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  1. Visited the ship in north wales with woopashoopaa vulex and Telf great looking ship with some good graffitti. Lots of barbed wire and fences around the ship but managed to get to the ship but then we heard " your not supposed to be here" by the secca guy coming from his cabin. Did manage to get some pictures was a nice leisurely look around and nice scenery to be had.on with my history and pics.... On August 10th, 1979, a former Sealink passenger ferry called The Duke of Lancaster" was beached at Llanerch-y-Mor in North Wales with the intention of turning it into a floating leisure and retail complex called The Fun Ship but the project never achieved it's full potential due to many long running legal disputes with the local council. Make no bones about it, until it was converted into a car ferry she was one of the finest vessels afloat at the time. The first class quarters in the late fifties and early sixties were the best around, silver service restaurants, state rooms and luxurious cabins. In fact, the facilities and the accommodation on board Lancaster were so good she was frequently taken out of her usual ferry service and used as a cruise liner with frequent annual cruises around Scotland, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean.
  2. Well this was actually the backup plan, after our failed revisit to Lancaster Moor. I had seen previous reports and thought it looked a nice little place, so off we went! Explored with TeeJF and Zero81, great company The History on this place is a little hard to come by, but a large part of the site was designed by W A Deighton in 1901. Deighton was a well-known brewery architect who was also responsible for the Grade II-listed Cook Street Brewery in Salford. Mitchell's were established in 1865. Mitchell's of Lancaster is a well established family owned pub and hotel company, operating seven individual, quality hotels and 55 traditional inns in North Lancashire and Cumbria. Established for over 140 years, the company was founded by William Mitchell and is now run by the founder's great-great-grandchildren. The story goes that a chance meeting with a friend provided the money William needed to build his own brewery. Once the brewery was built, William went on to build a number of large hotels and inns, strategically sited within the Lancaster and Morecambe area. The company no longer brews its own beer, but maintains the family traditions of running good quality establishments offering an excellent range of cask ales, fine wines and home-cooked food in comfortable surroundings. Well on with the show Well thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoyed
  3. Lancaster moor Asylum (formerly known as The County Lunatic Asylum) May 2013 During the nineteenth century Lancaster became a Center for the treatment of mental illness, in 1809 it was decided that the proposed County Lunatic Asylum would be built at Lancaster. Lancaster Moor Asylum was Lancashire’s first County Lunatic Asylum, opened in 1816, extended in 1824 and annexe completed in 1882, and by 1891 it accommodated 1833 patients but could hold up to 2400, the building occupies a site comprising an area of about 41 acres. The renovation is well on its way with huge piles of rubble piled outside of the main block and new windows being fitted almost throughout but still well worth a look . Nice relaxed explore with Mars Lander after the security dodging of the amusement park. Thanks for looking, always a pleasure .
  4. Not really sure where to put this I didn't get on-board so all the pics are external and not really what I class as exploration I've heard tales of pikey security being heavy handed but the guy that was there saw me, I said hi and he watched me from his car
  5. Absolutely loved this place... a fantastic explore around a stunning old asylum which was subsequently partly converted into a hospital with large wards and a theatre before closure in the 1990's. Lots of cracking original features left, a never ending complex of chav free peely paint paradise and a I found an in date packet of Space Raiders! No better way to spend a glorious sunny Sunday morning than in the company of Skankypants, Shush, Mr Toby, Hitgirl, Richard and Auntie Pam, a bloody splendid group of thoroughly excellent people... doesn't get much better I managed to get a cracking scrape on my head as you can see in the last picture from the beautiful chrome door on a bed pan poo suction machine... it even had a log on board... so there's a story to tell my kids. All pics taken with a rinky dink OMD EM5 and 17mm.... cheers for looking! I know I know.... sex on a fucking stick Nice scrape on my head from the poo pan cleaner door :-(
  6. While in the area with the so'cc krew we visited this little but cool place. Founded in 1871 at the Black Horse Inn in Lancaster, this brewery moved to the Central Brewery in 1880. In 1984 moved to the current site that was vacated by the Thwaites take over and closure of Yates and Jackson. Announced on 3rd June 1999 that they were to cease brewing in mid July with the loss of 8 jobs. Brewing stopped 7th July and the range of beers stocked by the pubs has been revealed as a poor choice of National brewers beers, for instance Tetley Bitter, Boddingtons Bitter, Courage Directors.
  7. Up North we headed bright n breezy..for a day full of theme parks morgues brewerys stately homes and hospitals..I imagine you all know the history of this place so i shant bore you all..Work has really picked up here and alot the the lovely features have now been stripped..but still a nice splore as the place is just so massive!! she really is quite daunting as you look at her across the fields..Splored as always with my besty PS..on with the pics Ps will follow.. http://www.lancashirelife.co.uk/out-about/places/lancaster_s_moor_hospital_to_be_transformed_in_multi_million_pound_housing_property_development_1_1924308 Even Time for a quik Bath!
  8. The Lancaster County Lunatic Asylum Lancaster Moor Hospital (formerly known as The County Lunatic Asylum). During the nineteenth century Lancaster became a provincial centre for the treatment of mental illness. In 1809 it was decided that the proposed County Lunatic Asylum would be built at Lancaster; a recognition of Lancaster’s status as the county town. Lancaster Moor Hospital was Lancashire’s first County Lunatic Asylum. The decision to build it was taken in 1809, one year after the permissive County Asylums Act, 1808. The hospital opened in 1816 as the ‘County Lunatic Asylum for the County Palatine of Lancaster’. It was only the fourth asylum to be built under the terms of the Act in the country. It was extended in 1824 and 1883, and by 1891 it accommodated 1833 patients. In that year its administration was transferred to the newLancashire Asylums Board of Lancashire County Council. Additional buildings, known as Ridge Lea, on the ‘villa’ principle were added in 1907, 1909, 1912, 1916 and 1938. These buildings were chiefly to accommodate private patients. 1. 2. 3. 4. The Asylum is a stately quadrangular building of stone, with a handsome front, relieved by pillars of the Doric order, and at one time could hold up to 3,200 patients. The annexe completed in 1882 at a cost of £125,000, occupies a site comprising an area of about 41 acres. The buildings are constructed of stone; in the centre of the block over the main entrance is a clock tower about 100 feet in height, and there are smaller ones at the front extremity of each wing. The main part has been listed as Grade II and the whole building itself is in excellent condition. The owners English Partnerships are currently deciding on what to do with the building. But beneath the veneer of these simple facts and statistics lies anther story of Lancashire’s first County Lunatic Asylum which is as dark as its blackened exterior. Large Victorian public asylums haunt the history of psychiatry. They were once hailed as places of refuge for some of society’s supposedly most vulnerable men and women but they soon earned a reputation as dehumanising, prison-like institutions. It’s impossible to say what treatments and restraints were used at the Lancaster County Lunatic Asylum as secrecy and discretion was pervasive and surviving records were very selective and changed over time. Rumours and hearsay about leg-irons and manacles being used and patients sleeping in their own excrement on straw were rife. 5. 6. 7. 8. We do know patients lived within the confines of the hospital and privacy was minimal. Wards were able to house up to 50 patients, in very close proximity and with little personal space. The daily regime was strictly regimented, with little room for variation and often under the watchful eye of staff. During the early years of the Asylums, wards were locked and security was kept high. Angry, violent or suicidal patients were housed within the wards, and often locked within a padded cell. Treatments included drugs, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Lobotomies. It goes without saying that some regimes were better than others and I offer no evidence that Lancaster was better or worse than other Asylums. But I have found an articulate voice that has described visiting his mother in Lancaster Moor Hospital and it makes harrowing reading. In A Life Like Other People’s the famous playwright and author Alan Bennett relates the story of when his father committed his mother to the Hospital in 1966 and then both visit her a few hours later. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. …We flung open the door on Bedlam, a scene of unimagined wretchedness. What hit you first was the noise. The hospitals I had been in previously were calm and unhurried; voices were hushed; sickness, during visiting hours at least, went hand in hand with decorum. Not here. Crammed with wild and distracted women, lying or lurching about in all the wanton disarray of a Hogarth print, it was a place of terrible tumult. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Some of the grey-gowned wild-eyed creatures were weeping, others shouting, while one demented wretch shrieked at short and regular intervals like some tropical bird. Almost worse was a big dull-eyed woman who sat bolt upright on her bed, oblivious to the surrounding tumult, as silent and unmoving as a stone deity. 19. Obviously, I thought, we have strayed into the wrong ward, much as Elizabeth Taylor did in the film ofSuddenly Last Summer. Mam was not ill like this. She had nothing to do with the distracted creature who sat by the nearest bed, her gown hitched high above her knees, banging her spoon on a tray. But as I turned to go, I saw that Dad was walking on down the ward. 20. We had left Mam at the hospital that morning looking, even after weeks of illness, not much different from her usual self: weeping and distraught, it’s true, but still plump and pretty, clutching her everlasting handbag and still somehow managing to face the world. As I followed my father down the ward, I wondered why we were bothering: there was no such person here. 21. 22. He stopped at the bed of a sad, shrunken woman with wild hair, who cringed back against the pillows. ‘Here’s your Mam,’ he said. This was in 1966… big thanks to camera shy for letting me jump on board the trip that was originally a two man permission visit
  9. done this site 3 or 4 times as of recent, its not a bad explore in the centre of lancaster, done with various different people over the last month or so. not go an external as the place was covered in scaffolding. designed by W A Deighton in 1901, Mitchell's of Lancaster is a well established family owned pub and hotel company. Established for over 140 years, the company was founded by William Mitchell and is now run by the founder's great-great-grandchildren. The story goes that a chance meeting with a friend provided the money William needed to build his own brewery. Once the brewery was built, William went on to build a number of large hotels and inns, strategically sited within the Lancaster and Morecambe area. The company no longer brews its own beer. brewing tanks abandoned brewing tank? this one was through a doorway behind a new tank, but it was a squeeze to get in there img]http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8099/8554905029_c2d380d15a_z.jpg a record playing ghetto blaster!! yep it played LP's and weighed a ton lancaster castle at night from the roof lancaster at night