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  1. Another one of those that I've been wanting to do for years, It became common knowledge as to where the entrance was and after a tip off I thought it was high time I paid this last section a visit ! A little history about the Ramsgate ARP tunnel network; The design and construction of the tunnels was masterminded by the Borough Engineer Mr. R.D. Brimmell B.Sc. A.M.I.C.E. as early as 1938, but was repeatedly turned down by the Home Office. Ramsgate's flamboyant Mayor of the time A.B.C. Kempe kept the pressure on, and with the increasing intensity of the war in Europe permission to start construction was given in the Spring of 1939. Work started immediately at a cost of just over £40,000 plus a further £13,500 for services and fittings. The first section between Queen Street and the Harbour was opened by the Duke of Kent on the 1st June 1939. The tunnels were 6 feet wide, 7 feet high and constructed at a depth of 50-75 feet to provide an adequate degree of protection against random bombing with 500 lb. and 1000 lb. medium capacity bombs. In the case of a direct hit, a 500 lb. bomb would not be expected to damage the tunnel; but some spalling (splintering) of the chalk would be expected if the bomb was a 1000 lb. medium capacity type and the overhead cover was less than 60 feet. After the end of World War II a large sewer pipe was installed in part of the system under Ellington Road and continued down to the Harbour. The remaining entrances were sealed and the tunnels began to fall into disrepair. And some of my pics from the visit On the 24th August 1940 Ramsgate received more than 500 bombs when a squadron of German aircraft were approaching Manston. Their leading aircraft was shot down over the harbour and in vengeance they decided to release their bombs over Ramsgate. This was the first air raid by the Germans on an unprotected town. On that fateful occasion countless lives were saved by an underground Air Raid Protection (A.R.P.) system of tunnels dug for the purpose. These tunnels extended for approximately 2½ miles around the town with 11 entrances at strategic points providing refuge within 5 minutes walk of most areas. A 1500 yard long former railway tunnel was also used and linked to the A.R.P. system. The tunnels were equipped with chemical toilets, bunk beds, seating, lighting and a loud speaker system. Many people took up residence below ground having lost their homes above. Others used them just for shelter or to move around town during a raid. And finally a nice bit of original Graff that I spotted despite running around muttering expletives like a loon A fantastic night had by all, thanks for checking out my Pics !
  2. Babies Castle, Hawkhurst, We decided to get out n about on a bit of a mini road trip, Chose this as the destination, took a while to get there and wanted to visit another well known site within the area for those of you that probably know it but unfortunately Its since been sold and the builders were in, This is the only fruit of our day !, So on with a bit of history Construction began on a new two-storey red brick building in the spring of 1886, and on 9th August it was formerly opened by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck, accompanied by her daughter princess Victoria who was later to become Queen Mary, the wife of King George V. In May 1959 a local Townswomen's Guild expressed 'considerable surprise' at the large number of 'coloured infants' at the Babies Castle. They warned that unless they could be assured that no white child was being refused admission as a consequence their support of Dr. Barnardo's would cease but they were reassured and the matter blew over. Clearly they had never bothered to read Thomas Barnardo's aims, known as "The Nine Nos"... 1. No destitute child refused 2. No Race Barrier 3. No Creed Clause 4. No Physical Disability 5. No Age Limit 6. No Money Promise 7. No Voting 8. No Waiting 9. No Red Tape (A lot of this Bullshit in modern day UK) Will in the famous kitchen And some of the Sumptuous Rooms, The Height of luxury in their day ! Quick, Our Way Out ! If you love Pealing Paint & Natural Decay, Then this is definitely the place for you ! All in all a fun day out with truly great company ! Thanks for viewing my Pics
  3. I have held out on this for a very long time trying to find history "Just that little bit different", But failed miserably, Theres lots out there referring to title deeds, Access rights under peoples gardens etc but no real history about who built it and when, When construction started and when it was finalized etc. Visited with a very good friend of mine who despite much nagging still hasn't joined up on here , Anyways enough of my drivel on with some pics And thats all folks, Thanks for browsing through my piccies
  4. bit of a mixture on this one, found it difficult to get any decent photos in here, visited lower/upper oil mills, scotts cave, doe and the other one up top (someone help!) and only managed a handful of shots, also managed to mis-compose the bell in DOE difficult to find history on these worth reading, but found this little gem re the first time the oil mills went up, nice little read!
  5. I know it's an overused phrase, but this place really was EPIC. It had everything you want from an explore, sneaking around to get in, dodging CCTV security guards and ridiculous fences. Industrial porn on an epic scale, retro control rooms, working automatic doors it really was immense! Kingsnorth Power Station has stood on the hoo paninsula in Kent for over 40 years steadily generating power for the national grid. It was capable of operating on oil or coal, in reality it spent a majority of its life being coal fired with oil being used only as a secondary fuel. Its generating capacity was a little under 2000 megawatts and it had 4 generator sets in total. A replacement power station was considered for the site by owners EON, but plans were abandoned after the proposal attracted substantial public protest. Kingsnorth Power Station ceased generating in December 2012 after consuming all it's allowed hours under the EU directive on large Combustion Plant. It officially closed in March 2013 and decommissioning started shortly afterwards. Wind forwards to December this year and a couple of bored explorers by the names of Fortknox and Maniac were pondering over what to do over the christmas break. I utter the phrase "I wouldn't mind taking a proper look at Kingsnorth" and the plan was born. Despite what they'd have you believe, these places are not inpentrable fortresses, there's always a chink in the armour, it's just finding it that's the key and find it we did. It took us a few hours cautiously making our approach slowly getting closer and closer, overcoming fences, CCTV cameras and other obsticles in our path, but we soon found ourselves standing very close to the building with nothing between us and our entry point. If I'm brutally honest I didn't expect to get this far without having to leg it away from angry security guards, getting arrested or both. But apart from a radio playing loudly in one of the maintenance sheds the place appeared deserted. I visited this on two occasions, first off with Mr Fortknox0 when we first cracked it at the end of last year - hats off to you for giving me a push to get this done. And then more recently again with Fortknox0 and this time accompanied by Frosty and Gadget. Both times absolutely fantastic trips I will never forget! This is what it looks like from a distance And close up So in we went, not knowing at this stage how far the decommissioning had progressed and we were pleasantly surprised. Apologies for some of these photos, there are a lot of handheld shots with a few better ones when time allowed. Firstly this place is vast And has a lot of pipes But of course it gets better And better. . . . . And better . . . . Parts lined up ready to go. Continued . . . .
  6. I love this place, Explored it back in 2010 and when I heard it was open again I had to go back, Bit of History for those of you that dont know; Crete Road / Silver Springs Reservoir, Construction work was completed on July 1866, It was alleged to have supplied the Silver Springs Soft Drinks Company with water although some other History that I have read seems to contradict this, There are two tanks, Each approx 88ft long and lined with cement, They are Interconnected by arch ways, So so Pics Left Hand Side Right Hand Side Overflow Pipe and Rungs down in to the Right Chamber from Overhead Bit of Arty And Finally Thanks for taking the time to check out my Pics
  7. Thamesteel Visited with Chaos and non member Markymark History Thamesteel, in Sheerness Kent was a steel foundry until January 2012. The owners of the plant went into administration and workers came to work to be told that they no longer had a job. Nothing has happened since that day, everything lays exactly as it was, just with a layer of dust covering every last bit of history which was left behind. Another victim of Britain's lack of support for industry. Former owners the Al-Tuwairqi Group (ATG) took it back over in June, but since then there has been no news on what will happen to it except that it could cost up to £30million to decontaminate the land. Members of Community Union, which represents the workers, even wrote an open letter to ATG chairman Dr Hilal Al-Tuwairqi asking what his intentions are for the site, but he failed to respond. Rumours about other takeovers have been quashed and numerous meetings at various government departments have taken place, but still no one knows what is happening. A legal dispute about ownership of the assets is ongoing between Peel Land and Property, which owns the site, and ATG - but it is unclear when this will be resolved. There are still around 250 outstanding unfair dismissal claims filed by Community on behalf of the staff who lost their jobs. The explore Back in January when we decided to crack this it was cold....bitterly cold, we all had snotty noses and weren't really up for it. A disgustingly early 2am start was in order so that we used the cover of darkness to our advantage to gain access. We'd had a decent heads up from an outside source and after a miserable 3hr drive and disappointing McDonalds breakfast we did a quick driving recce of the fence. We decided to park up out of sight and geared up, we took a walk along the fence line and eventually found a way in, the secca hut was close by so we observed the hut and saw a high vis exit then moments later walk back in, it was now or never so we scrambled across a bit of open ground and made our way over to the mammoth site. Once in we headed at speed for the main buildings to get out of the ice cold wind, with it still being dark we cautiously made are way around and eventually managed to navigate ourselves to small office/workshop where we lay low until the sun came up, It was black as a witches tit in there. The sun slowly made appearance piercing through holes and windows in the roof slowly warming our chilled bones, the morning sun illuminating the epic size of the explore we had came for. 1. 2. Due to the nature of the closure it seemd it was simple case of 'down tools' 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Little bit of engine porn to finish off Thanks for looking
  8. First of all, thanks to those who made this possible, and those who set up the tealights visited on a few trips with several friends and met a few down here, been waiting to go here for a while now and it still amazes me to how big this place is! Short Brothers plc is an aerospace company, usually referred to as Shorts, now based at Belfast, Northern Ireland. Shorts was founded in 1908 in London, and was the first company in the world to make production aircraft.[1] It was particularly notable for its flying boat designs manufactured into the 1950s. Due to the company's success, and the increasing number of seaplanes being produced, larger premises were clearly needed, with ready access to the sea. At that time, seaplanes were taken by road to Queenborough, then loaded onto lighters to be taken to the RNAS seaplane station on Isle of Grainto be launched and tested.[13] In 1913, an 8.4 acre (3.4 hectare) plot of land by the river Medway about 20 miles (32 km) away at Borstal,[13] nearRochester, Kent, was purchased from a Mr. Willis (a local councillor), and the planning and construction work started.[14] By early 1915, the first facility of what was to become known as the Seaplane Works was completed: No.1 Erecting Shop. As this and the No.2 and No.3 shops became available, the workforce moved from the Eastchurch factory, No.3 shop being completed in 1917. A long concrete slipway was constructed from the centre-line of No.3 Erecting Shop to enable aircraft of up to 20 tons weight to be launched even at low tide.[14] ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Brothers it was also used as a shelter in ww2, and most recently a company called blaw knocks brought it and was used to build/store parts for road paving machines! anyway, pictures =) Thanks all for looking, More on my Flickr; http://www.flickr.com/photos/mperryphotography/
  9. Visited with Obscurity,Spaceinvader,UrbanGinger,and 2 non members After such a long break since the last time we visited and it being sealed ,then Blatantly ripped open and then sealed tight this place has been off the circuit of explore,so after a lot of recce and planning a way in was found although it very public and risky, off we went to crack on,thos of you who have visited will know the baths are tidal so with that in mind the first visit was a short one due to the "old" way used to get into the rest of the areas via the old smugglers tunnels being a tad destroyed and collapsed.2nd visit was sorted and the rest of the place was explored only missing a few bits here and there due to the rather non existent routes Brief history of which there is much HISTORY The complex of buildings on the site are of two distinct phases: an early-C19 sea bathing establishment, dating from 1824, called the Clifton Baths; and a C20 lido, dating from 1926, called the Cliftonville Lido from 1938. The structures are on four levels, the lower levels excavated from the chalk cliffs and only the upper level, on the landward side, above ground level. More to be found here Margate Architecture: Clifonville Baths granted listed status On with the pics Echoes nightclub A few from Hades where the raves all happened a long time ago now Price list would be a dream in this day and age The underground Harbour and then down a level Below echoes Club Into the changing rooms which is generaly a tad of a paddle about Up in the main hall area The not so grand hall,when i visited 3 years ago it was full of the rotten contents of the hall,stage,chairs the lot all gone Thanks for putting up with so many images which arent my best, but last time i was here i used a very old nokia mobile fone and that report is long gone!!
  10. Something else I have been waiting an absolute eternity to do, but was finally given the opportunity so seized it with both hands, Visited with Non member Dan H, A bit of History borrowed again from a highly respect site: The town's borough engineer and surveyor R.D. Brimmell conceived and planned a scheme for tunneling galleries out of the chalk. This was similar to the only other known network of deep shelters in Barcelona that Spain built during the Spanish civil war. Following Hitler's seizure of Austria in 1938 Brimmell put his proposals before the town council for submission to the Home Office for approval. The plan was rejected on the grounds that it was "premature". Following Munich, the council approached the Home Office a second time but were again turned down. In the spring of 1939 when Hitler walked into Czechoslovakia, the council made a third appeal to the Home Office who relented and excavations began. By the outbreak of war, work was nearing completion on what was to become one of the most extensive network of deep air-raid shelters anywhere in the country. Plans were soon in hand to incorporate both the standard gauge and narrow gauge tunnels in to the shelter network. The tunnels would be linked to a further 3.25 miles of new tunnels skirting the town in a semi-circular route. The contract for this immense undertaking was awarded to Francois Cementation Co. Ltd., at a cost of £40,383 with an additional £13,481 for seating, lighting, chemical toilets and the costs of converting the existing tunnels. Work proceeded night and day and the first section of the network between West Harbour and Queen Street was opened by the Duke of Kent on 1st June 1939 with the contract due to be completed by the end of that year. As each new section of tunnel was opened it received it's allocation of local people with strict regulations enforced; smoking was forbidden and pets and prams were not allowed underground. The first section opened had batteries and a generator but the rest of the tunnels had to rely on the town supply, which was at times erratic. Eventually the council provided 200 hurricane lamps. There was also a system of loudspeakers to relay wireless programmes and announcements. The tunnels ran at a depth of 50 to 90 feet, following the line of existing roads wherever possible. For most of its length they were unsupported and un-lined but the entrance tunnels close to the surface and a few short sections through unstable ground were lined with reinforced concrete. For most of their length the new tunnels were 6' wide by 7' high with toilet recesses fitted with curtains at 75 foot intervals and a first aid post every 1000 feet. There were ten ventilation shafts throughout the system with manhole covers (still visible) in the roads above. There was seating for 35,000 but the shelter was expected to hold 60,000 without difficulty. There were numerous spur tunnels serving 10 entrances located mainly in public parks and open spaces, (one of them at Vale Square was filled in before the shelter opened as the area was well served by two other entrances) with an 11th entrance in the hospital as a quick route for taking patients down from the wards and casualties up into the hospital. The Very Famous "Please Refrain From Spitting" Sign Stenciled onto the wall And Finally one of me messing around Thats all folks, thanks for taking the time to view my pics
  11. This has been a long time coming, I've wanted to explore this place since I have known of its existence, I have held off on doing a report as every seemed to be doing it all around the same time so wanted to avoid the impression that I was jumping on the band wagon , So here goes, First with a little history borrowed from a highly respected site, My pics are of the entire site which does of course include the Shadow factory. On 23rd September 1941 Shorts Brothers contacted the Ministry of Aircraft Production regarding their seaplane works at Rochester seeking authority to build a new underground works in tunnels excavated under chalk cliffs behind their existing MAP extension factory on the south bank of the River Medway. Space was urgently required for 75 new machine tools as their works were full to capacity. The tunnels were intended to create 12,000 square feet of workshop space at a cost of £20,000 which, it was acknowledged was somewhat higher than a new surface building but stress was lid upon the vulnerability of the Medway estuary. The project was given the go ahead and the tunnels were excavated consisting of two parallel tunnels, each one hundred metres in length, these were linked by four 75 metre long adits to the cliff face at the rear of the factory. The tunnels were for the most part cut from chalk and brick lined (one of the adits was unlined). There were also two 45 degree ventilation shafts extending to the surface. At the eastern end of the tunnels the company built an extensive network of air raid shelter tunnels again consisting of two parallel drives running parallel with the cliff face, each was three hundred yards in length connected by 14 crosscuts. These were connected to the Shorts Factory tunnels by a single tunnel 400 metres in length and by 9 adits of varying lengths out to the cliff face. There were three vertical ventilation shafts to the surface which were also fitted with ladders for emergency escape. Post war, the southern section of the tunnels was used for storage and workshops by Blaw Knox Ltd, contractors plant manufacturers, (a subsidiary of the Babcock International) who had taken over the former Shorts Site. They remained at the site at least until the mid 1990's. During the late 1990's the site was cleared and is now occupied by a modern housing estate. Most of the adits were backfilled and are no longer visible at the surface. And for a few more pics, Ill apologize for the sheer quantity but this place is truly epic and its expansive size can only be truly appreciated by seeing it for real ! And for a few of me being self indulgent My Thanks to the Guys that made it possible (You know who you are), and to the rest of you for browsing through my Pic heavy Report
  12. Another one that had illuded me for some time so decided it was high time I got on and done it, really enjoyable explore this, Visited with Dan H Bit of history; Sarre BHQ was built into the face of an old chalk quarry in 1940-41, manned by Canadian troops at a time when an invasion of Britain seemed likely. The Brigade HQ at Sarre existed as a satellite to the one at Canterbury, there are many others to be found across the UK, some of which are located at Tunbridge wells, Canterbury and Reigate. A few of my pics from this lovely location There were similar sites dotted around the country, at Sussex, Devon and Cambridgeshire to name a few
  13. Some landscapes near abandoned train stations, abandoned boats, abandoned houses (with nothing in them) and a poser on a boat
  14. Not quite a website, but more of a Facebook that I admin. Focuses on Underground and Abandoned places in the Kent area. https://www.facebook.com/KUAAP Please feel free to like if you haven't done so already *I don't own this page either
  15. I've always had a fascination with this large semi-spherical structure, mainly because I was always up here as a kid. It's really sad that's it's now crumbling away, as back then you could climb in it... I was always trying to see how far I could climb up it. So one recent sunny afternoon I went up to take some pics. The sun was setting by the time I'd trekked up the hill, still full of troughs and ridges from a landslip in the 1980s. So the pics are a little dark, but I though maybe it gave a nice effect anyway. I know this isn't strictly proper ninja splorage, although the area is MoD land with the usual signposts to keep to paths I've never known it be enforced. But it's a nice bit of history. Move it mods if you wish Acoustic mirrors were the forerunner of radar, and many were built along the South coast between 1916 and the early 1930s. This 30ft mirror was one of two experimental mirrors built on The Roughs at Hythe, Kent, around 1929. To the front/east of the mirror is the control room of the Acoustic Research Station that controlled the mirrors from Denge to Dover. The other 20ft mirror sadly collapsed in the 80s landslip. The ruins of this, along with the foundations of the listening room next to it can be seen to the east. Most other mirrors were made of cast concrete, but this one was a unique concrete-covered metal mesh dish set on a concrete base with angle iron supports. The mirrors worked by reflecting the sound of approaching enemy aircraft into a microphone in the lower centre of the dish, which was received by operators in the Listening Chamber under the dish. Although an innovative idea at the time, it had it's flaws. The range was less than 25 miles, so only giving a few minutes warning. Also other sounds like sheep and passing cars were picked up. With aircraft developing and becoming faster, the mirrors were not providing enough warning, and with the advent of radar the Air Ministry decided to focus their efforts on that and and the mirrors became obsolete. Decay to the mirror is too advanced for repair, so EH and the MoD have undertaken a full survey and 3D scan in order to create a replica in the future. The MoD did have plans to demolish the mirror, but have stated it will remain in situ for the foreseeable future, due to the difficulties of getting machinery over an area designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. So now it's left for nature to take it's course, and it will only be a matter of time before it's gone. Starlight
  16. Well guys, this has been covered on more than one occasion, and I've visited this site on more than one of the numerous open days over previous years never been lucky enough to get any Pics due to the hoards of people all over the place, So when one very kind Barry Stewart offered me free reign of the place for a few hours obviously I happily and very gratefully took him up on his offer. So, For a bit of History ; The Drop Redoubt is one of the two forts on Western Heights, and is linked to the other, the Citadel, by a series of dry moats (the lines). It is, arguably, the most impressive and immediately noticeable feature on Dover’s Western Heights. The artillery at the Redoubt faced mostly inland; it was intended to attack an invading force attempting to capture Dover from the rear. The construction of the Redoubt was in two periods: the first being from 1804-1808 during the Napoleonic Wars, and the second from 1859-1864 following the recommendations of the 1859 Royal Commission. Well, That's all folks, Thanks for taking a look More can be found out about this fantastic Structure Here;
  17. .. couldn't believe my luck when a fellow exploring buddy said he’d found a way into this place…so on a cold, wet Sunday afternoon and using the excuse that aforementioned exploring buddy had â€no-one to play with today†managed to get me out of going to a kid’s birthday party… cheers Kev ! This site is right in the centre of a certain town…all the flats are completely trashed so the only really cool bit is the central atrium. It is almost designed like a prison and must have been hell for the poor people living there! .. Given the housing crisis in this country it’s a shame the local powers that be couldn't make this place work ! We went back in the dark and made full use of the place! The central atrium The view from the top looking down to the communal courtyard They certainly were small flats ! From one end to the other Even some of the doors looked prison like! It was much more fun in the dark! Watch out for those falling sparks Curtain of fire. That’s it..we went back very recently and it is now a total wreck !
  18. Sometimes you don’t have to travel far to explore stuff..this is almost walking distance from my house! It’s been abandoned for a while now, history tells that a fire broke out in one of the stables under mysterious circumstances killing several horses and after that the place was just left. I’ve been back a few times, summer and winter to do various shoots..you’ll find some interesting pics on my Flickr profile ! It’s been stripped out but the original threshing machine remains in the old wooden part of the barn. The local youfs have trashed the place; however, out of decay comes a little beauty and if you get here early enough or late in the day then you’ll find yourself in the presence of a few owls and a kestrel. Sit long enough in the bushes and you’ll also find a buzzard feeding on the rabbits that graze on the grass! The farmer lives just up the road and if he catches you on here then you will get introduced to his very large Alsatian ! It’s always handy to have a copy of the RSPB guide to birds with you… Abandoned farm in the glorious Kent countryside Rusty steel.. The old grain tower.. The grain thresher.. The walkway over the grain silos Walking into the darkness.. Cogs.. The old toy soldier.. Winter sun rising.. The door to the roof.. Beware..the guardian of the farm… There you go, a brief snap shot of life on the old farm..
  19. Remembrance of Things Past…nestling quietly in the English countryside this sad little house opened up its treasures for us today. After a somewhat undignified entrance – it’s lucky I’m slim! – and a life threatening walk across some very dodgy floor boards we came across a lovely collection of the former occupants life…sadly most of it has been ravaged by time and souvenir hunters…but there was some cool little bits still left.. Still amazes me that places can be left to rot with the former occupants possessions..so sad…enjoy the pics….it was very dark in there so a lot of flash and torch light was needed ! Packed away memories Some of the flooring was a little wobbly ! The spare bedroom had seen better days The curtains had been drawn long ago on this little house A lonely old stove.. A few of the treasures that remained.. A bicycle made for two Wartime memories The little cup pictures Dover Castle..ironically it was made in Germany ! Clearly the owner wasn’t short of a few bob ! Just a small selection…not sure what I should have titled this posting..had no idea what the house was called..there were one or two different names on all the mail..
  20. I believe this also may also go under the title of Hoarders House…it’s in a little cinque port town in Kent..some mild HDR..so look away now if that offends… Friday afternoon..sunny ..blue sky..epic failure on the first location due to me thinking a group of old decaying buildings looked great from the train..turned out to be someone’s stables !..so feeling somewhat dejected after a long walk we were driving out of the town when…. This old place was jammed packed with stuff…we could not get into some of the rooms as they were so full!... Starting at the top we worked ourselves downwards..the older stuff was on the top floors and we spent a pleasant half hour in one room, the sun streaming through the window looking at some vintage porn…there were boxes of it !..I had a terrible time convincing fellow exploring buddy Kev that we should indeed photograph the rest of the house whilst it was still daylight! .. The entire place had been ravaged, leaking roof and windows meant a lot of the remaining stuff was mouldy and very decayed..the floors were shot ! Was the perfect end to the week ! You should always keep a tidy desk.. So many abandoned chairs ! Treasure in the attic.. School Desk Vintage Porn ! Just a few decaying books.. Postman Pats Big Adventure was a riveting read.. Even the staircases were cluttered with stuff… That’s a nice set of antlers ! Liliput is a man’s magazine ! Both attic rooms were stuffed full of collectables.. Not for medicinal use ! The place had been well raided by souvenir hunters.. The decaying staircase.. Exploring buddy Kev spent an unusual amount of time in this room that was filled with vintage pornography.. There…hoped you liked the pics…this place is in a terrible state now..the roof has fallen in a lot more !
  21. A quick Hi to let the administrators know that I'm not a total idiot and that now I have loads of time on my hands I intend to do all the things I used to do as a child all those years ago. Great site.
  22. got a begging message from Nelly via BookFace so thought I'd pop over and say hello... Based in Kent but travel all over..hope you all have a super Bank Holiday Monday !
  23. This was yet another revisit ,but this time i actually spent some time and got some half decent shots,and Obs let me play with the fisheye..Not a huge amount of pics for a change.. Visited with SpaceInvader Obscurity and Stealth..Very nearly ended thigh high in water in what looked like a solid container,turns out it was full of water and crap so a wet foot was a lucky escape.....There is a Motorhome type of affair on site and entry to access is a tad on the dodgy side. and at one point end of the evening Legs had to be done from a nice shiney police car heading for where we had just rapidly left. bit of history from tut net Fire brigade plans of the 1970s name these 'D.O.E Tunnels', and they were at the time at the rear of the Dover Storage Company, in Limekiln Street. This area now forms a shipping company's yard. The tunnels themselves probably date back to the early 19th Century, but must have been worked over a period of years, and are just East of the Oil Mill Caves. There is evidence of use throughout the years, including use as air raid shelters during WW2, and a stairway seemingly built during this time links the tunnels to the main train tunnel nearby. A large portion at the rear of the tunnel has suffered a severe roof fall at both ends of a tunnel intersecting the main chamber. The brickwork in the main section is impressive and remains in good condition. Some pictors. Thanks for looking.
  24. explored with... wevsky ,obscuirty ,stealh2k12,fortknoxo,urbanginger and six riff raff a little history ... This is a large and interesting complex, located at the northern end of a tight triangular junction with the Sheerness-on-Sea branch. First proposed in 1969, the construction of Sheerness Steel Works was given the go-ahead in 1971, building work beginning in that September on land largely occupied by Army playing fields. The building cost was priced at £10,000,000 (£105,921,790 at 2008 prices), and included swallowing up a goods yard recently made redundant by British Rail. The works, a private venture under Canadian ownership, commenced operation in November 1972, and was designed to recycle scrap cars into steel coils and rods. The latter were for use in reinforced concrete and the steel mill had the capacity to process 180,000 tons of scrap metal per annum. It was envisaged that the mill’s yearly capacity could be increased to 400,000 tons within four years and, indeed, an additional £5,000,000 was invested in the works in 1975 to meet this target. Steel was produced using the electric arc process, and the mill remained a profitable venture until the second half of 1980. Much of the scrap metal dealt with originated from Mayer Parry Recycling of Erith, this being shipped down the Thames. Scrap metal and finished steel were also carried to and from the works by rail, and for this operation, new wagon batches – tailor-made for this type of traffic – were produced by ''Procor''. The rolling stock was leased by the steel mill at a time when there were few privately-owned wagons running on British Rail; indeed, this was one of a small number of works which was not part of the nationalized British Steel. For many years the Sheerness Steel Mill was owned and operated by Canadian-based ''Co-Steel'', but with this company's struggling finances, it was sold to ASW Holdings Limited of Cardiff, Wales after a deal was finalized in December 1998. The latter could only keep the operation going until July 2002, the company subsequently going into receivership on 10th of that month - the end seemed nigh for the works. And in January 2003, Sheerness Steel was taken over by Thamesteel... on with the pics... thanks for looking
  25. Visited with Obscurity Stealth SpaceInvader UrbanGinger and Fortknox0 and on two different visits Nice to get back in here with a dslr as last time was early days and a camera fone,its not huge but was worth going back for a better look The origins of these caves, which are not natural but built by man, is shrouded in mystery. The caves may take their name from Vortigern, who supposedly gave the area around Margate to the Saxons as a reward for helping him fight the Picts and Scots. Rediscovered by accident in 1798, the caves are considered by some to be of Saxon origin, consisting of a series of natural passages, which have been artificially enlarged. However, few experts think these 'artificial cavities' (as they are called) go back that far. The first time they appear in history is fairly recent. The guide book would have the visitor believe that the caves are over a 1000 years old and possible even of Phoenician origin! The more likely explanation would perhaps be a more modest medieval origin, or even a Georgian folly. Locally they put the Shell Grotto down as a Victorian folly built at a time when the local shell fish industry would have produced enough shells for them to be freely available (being a by-product). Somewhere near the close of the 18th Century, a man of eccentric habits, named Francis Forster, built a large house in Margate which he named after the county of his birth - Northumberland House. In or about the year 1798 his gardener, digging behind the house, made the discovery of the Caves. A private entrance was cut. It was during this time that the cave murals were created. In 1914, a new entrance was made from the cellar of the vicarage and this is the entrance used today. On with some pics Quick map Not a huge place but was nice to revisit after it being not possible for such a while
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