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History As far as history goes for this particular property, it is sparse as it is nothing more than a fairly modern residential building. One newspaper based in Barnsley reported that traffic came to a standstill as a result of a fire at the property on Rotherham Road. Two fire crews attended the scene and spent two-and-a-half hours extinguishing the blaze. A second source suggests that the fire was caused by a lit candle, and that a woman had a lucky escape. The woman concerned apparently suffered slight smoke inhalation but was otherwise in good health. The property itself is an average sized two-storey house. Its notable features include an indoor swimming pool and a spiral staircase. Our Version of Events Of all the places we could end up in, we ended up in Barnsley. After looking at the town hall and wandering around the town and its meat and fish market for half an hour it didn’t take long to run out of things to do, so we decided we might as well look for an explore. However, the best thing we could find, unfortunately, was an old burnt down house. We tried a couple of other spots beforehand but didn’t have much luck overall. The house on Rotherham Road is exactly what you might expect for a residential explore – mostly empty and damp. As noted above, though, it does feature an indoor swimming pool where you can try your hand at floating across on doors someone has thrown in. Needless to say, we weren’t very successful but it was certainly worth a quick go. The second bit of the building that’s worth a look at is the spiral staircase in what we think was the former living room. This room was the most photogenic part of the explore so we spent most of our time in here. Going up the staircase turned out to be a complete waste of time because this is where the fire was. There is very little left of the roof and most of the floorboards look rather fucked. Compared to the mansions and castles of Belgium and France, then, this explore is a big disappointment, but it does kill fifteen minutes if you happen to be passing and fancy a swim. Explored with Ford Mayhem. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9:
Matthews' Equestrian Center (Or Matthew's Riding School) was a well known, and well used site in medway, featuring on local and national media over the years. The equestrian centre is now in a very run down state, where flytipping is common. The site is badly damaged through fire and vandalism, though, some remains almost intact. The upper floors are difficult to walk on, due to incredibly thin wooden boards supported by rotting timber beams. The building is quite open to the elements, with a broken roof and in some places a non-existent roof. This is my first report, which will be quite picture heavy - Any criticisms will appreciated. And here is one piece of graffiti that we just quite like
After hearing the news of the fire and seeing some pics I thought I would go and have a quick look myself. So with the strong smell of smoke hanging over the site I had a quick nose about before this site is demolished completely. Both I and Trench have visited this site before viewtopic.php?f=11&t=443&hilit=duke+of+kent and we both agreed that there was an odd, if not spooky feeling about this place. However on this ten minute visit there was none of that atmosphere left. The only remaining entrance is flooded and all the doors and windows have been boarded up. The Duke has gone from been a scary and dangerous sight to visit to been a total no go area. Pity Anyway on with my pictures This time there was no spooky light from this window (see previous report) Just the strong smell of smoke