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  1. History Maes Mynan care home was a two floor 33 bedroom care home on a site of 2.6 acres. The care home was for the elderly and it had its own day service and its own respite service for a short stay and emergency placements. The site was bought in 2013 by the healthcare company and has been left untouched since. The building itself we could not find much history about or anything about when the care home opened. Our Visit We decided to visit this place when we went out on a day trip to Engedi chapel (report will be up soon). On the way back we still had a lot of daylight left so we thought we would stop in and have a look at this site after seeing a report. The surrounding area was very overgrown and there was a long pathway leading up to the build. The site itself was in pretty good condition, well worth the visit if you have any free time. Be mindful if you do visit as just at the back of the site, there is a house that we assumed is occupied.
  2. Imagine that you are preparing yourself for an exploration for like a month and you are dreaming about it for like a year. Then the day finally arrives and EVERYTHING that could stop us happen at the same time. Not only this was a rainy day, but this was the infamous day that a bridge in Italy collapsed (I think that all of you heard about it), so the viability was totally blocked and we had almost run out of fuel. In addition this bomb shelter was actually really close to the bridge itself so there were many policemen and soldiers in the area. But at the end the exploration went smoothly. About the site itself... This was an air raid shelter built during World War II, but it was reserved only to the workers of a near steel mill. It is 2 kilometers long and it could hold more or less 4500 people. I know that somewhere there are some big cages full of rocks which are designed to protect the bunker from the shock wave of the bombs, but we could't find them. Even if I posted almost all the photos (because I think that all of them are important), here you can find the complete album at higher res: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmgY363L "Move rapidly; don't think only about yourselves, other your comrades are still outside in danger." "Do not stop: move on." Left: "Don't smoke; air polluted by smoke causes illness to many of your comrades; give proof of politeness." Right: "Zone reserved to the P.A.A squads." (I don't know what "P.A.A" stands for) These stairs are completely covered in limestone.
  3. This time I was actually in vacation with two friends of mine (they aren't explorers), but while we were organising all of our trip we decided to explore this abandoned and untouched printing works (hope that this is a proper name) that I had discovered a few weeks before. Those 2 guys were a couple of graphic designers so they enjoyed the visit even more. This plant used to create mostly the "Action Transfers", which are called "Trasferelli" in Italy: today they are produced mostly on commission and not for business. If you want the complete album, here it is: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmr2nWrm
  4. Recently we visited the Jean Monnet building of the European Commission in Luxembourg city, which is about to be demolished. The building was closed because they discovered asbestos in the air in block C. Unfortunately, we came too late and the most interesting part (Conference Centre) was already destroyed, but we managed to see the offices (mostly empty) and the sport centre with swimming pool in the basement. If you decide to go there, don't go to the building C, especially the lower floors!!! They have started demolishing them, we came in to one of the floors, and saw a creepy room completely covered with white film, from floor to ceiling, including doors and windows. Apparently, to protect the workers from asbestos. Just don't go there) Otherwise, buildings A and B are still fine. The keys on one of the pictures are from the data centre. It's now empty, they only left the keys) Here are also a couple of maps in case if someone wants to visit the place. The most interesting thing is that the building is guarded. Security are there 24/7. They are outside near building A, so be careful with the lights! At the level 2, at the border between buildings A and B, I left a short note on the side of one of escalators. You can try to find it) See the last picture, and the place is marked with big yellow circle on one of the maps.
  5. 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.
  6. We went to this really impressed location. The security there is very high and some people said it is impossible to get in. We made it without any problems.
  7. I was on my solo roadtrip through Poland seeking for and abandonned railyard in Częstochowa. While searching I encountered a German person living in the area who showed me the road towards the railyard. While walking towards this place I discovered how odd Częstochowa can be: right in the middle of some appartment complexes there was a huge satellite dish visible. It was standing in a sculpture garden behind a building that seemed like a dance club. The local walking along with me told me that the owner of the dish was loaded and bought the dish for a few million just in order to send club music right into space. Rumour has it he actually did recieve some vague contact in the form of some hz, but this is not confirmed. Anyway, while arriving at the railyard I saw men working at the location. This 'abandonned' (Google) railyard was not abandonned at all! Great, there went my excitement. Fortunatly the local knew about some jewish graveyard which he stated "you should definitly visit". And so I did. I went there and it was exactly as how I hoped it would be: open graves and the worse maintainence ever performed. It was like a movie. I knew I had to be back here by night. So I had to pass time 'till midnight in Częstochowa. While cruising around the city I got chased by a Fiat Panda. While I thought some guys just wanted to fight me, it appeared they were undercover policemen chasing me on suspision of drugs. Two huge blokes coming out of that Fiat Panda (80% of traffic is faster than a Panda??) and my car got searched. First Dutchman without drugs, so I moved on. Midnight: I went back, the long road through industry and a bit of forresty roads. While I was walking the graveyard I knew my mind would play tricks on me. Flashing the light around I heared animals running away.. But then I heared some big footsteps coming from a dense bush. I tried everything to find out what it was except entering that bush, since I was alone and unweaponized. Up 'till now I do not know what it was. At a gasstation someone told me it might have been a bear, can anybody confirm the possibility of this? Otherwise I may need to go back just to end the frustration of the unknown. I was hoping to upload the video related to this, but I can only upload photos. There are not so many of them but I hope you enjoy them. PS I do have some more photos if interested, but it might mess up the length of this topic.
  8. Popped out with the new camera yesterday with two friends. Still getting used to it. :D Went to Hi-Finish Castings in Birmingham. From what I could find out with paperwork inside the land was bought in 1935 at a cost of £12,000. In between 1935 and 1941 the building was built and an inventory took place in July 1941 at a cost of £25,269. Various metals were made for all types of products like wall fittings (Sockets and light fixtures) to car parts(Door handles, wing mirror casing and much more) and they had various clients like Bentley, Ford and Talbot. In the early days also Mitchells and Butler where involved in the company. Was a great relaxed explore and even though the main factory space was empty (It had some gems) the offices were great. The safe in the toilet had some wonderful paperwork in it detailing the history. What a depressing canteen though. Windows on all sides with a view of a brick wall. Some wonderful gems about if you look though. Closed in 2008 I believe with a loss of about 42 jobs. Company is no longer about. Enjoy.
  9. Hi all! Another from us, this time an abandoned Nightclub which has huge bank vaults in the 2 separate basements! Enjoy HISTORY: So the building itself was built around 1940 and was designed for the bank of England. The site itself is built with 2 separate basements with one of them being a gold vault containing, you got it, gold. In 1994 it became the 'The Walkabout' however after this didn't go to plan it was then brought out and became Wahoo (Which the signs are still up on the outside of it). It is due to be converted into student accommodation.
  10. This place is not too far from where I live. i have heard all about it's history and decided to have a look inside and get some photos of the building itself. The place is an absolute death trap, ceiling's fallen through, water ingress all over etc. It started early life in 1900 as a roman catholic orphanage until 1940 when it became an approved borstal until 1984. During this period there has been reports of physical and sexual abuse which happened at St. Peter's over the years. in 1984 the school closed down and was sold for £130,000. The buyers bought the buildings and converted the main building into a nursing home for the elderly. Again this was in operation until closure in march 1999. The main building was demolished in 2016 due to a massive 9 hour fire and is only the gymnasium and the reception building that remain on the premises. As you can see in the photos the building is severely damaged due to dampness and vandalism.
  11. HISTORY Tenterden Town railway station is a heritage railway station on the Kent and East Sussex Railway in Tenterden, Kent, England. When the railway line first opened in 1900, Rolvenden Station was known as "Tenterden". Its name was changed when the line extended north three years later and a station closer to Tenterden was constructed. The new Tenterden Town station opened on 16 March 1903.The line closed for regular passenger services on 4 January 1954 and all traffic in 1961. It reopened on 3 February 1974 under the aegis of the Tenterden Railway Company which bought the line between Tenterden and Bodiam. The station now houses the KESR's Carriage and Wagon works, and the Colonel Stephens Museum is located nearby. EXPLORE So we set out on our explore with a list of places We wanted to check out. After a few not amounting to much and the next couple being total fails, we parked up and regrouped! The Tenterden site had been on my radar for a while (although I couldn’t be 100% about it’s location) so after a little discussion we decided to take a chance and head out to try and find the Lost Railway and its Train Graveyard. We headed toward the closest point by road, parked up and set off along a short path way. The area was really quiet apart from the odd dog walker. After literally five minutes we knew we were in the right place and could see the abandoned trains hidden amongst the trees. Access was easy literally a small hop over the fence and down the bank, there they were! Its the first time any of us had ever done an explore of this nature and it was amazing... Anyway here are some of the pictures we took throughout the explore. Thanks for reading 😊
  12. An independent members only club, dedicated to the working man who required a certain place for private meetings and events. This place has a little bit of everything. Dark, creepy unlit rooms, and rooms where light was still flourishing through the gaps and crevices. It has had many aliases since the buildings birth in the 1920's and had less than 300 members. Along the many years the workmens club was usually packed full of people, to the point you couldn't even move. Slowly but surely however the club started to lose money as members became scarce. It couldn't pay it's own way and since the number of members started dwindling, the Workmans club had to close its doors to the few remaining loyal members. Now sits empty and has done for more than 6 years now. Hopefully the building can see new life in the near future, but for me it was good to get an unusual view of the club. Cheers for looking!
  13. With an ever lasting itch to explore a prison or police station that needed scratching, the time came to explore Brentwood Police Station. Unfortunately solo but a great explore despite! So after finding a good access point and choosing my moment wisely between passers by, I found myself within the grounds of the police station and soon inside. The building is mostly stripped out and a bare shell but that wasn’t the main sight to see, I had my mind set on finding the cells! After trying every door it was just my luck they were in the last place I looked. Attempting the court house adjacent the police station proved unsuccessful. History courtesy of Mockney Reject
  14. A great little house set in its own grounds in a sleepy Belgium village , we were just to late with this one most of the goodies had been removed by the time we got here so heres what we saw ..... 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Now no road trip is complete with out a bit a graffiti or street art Mr.Mass sorted this one out a factory well gutted but with around 40 or so Roa pieces access was no joke a human ladder was needed all part of the fun 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Preventorium D a huge hospital site totally stripped but worth a look in if your in the area 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. Thanks for looking Oldskool..........
  15. Visited with Host Weve done a few sites over the last two years but these maltings gave us the creeps there was an uneasiness about this explore i wont be paying it a second visit.For an epic history please click the link below cheers http://www.beeston-notts.co.uk/bunning.shtml 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Thanks for looking [email protected]@l.....
  16. Just digging through some older photos, am sitting on thousands at the moment I've not posted up! Quite sure this site has been covered when it was in much better condition already on these forums and quite a few buildings had been knocked down when we dropped in. Scared a few kids off on our entry. . None the less I took some nice grabs of the oldest building on-site which is being retained apparently.. Some of the others were in a very precarious state, especially the one that seems to have been a chapel at one point, floor was caving in below us. Visited with Rawski and Sentinel after having some fun trying to sneak into another spot, alas that was a no-go in the end. ;/ I've pulled some history from t'internet. Not my wording, but FYI. Apols for my laziness. "In 1846 the Chance family started evening classes in science and art at their glassworks in Spon Lane for the benefit of their workers. In 1852 an education institute was formed which existed for almost twenty years. By 1885 Most classes were being run in the envening at the higher grade school in Crocketts Lane. In 1910 a permanent Smethwick Technical School was opened next door. It served as a Junior Technical School for school-age pupils during the day and an adult further education school in the evenings. The school became Smethwick Municipal College in 1927 and was renamed Chance Technical College in 1945 and A block of engineering and building workshops was opened in 1950. Between 1952 and 1966 major extensions were built and they enabled the college to accommodate 3,500 students by 1966. In 1968 the college was merged with Oldbury College of Further Education to form Warley College of Technology, with the buildings in Crockett’s Lane (Chance Building) housing the main administrative centre of the new college and six of its eight departments At some point it merged again and became Sandwell College – Smethwick Finally closing in stages between 2011 and 2012 as the college moved to a new campus." The old Chance Building. Some admin documents. Remains of the piano, it was fawked. ;( Gordy was a character it seems. Editing/sound booth. Shame all the decks were ripped out by local kids it seems. Seen pics of this in a much more complete state. HND project presentation. The road facing buildings, apart from the modern extension further down, are all that remains. I'd say 60% is demo'd at this point.
  17. The old children´s hospital was opened in the 1960s when it was relocated from the original building, which was built around the turn of the century. Personally, visiting the old children´s hospital felt very special to me, as I, a premature baby, had to spent the first weeks of my life in this facility - on the top floor and high above the rooftops of my native town. Of course, my memories of this stay can´t even be described as "vague", as I have none at all. Yet, my exploration of this place remains special to me. I really enjoyed the view across the city - consciously this time and probably as one of the last ones who received this opportunity.
  18. I visited the chocolate factory already more than four years ago. Inside it was partly very dark - much darker than it looks in the photos. The plaster had fallen from the ceiling; a gray damp mud lay on the floor and stuck stubbornly to the shoes. After the owner died, the factory was closed over 20 years ago. The widow of the manufacturer still lives in a dilapidated house next to the factory. In the past years, the condition has worsened a lot. Meanwhile, the roof of the former factory has almost completely collapsed. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
  19. Quite a big place this one with some great decay throughout. Spent a good few hours round here enjoying a relaxed explore. Some parts of the building are worse than others .There has also been some vandalism and shit graff left behind. Not enough to spoil the over all feel of the place though. And like I said, the decay is awesome. Visited with non member Paul. HISTORY Our Lady’s Hospital first opened its doors in 1868 and was then known as Ennis District Lunatic Asylum. For 134 years it continued to operate on the same site as a mental hospital and indeed until the 1950s very little changed in the manner in which it was run. The hospital was one of the largest public buildings in County Clare and was both a large employer and purchaser of goods from local suppliers.It played an important role in the economic life of Ennis, especially in earlier years when jobs were scarce and pensionable positions were highly prized. Wards were very overcrowded with up to 70 beds per room, with only inches between. It closed in 2002 and there are currently no plans for its development. . . . . . Thanks For Looking More pics on my Flickr page - https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157662358523548/with/37531708144/
  20. The chateau is one of the many large abandoned houses that can be found around France. Built in the 1700s by the lord of the village it is within, the house has been modified and expanded over the years. The vaulted basement contains a full size snooker table below the original arched ceiling. A large stone fireplace is the centre-point of a sitting area to one end of the basement. The front entrance opens directly to a small stone staircase, leading up to the main living areas which are slightly raised from ground level, or down to the basement. Visited with @SpiderMonkey
  21. Recently, I´ve visited "Mold House". Of course, more than well-known. When I first set my eyes on pictures of that house with its amazing colours and its state of decay, I instantly fell in love. I´m glad I could fulfill my dream of visiting that place. I especially loved the pink colour of the armchairs being sokaed into the carpet.
  22. I do believe this is the very first post about this place. Which is surprising! The Defence Medical Equipment Depot (DMED) in Ludgershall, Wiltshire was a part of the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) and provided medical equipment and supplies to the armed forces both here and abroad. It closed in 2005 and has sat empty since, I can't find any current planning applications or developers sites with it on so for the near future at least it looks like nothing will be done with it. It comprises a very large factory-type area and a few more regular military buildings including a mess hall built in 1939, whether it used to be part of a larger base I am unsure of. Anyway me and Landie Man were bored this afternoon so drove the hour trip from my house on the chance it wouldn't be demolished and it paid off. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157646766360121/
  23. 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
  24. Murphy’s machinery The Explore Visited with my better half [MENTION=1371]Urbexbandoned[/MENTION] A bit of a back-up location after things didn't go to plan at a mill in the area and we decided against the "death by pikey-horse/dog" access followed by a bit of nosey neighbour avoidance at High Royds. Nice little place to be honest and quite photogenic so was a mellow way to spend an hour The History G.L Murphy’s Machinery Ltd. was an industrial parts manufacturer established in 1930. They were based in this mill, named Imperial Works, on the rural outskirts of Menston in West Yorkshire. The company made tools, belt driven machinery, transmissions and electrical equipment, specialising in items for tanners and leather manufacturers in addition to glue and gelatine plants. They produced batch runs of specialist components and carried out renovation work on various machine parts. Imperial Works is primarily constructed from locally mined millstone grit and features an attractive redbrick chimney. It covers a fairly expansive area amid rural farmland to the north of Menston, just off Otley Road. Some parts of the site are still in use but this older section is now falling into rapid decay. Most clues from items found within the G.L Murphy factory appear to date its closure to some time in the mid 1970s. The Pictures 1. 2. 3/4. 5. 6/7. 8. 9. 10/11. 12. 13/14. 15. And one for the Dad's As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  25. History. The first buildings on the site of Selly Oak Hospital were those of the King's Norton Union Workhouse, featured in the image below. It was a place for the care of the poor and was one of many workhouses constructed throughout the country following the introduction of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. This act replaced the earlier system of poor relief, dating from 1601. At Selly Oak, a separate infirmary was built in 1897 at a cost of £52,000. It was the subject of much heated debate as the original estimate had been £18,000. It was a light, clean and practical building, and generally a source of much pride. The guardians took great care and gathered information from other infirmaries to ensure that the final design, put out to a competition and won by Mr. Daniel Arkell, was up-to-date and modern. The infirmary accommodated about 250 patients in eight Nightingale wards and smaller side wards and rooms. There was also provision for maternity cases. Between the two main pavilions were a central administration block, kitchens, a laundry, a water tower, doctors' rooms and a telephone exchange. There was no operating theatre or mortuary and, in the workhouse tradition, the internal walls were not plastered, painted brick being considered good enough for the sick paupers. The workhouse and infirmary were separated by a high dividing wall and were run as separate establishments. The hospital grew in size with more buildings built, including the morgue, theatres & and a few laboratories. The hospital closed in 2012, due to the newer hospital been built with more facilities, much larger then the original and a more modern. Shorty after the closer of the Hospital, the buildings have stood intact and even still had working lights in some of the buildings, But after time it became a hot spot due to the amount of copper and materials left inside, this lead to people setting up camp on site and completely stripping most of the buildings back. In the past few months the main hospital has been looking in it's worst state, with corridors you can't even walk down due to the extent of damage caused. Currently the site is up for demolition, where 650 houses will be built within the site the hospital once was. Slowly but surely you can see signs of work been done, footings and old pipe work is been dug up ready for new piping etc. It'll be sad to see this place go, but things have to move on. The visit Visited with @BrainL. We'd previously done the main hospital and the morgue and we wanted to adventure over to the other side of the hospital. We walked around and got into the admin block, x-ray block, outpatients and a few more ( can't remember names) I wish I done this a few months back, because once inside it was pretty much bare, big piles of " scrap" had been assembled and wasn't the same. Anyways we both seen things we hadn't before and we was very chuffed with the result. Thanks for looking
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