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Built in 1902-3 by Northampton architect Thomas Dyer, the Hope Methodist Church is a striking landmark on Higham Ferrers' High Street. Marked out in East Northamptonshire Council's own Conservation Area Appraisal as a building of merit, the church, which is notable for its exuberantly Gothic west end, has a powerful presence in its historically significant surroundings. http://www.victoriansociety.org.uk/news/northamptonshire-church-plans-flout-government-guidance/ The church has been abandoned since 2004 and has had a Demolition Grant on it since 2008. I have tried to get in here on numerous occasions over the last year but finally found a suitable access point in a place I never of thought of looking! I am aware of the noise, seems to be an issue I am having at the moment with equipment. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650231137409/
So I never got round to doing this place before, as it looked so wrecked. I saw in Mookies, and other reports that it had some wonderfully untouched and seldomly explored parts; so I thought, why not go there. I first went on my own, then returned with Southside Assassin and Mookster. Thanks to Mookster for the guided tour. In 1910 a London floor polishing paste firm known as J. Masters&Co began the manufacture of of their paste on a site nearby the railway tracks along the small village train station. J. Masters&Co closed after just12 years in business and was purchased by a former employee named C.T Cripps. In 1923 Cripps founded Ã¢â‚¬ËœPianoforte supplies LtdÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ which was solely dedicated to the production of castings and fixtures for Piano manufacturers and also successfully produced fair quantities of fixture parts for automobiles. In 1933 the factory suffered from severe fire damage and was soon rebuilt that year. During WWII the factory went into full time production creating spare vehicle and aircraft parts as part of a contribution to the war effort in Britain. During the 1960Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s employment peaked with the factory employing a little more than 1,800 workers. This was however short lived and when the railway station of Roade was closed in 1964 Pianoforte began a slow journey into gradual decline. In 1980 the factory ceased to production of piano parts altogether, though one side continued to produce parts till 2011 Thanks to Southside for the info ;-) #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650519160101/
So after exploring Pianoforte, we indulged in a meaty meal in The Super Sausage CafÃƒÂ©; LOL; in Northampton. We had some Birmingham sites on the card but gave them a miss as it was a Monday morning and places were probably going to be busy. After some research we had a lead on a Kettering site so we decided to follow said lead. Rockingham Road, formally a football stadum in Kettering, Northamptonshire, was home to Kettering Town F.C. who play in the Southern Football League. This was from 1897 until 2011. At the time of its closure; Rockingham Road had a capacity of 6,264, of which 1,800 was seated. Our entrance was, interesting to say the least, and it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t help matters when we climbed halfway up one of the lighting rigs and then came back down as it was a very busy area. On exit, Mookster got stuck on top of the fence due to several days of no sleep and I was sat patiently waiting behind him for my turn to hop over. At this point we were spotted by an employee of a neighbouring business who was on a smoke break. After he quizzed us, he fetched a ladder from the Loading Bay of the establishment to help Mookie. It was rude not to use it as well, however a police car simultaneously drove around the cornerÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦It turned out a little girl was lost and they were looking for her, so naturally a few guys trespassing didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even register on the radar. I hope they found herÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. Anyways, on to the pics. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 And here is the EPIC FAIL at the end. You couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t write this stuff! https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/16218389689/ More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650547740491/