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About nickynackynoo

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  • Birthday 02/19/1975
  1. Was a nice day for a wander last weekend, a rather spur of the moment one for me with Mr Cloaked Up, planned over a previous nights booze and Persian Meat Wallet thus meaning security would have smelt me before spotting me. The chances of an urbex poo were also quite high, luckily neither made an appearance. John Brunner and Ludwig Mond in 1873 began producing soda ash in Cheshire using the new Solvay process. They used brine solution, ammonia and limestone to produce sodium carbonate in pure form and with lesser byproduct than their competitors. They chose Winnington due to it sitting on a deep bed of salt, its proximity to local limestone quarries and nearby coalfields, plus it has good transport links via the canalised river Weaver. By 1881, the partnership was well established and it became a limited company, producing 200,000 tons of soda ash each year. Demand increased, so Brunner Mond built a new soda crystal factory at Winnington in 1888, to sit alongside the existing soda ash one. By buying up their competitors, Brunner Mond established themselves as the country’s biggest soda ash producer – and they continued to expand. In time, Brunner Mond & Co. provided virtually all of Britain’s soda ash, and became the world’s largest alkali exporter. After WW1, plans were made to build another soda ash plant, this time across the road from Winnington, at Wallerscote. At that time, the island was a muddy eyot sitting midstream. The factory produced its first soda ash on Christmas Day 1926, just in time for the Great Depression. The four plated steel silos on Wallerscote Island were an integral part of the plant, and the core of the buildings we explored date back to that time. Meantime, Brunner Mond became part of Imperial Chemical Industries, ICI, on New Year’s Day 1927, and the Wallerscote factory was one of its showpieces. It took ICI a long time to integrate its disparate founding companies – so Brunner Mond retained its own identity for years, forming the Alkali Division of ICI until 1964, after which it became the “Mond” Division. By the 1960’s, ICI concentrated soda ash production at Wallerscote and Lostock, whilst Winnington was devoted to caustic soda. The Wallerscote soda-ash works closed in 1984, but the silos on the island continued in use. The soda ash business was hived off in 1991, as an independent company which was named … Brunner Mond. But then it was bought in 2006 by Tata. Today, the plan is to build houses on the Wallerscote site. Bugger, run out of text with a few more shots. Soz. Cheers
  2. Hello again, Thought I'd have a final mooch of the year. Saw a few shots of this place that I thought were fit, so planned a semi roadtrip. Visited with TBM as Cloaked Up was much too engrossed in working for a shilling :-) The Northumberland County Pauper Lunatic Asylum designed by architect Henry Welch opened in 1859, and was designed to accommodate 200 patients. In 1890 the asylum was renamed the County Mental Hospital then in 1937 the name was changed to St. George’s Hospital. The site has lain derelict since the late 90′s. In 2006 a more modern secure unit was built next to the site, and services transferred over. Got the intel from Stussy (cheers dude), walking up to the access point, could have bidden a cheery 'morning' to the security chappy, but he eventually buggered off whilst I hosed down a few trees in a field nearby. Quick stroll up a hill and found the access recently steel shuttered. Like a boss we quickly discovered a slightly more subtle entrance. To find myself sitting in a sink. Have some pics.
  3. Right, well this place always took my fancy, so me and Cloaked Up paid a visit one Summer evening to fail horribly. He went back a few months later and got in, so armed with a new access point, I rocked up with Sonyes. I checked the new entry and decided it was a bit sketchy, so we went back to the original, to discover additional barbed wire had been added to the mix. Fearful of another fail we walked a bit further and found a much easier walk in. Jackpot. Shame its massively paggered now even more so in last 6 months. Guess I was 6 years too late to catch it in its prime, but its been ticked off the list. St Joseph's was opened in 1872 as a refuge for catholic girls. The orphanage is tucked away in the back streets of the busy town centre and was run by the Sisters of Charity for our Lady Mother of Mercy. The site closed as an orphanage in 1954 and was more recently use as a convalescent home with an onsite hospital including two operating theatres. Despite having received a Grade II listing, property developers are seeking to 'redevelop' the entire complex by demolishing most of the standing buildings which would to be replaced with high rise apartments. I did quite like the way this place has grown organically, bits being added everywhere. Like a maze inside. First hit when dawn broke was the hospital block Then a stroll round the convalescent bit A schlep through the attic and over the roof Into the Chapel Mary had seen better days So I had a quick pray and we found Jesus The End Cheers
  4. Dont think I stuck this up at the time, been on the list for a while, seemed like a good time to tick it off. Visited with Cloaked Up. Built under the name Lincolnshire County Lunatic Asylum in 1852, set in 120 acres of grounds. In 1940, female patients were transferred around the UK to make way for an emergency department for the war effort. The newly established NHS took control in 1948 and by the 1960’s it was known as St John’s Hospital. The Hospital was closed in 1989, since then it has been sold and gradually been demolished to make way for housing leaving just the main building.
  5. Ok, not exactly a secret that the old place is being demolished, so after a single visit last year and a fail this Summer, thought I better saddle up and have a look round before its all rubble. Visited with True British Metal and belatedly Cloaked Up. You all know the history of this place, opened as a workhouse in 1868, became a General Hospital in the 1930's, and gradually started shutting down in the 90's until final closure in 2010. Cheers
  6. The Theatre opened on Monday the 29th of October 1894 with a variety show and could originally seat 1,935 people. In 1909, it was taken over by James Pringle and films were then part of the programme. The auditorium was reconstructed in 1911, to the plans of noted theatre architect Bertie Crewe and seating increased to 1,808. Re-opening on 11th September 1911, it then remained the leading theatre in Burnley until 1930. The Empire Theatre was closed in June 1955, but reopened under the independent Buxton Cinemas chain in December 1955. Sold to the Star Cinemas chain in December 1958, it became a bingo club in the mid-1960’s, when the bingo operation was transfered from the nearby Palace-Hippodrome Theatre. The Empire Theatre was designated a Grade II Listed building by English Heritage in 1996. The building still stands unused. The future of one of Burnley’s most historic theatres is under threat after falling into a “dangerous†state. The former Empire Theatre in St James’s Street needs urgent repair work carrying out on the crumbling Victorian structure. Council officials have erected safety fencing around the Grade II listed building which has been named in the Theatre Trust’s top 10 at risk theatres in Britain since 2006. The “unknown†owners have been issued with a court summons over the condition of the property which officials papers said was “dangerous and requiring part demolition and works to ensure safety.†Fears are the deteriorating state of the Empire could sadly mean the final curtain for the 120-year old building which was once the pinnacle of Burnley’s entertainment scene. Roger Frost, chairman of the Burnley Civic Trust, fears for the future of the Theatre which has stood empty for nearly 20 years. “It has been an absolutely splendid building – when it was in its prime it was better than the Grand at Blackpool.†Pitch black inside, it was a sod to lightpaint, mainly 'cos I'm crap at it. Cheers
  7. A mate wanted to have a go at Exploring so I needed somewhere easy that I hadn't done before. Quick check on the interwebs and a drive over to Wales was on the cards. Couple of sites combined into one report. The estate of Pool Parc, has been around a long, long time and was originally one of several deer parks where the owners of nearby Ruthin Castle could hunt. In the 1500s the Salesbury family bought the estate and divided it in two, one half remaining with the father William Salesbury, and the other part going to his son and heir Charles. Charles died with no male heir so his line stopped. The original house and the estate then passed into the Bagot family when Charles' daughter married Sir Walter Bagot. In 1862 the original house on the estate was re-built in a mock Tudor, half timbered style. No expense was spared on the interior where elaborate wood panelling graces the rooms and corridors and a magnificent oak staircase, complete with ornamental wood carvings, sweeps majestically down two flights of stairs mirrored left and right, into the grand entrance hall. The staircase is said to have originally come from a former bishop's residence called Clocaenog. Whilst still remaining in the family's ownership the house was not actually lived in by the Bagots throughout much of the 1800s and then in 1928 they lost it all, lock, stock and barrel, on a bet at the races! In order to make the sale of the estate quick and easy the land was split into lots but a Llanwrst timber merchant got the lion's share, subsequently felling and selling much of the timber from the surrounding forest. The house was not sold but was eventually leased to Sir Henry Tate of Tate & Lyle's sugar fame. In the mid 1930's Pool Park was bought by the local health authority with the intention of converting it into a convalescent home for 80 male patients, and then during the war this was increased to 120. A prisoner of war camp was also built in the grounds! In 1949 the house became a mental hospital to take some of the pressure off nearby Denbigh Asylum which was by now creaking at the seams. At this point female patients began to be treated as well. During the late 60s and early 70s mental asylums in the UK were progressively closed and Pool Park was no exception, finally closing it's doors in 1989. After this quick visit, hopped back in the mirthmobile to the big brother. Used to look good, now utterly paggered. Was hard to find anything to shoot anymore. The North Wales Lunatic Asylum was the first psychiatric institution built in Wales; construction began in 1844 and completed in 1848 in the town of Denbigh. It was original called ‘The North Wales Counties of Caernarvonshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Merionethshire and Anglesey Asylum'. The U-shaped Tudorbethain style hospital was built due to the spreading word of mistreatment of Welsh people in English asylums; The North Wales Hospital would be a haven for welsh speaking residents to seek treatment without prejudice or a language barrier. Renovations and extensions were made at the hospital from 1867 until 1956, when the hospital reached its maximum capacity at 1,500 patients living inside her walls and 1,000 staff at hand. Physical treatments such as Cardiazol, malarial treatment, insulin shock treatment, and sulphur based drugs were used and developed in the 1920s and 1930s, and 1941-1942 saw the advent of electro convulsive therapy (ECT) and pre-frontal leucotomy (lobotomy) treatments. In 1960, Enoch Powell visited the North Wales Hospital, and later announced the “Hospital Plan†for England and Wales, which proposed that psychiatric care facilities be attached to general hospitals and favored community care over institutional settings. This was the beginning of the end for the North Wales Hospital and others like it; in 1987 a ten year strategy to close the hospital was formed. The North Wales Hospital was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002; most notable was the closure of the main hospital building in 1995. The future of the grade II listed buildings remain uncertain. UK Living presented a ‘Most Haunted Live’ show during Halloween 2008 which drew local criticism at the poor understanding of mental health issues and general slurs on the local town and area. On the 22nd November 2008 the main hall was subject to an arson attack, resulting in the complete demolition of the hall. This halted all further development plans on the site which has now stood derelict since. Cheers
  8. It's been done a lot, but Me, Cloaked Up and True British Metal eventually made time in our schedules to get here. And blimey, they have been busy flogging the rides. Not much left at all, so we had a mooch and took some photos and left. Camelot Theme park is located in Chorley, Lancashire. The park opened in 1983 and was based on the story of ‘Camelot, King Arthur and the Knights of the round table’. Camelot has seen a downturn in attendance in recent years. In 1995, Camelot’s attendance was 500,000 visitors throughout the season. In 2005 Camelot’s attendance was only 336,204 visitors. On the 4th of November it was announced by it’s operators Knights Leisure that it will not be opening for the 2013 season due to the lack of visitors to it’s park. The rides so far have been relocated in Germany, Pleasureland Southport, Gullivers World Warrington and Matlock and Oakwood Park Wales. The Dragon Flyer is the worlds only remaining diesel powered roller coaster and will soon be moved to Pleasureland. Knightmare, a custom built Schwarzkpfy/Zierer roller coaster future is uncertain. But having already been relocated from a closed down park in Japan, and being one of only three coasters of its type, would be a shame not to see this move also. Cheers
  9. Mega pissed. They were there few weeks back, but photos were crap. This place has been smashed in the last few weeks.
  10. That Singer moves around daily. Great shots.
  11. Ok, met up with Judderman and ZerO81 to give them a quick orientation, Seeing as I was there, took a few snaps. This place is going downhill very quickly. Loads more bits smashed to hell in the space of a few weeks. Missed the A/V suites last time, so popped in to this block to find it has been pretty much stripped. Nice piano though. Once were projectors here. No more