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  1. Going back a couple of years now, i dusted the mountain bike off, topped myself up with Jack3d and headed to Harewood Forest! I covered some mileage over the day but killing two birds with one stone ensured i had a thoroughly enjoyable day but hitting the deck after mis-judging a tree root wasn't a highlight - blood was drawn but chicks dig scars though, right? Anywho, the history? Basically the RAF required a stretch of woodland not too close to a town, that was rail served and about 25 miles inland to store ammunition. New sidings and a branch network for military traffic were built at the Longparish station in 1942 and concrete roads were built in the forest and to effectively disperse ammunition to the storage huts. Bombs started arriving in the autumn of 1943 and the depot initially stored 40,000 tons which obviously increased around D-Day. Alas and onto the pictures: A once lovely Ford Prefect, slowly rusting away. Water tower Concrete roads were laid down to disperse ammunition to the storage huts The nissen huts were utilised for a far different reason 70 years ago Emergency Water Supply (EWS) - many of these are dotted throughout the forest This is Middleton House, it was a school but taken over and used as a HQ Maintenance Unit 202 This picture was actually with my father when we went in car, it wasn't there when i re-visited on my own. I'll leave it there, thanks for looking!
  2. The railway depot was built next to the passenger station in the middle of the 19th century. It included workshops for the repair of trains, such as a carpentry and a locksmithing / metalworking. The first building was demolished at the end of the 19th century and has been rebuilt new & larger afterwards. In 1897 it had 12 locomotive stalls in the train shed, there were two turntables and three water cranes in the entire station area. On average, the new railway depot was initially responsible for 50 steam locomotives, in 1914, altogether it had 696 coworkers. Towards the end of the Second World War in 1944, 114 locomotives were based here, but only 18 trains were in operable condition after the war. The maintenance of the railcars remained here until January 1989, then the railway depot was shut down. Currently, there are considerations to demolish it. For the first time I visited the place in 2006, then twice in the following years. However, I never could enter the building, because it was always locked. But after all, on my last visit a few weeks ago the railway depot was accessible. Finally...! 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
  3. Branston Pickle was made at this factory complex we see here in Burton Upon Trent, England 1920 and 1925 under Crosse & Blackwell and Rayon was produced here between 1927 and 1930. The history gets more interesting though; originally conceived and built as the rather grand, National Machine Gun Factory, it was completed in November 1918. Of course; by then, the First World War was over and the factory was obsolete! There was no need for the production of these weapons to begin! So Pickle ended up being made here for a few years! Come The Second World War; a major ordinance facility known as "The Branston Depot" was established here. This closed in 1961 and the operations moved down South to Bicester. Parts of the site were used up to about 1975, and bits have been demolished. Other parts house a B&Q Depot, and a workshop which converts and coach builds Police and Prison Vans. I apologise about the delay on this; it was shot back in New Year! I have been busy as always. The building is pretty bare and most of the cool, retro signage has been stolen. Not that I agree with it, but I suppose its better than it all being inevitably thrown away. The clock was what redeemed this place, and we gave it a wind and set the time. Viola. I bet that confused the locals! It looked as if it had been wound a few times in recent weeks. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157692903424632
  4. I do believe this is the very first post about this place. Which is surprising! The Defence Medical Equipment Depot (DMED) in Ludgershall, Wiltshire was a part of the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) and provided medical equipment and supplies to the armed forces both here and abroad. It closed in 2005 and has sat empty since, I can't find any current planning applications or developers sites with it on so for the near future at least it looks like nothing will be done with it. It comprises a very large factory-type area and a few more regular military buildings including a mess hall built in 1939, whether it used to be part of a larger base I am unsure of. Anyway me and Landie Man were bored this afternoon so drove the hour trip from my house on the chance it wouldn't be demolished and it paid off. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157646766360121/
  5. 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
  6. Today I did some exploring in a underground bus depot. We walked down the whole tunnel. Luckily we had bright LED lights on our camera, otherwise I wouldn't have gone so far. We thought we spotted some motion sensors so we figured out a way to avoid them. There was still a loud beep every 2 minutes but we think those were smoke detectors. Cheers, Rody
  7. Like everyone else I've held off posting this, but as things are at the moment I thought I may as well stick up my photos from here. I really enjoyed visiting this place, so much so these photos are taken over about 3 or 4 visits to the place over late 2012/early 2013. RAF Fauld was a massive underground munitions depot in Staffordshire. At 11:11am on Monday 27 November 1944 an explosion destroyed a large part of site and resulted in the deaths of 75 people. Despite this, a large part of this site was in use up until the early 1970's The magnitude of the RAF Fauld explosion should not be underestimated, between 3,500 and 4,000 tonnes of ordnance exploded - that's a lot! It is widely thought to be the largest explosion caused by conventional weapons the world has ever seen. I first became aware of this place a number of years ago, but I had never really had the chance to have a proper look at getting inside, Staffordshire is quite far away from Kent. We got spurred on when in late 2012 a set of photos appeared on a blog so we knew it was possible and had to go have a look for ourselves. After a bit of googlemap research and a "it's most likely here" map point plotted we went for a walk and found our way inside amazingly. We obviously weren't the first, but we did leave the entrance exactly like we found it; shame the same can't be said for others who came after us as by our 4th visit quite a number of months later things were somewhat more obvious. Anyway, on with the photos. Sorry about the 2013 watermark, these have been sitting in a private album on my photobucket a while. Thanks for looking, Maniac.
  8. A few pics only im afraid. The Place is huge with lots of unstable areas and last battery was on its way out after a weekend of locations above and below ground. The RAF Fauld explosion was a military accident which occurred at 11:11am on Monday, 27 November 1944 at the RAF Fauld underground munitions storage depot. It was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history and the largest to occur on UK soil. Between 3,500 and 4,000 tonnes of ordnance exploded — mostly comprising high explosive (HE)-filled bombs, but including a variety of other types of weapons and including 500 million rounds of rifle ammunition. The resulting crater was 400 feet (120 m) deep and a mile across (1,200 m) and is still clearly visible just south of the village of Fauld, to the east of Hanbury in Staffordshire, England. It is now known as the Hanbury Crater. A nearby reservoir containing 450,000 cubic metres of water was obliterated in the incident. Thats it im afraid
  9. A bit of a derp here, explored this one quite sometime ago with Mookster. Totally trashed but some beautiful light in here. The Defence Medical Equipment Depot (DMED) in Ludgershall, Wiltshire was a part of the DLO (Defence Logistics Organisation). The Building provided medical equipment and supplies to the armed forces both here and abroad. It has laid empty since 2005; There is very little in the way of Planning Applications or developers sites with it on so for the near future at least it looks like nothing will be done with it. It consists of a very large factory-type area and a few more regular military buildings including a mess hall built in 1939. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 [/ #8 #9 #10 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157648613116265/
  10. Times have been hard for Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Lala and Po since the BBC decided to cancel the show following news reports of Lala and the rent boy. Once the show was cancelled times became hard for the stars, once all the money was gone the bank foreclosed on tubby land Then Now With the foreclosure the estate fell into disrepair and it wasn't long before noo noo committed suicide but as no one was around his remains were left undiscovered until now Then Now Here are the pictures from inside Our thoughts are with the family of noo noo, he was naughty
  11. As things are pretty slow for me at the moment I thought I'd have a poke through some of my older stuff which hasn't made it on here. This formed part of my first ever multi-day roadtrip in October 2011 going from Oxford all the way to Birkenhead via Atherstone and Stoke-on-Trent. It was at one stage an oil/fuel storage depot for the Repsol fuel company, and it stopped being used a good while ago. Whether or not the site used to be any bigger I don't know, it was in the middle of some gravel storage areas and other stuff which may have been buildings at one stage. Other than me getting my head stuck in the fence while getting in it was a nice relaxed little wander and was also my 100th proper explore (but who's counting?) It has since been demolished. Thanks for looking
  12. The web should be full of posts of the RAW (Reichsbahn Ausbesserungs-Werk) probably...was there in Oct 2013, I believe it�s the most colourful abandoned place I ever saw (might have exaggerated just a bit ;-) Lots of construction underway around, maybe high time to see... Cheers, Axel
  13. So trams are a touchy subject up here at the moment but here is the old school tram depot which was later a bus depot and repair center for Lothian buses. Not much left to photograph unfortunately! There was a pitch black tunnel underneath one of the factory buildings with signs of vagrants, lots of single shoes and drugs paraphernalia... it was just too dark to capture! Impromptu 'splore and no tripod = fail! I'd appreciate if any Edinburgh & surrounding area explorers could get in touch, be good to tag along with some folk! Cheers.
  14. 2013: Demolished, now being turned into Morrisons 2012: I found this on another urbex forum. After not really doing much exploring recently, I decided to give it a shot. I visited this place with Northern_Ninja, and was the designated driver for this day! Once a hive of activity, this large Royal Mail Depot in South East England received and distributed mail all across the UK. Closed since Summer/Autumn 2011, it has gone downhill fast, and the interior and exterior reflected the weather on the day we visited! The site has been bought by Morrisons supermarkets, who in Summer 2012 unveiled plans for a new superstore with 450 car parking spaces, two blocks of houses and flats, a new school and a hotel. This development is expected to bring in 300 new jobs to West Watford if approved. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 Not a great location by a long shot, but a good mooch on a rainy day. More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157631755062977/
  15. This is the depot above Monks Quarry that contains the winding gear and maintenance sheds and stores.Visited with Tommo and Spungeltrumpet back in 2011. And this beastie used to guard the entrance And that was the above ground depot at Monks Many thanks for looking
  16. Not sure whether this belongs in Military or Industrial..its both really but hey... Former RAF fuel depot built into the hillside to protect it from hostile activity,built in 1932 but after the war was little used until Minster Fuels used it until 1995.Inside the structure is a labrynth network of tunnels containing storage tanks and pumping equipment.Visited June 2011. And that was the fuel depot..if you decide to go,keep a look out for passing trains in case they report you. Many thanks for looking.
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