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  1. Bit of very old derp for you
  2. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Little house somewhere in Belgium. Seems there lived an 103 year old lady and after a fire on the upper floor she left the house. Her son still comes there every week to feed the cat.
  3. After a night visit with four non members I had a couple of hours around here in the morning on my own. I was buzzing about seeing this place the previous evening but, seeing the old girl in the daylight was another thing again, absolutely amazing. Had a relaxed (surprisingly) mooch marvelling over the decay and features in here until I started hearing noises about two hours in. I got to the area with the Welcome to Severalls muriel with the intent of making my way to the section where the tunnels meet when I seen a white car parked up with someone sat in the driving seat with the door open. Could not be arsed with any hassle on my own so I quietly retraced my steps out of that area and got out of the site. A fantastic place this one and I can definitely see a re visit or two on the cards. History Severalls Hospital in Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 to the design of architect Frank Whitmore. It opened in May 1913. 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 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 1/2 3/4 5 6 7 8 9/10 11 12 13 14/15 16/17 18/19 20/21 22 Thanks For Looking
  4. Dawn broke on my first full day in Chicago and the weather was absolutely biblical. Rain lashing down across most of the city in a torrent. Not good for exploring, or doing anything in really. A couple of my exploring friends had travelled across from Buffalo in upstate New York to meet me for the first weekend, and there is a running joke between me and them that whenever I meet up with them, the weather is absolutely awful. That day did nothing to dispel the joke, so we settled in for some breakfast near our first rooftop target. Luckily the weather cleared up, and the sun came out, so we cracked on. The first rooftop is a 38-storey mixed use tower, very much occupied and in use which creates the challenge of making your way past the security/receptionist stations without looking too suspect, carrying bags and tripods LOL. I don't normally do rooftops or high things, you can normally find me poking around factories and stuff so this was a pretty new experience for me. But an enjoyable one no less. Beneath the glass dome was the building's swimming pool, with one or two people in it at the time At the end of the day after our various misadventures elsewhere, we decided to take in the sunset on another rooftop. A much taller one this time, standing at 60 storeys tall. The view was incredible. After that, we went to get some well deserved food and made preparations for the next day Thanks for looking.
  5. Lincolnshire County Lunatic Asylum Yeah I know she's been covered a multitude of times, but to me, It will always remain one of my top visits. How can you not love St John's! St John’s hospital in Bracebridge heath has a long and interesting history. The Asylum was built in 1852 and enlarged on several subsequent occasions. It was originally established jointly by Lindsey, Kesteven, Holland, Lincoln, Grimsby and Stamford, and managed by a Board of Visitors appointed by the contributing authorities. Kesteven and Grantham withdrew from the arrangement when the contract of Union expired in 1893 (eventually establishing the Kesteven County Asylum at South Rauceby, 1897). The hospital was set in grounds of 120 acres which included gardens, farmland and a burial ground. In 1940 female patients were transferred to other hospitals, mainly Storthes Hall near Huddersfield, to make space for an Emergency Hospital, and many did not return until well after the end of the War. Administration of the hospital passed to the National Health Service in 1948. By the early 1960s it was known by its final name of St John's Hospital. Patients were admitted from Harmston Hall Hospital when that hospital closed. St John's Hospital itself was closed in December 1989 with the remaining patients transferred to other establishments. The site was sold for housing and most of the buildings apart from the central block were demolished. Italian style elegance. The hospital had male, female and children’s wings and used some of the traditional medical techniques in that day to cure insanity, including electric shock treatment. Conditions such as depression and post natal depression were classed as a mental illness and treated the same as someone with schizophrenia. Brain surgery was believed to cure mental illness and was commonly used in asylums such as this. If a patient was deemed unfit to decide what treatment they wanted, the doctors would decide for them. The famous cat in the children's ward The following names, among others, were used for the Institution, sometimes interchangeably: 1852-1893 Lincolnshire County Lunatic Asylum or Lincolnshire County Pauper Lunatic Asylum 1894-1915 Lincolnshire Lunatic Asylum 1897-1898 Lindsey, Holland, Lincoln and Grimsby District Pauper Lunatic Asylum 1903-1920 Lincolnshire Asylum 1898-1902 Bracebridge Pauper Lunatic Asylum 1902-1919 Bracebridge District Lunatic Asylum 1919-1948 Bracebridge Mental Hospital 1930-1938 Lincolnshire Mental Hospital 1939-1960 Bracebridge Heath Hospital 1961-1989 St John's Hospital, Bracebridge Heath The hospital was also used as a wartime Emergency Hospital in the period 1940-1943, and a few records of this function survive with the asylum records. The corridor of cells I couldn't imagine being thrown into a salmon pink cell! Or even a sickly green one either The corridor of crosses. The Lincoln Crest. That wonderful staircase. She just oozes atmosphere throughout. Deep in the cellars. The honeycombed ceiling even continues down here. The safe door in the admin block. Solid metal and bloody heavy. Close up of the lock. And the beautifully crafted key that fit it. Here's some men at work. And a fungi. Head towards the door, and shit....... No floor. Some nice peeling paint. Vintage wallpaper. A couple of door shots. I like doors. Room with a view. And to finish with.... A couple of items I managed to win on that well known auction site. Postcard dated 1899. Other side of the postcard regarding the minutes book, and the fantastic Asylum truck. Ta for looking
  6. ...Belgian Weekender Day 3... After a night spent battling mosquitos in Hotel Tapioca, Luke n me were up early and, as this was the last day, we're keen to make the most of it!! Location No1 very nearly turns into 'Fail No1'! But luckily as we scout round the place for a second time, we're in!! And what a way to start the final day!! Gonna be hard to top that one!! VERY impressive, we'll give it a try none the less... Off to No2... Off to No3, another crumbling little gem full of those bits n pieces we all love... The best of the 'maisons' that we did that one... LOVELY!! On to our last location and one which we know nothing about, Mookster bungs us this one last minute, and we're glad he does cos it turns out to be a BOSTER!! Cheers fella!!! And thats it, its all over and time to drive back to Calais to catch the boat home... Its been fantastic! Belgium has surpassed my expectations!! I WILL BE BACK SOON!!! Once again a MASSIVE thanks to Mookster, NK and anyone else who helped us out on this one!! Keep em peeled for an NKPS Belgian adventure coming sooner than you might think!! Thanks for looking!!
  7. 'Belgian Weekender' ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Day 2... 'Onwards n' Upwards!' After the first days ups n' downs, me n' Luke awoke after a surprisingly good nights sleep in my now dented car, feeling super refreshed and raring to go!! We actually overslept!! Coffee and croissants were quickly devoured and we were on our way to location No1... Great start to the day this one and brilliant to see the firetruck in person... No time to waste!! Jump in the motor and hot foot it to location No 2... Proper good this one!! With a dodgy access next to the local cop shop... Quality!! Half hour and done!! Cue more rally style driving to location No3... First 'maison' of the trip and it didn't disappoint!! LOVELY little place with plenty of bits n pieces to root through... Times getting on so we decide to check out our accommadation for the night and location No4... Everybody knows this one! DELIGHTFUL!! But its not over yet! It might be pitch dark but the Euro Fever's got us by the bollocks so it's off to location No5... Hands down the highlight of the trip for me!! AWESOME!! Day 2 done n dusted!! Again MANY thanks to everyone who helped out on this one!! And do keep em peeled for Day 3... Thanks for looking in...
  8. Hi there, thought I would say hi di ho. You will prob recognise the name and realise I am not new to exploring, just this site.... Prity obvious where I am from, I shoot canon a 60d, with sigma 17-70 lens, sigma 70-200 f/2.8 and canon 50mm f/1.4 I have explored a good few places Around the uk, high low and ground level.... These include pye, st johns Lincolnshire, sandwell college and loads loads more. Nice to chat and looking forward to more exploring adventures soon.
  9. ...GT MANOR... ...OXFORDSHIRE... ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Visited this grand 'ole girl last year, but wasn't at all happy with the pictures. So with the spate of recent activity and being at a loose end I thought I'd nip back for a 'remooch'. Rather glad I did!! Here's me pix, ENJOY!!! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ​ ​ ​ Thanks for looking...
  10. Every now and again i hear this nag."mum..mum..when can you take me sploring,,,something fun like a school..a swimming pool and a place with loads to look at...."not much to ask really! ...a quick call to my bestey PS and wer in the car ... an hour or so later and we pull up...may as well teach them the tricks of the trade while their young hay:) A fantastic splore as always with PS and a young Nitro Ninja.. Looks like the headmasters out for the day....its splore time !
  11. Evening all, Yesterday was quite an interesting day. I travelled up on my own and met a mate of mine who came down from Manchester. The first location was totally empty and the internal doors sealed. The panel covering the back door was loose and gave way when I was about 8 foot off the ground hence I took a rather large fall onto the ground. If anyone knows where the "diary keepers cottage/racy lady house" is, then don't bother. Empty and sealed now. I have a bruised lower back but I don't think I've broken anything considering I've had to cart fence panels through the house this morning. Serves me right to eat 3 hot cross buns and coffee at 4am before I left the house The second was the school which we managed no issues, the place was quite wrecked but the stairs was pretty much all that was interesting. The doors to the labs were all sealed tight so we cut our losses and went to the cathedral opposite but it was visitors from 12:30 on Sundays so we moved on. The third was the old Mill "T" which I have done before but Mark hasn't so we went and I think I took about 4 photos that I have yet to process with the exception of the one below. The last one was an old Mill in Puxton that was totally sealed but worth checking even though last report was done at the beginning of 2012. So the sum total of 150 miles is more or less (besides a few edits to go) below. Quite happy with them to be honest so it wasn't a complete waste of a day. But I did feel that the lack of new locations in the UK mean that I may just concentrate on the other aspects of photography I like and leave UE for the bi monthly Eurotours. I may change my mind though as one of the crew has found something very local today that we are checking out over the Easteer bank holiday. Anyway, on with the photos. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 Thanks for looking in.
  12. This was the wheatsworth mill aka Nabisco. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.