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  1. A bit about the place to begin with....

    This waste water treatment plant is all that remains of the former Bayer Agrochemical Facility in Hauxton near Cambridge, the main facility across the road was demolished in 2010, the land was so badly contaminated with chemicals that a massive decontamination operation was undertaken, and it was reported at the time that the fumes from chemicals being released on site were having ill effects on local residents. The site was finally signed off as safe in 2014 and there are currently houses being built on the old main site. Across the road was the waste water treatment plant which remained in operation until 2012 when it closed for good. This side of the site was also home to the plant's playing field and indoor squash court, I took a quick peek in there on the way out but it was pretty dull and not worth a photo due to very poor light inside.

    Also had its own on site squash courts.


    This was a nice little explore and finished off our day. Pretty smashed up inside which was a shame. Great site though so much to see.


    Please enjoy the photos.
































    I have lots of pictures for this place so feel free to check out our Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157687798116046/with/36318361420/

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  2. This was done on a short weekend away this came up on our must do list so we went along access was easy and we got in fine unfortunately both both of our body cameras run out of juice!

    Lots of photos on our Flickr page but heres the video please enjoy.



  3. This was a last minute lest go out and explore one Saturday evening. When we first turned up the first few ways in were blocked up or gated. But the other half got in and went and found another way in and gracefully as always it was a case of sliding on my bum lol. once in the tunnels they were amazing there is a mixture of footage some from me on the body cam and some from the other half's Nikon camera sorry i never done photos this time but the other half did get a couple and his little lad was with us.

    Unfortunately for some reason Max decided to get worried because of the spiders! So i did my best to distract him from them but to no avail did it work even tried the trick of what is football stats!! This kid knows everything there is to know about the guy but nope!!!




    I hope i have done this right if there is any thing worng with it please let me know so i can try and sort it out. Thank you please enjoy. 


  4. The History:

    Under an Amendment Act set in 1834 all parishes in Wales and England were grouped together into Poor Law Unions. Each Poor Law Union had to provide a place where people who were unable to support themselves could live and work, known as the workhouse. Because of this Lluesty Hospital was erected during 1839 by the Holywell Poor Law Union.

    In 1965 the north side became the Hollywell community hospital which operated for 43 years before being closed in 2008. The site has its own on-site parish designed by a proclaimed local architect in 1883-4 and was a feature of the site for many years (though now much of the flourish is covered by boards!).

    Upon its closure the site was owned by NHS Wales and was sold at auction in 2011 with full planning for 69 dwellings for the seemingly low figure of £275,000. The buyers are said to have sold the North half of the site within a few months of ownership for an “undisclosed amount” presumably making a quick profit!

    Our Visit.....


    This was day one of my birthday tour! Was a bit of a bust really we could get into the old work house but it had been trashed and there were kids upstairs smashing the place up so we did not attempt upstairs there was dog mess everywhere also. As for the other part of the hospital there was no chance we were warned by a local to stay out as there were dogs on site and had already been told there was security and someone had already been chased off by the dogs two weeks before my birthday. the chapel was boarded up tight so could not even get in there still amazing looking buildings.


































  5. HMYOI Finnamore Wood, formerly known as HMYCC Finnamore Wood or Finnamore Wood Borstal, was an open prison, England. The prison was operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service. HMYOI Finnamore Wood was opened in 1961 as a Buckinghamshire open prison for young offenders (18- to 21-year-old males) serving their last 2–3 months before release back into the community. The camp was opened as a satellite camp for Feltham Borstal and later used as an annexe to HM Prison Huntercombe. Situated in one of the most rural areas of Buckinghamshire on the site of the former Evacuation Camp, known as, 'Finnamore Wood Holiday & Evacuation Camp'. The site was used for housing evacuees of Beal Modern Girls' School along with refugees during the Second World War. In 1948 the camp was used to house members of the American Canoe team who used Marlow Rowing Club as a training base for their Olympic Rowers. Shortly after, the site was used again as a holiday camp during the 1950s, owned by a company named National Camps Corporation. It was bought by the Home Office in 1960. When the camp closed in 1996, all inmates were transferred to Huntercombe YOI near Henley on Thames, which is still operational as a prison. David Wilson (criminologist) the Governor of Finnamore Wood Borstal between 1986-1988 is now, Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University. A War Evacuation Camp Sourced from Redbridge Local Studies - Demonstrating Evacuees Arriving at Finnamore Wood 1940 On 22 April 1940 some pupils from Beal Modern Girls' School arrived at their wartime evacuation school, Finnamore Wood Camp. Many girls spent nearly four years at Finnamore Wood before it was safe to return to London. The girls used to spend some time creating useful items to send to the forces fighting in the great war, such as quilts. Many other evacuees from Beal Modern Girls' School would spend holidays such as Christmas at Finnamore Wood. The Prisons Resources Inmates were introduced back into the community from Finnamore Wood, where many used to have jobs in the local towns and farms. The camp consisted of an Educational Institute offering social skills courses along with a computer lab, classes in cooking in the camps Dining Hall and Kitchens, and the site also concentrated on sports recreation, with a remedial gymnasium/sports hall and a large playing field. Inmates were assigned jobs for the short period of time that they spent at Finnamore Wood. These jobs featured Gardening and Greenhouse planting, carpentry and plumbing. Finnamore Wood provided inmates with a taste of freedom and very rarely did anyone abuse this. Inmates slept in long dormitories without locks. Windows weren't covered with bars but instead a metal mesh. The Camp Grounds The camps buildings were mainly made from wood with brick foundations apart from the Dining Hall which featured brick chimneys and metal smoke outlets. The camp contained four cell blocks each unit with a communal bathroom. Other buildings on the site, a shower block, library, first aid centre, gardeners workshop, a carpenters workshop, plumbing workshop, education building and art studios and also a visits room. Staff & Wardens Some prison staff lived off site and would travel to work at Finnamore Wood. Others would live within the grounds in wardens housing with their families. A bar and social club was also on site for the residential staff and wardens. Incidents On October 16, 1992 some young prisoners from Finnamore Wood fought with their guards as they were passing through Henley-on-Thames. The guards contacted the local Police to attend and quell the riot as the wardens feared the situation could have erupted further, the vehicle was diverted to Henley Police Station. Inmates were being transferred to Huntercombe young offenders unit when the incident took place. Rioting in the prison was very minimal and the security was fairly relaxed compared to the life behind bars that inmates would have previously experienced. The land has been purchased, and signage erected on most of the buildings display warnings of the hazardous building material Asbestos. The derelict prison cell blocks have fallen into extreme disrepair and the dining hall roof collapsed in early 2013. All building were securered pretty tight only one you could walk into safety masks on as there was lots of Asbestos.


    Was not much to see as you could not get into the buildings but the one we did go into we did mask up for just to be safe. Enjoy the few pictures.
































  6. 2 minutes ago, Urbexbandoned said:

    It's always nice to see an update on buildings, unfortunately not much has changed with Denbigh. 

    This is one of those 'must do' sites for any new explorer. 

    If I'd have known you were on route to Wales I could have pointed you in the direction of some more worthy explores :thumb 


    Hey Urexbandoned We will be going to wales again we want to do more there and if you happy to point us in the right direction for worthy explores that would be great. We will let you know when we do our next visit x



  7. Some History.....


    The North Wales Hospital (Locally known as Denbigh Mental or Denbigh Asylum) is a Grade 2 listed building.

    Once a hospital for up to 200 people with psychiatric illness, by the early 1990's it house 1537 patients approximately. 


    Designed by architect Thomas Fulijames, Building Started in 1844 and was completed in 1848.

    It originally accommodated between 60 and 200 patients the hospital originally had its own farm and gasworks.


    Notable Patent - George Maitland Lloyd Davis, Nonconformist Minister and Christian Pacifist Politician, Died there 1949

    He had suffered  from depression throughout his life and in 1949 took his own life in the hospital. He was buried at Dolwyddelan.


    Currently the buildings are on the at Risk Register, the 2006 planning permission has lapsed.

    In 2011 the building was at risk of collapsing and no action was taken by the owner after a urgent works notice was issued Denighshire council hand no choice but to carry out the works the costs reached £939,000.

    In 2013 the council voted to press for a compulsory purchase order.


    This  day two of my birthday travels and I was so excited and when I say excited I could not sit still in the car!

    So we found somewhere safe to park locked up the car and walked through a field and had planed how to do it was we had been warned of police on site. So we made our way straight to the chapel and in through a window not loads to see in there but the wood work for the roof was amazing. So we left them and headed straight for the mortuary and wow the fridge was still there and the mortuary room all that remained was the mortuary table stand some cupboards and a sink also the fridge. As normal was wrecked by kids.

    From there we made our way into another building not sure what building it was though and with that we made our way further onto the site to the chimneys and what looked like the boiler room.

    We then made our way to the bigger building some were in a right state we had made our way upstairs in a building when i herd voices and i alerted my other half as we were unsure if it was police or maybe security so we stayed quite and hoped the they did not come as far up the stairs as we were. so we decided to start making our way back down the stairs and took our chances to find it was kids which to our horror were walking on doors laid across beams where a floor used to be and the beams were bowing so we got to the bottom and left as they started to smash the place up which got to us both.

    We done so much  there i could not list it all so please enjoy the pictures but you may have too look at them all on my Flickr account lol.


    Unfortunately a few days after our visit a fire broke out and caused some much damage to one of the  buildings it is now believed that building will now have to be demolished. Always some Dickhead who has to ruin these places :(
























    Please check out my flickr as there is 185 photos https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157684480213456/with/35054068865/

  8. Originally built in 1910 as Mountain Ash Cottage Hospital, it opened as a general hospital in 1924.

    It closed in 2011 when Ysbyty Cwm Cynon Opened.

    This was a stop on our first day in Wales  think it was our third stop off that da.

    The ease of access means the place have been completely trashed and all the windows smashed and gone also a lot of roof tiles have also gone. Kid seemed to be using it as a party house so we kept clear of them and just done our thing.


    Found it rather funny towards the end when a lad came up and asked were we paranormal investigators??! urm no mate. My poor other half looked at me like I had gone made and proceeded to ask what the F**k did he say? I stood and giggled and told him what the lad had asked to get a "How the hell did you understand what he said?" lol.


    I have over 135 photos.... but wont upload them all but you can always look on my Flickr account....
































    There's lots more pictures on my Flickr Please feel free to check them out.....:)

  9. Naturopathic mean - A system of alternative medicine based on the theory that diseases can be successfully treated or prevented without the use of drugs. By techniques such as control of diet, exercise and massage.

    I tried to research this place but yet again i drew a blank.

    It is set in 27 acres of Essex countryside.

    Could not get into the main building all entry's were blocked off and looked as it the care home across the way was using the back of the main building as storage.
























    Photos done with phone.

  10. Unfortunately I could not find much out about this place not for the want of trying.

    I did find out that is was up for sale in July 2011 but that's all I can find.

    It is across from a train station it was a 6 bedroom detached house with many out buildings which were completely run down. This place had been trashed from top to bottom looks like there had been a fire at some stage and the basement was completely flooded.It did look as if someone had once started to refurbish then I'm guessing that's when the fire happened. Since then it looks as if it has just been left to ruin.

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    I did have more photos but yet again something went wrong!

  11. I have searched and searched online for information about this place and have come up blank every-time. This was a farm house which had a guest house across from it from what i can make out.The farm house has been standing there for years long before i started driving as the first time i saw this place i was about 16/17 years old. 

    The farm house is destroyed no other words for it the roof is all caved in as are the floors and the basement can now be seen. Its also had a fire at some point as has the guest house.

    We visited this one Friday evening as my partners son really wanted to see what it was we explored and do his own videos!


    So excuse the pics i was getting used to my camera it was the first time since i had got it that i tried it out.....


    We started in the guest house.


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  12. Well This was our last stop off on the way home from Wales at the weekend.

    To our surprise the place still had power. 

    This by far has to be one of the strangest explores we have done from the moment we entered the first building it was an uneasy feeling and we dont spook easy.

    Its not like a normal explore as the buildings are not that old at all but a fully abandoned business park.

    Was not in the worst of states we have seen when on some of our explores. It has had wiring stripped in one corridor.

    All the doors were unlocked and most swinging open a few smashed internal windows also.

    There were some strange sounds in one of the buildings and we could not work out.