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Everything posted by mookster

  1. God looking at the outside gave me flashbacks to Hellingly, it's a real classic asylum and a seriously beautiful exterior. I would love to see the more decayed wards, just got to hope more gets opened up when it completely shuts down.
  2. I've not really had a lot to shout about lately, plans have been shelved, cancelled or changed, explores have been missed due to ill health and it's generally been a bit crap hence my lack of activity on here over the last few months. I posted this on another forum to kind of show them I was still alive so I figured I might as well put it on here before I fly out across the Atlantic again on the 5th. Some of you may know that I have owned a Canon T70 for several years now, I always have it with me on explores but usually forget all about it so it more often than not takes me an age to finish a roll of film. Before my trip to America last September I loaded my roll of rather nice black & white film into it, with the aim of filling it up and getting it developed while over there. As you can probably guess that failed, it took me seven months to fill this roll up. I was worried about not getting much out of the roll but I was pleasantly surprised, there were only a handful of duffers. These were all taken in and around abandoned places in Upstate New York, Scotland and England between September 2015 and April 2016. Lastly, two shots of one the main reasons behind my trips to America Thanks for looking
  3. I don't really know the best way to introduce this, it's certainly an enigma with an interesting back story. The Nuba Survival (often mistakenly called The Nuba Embrace) is a sculpture by John Buckley beside a very derelict barn in a field in rural Oxfordshire. Whilst the sculpture itself isn't 'abandoned' as such, it's a very peculiar place to be sited. And the falling down barn is pretty cool as well with it's multitude of boats under the collapsing roof. The weather was dreadful, I want to go back in the height of summer when it's not raining too much. Thanks for looking
  4. That must have been quite some place in it's day. I did wonder why people only ever showed photos of three or four rooms though. And hooray for a British explorer finally spelling the name correctly and not making it sound like a terrible 1980s porn film title.
  5. Definitely going to have to give this one a nose seeing as its pretty much on my doorstep as far as exploring around here is concerned...
  6. This was a little bonus explore tacked onto the end of the day as it's just down the road from Houghton Grange. I wouldn't normally give something like this a look but I wanted to bump my dreadful explore count for the year up one more, and it's actually a very special building. During the Cold War it was home of the Bomber Command Strategic Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, who flew over the Iron Curtain on missions to take thousands of aerial photographs which were later developed and analysed in the building. After the end of the Cold War the unique building and it's unique purpose was deemed surplus to requirements and shut down. It's a total wreck with every kind of damage you could think of, my friend turned his nose up at it so I gave it a quick run-through of the parts that weren't pitch black just to say I'd been there more than anything, as it's a shame such a small but important part of Cold War history has been forgotten. Thanks for looking
  7. ......that is the question! Whilst in Sheffield me and Landie spotted a ridiculously public way in to what appeared to be George Barnsleys, and knowing it'd likely get sealed up very soon returned later that afternoon for a little look, and we got in.....but damn!! No way through to the actual GB site ( ) what we actually were in was attached to the other buildings but housed a BMW spares dealership until it closed, probably in the late 1980s. It was dank, damp and full of pigeon poo but had a fair bit left behind....GBs still eludes me. Here is a mini-report from what we found, I could have spent longer in there but it meant putting off using the absolutely ridiculous access and we were both totally shattered from the previous hours of wandering so called it quits. Thanks for looking
  8. If it was it wasn't mine unless I travelled back in time. The site is huge but not a lot left inside. Lab X is the best bit.
  9. Actually very little of the site has been demolished (unless they've started attacking the buildings on the main site properly), only a small section across the road where they are building new houses had so far been torn down. The brewery site was spread over multiple buildings across multiple roads the majority of which is, or was, still there. I always wonder why not many people bothered with this place, it is in my eyes one of the better breweries left here.
  10. As a secondary bonus explore after Linford Park myself and Harry headed half an hour west to see what was happening at the old Royal Navy Cordite Factory Labs in Holton Heath. No sooner had we parked up than we noticed another car with a pair of people who had a similar idea to us so we made our way in as a foursome before splitting. The place has sadly been absolutely destroyed by local numpties, but it's a place I had wanted to have a nose at for a long time so better late than never. It made for a pleasant peaceful wander for an hour before heading home just as the rain started. It's been seen and done a billion times before so here some photos... The '5' balloon was the best piece of graffiti in the entire site and one of the most impressive single pieces I've seen anywhere. Thanks for looking
  11. Thought it might. It was only the fire alarm panel screaming for mercy, it had obviously been left on for some time so we just grinned and beared with it.
  12. It was, we spent a good few hours there. It reminded me of a jumbo-sized Malvernbury before the decay set in but without the architectural character.
  13. Awesome stuff, plan to check this one out pretty soon all being well.
  14. First photo took me right back to Cell 4 at Pyestock...amazing looking place.
  15. I never thought I would find myself stood inside G.T. Hine's famously brown-tiled Hellingly Asylum ever again. I had heard on the grapevine that there were a couple of buildings on the edge of the site forgotten - or not factored into - the development plans which started with the demolition of the main asylum in 2009 through 2010. Hellingly was my first ever explore back in June 2009, and the journey to the small village of Hellingly began to bring back a million memories from that beautiful sunny Friday afternoon when I found myself stood on The Drive with a mate and his then girlfriend, and her mate. I can remember almost everything about that day, etched permanently into my memory are those first steps inside Hellingly - what it felt like climbing through that first window, what the room looked like, how it smelt - it was one of those pivotal life moments which has stayed with me forever. On that day, we only had a precious few hours inside to explore, and got around maybe half of it before we had to depart. I would return in November 2009, not long after the demolition had started, and manage to explore the entire asylum accompanied by the sound of demolition equipment tearing into Park House located further down The Drive, carried to the asylum by a fierce wind which was howling down the corridors. So naturally I was almost jumping out of my seat when I saw there were a few bits left to have a nose at. With us being down south for the day I practically demanded we go and have a look, and so, six and a bit years later I found myself once again on The Drive, with an array of horrible identikit box houses where the asylum once was. There are four buildings left on the outskirts - two large ones plus a smaller stable block type building and the chapel (both of which are sealed). One of the larger ones and the stable block-ish building closed in 1994 with the rest of the hospital, the other large one became some kind of training/administration centre after the 1994 closure and was vacated in 2010. The chapel closed with the main site in 1994, it was used for storage and is full of filing cabinets and desks and other crap. The long-derelict building is a pig to photograph as it is nearly pitch black inside, but it's vintage 1994 closure Hellingly and one of my favourite things I have done this year. And finally, it just wouldn't be Hellingly if it didn't have a room that looked like this. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/albums/72157657984660806
  16. Interesting, myself and my mate checked this place out when we stumbled across it by accident on our way to Nocton Hall last year but found no access, great to finally see what it was like inside.
  17. Would love to see this place, it reminds me of some of the derelict churches I've photographed over in the States.
  18. After seeing a few peoples visits to here I knew I simply had to get there no matter what. So myself and Landie Man organised one of our northern weekenders with my main target being this place and his another one I will be posting later. RAF Church Fenton is by far and away my favourite RAF base I have ever done, the majority of the base closed around 1992 and it has been sat there slowly decaying ever since. The level of dereliction is wonderful, everywhere you turn there is a photo opportunity, the trees and vegetation have run rampant all over the site giving it a real ghost town feel and I took more photos here than I've taken in any site for as long as I can remember. The base was bought by a businessman who now operates Leeds East Airport off the old runways and hangars, catering for light aircraft mostly. As for the visit, after parking up and immediately being approached by a very friendly local with a gorgeous brown Labrador out for a walk and a bit of a friendly chat he disappeared back into his house and we made our entrance into the base. We spent over four hours in there undisturbed until the very end when we bumped into TrevBish and a group of other explorers who had headed here after doing Redcar earlier that evening. Me and Harry saw pretty much everything except the plant room but I'll just have to see that next time as I want to go back so badly. I make no apologies for how many photos there are here. Thanks for looking
  19. I've not been out much lately due to a few reasons, mostly bad, but I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things sooner rather than later. Considering this time last year I had done a huge amount of explores and had been out almost every weekend and this year I have only just barely scraped into double figures so far it's not been the best. Anyway I managed a little mini explore today on the way to the south coast. Something a little different and very strange that I don't think I'll see another of again. This building was constructed as a mausoleum to contain the body of the deceased mother of a well known family in the area, on the edge of a country estate that shares their name. After talking to other people it became apparent that presently the mother's body is buried in a cemetery nearby and not housed inside the building any more, however the building has been totally locked up and alarmed for years now. So I contented myself with a wander around the outside, it really has a very magical feel to it sat on the bank of a small lake, hidden in the trees in the middle of nowhere. Thanks for looking!