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  1. History Brampton Park Officers' Mess is a former country house, then used by RAF Support Command at RAF Brampton. Brampton Park dates back to the 12th century and the house, known as the Grange, was built in 1821-22 to designs by Thomas Stedman Whitewell. It was altered in 1825 by John Buonarotti Papworth. The main part of the house burned down in 1907 and was rebuilt and extended on the east side in red brick to form a symmetrical design. The south facade is constructed from yellow brick and the roof is tiled. The north front of the house incorporates one of the surviving 19th Century wings as its west end and the 19th Century Pump Room survives on the first floor of the north-west wing. During the First World War, the house was used to house German prisoners. At the beginning of the Second World War it was used as the 'Sun Babies Nursery', to house about 100 infants evacuated from North London. In 1942 the house was taken over by the United States Army Corps (HQ 1st Air Division) until 1945-6. In late Spring 1945, Headquarters Technical Training Command moved to Brampton from Shinfield Park. The Grange became the headquarters and the personnel were billeted in the Park. The house was used as the headquarters of various RAF Command and Group Headquarters from 1955 onwards. In 1982 the upper floor of the building was damaged in a fire and in 1987 a refurbishment programme was carried out on the house, completed in 1988. In 2012 RAF Brampton was put for disposal by the Ministry of Defence. The Explore Visited with @hamtagger this had been one we had wanted to visit for a little while and not too far from us either. Pleasantly surprised about the location, still had a RAF feel to it especially over the back of the area where the married quarters are still lived in but the vast majority of the site has been demo'd with masses of new houses built on site to replace the old MOD buildings. What is left is enough though with quite a lot of the features retained, as you will see from the above history part of it burnt down some time ago so I would guess thats why half of it is relatively modern in design. This was one of the most leisurely explores I have had. Having heard that people have had the police rung and escorted off, locals keeping their eyes open for people coming and going we were pretty lucky. In and out unnoticed, just how I like it! Anyway, the pics. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Thanks for looking!
  2. backlog or no backlog, its always nice to see a returning member posting and sharing their explores
  3. same here, that nice curved bit at the front adds a lot of character to the place
  4. Welcome to OS Look forward to seeing some more from you, you sound interesting
  5. Nor would I ? a good polish up and I could eat my dinner off that! happens a bit though doesn't it, most people follow the trail of photo's that have been taken before them so nice to see something different we have seen the rest of for so long
  6. Harold Hill, got there to see demo work had begun & finished ?
  7. Thats pretty cool, some interesting architecture as well. Very dreary on the outside. I can imagine it was quite a place in its day.
  8. Thats pretty awesome! What a little time capsule as you say, looks like tools were laid down and everyone left but didn't return. Nice first post, welcome to the forum too.
  9. Well thats quite nice isn't it, that pipework is so photogenic! Thanks for sharing
  10. That clock mechanism is lovely and I like those old urinals. Nice to see you back
  11. Quite like what the smoke has done to it, thanks for sharing
  12. That's nice! I like that marble table as well, Im presuming this is a viewing area. Odd that the fridges are in the same area as that unless I am mistaken but it is Belgium. Unless there is a mortuary slab hiding somewhere. I like odd though ?Pics are great, nice work
  13. History Costing £350,000 and ten years to build, the Cardiff City Asylum opened on 15 April 1908. The main hospital building covered 5 acres (2.0 ha), designed to accommodate 750 patients across 10 wards, 5 each for men and women. Like many Victorian institutes, it was designed as a self-contained institute, with its own 150 feet (46 m) water tower atop a power house containing two Belliss and Morcom steam engine powered electric generator sets, which were only removed from standby in the mid-1980s. The site also contained a farm, which provided both food supplies and therapeutic work for the patients. The first medical superintendent was Dr Edwin Goodhall, whose then advanced approaches and therapies resulted in the hospital acquiring a reputation at the forefront of mental health care. Patients were also encouraged to take work and supervised tours outside the institute. During World War I, the facility was called the Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital. During World War II, part of the hospital was turned over to the military, becoming the largest emergency service hospital in South Wales, treating British, US Army and German personnel. 200 beds were retained for civilian use, which enabled early treatment of post traumatic stress disorder of military patients. On 5 July 1948, the hospital was taken over by the Ministry of Health as the National Health Service came into existence. It continued to be used through to the mid-1980s, when care in the community began to reduce the number of resident patients. The decision was made to close the hospital as it was no longer deemed suitable for patients. Closure of the hospital is today, 29th April 2016. The Explore As always, explored with my better half @hamtagger . This place had become a little bit of a fixation to us. Knowing as most of you probably did that closure was imminent we decided to pay it a visit. The hospital recently had an exhibition showing the history of Whitchurch and it had finished a week before our visit, only downfall is we would have got to see the hall but where is the fun in being allowed in somwhere! This place had 10 wards, they are huge wards, built on 2 floors. When we visited only 2 of those wards were in use on the East side and they were the secure unit which were moved to the new Llandough Hospital earlier this week. 90% of the site is disused. On site there is a funeral home and a hospice both of which are still and will still remain active now that the hospital has closed. The whole site is pretty vast, the corridors are long and echoey, we never saw a single person while walking around the main sections. The wards were all closed and padlocked off inside but this didn't really bother us too much. We just enjoyed sneaking round capturing it like it is now. HT said to me wouldnt it be nice to look back on these pics in years to come and see what it did look like. A severalls in the making if nothing happens with it. As you can see not a lot was accessible but it wil give you an idea of what it is like. Parts of it reminded me of Goodmayes Asylum in Essex, it had that feel to it. Especially with working lights and the colour of red on the windows and doors. The place hadn't been looked after which was a shame really. Decay had allready started. Some corridors were closed off due to colapsing ceilings. The water tower was locked off because of Aspestos. Reading a story online, millions had been spent renovating one of the concrete rings on one side of the tower only a few years ago. The building is beautiful. Red brick with a single line of yellow brick right through the middle. The grounds are just as nice, old flowerbeds now overgrown but still spring flowers coming through. On our way out we were met by Security at the main desk, we explained to him that we were just looking at the buildings. Luckily we were on our way out and he told us that he didn't mind us taking externals so there was our chance to walk around the whole site externally. I got chatting to him and asked him about his job. He explained that he had started working for the gardens when he was 17 as a stopgap before he found something else to do, 44 years later he is still there. I could see the bond he had with this building with the closure ahead. He was emotionally attached to it, you could see the sadness in his eyes when he talked about it. He talked to us about the cannabis factory that was found a few years back in one of the derelict wards. He laughed when he said that staff thought he was behind it. All in all really nice to speak to him, someone with knowledge. So really a maze of corridors to see and a lot locked down, this place has a mortuary but I am led to believe that it's 50/50 as to wether there is a slab inside it still. I am told that it is stored for gas bottles. The main hall is amazing but I only got to see it through cracks in the doors. Currently being used for storage of medical records and equiptment it was heavily locked. Whitchurch has a lot more to offer but for us its a waiting game until it becomes more accessible inside. In particular I loved the Matron's door. This place had a lot of original features left and this was one of them. Anyway enough of my waffle, I am sure that many of you will vsit this place in time. On with the pics Externals An aerial view of the whole site, arrow plan. 1 : The Main entrance 2 : The Pavillions had seen better days 3 : Westside, Innit bruv! 4 : One of the smaller villa's on site, more recently being used for admin 5 : One of the secure Units for the higher risk patients 6 : 7 : East Side 8 : Some more of the East side 9 : The external of the curved corridor 10 : 11 : The Internals 12 : 13 : 14 : 15 : 16 : 17 : The corridor Kink 18 : A bit of artwork from a former patient 19 : 20 : The corridor which led you to the Mortuary & Tower, sadly closed off 21 : Sad times for Whitchurch 22 : The main entrance 23 : A little history from when it was a military hospital Thanks for looking!
  14. Very nice! As trashed as this place is it is one of those that gets more photogenic as time goes by. Amazing how those slabs sat unfound for so long but look at them! Porcelain porn before your eyes! make nice dinner tables they would Nice work and agree with the last pic comments, really really nice
  15. Thats really nice, i love the interior, very grand I imagine in its day! Those ceilings are amazing! lovely set of pics Thanks for sharing
  16. Welcome to the forum nice to see something new and i agree with Andy, I like those older style machines. I look forward to seeing some more posts from you
  17. i really like this, aside from the fact that the ceiling has been wallpapered in one room which impressed me loads haha I love it. I am in awe of the decor and the dinginess I particularly like number 3 , great pics Andy
  18. Oh wow! this is amazing Michelle! I love everything about this place, the exterior is very 'workhousey' like we get over here. The body fridge is a bit retro, I am absolutely loving that Must have been humungous with a capacity like that. Im pleasantly surprised with how well preserved the chapel is considering the decay of the rest of the place. What surprises me more is the length of time it was open, not very long really but hey, I am not complaining! Relatively intact and vandalism free as well. The handprinted sign is nice, I bet the place is littered with those. This is like hospital porn for me. i could actually go on for days but I won't haha! Love it, really love it! nice work lovely
  19. I love number 6 mate nice bit of history and what fantastic views!
  20. pretty impressive that mate
  21. I can imagine, not a nice experience at all.
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