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  1. leon motor services were formed in 1922 and ended in 2004 when it was sold to mass transit/brightbus which is another of my to do yards. leons main stage carriage route was the 191 doncaster to finningley services which they worked daily for 82 years with additional services serving the outlying villages of wroot and misson on doncaster market days of tuesday friday and saturday . the other core of leons work were school services and the coaching side of the business with day trips and holidays in the uk and abroad and also private hire work with a booking office in doncasters south bus station for many years towards the end leon also took up contract work as a long established operator on the 152 to skellow joint with yorkshire traction and a service to west bessacar as well as other local doncaster services & schools on contract to the local authorities . the last time i visited the sheds were shared with brightbus today it is a very sad sight as the pictures show with the vandals smashing what they can even a bus stored in the garage and abandond rubbish all over the site and nature starting to reclaim part of the yard it marks the sad passing of one of doncasters last true independent bus operators visited in april 2018 18 months after the demise of its parent company brightbus. one of leons more elderly buses waits at its turn around point at wroot with a market day service to doncaster as stated leons core route was the 191 service between doncaster and finningley here ORR 263 L leaves doncaster southern bus station to return to finningley a leon line up at the depot with various atlanteans note the advertisement for brockholes farm riding centre this is now the yorkshire wildlife park. after 82 years doncasters last long serving independent bows out the depot is now in the hands of mass/brightbus mass schoolbuses stand alongside leon service buses on the depot forecourt. the present view shows the depot empty and abandoned the long bus shed has gone and the offices on the right hand side have also been demolished. even the diesel pumps have attracted the attention of the vandals. leon optare metrorider M926 TYG stands at the warning tongue lane turning point en route to west bessacarr the turning point still exists but is no longer used and a stones throw from the main entrance of what is now the yorkshire wildlife park . 926 sits sadly dumped in the undergrowth at the depot still in its leon livery. great risk to my legs and you should see the scratches i decided to get some interior shots of 926. after removing all the crap i managed to get a shot of 926,s rear panel showing her sad legacy. 2 of leons fitters pose for the the camera outside the repair shed with 733 and a unidentified daimler over the pits now boarded up and abandoned. 2 leon deckers rest at the side of the garage and some beautifull bedford coaches with plaxtons bodywork.. now just a rubbish tip. the wash ramp at the side of the depot now full of rubbish and barrels the final two pictures show the rear of the depot and the damage caused by vandals to a stored bus when they broke into the pit shed this has now been re secured .
  2. About 3 months after he fractured his spine, I went down to Nailsworth to visit my friend Oort. After a quick coffee and a catch up, we headed straight to the mine for Oort's first mooch after his accident. Not much online. The early history of these quarries is vague. Presumably quarrying of the fine oolite stone has been carried on at the outcrop since Roman times. Due to the steep hillsides, the overburden soon became too great and thus they went underground. There are a number of small scale developments. According to a 90 year old inhabitant of Nailsworth, a Mr William Mortimer who died in 1970, such places were worked in the winter months by cottagers employed in casual agricultural work during the summer. Graffitti dating 1900-1947 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) Cheers for Looking
  3. British Celanese is a chemical company based at Spondon in Derbyshire. The site was constructed between 1916-1918 by Sir Robert McAlpine with £5million provided by the War Office. Over 30million bricks were used in the construction the original site covered 121 hectares. British Celanese was the first factory in Britain to produce propylene and from it isopropyl alcohol and acetone in 1942. In 1957, British Celanese was taken over by Courtaulds. The plant finally closed on Wednesday 14 November 2012 but a few parts seem to be still live. the electric supply was still on in a lot of the parts we got into so turning the lights on made taking photos quite easy This place is big , theres a on site power station but we did not get in as it looked like it was well belled up.
  4. Aylesbury Former Police Station/CCTV Building/Free Parking – Sept 2014/Apr 2015 Recorded History –This site used for information -http://www.aylesburytowncouncil.gov.uk/Document/Defaultcd79.pdf In October 1935 the new Aylesbury Police Station and constabulary headquarters along Aylesbury’s Exchange Street were opened by Sir Walter Carlile; who at the time was the Chairman of the Bucks Standing Joint Committee. During his opening speech, he said: ‘a high and well deserved tribute to the efficiency of the County police and said the problem Colonel T R P Warren, the Chief Constable, had tackled had been a stiff one but the work done spoke for itself.’ After Carlile’s ceremony the guests were able to witness the despatching of a message by the aid of the teleprinter from Sir Walter Carlile to all of Buckinghamshire’s Police Forces. He also stated that in no county in England did there exist a Police Force more united, more efficient, more happy and contented or more loyal to its best traditions. The total cost of the buildings came to £14,461 by Messrs Webster & Cannon the well-known and reputable Aylesbury based builders and at that time one of the largest in southern England. The design came from C H Riley, the County Architect who also designed the now derelict 1929 County Offices in Walton Street which sit behind the police station and compliment it very well. Recent History One of the buildings became the CCTV hub of Aylesbury and the other became part of the local probation system (I believe) and both became disused by 2008. The car park and ground space at the front was Aylesbury’s best kept free parking area from 2008-2012 and saved me and many other people many hundreds of pounds and also provided easy, central parking, sometimes even for a few days!!! The site was sold in 2012, the parking was closed off, and the site sat disused until early 2015 when after many attempts to save it, it was decided that the Police Station be demolished along with the Police House, Jail Cells and the rear wings of the neighbouring Council Offices, the right most building; the Constabulary, be kept in situ. A flat tarmac car park will go in place as part of the towns Waterside Development The Explore Well well well, here is one I have been waiting to do since I first started in urbex in 2009. It’s been in my hometown, right in the centre all these years now and the time finally came to do it. In September 2014 I seized the chance to explore the one side that will be remaining, when a couple of people involved in tidying up the externals allowed me to go inside and snap away. This building remains mothballed. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 The demo date of the fated Police Station side loomed even closer and with sometimes daily checks, I found no way in at all so decided to wait till the demo crew moved in; and one early morning in April 2015, I covered the side that is being demolished. They had worked very quickly on the inside and sadly not much was left, and I could find no way into the cells. I didn’t venture into their tightly sealed asbestos removal areas so I missed the cells… Or did I? #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 A return was on the cards, I just had to see the cells, so on a rushed visit of about 30 minutes, having promised I would be home for the roast dinner laid on one April Sunday afternoon I seized the chance and checked for any open doors. Slates removed from the roofs, most of the wood and fixtures all gone and no cell doors, but at least it’s all now in the bag. #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20 It was nice to finally get that one in the bag, but it’s a shame it was too far gone when I arrived. More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157651973250242/
  5. Corah was my ‘I’ve never seen Star Wars’ Leicester site. It was always on the back burner on the things to do list, and a something else often came up. Its about time I did this, and a good opportunity arose to explore, with Lost Explorer, King Mongoose, and his next in line. It’s a huge site, and was described to me as ‘the gift that keeps on giving’, and I must admit no two reports on this place are the same. Its seen better days, but still an enjoyable afternoon. On the roof, bumped into fellow explorer, Zombie; nice to meet you mate. Got a nice group shot around the roof sign. N. Corah and Sons was a manufacturer of hosiery and textiles founded somewhere in the region of 1825, located in Leicester in the United Kingdom. At one time it was the largest knitwear producer in Europe, and its products had a major influence on the development and prosperity of the Marks and Spencerchain of retail stores. The company was founded by Nathaniel Corah at the Globe Inn, Silver Street, in Leicester – a building which still survives, and which at that time was closely associated with the city's stockinger. Corah's business model was to buy completed stockings in Leicester, and to sell them elsewhere at a profit. The firm was the first company to develop a relationship with Mark’s and Spencer, a well-known British retailer. The latter's St Michaels brand, which it used from 1928 until 2000, was inspired by Corah's use of "St Margaret" as a label for its clothing Corah maintained a design room until at least the 1960s, which enabled it to present customers such as Marks & Spencer with designs for finished products such as dresses. It even sent clothes to Marks & Spencer already arranged by size so that they could go straight into the store. In the 1970s, the company's trade with Marks & Spencer was worth £20 million per annum – and Corah celebrated the "golden anniversary" of the relationship in 1976. However, the downfall of the textiles trade had started in the 1960’s with higher demand in fashion and more expensive materials in a tighter, more low cost market. By the 1980’s and 1990’s Corah was fastly declining. The factory doors were finally closed for the last time during the late 1990’s. And yes...... off course I've seen Star Wars Sooo, Starting with a nice roof shot: what a mess think this was the karatee room thanks for looking
  6. HMS Plymouth HMS Plymouth is a ‘Rothesay’ class, type 12, anti-submarine Frigate. Her keel was laid down in Devonport on 1st July 1958 and she was launched just over a year later on 20th July 1959, the ceremony being carried out by Nancy, Viscountess Astor. Her fitting out was completed two years later in Plymouth, and she was commissioned on 11th May 1961. Powered by twin steam turbines, providing propulsion to two screws, she was capable of a top speed of 28 knots. Her dimensions are 370ft (113m) in length by 41ft (13m) breadth, with a draught of 17ft (5m) and a displacement of 2,800 tonnes. Armament consisted of two 4.5" guns, four 20mm guns. She carried a normal compliment of 250 officers and crew. Her first commissions as part of the 4th Frigate Squadron and the 22nd and 29th Escort Squadrons were to take her to the Far East, participating in various exercises and operations, before returning in 1966 to the Naval Dockyard at Chatham for a substantial re-fit. Re-emerging in the January of 1969 the conversion work had entailed:- The provision of a flight deck for the Wasp helicopter along with the subsequent removal of one of the Mortars. The installation of a Sea Cat missile system to replace her 40mm guns, and a program of general modernisation work throughout the vessel. For the next few years she would spend time in the Indian Ocean, Far East, Australia and a number of European ports, before returning home to Devonport, for a re-fit. The next commission took HMS Plymouth to the West Indies for the first time, returning home eighteen months later in the February 1973. After a short period in Icelandic waters and the Mediterranean she docked in Gibraltar for further maintenance, returning to Britain on 11th December 1974. Leaving the UK in 1975 as a member of the 8th Frigate Squadron she participated in exercises in the Mediterranean, South China Sea and Australia, returning via the USA and Caribbean, before further exercises en-route back to Britain whilst crossing the Atlantic. The remainder of the decade she would be found in more local waters being engaged in coastal patrols as well as work in the Mediterranean and Atlantic. In 1977 HMS Plymouth was present at Spithead for the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, and in July 1978 HMS Plymouth returned to the UK for a major re-fit, being re-commissioned on 23rd January 1981. Going South Falkland Sound - The calm before the storm HMS Plymouth participated in the 1982 Falklands Conflict. She sailed with Tide Class Tanker RFA Tidepool and County Class Destroyer HMS Antrim to South Georgia with Royal Marines and SAS aboard. On the 25th April 1982, HMS Antrim's Wessex Helicopter picked up the Submarine Santa Fe on Radar and it was subsequently spotted on the surface leaving Grytviken after landing reinforcements. The Santa Fe was attacked with depth charges which exploded close to her port outer casing, causing her to return to Grytviken badly damaged. She was further attacked by HMS Plymouth's Wasp Helicopter and HMS Endurance's Wasp firing their AS12 Rockets. HMS Plymouth and HMS Antrim then provided Naval Gunfire Support, and the Argentine Garrison at Grytviken then surrendered at approximately 1715hrs. Lt. Cdr Alfredo Astiz signed the surrender document in the Wardroom of HMS Plymouth on the 26th April. HMS Plymouth was then assigned to provide cover for the aircraft carriers and amphibious vessels and was the first vessel to enter San Carlos Water. On May 21st she came to the assistance of the bomb damaged Leander Class Frigate HMS Argonaut. HMS Plymouth was attacked herself on June 8th by five Mirage aircraft. Although she managed to damage two, HMS Plymouth was hit by four bombs and numerous shells. One shell hit her flight deck, detonating a depth charge and starting a fire. Another bomb entered her funnel and failed to explode, whilst the other two destroyed her anti-submarine mortar but also failed to explode. Five men were injured in the attack and HMS Plymouth was assisted in putting the fires out by HMS Avenger. She then underwent emergency repairs from the Stena Seaspread before rejoining the fleet. She then provided naval gunfire bombardment during the retaking of the island. HMS Plymouth left the Falklands with the County Class Destroyer HMS Glamorgan on June 21st, and returned to Rosyth on July 14th where she underwent full repairs. She had steamed 34,000 miles, fired over nine hundred 4.5 inch shells and destroyed five enemy aircraft. sorry lots of pics.. hope this is ok, cheers
  7. Just in case any of you are getting the wrong impressions of my report-posting tendencies, normal non-posting status will likely be resumed within the near future. I'd be loathed to get your hopes up unwittingly, you see. With this in mind, please accept my humble and sincere apologies for this interruption to regular jesus-service, and rest assured that, once you've read this report, you'll have that much less shit to deal with. I mean, c'mon, how often do I inconvenience you with a selection of daguerreotypal efforts from my generally half-arsed and lazy adventures? Not very often, I think you'll agree. Comedy and effortsome access led to an enjoyable 'derp with lights on' - and you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for a derp from the outside. Lorries regularly pass through the ground level of this facility for storage, and a number of mysterious mechanical noises accompanied our footsteps. Thanks for stopping in, RJ
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