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  1. This was on my list since I first saw reports earlier this year and I was fortunate to be in mainland Europe when I heard that access was possible since earlier this year. Spent a few hours here before heading back to old Blighty after a few days on the Continent. The place seems to have gone down pretty quickly since the first reports were found of this place. I suspect the nearby Gipsy camp has helped in stripping this place full of valuable metals as there was evidence of their handy work. 3 cell blocks and the admin blocks...pretty much similar but still a good look nevertheless....and my first prison! Pictures:
  2. Another place I visited this December during the road trip around Europe. Again another place I wanted to see after seeing previous reports of this place. Wallfahrt was one of my favourite places to explore during that trip. An abandoned house, but not trashed. Still aspects of history and belonging there. A perfect time capsule and one of the main reasons why I enjoy exploring, especially in mainland Europe. I took lots of pictures but I tried to narrow it down to the ones below to get a flavour of what I saw. Pictures:
  3. Visited with the usual lot. One of the few big mills that I've yet to do/see in Bradford. The mill suffered from a fire in 2010, the damage you'll see in the pictures, although it was contained to the top floor, the lack of roof is slowly effecting all the other floors.
  4. So with my car off the road for now and desperation for possibly the last explore of 2013, I did a call around and finally found someone to drive us. Ben picked me up at 8:30am and we went to pick up other Ben at about 9. Destination: a college in the midlands. We decided to go further North to Willington and work our way back down. I was fighting back my fever and Lemsipped up for the day, with my new GoPro and vehicle mount. We arrived at the Willington Towers at about half ten. The towers have laid abandoned since the closure of Willington Power Station in 1995; its demolition in 2002 left 5 large cooling towers. The station opened in 1959 and served the area for 45 years. Permission has been granted to develop the site for another Power Station. It was a lovely, crisp, clear December morning. More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157639128941686/
  5. So onto our next site, the Leicester Location A was a fail, so onto the next one we went too, the relatively undamaged tool workshop. John Wadkin founded Wadkins alongside his brother in law Mr W Jarvis in 1897. The company was formed after an idea to invent a machine that would be so versatile that it could carry out operations that were originally done by hand. John Wadkin decided to name this machine, "a pattern milling machine" The partnership was not successful and John eventually left the company. Mr Wallace Goddard then partnered up with Mr W Jarvis, with the intention to expand the business. Mr Jarvis was soon introduced to a Greek gentleman by the name of Ionades who invented an advanced carburettor. U.S. Based General Motors confirmed that they were interested and invited Mr Jarvis for a meeting to discuss his invention. Mr Jarvis booked a place on the Titanic as a means of travel and unfortunately passed away in the 1912 incident. Mr Wallace Goddard was now left with a business in Leicester and no-one to operate it. Fortunately, his son that took charge and this continued until 1927 when Mr J Wallace passed away. World War I saw the Government ask Wadkin for assistance in developing a machine that could produce wooden propellers for the R.A.F. at high-speed. After the war the demand for woodworking machinery was at a tremendous upsurge. In the 1920's the development of the “Integral Electric Drive†spurred the production of more efficient types of woodworking machines. Wadkin soon pioneered high production machines that operated at much faster speeds than before and the woodwork was of higher quality. Throughout the 1930's Wadkin’s range extended and entered the high technology market and began building larger, high production woodworking machines such as moulders and double ender machines. The first numerically controlled machine made by Wadkin was released in 1956 and the machine proved to be successful and generated much interest from the industry. By the 1990's; Wadkin saw the need to develop back up service support to its customers units, and developed a nationwide network of engineers in developing its customer response team, which still stands today offering support 365 days a year. Wadkin have been leaders in development and have been named the first British business to be accredited as a learning company by UK Woodchain. By 2010; Wadkin Limited were liquidated and the intellectual property rights were purchased by Nottingham based woodworking machinery distributors and manufacturers A L Dalton Ltd. This move brought together two long established woodworking machinery suppliers who have traded with each other for over 50 years and accumulated over 200 years experience in the industry between them. Light was not on our side, so this was a rather rushed explore which seems to have produced an unintended film effect on most of my shots. More At: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157639149865056/with/11625557976/
  6. After scouting the area for a while and seeing the secca on foot patrolling the perimeter, we decided to head around to another part of pyestock to have a look around. After finding an entrance point we found ourselves at the water processing plant, which is cut of away from the main site. After taking photo's there for around an hour we heard the gate open in drove the secca on his patrol, however within 10-15 minutes he left, so we carried on. Although most of pye is now gone, its still nice to see certain parts which are still standing.. R.I.P PYESTOCK
  7. This was part of the "Suits On Tour". Were 9 of us travelled to Belgium and decided to wear suits the whole time and our group shots. We did get some rather abusing looks from the locals! This has been on my list for a very very long time since first seeing this on Facebook. We got in and found these beautiful machines. We bumped into the owners son when we was in there. He explained that he did not understand the fuss of people coming to visit these from all over Europe! We had a long chat with the bloke and he was happy to give us 10 minutes. These have been here for over 40 years. The guys dad was employed by the Belgium government to be in charge of the expedition. After it was all over the government did not know what to do with these beautiful machines. there was 3 of them and these are 2. The other one is in a museum in Belgium on show. The present day does not have much planned for these. It is a shame no one wants them and the owner was asking us for ideas! Hopefully these will be kept and preserved for the future. I have found pictures of the other one in the museum and have attached below. Copyright: Brussels Air Museum Thank You!
  8. ]Went for a local mooch around stoke on trent, Plenty of failed industries, bad news for the city not for us! This place was surrounded by diggers and workmen, i have a feeling the site they were working on used to be an old hospital/asylum, now a disposable toilet store, Info in this place is pretty limited but i did find a news paper article... http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Hunt-arsonists-factory-blaze/story-12511464-detail/story.html Dont think this will be here much longer.... First ever go at editing properly, I shit myself in this room, every step your foot sank, holes in the floor and nothing you would want to lean on for support, Wont be doing anything like that again... There were 2 pottery places, a bathroom place, chicken factory and such a contrast of building all in the one place, took us 5 hours and we just about managed it all. I can only take credit for the hat ... Silly santa urbex selfies for homemade christmas cards ... No I didnt do the entire urbex dressed like that! it was under my camo....... Merry Urbex
  9. Another location for our "Suits On Tour" Tour. This satelite communication area was build in 1969 and started communication in 1971. After more than 40 years of service the current owner decided to invest more than 3 million in to this location and is planning to build a new Satelite communication center to connect several EU countries.Construction should have started already. But still the old satelite is waiting to be demolished. Video Tour: http://youtu.be/4zqlhZ0vn7Y Thank You!
  10. Another stop on the "Suits On Tour" Tour! Built in 1897 by a local priest on the outskirts of a Flemish hamlet. The previous inhabitant was taken to hospital where he died, and the Villa has now been empty for many years. The owner’s son doesn't want to sell the house because of a divorce. Thank You!
  11. This placed closed very recently. All electric and water is working! Full flushing toilets as a few of us found out The nuns apparently only left this place 3 weeks ago and there are a few things laying around with October 2013 wrote on it. Thank You!
  12. This was on our "Suits On Tour" Tour of Belgium. They have been left to rot on the side of a river bank. It has been used as a drug den and is in a bit of a bad shape. History From: http://jalbum.net/en/browse/user/album/1433998 PATROL BOATS Royal Danish Navy Fast Patrol Boats SØHESTEN (Sea Horse) P513 (1966-1990) & SØHUNDEN (Sea Dog) P514 (1966-1990) Propulsion: 3 Rolls Royce Marine Gas Turbines - 12,750 Hps. 2 General Motors Diesel Engines - 460 Hps. 3 Propellers Speed : 54 knots (gas turbines) 10 knots (diesel engines) Armament : 1-2 ea 40 mm Machine Gun Mk M/48 LvSa (2x1) 2-4 ea 533 mm Torpedo Tubes (4x1) 2 ea Illumination Rocket Launcher (on forward gun) 10 ea mines could be carried in stead of the torpedo tubes After the mid 1980's, the aft 40 mm was permanently replaced by: 1 ea 20 mm Machine Gun Mk M/42 LvSa Complement: 27 men (5 officers and 22 ratings and enlisted) The FPB could be equipped as a torpedo boat with one forward gun and four torpedo tubes, or as a gun boat with two guns (forward and aft) and only two torpedo tubes. Thanks For Looking!
  13. Big Shout To Ratfink And OliverGT for letting us know and for all the hard work and effort they put in. And for the ever so useful intel! Visited with Space Invader and Obscurity… This was my second of the Clapham Shelters and didn’t spend as much time exploring this one as we did Clapham North as they are obviously of similar design..None the less was just as much fun ,especially those pesky Cameras.No big story to tell explore wise but as Oliver said when them choob trains go past it does put the wind up you somewhat!! Some actual info http://underground-history.co.uk/shelters.php On with some pics from the evening Typical DLS design Some of the many, many bunks and shelving to be found Bit of original signage Right down the bottom so to speak And that was our lot…thanks for looking
  14. Visited with Webbley and Chrisr86. In Dec 2012 Maternity Bit and January 2013 for the Video! The Cambridge Military Hospital, built by Messrs Martin Wells and Co. of Aldershot, was located at Stanhope Lines. It was named after Prince George, Duke of Cambridge and opened on 18 July 1879. In the First World War, the Cambridge Hospital was the first base hospital to receive casualties directly from the Western Front. The Cambridge Hospital was also the first place where plastic surgery was performed in the British Empire. Captain Gillies (later Sir Harold Gillies), met Hippolyte Morestin, while on leave in Paris in 1915. Morestin was reconstructing faces in the Val-de-Grace Hospital in Paris. Gillies fell in love with the work, and at the end of 1915 was sent back from France to start a Plastic Unit in the Cambridge Hospital. After the Second World War, with the decline in importance of Britain's military commitments, civilians were admitted to the hospital. It pioneered the supply of portable operating theatres and supplies for frontline duties. The hospital also contained the Army Chest Unit. It was closed on 2 February 1996 due to the high cost of running the old building as well as the discovery of asbestos in the walls. http://youtu.be/Umam2fBzZy4 Thanks!
  15. I had been eyeing this crane for a while - it has been there for roughly a month or two, and recently I decided - why not have a crack at it?! It is very small as tower cranes go, but this isn't London, so we don't get many down here. This was my first crane and I loved it! After the initial fear had worn off I felt quite relaxed (luckily there was no wind!). Some dodgy moments as I watched the occasional police car drive past down below - or a few random drunks! This was a spur of the moment thing, so I went alone at about midnight. Apologies for some of the pictures, hopefully I can do better if I visit a crane again! At this point I contemplated climbing the further 30 odd feet to where the red light is (any crane buffs know what this part is called?) - after finding the ladder was actually quite stable, unlike the various walkways I ventured up. I felt a lot more exposed up here as I didn't have as much cover, and I was illuminated by the aircraft warning light! And a self portrait to conclude the photographs! Thanks for viewing!
  16. Yes i hear you cry another cdc report..it's been hit a fair bit i know but as we had just left the pre metro we thought as we where in the area that we would pop in.Weather was bleak not an easy task trying to expose anything properly in that light but ive cobbled a few together that weren't that bad!! Visited with Obscurity,Spaceinvader and Urbanginer That was out 15 hour flying visit to BE..home in time for tea!!
  17. Some of you who speak to me on Fb or chatbox may have sussed i recently got a passport and also have been learning to abseil...This is the reason ive been doing the abseiling,saw this first several years or more ago and thought ive got no chance of ever seeing this!How times change..So all passported and roped up Myself SpaceInvader,Urbanginger and Obscurity set out to have a crack at this.. The shaft pics i would have liked to have done better but due to heavy rain on the way in and back out i wasnt risking the camera for a better shot!Big thanks to Si for the helping hand at the top dragging my knackered body over the final push!! On with some pics,i seem to have got some lense flair going on so a return is in order. Was very cold wet yet most enjoyable evening...
  18. Right after report not long back myself and uncle b decided we'd put this off long enough so cold weather and long walk aside we decided to go for it,we where joined by obscurity ,maniac and ofatjameso...was cold wet and thats before we hit the tunnel,excuse quality of pictures as finding a steady unmoving part of ground to place tripod wasn't easy..Thanks to obscurity for pointing out the Nice bit of graffiti Many proposals had been made for a Channel Tunnel dating as far back as Napoleonic times and in 1875 serious planning began on both sides of the Channel. However, early attempts on the English side were not very successful and flooding was a continual problem. In 1880 a test shaft was sunk at Abbot’s Cliff near Folkestone, followed by a second shaft at Shakespeare Cliff in 1881. The tunnel was expected to be completed by 1886, but the British Government were beginning to grow increasingly concerned that the Tunnel would render Britain extremely vulnerable in the face of an invading army from Europe (by this time recently unified Germany were perceived as posing the greatest military threat to Britain). The government remained concerned; very little work proceeded after 1882 and the project was forcibly abandoned in 1898 when bring was permanently restrained through the High Court History taken from underground kent For a more in-depth history you could check here… http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/c/channel_tunnel_1880_attempt/index.shtml or do a bit of a Google Right some pictures of the evening. And cheers again to obs for pointing this out as id walked past it twice... ..A very cold wet night but worth it for a look at something we'd heard and seen a fair bit about before
  19. Right no actuall history i can find on the shelter itself but here's a bit of history on the grounds its in.. Pierremont Park has a hall and associated gardens of unknown size dating from 1785. The site was purchased by the district council for council use in 1927. The gardens include specimen trees, a fountain and a pergola The shelter has 2 different types of construction and is only about 15 foot underground so a direct hit wouldn't of been much protection as far as i can see..its in use for the above mentioned gardens as it houses a pump for their fountain..it is locked tight and the main entrance is boarded up as well as padlocked!! Visited with obscruity ,fortknox0, and uncle bulgaria and was a good little explore..right on with the pics! I'm assuming original doors Welded shut i do believe!! Right thats what it is smal but unchav'd and nice inside..
  20. Right after a late night doing a revisit to a local underground section i was up at six am awaiting obs to arrive, who bless him brought me some liquid refreshment to get me going!We Then picked Knox up and set out for runwell.The place is huge..entrance thx too professor fink for some useful info was tricky as im not that clever at fences ..cheers dr knox for the leg up your a star matey..security must have been asleep as no sign of them anywhere even when we stood behind their hut so a relaxed explore was had..first place we got into was the laundry room and then the boiler room and what a room shame we couldn't find way up to the roof for some shots to show scale of how big this place actually is... Runwell Hospital was operated by South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust until its final closure on 23 April 2010. From February 2008 until its closure, Runwell Hospital provided solely forensic mental health services in line with the trusts re-provision programme Full history and there's lots of it can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runwell_Hospital#History Right on with some pics.. Flakey Paint Reception The pics i could go on with ive hundreds the place is clean yes and stripped but it wasnt a local one so for me it was great..thanks for looking
  21. Right this was not our plan for the evening!Dover was the actually place to visit for something much nicer!But as some of you may have noticed its been snowing road conditions arent good and it was minus 4 last night...so after a driver round our local derelits and a few fails on entryas a last Resort we decided to visit this place i hadnt been before uncle b has twice so not quite an adventure for him but something new for me!! History ,well it was a nursing home one report i read reckoned it closed in 2006 another said 2008.i spoke to a woman who worked there and she agreed on the 2008 option..I know obs has put up a wonderfull history on the place somewhere ,i dont know the history so tbh im not gunna nick his stuff!it is what it is and a shame its getting in the state it is in!The big baths still have power to them but thats only due to the fact they have big old batteries fitted still withg power!! Right as said visited with uncle b on a cold december night!! Some pics And one as i left of the frontage of the place ...and yes visited as ever at night Not epic but a nice building ..shame its taken me so long to get into it!!
  22. Info The last two operational chert mines in Derbyshire were the Pretoria Mine and Holme Bank Mine, both at Bakewell. Pretoria opened in 1902. Access was from adits in a quarry at Bank Top and the steep workings extended beneath the road to connect with the earlier Greenfield shaft. The chert bed lies on a 1 in 3.7 gradient and the mine was subject to flooding in severe winters. Illumination was by mains electricity in addition to carbide lamps carried by the miners. The chert bed was on average 9 ft (2.7 m) thick, though up to 18 ft (5.5 m) in places. It was extracted by removing the underlying limestone so that the chert fell under its own weight. A hoist powered by compressed air loaded it onto flat wagons, drawn to the surface by compressed air winches along a 1 ft 6 in (46 cm) gauge railway. The ‘waste’ limestone was built up into substantial roof supports. Between the wars the number of employees, which in 1905 totalled 38, fell to about a dozen and by 1964 was reduced to four, only two of whom worked underground. Commercial output from Pretoria ended in 1968/9 In view of the flourishing state of the industry, the reporter was highly critical of the 17 or 18 shillings (85-90p) a week paid to the hard-working miners. Some had 25 years’ experience and all worked long hours underground. In recent years the few underground visitors to Holme Bank Mine have included cave divers, using the clear subterranean waters for training purposes. Almost 10 years ago the Peak Park Planning Board granted permission for the mine to be opened up to visitors but this plan has so far not materialised. Visited with lio112, diehardlove and J4M35_UK Sorry for so few shots of outside, it was hammering it down and I desprate to get down the mine U74A Splitting! kinda unnerving Stanton 1946 View the rest here; http://s68.photobucket.com/albums/i18/Zoot337/Urbex/Derby%20Mine/