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  1. Urban Reflections... Flipped upside down for the last two.. Your turn...
  2. Calcott Hall The Explore Well, I'm a little behind on posting reports, 13 months behind to be exact. Mojo issues mixed with a busy year but generally can't be arsed with the whole thing. Normally this is where I'd write about the explore and what happened etc but I really can't remember much as it was last April and I've slept approximately 387 times since then. I had a quick squiz at @Urbexbandoned's report to jog my memory, to pinch the history, and to view all the items that I myself failed to photograph due to walking around with my eyes closed as normal. Easy derp to have a wander around and I think we had spent the previous few days sleeping in the car near, and inside of, a large hospital down south in Cardiff, then worked our way up to Shropshire and back to Lincoln on a lengthy road trip of derpy delights.. History This was once a Dairy Farm, built in 1725 as a Georgian Farmhouse. It's most recent resident was Ellen Jones who died in the 70's. I believe that some of her family also lived there as there are lots of bits of paperwork for a Francis Jones & a gentleman with the same surname. This farmhouse has more or less a written / photographic story of the residents who once lived there. Cupboards littered with bread and cake making supplies and ingredients showed the life of a typical farmhouse wife. Exterior buildings litter the farmhouse, some still being used today with the farmland scattered with cattle. Set in a beautiful little countryside, I cant help but think this really would have been beautiful in it's day. The Pictures 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7/8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Little bonus car in the garage in the grounds.. 16. As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  3. Canwick Cemetery Chapel The Explore One from March last year. This place has been derelict for a number of years and I had been keeping an eye on the place for probably 2 years previous to that as I regularly had to drive past the cemetery. Around once a month I made a point of stopping, pretending to visit some dead-relatives' grave and when no one was looking used to hop the heras and check the doors. About a billion times they were the same as always and I cursed the local kids and drunks for being crap, until finally one day myself and @Urbexbandoned were on a stroll through the cemetery and noticed some fresh beer cans near the heras and the door looking ever so slightly ajar.. winner!. Couldn't have a look that day as a groundsman was busy astro-turfing a rectangle nearby but returned the next day for a solo visit, then a few days later with @Urbexbandoned. I don't think the assumed-drunk had entered as I had to push a layer of pigeon shit about 2 inches thick behind the door. No-one had been in there for a very long time and also it was a shame the wooden staircase up the bell tower had completely rotted away and collapsed at some point. A few people visited in the coming few months, then I noticed the door got boarded up again. The History Pair of former chapels, now disused. 1856. By Michael Drury. Coursed and squared rubble with ashlar dressings and plain tile roof. Gothic Revival style with pointed arched windows and Geometrical tracery. EXTERIOR: chamfered and moulded plinth, sill band, moulded eaves, coped gables with crosses and finials. North side has a central gable with an archway and shafts, flanked by single gabled buttresses. Beyond, single blocked 3-light windows. To left, the octagonal east chapel has angle buttresses and 3 gables, each with a 4-light window. Roof gablets. Fleche removed. To right, west chapel with apsidal end and buttresses, 3 bays, with six 2-light windows with hoodmoulds. In the north gable, a 5-light window. Square north-west tower, 3 stages, has to north a gabled doorway with shafts. Above, a trefoiled vescia piscis and to east, a 2-light window. Third stage has a foiled corbel table and to north, a rose window. On the other sides, 3-light windows. Spire removed. INTERIOR: east chapel has an arch braced conical roof with collars forming a corona. West chapel has a moulded stone arch to the apse, and an arch braced double purlin roof. Both chapels have foliage corbels - I have no idea what they are.. The Pictures 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Coffin shape on the ceiling.. 13. As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  4. RAF West Raynham The Explore A bit of a flying visit this one as we had other things to check out deeper into Norfolk that day and I was really only mainly interested in the peely action going on in the foyer to the Junior Ranks Mess and a few other bits and bobs. I might jump on the Errbex bus sometime in the future and mooch around the other bits but mostly likely i won't. Visited with @Urbexbandoned and thanks for the few tips beforehand from @Mikeymutt. The History (stolen as always) The airfield opened during May 1939 and was used by RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War with the loss of 86 aircraft. The station closed in 1994, though the Ministry of Defence (MoD) retained it as a strategic reserve. Having laid derelict since closure, the MoD elected in 2004 that it was surplus to requirements, and the site was sold in 2006 to the Welbeck Estate Group who sold the entire site in October 2007.The airfield opened during May 1939 and was used by RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War with the loss of 86 aircraft. The station closed in 1994, though the Ministry of Defence (MoD) retained it as a strategic reserve. Having laid derelict since closure, the MoD elected in 2004 that it was surplus to requirements, and the site was sold in 2006 to the Welbeck Estate Group who sold the entire site in October 2007. Built between 1938 and 1939, RAF West Raynham was an expansion scheme airfield. The grass landing area was aligned roughly north-east to south-west. The main camp, with housing and headquarters, was located immediately west of the landing area. To the south-east were bomb stores. The airfield was originally equipped with a Watch Office with Tower (Fort Type), of pattern 207/36 (made from concrete), although the tower was later removed and new control room built to pattern 4698/43. Later in the war the station was provided with a "Control Tower for Very Heavy Bomber Stations" to pattern 294/45, one of only four such towers to be built. The Pictures 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6/7. Small industrial building 8. Officer's Mess 9. 10. 11. 12. The Bar.. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18/19. 20. 21. 22. As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  5. Lostock Power Station The Explore.. Visited with @Urbexbandoned. Left Lincoln early and the car thermometer was reading -4.5C, then when we arrived at Lostock it had only climbed half a degree. We had a bit of prior info from @macc_explore so thanks for that mate. Quite a bit of ducking and diving to hide from various humans travelling to and from the secca checkpoint for the other part of the site and eventually got across the wasteland to where we wanted to be. Nice and peaceful explore once you're inside but it was bloody cold that day so when we were on the brink of hypothermia we exited and went for a traffic jam around liverpool thanks to the X-Factor or some shite. All in all a top day as always. The History.. (Stolen) Bowman Thompson & Company originally owned the site but was sold in 1900 to Brunner Mond whom with a seven year closure reconstructed the site producing sixty tonnes of soda ash a day. This figure rose to 800 tonnes a day in 1926 with all of the Brunner Mond assets being turned over to ICI. Lostock as a coal fired powerstation was decommissioned in 2000 when E.ON built there new Combined Heat & Power plant at Winnington and is due to be flattened for a new Sustainable Energy Plant to be built on the site. The Pictures.. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9/10. 11. 12. 13. What's left of the control room.. 14. 15. 16. As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  6. George Barnsley Tools The Explore I think it was a Sunday in January with @Urbexbandoned and we decided to make the shortish drive to Sheffield to have a look at this place as it seemed to have died down on the forums for the few months previous. It's now May and i'm just catching up with my shit and cursing Flickr for being a dick every time I get the motivation to post a report. We turned up early and got immediately lucky when a bloke with an early morning Maccies was entering the courtyard gates. Thanks to @Fekneejit for the information on the day, top lad and thank you. The entrance/exit was made considerably easier The History (stolen from @KarlPhoto365) George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialized in forged filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883. George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield Directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street. The 1849 listing records a move to Cornhill and the 1852 to Cornesh works, Cornesh street. They had by this time also increased there product range to include steel files, shoe and butchers knives. They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades, shoe knives and leather workers tools. In the 1948 listing the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd. George Barnsley died at his home at No 30 Collegiate Crescent on 30th March 1958. He lived there with his wife Mabel and mother-in-law Elizabeth. He was a partner in the firm which manufactured steel and files. The business was converted into a limited company about 10 years before his death. He had a long army career, joining up in 1896 and serving in the Boer war and two world wars. Colonel Barnsley played a leading part in the development of the Army Cadet Force in Sheffield. He died at the age of 83. The Pictures 1. 2. 3. 4/5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Some nice posters that I walked past about five times before I noticed them up high on a wall.. 14. 15. 16. 17. As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  7. The Explore Visited with Urbexbandoned We decided to do some local Lincolnshire stuff one weekend a few months ago. I was glad to re-visit this place to see some of the bits that I hadn't seen on previous visits. Turned out to be well worth the visit as the first of the eight large buildings that had been been previously sealed turned out to be one of my favourite parts to photograph and was good to see some other little bits like the top of the tower, which i missed last time as the little wooden door at the top of the spiral staircase had been nailed shut. No sign of the remote secca and in and out unnoticed which is how i like it The History (Stolen from myself) The years of beer Designed specifically to facilitate three key stages in the production of beer, the Sleaford Bass Maltings represent both a practical and architecturally pleasing group of buildings. Covering a geographical area of just over 13 acres, and comprising some 500,000 sq ft of floor space, the Sleaford Bass Maltings cost around £350,000 to complete. Standing against a backdrop of flat landscape, this impressive complex can be seen for many miles, its eight massive malt houses, central water tower, and tall chimney dominating the skyline. Production was under way in September 1906 and fully operational by the following year. Throughout the first half of the 20th century production continued at a pace but, by the end of the Second World War, had declined to such an extent that many of the buildings had become redundant. While other trades rented some of the unused space, the malt industry continued to decline until, in 1959, production finally ceased. Just a random fact... "In addition to their wages, workers were given three free pints a day!", If only I was born 50 years earlier.... Chicken and Veg In 1973 the Sleaford Bass Maltings were purchased by a local firm, GW Padley (Property) Ltd who utilised it for chicken rearing and vegetable processing, but the chicken rearing came to end during the 1990s when approval was given for residential development of adjacent land. The Blaze Considered to be of special architectural and historical interest, the Sleaford Bass Maltings were Grade II listed in 1974, only to suffer considerable damage two years later when a severe fire spread through the central area. Found this warning too on english heritage... NB Please note that this site is not currently open to the public. Tours are sometimes arranged by the Sleaford Maltings Group for heritage open days and other similar events.... The Pictures 1. Phone pano... 2. 3. 4/5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Urbexbandoned getting the shot... 14/15. As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  8. History - Sorry @Hydro3xploric I stole it from you! Bowman Thompson & Company originally owned the site but was sold in 1900 to Brunner Mond whom with a seven year closure reconstructed the site producing sixty tonnes of soda ash a day. This figure rose to 800 tonnes a day in 1926 with all of the Brunner Mond assets being turned over to ICI. Lostock a coal fired powerstation was decommissioned in 2000 when E.ON built there new Combined Heat & Power plant at Winnington, Lostock is due to be flattened for a new Sustainable Energy Plant to be built on the site. The explore Firstly thanks to @macc_explore who helped out with this, thanks mate Visited with @hamtagger, it was a bitterly cold day. Minus 4 when we left Lincoln and headed over to Northwich. We had a few other bits to look at in the area but decided to do this first. Parking our car we had a little walk down to where it is. Trying to look like we were just walkers while early morning dog walkers were walking the same path and waiting for that split second to dash through the entry point in to the grounds had our adrenalin going already. As most of you know that actually read my reports, most of the explores with me involved are rarely non eventful and this was no different with a near on hyperthermic experience because it was so bloody cold and mainly because I didn't dress properly for the weather. HT did look after me very well though Surprisingly easy getting in and started snapping basically. Parts of this place looked like it had been abandoned years which we know it has been but other areas looked like workmen were still using it. Had a good look around, the main turbine hall was real nice. Probably my favourite bit from the whole explore and the dialporn. I do like a nice dial. Everything was going quite well, we had been in there a few hours, walking around casually. No one else in sight at all. Lots of funny noises as I had read about in previous reports so nothing unexpected. Even got to the area where we could look out on to the live section. I really liked it, despite being filled with pigeon shit it had a lot of stuff to take pictures of and was very photogenic. Anyway... we had found the control room, Now I love a control room but this one was stripped of basically 90% which had no appeal to me at all. It was more the machinery, Dials etc that I had gone for. Anyway, on with the pics. 1 picture of The live area
  9. St. John's Asylum The Explore.. Visited with @Urbexbandoned. Thought we should really check this place out last year in October as there hadn't been anything from the place for ages, mainly due to people probably assuming the place was converted, but in reality you can see from the main road that there is a large proportion still derelict. At a guess I'd say 70-80% of it. The chapel at the front is now swanky apartments and the main frontage has been repaired and to be fair looks pretty good as the original architecture has all been retained. Some new build houses have appeared and other sections to the left are now townhouses and apartments. Still quite a bit to see but one thing I did notice was some areas that were pretty intact 18 months ago have had floor/roof collapses and are a bit of a death trap now. Some of the corridors that were previously accessible are now bricked up and some of the areas that weren't have now become viewable thanks to the conversion in progress. I considered venturing through into the converted areas to get some snaps but decided it'd be a lot easier just to look on right Rightmove rather than bump into the onsite (and quite on the ball) security In and out undetected which is always nice as the current secca policy I've heard is to call the cops from the police station across the road, and ask questions later.. They now have dogs there too... The History. Built under the name Lincolnshire County Lunatic Asylum in 1852, set in 120 acres of grounds. In 1940, female patients were transferred around the UK to make way for an emergency department for the war effort. The newly established NHS took control in 1948 and by the 1960's it was known as St John's Hospital. The Hospital was closed in 1989, since then it has been sold and gradually been demolished to make way for housing leaving just the main buildings. The Pictures.. 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. The area where they are stripping walls and floors back to bare brick for the conversion.. As always, thanks for looking and feedback appreciated
  10. St.Mary's Hospital The Explore Visited with @Urbexbandoned We were actually heading towards a school in the area when we noticed the ivy covered frontage of this hospital from the road outside and decided to swing into the carpark. Then we looked right and saw the little building with the fridges that had been appearing in a few recent threads at the time, nice to see the head pillows but that was about it to be honest. Went around the back and stuck my head into the "tramp cells" for a second but decided there must be a little more to this site... Turn 180 degrees... 4 ward hospital.. The History The Workhouse was built in 1836 on the east side of Melton on Thorpe End Road, comprising four wards and spacious yards. It is now St. Mary's Hospital and still serving the local area. When it was built it cost £6000 and was designed to house three hundred people.According to White's trade directory of 1846, it rarely housed more than half of that number at that time. The workhouse was somewhere poor people in the area could go. In return for food and clothing they were given work to do. The former workhouse later became St Mary's Hospital. I can't find much in the way of when this place closed down, I am assuming that because the doors were marked 2010 that this was about right. The Pictures 1. 2. 3. 4. 5/6. 7. 8. 9/10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  11. RAF Nocton The Explore Had a quick look one day to show Urbexbandoned the nice peely corridors. I’ve been about 6 times now so only took a few snaps. Got the shot i wanted which was an aerial one from the top of one of the tower things. Nice relaxed wander The History Nocton Hall was acquired by the Air Ministry in 1940 and turned into an RAF Hospital. The Hall itself was used as a "clearing station" until 1943. In 1943 the Americans took possession of the Hall and grounds for a second time. Nocton became home for the United States Army Seventh General Hospital and the Hall was used as the Officers Club. At the end of the War in 1945 the RAF selected Nocton Hall to be their permanent hospital for the county of Lincolnshire. RAF Nocton Hall was a 740 bed hospital under RAF control until 1984, used by civilians and forces personnel, one of the country’s undisputed RAF Hospitals. The decision to close Nocton Hall as a military hospital was taken on 31st March 1983. In its later days 13 American personnel remained to keep the hospital serviceable. RAF Nocton Hall was handed back to Her Majesty's Government by the USAF on 30 September 1995 but has never been brought back into use as a hospital. Various development plans have come and gone and the main hall has acquired grade 2 listed status, who knows what'll happen… The Pictures 1. From the top of the tower.. 2. 3. 4. Phone pano.. As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  12. Benenden Hospital The Explore A couple of days before the Cliffe Forte meet me and @Urbexbandoned sat and did a bit of research of the area, i got distracted as usual by the internet because I am a man. @Urbexbandoned suggested this little gem and i'm glad she did. @Maniac and @Obscurity had reported on this place a few years ago and we liked the look of the place and wondered if anything was still there worth looking at. That frontage to the main building was attractive in itself, quite an unusual layout and looked more American in architectural design in my eyes. The prospect of corridors with single ward rooms branching off like we'd seen in their reports were unfortunately no more. A lot of these are now converted into hospital offices and the like, complete with human Doctors and shit. We had a walk around the site, then decided to enter the live hospital and walk around to see if anything derpy remained. After a wander around the live bit and a nice hospital poo each, we decided that the only way to get to the corridors was to walk through the live parts, head down, awkward smiles to staff and managed to wing it through to the only remaining abandoned corridor. Rather than finding them set up like small bedrooms like we'd seen in old reports, they appeared to be just patient archive rooms and shit like that. A bit disappointed to be honest so we grabbed a few shots and headed back out past the doctors and nurses again. Had a walk around the grounds and few a few other little buildings and the swimming pool, and these turned out to be a lot more interesting, one of the buildings having rooms packed full of shiny newish looking bed and expensive hospital equipment. Not like the NHS to waste money is it? Right, I've talked enough shite! The History Benenden Hospital was founded in 1907 in Benenden, Kent and became the centre for hospital treatment for members of Trade Unions and Friendly Societies and subsequently large numbers of public sector employees who joined what is now benenden health. The services provided at the hospital have moved with the times. From treatment for tuberculosis - which was its original role - to the management of chest diseases, to the current day where the hospital provides a wide range of consultation, diagnosis and treatment services for most medical and surgical specialties. In recent years the hospital has increasingly had patients who are not members of benenden health. Local National Health Service agencies are increasing their use of the hospital's facilities, as are patients who use private medical insurance or who pay directly for their own hospital care. The hospital provides a range of clinical services which are tailored to meet the needs of individual patients. The hospital has a Modern Matron 'a senior and experienced professional' who has the authority to resolve problems. The Pictures 1. 2/3. 4. 5. 6. Urbexbandoned 7. 8. After having my blood pressure taken by Urbexbandoned the reading unfortunately indicated I was dead 9. 10/11. 12. 13. I hadn't seen a Microfiche reader for a long time before finding this one.. 14. I'm not gonna bullshit you, I couldn't get into this building (not for the want of fucking trying), so this shot was through the window.. 15. Filing cabinet packed full of staff records and this one in particular contained a report on a staff member dismissed for getting a bit too touchy feely with a nurse... 16/17. Shitter/Lit corridor.. 18. Unfortunately no keys in the ignitions 19. Mangled.. Thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  13. Murphy’s machinery The Explore Visited with my better half [MENTION=1371]Urbexbandoned[/MENTION] A bit of a back-up location after things didn't go to plan at a mill in the area and we decided against the "death by pikey-horse/dog" access followed by a bit of nosey neighbour avoidance at High Royds. Nice little place to be honest and quite photogenic so was a mellow way to spend an hour The History G.L Murphy’s Machinery Ltd. was an industrial parts manufacturer established in 1930. They were based in this mill, named Imperial Works, on the rural outskirts of Menston in West Yorkshire. The company made tools, belt driven machinery, transmissions and electrical equipment, specialising in items for tanners and leather manufacturers in addition to glue and gelatine plants. They produced batch runs of specialist components and carried out renovation work on various machine parts. Imperial Works is primarily constructed from locally mined millstone grit and features an attractive redbrick chimney. It covers a fairly expansive area amid rural farmland to the north of Menston, just off Otley Road. Some parts of the site are still in use but this older section is now falling into rapid decay. Most clues from items found within the G.L Murphy factory appear to date its closure to some time in the mid 1970s. The Pictures 1. 2. 3/4. 5. 6/7. 8. 9. 10/11. 12. 13/14. 15. And one for the Dad's As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  14. Ferdowse Clinic AKA Heckington Manor The Explore Visited with Urbexbandoned after a wander around the Bass Maltings. I had been last year already for a quick mooch around and then it was starting to show signs of abuse by the local shitbags so i wasn't holding high hopes for the state of the place, and i wasn’t wrong. Such a shame a buyer didn’t come forward before it got to it’s current level of fuckedness. I remember being amazed that the stained glass window was still intact 18 months ago, but now some toe rags have smashed it up. Pretty much just an update on the place, difficult to actually get a photograph nowadays but heres a couple for record only… The History (Stolen from myself) Dr Mostafa Morsy, a specialist of addiction treatment, spent around £300,000 bringing the former Heckington Manor up to scratch and opening a successful private practice for the treatment of alcoholism in the late 1980s. In 2003, the government had drastically cut funding for this sort of treatment and Dr Morsy had no other option other than to close the doors of his pride and joy. Since being disused, the property has been vandalised heavily and now sits waiting for a new owner. The Pictures 1. 2. 3/4. 5. Final thoughts… derp-hole, take a tripod, or even better a hand-grenade, I wouldn’t even waste your time As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  15. Pitchford Hall The Explore Visited with Urbexbandoned And thanks to Lenston for the help and information leading up to this one mate So, we got up early-ish and set off on the 2 1/2 hour drive from lincoln to Shrewsbury. Weather looked pretty wank as we left and I decided to chin off taking a pair of shorts and dressed in black combats and black T-shirt, a decision I later regretted. A bit of cross country hiking, over a little stream then across a wider part... quite a bit of rain the night before made it a little deeper and faster flowing than we had expected; my sealskinz socks proved their worth yet again and Urbexbandoned went for the butterfly stroke across the amazon By this time the sun was splitting the skies and I was fucking boiling dressed in all black like i was about to storm the Iranian embassy with a minime rather than storm an old stately home with a camera. Tracey changed into tiny shorts to get cooled down and i stood there sweating and regretting my earlier decision to chin off packing my mankini Took a long fucking time to get into this place, a good four hours to be exact. Fresh padlocks all over the place along with newly laminated signs attached to doors and gates saying "private do not enter" or some shit like that. Treehouse with a nice new padlock too, gutted. After me having a huff and giving Urbexbandoned the "why the fuck does this always happen to me" speech, I was swiftly told to stop being a drama queen and lets get this place done, so I picked up my teddies and re-applied my mascara, then had another walk around and found a place to pretty much un-gracefully skydive down a 15 foot wall and we found our entry.. After about 3 hours uninterrupted mooching around this cracking location we were just about to leave when an old and initially rather angry bloke appeared, an apparent keyholder too. We stood apologetically and listened to his bollocking about "bloody urban explorers' and how he had caught some careless people the day before and had dispatched his mate to B and Q to buy more padlocks and bolts to seal the place up. He also said he had been on the internet that morning and seen pictures of this at the time "NP" location. Whoever that was, nice one knobhead for burning the place and also to the bellend who parked right outside the adjacent occupied houses a few days previous to our visit #ninja_as_fuck The History (burgled from Raz) Pitchford Hall is Grade I listed and one of England's finest Elizabethan half timbered houses. The first record of the estate is in the Domesday Book (1081 - 86) Historical records relate that a mediaeval manor house existed somewhere on the site from at least 1284 to 1431 and it is possible that portions of the earlier house may survive within the fabric of the west wing. Soon after the three wings were completed a garderobe tower was added to the north east corner, overlooking the brook and rolling parkland. Many of the 16th century arrangements have been altered by successive waves of taste and need, with the exception of the drawing room where the paneling and ceiling are amongst the finest of their type and date back to 1626. Some time after the Dissolution of the Monasteries (during the reign of Henry VIII) and when Roman Catholics were being persecuted for their religious beliefs, a Priest's Hole was installed in the house. Prince Rupert is said to have hidden there from the Parliamentarians. Some of the more famous guests to stay at Pitchford over the years include Queen Victoria who as Princess Victoria, aged 13 was entertained at the Hall in 1832 by the then owner 3rd Earl of Liverpool. An extract from her diary recalls "at about twenty minutes to five we arrived at Pitchford, a curious looking but very comfortable house. It is striped black and white and in the shape of a cottage". During her stay she watched the local hunt from the Tree house. In 1935 the then Duke of York (later George VI) and his wife Queen Elizabeth (now the Queen Mother) stayed. During World War II, Pitchford was one of the houses selected as a place of safety for King George and his wife Queen Elizabeth and their daughters Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. The operation to relocate the Royal Family to Pitchford was called the Coates Mission. The Pictures 1. 2. 3. 4. 5/6. Yet another moment when I told myself to get a fucking wide angle lens! 7. Urbexbandoned getting the angles 8. Bring me a brew, and make it snappy peasant! 9. Bit of a wank picture but we walked past this little servants panel a few times before noticing it was there.. 10. Kitchen area.. 11. Ordered a domino's from here.. 12/13. Getting wood 14. 15. Attic area.. 16. 17/18. 19. The Red window.. 20. As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  16. RAF Upwood The Explore Visited in the summer time with Urbexbandoned It's knocking on Octobers back door and i'm starting to accumulate a backlog of explores and pictures burning a hole in my computer. I need to learn to stop writing war and peace each time and maybe i'll catch up to Septembers reports by Christmas In the morning of this visit we decided to have a look at the wind tunnel site at bedford and managed to sneak past a film crew and about 50 people dressed in weird costumes depicting arabic writing and symbols that I can only describe as based on ISIS/ISIL/IS. Must've been filming a deep and meaningful play about war and terrorism or something, we didn't really give a fuck, but used the crew entrance that me and Session9 had used as an exit point months before as an opportune entrance point and walked up the stairs past a load of camera equipment and into the control room that overlooks what would have been the 8x8 tunnel hangar. We had a quick selfie in the control room which i later realised turned out dark and blurry and then walked past the camera man on the way out, said hello, and he didn't bat an an eyelid as we strolled past waiting for the "oi" that didn't come. Then we decided to swing by Cardington hangers. First time i'd seen them in the flesh and fuck me, they looked impressive and well into their re-fit. Later that day after visiting some family we headed off to Cambridgeshire for a sniff around Upwood. Nice and leisurely mooch, a few kids knocking about and a few dog walkers. We were just about to climb the tower and Urbexbandoned said she'd go first..... after one rung she looked up only to be greeted by a pigeon cack to the head. When i had finished having a laughter fit we made our way to the top. Great view from up there and a nice way to top off a top day The History (Stolen from Urbexbandoned ) Since 1982, the Nene Valley Gliding Club has conducted its glider operations from a field that occupies the site of the old runways. Initially these operations were under an agreement with the Ministry of Defence. However, in 1995 the club was told they would need to find a new home as the land was going to be sold off. The club was unable to locate a suitable new home and was preparing for the possibility of having to close when the purchaser of the land, Marshal Papworth, agreed to lease the land to the club for 10 years. This has allowed the club to continue flying from Marshals Paddock (so named by the club after their benefactor's death in 2000). Much of the RAF Upwood is unused, closed by the Ministry of Defence in 1994. Most of the station was vacated and the land and buildings sold off to civil ownership. Upwood is also the home of No. 511 (Ramsey) Squadron Air Training Corps who have been on the site since the early 70s. Originally housed in the old fire station the squadron moved to a number of buildings before settling in the old nissen hut church building. When the station was closed by the MOD in 1995, the squadron moved to the Upwood school. The squadron finally settled into the present building inside the fence in 1997. In 2004 Turbine Motor Works purchased a large amount of property on the former base including the four C-type hangars. Their plan is to convert the property into a state-of-the-art jet engine overhaul facility. Together with the Nene Valley Gliding Club and the Air Cadet Squadron, this facility will ensure that the former RAF base will continue its aviation legacy well into the 21st century. Part of the facility is now used by airsoft players. The Pictures 1. Pano from the roof of Pigeon Tower.. 2. 3. Urbexbandoned's Nikon Vs. Cannon 4/5/6. Three pictures that looked wank at normal size 6. 7. 8. Toilet massacre 9. A couple from the barrack blocks, airsofted and graffed to death.. 10. 11. Medical centre which unfortunately had been trashed in such a short time since closure, also pitch black in most areas. (now completely demo'd apparently) 12. I had a nightmare getting a shot in here due to being tripodless but managed to salvage one... As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  17. Towers Hospital Leicester The Explore What a fucking weekend, visited with Urbexbandoned Got to Leicester early with a certain post office on our minds. After a quick recce of the access, I was perhaps a little over-cautious to be honest and convinced T do go and check out some other locations and return when things looked a bit quieter. Fast forward several hours later and isn't hindsight is a wonderful thing? If we had have gone for the access earlier it would've unfortunately resulted in finding the same sealed up part that we did, only after the assault course that we embarked on. A big "fuck you' to a CCTV camera as we legged it past it, and an eventual climb through a window as a pigeon almost implanted Mrs. Pigeon's birdgina's fluff into my forehead. Rewind.... Walked through a shopping centre full of humans in the hunt for a bit of nightclub action, car parks, more humans, chavs, more cameras with obviously no mother fucker at the screen end. Slipped underneath Leicester for a good hour, sometimes if you're necky it's amazing how you can wonder away from the normal people and through a brown door into service tunnels and fire escape stairwells until you eventually bump into a high viz mongaloid in the underground delivery yard who only responds to any question with the sound "yarp or narp" After being escorted back to the shopping centre I realised that maybe we had just met the missing link between ape and man. A slap up candlelit dinner for two in Maccies later (my treat ) and after walking several miles around checking out a few other possible locations we headed towards Towers.... So I had a pop at this place about 14 months ago and unfortunately we walked into a live workshop area and got busted within about 5 minutes before getting to the main Hospital bit. I was surprised to find that the whole area and the access area i had in mind had been completely flattened. The first part was a walk in thanks to the demo which was well in progress, corridors that i wanted to see last year had sadly been reduced to big piles of bricks. Only the front area and old part of the hospital remains and there may be even less now. The part that i wanted to see was the wards area and unfortunately they had started ripping down suspended ceilings and removing radiators and stuff like that and generally making a mess of the floors which in turn made it difficult to photograph. After a long time walking around the outside of this part we eventually found a broken window which i climbed through then swiftly locked myself in like a bellend as i let the door to the room close behind me Luckily Urbexbandoned was there to climb in to rescue me lol. The History (robbed as always ) Due to population growth and the refusal of the Commissioners in Lunacy to sanction an enlargement of the County Asylum, in 1865 the Leicester Corporation decided to build an asylum for the town’s pauper lunatics. A 30 acre site in Humberstone was purchased for the new Leicester Borough Asylum by the Leicester Borough Council in 1864, for the sum of £8,000. The site was purchased from the executors of the Broadbent estate, having formerly been the home of Benjamin Broadbent (1813 – 1862). Benjamin Broadbent had formed the company of Broadbents Ltd in Leicester in 1840 and by 1861 had amassed sufficient funds to build a house known as Victoria House on a large estate in Humberstone. This was a substantial property and is described in the deeds as a mansion house with stables, coach house, vineries, orchard, houses, conservatories and outbuildings. Anyway, glad to get to see whats left of this place and document a little bit of what it was like before the imminent conversion or whatever they're doing to the place, just wish I wasn't my usual lazy self with the tripod (or lack of the use of it) and got some better pictures but here they are anyway... The Pictures 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7/8. 9. 10. 11. 12/13. 14. 15. 16/17. 18. 19. As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  18. History RAF Hospital Nocton Hall was a 740-bed RAF hospital serving the predominantly RAF personnel based at the large number of RAF Stations in the area. Officially designated as No. 1 RAF Hospital Nocton Hall it opened in June 1947. It was used by forces personnel, their families and local civilians until it closed on 31 March 1983. The hospital was situated the small village of Nocton in rural Lincolnshire and partly in the grounds of Nocton Hall. The Hall was used as the Officers' Mess. The main part of the hospital consisted of long corridors with wooden hut wards and departments branching off them. The hospital was on a slight slope so the corridors were not level. Explore Visited with Hamtagger having visited a few other places in the area we decided to pay Nocton a little visit. I hadn't been before but it is one of HT's favourite places so he dragged me, literally. Haha! Probably one of the easiest explores I have ever had. In, pictures taken, leisurely explore, no one around and gone again without a trace of us even being there. The place is pretty well documented and knowingly trashed but those corridors do make awesome pictures. The level of decay gets better every time I have seen it. Some nice little areas around too, quite a lot of the buildings have a lot to offer in terms of peely porn and corridors, I enjoyed it anyhoo. Thanks for looking
  19. Biscathorpe Church The Explore I've been slacking a bit with getting my reports and photos sorted out lately but i'm gradually working through them in some sort of OCD-like order in which i done the explores. Visited this little hidden gem with Urbexbandoned What better way to spend a sunday than to drive around the vastness that is Lincolnshire, with a few location names and postcodes scribbled down and just seeing what we might find. We rocked up in our sunday best and parked close to what was once the old vicarage, but now appears to be a little holiday home. The current holiday makers had popped out for the day leaving behind a very barky dog which upset our ninja-ness greatly. Woof, woof, fucking woof. A quick 50 round burst from a GPMG wouldn't have gone amiss. Anyway, a loooong wait in the grounds later, and after 780 external shots of gravestones, flowers and of each other whilst waiting for various people and a groups of kids to feck off from the vicinity we made our tight-squeeze access. Shortly after getting inside we became aware of a noise outside so quickly hid in the tightest spot ever for what seemed like ages whilst trying not to burst out laughing about our predicament. Eventually whoever it was that was rattling the door handle and peering though the windows decided to do one and we were safe to continue with the snaps and make our escape undetected, which is how i like it... The History The village of Biscathorpe is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book, as Biscopetorp, and prior to the Norman Invasion it’s Lord was Godric, post the 1066 invasion it was ‘given’ to the Bishop of Durham. There are 25 acres of meadows listed and 2 mills, 6 plough lands, 2 lord’s plough teams and 2.5 men’s plough teams. Hmmm interesting... There’s no mention of a church so presumably the original church dates no earlier than medieval at best, the current building appears to be relatively modern. Coming to the church, it’s dedicated to St Helen and it’s both ornate and plain in equal measure. The tower and spire is quite nice, the carving with adorns the building is also quite impressive but the rendering is not perhaps the most attractive of features... The Pictures 1. 2. 3/4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Urbexbandoned always getting the best angles 10/11. 12. As always, thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  20. Pilkington's Glass The Explore Drove up to meet Session9 at Doncaster and headed for some industrial goodness and we weren't disappointed. Using the "going in dry" technique as always we had a wander around the outside looking for access. At one point I was boot-deep in mud and water in a large pipe checking out a possible access point when i heard S9 having a meeting with a yappy dog above so I hid in the pipe until it buggered off, whilst slowly sinking. The old sealskinz waterproof socks proving their worth once again Further around the perimeter we got lucky and found a way in... The History (stolen from S9 once again lol) Pilkington Glass was established in St Helens, Merseyside in 1826. The Doncaster site was opened in 1922 at its canalside location in Kirk Sandall. Pilkingtons had a large workforce and the small village of Kirk Sandall grew to provide housing for the workers. There was even a pub nearby named "The Glassmaker" (now rebuilt and re-named "The Glasshouse"). The site eventually ceased production in 2008. The Pictures 1. This area was mahoosive! 2. 3. Unfortunately this gantry crane cab had been wedged shut, otherwise i'd have taken it for a spin.. 4. The font and colour of these hand-painted signs reminded me of New York fire engines for some reason.. 5/6. Many would've taken a picture of the number on the pillar to the left.... 7. I spent a lot of time climbing shit here and ended up pretty much covered in red dusty crap by the end of the day.. 8. Hell minus 300.. 9. 10. 11. 12. Rusty pipe.. 13. A very much live area which appeared to have some newly built train tracks and smelled better than your own fart brand.. 14. Battery Charging Room 15. Moving on to the Engineers Workshop area.. 16. 17. 18. Gogglebox.. 19. Got filthy climbing up here... 20. Gay machinery.. 21. 22. As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  21. Selly Oak Hospital The Explore An early start as always, setting off from Lincoln about 04:45am and arrived at the first location of the day a couple of hours and a lay-by poo later. Met with Fatpanda and Raz and made for our access, good to meet you guys. Narrowly avoided a couple of secca men who either seen us and decided to ignore us or didn't spot us hiding in the bushes. We'll never know... The History Selly Oak Hospital was well renowned for the trauma care it provided and had one of the best burns units in the country. It was also home to the Royal Centre for Defence medicine, which cared for injured service men and women from conflict zones, as well as training service medical staff in preparation for working in such areas. In 2007 the hospital appeared in national newspapers with stories of servicemen being verbally abused in the hospital by members of the public opposed to the Iraq war. There were also difficulties reported when Jeremy Clarkson went to the hospital to give gifts to the wounded serviceman. A report published by the House of Commons Defence Select Committee blamed the allegations against the hospital on a smear campaign by a bunch of so-called 'British' scumbags and praised the clinical care provided to military patients. The hospital closed in 2012 upon completion of the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Relocation of the first services from Selly Oak began during the summer of 2010 when its A+E department moved to the new Q.E. Hospital on 16 June and over the next 7 days Critical Care and other departments moved step-by-step the 1.5 miles to the new hospital. On average one inpatient was moved every 5 minutes between 7 am and early evening each day... The Pictures 1. 2. We used this to navigate around... 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9/10. 11. Small Chapel Area.. 12. Body fridges.. 13. Pathology Room or Morgue Area... 14. 15. Very much enjoyed my visit here. We went in the main hospital area and the pathology building, however there are multiple other buildings and areas which we didn't explore. I think the location still has a bit more to give so get your asses over there! As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  22. Willington Cooling Towers The Explore Stopped off here with Fatpanda and Raz a few weeks ago on the way home from our primary targets and the sheer size of them amazed me. I would highly recommend giving these an hour of your time if you're ever in the area. The echo was crazy too, I spent quite a while shouting expletives upwards to amusingly hear them rebounding around The History Robbed from Paulpowers In the 1950s, two coal-fired power stations were built on a site off Twyford Road, between Willington and Findern. The stations were privatized and sold to National Power in the early 1990s and eventually closed in the mid-1990s. Although most of the stations were demolished at the turn of the millennium, the five cooling towers continue to dominate the skyline of the local area. The site is earmarked for a large residential development, pending the results of a public inquiry. The construction plans have been met with local opposition, perhaps due to the site's proximity to the River Trent's flood plain. In the mid-1990s a pair of peregrine falcons nested in one of the site's huge cooling towers. Unlike many bird of prey breeding sites, this was widely publicized because of its impregnable location. The Pictures 1. I had to walk back about 40 miles to get these massive feckers in frame with my kit lens... 2. Just to give a bit of scale to these massive towers... 3. 4. 5/6. 7. 8. 9. 10. As always cheers for looking and feedback always appreciated
  23. RAF Thurleigh Air Traffic Control Tower The Explore After a double visit to the RAE Bedford Windtunnel testing site, we decided to take a look at the ATC tower which was basically situated on the same site but on the other side of the massive multi-runway airfield. A long walk past some smelly sheep and a few dives into the bushes thanks to some farmer spreading equally smelly shit around the neighbouring field, eventually we were at the tower. On first inspection the place looked like it had been recently “sealed†with nice fresh looking boards all around but with a bit of head/ball scratching and a leap of faith from The Lone Shadow, myself and Session9 were in Didn’t bother with zillion cars parked on the runways as there were transporters and humans in hi-viz kicking around most of the time.. The History Thurleigh was built for RAF Bomber Command in 1940 by W & C French Ltd. Its first use was by NO.160 SQN RAF, forming on 16 January 1942. Thurleigh was one of 28 fields listed for use by the U.S. Eighth Air Force on 4 June 1942, tentatively designated station B-4, and was allocated on 10 August 1942. With the essential construction completed, the 306th Bombardment Group deployed to Thurleigh on 7 September 1942. The group flew the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft, and remained at Thurleigh until 1 December 1945. That was the longest tenure of any U.S. air group at a UK base. Starting in 1946, construction work began on the airfield to turn the site into what became known as the Royal Aeronautical Establishment, Bedford. The runway was extended in the post-war period to accommodate the Bristol Brabazon aircraft (which required a very long runway) that ultimately never went into production. One local road was dropped into a cutting so that it would not sit above the level of the runway. All this airfield activity justified a Control Tower of this size… The Pictures Taken in 1957 (not really, was a few weeks ago ) 2/3. On the long walk to the tower we went past this rickety wooden construction with the bottom of the ladder entwined with thick thorny shit.. 4. Also this collection of buildings which didn't look worth the effort accessing.. 5/6. On to the ATC Tower itself.. 7. Main Tower Control.. 8. 9. 10. 11/12.. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19/20. 21. Central Stairwell 22/23. Lurking in the ladies.. 24. As always, thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  24. West Bromwich Springs Ltd AKA Helical Works The Explore After morgue hunting at Selly's, myself, Raz and Fatpanda checked in at a certain swimming baths in Birmingham only to find out that we weren't doing that place that day but maybe will become available at some point in the future. Onwards to Helical in West Bromwich. I went here last year with Catbalou, for some reason on the day I thought it was January last year, but after looking at my old report it was actually June 14. How time flies? The few people that have been here will know that access is let's just say "tricky". This place is a standing example of why NP sections on forums exist. The bits that I explored before looked pretty much the same, no vandalism, no dickheads, no Facebook exposure. Location intact for other explorers to experience, without drawing attention to it and becoming another place sealed by the reckless ones.. The History (Stolen from myself) In West Bromwich is the West Bromwich Spring Co. Ltd, also known as Helical Works. The West Bromwich Spring has been at the forefront of precision manufacturing since 1896. Their website boasted a claim Precision springs made to order: Any Design. Any Quantity. Any Time. Found it difficult to find a lot of history on the place online for some reason, just loads of links to yell.com etc giving details of the business as if it was still up and running, which makes sense I suppose as the site is roughly 25% live with only the rear areas falling into dereliction. Found some disjointed info about the owner legging it from the site and not returning after a large quantity of his machinery failed safety checks in 2007 and it would've been too expensive to bring the equipment up to satisfactory standards. The company was valued by an independent body around this time at £-110,892. The unknown owner currently rents parts of the complex out to private businesses. The Pictures Similar to last time.. 1. (edited after several beverages sorry ) 2. 3. 4. Lower your monster truck with these... 5/6. 7. 8. In the room to the left of this shot, there is a door and stairway leading down to a live and alarmed workshop. Don't go down there .... 9. 10/11. 12. 13. 14. 15. As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  25. RAF Stenigot Home Radar Station The Explore I’ve lived in and around the Lincolnshire area now for a good few years and always fancied taking a look at these massive dishes but they always seemed to be on the backup list if all the other backups failed. A friend had just received his shiny new 6D in the post and was eager to get out and have a go at some night-time star trail shots and we decided that the isolated, non-light polluted Stenigot site would be perfect for this. So last Friday night, instead of heading into town to drink Jager-bombs till our eyes bled in the hope of later finger-blasting some Uni students, we went to Morrisons instead to buy some sausage rolls and monster for the short drive to Stenigot. After completing the Lincolnshire Rally stage we carefully selected our parking space in the middle of a field The History (robbed) RAF Stenigot was opened in 1940 as an east coast Chain Home radar station. Stenigot provided long range early warning for raids from Luftflotte V and the northern elements of Luftflotte II along the approaches to Sheffield and Nottingham and the central Midlands. After the war, the station remained operational as part of the 'defended area', a line of chain home stations running down the east coast from Flamborough Head in Yorkshire and along the south coast to Portland Bill in Dorset. The equipment and buildings were removed in 1996 although the four parabolic dishes can still be seen lying on the ground close to the old chain home receiver block. All the other buildings connected with Ace High, including the police house have been demolished with only the concrete bases remaining to indicate their former positions. The Pictures 1. 2. At this point I said to my mate, "If there IS a bull we can easily jump up onto the dishes, it'll never be able to get up there".. He then showed me a YouTube clip of a bull jumping about 12 feet into a crowd and killing loads of people.. thanks for that.... 3. The one (originally four) remaining mast used for training by RAF Digby to the right... 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Then it started to get dark.. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Beam me up Scotty.. 15. 16. An edit my mate done with multiple hams, find all 9 if you can As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated