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Everything posted by mookster

  1. I love this place, it was the first location I ever explored on the continent. Also without doubt the most ridiculously dangerous place I've ever been in, it's on another level to anything else I've seen before or since.
  2. Nice, pretty local to me as well. Might have to organise a little wander...
  3. I never tire of seeing photos from here, truly one of the best industrial sites to come out of the UK.
  4. As soon as I saw this place it called out to me as somewhere I needed to see, if only for photos of the very strange multi-coloured conveyor system and machinery. After taking the long way round to get in avoiding the locals whose houses overlook the factory at close range myself and Landie Man began a search for a way in, and after a bit of checking around found the way. A very enjoyable explore was had, it's not the biggest factory out there by any means and we probably missed some stuff in the outbuildings but after the efforts of the day and the day before we left in search of food, but not before dinging my leg quite badly on a tree after the branch I was using to help me over the fence snapped off in my hand. History...the oldest part of HJ Berry's furniture manufacturing company was the old Kirk Mill which shut down in 1886 before being acquired for furniture making. The rest of the factory was built across the river at a later date, and in 2010 closed down after calling in administrators. At the time of the closure, HJ Berry was the country's oldest surviving furniture manufacturer and the owners turned down a £1million offer to save the company from shutting down for good. The original Kirk Mill building is currently being redeveloped, whilst the main factory sits abandoned for the time being. Afterwards we headed off in search of food and I highly recommend Tillotsons Arms in the village, very good food at very good prices and they welcome 'hikers, bikers, and muddy shoes' which was perfect for us on that particular day. Thanks for looking, more on my Flickr
  5. Oh you know I am a certified burger-taster wherever I go!
  6. Not seen this one for a couple of years....back on the list it goes!
  7. 'The Belgian version of the red light district' - I know exactly what road you mean, and it's definitely an eye-opening experience...
  8. Was a pleasant surprise to bump into some fellow southerners for sure
  9. It was a coal washing plant for three nearby coal mines and was only operational for a few years before the mines shut down in the 1960s, it's an incredible piece of concrete architecture.
  10. Nice of someone to leave the front door open
  11. Skirt lifting AND nozzle reaming in one place?? I must get here if that is what's on offer.
  12. They are very strict on access and security normally, so one wonders how they let this one slip
  13. Nice one. Bit clean for my liking though. The main part of Elvian School in Reading has been occupied by Camelot for years now.
  14. How delightfully bland, at least Leicesters finest haven't done to it what they did to Hornsey Rise...yet.
  15. You'll need to be quick as they have started dismantling bits of it now
  16. It was, but there is nothing left now as it was demolished about five years ago
  17. I'll never forget my explore here in 2011, the most ridiculous but epic means of entry I've ever done, just in time to catch a summer sunrise from the top of one of the silos. This place is incredible, one of my absolute favourites. The whole GAMA site is a scheduled ancient monument in the same class as Stonehenge.
  18. This place is still my favourite Belgian place I have ever done, I considered my travels to Belgium complete when I finally got here.
  19. Oxfordshire has very limited options when it comes to exploring nowadays, and the old school in Shirburn was one of the very few sites I so far hadn't explored in my home county. I had tried it during the summer a couple of years ago but was thwarted by a very vocal local shouting at us, and even if that hadn't happened I doubt we'd have got in anyway as the whole place was massively overgrown with brambles in mid summer anyway. After hearing Mikeymutt was heading westwards and passing through Oxfordshire I jumped at the chance to organise a little morning excursion and so we met up and explored four small sites in total before I had to head into work - a house which was crap and neither of us took any photos of, the Shirburn School House and the other small School House I found last year as well as an amazing disused church I never even knew existed. There is very little information about this building online, but it is believed to have become Shirburn School House in 1871 and in 1946 it was reorganised into a junior school before closure in 1950. In the years since then it's unclear whether any other uses were found for the building but I guess not. It's held up amazingly well considering it's been empty now for over 65 years. Thanks for looking, more on my flickr
  20. I am in desperate need of a new torch and am looking at my options as well, they all seem rather expensive
  21. I know what you are thinking - Oh not another Harperbury post showing the same utterly ruined shells of buildings - but you'd be wrong. For there is a whole lot more left here than I think most people realise. The wards and therapy buildings that closed in 2001 are absolutely ruined but various other areas have been slowly but surely abandoned leaving many of the buildings that once formed the middle of the asylum now empty. The western half of the site, which included the padded cells and the hydrotherapy pool has been demolished to make way for a new hospital building but there is still a surprising amount left to see. Sadly the main hall was locked up but the other parts we saw more than made up for it - the personal highlight for me being the multi-storey model hospital located in the old main stores building. We also literally walked into the worlds most apathetic security guard, who kind of grunted at us and just wandered off...weird.
  22. Harperbury's Hazmat suit. Before anyone worries, it was brand new and found in the main stores area. Complete with it's peel off protective film over the visor still attached!
  23. The old secca guy was the one we bumped into and he must have spotted us about five times during the five hours we were on site and he never did a thing! We actually approached him afterwards and asked if he could unlock the hall for us but he said no, was worth a shot as he obviously knew we were taking photos haha. Speaking of dog training, we were finishing up in the last building next to the green when one of our group came sprinting towards us saying he'd heard something outside so we left and spotted a guy walking across the green not too far away from us with an Alsatian. On the way out we saw the dog unit van parked by the gate so put two and two together haha.
  24. Looking back now I really should have made more of an effort to see this place before it became the sodden ruin that it is today. I have gone past it so many times on route to other explores and never bothered to stop by always putting it off for another day. Well finally came the time that, after checking out a few interesting but dead-end leads in the general vicinity, I decided to say 'we should go to St. Peter's Mortuary'. What a mess it has become, I can remember a time five or six years ago when it was undamaged and totally intact and now the fridges are pretty much dismantled, there is graffiti all over the place and some wiseguy has removed one of the slabs which has severed a water pipe in the process, which is now gushing water at quite a rate into the building and it won't be long until it's all flooded out now. There is a good couple of inches of water in there already. History, what there is of it, has been done a few too many times so here is my take on the most sodden mortuary in the world. Thanks for looking!