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  1. History Pinched from other reports on here: Milford was named for its river-crossing, on an ancient route from Derby to the Peak district. Jedediah Strutt, a farmer turned hosier, recognised the potential of the site. The Inventor of the Derby rib machine, Strutt owned a Derby silk mill, and had set up cotton mills in Belper. In 1781, he bought land in Milford to build a cotton spinning mill. It was one of a series of textile milles constructed on the Derwent between Matlock and Derby during the Industrial Revolution. These pioneering developments, which included the creation of new communities to house and cater for the workforce they required, are now recognises as being of international importance. The Milford Mill complex eventually included spinning, bleaching and dying mills, as well as foundries, joiners’ workshops, a gas-works and a corn-mill. The Warehouse, constructed in 1793, was an early attempt by William Strutt, Jedediah’s eldest son, to design a fire-proof multi-storey structure. The Strutt's success transformed Milford from a riverside hamlet into a company village. They built a school, created several farms to supply produce for their workers and helped establish the village’s various religious and social buildings. The remaining buildings are just fragments of a much larger site, mostly demolished through the 1960s and 1970s. More recently the site had been mixed industrial/commercial units, with part of the site forming an antique centre. Currently it sits empty with the forecourt used as a car wash on weekends. The Explore Generally I write something along the lines of things being a 'relaxed mooch' in this section. Having initially headed to Derwentside Industrial Park to see what was left of the Abru factory (A: Lots of rubble) I I had a fairly clumsy entrance over some barbed wire at Milford in full view of the adjacent A-road. Cut my hands and shredded my jeans a little but nothing too disastrous. Inside it's all pretty heavily graffed and stripped. Not sure I'd go so far out of my way to go back. After wandering around for an hour it becomes apparent that there are other people on the site. Given my ungraceful entrance I assumed it was security. Cue a 45 minute game of hide and seek. Transpires there are six people congregated in front of the gate. The site is encircled by a river so there are no alternative avenues of escape. After waiting and watching for a further half hour my patience fails and I decide to approach. Turns out one of the blokes was (I assume) an estate agent. THe look on his face when I, the scruffy, unshaven bloke with ripped clothes and hands covered in blood and rust came towards him was priceless. He was polite but asked me to leave immediately and I walk purposefully towards the gate. I try to open it for the most awkward couple of minutes of my life before an exasperated security guard has to walk over and do it for me. All in all not my smoothest moment. The Photos I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. IX. X. If you're anywhere vaguely near Sheffield and want to link up then drop me a line. Cheers, Thirteen.
  2. The History Largely from wiki: Millmoor was was the home ground of Rotherham County F.C. between 1907 and 1925 and then their successors Rotherham United F.C. until 2008. The team and ground were once owned by C.F. Booth, whose huge Clarence Metalworks and scrapyard overlooks the site. When Ken Booth sold the club in 2004 he kept the freehold to the stadium and leased it back to the club in return for £200,000 a year rent and preferential advertising options and ticket allocations. In 2008 the relationship between the two parties broke down and Rotherham United left Millmoor for the Don Valley Stadium, before moving into their present ground, the New York Stadium, in 2012. The Explore All in all a pretty relaxed mooch. The scrapyard next door is huge and noisy but everybody is too busy to be paying much attention to the stadium. All of the internal areas of the ground are heavily stripped but in good condition, with the custody suite and cells being particularly interesting. The stands are in fairly good condition and the pitch itself appears to be maintained with Wiki suggesting it's seen periodic use for youth football. Being the genius that I am I left everything but a 35mm prime lens at home and arrived about 40 minutes before sunset so apologies for the slightly odd perspectives. The Photos I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. IX. X. XI. If you're anywhere vaguely near Sheffield and want to link up then drop me a line. Cheers, Thirteen.
  3. Cheers mate Yeah quite a few years I think. I've kept myself busy but not bothered to post anything anywhere for a long time! I read about all this photobucket lark and thought I'd have a go at using Flickr for a forum post. I won't leave it so long next time
  4. History Going to be brief as this is everywhere, I'd recommend rafchurchfenton.org.uk if you're looking for a solid reference on the subject. RAF Church Fenton was opened in 1937, during WWII it had a defensive role protecting the northern Industrial cities from bombing raids. It also hosted the first American volunteer 'Eagle Squadron' during this period. Much of its postwar history was dominated by an emphasis on its role as a training airfield and from 1998 to 2003 Church Fenton was the RAF's main Elementary Flying Training airfield. On 25 March 2013 it was announced that Church Fenton would close by the end of the year. The site was bought by a local entrepreneur in late 2014 and the airfield now caters for private flights, having been renamed Leeds East Airport. The Explore Not much to say here. There's a bit of building going on on some adjacent land, whether this means the airfield owner has more significant plans for the derelict portion of the site I have no idea. All in all despite lots of talk of run-ins with police and security it was a very relaxed mooch, albeit slightly disorientating at points with the overgrown and repetitive nature of everything. There's not a great deal in the way of ephemera or artefacts, just lots of peely paint, first-floor ferns and other fairly natural pretty decay. By and large aside from some new (crap) graffiti very little changed between my visits. The Pictures I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. IX. X. XI. XII. XIII. XIV. XV. XVI. XVII. Thanks for looking. If you're anywhere vaguely near Sheffield and want to link up then drop me a line. Cheers, Thirteen.
  5. Good report mate, had a brief wander recently but the part I got to was more or less flooded and I was wearing Primark canvas shoes haha. On whatever part of the site I was on there were tonnes of infrared cameras, webcam looking things, all linking back to a couple of mobile solar panels with the security companies name on. Never seen a setup quite like it. I don't have a clue whether they were working or not but there must have been some outlay for those panels. Seems a bit over the top given how run down the place is.
  6. The History A quick report from this relatively local site. I can't find a report on it on here but it does feature here and there elsewhere on the web. The Loxley Independent Chapel was built in 1787 at the expense of one Rev Benjamin Greaves, the curate of the nearby village of Bradfield. Although completed for the most part it is assumed the financial resources of the Reverend and his friends must have fallen somewhat short as the builders failed to install window on the east side of the building. Owing to this fault the building could not be consecrated and was therefore sold at auction for £315 and brought into use as a Free Chapel. The first baptisms took place in 1799 and by 1851 a religious census showed an average afternoon congreation of over 200. In 1872 the first officer of HMS Titanic, Henry Tingle Wilde was baptised in the chapel. Despite amalgamation with a congregation from the United Reformed Church attendance continued to dwindle and the chapel finally closed in 1993. The building is now in private ownership (I think I'm right in saying the same bloke owns swathes of dilapidated buildings in the area) and although it is Grade II listed it was fallen ever further into disrepair since first being placed on English Heritage's buildings at risk register in 1985. The Pictures 1. A wonky external owing to the ridiculous shape of Sheffield in general: 2. The organ from the pews in the loft: 3. The pulpit, showing the pretty dire state of affairs on the ground floor: 4. An attempt to diversify on the cliche preaching shot: 5. Some of the marble memorials and related 'things' dotted about, the plaques are pristine, it's a strange contrast: 6. A good example of how an organ console shouldn't look: 7. What seemed to be a Nonconformist newspaper, riveting stuff. Cheers for looking, if you're in Sheffield and up for some explores then drop me an email or PM Thirteen.
  7. I'm from Thanet originally Nelly, not that that helps in terms of reputation.
  8. Here's a backdated report I've just put together, thanks everyone http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/showthread.php/6358-Belgian-Business-2012-2013
  9. The Trip/Report This is a short collection of snaps from two trips I've made to Belgium with my girlfriend over the past year and a half. I've only just signed up but hopefully these are illustrative of the sort of things I've been up to recently(ish). I won't include history as all of them have been covered extensively and I'm unsure as to how much detail is appropriate considering the more anonymous nature of our Belgian friends. If anyone (mods etc.) want specific history then I'll be happy to edit and include anything necessary. The Pictures The Horror Labs The Crypt The Chamber of Commerce Château de Noisy Thanks for looking, Thirteen.
  10. I've had a HDD fail and I was silly enough not to have backed anything up, I will chuck together a couple of reports from what I have in a little while though. Hopefully I'll get something done this afternoon in time to post it up this evening
  11. Picked it when I was about 15 for some reason. I am, metaphorically, too far down the rabbit hole to change it. It's also been my email address the entire time and it's become a case of keeping it for new things so there's some sort of continuity and I don't seem to be a random (not that I ever post more than once a month anywhere anyway) haha.
  12. Hi everyone, I've been posting stuff on the facebook group sporadically for a while now and thought I should probably cave and sign up. I'm not going to bother you with all my old reports and I'm not sure if anyone on here will recognise my username but I've been knocking around in the usual places online for about 5 or 6 years now and just wanted to start putting some stuff up elsewhere. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.313951485327254.96974.313936838662052&type=3 Not sure on the protocol regarding links (Mods please edit this if it's not allowed!) but there's a bit of my stuff just to give people a cross section of what I'm into. Frequently moving between Sheffield and Kent (and Belgium/France when I have the cash) so feel free to get in touch, always happy to get involved. Thirteen. (Christian).