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  1. Abandoned since 1986 this derelict prison camp located in a remote area of the North Island in New Zealand barely resembles a prison. The prison is heavily decayed with surprisingly little vandalism, the prisons strange colour schemes were meant to help calm prisoners. Our road trip taking us to this prison began with a sunny 18 degrees, five hours later we were in snow, this place had a very somber feeling to it. Cheers for looking at our explores in New Zealand, sorry if it was a little picture heavy! More here: http://urbexcentral.com/2014/05/20/waikune/
  2. Highgate station was originally constructed by the Edgware, Highgate and London Railway in the 1860s on its line from Finsbury Park to Edgware. It was purchased in July 1867 by the larger Great Northern Railway (GNR) and opened on 22 August 1867. How it looked in 1868 with a passing loop in the middle for trains terminating at Highgate The station was rebuilt during the 1880s with a new island platform on the site of the former passing loop. The side platforms were from this point onwards disused. A photo from the early 20th century showing the different layout As part of the 1935 'New Works' plan to incorporate the Edgware, High Barnet and Alexandra Palace lines in to the London transport network the station was one again rebuilt with a new brick platform building. Shortly before the start of WW2 the lines began to appear on underground maps. With the start of WW2 however the service was reduced and never quite picked up again. How it looked in 1941 Closure was announced in 1953 as the number of passengers travelling on the line didn't justify it's electrification. A shuttle service continued to run until 3rd July 1954 when the station closed to passenger traffic. In the 1950s just before closure This section of line between Finsbury Park & Highgate remained open to freight traffic until 1st October 1962 and it has been abandoned ever since. I sourced the history & pics from here http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/h/highgate/ I visited with Extreme Ironing, it was a really fascinating little place even though it didn't take long to get round it. I hope to go back there some time and photograph it on a misty morning. These are the sealed off tunnels on the east side. The 1940s brickwork station The house on the right used to be part of the station but is now an occupied private property No idea what this machinery was once used for…. Old advertising/timetable boards in the middle Heading for the staircase The cage shut for the last time Through the cage you could see the bottom of the stairs bricked off with a just a worker's entrance Think this may have been an old waiting room….. Looking back along the platform The tunnels at this end (west) of the station are completely overgrown Parts of the trackbed have been covered with plastic sheeting to prevent water seepage into the northern line concourse below Thanks for looking
  3. This Catholic church was completed in 1853 in what was originally quite a heavily populated area however due to the war damage and continuing slum clearances in the post war the church lost much of its congregation as the district was rebuilt as a business area. In 1998 it finally closed when a new replacement church was built. Upon arriving there was a bloke onsite painting new white lines on the floor of the car park, after a brief exchange of words it turned out he was the caretaker of the site and he had no objections in letting us in through the front door! A real nice bloke who even gave us each a book about the place as we were leaving!
  4. Opened in 1856 & closed in 2008 (I think) this place produced various forms of Cutlery and Silverware. A real cracking little place with plenty of stuff left lying about inside and some real cool retro offices. At one time there was loads of these little places dotted around Sheffield but sadly not anymore. I really enjoyed this place, I'll take an old factory over a derp house anytime!
  5. Visited this one with Goldie and not a bad place at all really. There is a bit of trashing and it looks like it has been worked on over the years but it more than makes up for that with it's features like the ceilings and stained glass. founded in 1853 and greatly expanded over its early years. During World War 2 much of the building was destroyed due to the heavy bombing in the City. In the 1950's the re-building of the church included a new Chapel, replacement of roofs and a new entrance porch, organ loft and choir gallery. St Vincent's Church closed in 1998, and some of its unique internal architectural features have been removed or destroyed for ever. Currently in need of much needed renovation and its future very much uncertain. THanks for lookin'!
  6. Afternoon all dropping by to say hi from the grim north. Live on the Lancs/Yorks border, plenty of derp mills up here!
  7. Hello again! Absolutely loved this place, visited in February with Goldie and then returned in March. Once with AndyK!, Kriegaffenine and Zero and then with DirtyJigsaw and Miz Firestorm. On the first visit: Overall a good, easy explore.. After exploring the place for about 3 hours we decided to begin our exit, On the way down the stairs we had encountered the PIR sensor that we had walked past several times that day with no alarm at all, just a red light. "No problem." i thought, i just took a quick step across the hall way to start heading to exit, then Goldie walks over and its just the same, i noticed the door at the end of the hallway was open, however it wasn't the past three times we walked past! I say to Goldie: "Somethings not right, we gotta get out now i think." Goldie simply replies: "Yeah." We began walking and then we hear this absolutely horrible sound.. Hmm, how do i put this into text? "WRAAAAAAAAAAA..." The alarm.. My God, noise has never scared me like this, a f*cking massive shock it was. So we legged it and i mean legged it through the corridors to our exit. Upon leaving i remember running back through the trees and looking back on the place wailing away, I looked at Goldie and said "Fuck yes.." Gotta say, a high five never felt so appropriate. The next couple of visits were fairly easy however, a good time on every visit! Was good to join you all! Some History: St Joseph's College was founded in 1880 by Bishop Bernard O'Reilly to be the Seminary serving the North West of England. The college was formally opened in 1883. St. Joseph’s (usually referred to by its students simply as "Upholland") was one of two main seminaries serving the north of England. Upholland served the northwest, Ushaw College the northeast. For many years, each of these institutions housed both a junior (minor) and a senior (major) seminary. The junior seminaries provided a secondary education in a semi-monastic environment to boys aged 11–18 who wished to pursue the priesthood, while the senior seminaries trained adult candidates (mostly aged between 18 and 24) in philosophy and theology as they prepared for the priesthood. Although Upholland flourished until the 1960s, the rapidly changing social climate in that decade led to a sharp drop in enrolment. In the early 1970s, the northern bishops decided to consolidate the activities of Upholland and Ushaw; from 1972 all junior seminarians in the north attended Upholland, and from 1975 all senior seminarians attended Ushaw.[3] Even as the sole junior seminary for the north of England, however, Upholland continued to suffer a decline in enrolment, and by the 1980s was no longer a traditional seminary but a "boarding school for boys considering a vocation". In 1986 the total number of students was down to 82, of whom only 54 were Church students, and it was no longer viable to educate them on the premises. From 1987 the remaining students attended St. John Rigby College in nearby Orrell for their schooling, an arrangement that continued until the very last of these students left in 1992. Photos: Thanks for looking!
  8. Hello, my name is Mark and I'm from the wild's of Cumbria. I have been doing Urban Exploration for about six months now. Got afew reports to put up soon and a list full of locations for future mooching so, hopefully more to come;)
  9. Visited here on my own, plan was to re shoot another site along the coast but fencing had gone up saying keep out, and as I left a van with chipboard on the back rolled up. This place is yet another pigeon haven and hence a national reserve for the pigeon crap. The floors and ladders for getting about are looking rather ropey since I last visited over 3 years ago, but still had a good snoop about. A chat with a old chap outside and I learnt that there are pople in talks with buying the site to turn it into either flats or holiday chalets. It is still up for sale for £240,000 though. History Ebridge Mill was also sometimes known as North Walsham Mill. The old mill was 5 storeys high and built of red brick with a slate roof. The mill was built over the River Ant, which later became the North Walsham & Dilham Canal. The mill remained in the ownership of the family within Cubbitt & Walker Ltd from 1869 - 1998 when it was sold to Duffields and subsequently closed. When the goodwill of the flour milling business was sold to the Millers' Mutual Association in 1966, the milling machinery was broken up leaving the old mill as an ancillary to the new provender mill built alongside.On 15th March 1969 a fire in a silo intake was put out by a fire appliance from North Walsham. 27th February 2003: A planning application to convert the mill to 10 flats was rejected by North Norfolk DC 28th August 2003: Amazingly, NNDC gave consent to convert the mill to 12 holiday units November 2005: Planning application for 12 holiday homes by Tritec Synergy. NNDC does not allow residential February 2006: NNDC still unable agree to Tritec Synergy's scheme for conversion to holiday homes March 2006: Tritec Synergy's scheme for conversion to holiday homes passed by NNDC after much debate
  10. Not much of a poster any more, but went out with friends and got some shots of Rauceby, Whittingham and St John's Asylums, histories haven't changed since the last reports. A nice reminder that it's not about the most epic or gas masks or fancy dress or hdr or not hdr it's about having fun with friends and taking shots you enjoy while soaking up the history and atmosphere. Well there you go. Pictures and stuff of asylums. Just friends hanging out.
  11. This now closed hospital in North Wales was formerly a workhouse that opened in 1839 and housed both males and females. Biding by Victorian values both cohorts of people were segregated in separate wings. The building was laid out in the form of a cross – there’s a tip for future explorers – with the central hub being used to manage the four wings. The workhouse was run by a John Francis, a man, whose cruelty knew no bounds. In 1847 a Mr John Rowlands became one of the workhouse’s most famous residents. During his stay there one of Rowland’s friends, Willie Roberts died. It was rumoured that Francis had killed the boy. Rowlands and a few of his friends did some of their own urbexing and took a trip to the mortuary. There they found Willie’s badly beaten body. Enraged, Rowlands basically gave Francis a good pasting. Worried about what might happen to himself for his act of retribution, he did one over the wall and went to sea. He went on to change his name to Henry Morton Stanley, and coined the phrase “Dr Livingstone I presume?”. The rest is history. Enjoy the pics Although a hospital it has a few interesting features including ceiling lights A chapel some murals enter the Land of Narnia.... ...which was apparently the NHS' attempt to income generate.... There's lots of theatres too.... .....showing the NHS version of Oz And if it all got too much for you they had even put in some japanese style hotel rooms Sadly the income strategy failed and the hospital was forced to buy cheaper items for operations.... After complaints of painful invasive eye procedures the hospital closed, and like so many of our beautiful historical buildings, it now is going into rapid decay.. Hope you enjoyed this little tour. On that note, it's goodnight from me, and goodnight from him
  12. After our treacherous climb down to Lydden Spout, we decide that it would be wise to climb into the Detention centre and shimmy down a 10ft gap. The casemates were built from fears of an invasion by Napoleon III. I loved these, the North Casemates were untouched and quiet. South Casemate: the current owner wants to convert it to a champagne store... North Casemate: untouched awesomeness, even if it was small The most bizarrely places urinal I have come across... S8
  13. Hosting a trip for a small contingency from up North it was time to access the elusive winding station and find the entrance to the mine. The day got off to a bad start after chickens had been routed by fox and I'd had to decapitate injured ones at 5.30 am. Party arrived and we set off to a few local locations before going to said quarry. After initial mooch We finally found place which accessed winding station and the mine. Low batteries, time and lighting conditions drew this visit to a close but the entrance to the mine was stunning and still had the old railway track and point switches. The winding station was rewarding and worth the wait - albeit for a few shots. Watch out for part 3. On with the pics and enjoy- and yes I was playing with my new toy More kit left in the main engine shed And somewhere around here was the entrance - or was it? Finally we found a slightly wet way in and voila - the winding station Not huge amounts in here but what there was I loved. You dont see many doors like this Not sure what this was used for And finally the winding mechanism
  14. In between renovations we took a trip out to one of the many slate quarries. Maenoffren opened in 1800 and by 1861 was knocking out 400 tons of slate a year. At its peak the quarry employed over 420 people, half of whom worked underground. Like every other quarry demand for welsh slate slowed due to cheap foreign imports. Production ceased in 1999. The quarry reopened and production of slate recommenced on the combined Maenofferen site, consisting of "untopping" underground workings to recover slate from the supporting pillars of the chambers. Material recovered from the quarry tips is also be recovered for crushing and subsequent use. Let the pictures commence: The winding station back then: ] The winding station now: Sadly demolition work on some of the old working buildings has started: Still some nice things to experience - and yep I like my macro:
  15. Hello all, after browsing some of the amazing places on here I now wish that I had a camera on me all the time just I case I come across anywhere of interest! I have been to a few but never taken pictures. I shall start snapping from now on!!
  16. Scrappy and I visited this place with some new friends - Mars Lander, Shush, Lowri to name but a few! Big thanks to them for inviting us to join them on what was a very fun explore This place was MASSIVE, you could get lost in it. We had some close calls with people on the grounds, visitors to this site are not welcome and that's putting it mildly! Luck was on our side that day and we got to see the majority of the site before a leisurely walk back to the car. In my opinion, this place is worth seeing for the rooftop views alone, they were spectacular A little bit of history on the place: The Grade 2 listed house is set in walled Venetian gardens of around 18 acres. the mansion, constructed in Wales in the 1870s. The stables are Grade 1 listed. There are 122 rooms with 52 main bedrooms and quarters for 60 live-in servants. The prodigious estate passed through various generations and still bares its coat of arms on the huge wrought iron gates. During World War II it was used as a military hospital and it later became private Clarendon Girls' School. In 1975 the hall was extensively damaged in a fire, forcing the school to close. It was then restored and used as a conference centre. It was sold at auction in 2001 but a proposed redevelopment failed to materialise. The steps up to the stables Exterior shot of the mansion Rooftop shot. You may spy a few familiar faces up there Thanks for looking
  17. So this had been on my radar for a while, I even visited here in January 2005 with my parents and some friends to buy some Chinese ingredients for a special meal that was being cooked for an occasion of which I can't remember. At 14 years old this place was really interesting, lots of interesting food and foreign ingredients. I remember getting a plate and having a little bit of everything from about 4 stalls, the food stalls were round in a square shape and the communal seating in the middle. They had all sorts, Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Singaporean, Korean etc. I remember seeing it reported on way back in 2011, but put it off due to rumours of heavy handed security. Me and Northern_Ninja visited early this year and couldn't even get into the site. We returned for another go and saw a small gap. It was a good day out and sort of cheered me up slightly following a personal grievance. The complex served a large Community in North London and people would travel a long way to browse its two stories of restaurants, bars, clubs, shops and supermarkets. It was originally a Yaohan Shopping Centre; but changed its name when the Yahoan Corp went bust in the 90s. There was a durian stall, a satay stall, a Karaoke bar called the "China City Karaoke Bar", Dim Sum restaurants and a Szechuan restaurant to name a few. The centre also included tableware and clothes shops. It had featured on the TV series "Luther" and on the movie Dredd, where the interior was modified to look more trashed sadly. It has also fallen victim to vandals. Onto the pics. Unfortunately I forgot the externals! Thanks as always More at: Oriental/China City - a set on Flickr
  18. Probably been done to Death lol North Weald Bassett Essex OS Grid Ref: TL506040 Ongar Radio Transmitting Station occupied a site of 730 acres at North Weald in West Essex adjacent to the late 19th Century North Weald Redoubt, one of 13 London Mobilisation Centres. It was originally built in 1920 and operated by Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company. In September 1929, control passed to Imperial and International Communications when the telegraphic communications of the Empire were placed in the hands of a single operating company. The name of the company was changed to Cable and Wireless in June 1934 and the company owned the radio station until the passing of the Commonwealth Telegraphs Act, 1949, whereby the United Kingdom radio services of the Post Office and Cable and Wireless Ltd. became integrated on April 1st 1950. Ongar Radio was one of three pairs of transmitting stations, each pair consisting of a transmitter and receiver station; Ongar being paired with Brentwood.
  19. ...North Wales Hospital... ...Denbigh... Designed by architect Carl Johan Aru to originally accommodate between 60 and 200 patients, the building dates back to 1848, and originally had its own farm and gasworks. Planned for closure by Enoch Powell from the 1960s, it was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002. Now derelict, on October 31, 2008, Most Haunted did a live series, The Village of the Damned on location in the North Wales Hospital which spanned over the course of a week. The producers of the show were criticized by residents of Denbigh for slurs against the town and the hospital. On 22 November 2008, during work to renovate the building site and convert it to apartments and residential properties, the building caught fire; it was later confirmed that the main hall of the hospital was destroyed. Arson is suspected. Currently on the buildings at risk register, planning permission has currently lapsed, while Denbighshire Council are planning urgent repairs and to bill the current owners/developers. After an aborted attempt to meet up with the SO'CC on the final leg of their Welsh jolly, I ended up here... One of the first big sites I did last year, but with no camera 1st time round I was always keen to get back and get some pix... No sign of 'beardy' or the psycho security crew who were in residence when we were last here, turned out to be a really relaxed mooch... Thanks for lookin...
  20. So 1 freezing cold wet winter morning we headed out to take a flight to sunny spain thanks to SK's dodgy directions we ended up here economy class sucked And that was our holiday down the swanny
  21. Another one of my favourite explores and other than me and Revelation_space I've never seen any reports on this massive building that used to sit in Dyce. Didnt realise it was closed for a long time so we decided to pop along one day and have a look inside, think we spent about 8 hours in here going around the building the first time. This was BP's North Sea Headquarters until the new offices were built just behind this building, It was mostly just empty offices but there was some interesting bits here and there and the lighting was very nice. It was demolished in 2011 and is now a bunch of identical new build houses. These photos are taken over three visits where me and Revelation_Space pretty much covered the whole building. Loads of photos so I'll split it over two parts. Everything marked in Red here was empty on this site. We decided to catch the sunrise from the top floor then head up to the roof. The view across to the Airport. Most of the building was empty offices but I still liked them for some reason Various cabinets of switches etc left behind along with loads of Ethernet cable Quite liked the lighting here Vandalism was evident throughout Moving on to the Canteen Fancy meeting room Main Entrance I'll make a second post including stuff from the next two visits.
  22. More stuff from my archive of demolished/converted stuff A very pretty Victorian primary school that was located in the north of the city (hence the name). At some point after closure renovation work was started but then stopped, as far as I am aware this renovation is now totally complete as it restarted not long after this visit. Makes a change from demolition at least! Beneath the grime were some great original features to be seen. Photos not so great as they were taken with my old kit lens which isn't a wide enough angle for me More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157627859024960/
  23. Visited with Fortknox0 and Maniac, Lovely explore this, part of the underground, this was an air raid shelter back in the day and now doesnt appear to be used for anything! Brick wall on a staircase leads through to something im sure would be a lot more interesting . Well worth a look, cheers guys. Enjoy. ^^ said brick wall Cheers for looking! Frosty.
  24. First solo expedition to a couple of houses that have been empty for a few years now. Apparently there was talk about converting the land theyre sitting on into a luxury golf complex but due to costs and planning permissions its unlikely... Still relatively new to all this so any pointers or suggestions would be welcome... Cheers...
  25. hi Very quick smash and grab splore as I had an hour to kill this PM. The place was ravaged by fire at some point and not much is left, the tower was what i wanted but as you will see the staircase is long gone. Splored with Scattergun, good catching up mate, nothing like a "can you be here 15 mins" phone call