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  1. The end was nigh for Mookster and my North Midlands Roadtrip back before Christmas. Mookster remembered seeing this site when visiting the Crich Tramway Museum in the 1990s and had made it a goal to visit it when he discovered it had not been demolished, he previously thought it had. We parked in the Museum and walked up the driveway to the site. An older chap and some friends who frequent the site and had keys, had been feeding the birds and we exchanged some pleasantries; "As long as your not smashing anything, go for it"; was the general opinion; so we filled our boots. Sadly; much is inaccessible due to flooding; and it is overall, pretty trashed, but it had some great photo ops! I enjoyed it, and the lighting the evening was producing. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 Thanks for Looking! More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157678698751578
  2. I found this former marble quarry in my search for more abandoned places via Google Earth. The quarry already existed in the 13th century. In the 14th to more intensive use in the 17th century, the marble was used for monasteries. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
  3. I had spent some time at Krakow with a lovely girl who appeared to still live with her ex-boyfriend. We decided to go on urban exploration together, except right before we went for dinner she got a call from that particular ex-boyfriend that he would kill himself if she would not return home. So I ended up doing another exploration solo, which is why the lighting of the photos taken at night are of low quality. I am sorry for that. For this location I had to go on a hill that looked over the city of Krakow. This hill is famous for youngsters to meet up and have a drink. While standing on the hill I overlooked some sort of forest / swamp area in which lights where coming from. These lights were shining onto one of the objects of the quarry. From then on I knew I was at the right location, but I had no idea how to access the path towards this quarry. Google told me I had to go down a path passing a graveyard, and then walk through the swamp like area straight towards the quarry. I found the path, but once I was down the hill at the swamp I had no idea where to go anymore. After wandering for an hour I was about to give up, untill I shin my flashlight higher and straight upon one of the objects of the quarry. Finally I was there. This place was by far the most terrifying due to the poor state of the construction. One of the elements of the quarry was built against the wall of a mountain, reaching up to 15m of height. The iron used for the building was crusty, and had many holes in it as well. After climbing upon this building every step felt like it could have been my last one. Fortunatly nothing broke, and I got back out of the swamp at one piece. I went back the morning after, to make some better photos at daylight. I hope you enjoy.
  4. Have any of you missed a site: somewhere that was torn down, redeveloped or closed off just before you had the chance to visit and look around? I had a very quick look at this quarry but it was demolished just before I had planned to go back and climb stuff! Full report is here http://www.lifeoutthere.co.uk/2018/04/18/the-quarry-that-got-away/ What was your "one that got away"?
  5. How to post a report using Flickr Flickr seems to change every time the wind changes direction so here's a quick guide on how to use it to post a report... Step 1 - Explore and take pictures Step 2 - Upload your chosen pictures to Flickr like this.. Step 3 - Once your images are successfully uploaded to flickr choose a category for the location that you have visited... Step 4 - Then "Start New Topic".. You will then see this screen... Step 5 - Now you are ready to add the image "links", known as "BBcodes", which allow your images to display correctly on forums.. Step 6 - Then click "select" followed by "view on photo page".. Now select "Share" shown below.. Step 7-13 - You will then see this screen... Just repeat those steps for each image until you're happy with your report and click "submit topic"! You can edit your report for 24 hours after posting to correct errors. If you notice a mistake outside of this window contact a moderator and they will happily rectify the problem for you
  6. Evening All, A post from me tonight of the gorgeous Springwell Quarry located close to home. I have probably visited this place 4-5 times now during different seasons so it's lovely to see it in the different conditions. All my visits start off as a lovely walk down the canal and a quick run up a steep grassy verge into the site. The places has sat decayed roughly for 10 years now, with the infamous giant pg monkey which hangs over the water just out of reach (no one knows how it got up there, I love the mystery!). A Brief History: There is virtually no information about this place as I browse on the internet, all I know it was definitely used as a gravel quarry, in particular chalk. There are some tunnels (which lead to a dead end) which I presume were used to dig out chalk from the land above. This site also has been known to be used in Doctor Who the 10th anniversary story 1972/1973. Thanks for looking! I appreciate any feedback. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
  7. Hi OS friends ! Here is another underground report of a giant abandoned quarry... All the stuff are still inside, that's really huge !! - 1 - - 2 - - 3 - - 4 - - 5 - - 6 - - 7 - - 8 - - 9 -
  8. After recent events and other posts going up, here is my take on the place Please read underneath BE WARNED - a group of people were physically assaulted at Bethel Quarry on Friday 1st May 2015 by some thug wielding a baseball bat, who accused them of breaking in. Somehow that's unlikely as it has been open for months. It's probably still open.... History A fairly small (120,000 square feet total area), single adit entrance Bath stone quarry. The Bethel quarries were extensively worked by Messrs. Rogers according to the Bradford on Avon Gazetteer of 1868. It was later requisitioned in 1939 by the War Department and used for Royal Naval storage after some strengthening work. It was later used by Oakfield Farm Products as a mushroom farm and before that had been used by Heinz to grow mushrooms for its mushroom soup. Mushroom production stopped in September 2010 and it was offered for sale in April 2011 as having potential for underground storage. The Estate Agent details reported a "large and historic stone quarry extending to very approximately 10 acres with mains power, water and sewerage connected. The quarry ceased to be mined for stone at the end of the 19th Century but was latterly been used for the farming of mushrooms, though for some months has been disused. Pics Back then as a mushroom farm Thanks for looking
  9. I got an invite to go to France to see the Catacombs and this Quarry , as I don't drive I jumped at the chance to see it. it was a good weekend everyone was friendly , in fact it seems the French under ground where much better than those above it. Anyway here's some info The Hennocque limestone Quarry was started in the nineteenth century and was operated by three generations of the Aubin-Hennocque family. Covering over 35 hectares, this site is huge. The quarry was occupied by the German army during World War II and was going to be used to store V2 rockets but the modifications where never completed. so the site was never a functional storage base for the rockets. The Nazis being the nice sort of blokes that they were did make several improvements to the site , including the installation of electricity, the construction of a headquarters and they added fortifications to the site. Once the war ended, limestone extraction resumed, the site enjoyed the electrification and the various other improvements the Germans made but this was short-lived because as the construction industry turned away from stone and moved to using concrete the stone industry collapsed and many quarries had too close Hennocque being one of them. on our way in a local told us not to go too deep into the Quarry because of a fire that had caused some carbon monoxide to be released into the Quarry a few years back.
  10. Dangerous adventures there, but beautiful. Attention, there are piling up again and again accidents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.
  11. This was the 2nd quarry i visited on this weekend away and all i can say is wow, the place is absolutely huge like nothing ive seen before, i spent 10 hours on site and i dont think i saw even a 3rd of it, didnt get too see any of the low down underground levels as i just concentrated on the overground stuff on this visit, absolutely loved the slate buildings, pump houses, old rickety ladders everywhere, the scenery and just everything about the place, cant wait to go back again and explore the other levels and go right to the very top as there is so much that i havent seen, i think it will take me at least another 5 visits to see all that i want too see there. sorry for the 20 pics but i took so many its hard too choose the ones i like the most. enjoy. small bit of history: The Dinorwic Slate Quarry is a large former slate quarry, now home to the Welsh National Slate Museum, It was the second largest slate quarry in Wales, indeed in the world,It covers more than 700 acres (2.8 km2) consisting of two main quarry sections with 20 galleries in each and a number of ancillary workings. Extensive internal tramway systems connected the quarries using inclines to transport slate between galleries. The first commercial attempts at slate mining took place in 1787 and continued through different ownerships up until 1969. it was producing 100,000 tonnes a year in its peak and employing over 3000 people.
  12. I visited this place with The Elusive and two other splorers. Abandoned hall and quarry, now in ruins and overgrown. Beautyful place. And big. Very different from what I find back home. A very wet, great fun and very early morning splore :-) Thanks for looking :-)
  13. After we'd finished in Tone Mills and had a half hearted attempt at Tonedale which was thwarted by too many residents selfishly enjoying the beautiful weather me and Landie/Punto Man started heading home via a site I'd never seen too much of near Bristol. Coles Quarry was a Cemex site at one point and closed a good few years ago - it's sort of like a miniature version of Fullers Earth in some ways and was a good chilled wander in lovely sunny weather. We met a nice old lady walking her Collie and small adopted Terrier-type dog, who she told us had been brought back from Cyprus with them, around the site - her house/garden backs onto the main drive into the quarry site and she's perfectly OK with people being in/around the buildings, as in her own words it's 'nothing to do with her'! Anyway we had a nice chat and went our separate ways. I had a sudden attack of the jelly legs after going across this And the quarry itself. More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157642242372144/
  14. The bluest lake I've ever seen! I don't fancy swimming in it though! Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  15. I found a few photos from here on flickr, so I thought I would take a closer look. Not sure if its live or not it seems pretty derpy as you enter but seems more in use as you go deeper into the site. A nice lil wander luckily I had some nice skies too 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoyed.
  16. This was our first port of call for the evening and it didnt disappoint,not only did i manage not to get lost but i didnt get stuck in that awkward crevice which is the known as the letter box(i think). Visited with Obscurity and non member John. History Blatantly stolen Kingsdown Quarry also commonly known as Swan Mine is a small bath stone quarry lying under the hillside along the road from Bathford to Kingsdown. The Main entrance to the quarry is opposite the Swan Inn which was once the Quarry managers house, the inn its self is held to the hill side by great iron chains anchored ito the buried workings of the quarry itself. Kingsdown Quarry was producing stone as far back as 1833. ] Thanks for looking!
  17. 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:
  18. This quarry is located just outside of maastricht in the south of Holland and has got to be one of the best I have visited. We stopped here at the end of our recent euro trip, stayed on a great campsite nearby before driving home. It was a nice end to the trip, I highly recommend a visit. Looking at some of the graffiti the quarry shut down in the 80's but work must have started pre 1900. In places the roof was 30-50 ft tall and the passages went on for miles, which made it fun trying to get out:cool: visited with urban junky, spanners and daz ​
  19. Visted With Phill, Les, Ben, and myself, we arrived a little late to the proposed meet-up, because we got breakfast - omnomnom we managed to gain access via the wrong grill. but never-the-less, armed with a map and a compass we made our way around, Starting at cathedral we followed our noses to the smell of a fresh bbq, to see a pre-lit foil tray with no food but never mind! we plodded on, after speaking to two people who stayed over night.we attempted to get to the northern section (as we thought this was where everyone was headed), so following the map we soon lost track of where on the map we were, so vaguely following north, we somehow ended up going around 4 times and thought lets try and get back to catherdral and start again, so we plotted and pondered and eventually we turned up, about 1-2pm just as everyone finish a group shot as was on their way out, so after a few minutes to get our breath back and say our goodbyes, we decided to head back to the entrance and head to the northern section once more. So after a few twists and turns, over a few falls, we still got lost, but suddenly we saw a sign! a big square tank, after looking at the map, it sure was a eureka moment! So yeah after that we didnt get lost again, but on the way out we ended up getting trapped in the dead routes once more and could find the way home! but needless to say, we're alive! Also thanks to Phill, Les, Ben for lighting up the tunnels, and inviting me along! Anywho, sorry to drag on a bit, but here's some photos =) Thanks! Please check Out my other photos! http://www.flickr.com/photos/mperryphotography/
  20. No Reports form me for a while - Just been busy and not got around to any editing. Anyhoo got one edited at last. Going off the calendar in the office and dates on correspondence it looks like this quarry stopped being worked in 2010. I have read that it may just be mothballed and operations COULD recommence at some point. There are also stories of new owners and plans to turn it into a holiday resort and hotel complex. Anyway on with the pictures thanks for looking
  21. I can find zilch, zippo about this location so cannot give any history. I have only seen a couple previous reports one of which has since vanished from the face of the earth - that one mentioned that there were some newspapers on site that were fairly recent to when they explored - the site looks like it has been disused for some time. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Time to get in the cab of the beast in pic 11 16 note the date on the newspaper !!!! WTF ?? 17 18 19 Thanks for looking.
  22. The trip....Oldskool and Host, another epic fail turns good... Arrived in Wales early morning (like we do ),took a short walk to find the pump house . I thought to myself this place we be a doddle being so remote , how wrong was i... We spent a good hour and a half looking for a way in , even crawling under the boilers at the back and scaling old roofing beams ...this place is like fort knox . The only place we could think of was to one side of the huge pipe running out of the pump house , alas on closer inspection it was back filled with scaffolding planks and lumps of cast iron and steel (epic fail) Anyways no to be disheartened we set about the pretty big task of shooting the rest of the quarry ,after about two hours we arrived back at the top of a hill near the pump house ....by this time Host had disappeared, i could hear voices round the corner so went to see what was going on , i came across Host talking to a man in shorts and a big black hat ( saved again by a dog walker ) Quote Host " This man knows were the engine's custodian lives , well kind off ".. Brief directions ...up the hill, he drives a four wheel drive and his name is John. So of we went ten minuets later we approached an elderly gentleman stood in his garden with his 3 dogs ....." hi could you tell us if john lives around here ? " He replies im John..............NO WAY.........!!!!! Ok onward, he takes us in his jeep and gives us a guided tour of the whole quarry and explains about every out building on there he even drove to the house he was born in and showed us his newly planted gardens, this went on for about a hour then we arrived at the pump house ..... 1. Dorothea itself opened in 1820 and remained in production until 1970. The land the quarry stands on was owned by a Richard Garnons (1774 -1841) but the main driving force for quarrying in the valley was a Lancastrian - William Turner (1776 -1857). The original name for the quarry was Cloddfa Turner but it was renamed Dorothea after Gamona's wife. The workings grew out of a series of smaller workings with names such as Hen Dwll, Twll Bach, Twll y Weirglodd, Twll Coch and Twll Fire. Over the years these pits were deepened and amalgamated into the large flooded pit seen today. Turner gave up his interest in the quarry in 1848 and following a brief period of closure it was acquired by a family called Williams. He married into the Rev John Jones of Talysarn's family & John Hughes Williams was from Llangernyw near Denbigh. bought shares in the Company set up by Jones & local Nantlle quarrymen (though half the money was raised outside the area). Williams gradually bought out most of the others by the 1860s, and his family continued in charge thereafter. ________________________________________ In 1828 the Nantlle Railway opened giving the quarries of the valley a route to the sea. The horse powered railway was of 3' 6" (105cm) gauge and ran originally to Caernarfon. From 1872 the tramway ran only as far as Talysarn where connection was made with the national rail network. The Nantlle Railway continued in use, as a part of British Railways, until 1963 and remained horse worked until a couple of years before closure. The final two horses in use were "Prince" and "Corwen". After the horses were retired a tractor was used for the diminishing amount of traffic. Over its lifetime the route of the railway was moved many times as the quarries expanded. Much of its route is traceable today as far as the easterly terminus at Penyrorsedd Quarry. Dorothea Quarry used the Nantlle Railway to dispatch slate from 1829 until 1959. By the 1840's production at Dorothea had built up to about 5,000 tonnes per annum and had reached over 17,000 tonnes by the 1870's. The future looked good for Dorothea but serious flooding problems then befell the quarry. In 1884 several men were drowned when the pit was engulfed. In 1895 the Afon Llyfni which flowed through the valley was realigned and deepened to flow to the south of the slate workings. This cured the flooding problems to some extent but as the workings deepened, the need to continually pump out water became a constant drain on the quarry's profits. In 1904 the decision was taken to install a Cornish Beam Engine on site to replace the waterwheels. 2. 3. 4. 5. The pump .... At the beginning of the 20th Century, Dorothea quarry was urgently in need of a long term solution to the ongoing problem of keeping the workings, by then over 500 feet deep, free of water. It was decided to purchase a Cornish beam engine. An old but reliable technology. The engine was built by Holman Brothers and was the last but two ever built. It is also believed to be the newest Cornish beam engine still in existence. The engine was able to pump 10 gallons of water per second from a depth of over 500 feet. The engine started work in 1906 and served until 1951 when it was replaced by a 60hp electric pump. Apart from a brief period in 1956 the engine has been disused ever since. Following closure of the quarry in 1969, the site has been owned by several companies, each with its own priorities and plans - none of which have included the engine. This has made the restoration and maintenance of this important artifact extremely difficult. In fact, grants have been made available towards its restoration but have subsequently been withdrawn because of the problems of access. The enginehouse is a Grade 1 listed structure which is the same as Caernarfon Castle. Despite this, and despite the valiant efforts of the engine's custodian, it continues in a state of limbo. What should be one of North Wales finest examples of industrial heritage is now a forgotten link to a golden age. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. Thanks for looking [email protected]@l.........
  23. Hi all, Visited this place this weekend which was quite local to us. Abandoned quarry with trucks, a lot of macro work and bokeh more than straight wide angle shots. A few more to process by some in the report below. Not sure if there is any history as the local dog walkers didn't really know much. It seems like just a dumping ground for trucks and related quarry machinery now. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 Thanks for looking in.
  24. Last post tonight. This was a nice little morning's explore but it was very bright and made for tricky exposures plus it was my first time using my fisheye. No history except someone I know knew the guy who used to own the engines in the yard. There is nothing else known about the place. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 Thanks for looking in.
  25. This is the depot above Monks Quarry that contains the winding gear and maintenance sheds and stores.Visited with Tommo and Spungeltrumpet back in 2011. And this beastie used to guard the entrance And that was the above ground depot at Monks Many thanks for looking