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  1. Visited here twice over the span of a week, once with the SO, and the second with mookster,Brewtal, Zotez and obscurity. It's a big place and I didn't realise how much I'd missed till the second visit! History Bulstrode house (listed grade II) lies towards the centre of the park. Rebuilt by Benjamin Ferrey 1860-2 for the twelfth Duke of Somerset, probably incorporating elements of the earlier buildings, it is a rambling, red-brick, Tudor-style building with an imposing tower over the main, north entrance and a French Renaissance-style colonnade on the south front giving access to the adjoining south terrace. The enclosed Inner Court, a service courtyard, is attached to the east side of the house, with various C20 buildings close by. Attached to the north-east corner of the house is the Outer Court, entered from the forecourt through a Gothic arch with a ducal crest in the gable, flanked by railings and brick piers with stone caps. The other three sides of this court have a Gothic loggia fronting a single-storey building; access to the Inner Court is through a gateway on the south side. In 1966, the community moved to Kent, and the property was bought by WEC International, a Christian evangelist missionary organisation who have gradually restored and improved the public parts of the house's interior. The house was put up for sale in 2016 and it's now intended to be turned into a luxury hotel. It was also used recently as a film set for the latest Johnny English film. The Explore A pretty simple one, apart from having to wade through a muddy bog in a field. The house is huge and even after a few hours I felt like I'd need a re-visit the following week to see the rest of it, especially with the snow and ice making parts like the rooftops terrifying slippery. The second visit was a lovely sunny day and much more pleasant. Unfortunately the local kids have been getting in and really smashing the place up good and proper. A real shame as its got some really nice original features. The Fire alarms still worked and these were pretty much going off 24/7, which was great to cover up the noise of us moving around inside, but also really really annoying! However Brewtal made it his personal mission to find the fuseboard and turn them off. Took him a little while but he did it! Bliss at last. When WEC International left in 2016 they stripped out pretty much everything and so a good chunk of the rooms are empty and not too interesting. However the whole lower floor/Basement level had some really nice interesting bits and the power still worked! We were doing really well until we set off some PIR alarms in one of the outbuildings while we were leaving. Whoops! Turned out to be a great explore! The Photos Externals Internals ] The clock tower mechanism which still could be operated. The Basement level. Most the lights worked!
  2. Red Cross Hospital History Before it's closure at some point during the 1980's, it served as a children's hospital. It was thought to have been founded around the turn of the 20th century. The hospital was owned and managed by the charity 'Red Cross Italy' which becomes apparent from the rather large red cross on the ceiling of the chapel. The building itself resides near the edge of the mountain, roughly about 1100 metres above sea level which was a common practice for medical facilities Italy. It was believed that the air was fresher up in the mountains, more therapeutic and held medicinal properties, which was beneficial for the treatment of the patients. Our Visit Visited with @aWorldinRuins and @Ninja Kitten on a recent trip to Italy. This was the first stop on the tour and a revisit for myself. I was glad to go back, it's a very beautiful and photogenic location, in my opinion. I loved seeing all the beds, the chapel and the little classrooms again. As always, hope you enjoy my report! If you've got this far, thanks for reading
  3. Visited with RJ & Shadow History can be found http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/d/draycott_cross_colliery/index2.shtml Looking deep into the tunnel, about half way down Compresser/pump of some sort...? 16 & 18 tubs, narrow gauge track in deep mud 28 tubs No road + 2 drill bits Looking up a small side air shaft Sand pilled to the roof and an earth mover Looking back towards the sand mound. metal hoops, many of which are now badly distorted. Pulley on the cable haulage system blocked adit Behind blocked off adits Looking down to the flooded adit Some of my other photo's can be viewed http://s68.beta.photobucket.com/user/Zoot337/library/Urbex/Dray Thanks for looking
  4. Second report tonight, not doing too bad! Been wanting to get this set up for a while now, and here it is Visited with AndyK!, PROJ3CT M4YH3M and Kriegaffe9. A nice relaxed explore this with some great photo opportunities, after waking up early and visiting Mono Orphanage to start the day off we set off on the 2 hour journey to reach this place. On the way we managed to burst the tyre on the hire car But it didn't slow us much, spare on and on we went. Upon arrival we didn't know what to expect access-wise, but it proved to be easy enough by just walking in the door Anyway.. Photos: Cheers all
  5. Following on from a visit to Crying Baby, it was on to Red Cross. So called as in the Chapel roof there was a red cross... To be honest, I think this site could do with a rename. If the images of a couple of years ago are to be believed, this cross has faded mighty quick!!! I did attempt to "construct" a cross of sorts - torch came in handy for this shot of the confessional There were a couple of floors of rooms full of beds, and in my opinion more photogenic than Crying Baby. That might be because of the lack of graffiti though, rather than anything else At the end of the room was a communal wash area, signs of the length of time since this was abandoned from the tree.... Thank you for viewing
  6. Evening all, Seems like my 2nd report from Italy is another hospital. This is quite a well known spot in Italy but still quite photogenic. Abandoned sometime ago and was previously used by the Red Cross to treat children hence the amount of dormitories. The famous chapel, which the red cross after which its named is fading fast. A lot of this was derelict and with some rain, a lot of it was pouring in. On with the photos. Thanks for looking in.
  7. This building was up until 1998 The Holy Cross Roman Catholic school a voluntary aided school for boys and girls. It closed its doors in 1998 and about a year later Hereson school for boys took over the premises and there very old school along with its ww2 shelter was demolished to make way for new houses(as they do). Now the Hereson school for boys and Ellington girls school merged onto a new build site around September 2009.After getting into all this urbex lark it occurred to me that if the Hereson school from the former Holy Cross site had merged then indeed it must be sitting empty. After some excitement I mentioned this too a few of the guys who all agreed we should look into this! Luckily for us I spoke to a lad who lives over the road from me and was a Hereson pupil who on hearing of my plans stated that the old school site was still very much in use and the older pupils with exams etc not far away had stayed on at this site so defiantly not empty or derelict,and said he would give me the nod when they had finished there exams and had indeed left the school. Now after some digging rumours it was to be converted came up and another bit of info from The neighbouring college who I was informed used some of the building at the site that it was to be demo’d and they had been given a date to clear out there equipment and such like. Fast forward a few weeks and opportunity arose so myself and Space Invader Jumped at the chance….. The building so the foundation stone with date on says MCMXXIX.. 1929..from what we can gather it was a TB hospital/convelesant home run by Roman catholic nuns and used during the ww2 period where it’s rumoured that there’s an underground tunnel(shelter)..but no signs of it on site or the grounds..there is also believed to be a Anglo Saxon burial ground within the grounds! The date it became Holy cross school im not sure as research on the school/hospital from Google came up with nothing ,the info came from another source along with a name for the hospital which ive either misheard or just hasn’t any history findable from my efforts This site is set to come down so if its something you would like a look at id be quick As its to be borded up with 24/7 security(allegedly) So on with some pics from the day..and a big thanks to Space Invader for sorting this one.. A snapshot from bing maps..quite a large old place Sorry about this but I couldn’t resist this shot along the tennis court net..im sure Space Invader beet me to this shot and has his own but ..well I had to do it! Another lovely old building being flattened and turned into a lovely housing estate…
  8. After visiting this place on various occasional visits school parent evenings ,sports day and the odd time my son had rebelled it was finally time to have an explore round at my own leisure the school is due to be pulled down in two weeks allegedly to make way for another housing estate Ive searched the net and have found very little history on the place apart from this .... The building was up until 1998 The Holy Cross Roman Catholic school a voluntary aided school for boys and girls It closed its doors in 1998 and about a year later Hereson school for boys took over the premises and there very old school along with its ww2 shelter was demolished to make way for new houses.... visited with wevsky on with the pics.... thanks for looking
  9. Visited this with the permission of the local RAYNET group who are based in this AAOR. Had a guided tour and a few sneaky looks around whilst our guide was getting different keys. With me on this visit was Hood_mad. Built in the 1950s as were many others, the roof has been re-covered as it had failed and the two original transmitter masts were condemmed and had to be demolished. They have now been replaced by a single mast which houses the RAYNET antennas and two sets of mobile phone operators equipment. The West Glamorgan CC used it for a while as its "war room" until, in 1986, it was passed onto the City and County of Swansea to be used as its 'Major Incident Command and Control Centre'. It is now used mainly by RAYNET for operational meetings and planning but also by some governmental bodies for training and document storage. The door to the upper West side is kept locked and the protected doorway on the lower East side is used as the main entrance / exit. The original generator was damaged when it was started with no oil. This is the replacement. All new modern switchboards, but they have kept the original Siemens incoming. One of the planning rooms. Central command room. One of the many tight corridors. An original BT switchboard. Old Marconi fire service communications. (not part of the original equipment) Original resources board. Fantastic cooker (didn't look used) Must say many thanks to the lads & lasses at RAYNET for allowing us access to this AAOR in fantastic condition. If you've got any spare time, they're always looking for volunteers, their website is HERE More pics HERE
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