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  1. "It's a dyeing trade" Brook Dyeing were a large company with at least four sites to It's portfolio. They were commission dyers to a host of textile companies throughout West Yorkshire. We all know the scenario though! The textile trade dwindles, we are flooded with cheaper imports and the inevitable closure of our traditional woolen mills ensue. This then seemed to signal the death knell for this particular site, and the order books are no more. There's a lot of activity within this complex. It seems as though certain parts are being rented out to various company ventures! As to what will happen to the actual dye plant Itself is anyone's guess. Let's have a butchers then. With It being associated with dyestuff, one would expect a rather colorful affair. Yeah...... I would agree with that. Workers had a fine choice of buckets and bins to choose from so they could happily weigh their dye recipes in. You would also need a set of scales for precision measuring. Not forgetting the dye. A nice bit of yellow. The business end of things. The dye pans themselves. That was your step by step easy guide Another door...... And even more to explore. The sample room, and lots of pretty little boxes. And lab vessels. It had a nice little office that was packed with goodies. And a cool comfy leather chair. This place never seems to end. Wooden stairs leading everywhere. Lots of weird and wonderful machinery to feast upon. Capturing the moment judderman style. Lets nip outside for a minute. Bit of fresh air. Filtration tanks. And the rather splendid view. Steel pipes. Luv em. The huge twin boiler. Heading out. There's simply too much to cover. So It's time to say adios my friends. And as always..... Ta for looking.
  2. King Edward VII Sanitorium, Midhurst, West Sussex. Currently undergoing a £180million renovation to turn it into luxury housing. The Chapel. Part of this building is now housing the sales office. Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  3. A few old photos of West Park from a very brief trip in 2010. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Thanks for looking visit my site for my of my old reports: www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com
  4. Hi there everybody, my name is Neil and I live in West Cumbria, been a member here a while but just started having a mooch around! I've never been exploring but would love to have a go, non of my mates are into it and I don't fancy going alone! Not a photographer either but I love reading all the reports and checking out the cool photos so here I am! Cheers!
  5. After today's main adventure I popped in to West Park, exactly 4 years and 3 months since my first visit in 2009. I guess part of it was closure for me on the place that seriously got me into this big time, prior to my first visits to West Park in August 2009 I had visited Hellingly and Fullers Earth in June, however my six visits to West Park between August and October of that year really cemented in my mind that this was for me. After our quick mortuary detour we had a little drive around the site, to see the (admittedly brilliantly done) conversion of the admin block, as I pointed out to my mate who'd never seen West Park as anything other than a building site what each building used to be and what used to be inside it, and pointed out the rough location of the now demolished buildings. I won't say it was entirely sad for me, as a lot of the place has been saved in relation to other asylums and indeed others in the Epsom Cluster, but it was in a way as loads of good memories came flooding back in a wave of nostalgia. It was also interesting for me to notice that the room only accessible through a hole in the stud wall was the old slab room due to the gulleys in the floor. The partition wall was put in after the slabs were removed, I believe at the same time the original chapel was demolished in the 1980s. Farewell West Park, for the final time.
  6. Got a permission visit for this place that's being cleared out now, through the gf's mam as she knows I'm in to this sort of stuff. Willis & Bates dates back to the 1800s, moving to Halifax in the last few years of that century to take advantage of the engineering opportunities offered by the textile industry in the region. The current factory, named the Pellon Works, was built in Reservoir Road and was completed in 1900. Initially, the company made spun-metal parts for the textile industry but they soon diversified into making parts for other industries, particularly those of the gas and the rapidly developing electrical industries of the time. There is a possibility that one of the company's founders, Alfred Bates, was responsible for the design and manufacture of the military steel helmet, although this is unsubstantiated at present.At the end of World War I, Willis & Bates diversified further and became involved in the manufacture of parts for Petromax paraffin pressure lamps and lanterns. In 1925 they started making lamp and lantern parts for the Tilley company, a relationship which lasted until 1938 when Willis & Bates began manufacturing and selling lanterns on their own.The Vapalux pressure lamp bears a close resemblance with the Tilley lamp, in the way the burner works and how the mantle is attached. This is not surprising given that the company had previously manufactured parts for Tilley, although many improvements were incorporated such as a captive preheater torch. The earliest model, the E41, was characterised by having an internal gallery and a plain ventilator with separate slots for air intake and exhaust, very much in the Petromax style. Again, this is probably a reflection of the earlier production work that had been done for Petromax.Although this lantern took slightly longer to start, compared with some Petromax types made by Ehrich & Graetz which were equipped with rapid, blowlamp type preheaters, it burned for hours on end without needing attention, providing 300 cp (candle power) light output.The Vapalux pressure lamp got a real boost when the Second World War started, as it was then issued as standard to the British army. This boost was enormous, and Willis & Bates produced up to 2000 lamps and lanterns per week.In 1946, Willis & Bates began an association with Aladdin Industries of Greenford who marketed their output under the name 'Bialaddin' - thus the 'Vapalux' trade-name largely disappeared other than for some lanterns sold direct to the Army. Aladdin Industries of Greenford were also responsible for the development of the Bialaddin range of heater/radiators as well as the T10 and T20 table lamps, which rivalled the equivalent Tilley products of the time. In 1968, the association between Willis & Bates and Aladdin Industries of Greenford ended and Willis & Bates resumed the sale of their lanterns and the name 'Vapalux' re-emerged. Until 2010, Vapalux lanterns were being made at the Pellon Works in Halifax. Although in 1997, Willis & Bates ceased trading, another local company, Bairstow Brothers (1985) Limited bought the rights to make the lanterns. Vapalux (and Bialaddin lamps and lanterns), continue to deserve a reputation for being well-designed and engineered as well as being totally reliable in use.In early 2010, after the British army started to purchase battery lanterns instead and did not renew the contract, the Vapalux Brand and the tooling and IP rights for its manufacture were sold to a Korean Manufacturer for an undisclosed sum. All manufacturing will be transferred to the new owner and not continued in Great Britain. Visited it r lass
  7. This one is thanks to Drinkinbud's mate who has a local pub and gave him the nod, he gave me a shout and off we went. This place has been a club, a munitions store a rollerskate rink, a cinema and a stable in it's 165 year history. It closed several years back, which seems odd to me seeing as it's position and condition would lead me to think it would be profitable. Up for Sale for £100,000 with £100,000 pa ground rent too, no wonder it hasn't been bought! Here's some pics! I'm sure I did this report once before.........hey if it's a duplicate, fine!
  8. I realise this site has been done to death, so I'll just share some of the not so common photo's. This was another early explore of mine (and also a revisit), so please excuse the orange-ness (cloudy day setting), and the dreaded date stamp :/ The guardian... Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed!
  9. Shoreham Cement works June 13. Due to security presence, we were confined to the one building...but what a big building to be stuck in! Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed!
  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. Explored with SK and mrs silent will not forget how hot this place was nearly ended up stripping of oh no they left someone behind
  12. I sorely miss this place, makes me sad looking through the photos. Much regret that I didn't find this hobby, now career of mine earlier, could of shot it all properly on a tripod and got some belter shots! Although, I wouldn't of had so much fun coming up through floorboards to avoid seccas, running away from seccas once caught to be caught again later coming down from the water tower, the classic run from main hall to east side corridor window as that was the only way through. The finding of the second possessions room. The model shoots, the sick days off work to come here. Ah, so much fun! The morgue was a great find, was always sealed when I was here.
  13. Living in the South meant that for a while, explorers were spoilt. We had Cane Hill, West Park, St Ebbas, Pyestock, Park Prewitt, Hellingly, (the list goes on), all with an hours drive of each other. You failed at one, you headed off to another. All of these were local to me, I was spoilt. West Park was shrouded in legend, when I started exploring I couldn't understand why it didn't feature heavily on any of the forums, other than a few reports dating back a few years. I was baffled. Soon I learnt about the security system that surrounded it, and the nails that filled every window and held back every door. I was intrigued, but timid. As is the way with exploring, word quickly spreads when a site opens up. West Park had cracked, revealing itself to us all. My first trip there was cut short. Within 30 seconds of climbing in through a window, we heard the shouts of "Oi, what are you doing?" and quickly made our escape, only to be out foxed and confronted. As confrontations go, it was confusing, he offered to show us round. How could we refuse, especially when he announced everything was available to us. We just had to give him an hour to finish something and to stay out of the buildings. Errrrm. As soon as his back was turned, we were in the tunnels trying to make our own arrangements and found ourselves in the Creche (not a bloody childs ward). We discovered that the building still lived up to its name, getting around was difficult, dusty and cramped. We happened up the boiler house, which in all the times I returned, never managed to see again! West Park was the final of 5 mental facilities in the Epsom Area (how great would it have been to see all five??). It was the last to close and slowly took services from other hospitals in the area. Our first visit was quite short, seeing only a few areas. But we had been invited back, so it wasn't a problem. Everyone who came to West Park came for one thing. The padded cell, remaining in place for unknown reasons (most had been ripped out in the 60's and 70's). It was a first stop on a mammoth day long explore of the site. We covered everything we could, wards, services, admin and the water tower! Like Cane Hill, West Park had it all. Some wards had remained open right up until closure, so were bare. But others held secrets, cupboards filled with belongings. Kitchens filled with equipment. Rooms with Plan. The Laundry had been used as a dumping ground. You could loose yourself in a few rooms for hours, and just when you though you had seen it all, a weaving loom would pop up out at you! It also peeled like a bad skin rash. We found out on our tour that West Park was to be extensively preserved. Epsom Council had realised that it was a huge part of their heritage, but they were too late to save more at the other hospitals. This is why the security systems had been installed. Little did they know that a night staffer would disconnect it so that they could have some sleep, and that another one would then use this 'fault' as an excuse to make a little on the side. Lead, slate and copper were mercilessly stripped from the building.
  14. Ok, met up with Judderman and ZerO81 to give them a quick orientation, Seeing as I was there, took a few snaps. This place is going downhill very quickly. Loads more bits smashed to hell in the space of a few weeks. Missed the A/V suites last time, so popped in to this block to find it has been pretty much stripped. Nice piano though. Once were projectors here. No more
  15. West Park was a nice site, but every man and his dog knew about it and the same shots used to get taken time and again. Reaperman (of http://abandoned-britain.com/ ) and I decided to do a night visit at a time when the place was extremely popular, and use it more as an experimenting ground for natural and artificially lit shots. Our aim wasn't to cover much ground, but to take shots until they came out right! It was a good experience and co-ordinating the lighting was good fun. Simply lit with torches and 2 coloured gels. Mr. B
  16. OK, I know this place has been done to death, but ever since it appeared I've always fancied a mooch round. Was done solo, after a recent arson attack and various thefts, it seems that demolition is on the cards, so off I toddled. History pinched as is custom; Evening classes in Science and Art were established in 1846 by the Chance Family at the school attached to their Spon Lane Glassworks. An instiyutr formed in 1852 that flourished for over 20 years. John Henderson of the London Works formed a library and reading room in the Cape Hill district and was patron of an institute which met there in the mid 1850s, while a few years later Joseph Chamberlain was fostering adult education at Nettlefold and Chamberlains Smethwick works. St Matthews church had some 140 pupils in evening school in 1870 and Holy Trinity Church organised further night classes around the same date. Smethwick Institute, formed in 1887 met at the higher grade school in Crocketts Lane. For a few years after its foundation, its activities included evening classes, and later closed in th 1920s. Another institute was meeting at Bearwood in the 1880s. The School board constituted itself a local committee of the Science and Art Dept. in 1885 and organised evening classes in Scinece and Art at the higher grade school in Crocketts Lans. In 1892 a technical instruction committee was set up consisting of members of the local board and the school board. It took over the school management, forming them into a municipal technical school. The school board members withdrew from the committe in 1898 and from 1899 the whole committe was appointed by the town council. The school continued to meet in the higher grade school until 1910 when a technical school building was opened in Crocketts Lane. By 1913 there was an attendance of nearly 4000. From 1914 to 1917 the buildings also housed a secondary technical school, and pupils from it continued to use classrooms and labs until 1956. Evening classes were still the most important part of the institutions work in the 1920s, although after 1918, the first day release students were enrolled, with five firms sending workers. The school became Smethwich Municipal College in 1927 and was renamed Chance Technical College in 1945. A block of engineering and building workshops was opened in 1950. Between 1952 and 1966, major extensions were built on an adjoining site in Crocketts Lane; they enabled the college to accommodate some 3500 students by 1966, two thirds who attended courses during the day. In 1968 the college was merged with Oldbury College of Further Education to form Warley Collge of Technology with the buildings in Crocketts Lane housing the main Admin and six of its eight departments. The original building, extensively renovated, is of brick with grey terracotta dressings and was desinged by F.J. Gill. The 1950s extension, designed by W.W.Atkinson and Partners, consist of 5 main blocks faced with Portland stone and coloured brick. Have some pics; Stairwell by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Now I'm Edumacated by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Barrier 2 by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Entrance by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Landing 2 by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Dome by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Hall by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Take a seat by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Stuff by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Chem & Met by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Oooh dials by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Anyone for a game? by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Cheers
  17. I know this place has been done loads but we had to do it. We had a amazing day surrounded by secca and builders and we some how managed not to get caught. I think this was the easiest splore ever for us! Splored with Miss.Anthrope Thanks for looking x
  18. This is a derelict part of a live hospital site on the west coast of Scotland. The whole site has been due to close for ages, but its successor hasn't been built yet. The floor is very rotten in places. The first time I visited it, there was a burst mains water pipe, and live electricity in close proximity. Closed since 1991. The ground floor is very pleasing, with lots of tat. Insta-death.
  19. The West Park 'Brain Bank'... 2nd stop off on a 'daaan saaaf' road trip. 'The Underwater Ballroom', 'The Acid House' and this little oddity! Visited with NK, Alt and Shhh! Strange atmosphere in here and SOOOO cold! But a REALLY good little splore! No picures of the fridges I'm afraid, they turned out a bit crap... Ta for lookin'
  20. This set of tunnels is located just West of the tunnels known as the Oil Mills, in the Limekiln Street area of Dover. It is likely that the tunnels were originally the result of chalk being mined for lime burning in the nearby kilns during the 19th Century. The five roughly parallel tunnels are cut directly into the chalk cliff face with adjoining passages between, and have very high ceilings and evidence of originally having a second floor. The caves were used as a Bonded Store to house goods awaiting payment of customs tax and later as an air raid shelter and temporary fire station during WW2. These tunnels have been known by a number of names over the years, including 'Finnis Hill Caves', 'Champagne Caves' and simply 'Oil Mill Cave'. The area in front of the caves (part of the Pier District) has been greatly modified with the expansion of the harbour, Finnis Hill and Limekiln Street having been demolished. The caves were used by Hammonds to store fruit, until the building of the new road in the 1990s, which left the main entrance below ground level. The only access remains from a second floor doorway. (History borrowed from http://www.subterraneanhistory.co.uk/20 ... dover.html) Visited withe Frosty and Jesus. Just a few photos from here. Thanks for looking. Maniac.
  21. Now digging well through the depths of my archive explores here...I'm in a nostalgic mood. Everyone will need to rewind to that fabled summer of 2009, when, for a brief three-month period West Park's security was laxer than it had ever been with only a single meek guy sitting in his cabin at the front doing maybe one, two perimeter patrols a day. Pretty soon the previously well-fortified doors had been flung wide open, almost every building on site was accessible and it really was 'open season' for explorers. And boy did I take advantage, six trips between mid-August and the end of October followed, so many good times and jokes were had in here from lunching in the peaceful Huxley ward, riding wheelchairs down the long corridors, scaring chavs, meeting bucketloads of fellow explorers, cheerfully waving to the security guard whilst wandering out the front entrance and the unforgettably surreal encounter with the police and a half-naked transvestite in the nature reserve car park opposite the place... All taken on my old point and shoot, these photos aren't in any great order just the order of my visits. R.I.P. West Park Loads more here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/ ... 626230405/
  22. Explored with 2 non members Well this was a fun explore, we didn't know which building it was so we ended up walking around the entire site getting zapped by electric fences which was hilarious to say the least and almost eaten by horses in the neighbouring field before getting in touch with NK who was kind enough to point us in the right direction, all in all it was a good laugh
  23. Thanks to Frink for this one.. Last time we visited wp there was just a few villas left not stripped didnt know this was still here till Frink posted up so would be rude not to pop in while we where going to be not that far away anyways.. Vistied with Obsurity,St0rm Stealth and UrbanGinger My take on what is left Thanks for looking
  24. visited with morgan ... the West Cliff Concert Hall, once the venue for top artists which included the Rolling Stones who played here in the early 1960’s. More recently it was the home of Ramsgate Motor Museum, Before the West Cliff Hall was constructed in 1914, the site was an Italian Garden, complete with a bandstand. To make room for the new hall, the Windmill Parade chalk was literally dug out by hand. If you look towards the cliff edge you’ll see some stone balustrades protruding onto the promenade. These marked the entrance to underground public toilets which still exist below the asphalt.Across the road is the Churchill Tavern. Formerly this was the site of the Isabella or Kent baths which were built in 1817. In 1862 new baths were built in the cliff face across the road and were known as Royal Paragon Baths. All remaining signs of the Paragon Baths disappeared following a cliff collapse... on with the pics... Royal paragon baths ... Thanks for looking