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I like graffiti and ever since I saw this place I wanted to pay it a visit, it was second on my list for the day and I was alone. I parked up and found a way in, I could hear a generator and see a cabin on one side, so I went in a different direction. After about half hour I walked out of a building and straight in front of secco. He looked at me and ambled up while I walked down to him, he didn't say anything so I told him what I was doing and asked if he minded if I carried on. He asked how I got in and if there was anyone with me, I told him, he asked how long I wanted I told him and he said I could as long as I didn't go anywhere stupid. They have cleared between the buildings and he said they will be down in 3/4 weeks, so it looks like I got there in time. As I was squeezing through my exit point I was face with a couple of coppers, they asked what I had been doing and ask if I knew I was trespassing, I told them that I had spoke to the secco and they were happy. They were looking for some young kids and asked if I had seen any, when I said no they just walked back to their car. As I said, I did take some photos of the buildings but the graffiti was the main subject. full set here http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157640154562644/ Thanks for looking
HMS Royal Arthur (shore establishment) was one of several assessment camps where new recruits were assessed, kitted out and sent to their various depots. In 1993 the gates were locked for good and the site was left to rot. Since the site was abandoned it has suffered heavy vandalism, being stripped by Gypsies, and excessive fly tipping. But the site is generally avoided due to the roof sheets containing Asbestos, the presence of Chavs and Gypsies, and open manhole covers. Their have been plans to turn it into a retirement home, or to demolish the site completely. However neither of these ideas have ever gone through.
Splored with SK, Jane Doe, Trog and Peaches Massive bigs to SK for lending me an exterior shot, I actually forgot to take one Undershaw Manor was the home of Sherlock Holmes writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the house was built in 1897 and was designed by Doyle himself. Doyle chose an elevated spot for his new home because he believed that the fresh breezes of this hilly part of Surrey would cure his poor wife, Louise, of her ill health. Louise suffered from the terrible disease of consumption (or as we now call it, TB). It was at Undershaw that Doyle wrote may of his famous Sherlock Holmes novels including The Hound of the Baskervilles and entertained friends such as Bram Stoker (author of Dracula) and J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan) Undershaw was converted into a hotel not long after Doyle sold it until it sclosed in 2004 and it has been derelict ever since There is a massive campaign to save Undershaw, it is currently owned by an investment company and there have been a string of legal battles over the building Planning applications and objections, the preservationist want to preserve it as a museum to Conan Doyle but the local council have said they don't have the money to purchase it (Â£1.5m in 2010) During December 2010, the Undershaw Preservation Trust instigated judicial review proceedings at the High Court of Justice, in an attempt to overturn the decision by Waverley Borough Council to permit the conversion of Undershaw into flats. On May 30, 2012, the High Court overturned the redevelopment of Undershaw due to legal flaws. The council's decisions to grant planning permission and listed building consent must be quashed. Futher info on the Undershaw Preservation Trust can be found here http://www.saveundershaw.com/