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  1. The Granville Hotel was designed by Pugin, and is now apartments, Iv'e explored the abandoned part of the Granville Hotel, which I will put in a separate report, I was lucky enough on one of my regular walks along the beach to get chatting to a elderly gentleman who lives in a apartment in The Granville and he kindly showed me around, and told me that the Tower was a look-out post in WW2 for fires after bombs had been dropped on the town, he had a word with the caretaker and I got a invite to have a look. I had to climb up a 30ft ladder through a loft hatch holding onto a piece of rope attached to the old lift mechanism and was terrified, especially coming down but it was worth it for the views. Anyway enough said, enjoy the pics. This pic was taken before I went inside. There was a flat roof we climbed up to and looked up and saw this seagull giving us the eye, I found out why when we finally got up there, they had a nest up there so as I was taking pics we were getting bombed lol, it was hilarious. These lion statues are on the corners right at the top. The tower from the flat roof. The view from the top. Looking out over ramsgate harbour. The top of the chimneys, I luv this pic. Very unsafe floors in here. Some pics of the gravitti the fellas did back in ww2. Looking down the stairs of the tower. This was the look-out room where the gravitti was. A few random pics, it was a very tight space up there, but fantastic. Hope you enjoy the pics as much as I did being up there, big thanks to John and Eric for the invite, I could even see a plane at Manston we were that high up.
  2. I've been down these tunnels a few times, and always see something different that I had missed on previous visits, it is one of the most peacefull places I have been in, and it's history is fascinating, enjoy the pics. Inspection pit. The old tunnel sign. Enjoy the pics.
  3. This was one of the first explores I did, visited with StEaLtH AND Cavking, the floors were well dodgy and death traps in places, I've got a soft spot for this place, and I actually got some nice pics, anyway enough said, on with the pics. One of the corridors, we didn't get any pics of the front of this place as security was very tight and if I remember there hut was right at the front of the building. The main hall. The architecture and ceiling were fantastic, very sad that it has got into this state, the architect whose name escapes me designed alot of the asylums in the uk. The stage at the back of the hall. Peeling paint. I just luv this coloured broken glass. Whats left of the old hairdressers. A great explore, this place is how I got my exploring jeans as I ripped them on a fence, so have worn them ever since. Enjoy the pics.
  4. I visited this place last year with my daughter whilst visiting relatives, entrance was comical, borrowed a search blaster as we weren't prepared, had a great time, This was still there last time I looked it's in Coleshill, Warwickshire. Enjoy the pics. The main entrance. The flooded boiler house. The kitchen. The hall This ornate work was all around the hall, fantastic. The obligatory radiator pic. One of the many corridors. Some fancy artwork. I now know that this is a training aid, but it scared the life out of me in the dark. Someone left there boots behind. Some of the toys etc and there were lots of books under the stage. Lovely wooden doors into the hall. These made me crack up. Peeling paint. It was a great day out with Miss CSI, well worth a visit if you are nearby.
  5. Me and my brother, littlewide had a really nice explore this morning onto the site of the now closed Snowdown colliery. Loads of building left standing easy access into most of them, this is the deepest mine in Kent at 3000m at its lowest point, apparently at that depth the rock is hot. We started having a nose around in a couple of the larger building, there are loads of bits and pieces laying around everything from cranes to miners boots. In the admin building there are contracts of employment laying every where dating from around 1930 until the mid 80's. There is one small problem.....security, as we came out from the back of the building marked "opening" we saw them pull up, so after a hasty and covert move away to the slag heap we made our way back toward the buildings on the left, then more security pulled onto the site so we decided to make an exit and plan our next visit a little better. Sorry about the pic's my Box brownie is shagged and then half way round the battery's also died. Not sure what all the cloud effects are....maybe the ghosts of past miners. I will add some notes to the pics later. Bit short on time at the mo.
  6. I visited this hospital with the usual suspects last year, this was on the way I think to Cane hill, all good fun Rachael and I crawled through a service tunnel with a cassock on, we did look funny. Shame I haven't any pics of that but I know someone who does. Don't know what this is but I liked it. This was a fun explore and lots of stuff lying around. Enjoy the pics,
  7. Visited this place last year, fantastic place and a great explore, sadly I don't think there is much left now, Enjoy the pics. The demolished hall One of the many corridors. The water tower, comical entrance and what a view from the top. Some of the artwork on the walls was fantastic. Inside the admin building, didn't capture this well as didn't have the best of camera at the time. Enjoy the pics.
  8. I've put this in misc as I'm not sure whether it's military or industrial. The walls and roof underground look very, very military but the location and above ground decor is very industrial. First thing I knew about this explore was when Hood_mad phoned me and said "Dude, I've found an underground vault, you need to be here!!!" Suffice to say, I flew out of work, followed his directions and ended up next to him facing a heavy LOCKED steel door with my shiny new 8Mp Samsung i8510. A ring to a friendly locksmith and 2 hours later the lock was drilled and the door was open. Inside was, unfortuantely not much, but there were some groovy aiming marks on the walls. Walking around, still underground, we found this paper dated Thursday June 30th 1977 Dartboard. Scoreboard Mmmm, telephone wiring. Large room with warnings. This was a once only , so I hope I did it justice. I'm still trying to get to grips with all the settings on my new camera, so bear with me. J.
  9. Flashearth link http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.923377&lon=-2.647387&z=16.9&r=0&src=msa Driving along after Hood_mad and I had been working in the Shropshire, I spotted some barrack buildings hidden in woods at the side of the road. We stopped, and went to explore. Tilstock Airfield (formerly RAF Tilstock) is a World War 2 airfield located 3 miles south of Whitchurch in Shropshire. The village of Tilstock is about 2 miles west of the airfield. The site is also known as Prees Heath, after the neighbouring village Prees. The airfield comprised of 3 runways of which only one remains in use today. The site was in use during World War I as an Army training camp. Construction of the airfield was completed by mid 1942, the name 'Whitchurch Heath' being used until 1 June 1943, when Tilstock was adopted. Between 1 September 1942 and 21 January 1946, the airfield was used by No. 81 Operational Training Unit and No. 1665 Heavy Conversion Unit Royal Air Force for the training of pilots and crews in the operation of Whitley, Stirling and Halifax heavy bombers. During the 1950's, Auster AOP.6 'spotter' aircraft of No. 663 Squadron RAF used the facilities of the otherwise non-operational airfield during weekends for liaison flights with Royal Artillery units. Located near the junction of the A41 and A49, the airfield is still being used today at weekends for skydiving. Skydivers have used the airfield for Tandem Skydiving and running Parachute Jump Courses since 1966. The direction of the remaining runway is 33 (330) and 15 (150). Then, when we looked round the back of the barracks, we found a bunker, which we now know to be the Battle HQ. Air vent. Old toilet roll holder. Chest freezer?? Switchboard wiring. Chair shot. This was a fantastic, lucky find and now that I know some more information about it, I will be back to look at the control tower etc. Cheers for looking, J.
  10. Hood_mad saw this one on one of his drives and rang Dangerous Dave (BB) and Me to meet him there. I managed to trace the location to this report from subbrit. http://www.subbrit.org.uk/cgi-bin/webdata_roc.pl?fid=987344666&query=pagenum%3D1%26cgifunction%3DSearch%26County%3DPembrokeshire&cgifunction=form An Orlit B stands next to the road with communications aerials mounted near the side of the building. It houses equipment for an amateur radio repeater station which is still in use. The front main entrance is bricked up, but if you climb up to the top, you will find another door hidden from view, which is padlocked shut and also a ladder. Basically a standard ROC post, built in 1960 and closed in 1968, it has still got its original twin wire telephone line. Upon descent, Dave found that there was more water in the post than was reported on subbrit. just under rigger boot depth actually so he had to move very very slowly. Just a quick explore on a small site. I must have walked/drove past this post hundreds of times between pembroke dock and tenby. Cheers for looking, J.
  11. CS, RD and Hood_Mad had been the week before and I'd been badgering Hood all week to go and he finally succumbed. On this explore was Hood_mad, Bone_mad and myself. We first went to see 8X7, which is a fantastic experience, we followed the tunnel, past some spectacular collapses (deliberate???) right to the end to where the tunnel has been concreted shut, if you're really quiet here, you can hear running water below your feet. All the way along the tunnels, there are these fantastic stalagmites and stalactites, Most of the side tunnels have (been) collapsed and the concrete roof has fallen down blocking the entrances, there are two open ones near the beginning of 8X7 but they don't look far off collapsing. All around the place, there are pieces of the steel supporting hoops which are about 1" thick girders that supported the roof structure, these have been broken (blown) into pieces by some force. The edges are slightly molten. Everywhere we went, Bone_mad was there, she was exploring every nook and cranny, loving every minute. No puddle was too deep, no wall too high. We then moved onto 8X6, which had a smaller entrance, we had to get a picture of the fake appendage mentioned in the other threads, CS, look away now or you'll have nightmares!! Scattered around the place were these fantastic heavy duty lamps. And the switchwork. We were very hesitant about going right to the bottom of this tunnel as there were significant collapses of the side walls and of the link tunnels, but as always, a bit of taunting put our balls in the right place and we (very quietly) made our way to the far end. Nothing makes you place your feet carefully as the threat of imminent collapse. At the end of this tunnel, there is a lot of running water passing below your feet, it is quite loud. We obviously didn't spend long down here, but on the way back, we spotted this set of rollers that would have been along the tunnel for pushing boxes down. We made our way a bit further up the tunnel and spotted a ladder going up one of the collapsed side tunnel roofs. I squeezed my way up and on top of the tunnel, either side of the entrance was a ladder that went down between the double skins. There was enough headroom for me to crouch and walk all the way along the top of the tunnel to the other side which was the right-hand tunnel of 8X6. I saw significant collapses on this side and was not about to venture there. We made our way out of the tunnel through the gap. We had a quick peek in 8X5 as I wanted to go see the other bunkers. We walked up to the north west one (scared the life out of some teenage dopeheads) and had a look around. Past some guard huts. Then to the middle (secured) one. The old alarm system. The new alarm system. In all the excitement, I forgot to take a full photo of this one, we walked all the way over the top of it, there is definately no other way in, lol. It was getting dark by now so we made our way home. J.
  12. The subject line is a bit vague as the owners were spot on with us and asked us not to put the location out there. If this report tickles your fancy and you would like to visit, drop me a PM and I'll give you Tims mobile number. The best spot in the site (the room with the drawings / maps) is under lock and key and they were more than happy to unlock it for us. The Chapel. Brick cross on the wall. Shot from the bottom end of the site. Prefab roof joist. Demolished building with urinal and chimney still present. Boiler room on the left of the photo. Close up of the boiler room. These were hanging just above the entrance to the boiler room. Fancy a climb?? Look strong? Not so strong from this angle. Captian slow and hood_mad at one of the locked buildings. Demolished. Other ranks accomodation. Accomodation to the left, toilets to the right. Water storage in the tower visible on top of the building. Lightweight trailer. Officers quarters. Drying room. Two I beams had corroded away leaving only one to support this boiler. Water storage? Fireplace in the NAAFI. This had four fireplaces all using the same chimney. A bit out of focus, but you get the idea. Outside the NAAFI. There were a load of drawings on the wall inside the locked building, est @ about 1950ish. Drawing of a Sea Vampire. You can just make out "Shell" and "Esso" trademarks on these cans. Original Phone. After we'd done the accomodation side, we headed south west to the airfield proper. Shelter identical to the ones at Carew airfield. Underground HQ nearby. (Captain slow has some inside pics.) A great day out, we spent about 5 hours wandering about the site. Again, the site is well open, but if anyone wants above board access or just wants to see the drawings and maps, drop me a PM and I'll give you Tims number. J.
  13. On the way down to Pembroke Dock for the day, hood_mad and I stopped off near Carew Airfield to have a look at the radar protection site the other side of the main road. Inside one of the little bunkers. The flooded one. A small explore, but the little bunkers were fun. After we left, we went to the St Twynnells ROTOR Station HERE J.
  14. I've passed this place so many times and never stopped, myself, hood_mad and mum were driving about and thought we'd stop. We're glad we did. We'd finished looking at the pill-box and I spotted some railings on the edge of the field. hood looked over the edge and saw an underground passage. We cleared the brambles out of the way and made our way down to the flooded section (only just over boot height). I couldn't believe how hidden this place was, but for the railing, we would have never known it was there. J.
  15. Again visted with Thurisaz(his camera ran out of batteries within seconds of switching it on *giggles*) & Shadow The rest can be seen here... http://s68.photobucket.com/albums/i18/Zoot337/Urbex/?start=0
  16. Visted with Thurisaz & Shadow I always see something new to photograph when I go here Still know photo's of ghosts & the amazing group shot The rest can be viewed here...http://s68.photobucket.com/albums/i18/Zoot337/Newton/Newton3/?start=0
  17. Took a trip to Newton again, visited the West to check out some Pillboxes and what seemed to be anti aircraft placements, only got to see 3 out of the 4 Pillboxes. "Pillboxes 1" http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.957661&lon=-0.993727&z=18&r=0&src=msl "anti aircraft placements 1&2" "Pillboxes 2" http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.958643&lon=-0.989486&z=18&r=0&src=msl "anti aircraft placement3" "Pillboxes 3" http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.959926&lon=-0.981843&z=18&r=0&src=msl Almost gave up looking for this one, as it was so well covered with a bushes an needles, I was right next to it before I actually noticed it. "Pillboxes 4" Did'nt get to visit this one http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.958671&lon=-0.998967&z=18&r=0&src=msl Then I went to check out 2 buildings behind the dog kennels hiden away in the woods http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.960897&lon=-0.986964&z=18&r=0&src=msl Second building, which I could'nt get to...this time. Hope you can just make it out. http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.960802&lon=-0.987758&z=18&r=0&src=msl Sorry for the heavy pictures Will be planning another trip back, to get a in to all those Pillboxes, if anyone wants to join me just PM me an we can sort something out:) See the rest of the photo's here... http://s68.photobucket.com/albums/i18/Zoot337/Newton/Newton2/?start=0
  18. Visited with a member off Derelict Places(Kaputnik) on a lovely hot very windey summers day, got a good 6 & halfs hours there before security from one of the hangers got his knickers in a twist and the other come spending after us like he was in a 70's cop show, lol. I'm gonna be taking a return visit as soon as to get more photo's and explore more. The only flooded bunker we came across. The rest of the photo's I took can be viewed here http://s68.photobucket.com/albums/i18/Zoot337/Newton/
  19. This is the only surviving example of a kent colliery, and is looking in an increasingly bad way in recent times. They're still un-sure what they want to do with the buildings, so at the moment they stand there empty, a monument to the sites past use. All the mine shafts have one of these on them, there were 3 in total, this one was the shallowest, the deepest was over 900metres making Snowdown the deepest colliery in Kent. Not a lot to see really, but a nice way to spend a couple of hours, and quite a laid back explore as the security people patrolling were actually fine with us being there Please ignore the quality of these pics, it was over a year ago and I was still getting used to the camera! Maniac.
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