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  1. (Image Heavy) Browns Island is located on a river in the Midwest, the island has a long, interesting history. It was noted by George Washington during his travels, and Meriwether Lewis from the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped there in 1803, on the site there's an ancient Native mound, and early petroglyphs existed on the head of the island. For around 100 years the island was privately owned and farmed until 1957, when a steel company bought it to build a coke plant. There was also a mail plane crash on the island in 1933 that killed the pilot and passenger. In Dec of 1972, right before the Coke Ovens started operating, there was a gas explosion which killed 21 construction workers, the oven were operational until 1982, eventually, they were demolished and the island sold slag for commercial use until 2008. Although there were no ovens standing, it was still an interesting explore, my neighbor and grandfather worked here when the Mill used it. I was very fortunate to get permission to go on it
  2. 1000 mile Mega Xplore part 6. The last place on our list for our epic tour, but it wasn't the end for me From here I dropped the other to back off in Kent and was looking for my 3 hour trip home. How wrong was I?????? the traffic was on stop on the A20 & M25 and my satnav sent me into London, not got a clue where I was until I was stopped outside The Oval, but once over Vauxhall bridge I knew where I was and turned off the satnav. Tried stopping along the North embankment for photos but had no chance due to the heavy traffic and no where to park. 6 hours after dropping them off I was walking into my house and straight into the shower and then bed. Brilliant weekend and already got another planed for the beginning of next year. That's not to say I haven't got anymore planned before then but got to sort out dates. https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/albums/72157659274332585 the only photo of all 3 of us That's the way out, so until next time "Take care out there"
  3. Afternoon everyone this was the 1st of 3 mines i visited in wiltshire last saturday, absolutely loved the place and will be going back again with a proper map as all i had was a map on my iphone, not the best lol. spent about 4 hours in here and could have spent alot longer, entrance was fun as well which just adds to the overall experience. still bits too see down there so cant wait to go back again. hope you like the pictures alan.
  4. Now, a couple of years ago, if I had gone out for a mates Birthday then I probably would have ended up down the pub with a kebab to follow and a taxi home. Then I discovered Urban Exploration and a whole new bunch of mates. So it was off to Browns Folly for a weekend of fun for Obscurity's Birthday!!! Those in attendance were.......... Me!!!, Skeleton Key, Wevsky, Space Invader, Obs, Mrs Obs, Maniac, Frosty, OliverGT, Toad, VW DirtBoy, Elvis, Raptor Jesus, Trog, Mrs Trog, Tommo, Emerson & Northern Ninja I was like a fish out of water underground and massive respect for my buddies for everything As Del Boy would say "It's Terra Cotta for me from now on." ___________________________________________________ The History Bit Browns Folly Mine is a Bath Stone quarry which was originally part of Monkton Farleigh Mine however when the War Department converted part of the quarry in to an ammunitions store they separated part of the quarry which is the area now known as Browns Folly. This photograph shows the quarrymen and their tools. In the front are the sawyers with their Frig Bobs. In the backrow note: - In the middle, two of the men are holding lamps mounted on holders. These holders, like long handled bats could be put into a hole in a pillar or in the harness to give the horse some light. The man middle right is holding a holing iron, which is used to chisel out the hole for the Lewis, just below. The Gaffer or Ganger is wearing the bowler. Closed in the 1930's, Browns Folly Mine is an SSSI (Special Site of Scientific Interest) because of its national importance for hibernating and roosting bats. The main adit into the quarry was blasted by the military probably to prevent access to the Monkton Farleigh Ammunition Depot connected to Brown's Folly. _____________________________________ Clapham Junction Quack!!! The troughs, I believe that these were for the horses that would pull the carriages full of stone along the track
  5. This was day 2 of our Wiltshire trip and was really nice to explore,must admit i personally didnt wander as far as frosty and tb's did as the farmhouse cider had well and truely kicked in so myself maniac and obscurity had a shorter wander on our own.Raptor jesusturned up in the middle of the night which was a nice touch to the evening More info can be found here..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown's_Folly Could have covered more ground but id had cider and feet where killing me and all the tea lights looked pretty !