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  1. I had been waiting to do this one for a month or so; but simply hadn't found the time to hop on the M40 and up to Brum. It was a good opportunity to meet up with some explorers whom I have been chatting to for the best part of ten years or so and do an explore at the same time! We arrived here mid morning one Sunday and once inside; the beauty of the place was revealed! I really loved this place. Again though; it was full of the new age era of explorers; about a dozen of them, some videoing and some just shooting photos. It's rare you bump into a person on explores, but lately its been every explore. This one was flavour of the month back in the summer though!! After the explore, we went to Costco for a cheap lunch in the canteen there and had a nice, chilled drive around the local area looking for other sites The Hall, built between 1903 and 1904 by architects Ewan Harper and James Harper and the terracotta was made by Gibbs and Canning ltd of Tamworth, is situated at the northern end of Corporation Street in Birmingham. The hall is a 3 storey red brick and terracotta building with Grade II Listing on it, with 2000 seats in the main halll over 30 additional rooms including 3 school halls. By 1991, the building had been converted into a nightclub which closed in 2002, but reopened as the Q Club in 2007. This club's last event at the premises was "Flashback" in 2011. During its time as a Night Club 3 deaths were reported. -A punter jumped off the tower in 1998 -A clubber OD'd in 2000 -A stabbing outside in 2008. The Club reopened in 2012, but closed in 2016. In 2018; Birmingham city council granted planning permission to convert it into a 147 room hotel costing £35 million. Works have begun and are expected to be complete by 2020. I just love the contrast between old and new here; with the older Methodists Hall and the big, modern buildings springing up around it. There is a live part of the building and as we were there, a Gospel Band were practicing literally behind the wall; a strong scent of Jerk Chicken was filling the rooms of the abandoned part. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 Thanks for Looking, more of the Hall at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157674880523028
  2. a place i pass by quite often, poped in here for a look back in 2016 , long before the fire gutted half the building, tho ive seen it recently on YT it looks a bit different now once it was uaed as a health spa which is why some of the bits and bobs seem to have been from that period of the buildings use the place finaly closed in 2007 due to there not being enough couples and attracting mostly single blokes the management had to draft in hookers from wolverhampton to take care of buisness this kind of just made it a bit of a nocking shop and wasnt realy legal so it closed down in the end on with the picks thanks for looking
  3. 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!
  4. A stunning grade two listed gem decaying right on the high street. Featuring the stunning architecture of Alfred Waterhouse who also designed Strangeways prison the Manchester town hall. The main building has been used for many different purposes over the years as well as Prudential themselves. And the basement club was once a Berni inns restaurant (Cafe Monico) a chain that served a post-war British public such delight's as sherry schooners steak and chips and black forest gateau as well as becoming a dance club in the 90's. We had a wonderful two hours in this grade two listed time capsule. Hope you guys enjoy the pics as much as we enjoyed the explore. Thanks for any feedback The Urban Collective We Film It...
  5. The Old Sodality Club #Leigh Lanc's This video is the first of my new series #bygonepubs where Il be documenting the steady decline of these wonderful gathering holes as the corporations' franchises and chains etc increase their stamp on society. I've had wonderful feedback from many people since posting this video on "cough cough" Facebook, who've told me many wonderful stories about the place before it was lost to economic decline thank's to the powers that be. I believe the place closed in 2010 ish and was once a popular watering hole for many a denizen. From parties to football to darts and karaoke the place once bustled with the familiar tone's of friendship and alcoholism "Swigs his Guinness". You can almost hear the faint echoes of the past in places like these so I'd like to share my documentation of the place in a video format as I did not get many pics. Thanks for any feedback guys. PEACE The Urban Collective We Film It...
  6. This place was the biggest surprise of my trip, far exceeding my expectations. It's weird how half the site is heavily decayed but the other half looks as if it was vacated yesterday, it's location on a busy road and on a live golf course has helped it remain very intact. Once we had negotiated the golf course and avoided the golfists wasting a lovely late afternoon we were in. I had just about got to the end of the buildings when my cameras batteries ran flat, luckily the only major thing I missed getting photos of was the outdoor swimming pool. The country club contained a large bowling alley, pool table room, dance hall and a huge theatre/sports hall with one of the largest stages I have personally ever seen, as well as the outdoor pool and a beautiful wood-panelled private office section at the front. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/albums/72157659757783092
  7. This was my 1st ever explore. Not sure what the history of the building is or anything unfortunately as it was my wife that suggested going here together (she is so romantic lol). I'm sure this has been done soooooo many times by anyone that lives in the area but I'm really pleased at the photos I got of this place (I took about 200 in total!). I've also done some really nice edits too
  8. Another bar destroyed by the ongoing feuds & politics engaged in by the big clubs on Ibiza. Looks like it re-opened 2004 http://www.ibiza-spotlight.com/night/reviews/2004/morgana_170704_i.htm blurb Morgana is a mix of chill-out gardens, VIP terraces and indoor dance club. Lavishly decorated both inside and out in Arabian style complete with comfy sofas under Moroccan tents, wrought iron furniture, lanterns and elaborate paving, no expense has been spared in creating the ultimate night time venue. I think it closed 2005 'cause I can't find anything on it after that & I visited in 2014. Any way enjoy the decor......... AK Morgana front by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana entrance by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana bar by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana fire place by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana counter by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana bar by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana lounge seating by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana lounge by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana rear by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana terrace by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana till by Infraredd, on Flickr Full set https://www.flickr.com/photos/infraredd/sets/72157648575250352/ Thanks for looking
  9. Visited this place back in Dec 2013 With West Park Hospital rapidly getting redeveloped this one is worth a few minutes if your passing. Couple of professional pool tables still left inside, and considering it was left abandoned around 2007 I'm surprised it's not a total wreck. Disturbingly a few signs of some paper being burnt, so hopefully the place doesn't go down that path. I'm Lucky management didn't refuse entry on this occasion
  10. Booked a table for four with live entertainment, turned out he was a fire breather and he had a little accident while practicing for the show If you like grunge then this is the place for you, in the middle floor your walking in about a inch (about 25mm to you youngsters) deep of white slime. http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157639261433284/ I know its late, but Happy New Year
  11. This place is local to me and Ive passed it up many a time due to it looking so completely trashed, until one rainy Saturday afternoon when our plans were completely ruined by the continuous down pour !. Work commenced on Snowdown Pit in 1908 and the first coal was brought to the surface on 19th November 1912, It was the deepest pit in Kent reaching a staggering 3083ft (940metres). In 1945 the workforce was 1876 staff, that was with 1523 sub surface and 353 above, The Colliery was closed in 1986 and the shafts were capped in 1988. A few interesting buildings still remain despite being incredibly trashed, the Working Mens Club being one of them. So on with my pics from the day Well, Hope you enjoyed the little snippet of History and the selection of Pics from the day, Worth dropping In if ever in the area, Its becoming progressively trashed by the day
  12. The first photograph is of women working at Vernon’s Pools in 1936. Football pools has started in 1923 when John Moores and two friends handed out 4000 coupons outside Old Trafford. Initially, the business was slow and John Moores bought out his two partners who had lost confidence in the loss-making enterprise. Moores quickly turned Littlewoods round and millions of working people began to spend a few pence each week in what was the only national gambling competition (at that time it was based on agents house-calling rather than by mail). Vernons followed in 1925 – making Liverpool the centre of an industry which employed thousands of women checking the weekly returns.Vernons closed around 1975. The Paradox night club opened around 1992 & closed around May 2002 for refurbishment,but never re- opened again. The majority of the building was demmo'd around 2007 but the listed art decco tower remains today but in a bad state,locals are calling for the tower to be knocked down,calling it "a eyesore",plans are in the pipeline for a shopping complex to built there... cash office Various rooms As a night club
  13. One from a couple of weeks back...trashed to high hell with some very dodgy floors but amazingly one dance studio survives with all it's mirrors intact! Cheers for looking...if you were brave enough!
  14. I was down in erith at the weekend, and always on the lookout for exploring stuff, and found a old working men's club, and a pub called the Royal alfred pub in manor rd, both boarded up, didn't venture in/or around as it's not the safest area to be in, but if anyone in area wants to have a look, this is a pic of pub before being closed below, and the working men's club looks a reasonably interesting building. http://pubshistory.com/KentPubs/Erith/RoyalAlfred.shtml
  15. Opened it 1927,the Former RAF flying corps club passed into the hands of the Americans who added the last modern bar called Jandys.The living areas were quite respectable and the ballroom held host to big name stars.Closing along with base in 1994,the building quickly suffered from the damp,so a decision was taken to remove all the timber floors to allow the air to keep things less moist.There is talk of still turning this building over to be used as a school,so we shall have to wait and see.I visited in October 2011. Jandys Bar Main Ballroom Quick look down the underground shelters Shelters turned store rooms First signs of floor removal Reception Very grand in its day,no doubt In the Kings Cliffes Rooms..no ladies I`m afraid On our way upstairs to the accommodation now..view out over the frontage En suite Dressing room No doubt,plush in its day Main Entrance Back down in the Ballroom now Kitchens And finally..77th American Maintenance Unit Loved this place very much
  16. Nortel acquired the Harlow laboratories, originally Standard Telecommunications Laboratories, in 1991 and continued to use the site for research and development in wireless telecommunication technologies. It was the site of Charles Kao's research in fibre optic communications. This is their employees sports and social club The Nortel Sports Club trophy cabinet, very similar to the Arsenal trophy cabinet due to the fact that they are both empty!!!
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