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  1. In 1847, Joseph Watts of Dewsbury and William Stones (1827 -1894) of Sheffield began brewing together at the Cannon Brewery in Sheffield's Shalesmoor district near Kelham Island. ... He renamed it the Cannon Brewery after his original premises. Stones soon became one of the richest men in Sheffield and worked up until his death in 1894. A light coloured beer, named Stones Bitter, was produced in the early 1940’s and this soon became a popular choice amongst steel workers across Sheffield. Cannon Brewery grew significantly as its reputation increased and sales prospered, to the extent that new offices, stores, workshops and cellars were all improved and developed. At its peak, the brewery produced 50,000 hectolitres of cask conditioned Stones each year and many of Sheffield’s public houses developed close ties to the brewery and Stones Bitter. An on-site public house was also opened within Cannon Brewery in 1964, “ originally named ‘The Underground’, but renamed as ‘The Pig and Whistle’ to service both visitors and workers, and this can still be found today. Cannon Brewery was closed in 1999 following reports that were indicative of a substantial decline in the sale of cask ales. The owner of the site is a demolition contractor and has submitted an application seeking permission for his business, Hague Plant, to bulldoze the buildings on the 0.7 hectare plot which, in documents drawn up by R Bryan Planning, are described as being of utilitarian design and of no historic or architectural significance. The owner is keen to redevelop the former brewery but has said that it is not effectively marketable in its current state, especially as the high cost of demolition and potential decontamination, particularly from asbestos, are a deterrent to developers. Explore Been looking at this as a potential explore for sometime... The buildings and architecture are something else and anyone who's anyone on the Sheffield graffiti scene have decorated the building with some great pieces.. The former brewery is in poor condition but offers explorers a great opportunity to appreciate the history and architecture of the former brewery. A real shame when they decided to pull the building as this is a real part of Sheffields brewing past.. explore whilst you still have chance.. as this building offers plenty for all. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. and 16. Graffiti on site 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. My favourite pic I took of this place Le fin "Times have changed, the place in its current condition is trashed and flooded... (2018)"
  2. 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
  3. This was one of the sites we did on a full day in Sheffield. We bumped in to come pensioners at this site who explore but mainly for the street art. History Stones Brewery (William Stones Ltd) was a regional brewery founded in 1868 by William Stones in Sheffield, West Riding of South Yorkshire, England and purchased by Bass Brewery in 1968. After its closure in 1999 its major brand, Stones Bitter, has continued to be produced by the Molson Coors Brewing Company.
  4. Small location with a lot of decay and a nice surprise in the basement , some old vaults ... I liked this location , because I did not expect to find the vaults there ... The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr
  5. This is one of those places that I had just never managed to get round to exploring, having passed it about a million times, I thought it would be a good laugh to go and have a look. So about 7 of us headed of in the small Hours from Norfolk and rocked up for a day of Fun. The entry was something like I had never experienced before, loads of reports over the years of scaling fences, digging under fences, and we just walk straight with my camera bag still on. PERFECT OR WHAT HEY.... Well roll on 6 hours of noisy exploring later (we had expected to last and hour), that was due to the younger members of the party and a older one with a gopro on a selfi stick spinning round and round for ages making funny videos.. We had seen all that we wanted too, and had made the decision to head on to site number 2 for the day down in Kent. So leaving the morgue and who should we bump into, yep the grounds-keeper on his tractor, who was rather chuffed with his catch as he gloated to Michael on the phone. So we walked up to the security gate and started with the usual bits and bobbs as you do, only to be told that they apparently Knew we had smashed the fence down to get in, and the police were getting called. So we let them do just that as we knew we had nothing to do with that, In the end all the police came to do was to check that we had given all the correct details so that The site owners could take civil proceedings against us all for trespass (somehow don't think they will prove that the criminal damage had anything to do with us) So after I got a mega bollocking of the OTT copper for giving my child a happy childhood and taking her exploring, a threat of social services and her now being banned from exploring in Essex :crazy We all made the decision we would not return to sevs for a few weeks at least , we thought it might be a good idea as they had made it 100% clear that we will be going to court for trespass. As of yet nothing. But never say never. Apparently it is out of the onsite's security's hands and is in managements hands now, as they are sick and tired of the fence getting trashed all the time. All in, it was a fab day, something I have always wanted to see, my Daughter saw it too and had a amazing day until the police showed up and Terminator cop gets out of his Car. History The 300-acre (120 ha) site housed some 2000 patients and was based on the "Echelon plan" - a specific arrangement of wards, offices and services within easy reach of each other by a network of interconnecting corridors. This meant that staff were able to operate around the site without the need to go outside in bad weather. Unlike modern British hospitals, patients in Severalls were separated according to their gender. Villas were constructed around the main hospital building as accommodation blocks between 1910 and 1935. Most of the buildings are in the Queen Anne style, with few architectural embellishments, typical of the Edwardian period. The most ornate buildings are the Administration Building, Larch House and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence). Psychiatric experiments Psychiatrists were free to experiment with new treatments on patients seemingly at will, using practices now considered unsuitable such as electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) and the use of frontal lobotomy. The use of these treatments peaked in the 1950s. In her book Madness in Its Place: Narratives of Severalls Hospital, 1913-1997,[1] Diana Gittins notes that often women were admitted by their own family, sometimes as the result of bearing illegitimate children or because they had been raped. As they would not always (or were unable to) carry out daily tasks, they were considered to be insane and some were even subjected to ECT and lobotomy. A change in management during the 1960s (and likely a change in social acceptance) saw reforms introduced including the creation of art and music therapy programs and the widespread use of drugs and medication. Closure The hospital closed as a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990s following the closure of other psychiatric institutions. However, a small section remained open until 20 March 1997 for the treatment of elderly patients suffering from the effects of serious stroke, etc., as a temporary building for nearby Colchester General Hospital which was in the process of building an entire new building for these patients. A few of the satellite villas as of 2013 are still operational as research facilities on the edge of the site. This includes "Chestnut Villa" (originally Children's Villa), which provides laboratory services, and "Willow House" (originally Male Acute Ward), and Severalls House (originally the Medical Superintendent's residence). "Rivendell", a more modern building is still in use at the entrance to the site. Apart from Chestnut Villa, all remaining Buildings still in use are owned and run by North Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust (NEPFT). Since 1997 the remaining structures have changed little. Architecturally, the site remains an excellent example of a specific asylum plan. However, the buildings have suffered greatly from vandalism. In 2005 the main hall was subjected to an arson attack and in 2007 the charred building was demolished for safety reasons. The five boilers were removed from the Central Boiler House in 2007. In 2008, the sale of the hospital site, including its extensive grounds, collapsed due to the slow-down in the building industry. Met this Guy in there
  6. Abandoned hotel in Germany , very lovely , we have spend the night in the hotel , great fun ! Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr Hunters Hotel by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr I hope you like my set
  7. This was a fun explore. It was one I and a few mates had been keeping a close eye on whenever we were in the area. Since it's closure in 2011 I had visited 5 or 6 times to find no access, so when I got word from AdamX and a few others that there was a way in, it was exciting times. I went about 2 days after we got wind of the access with Zedstar, rolled up to have some fun and bang, just as luck would have it, 2 blokes working on unblocking the drains in the premises. So we went of and explored else where. Later that day, we popped back, but true to word these contractors were milking out the job in hand. So that was that then.. A few weeks later we were in the area again and tried our luck, mid week and with the rush-hour (well for this area) we waltzed in and had a good few hours exploring. The PIR had been triggered (as it had for everybody else) but be decided to just carry on taking photos. It was while we were looking about, we noticed things like the locks had been taken out of the cell doors and other small things like that, so the contractors are working there, but just guess we got lucky that day. HISTORY This court was one of a lot of the smaller ones dotted around the country that were closed, and with the added bonus of this one having a police station attached too. This is what was placed in one local paper about it all... Announcing the axing of 93 magistrates and 49 county courts, Justice Minister ****** ***** said: “We are closing the worst courts in the estate so we can concentrate our limited resources on the best ones. “It is unacceptable that dozens of buildings never intended to be, and not fit to be, modern court buildings are still in use.” Courts taking the extra workload would get £22m worth of modernisation and improvements So here we are,3 years later and we now have a even more stretched justice system, and it is getting more messed up. Through to the police station
  8. Nice pleasant surprise to find this one in good all be it a messy condition. A lot of the original features are intact, but showing there age. The best bit was that my little daughter manages to scale the ladder to explore he 1st ever ROC post with Zyge, Ianovitch, a small person and a even smaller person. We had planned on just having a day just diving around looking at some stuff that had popped up, but thought we should stop by this one. It was nice to see some of the old ration food in there, paperwork, MOD branded poo roll and some of the communication equipment on the wall.. Even thought it had all been stripped back to just plastic casing, it gave you a good sense of what it was like to be down there. Just took internals of this one as there is not a lot to see above ground, and we were pushed for time on the way out... History Nothing on this post in particular, but if you have ever wanted to know what they are about, then here you go. Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Posts are underground structures all over the United Kingdom, constructed as a result of the Corps' nuclear reporting role and operated by volunteers during the Cold War between 1955 and 1991. In all but a very few instances the posts were built to a standard design consisting of a 14-foot-deep access shaft, a toilet/store and a monitoring room. The most unusual post was the non-standard one constructed in a cellar within Windsor Castle. A third of the total number of posts were closed in 1968 during a reorganisation and major contraction of the ROC. Several others closed over the next 40 years as a result of structural difficulties i.e. persistent flooding, or regular vandalism. The remainder of the posts were closed in 1991 when the majority of the ROC was stood down following the break-up of the Communist Bloc. Many have been demolished or adapted to other uses but the majority still exist, although in a derelict condition. The first prototype post was built at Farnham, Surrey, in 1956 and on 29/30 September of that year a trial was conducted to ascertain the usefulness of the underground posts. Of the two crews of four personnel engaged in staffing the post during this trial, the second group of four, two ROC and two Home Office Scientific Advisory Branch, were sealed inside with rations bedding and barracks equipment. With a few minor changes, mainly to the hatch and air ventilation louvers, the posts were built as per the prototype. The protection provided by the concrete roof and compacted earth mounded above the post was estimated to reduce any external nuclear radiation by a factor of 1,500:1. Construction of the original 1,563 posts was overseen by the Air Ministry Works Department and the ROC and undertaken by local contractors. Once a site was chosen (usually the site of an aircraft observation post) a hole approximately 9 feet deep was excavated. Within this hole a monocoque structure was cast using re-enforced concrete with a floor about twelve inches thick, walls about seven inches thick and a roof about eight inches thick. The whole structure was then bitumen 'tanked' for waterproofing purposes. Soil was compacted over the structure to form a mound leaving the access shaft, doubling as an air shaft, protruding above ground. At the opposite end of the building a further air shaft was formed. Two metal pipes, one 5 inches in diameter and one 1 inch in diameter protruded from the roof and above the four-foot mound to be used with operational instruments. The air vents were covered by downward-sloping louvers above ground and sliding metal shutters below ground to control air flow during contamination by radioactive fallout. The Home Office wanted 100 posts built in the first year (1957) and 250 a year thereafter. By mid-1958 only 94 posts had been handed over to the ROC with 110 under construction. The cost of building the underground posts was approximately £1000, but rose to nearer £8000 in some instances. As normal I have just looked at the small details, it is good fun playing with the 105 mm f/2.8 macro and a few wide shots for good measure
  9. Such a beautiful villa. Amazing condition! located along a busy road and with an English car sticking out like a sore thumb we found our access. Really hot up in the loft bit but loads of stuff left behind by the owners. I would love to live in this house. Has a creepy looking soft cushion area up in the loft with lots of cuddly toys. It really does feel like the owners have just gone on holiday for a few weeks...... This was very different to your normal explore because of the condition. It sort of feels wrong. Thank You
  10. Another one of those that I've been wanting to do for years, It became common knowledge as to where the entrance was and after a tip off I thought it was high time I paid this last section a visit ! A little history about the Ramsgate ARP tunnel network; The design and construction of the tunnels was masterminded by the Borough Engineer Mr. R.D. Brimmell B.Sc. A.M.I.C.E. as early as 1938, but was repeatedly turned down by the Home Office. Ramsgate's flamboyant Mayor of the time A.B.C. Kempe kept the pressure on, and with the increasing intensity of the war in Europe permission to start construction was given in the Spring of 1939. Work started immediately at a cost of just over £40,000 plus a further £13,500 for services and fittings. The first section between Queen Street and the Harbour was opened by the Duke of Kent on the 1st June 1939. The tunnels were 6 feet wide, 7 feet high and constructed at a depth of 50-75 feet to provide an adequate degree of protection against random bombing with 500 lb. and 1000 lb. medium capacity bombs. In the case of a direct hit, a 500 lb. bomb would not be expected to damage the tunnel; but some spalling (splintering) of the chalk would be expected if the bomb was a 1000 lb. medium capacity type and the overhead cover was less than 60 feet. After the end of World War II a large sewer pipe was installed in part of the system under Ellington Road and continued down to the Harbour. The remaining entrances were sealed and the tunnels began to fall into disrepair. And some of my pics from the visit On the 24th August 1940 Ramsgate received more than 500 bombs when a squadron of German aircraft were approaching Manston. Their leading aircraft was shot down over the harbour and in vengeance they decided to release their bombs over Ramsgate. This was the first air raid by the Germans on an unprotected town. On that fateful occasion countless lives were saved by an underground Air Raid Protection (A.R.P.) system of tunnels dug for the purpose. These tunnels extended for approximately 2½ miles around the town with 11 entrances at strategic points providing refuge within 5 minutes walk of most areas. A 1500 yard long former railway tunnel was also used and linked to the A.R.P. system. The tunnels were equipped with chemical toilets, bunk beds, seating, lighting and a loud speaker system. Many people took up residence below ground having lost their homes above. Others used them just for shelter or to move around town during a raid. And finally a nice bit of original Graff that I spotted despite running around muttering expletives like a loon A fantastic night had by all, thanks for checking out my Pics !
  11. Hi, A couple of weeks back we visited this location. It's quite large, as we walked around there for about 5 hours. And we didn't even see everything. But it's a really nice location. It looks like it's abandoned for 10 years, although it's only been abandoned since 2011. I had my Canon 500D with me, but also 2 GoPro's. So expect to see a movie in the right section on this forum . But here are some pictures i've made. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Sorry about the big selection, i already excluded a lot, and it was difficult
  12. Hi, This is my first location report in this forum, but not my first urbex experience. I've been doing it for about 5 years now. But not always with my DSLR (Canon 500D) with me. Most of the time i use my GoPro to make video's. This one we first visited it at night, with my GoPro (movie wil be in the right section later). But i wanted to go back at daylight to make some pictures. So here it is. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  13. Well it's decided I'm getting a Canon 7D next question 2 cards come to mind 16 GB with a 90Meg/s or a 32 GB with a 60 Meg/s both are SanDisk which one to go for ?.........is the 60Meg/s fast enough to shoot at max frames per sec ? and fast enough for the HD Video recording ! or should i cut back on size for a faster transfer rate ?. can anyone help please.....cheers for any info given.
  14. Hi guys, I have an EOS 1D mkII N which ha been working fine with my little Canon Ultrasonic 28-80 lens and also with a Tamron Aspherical 28-200. Today I received a Sigma 28-200, not sure what model lens it is, but it does have SAF written on it. The Sigma will only work on P (Auto) mode, if I try to use it on any other mode then the shutter locks and I get"Err 01" in the LCD The lens works fine on an old EOS1000F N film camera on all modes Any ideas???
  15. I did have this thread because id lost my lens since then my mum told me when she went on a walk in a strop the other day a farmer stopped her asking if she dropped anything in the field, that was saturday, i thought might be worth a poke, gave him a ring and he said funnily enough it is a canon lens, ill drop it into you tomorrow! there is a god! BUT can any camera addicts tell me if the lens is going to be alright after being in the cold/wet?? or should i get insurance on the camera then claim on it after the first month or something?