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  1. I didn't go to Romania with the intention for exploring, I went for a good friends wedding and hadn't even looked at the possibility of skulking around a derp. It turns out on our drive up into the mountains of Prahova, there is an abundance of derelict buildings, closed factories and other sundries left over from the communist era - we passed a huge oil refinery that looked half smashed, yet is still in use apparently; Sinaia has a large fuel injection system manufacturing concern that looks disused, but still builds components for the German companies! There was lots if you were looking for it. But, we didn't come for this. We came for a wedding and a break in the mountains - it is a stunning country and I would highly recommend it. It was only after driving back down from the cable car (awesome 70s retro thing) in Sinaia did we notice a large reinforced concrete Berm. I don't think the car had pulled to a stop before I was running into the bushes, forgetting the warnings of black bears. [/span]From what I can make out (information is limited for obvious reasons), but the track was built between 1974 & 1976. Beyond this, I know nothing else other than it may have been still in use as late as 2009. The course had 11-14 turns. Visited with a whole bunch of non-forum members, for obvious reasons! Anyway, photos Start Area - totally trashed! Run up with start ramp (presumably for another sport) Rickety bridge over the mountain road Banked turn just after the bridge (I expect they were flying by this point) Some sort of stores building - there was a smaller start ramp onto the track here, presumably for beginners Final Bend Finish line and timing booth (now someones house)
  2. After three years in the wilderness, County Asylums has returned with a fresh look and a lot, lot more info. http://www.countyasylums.co.uk We've revised the 'asylum list' and each and every one of the asylums listed has there own page with details, history and photos. We'll be adding more to the site as and when we can but if you think you have anything worth contributing then drop us an email - [email protected]
  3. The history The Durham County Hospital was constructed in the middle of the 19th century and began operation as a voluntary hospital. The hospital saw growth in the 20th century due medical advances, the growth of the city and the construction of a nearby railway viaduct. In total 5 major phases of building works have seen new buildings been added to the hospital in the 20th century to keep pace with demand. The hospital closed in 2010 and several proposals to turn the hospital into housing seem dead in the water. The trespassing I wasn't feeling optimistic about the odds of getting into this, after arriving in broad daylight and observing the hi-vis patrolling the perimeter. After a good deal of time ambling around the site and some luck I was in. There isn't much left here, the appeal of the place is probably in the facade of the original stone building, all the external shots that I have were taken from the inside through the windows. Pretty soon I came across indications of past explorers, which include but are not limited too, -Signage laid out in a photogenic way -A tripod left in the middle of a corridor (broken?) -Bloody hand prints that caused me to do a bit of a double take, red paint (I hope). And the rest of the shots,
  4. With this being my first reported post on here as regards a derelict site, I thought it apt that I include one that is literally a cock stride from me. In fact, the rather nice non smoking stack can be seen poking above the roof tops from the bedroom window "GLOBE MILLS". She stands proud and dominates the center of the village. Slaithwaite is the only village in the entire country that has a canal system running straight through it. The mill was founded in 1887, and produced high quality worsted yarns. There's one thing for sure though! The words 'Made In Huddersfield' will always be synonymous with quality cloth. A man was always proud to wear a suit bearing the said same label. The firm was taken over by the Bradford based Amalgamated Textile Company in 1923. In the 1960's they employed 700 people. Many would travel from surrounding areas such as Barnsley in fleets of buses that were especially laid on. Oh happy days eh! By the 1980's the number of employed had dropped to 200, and by 1987 the company was spinning over 10 million miles of yarn a year,producing luxury fibres such as alpaca, mohair, angora and camel-hair. It finally closed It's doors in 2005, and had a massive impact on village life. Not just regarding unemployment, but small retail businesses also suffered because of the closure. ............................... Good things come to those who wait though! http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/local-west-yorkshire-news/2013/05/23/multi-million-pound-plans-to-transform-slaithwaite-mill-submitted-to-kirklees-council-86081-33370830/ ​It seems the sleeping beauty may have a new lease of life after all. Fingers crossed eh ........................................ The Mill is stripped of all It's former humble attire, but she still looks good in my eyes. There were some nice situations in here with great light to play with. A dirty sink and some form of cheese. Very nice. This is the connecting walkway between the Mills. Unfortunately blocked at one end. But this is how it looks from the outside. I simply loved all the colors in here. I then found the steps to heaven via the roof void. And up into the central tower and out to the roof. The Mill in the background is Spa Mill. It's still in operation today. One of the very few left in the Colne Valley that are. It's sister company Sybro Spinning, just up the road, closed not too long ago. It's now trashed beyond belief. The chavs around here certainly know how to conduct the wrecking ball? Back inside then......... Is it pushing the right buttons for you!! It's one of these places you just don't want to leave. This poor buggers here for the duration though. I could have used those maggots for fishing. ....................... Arty shot of the fire escape. And plant life desperately seeking an entry point. Air filters from the air con system. These were massive. Part of the original rope race which powered the looms. Beautiful. Lovely vintage lift. It never came though. Down the stairs and out we go. Visited with fannyadams and judderman 62 on more than one occasion. .............. So It's adios from...... Thanks for looking. ​Pub time. ​
  5. In the heart of Essex this little school has gone unnoticed for some time. Done some research on it and found out that it is to be converted in to 11 luxury apartments. It opened in the early 1900's served as a school for some time before closing a while ago. It still has a lot of character. I loved it. The hall was absolutely amazing, walked in and just stopped. I have never seen anything so beautiful. I must admit that wasn't what I expected from the outside. You can see that some bits have started to be stripped, I got here a little too late for that but I am pretty pleased none the less.
  6. Visited on a very cold, early morning during a Lincolnshire road trip I went on last winter. I was so cold and tired on this particular morning that I managed to forget to put on my shoes before leaving the car, so ended up doing the whole explore in my slippers! However, it was very much worth the numb feet, and I found it hard to drag myself away from the place. This really is a stunning example of a British Victorian Asylum. History: St John’s Asylum, Lincolnshire in the East of England was built 1852. The building was then known as Lindsey & Holland Counties & Lincoln & District Lunatic Asylum. The Asylum has also been known over the years as Lincolnshire County Pauper Lunatic Asylum and Bracebridge Heath Asylum. Finally it was given the name St John’s during the early 1960’s It was originally built to house just 250 patients but by 1902 the asylum grounds covered 120 acres. The grounds of the asylum were cultivated by the inmates where they grew their own vegetables. Within the grounds was a cemetery for the hospital which covered 1.5 acres. St John’s also had its own mortuary chapel. After the outbreak of World War II during 1940, the patients were transferred to other nearby establishments as the hospital was turned into an emergency hospital. In 1948 the administration of the hospital was passed to the National Health Service The asylum finally closed its doors during December 1989 with all the patients being transferred to other nearby hospitals. The site was then sold to developers who have converted a lot of the site into new housing. All that now remains is the main asylum buildings which are Grade II listed, keeping them safe from demolition. 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. 29. 30.
  7. Explored with SK and mrs silent will not forget how hot this place was nearly ended up stripping of oh no they left someone behind
  8. Another instalment and the last site visited on Scattergun's and mine's Englandshire trip. Too end the trip we spent the night with BadBatz (cheers for putting us up again dude) and hit the road early to pick up AltDayOut and to visit the Welsh Sugar Asylum, this was the last stop on our journey. I won't go into the history as it has been done many times before and much better than I could do it justice! This place is HUUUGGGEEEE, we must have spent a good 5 hours here before having to hit the road. On with the pics Thanks for Looking
  9. The Lancaster County Lunatic Asylum Lancaster Moor Hospital (formerly known as The County Lunatic Asylum). During the nineteenth century Lancaster became a provincial centre for the treatment of mental illness. In 1809 it was decided that the proposed County Lunatic Asylum would be built at Lancaster; a recognition of Lancaster’s status as the county town. Lancaster Moor Hospital was Lancashire’s first County Lunatic Asylum. The decision to build it was taken in 1809, one year after the permissive County Asylums Act, 1808. The hospital opened in 1816 as the ‘County Lunatic Asylum for the County Palatine of Lancaster’. It was only the fourth asylum to be built under the terms of the Act in the country. It was extended in 1824 and 1883, and by 1891 it accommodated 1833 patients. In that year its administration was transferred to the newLancashire Asylums Board of Lancashire County Council. Additional buildings, known as Ridge Lea, on the ‘villa’ principle were added in 1907, 1909, 1912, 1916 and 1938. These buildings were chiefly to accommodate private patients. 1. 2. 3. 4. The Asylum is a stately quadrangular building of stone, with a handsome front, relieved by pillars of the Doric order, and at one time could hold up to 3,200 patients. The annexe completed in 1882 at a cost of £125,000, occupies a site comprising an area of about 41 acres. The buildings are constructed of stone; in the centre of the block over the main entrance is a clock tower about 100 feet in height, and there are smaller ones at the front extremity of each wing. The main part has been listed as Grade II and the whole building itself is in excellent condition. The owners English Partnerships are currently deciding on what to do with the building. But beneath the veneer of these simple facts and statistics lies anther story of Lancashire’s first County Lunatic Asylum which is as dark as its blackened exterior. Large Victorian public asylums haunt the history of psychiatry. They were once hailed as places of refuge for some of society’s supposedly most vulnerable men and women but they soon earned a reputation as dehumanising, prison-like institutions. It’s impossible to say what treatments and restraints were used at the Lancaster County Lunatic Asylum as secrecy and discretion was pervasive and surviving records were very selective and changed over time. Rumours and hearsay about leg-irons and manacles being used and patients sleeping in their own excrement on straw were rife. 5. 6. 7. 8. We do know patients lived within the confines of the hospital and privacy was minimal. Wards were able to house up to 50 patients, in very close proximity and with little personal space. The daily regime was strictly regimented, with little room for variation and often under the watchful eye of staff. During the early years of the Asylums, wards were locked and security was kept high. Angry, violent or suicidal patients were housed within the wards, and often locked within a padded cell. Treatments included drugs, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Lobotomies. It goes without saying that some regimes were better than others and I offer no evidence that Lancaster was better or worse than other Asylums. But I have found an articulate voice that has described visiting his mother in Lancaster Moor Hospital and it makes harrowing reading. In A Life Like Other People’s the famous playwright and author Alan Bennett relates the story of when his father committed his mother to the Hospital in 1966 and then both visit her a few hours later. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. …We flung open the door on Bedlam, a scene of unimagined wretchedness. What hit you first was the noise. The hospitals I had been in previously were calm and unhurried; voices were hushed; sickness, during visiting hours at least, went hand in hand with decorum. Not here. Crammed with wild and distracted women, lying or lurching about in all the wanton disarray of a Hogarth print, it was a place of terrible tumult. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Some of the grey-gowned wild-eyed creatures were weeping, others shouting, while one demented wretch shrieked at short and regular intervals like some tropical bird. Almost worse was a big dull-eyed woman who sat bolt upright on her bed, oblivious to the surrounding tumult, as silent and unmoving as a stone deity. 19. Obviously, I thought, we have strayed into the wrong ward, much as Elizabeth Taylor did in the film ofSuddenly Last Summer. Mam was not ill like this. She had nothing to do with the distracted creature who sat by the nearest bed, her gown hitched high above her knees, banging her spoon on a tray. But as I turned to go, I saw that Dad was walking on down the ward. 20. We had left Mam at the hospital that morning looking, even after weeks of illness, not much different from her usual self: weeping and distraught, it’s true, but still plump and pretty, clutching her everlasting handbag and still somehow managing to face the world. As I followed my father down the ward, I wondered why we were bothering: there was no such person here. 21. 22. He stopped at the bed of a sad, shrunken woman with wild hair, who cringed back against the pillows. ‘Here’s your Mam,’ he said. This was in 1966… big thanks to camera shy for letting me jump on board the trip that was originally a two man permission visit