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  1. Not a lot about this place, I believe the bowling part shut down in 2009 and then the crystal maze part shut down in 2010. Oakwood own this place and have no plans for it besides letting it rot away. Whoever is trying to look after this place is attempting to keep people out. Heard about this place from a different site, easy to find, such a pain in the arse to get into as there's a very tight gap to try and squeeze through.. Thee maze is bigger than first thought, only uploaded a few pictures of that.
  2. I first visited this former mental hospital back in June 2012 and alot has changed since that time ...some good some bad. This hospital started it's life in the 1920's and closed in 1994. At it's largest capacity it had 5,818 patients. Like many other state hospitals in the U.S it had it's own farm , laundry, bakery, refrigeration plants etc and various other buildings were built in later years such as a chapel and larger separate hospital built in 1966 for infirm patients which had, an operating room, laboratory, diagnostic equipment, clinics, medical library and mortuary. When I first visited here it was overgrown with poison ivy, tall grass....just unkempt and relatively easy as no one seemed to be watching it. There were plans to convert it to senior housing but that never happened and in 2013/2014 a group bought it to convert it into a college. I had planned to visit about that time when a friend who visited said they'd already taken out the morgue contents of the larger building. He also said they'd oddly started fixing up the auditorium but other things left untouched. He also discovered had started doing illegal abatement and word got out and they were shut down. It still sits partially abated which gives a new look to what I'd seen before but it also took away some of the charm. I of course wanted to see the big morgue when I went back...whenever that was I wasn't sure. Well last summer I was able to get back and the place is much trickier to do since there's a damn security guy 24/7 who seems to make usual rounds. All the doors have been screwed shut with the exception of a few....of course way out in the wide open. We got there very early in the morning so I took a few night shots. I might add the old morgue thankfully is still there in the older hospital building although all the doors have been taken. I would like to add that this place is sheer hell due to the tunnels which I didn't need to use in 2012 (since we were able to freely walk around) and is most known because of these horrific tunnels LOL. You basically are crouched in some while going down or up very steeply (depending on how you enter the campus) and are narrow as well as filled with the white crap (most likely asbestos) from the pipes that have fallen on the floor. I did not enjoy them at all and we actually left earlier than I wanted because we were both exhausted from carrying the heavy backpacks and navigating the tunnels trying to find a new way out so we didn't go back up the tunnels. I plan to go back though and get pics of things we missed. So here are some pics from my early visit which are crap. I can't re-edit them due to losing them via the cat who knocked the external HD to the floor a couple years ago. I was not a good photographer of buildings back then as I came from nature so this "architecture" was a whole new game for me. I struggled a bit with composition and lighting.....and used a fisheye at times Unfortunately I don't have the same pics of old trip of auditorium to compare with how it is now. I never edited and uploaded the old ones Forgot to add I stopped by in the winter last year to take a few exteriors hence the snow pics
  3. I have long dreamed of visiting an abandoned school. From what I was able to read on the internet, the school was closed in 2003. After a few years, the facility was reactivated, an environmental center was created. Unfortunately, the plan did not work out. So the little kids marched to another school. The old facility stands and waits ... thousands of people take a course on it like believers on Jasna Góra. It is probably the most recognizable school in Poland, of course those abandoned. My only regret is that only now I managed to come here. You can see traces of demolition ... in the sleeping area where the youngest ones were napping, you can see traces of alcoholic libations. Crosses turned upside down, I personally am not a believer, but I put most of the crosses as it should be. Very childish play, although even the children probably would not do it, because for what. If any of you have plans to visit a school ... do not postpone it for later ... because there is no reason to go. The school has an amazing atmosphere. (Translator....sorry )
  4. Hi everyone! I'm looking for people to visit locations together, somewhere in Belgium, NL, Luxembourg, France, or nearby) I'm rather experienced with urbex, but I don't really like doing it alone and it's hard to find people who also understand what they're doing at locations. I'm mostly interested in metro/underground stuff and roofs. Soon I'm planning to search for some roofs in Brussels and Amsterdam, and check out local metro. If you'd like to join me - let me know!
  5. Glen Parva was constructed on the site of the former Glen Parva Barracks in the early 1970s as a borstal and has always held young offenders. Since its opening in 1974 the establishment has seen considerable expansion and change and now serves a catchment area of over 100 courts, holding a mixture of sentenced, unsentenced, and remand prisoners. In 1997, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons walked out of an inspection at Glen Parva because conditions were so bad. After a subsequent inspection a year later, the report stated that there was "hope for the future" for the prison but added that a lot of work still needed to be done, and recommended that some staff should be moved because of their attitude towards inmates. Our Explore: Late night mission to this place made the entry a slight more easy then in the daylight, secca made this explore a lot more challenging haha! but a shame it had to be in the dark and access to most of the rooms made me see only a slight percentage of this place. but i seen what i wanted to thankfully! And cheers to the lot that helped! Enjoy the pics the few of them the rest are for the archives
  6. Yes Im a geek, with nothing better to do in the late hours of a Wednesday night. If there is anybody out there who like to do light painting then I found a good application on the iPhone App store. It cost around £1.19 and gives you various light settings. The app is funnily enough called Light Painting . Saves you having to carry loads of coloured gels/torches I took these test shots at ISO400 at F8 and approx 10 to 15 secs exposure Light array setting Rainbow setting Dynamic Spot Setting Yes I know it's sad. I do love my iPhone a bit to much
  7. What's up guys! Been having my account a month or 2 ( maybe longer ).. Didn't make a single post so far, so thought i'd do good with introducing myself. To start with i'm an euro, coming from Belgium, 25yo and exploring since 2013-2014.. Only the last 2 years i started bothering to bring my camera with me! And ever since , i've been loving it ! Why do i love it? Well why do you guys love it?! It's amazing to see what people leave behind , and to see the storys behind the locations.. Some have interesting facts , some dont have no background at all.. It's amazing what we explorers end up with. Sometimes we end up knowing all it's historics , sometimes we're left to guess and bring some links/clues toghetter ourselves.. that's what fascinates me,and it's always bringing adventure back.. And it's the adventures we need in life we won't be thinking of the days we'd sat infront of TV watching a fun movie later on... We will be thinking of the days we had to hide our asses , hysterical breathing after sprinting and sneaking away from secca's Oh what a fun times
  8. Hello all from a longtime, somewhat rusty forum user. Having moved to the Leicester area 18 months or so ago, the exploring itch has well and truly returned. I needz derp. Although there isn't a shortage of it in my area, I do have a shortage of explorers that I know. For someone that doesn't favor solo explores, this is a slight stumbling block. So, whos about and up for wander?
  9. Right people, it's back to school for you lot! luckily for the guy's it's a girls school!! The school was designed by J. M. Bottomley and G. T. Wellburn of Leeds and built in 1910. It was built in an Edwardian Baroque style, in an English cross bond utilising red brick and with white faience dressings. In 1971 the school amalgamated with Doncaster Grammar School and was renamed Hall Cross Comprehensive. The building here is the Waterdale location.
  10. Are we all done for posting our favourite photos on the thread " WE NEED YOUR PHOTOS "?? If so i suggest you all take a peek at the photos posted on there and choose what you like best and post below...only choose one..and il get to work on it... cheers guys and gals!!
  11. Sunday saw a trip into this reet nice quarry, we even bumped into the security guard who to be hones didn't give a monkeys as long as we didn't disturb his sleep lol..... this place was really huuuueeeegggggeeeeee !!!!!
  12. My Quarry was the old Pioneer house at Dewsbury once in thought I was home free fek !!!!! was I wrong !, cat n mouse with coppers for 1/2 an hour good job I feel at home on high ground taking shelter on the roof for a while, eventually got my ass down and out whilst they were still in the place. didn't manage to get the camera out in there but on my sly retreat entered the fire escape of the building next door for a few high pic's.
  13. Right this is local to me so after a call from Space invader saying did i fancy a drive round off we went..As the last person who posted pointed out we just cant find any history on the place..plenty for the Deaf school which is still in use just none for the chapel which..well isnt in use! So a short report and a few pics of a sunday afternoon wander out! Right there you go just a quick short but pleasant way to spend a while out on a sunday..followed by lots of recce so hopefully new stuff to follow..Thanks for looking
  14. Having spent hours taking / editing photos over the past week or so, it seems that I have remarkably little history to put along with report, however I deem that it would be a shame if I did not write a bit to go with the photos. Not sure how many people on here will know about the last week or so of my life, but never fear! I'm currently bored as fuck and may delve into emotional rambling at any second, anything to pass the time! It seems that due to; my lack of being around, lack of doing anything constructive, lack of doing anything really.. I have been having rather server arguments with the parents that I'm still having to share a roof with; (I know I know, I need to fucking move out, but I'll come on to that) have seen fit kick me out, so to speak. In other words I've spent the last week or so sleeping on Maniac's sofa (cheers dude, love ya ) and not really done anything other then explore and watch dave. So here is the first of a number of reports I'm going to be putting up over the next week or so. This is my problem, running a car and renting a flat funded only by student loans and a part time job simply will not work, so for the moment living with the parents is my only choice. Hence my general attitude is that I do not particularly want to be there, which is obviously somewhat resented. My lifestyle is also not massively liked either, constantly ditching uni work for the next explore, or climbing, or anything at all come to think of it. My problem is motivation, I have none, at all... The number 1 priority in my life at this current point in time is UE, thats really quite sad isn't it? So I have decided that after I finish up with uni, (if I finish) I am going to devote my life to it... It can only be the next logical step... Previously in life I have wanted a secure job, money, cars, nice house etc, and until I was my redundant from architecture I was well set to achieve this. However going from copious amounts of the green stuff to nothing in the space of a week can change perspectives.. I can no longer see myself completing the same mind numbing routine every day. I constantly seek change, any excuse to get away from everything, no longer caring about money, cars, jobs etc. I guess all I want in life is to be free... Probo ftw!! Either that or a girlfriend ....
  15. Visited with Fluff and Maniac, Visited with Fluff and Maniac, The school occupies what used to be the Lillesden Estate Mansion, built at the estate (south of Hawkhurst) in 1855 by the banker Edward Loyd, who moved there after marrying. The house and estate remained in the family until just after the First World War, when it was then sold and eventually became the Bedgebury Girls Public School. The school closed around 1999 and has been abandoned ever since. Due to the theft of its lead roof, water damage is now sadly causing the buildings to collapse. However, it is now owned by a property developed and expected to be converted into private apartments at some point in the future. It was also used as a location in Dr Who Hope you like the pix, Peace out. Shadz The school occupies what used to be the Lillesden Estate Mansion, built at the estate (south of Hawkhurst) in 1855 by the banker Edward Loyd, who moved there after marrying. The house and estate remained in the family until just after the First World War, when it was then sold and eventually became the Bedgebury Girls Public School. The school closed around 1999 and has been abandoned ever since. Due to the theft of its lead roof, water damage is now sadly causing the buildings to collapse. However, it is now owned by a property developed and expected to be converted into private apartments at some point in the future. It was also used as a location in Dr Who Hope you like the pix, Peace out. Shadz
  16. Visited with Swamp Donkey and Maniac Amazing frozen swimming pool!!! - Maniac has some great videos of us playing there haha I think it was Hawkhurst, I can't really remember hah so correct me if I'm wrong, does anyone have any history on this place?
  17. I visited this place last year with my daughter whilst visiting relatives, entrance was comical, borrowed a search blaster as we weren't prepared, had a great time, This was still there last time I looked it's in Coleshill, Warwickshire. Enjoy the pics. The main entrance. The flooded boiler house. The kitchen. The hall This ornate work was all around the hall, fantastic. The obligatory radiator pic. One of the many corridors. Some fancy artwork. I now know that this is a training aid, but it scared the life out of me in the dark. Someone left there boots behind. Some of the toys etc and there were lots of books under the stage. Lovely wooden doors into the hall. These made me crack up. Peeling paint. It was a great day out with Miss CSI, well worth a visit if you are nearby.
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