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  1. For Site Report Follow: http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/showthread.php/9890-Aylesbury-ODEON-REVISITED-Six-Years-on-Emotion-Realised-September-2015?p=82244#post82244
  2. 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/
  3. Heron House, Aylesbury – September 2014 Not much on this place. It had been sealed since its 2012 closure when the Job Centre vacated the building and returned to their Oxford Road location. The name gives away that it was built as part of the Heron Empire, probably sometime in the 60s or 70s. I can’t remember the owner of the Heron Empire but I think one of his building companies was run from here. Someone was living inside in a luxury squat inside; seemingly taking advantage of some building work inside! I was alone so didn’t disturb them and didn’t hang around to shoot internals; lets face it anyone whose been doing the hobby for more than a few months knows what this bugger would look like inside! It appears that the building is being extended upward and having an extra five floor added before being turned into flats. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157647774887802/
  4. 2013: No trace remains. This is now a temporary tarmac car park. 2011: The Explore Well, Well Well. This has been a tough one, I have wanted to explore this one ever since I started out in urbex two years ago, but it has been as tight as a nuns ever since a controversial video filmed in 2007, and uploaded in 2009 revealed the lights and gym equipment to still be running. Finally, during demo access was discovered. Sadly, the Olympic style pool had been demolished, and all that remained was the normal play pool, reception, gym and plant rooms. I am so chuffed I’ve finally explored this one, though slightly FUBAR, not as FUBAR as my tripod though, so excuse the dodgy photos. Take it from Mookster and True British Metal, This tripod has absolutely had it. Moisture was also a problem inside. The Location Opened in 1975 the Reg Maxwell swimming pool served Aylesbury alongside The Vale pool across town. The whole complex held a theatre, The Civic Centre, plus a multi storey carpark. The Maxwell closed in September 2001 following the construction of Aqua Vale on the site of the former Vale Pool. The Civic Followed its closure in June 2010, and finally the car park in January 2011. The concise tidbits Opened: July 1975 Closed: September 2001 Initial Explore was at night as I was unsure if the workmen would be in the next day..... Morning After: Taken as two legs fell off the tripod....
  5. 2013: Totally derp'd up now. 2010: Didn't really know this was derelict till recently! Not amazing, but a good hours mooch. No access to anything notable, all buildings locked. I beleive this site was opened in 1987, being the home stadium of the at the time; 90 year old football team. Its laid derelict since 2006, though I do beleive the clubhouse was in use till recently. More to see at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157624863596628/
  6. 2013: Originally it was me who unearthed this gem in April 2009 but it was before I had my DSLR. I made a total hash up of it and it was deleted and soon became a tourist hotspot. I returned later that year with my DSLR. It has been sealed since 2010 now and its future sadly looks bleak. 2009: Ok, I will divide the collection by chronological order! I visited in August, the trip cut short by my camera taking a tumble! I went mid August. I returned in September with Liam_CH borrowing his camera which is alien to me! What a day! We went to go inside at 10:00am, but there were way too many people around, so we checked out the Maxwell Pool, access was too hard, so off to Water Eaton via Whitchurch ROC post, which was Liams first Post. We arrived at Water Eaton, wary of the man who works there, we got inside, but he still managed to find us, and boot us out….. ….Still, there was always Upper Heyford! We called Ukmayhem, and off we went! We got inside, and managed to get 15 minutes before we were turfed off. Still all was not lost, we still had Aylesbury ODEON. We got back into town, recced another few derelict sites, and eventually we gave in, as they were locked up too tight, and went into the cinema. JOY! It was still open! THANK GOD! Luckily for Liam, this was the icing on the cake and it was all worth it. We got the most amazing roof top night shots! Spent a good 4 hours in there! I rushed Liam off to the train station to catch the 11:30 train to Marylebone, halfway home I get three phone calls, and have to pull over to take them. 118 118 was wrong, and he had missed the last train! So I rushed him to Amersham to catch the last train to Marylebone, which he missed still! So he got the 12:15 to Harrow… Anyway onto the pictures: Opened: June 1937 Closed: Halloween 1999 This cinema, was originally opened on the 21st June 1937, with Shurley Temple in "Dimples". The cinema is an original Oscar Deutsch cinema, and was originally a 1 screen Cinema. Inside the Foyer, there were troughs across the ceiling which contained concealed lighting. Seating provided for 954 in the stalls and 497 in the circle. The cinema was tripled during a 1973 Overhaul, it reopened with "The Sward in the Stone" on the 26th August 1973. The Cinema was completley revamped in June 1984. The Cinema Finally closed on October the 30th 1999 (We even found an old ticket from the last ever night!). The New multiplex opened on the 16th December 1999 as an ABC Superplex, which changed to ODEON in Februrary 2000 August Photos: Only a few pics here, must make a revisit, unfortunate and possibly expensive incident with faulty camera strap but dampers on the night. September Photos: More on flickr sorry about the HUGE amount, Its essentially two urbexes http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157622074219288/
  7. 2013: No trace remains. This along with the Maxwell Pool was demolished in 2011 and they both now form a huge open air car park. 2011: Opened: 1975 Closed: 2010 Ok, I did this site months ago, and rushed it as I had work. Demo was fast on the way and Unfortunately other commitments took over! Closed in June 2010 due to the opening of the new Waterside Theater, built as a complex with the Maxwell Pool and Civic car park Taken on a busted tripod #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 finally a signed trap door! #12
  8. 2013: Still there looking good! 2012: I have been wanting to get inside this since 2009, and TBM managed to get us (Me, His girlfriend, my girlfriend and me) some permission as its has always been tight. Please excuse some of the pissed shots, I'm getting used to a tripod with no spider (long story). St Johns asylum was closed in 1991, and the entire site demolished in 1994 leaving only this small chapel plus one acre of land behind. The chapel does not have any bodies buried around it, and has passed through several hands since 1991, but not much has really happened since. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157623166379644/ Before anyone asks, the bell does work!!
  9. Here we have a live, still used storm drain local to me Very many thanks to Greg, AKA Northern_Ninja, of 28dayslater for scouting the location. #1 #2 #3 #4
  10. Well! What a morning! I found this place had been shut for five or so years and didnt even realize it! Having had my birthday yesterday with True British Metal to stay over for dinner, and the night, we woke early after a recce the evening before to go to the former TRW site. We clambered inside and snapped away merrily for a good our or so, until tripping a PIR made us make our exit swiftly; hanging around for a while taking externals and not seeing anybody arrive to reset the PIR and search the place. I may return soon! Everything was pretty much on, lights, fans, air conditioning worked but was off, running water, flushing toilets, very weird indeed. We finished with a small derelict shop in Aylesbury but epically failed when we found it was full of squatters! TRW shut, with the loss of 84 jobs in 2005. They produced all sorts parts for vehicles including safety belts and interior fasteners. More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157624355162172/
  11. 2013: What a pug ugly, nasty, soulless place. This was flattened in 2011 and is now a shiny new care home 2010: Built by and originally owned by the council; this “Home for Older People†was constructed and opened in the 1970’s, and was home to older people. The site closed down in summer 2009 relocating its staff and residents to the new care home in Wing on June 15th. The council sold the site to The Fremantle Trust who still own the land and plan to demolish the existing building, and build a new care home on the plot. The Elms provided accommodation for 56 elderly people, split into 5 different living groups. Each resident has their own bedroom, and each group has its own dining area and living area. These groups included: EMI (Elderly and Mentally Infirm) AKA Specialist Dementia Care Facilities. The home is set in Elmhurst, a densely populated area of Aylesbury. The building is not very inspiring, and fairly demeaning. I would not like to have spent my last years here. The site is currently used by the fire brigade as training ground. It is rumoured the building is subsiding, and has structural defects, as some of it is held up with recently installed joists. Site is very fresh, some toilets still have a cistern of water in, and though a lot of features are stripped and in a skip, a lot of them still remain, including a bag of potatoes! When I went back, we heard voices in the building, so left, only to find the fire brigade in the car park! They must have arrived just after us. I had pretty much all the photos I needed, so we left! The site was closed due to structural defects, and due to the fact that the law governing living standards for care homes was amended, meaning that every single residential room should have an en-suite bathroom and the room needed to be of an acceptable size. It would have crippled Fremantle to do this, so this home was closed. More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157623348766752/
  12. 2013: Here begins my back dating as request. In this report I worked hard on making a total derp look good! Was a reasonably new explorer and this was my first site in February 2009. Re-Reported in August of that year. Derp Alert 2009 Original: This site has been explored several times in the past, one occasion by me. The Farm has been mocked, laughed at and labelled as “just an old pig farmâ€Â. This place was my first urbex, and I want to prove people who have labelled this fascinating place as “just some old farmâ€Â; wrong. So I am re-writing my report on British Oil and Cake Mills’ Experimental Pig and Poultry Development Farm. It might not look much but it was my first urbex, so I went back with my A300 to re-doccument it. In 1947 we were a country recovering from war, building up our food supplies so we could be a rich nation once again, with a high demand for food. Simply farming pigs and poultry would not do anymore, and we needed to produce meat at a much faster rate, so experimental procedures had to be put into place to ensure a good, healthy amount of food. So during 1947, British Oil and Cake Mills, known as BOCM Ltd, opened up an experimental poultry farm in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire. “BOCM Stoke†as it was called, bred and fed Hens in various different conditions, similar to today’s “Intensive†and “Battery†conditions, which in my opinion are terrible and should be stopped, but enough of that for now. Stoke was spread across a 14.4ha piece of land, which included a pig development section, where various different methods of breeding and feeding would take place, to ensure higher quantity and quality of bacon and pork meat. Some of the methods and experiments can be seen in these two videos, the first being from 1953, the second from 1958. https://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=47468 - Piglet Feeding and Breeding https://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=197 - Pig Living Conditions By 1961 the pig testing station was largely devoted to competitive trials with pig breeding: Picture taken from the 1961 BOCM LTD annual report. At this current time, the question of the UK's entry into the Common Market was still unknown. However it was, it had to be resolved; and the farmers were going to face increasingly challenging economical conditions in the future, meaning that they would have to specialise in a much greater range of livestock, than they had done in the past. Meanwhile at the sites poultry development section, a ten week cycle begins, in one of BOCM Ltd's three huge 240foot 5000 bird broiler houses. Picture taken from the 1961 BOCM LTD annual report. During the same year, sales of BOCM's "Supermix" range were at an all time high, along with their new “Heavy Pigmix†product, developed with the help of T. Wall and Sons. It also appears, that not only did BOCM Ltd study meat from chickens, it also carried out tests on the eggs, here one of BOCM Ltd’s scientists, can be seen colour testing, using the “Heimen Carver Rotor Chartâ€Â. Taken from BOCM Ltds 1963 Annual Report By 1964, there was an over-production of eggs annually, resulting in lower egg prices to the producer. Throughout England’s egg packing stations, 1,370 Million more eggs than in 1963 were reported. More Testing at Stoke in 1964. By 1976, Stoke was in full swing, and had reached its peak. It had also undergone a recent and extensive renovation. It had been hosting the Annual European Pig and Poultry Fair since 1965, and more and more local people got involved with this. The site at this point was fully equipped and conducting important research and development work, aiming to improve the scientific performance of poultry feeds. The whole site at this point appeared to be going more in the direction of poultry, but still retained the pig section. The poultry section was headed by Dr Jean Allen, was staffed by nine people. Dr Jean Allen reported directly to Professor Peter Wilson, at the time the chief agricultural adviser. The farm had no turkeys, the research for these were carried out at the Midland Poultry Holdings Group. The farm now had two main laying houses for hens, each holding 5500 birds and two broiler houses, with 3,500 animals in each, a slight cutback from the 1961 production rate. The pullet rearing house held 6,600 birds, this was used to supply the laying houses with birds at “point of layâ€Â. In a laying trial, run by the now named “BOCM Silcockâ€Â, was recorded over a period of 56 weeks, but sadly the broiler hens, bred for food, now had only a life of 8 weeks. Only two laying trials could be completed in one year, as there were two sheds, but 9 broiler trials could be carried out in one year, as these grew at the much faster 9 week period. The scientific stuff was carried out, on a state of the art Ceres 2000 desktop computer at the Unilever Research labs, located elsewhere. Ricahrd Fisher, pictured left, was the Unit Supervisor of the layers section. Here he is, weighing a Stoke Mandeville Hen. Pictured right is Stokes Roger Wesley who is checking the weight of a group of eggs, photographed at Stoke in 1976. Mary Miller, a part time helper at Stoke was not available for photographing. BOCM Silcock, ensured that the birds were kept in only the very best conditions, although the pen sizes here were smaller than usual. Litter, lighting and fresh air; including temperature and humidty were carefully monitored, to insure the birds were kept in only the best environment. If you had visited the 1977 fair at Stoke, you will have had an insight into the work, which is carried out 365 days of the year in the “secret†buildings in the background to Stoke Mandeville and Terrick. Taken from a 1976 Newspaper. This is a snippet from one of BOCM’s internal papers ('The Mill Stone', 'Feedback' and 'Link), showing the whole team in 1983, close to site closure. The International Poultry fair, every year a success, was down to the efforts of the staff at BOCM. A BOCM Silcock stand, international reception and information kiosks, were all at the 2-day event in Stoke Mandeville yearly. The fairs 18 year history, welcomed around 180,000 people, to view 3,000 different stands. The Stoke site started to wind down by 1983, when the poultry fair moved to another site for the 1984 event. Processes slowed down by 1984, with the Research Centres final closing in winter 1985. The site was lived on by owners until 2004, when it was sold to LandLink PLC, along with the neighbouring LongAcre farm, which had its own small poultry farm. BOCM Silcock merged with another company in 1992 to become BOCM Pauls’. Onto the photos! August 2009: Toilet Block One of the old Broiler Houses Possibly an old Staff Hut I made a return visit as I had to go to work that evening. A tractor had appeared which wasn’t there last visit in March. The bonnet was open, and the engine felt warm, but no one was around The remains of the BOCM admin and office building, burnt down in August 2007, along with apparently another broiler shed and another office section and lab. The site is extremely decayed, you cant really tell what used to be what, and as I say, in the past, its been labelled as bland, which pictures of course show it is, but the report I have done above shows otherwise, It wasn’t just some “pig farmâ€Â, it was a research site, which has changed our ways of eating forever, but to very unfortunate consequences to animals, so in a way it’s a good job it has closed. It’s just a shame to see it rotting away, it’s a nice bit of land. Apparently there used to be a social club, billiards room, tuck shop and a football and games section.