggest clubs in Plymouth until 08/05/06 after a raid at 1.15am which saw up to 140 officers in riot gear storm the main entrance after undercover police suspected that drugs were being sold on the premises the club was then shut down the same night and has been unable to operate since in which it now stands empty and falling apart. Recently been bought by a charity who are in the process of doing the building up. Full set available at http://www.urbanexboi.co.uk Youtube Videos 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22.
  2. previously known as Frontier City, a former American Wild West theme park in Cornwall. Closed in 2009
  3. sadly yeah wanted to believe it would be a little bit like it was but everything is pretty much trashed
  4. Short walk around the "1906" House in Cornwall not much history is known about this place
  5. thanks buddy was really weird walking around here but heard its recently been demoed now
  6. Recently started uploading videos this one is from a few years back now of the Crinkley Bottom Theme Park of "Mr Blobby's House". Short and sweet lol but not got into the habit of long videos i really should
  7. History (Copied and Pasted) RAF Predannack Down is situated near Mullion on Cornwall's Lizard Peninsula in the United Kingdom. The runways are operated by the Royal Navy and today it is used as a satellite airfield and relief landing ground for nearby RNAS Culdrose. Building work began for an RAF advanced night fighter base to protect the nearby ports of Falmouth and Penzance during 1940 and RAF Predannack Down opened in 1941 as part of Portreath Sector. It later transferred to RAF Coastal Command until it went into care and maintenance on 1 Jun 1946. During the Second World War Coastal Command squadrons flew anti-submarine sorties into the Bay of Biscay as well as convoy support in the western English Channel using aircraft such as Bristol Beaufighters and De Havilland Mosquitoes. World War II memorial at Predannack main gate, April 2007 A plaque at the entrance, commemorating those who served at RAF Predannack Down during World War II was unveiled on 11 June 2002. It reads: "Like a breath of wind gone in a fleeting second only the memories now remain". Royal Navy After a short period of experimental use by Vickers under the supervision of Barnes Wallis around 1951, the base was taken over by the Royal Navy on 15 Dec 1958. The airfield was allocated the ICAO code EGDO but this fell out of use as it became a satellite airfield for nearby RNAS Culdrose, to handle intensive helicopter operations and as a relief landing ground. There is also a small arms range on the site and the RN Fire Fighting School moved here in 1971. Current use It is also home to RAF 626 Volunteer Gliding Squadron unit and the Royal Naval School of Fire Fighting, which holds a number of dummy aircraft for fire extinguishing practice, together with a number of retired airframes for personnel rescue practice, such as this disused Westland Wessex (above, right). Looking closely at the satellite photos from around 2005, a former Hawker Hunter and English Electric Canberra can be seen parked in the southwest. The Hawker Hunter was moved to Bristol in November 2007. In 2009 images, there are a number of Sea Harrier airframes to be seen in the area, with a group of four further to the east. The runway is also used by "Goonhilly Model Flying Club" (with MOD permission) and hobby model flying has been carried out on the field since the 1950s. The site is currently in use by international disaster relief agency Shelterbox as part of their Academy for Disaster Relief. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Thanks for looking Website Youtube Channel
  8. thanks both will look into getting some
  9. yea i plan on getting some better lighting will take a look at the led panels though
  10. Randomly come across this place one afternoon so went and had a mooch. Seems that someone had been living on the premises at some-point but a shame to see so many cars just abandoned although strangely some were filled with newspapers. Pics were taken on phone and video available via my website. History Sadly i cannot find anything about this place 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Explore video...
  11. haha this is true Im Robbie 31 from Plymouth in UK have been Urban Exploring since i was 10 first starting on an old locomotive shed that used to be near my house in Maesglas (Newport Gwent) used to spend hours walking around since then ive done a few bits and pieces around Devon. Mainly use my phone as to broke for a camera but i wont let that stop me from looking around. My favorite locations are :- 1. The locomotive shed - i really dont know if this was ever explored as such but found an old pic of it http://www.newportpast.com/gallery/photos/php/photo_page.php?search=rail&search2=yyyyyy&pos=162 2. Tone Mill (Or tonedale i get them mixed up) because everything is still in its place from the machines that used to die the clothes to the wooden carts that they used to push around its an amazing place for me and have spoken with Deborah meaden alot about this place which she wishes she could have back under company control. 3. Farleigh Down Tunnel - This place is a weird one for me and the group i go with will tell you that i hate walking over water or being high up or in a very dark room (i know right yet im an explorer) but this place i walked right out in front and ahead of my friends with only a small torch which was completely unlike me. i love this place Thanks for everyone for the hello's
  12. Pictures are from back in 2014 so apologies if this has been done to death (i literally have over 50 reports i could upload but for now ill do bit by bit) anyway liked walking around this place until a group of lads showed up so i hurried my way around and got out as quick as i could History The first Royal Arthur was previously a Butlins holiday camp and was commissioned as a training establishment on 22 September 1939. It served during the Second World War, becoming the central reception depot for new naval entries after HMS Raleigh was transferred to the Army in February 1944. Royal Arthur continued in service until being paid off in 1946. The establishment was recommissioned on 2 January 1947 in Westwells Road, Corsham as a leadership training establishment, and one of several assessment camps where new recruits were assessed, kitted out and sent to their various depots. Its most notable trainee was the then Philip Mountbatten, shortly before his wedding to Princess Elizabeth. The last recruits arrived on 31 October 1949 and on 15 March 1950 it ceased to be used for training National Service inductees and concentrated on leadership training of Petty Officers at the instigation of Lord Louis Mountbatten. The HMS Royal Arthur in Corsham in 2011 the name was then transferred to the recently paid off Camp Kingsmoor on 16 March 1950. The camp continued in service until the last trainees left on 11 December 1992 and personnel finally left on 5 March 1993. The site suffered heavy vandalism since its abandonment, although more recently the site has been demolished and redeveloped 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.