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  1. I love this little place, if you havent been here its well worth driving hours to see. Its got so many little things that are so photogenic inside and has loads of character. I hear this has been busy of late with visitors and I must pass it about 10 times a month-always meaning to pop in, so when I found myself with nothing to do this saturday I nipped over. Plenty of history on the place all over t'internet so I wont bore you further. My pictures: HDR WARNING, do not scroll down if you hate on HDR. This was my third visit here-my pictures from the first visit a couple of years back can be seen on my Flickr Thanks
  2. George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) They were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883.: George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street, The 1849 listing records a move to Cornhill and the 1852 to Cornesh works Cornesh street they had by this time also increased there product range to include steel files, shoe and butchers knives. They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades shoe knives and leather workers tools. In the 1948 listing the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd George Barnsley died at his home at No 30 Collegiate Crescent on 30th March 1958, he lived there with his wife Mabel and mother-in-law Elizabeth. He was a partner in the firm which were steel and file manufacturers and the business was converted into a limited company about 10 years before his death. He had a long army career, joining up in 1896 and serving in the Boer war and two world wars. Colonel Barnsley played a leading part in the development of the Army Cadet Force in Sheffield. He Died Aged 83
  3. Be gentle, this is my first report ! lol Visited with urban witness, urban sentry & urban tempest After seeing a lot of reports for this place i had wanted to visit it for a while, all i can say it was worth the wait. The only downside is one of us ( me ) forgot spare camera batteries . All that means is a re visit is on the cards asap to get the shots i missed . History stolen from Lowry Jen's report :confused History: George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) They were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883. George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street, The 1849 listing records a move to Cornhill and the 1852 to Cornish works Cornish street they had by this time also increased there product range to include steel files, shoe and butchers knives. They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades shoe knives and leather workers tools. In the 1948 listing the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd George Barnsley died at his home at No 30 Collegiate Crescent on 30th March 1958, he lived there with his wife Mabel and mother-in-law Elizabeth. He was a partner in the firm which were steel and file manufacturers and the business was converted into a limited company about 10 years before his death. The building finally closed in 2004 and has been left abandoned ever since.
  4. I thought I’d already chucked these up. ATAC Quarry in Paris
  5. About time I had some new stuff to bring to the explore table! Hat tip to my mate for finding it. I really can't find much out about this place other than they offered fabrication, component finishing and product assembly services over a 17000m2 site. The company worked on their own projects of which some were valued in terms of multi-millions of pounds so it wasn't a small fry! The company went into liquidation and the facility closed in 2008, and here's where it gets weird - after closure, part of the site was taken over by a nearby university to house their mechanical engineering department, they too have vacated the premises some time back so now the whole site is empty. I was having autofocus issues with my camera all day so a few may not be as sharp as I'd like... It's not an interesting building externally so just the one from me There is a fair amount of empty office space It had it's own bar in the far end of the top floor of the site! Just a few records left.... Huge archive bins full of blueprints and diagrams And...we weren't expecting to find this More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157634515708164/
  6. Another one of those Ive been meaning to do for ages, Its normally one of those that people do early on in their explore career but I didnt for some reason, the time never felt right , Visited With Ms Penfold, A little history can be found via this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dover_Western_HeightsAnd so for a few PicsThanks for taking the time to look
  7. A small but still quite ok location.. we unfortunately only had about 25 minutes to explore this one, (including parking and finding our way in..) since we had a meet about an hour later and 70km further to explore the lime factory together with some polish guys.. So to save time I decided to skip the tripod for change and shoot the thing handheld. Would have loved to spent a bit more time here to make proper shots, but well, we simply couldn't this time.. So just a few okish shots and nothing special... 1# 2# 3# 4# 5# 6# 7# 8# 9# 10# 11# 12# 13# Thanks for watching!
  8. Thomas Green came to Leeds from Carlton-on-Trent near Newark and founded the company in 1835. The company was originally located at 34 Lower Head Row (now Eastgate), Leeds, and specialised in all types of wirework, including wire weaving and galvanising. The Smithfield Foundry site in North Street was purchased in 1848 and the first buildings were erected in 1850. In 1863 a London office was opened, principally to serve the overseas trade. This was followed in 1881 by the opening of the “Surrey Works†in Blackfriars, London. Improvements in trade led to the opening of the “New Surrey Works†in 1902. Thomas Green also produced a range of steam road vehicles including fairground centre-engines, road tractors and agricultural tractors. Perhaps their most well known product in this range was the steamroller, which commenced in 1872 with a vertical boilered model for the Royal Gardens, windsor. Shortly afterward, in 1880, a convertible model (i.e. traction engine or road roller) was introduced. A conventional horizontal boilered model followed this in 1881. The range was developed to encompass the whole range of weights (3ton to 12ton) and styles (tandem roller, triple roller) which enabled them to become one of the market leaders, with around 300 machines supplied. With an eye on sports grounds, Greens introduced the first of a range of petrol engined rollers in 1905. The diesel engined DRM model in the 1930s, and lighter versions, the DRL and DRX, superseded these. In the 1960s, the “Workman†was designed together with a heavier model, the “Pacemaker.†This one is at my local cricket hut and hasnt been used for a very long time (ive never seen it running) and looks like a few parts have been stolen of it over the years
  9. On the way back from 'Shotgun' I thought it would be nice to nip in and say hello to GBs to grab some wide angle shots... Was ACE!! Love this place!! Only downer was the addition of grafitti up the office stairs!! I'm all for a bit of well placed graf, but here... No! ME NO LIKEY!! Still a crackin' way to spend a few hours... HERES ME PIX... Thanks awfully for looking...
  10. Haven't posted this one before, so thought I'd throw a few pics up! Visited back in Oct with 2 non forum members, it was a spur of the moment decision as we were in the area. Had previously been told there wasn't much left! There was enough too occupy us for 3 hours! This is a fairly large site in the middle of demolition, but it seems to have stopped for some time - the old parts of the hospital dating back to 1865 have been redeveloped into flats and town houses (in the country). There is still one admin building boarded up and a big house (for the warden or something) but this report sadly isn't on them, as I still haven't been back to see if they are possible! In the late 60's the site was re-developed into a large complex with many of pre-fab buildings dotted around the site, and at its peak it house 1000 patients of all ages, from children to geriatrics. IN the 1980's it was still in use as a 600 bed Psychiatric Hospital, eventually being turned into a hospital for children with learning difficulties in 1999. The hospital fully closed in 2003. This hospital also contained a special unit dealing with Urinary Disease (Pee Hospital ) Was still a bit of a noob with the camera back here shotting in the wrong apertures and straight to jpeg, so apologies! One of the newer main blocks... One of the several smaller pre-fabs Male members please read and take note, this is how to stay dry on a explore! Kitchen Block... Servery area, these tiles were all the rage, enough to drive me slightly loopy Jacuzzi, still in tact, supposedly it was only 1 year old when the hospital was closed! The main hall, I wasn't fit enough to climb the pole to get into the projector room the projectors were there a few years ago, not now sadly. Library On the way back to our horse and cart we had to stop for a slide and a wee swing Thanks for looking!!
  11. Visited with PROJ3CTM4YH3M and Darbians on a very cold and snowy day. I had no idea what to expect of this place as I had never seen any pictures of it before I went, it was so much better than I could have imagined, absolutely loved it. History: George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) They were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883. George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street, The 1849 listing records a move to Cornhill and the 1852 to Cornish works Cornish street they had by this time also increased there product range to include steel files, shoe and butchers knives. They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades shoe knives and leather workers tools. In the 1948 listing the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd George Barnsley died at his home at No 30 Collegiate Crescent on 30th March 1958, he lived there with his wife Mabel and mother-in-law Elizabeth. He was a partner in the firm which were steel and file manufacturers and the business was converted into a limited company about 10 years before his death. The building finally closed in 2004 and has been left abandoned ever since.
  12. Another one from my archives... I have a love of factories in a state of extreme decay and this is probably the best example I've come across before or since - as they invariably have little to no security on them they are a lovely easy wander, a good exercise in taking photos and sometimes very photogenic in their advanced decay. I made two visits to this enormous rubber factory on the outskirts of Northampton in 2011, which sadly is now demolished. Looking at the place from the outside you'd be forgiven for thinking it was an absolute wreck but there was plenty left inside to nose around at despite it being properly battered. It was interesting seeing some of the graffiti too, some of which dated back 10+ years which tallies with it closing around the turn of the millenium. One of my friends I got talking to actually used to work in this place in the 80s, it was his first proper job and he was stationed on one of the rubber seal machines stamping out O-rings and other stuff. This factory is most well known for supplying the floor for the Tokyo subway system, they also made solid rubber tyres for military vehicles and other types of flooring among many other smaller rubber/plastic products including equipment for the medical and scientific industries. The company now no longer exists, there is zero trace of it left in operation anywhere. I climbed up to the top of the water tower on site and got a couple of cheeky aerial shots, goes some way to show just some of the expanse of buildings! Loads more photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157626056798221/ and here www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157626461702552/
  13. This place is been on my to do list since i first saw photos of it some years back , in my mind no photo or video footage can do it any kind of justice ,you have to see with your own eyes to take in the vastness and extreme detail of the 400 year old building....Gaining access was no joke at midnight recce to check access was a must then park up just outside the city for a few hours sleep in the car or shall i say try to sleep with the Critical NOISE Machine aka Critical Mass Snorer ..........Ok skip forward to 5am checking out the city streets looking for any sign of activity ....all clear so we made out move and gained entry made our way to the main floor and sat it out till day break ....i looked for history online but wasnt able to find any but Fritz managed to get me some from a Dutch site the translation isnt 100% so bare with it .....1. The Fair in the Belgian city of Antwerp is located in the Twelve Months Street, a smallside street of the Meir. The current building is a reconstruction from 1872. The original building, "the mother of all fairs, dated from 1531. This building is not to be confused with the Old Exchange in the Hofstraat.The trade is in a late Brabant Gothic style by Joseph Schadde, after the fire in 1858 the fair in the ashes. Twice in the history of the stock market burned down in 1583 and in 1858.2.From the end of the fifteenth century, the importance of Bruges as an international huboff. After 1531 Antwerp took the role as a trading center of Brugge. Since the market wasdominated by Spanish and Portuguese. Beursplein in Antwerp was a rectangular square with four sides covered galleries, with regulations as in Bruges, as well as opening andclosing times.3.The Bourse of Antwerp is perhaps designed to preview the Bruges Beursplein: a public place in the open air with some canopies where one could hide. The design of the new exhibition refers to here. It is built on top of an existing street intersection in the planoriginally had no roof.4.On the initiative of Thomas Gresham, the representative of the British Crown in Antwerp,in 1565 the London Stock Exchange opened on the model of this square. It was also "thebourse", and to Queen Elizabeth after a visit on January 23, 1570 decided that the Royal Exchange had to be. [1] The Stock Exchange of Rotterdam was established by decision of the town council "to ordain a bruised or too Plaetse, daer the coop heure meetingordinary people were allowed to have been "dated January 30, 15955. , Amsterdamfollowed 1611.Currently the trade is deserted and neglected, when the real estate company Breevastwith the renovation of this listed building will begin is not yet clear. is a subdivision of the municipality of Beveren in the Flemish province of Oost-Vlaanderen. It is located near the river the Scheldt, in a polder of the Waasland.To the north of Doel one can find the Electrabel-owned Nuclear Plant Doel with 4 reactors with a total output of 2,8 GW delivering electricity to customers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.Doel is threatened with complete demolition due to the future enlargement of the harbour of Antwerp. This has seen many people having to sell their homes to the development corporation of that enlargement. Many historical buildings that will be destroyed.Visited with Critical Mass & Host14. for looking Oldskool..........
  14. ​ : Can you tell us a little about yourself regarding where it all started for you ? Gerv: I was born and bred in New England, United States. I grew up exploring my urban surroundings, documenting the graffiti art scene with disposable cameras as far back as 1993. I was an avid skateboarder from the age of 10 to the age of 25. Thrashing the streets of Portland and Boston was what I lived for, for what seemed like a lifetime. I am three years sober, recovered alcoholic and have been struck by four auto mobiles in my lifetime, along with one other major head trauma. Some may call that bad luck, but I feel darn lucky to still be standing here today. I made the leap into digital photography around April of 2010, during my recovery from getting assaulted in Boston back in 2008. I suffered a traumatic head injury from the ass kicking and still deal with Post-Concussion Syndrome everyday. I have been battling tension headaches, fatigue and visual difficulties among many other health related issues for over three years now. I explore and take photographs not only for the creative outlet, but also as a means of healing and recovery from my injuries. I guess you could say that exploring and art in general have been my motivation for a full recovery;healing through creative processing and expression. Oh yeah, did I mention, I like Drains. :Which came first for you exploring, photography or some where in the Middle? Gerv: Exploring came first and is always first, even to this day. I was what you call a point and shooter for most of my life. Strictly taken photos to document and not for any creative or artistic outlet. To me photography is only one part of the many trades I try and master as an explorer. I also focus on writing reports, researching historical information, producing UE magazine and of course the art of infiltration to name a few. As I stated above,2010 was when I started taking photography more serious and teaching myself the art of digital and film. :What's in your camera bag? Gerv: Well my tripod is covered in human waste and raw sewerage, as I am to busy to clean it off from my last explore. My current attached lens, the Tokina 11-16mm is jammed full of dirt from falling down an embankment well on the run, but that’s just part of the trade. Gear comes and go's. Each time I head out,I set up my bag for that particular explore. So my camera bag is never the same, except for some wet naps in case I need to take a shit, or clean some shit. Oh yeah and a few torches. : Do you have a favourite picture Gerv and could you tell us how you achieved it? Gerv: I don't really have a favourite picture. But I almost died just after taking this image. I was in a tidal CSO and I fell into a shaft filled will sludge like mud. It was more like quicksand, I started to sink fast. The more I tried to get out the quicker I sank. I used my tripod to pull myself out. It was scary as hell because I was all alone and if I didn't free myself in less than 2 hours I would have drowned as the high tide rolled back in. Word of advice, never drain alone. The above photo is a self-portrait, captured with a Nikon D5000 and a basic kit 18-55mm lens. The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto tripod "that saved my life" I used a wireless remote to fire off the long exposure and tried my best to stand still for the duration of the exposure. The photograph was shot in RAW format "always shoot RAW" and processed in ViewNX. Here's a cell phone photo of my mud covered camera and tripod after freeing myself from that death drain. Camera still works! In fact I went on to explore a second drain that day. You can read my full report on my site here. http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fgervs.com%2Findex.php%2Fblog%2Fitem%2F49-death-drain&h=BAQFOE0HW : How did UE MAGAZINE come into being and what are you hopes, dreams and intentions for It.? Gerv: UE mag was founded by me in 2011, but we did not start printing magazines until 2012. I have always been a big fan of print. I've enjoyed printing my own photographs as far back as 1993. With my roots coming from a graffiti background, I also enjoy many underground zines and books of that nature and I found it strange that there was no magazine still around documenting the UE movement in 2011. With all the great explorers and photographers from all corners of the world it just seemed silly to me that no one was producing a publication to showcase explorers in print and to document our culture. Thus I founded UE magazine! Making this magazine has been an adventure in itself. Everyday I work hard with a few others from my staff and the support of our contributors to push this zine forward. It's no easy task, but I feel strongly about documenting our subculture. UE mag is available in print and ships all over the world, right to your doorstep. It's also available in digital format and you can download it right to your PC or iPad. I hope more explorers help support the zine by ordering printed copies and by submitting some reports and photographs for our future issues. We are currently working on issue #5 and are open for submissions. Please email us at [email protected] : What would you like to say to the world? Gerv: I would like to say so much, but for the sake of keeping this explorer related, I will say the following; Thanks to everyone that supports the mag in anyway possible, the ones that ordered a printed issue and the ones that contributed some articles. The real supporters, not the people that hit the Facebook "LIKE" button and think that’s support haha. A special thanks to the men and woman that help me put the zine together. With out my staffs hard work and donated time, this mag would be dead. On a side note, don't let others get you down, follow your heart and intuition and as Ninjalicious once said " This hobby consists of a lot more than just poking about in abandoned buildings and storm drains and hanging around out on web boards trying to impress people. Being an urban explorer is a whole way of looking at the world, where every ladder, door, window, grate and hole in the ground is a possible portal to adventure." Thanks to Nicholas Gervin ( Gerv) for taking the time & sharing a glimpse into his life and world. http://gervs.com http://www.magcloud.com/user/uemag
  15. Battersea Power Station Ok loads of rumours going round that we paid £3000 for this shoot WE DIDNT !!!! But some one did ,to cut a long story short if went like this a friend of a friend is a big photographer in London and shoots for the big add houses his client booked Battersea for the day at a cost of £3000 for a fashion shoot ,we were going down to help him move his equipment and help him set up the shoot which meant we were free to shoot when we got the opportunity...... Now this is were things get interesting at the last minute his client cancelled the shoot but the money had already been paid to Battersea so the friend of a friend told us to go any way and have a good day and that he would claim the money back of his client Thanks to Host for sorting it out and for getting public liability insurance so we were legal .Visited with Host, Critical Mass and Camera Shy Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Battersea, an inner-city district of South West London. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to an identical design, providing the well known four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II* listed. The station's celebrity owes much to numerous cultural appearances, which include a shot in The Beatles' 1965 movie Help!, appearing in the video for the 1982 hit single "Another Thing Comin´" by heavy metal band Judas Priest and being used in the cover art of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals, as well as a cameo appearance inTake That's music video "The Flood." In addition, a photograph of the plant's control room was used as cover art on Hawkwind's 1977 album Quark, Strangeness and Charm. Since the station's closure the site has remained largely unused, with numerous failed redevelopment plans from successive site owners. The site was owned by the administrators of Irish company Real Estate Opportunities (REO), who bought it for £400 million in November 2006. In November 2010, REO was granted permission to refurbish the station for public use and build 3,400 homes across the site. However, this plan fell through due to REO's debt being called in by its creditors, the state-owned banks in the UK and Ireland. In July 2012, the power station was sold to a consortium led by Malaysia’s SP Setia for £400 million. The station is the largest brick building in Europe and is notable for its original, lavish Art Deco interior fittings and decor. However, the building's condition has been described as "very bad" by English Heritage and is included in its Buildings at Risk Register. In 2004, while the redevelopment project was stalled, and the building remained derelict, the site was listed on the 2004 World Monuments Watch by the World Monuments Fund. The combination of an existing debt burden of some £750 million, the need to make a £200 million contribution to a proposed extension to the London Underground, requirements to fund conservation of the derelict power station shell and the presence of a waste transfer station and cement plant on the river frontage make a commercial development of the site a significant challenge. In December 2011, the latest plans to develop the site collapsed with the debt called in by the creditors. In February 2012, the site was placed on sale on the open property market through commercial estate agent Knight Frank. It has received interest from a variety of overseas consortia, most seeking to demolish or part-demolish the structure. On 7 June 2012, it was officially announced by Knight Frank] that administrators Ernst & Young had entered into an exclusivity agreement with SP Setia and Sime Darby and are working towards a timely exchange and completion of the site and associated land. Completion of the sale took place in September 2012, and the redevelopment intends to implement the Rafael Vinoly design which had gained planning consent from Wandsworth Council in 2011. In January 2013 the first residential apartments went on sale. Construction on Phase 1 is due to commence in 2013, with completion due in 2016/17. 1. 2. 3. 4. History Until the late 1930s electricity was supplied by municipal undertakings. These were small power companies that built power stations dedicated to a single industry or group of factories, and sold any excess electricity to the public. These companies used widely differing standards of voltage and frequency. In 1925 Parliament decided that the power grid should be a single system with uniform standards and under public ownership. Several of the private power companies reacted to the proposal by forming the London Power Company. They planned to heed parliament's recommendations and build a small number of very large stations. The London Power Company's first of these super power stations was planned for the Battersea area, on the south bank of the River Thames in London. The proposal was made in 1927, for a station built in two stages and capable of generating 400 megawatts (MW) of electricity when complete.[5] The site chosen was a 15-acre (61,000 m2) plot of land which had been the site of the reservoirs for the former Southwark and Vauxhall Waterworks Company. The site was chosen for its close proximity to the River Thames for cooling water and coal delivery, and because it was in the heart of London, the station's immediate supply area. The proposal sparked protests from those who felt that the building would be too large and would be an eyesore, as well as worries about the pollution damaging local buildings, parks and even paintings in the nearby Tate Gallery. The company addressed the former concern by hiring Sir Giles Gilbert Scott to design the building's exterior. He was a noted architect and industrial designer, famous for his design of the red telephone box, and of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. He would go on to design another London power station, Bankside, which now houses Tate Modern art gallery. The pollution issue was resolved by granting permission for the station on the condition that its emissions were to be treated, to ensure they were cleaner and contained less smoke. Construction of the first phase, the A Station, began in March 1929. The main building work was carried out by John Mowlem & Co, and the structural steelwork erection carried out by Sir William Arrol & Co. Other contractors were employed for specialist tasks.] Most of the electrical equipment, including the steam turbine turbo generators, was produced by Metropolitan Vickers in Trafford Park, Manchester. The building of the steel frame began in October 1930. Once completed, the construction of the brick cladding began, in March 1931. Until the construction of the B Station, the eastern wall of the boiler house was clad in corrugated metal sheeting as a temporary enclosure. The A Station first generated electricity in 1933, but was not completed until 1935. The total cost of its construction was £2,141,550. Between construction beginning in 1929 and 1933, there were six fatal and 121 non-fatal accidents on the site. A short number of months after the end of Second World War, construction began on the second phase, the B Station. The station came into operation gradually between 1953 and 1955. It was identical to the A Station from the outside and was constructed directly to its east as a mirror to it, which gave the power station its now familiar four-chimney layout. The construction of the B Station brought the site's generating capacity up to 509 megawatts (MW), making it the third largest generating site in the UK at the time, providing a fifth of London's electricity needs. It was also the most thermally efficient power station in the world when it opened. The A Station had been operated by the London Power Company, but by the time the B Station was completed, the UK's electric supply industry had been nationalised, and ownership of the two stations had passed into the hands of the British Electricity Authority in 1948. In 1955, this became the Central Electricity Authority, which in turn became the Central Electricity Generating Board in 1957. On 20 April 1964, the power station was the site of a fire that caused power failures throughout London, including at the BBC Television Centre, which was due to launch BBC Two that night. The launch was delayed until the following day at 11 am. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Design and specification Battersea power station was built in two phases. This is the power station in 1934, with the first phase operational Battersea power station was designed in the brick cathedral style. It is now the only existing example in England of this once common design style. Both of the stations were designed by a team of architects and engineers. The team was headed by Dr. Leonard Pearce, the chief engineer of the London Power Company, but a number of other notable engineers were also involved, including Henry Newmarch Allott, and T. P. O'Sullivan who was later responsible for the Assembly Hall at Filton. Theo J. Halliday was employed as architect, with Halliday & Agate Co. employed as a sub-consultant. Halliday was responsible for the supervision and execution of the appearance of the exterior and interior of the building. Architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott was involved in the project much later on, consulted to appease public reaction, and referred to in the press as "architect of the exterior". The station was designed in the brick-cathedral style of power station design, which was popular at the time. Battersea is one of a very small number of examples of this style of power station design still in existence in the UK, others being Uskmouth and Bankside. The station's design proved popular straightaway, and was described as a "temple of power", which ranked equal with St Paul's Cathedral as a London landmark. In a 1939 survey by The Architectural Review a panel of celebrities ranked it as their second favourite modern building. The A Station's control room was given many Art Deco fittings by architect Halliday. Italian marble was used in the turbine hall, and polished parquet floors and wrought-iron staircases were used throughout. Owing to a lack of available money following the Second World War, the interior of the B Station was not given the same treatment, and instead the fittings were made from stainless steel. Each of the two connected stations consists of a long boiler house with a chimney at each end and an adjacent turbine hall. This makes a single main building which is of steel frame construction with brick cladding, similar to the skyscrapers built in the United States around the same time. The station is the largest brick structure in Europe. The building's gross dimensions measure 160 metres (520 ft) by 170 metres (560 ft), with the roof of the boiler house standing at over 50 metres (160 ft). Each of the four chimneys is made from concrete and stands 103 metres (338 ft) tall with a base diameter of 28 ft tapering to 22 ft at the top. The station also had jetty facilities for unloading coal, a coal sorting and storage area, control rooms and an administration block. The A Station generated electricity using three turbo alternators; two 69 megawatt (MW) Metropolitan Vickers British Thomson-Houston sets, and one 105 MW Metropolitan Vickers set, totalling 243 MW. At the time of its commissioning, the 105 MW generating set was the largest in Europe. The B Station also had three turbo alternators, all made by Metropolitan-Vickers. This consisted of two units which used 16 MW high pressure units exhausting to a 78 MW and associated with a 6 MW house alternator, giving these units a total rating of 100 MW. The third unit consisted of a 66 MW machine associated with a 6 MW house alternator, giving the unit a rating of 72 MW. Combined, these gave the B station a generating capacity of 260 MW, making the site's generating capacity 503 MW. All of the station's boilers were made by Babcock & Wilcox, fuelled by pulverised coal from pulverisers also built by Babcock & Wilcox. There were nine boilers in the A station and six in the B station. The B station's boilers were the largest ever built in the UK at that time. The B station also had the highest thermal efficiency of any power station in the country for the first twelve years of its operation. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Operations Coal transportation Coal was usually brought to the station by collier ships, and unloaded by cranes, which are still intact on the station's riverfront. The station had an annual coal consumption of over 1,000,000 tonnes. The majority of this coal was delivered to the station from coal ports in South Wales and North East England by coastal collier ships. The ships were "flat-irons"[30] with a low-profile superstructure, fold-down funnel and masts to fit under bridges over the Thames above the Pool of London. The LPC and its nationalised successors owned and operated several of its own "flat-irons" for this service. The jetty facilities used two cranes to offload coal, with the capacity of unloading two ships at one time, at a rate of 480 tonnes an hour. Coal was also delivered by rail to the east of the station using the Brighton Main Line which passes near the site. Coal was usually delivered to the jetty, rather than by rail. A conveyor belt system was then used to take coal to the coal storage area or directly to the station's boiler rooms. The conveyor belt system consisted of a series of bridges connected by towers. The coal storage area was a large concrete box capable of holding 75,000 tonnes of coal. This had an overhead gantry with a conveyor belt attached to the conveyor belt system, for taking coal from the coal store to the boiler rooms. 21. 22. Thanks for looking battersea part 2 next .................Oldskool
  16. After fun and games in the "Poor Sick Orphanage" we decided to head over to good old Rossendale and grace her with our presance. The place is quite large so we decided with time abit against us to try the new bit all be it the most difficult to negotiate..we braved wheelie bins with wobbly chairs balanced on them...anti climb paint..rickity ladders and squeezey small windows...and huge drops where i must admit PS was a total star pulling me up the side of a wall by my hands as i dangled down it looking at him with my tourettes on fast forward my wellies trying to get tread and my mind taking me back to the film vertigo where his best mate did actually let go of him..... however ..it was well worth the trauma once in ... PS will follow with his photos...thanks for taking a peek hope you enjoy A fantastic splore as always with PS ... Bingo its Operation Time! After all the Trauma of the entry we decided to have some " Circle Time" and reflect on our exit...
  17. After a quick text to Wevsky one bright sunny Saturday morning Dover bound we went, Was a really laid back easy going visit the place is so quiet its eery ! History, a bit scarce to say the least but heres what little I could find; During a new fear of invasion from Napoleon III two new dry moats where added to the existing citadel defences. The northern and the southern moat both had their own casemates built. Between these there was also a defensive caponier built, but sadly this was filled in during the 1960's by the Dover Corporation and they gradually destroyed many parts of the Western Heights. The northern casemates are a lot larger than the southern casemates, with six separate rooms whereas the southern casemates had eight. So here goes with a few of my Pics taken on the Day, Difficult choosing them as this place is expansive to say the least and I took a fair few Sorry about the sheer amount of pics, I took hundreds and this is just a few of them
  18. In another round of re-visits, we decided to pop our heads into the Lydden Spout plotting room and deep shelter as they are only a short distance from each other. Like all the others dotted along the clifftops at Dover, this was built as part of the gun battery that used to be on top of the cliffs at this point. All the surface features have long since disappeared, but the underground features still remain. The entrance to the Lydden shelter is a bit tricky being halfway down the cliff with a fairly steep path leading up to it. We must have been slightly mad to be doing this on a fairly cold, very windy and wet night, but we all made it in and out OK. Visited with Frosty, Jesus and a non forum member. My photos of the plotting room mainly consist of doors - as to be fair, that's all there really is in the place apart from the old ventilation equipment. And now the deep shelter. This one is very damp towards the back, but does have an excellent staircase in. Thanks for looking! Maniac
  19. This was the Workshop and foundry that made Springs and Rope in the Great Western Railway works.I was working next door in the museum,and decided to ask the site agent of the housing developer,Thomas Homes,if I could take a look around,and to my surprise,he did.The bulk of whats left here hasnt been touched since the Works closed in 1986. Well,that`s The works folks, Many thanks for looking.
  20. This is another one of those that Ive been meaning to do for a while and despite having been in the Drop Postern a couple of times I never took any pics, well until now , Theres a massive amount of history about the general area and fortifications that surround it here http://www.subterraneanhistory.co.uk/20 ... dover.html Visited with Porky Porkster, The Chop Explorer A few Pics ; Drop First Looking down the staircase At the Bottom Hospital Next Bit of a squeeze this Looking back up These Extremely well preserved doors at the bottom A few exterior shots Porkster doing er, I dont know really And some random car bits rotting away in the elements All in all a very relaxed mooch, Thanks to Pork Chop for showing me where Hospital Postern was
  21. GEORGE BARNSLEY & SONS LTD, SHEFFIELD. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Me and NK took a mooch round this crackin' old place on a Bobbys fueled whistle stop tour of 'Steel Town'. Brilliant splore! Highly recommend this one, if youve not been then get crackin'!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ On with some pix... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THANKS FOR LOOKIN'...
  22. Having passed Park Hill Flats countless times over the past 18 year or so I've always fancied getting up on the roof so after managing to miss out on a trip here earlier in the year there was no way I was passing this opportunity up, especially with the knowledge of the access tunnels underneath. Visited with a few members from another forum Site History In the nineteenth century the Park Hill area was made up of old quarries, untidy waste ground, steep alleyways and some of the worst slums in Sheffield. This densely populated area consisted of 2 or 3 storey back-to-back housing around central courtyards. Often there would be just one standpipe for around a hundred people. This, combined with the lack of any proper sewage system, allowed diseases such as typhus, dysentry and cholera to ravage the area. In 1864 back to back housing of this type was prohibited. During the 1870's Sheffield Corporation built drains and sewers through the city. Although originally the untreated raw sewage was sent directly into the rivers, at least the sanitation within the housing areas like Park Hill was improved. During the 1880's the provision of water supplies passed from a private company to the corporation and the first sewage treatment plant was built. Slum clearance began in the 1930’s but was halted by the 2nd World War. By the time the issue was reassessed in 1953, a radical solution was needed. This took the shape of Park Hill Flats, built between 1957 and 1960. The unique design was based on an idea by French architect Le Corbusier of creating ‘Streets in the Sky’. The 995 flats were built on top of a 1:10 gradient making them range from 4 storeys high at the top end to 13 storeys at the end nearest the city centre. This layout allowed nearly all of the decks to reach ground at some point, meaning milk floats and other services could access them. The community feel of the previous traditional streets was recreated where possible by rehousing neighbours next to each other. Park Hill Flats attracted worldwide attention and were praised for their innovative design. In December 1998 Park Hill Flats became Grade 2* listed giving it equal status to the Turret House at Sheffield Manor Lodge and making it the largest listed building in Europe. History lifted straight from Sheff Council Website Well after a comical start of 6 blokes attempting to squeeze through a gap that clearly wasn't made for anyone to get through and dodging secca we somehow arrived in the service tunnels, well the others finally did when they chose the right route (Adam) Once we were all in we made our way out of the dimly lit entrance almost crawling through what felt like a good 1/4 mile of tunnel until we could finally stand, this completely threw my sense of where feck we were on the site as there were too many corners to take note of. As we moved through going up and down ladders to different levels in the tunnels it was obvious some of the waste pipes had leaked in the past so we made our best attempts not to stand in the puddles. Around a corner and at the end of the tunnel there was light once again. The pipework in this section looked a lot more modern. Although some of the electrics didn't... Quickly pose for a group shot and we're back on our way A quick attempt was made to enter the service tunnels in the renovated section but ended in fail so we headed up on to the roof The vertical service shafts are seriously confined, but at least if you slip you'll not be far from the ladder and more likely to get wedged than fall to the bottom. Finally on the roof, what I'd been waiting for! Luckily the views from the roof we got to were better than those from the renovated section Finally finishing with another group shot with what looks like almost all of us in it. Really enjoyed this, a nice change. Cheers all who came along