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  1. Not done a report for a while and I have quite a backlog. I always think it's good to see places whether they've been done or not just to see how they're getting on. So I'll start working my way through them as and when I can be arsed. First up. Warwick Mill, Middleton, Jan 19 Can’t really find too much out about this one other Grade II listed. The mill was built in 1907 built from red brick with a cast iron frame. It’s most recent uses were as an airsoft centre on a few of the upper levels a few pallets and bits of netting remain each floor is littered in millions of bb’s, which make for some comedy cartoon slips. Half of the ground floor looked like it was used as a tool or DIY sort of shop going off the melted remains of product stands. The rest of the ground floor that was untouched by fire used to be a small community centre. As far as mills go it’s your pretty standard big brick mill. Pretty stripped, but still some nice features to have a nosey at. The rope race is still here and is good to see. The engine room has been bricked up at the rope race and a lift installed. The engine room, as a lot have, has been used as a loading bay and was full of flooring tiles. Still has the original tiling in place though. The were plans approved to convert it into a trading hub but it’s a few years back now so that idea is probably dead in the water. More info below: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/property/middleton-mill-become-50m-global-10583740 Pics Start off with a couple of old photo’s from Library archives
  2. This was a place we had wanted to visit for a long time so when it got mentioned in memory of DHL that a group of people would be getting together up here i jumped at the chance.. So myself UrbanGinger SpaceInvader met up with PaulPowers and headed in ,then met way too many people to name if i could remember who everyone was.. Nice to meet up with old and new faces..RIP dave Sorry i didnt get round to the abseil pitch that was set up my head was way to spinny for that.Great evening was had ,Thanks to all involved
  3. How not to do a mine trip... History Middleton mine spans a site approximately 168ha of land and is made up of 26 miles of tunnels across 3 levels. From the 18th Century until the end of World War 2, Middleton Quarry produced high quality limestone capable of taking surface polish, for use in monuments and other ornamental products. After declining demand for such products the quarry began to switch its production to powders, grits and filters for use in the steel, glass, asphalt and sugar refining industries. Stone was extracted by underground blasting and passed through a primary crusher before being transported to the surface by dump trucks for further processing. Our Visit This was my first underground explore and I really enjoyed it despite the early evacuation at around 2am (we’ll get to that later). I was invited along on a mine camping trip and told, bring beer food and fireworks! True to form I blew about £50 on 5 or 6 large fireworks and packed enough beer to get a horse drunk along with some food and all my camping gear (i would come to regret the amount of gear I brought later). After making our way inside we walked single file with only our torches to guide us for about 2 miles or so, I then became a little tired carrying probably in excess of 40kg of stuff packed awkwardly into multiple bags. I took 5 for a rest and a couple of the lads hung back. after i got back on my feet, we soon realised we were lost, the rest of the group (the ones who knew where they were going) must not have noticed we had lagged behind. We carried on, dropping glow sticks to mark our paths turning down various tunnels at junction points with various routes to choose from blindly trying to find our way to the proposed campsite without a map or a clue as to where we were heading. Finally after about an hour or so and almost giving up and pitching out tents after firmly believing we were probably lost and going to die down there, we saw a light. We had basically gone in a long circle and made our way to the camp site which was probably 5 minutes from where we had first become displaced from the group! Fun times! We set up camp and wonder off to take photos before regrouping for a few fireworks in one of the taller parts of the mine which spanned 2 levels. Watch the video below to hear how loud the main firework was (end of the video), in hindsight probably not the best idea I’ve ever had but damn was it fun! After some of the other guys took part in some abseiling, i got my head down and in the tent for a for zzz’s only to be awoken by Travis shaking my tent frantically from the outside! “Get up we’ve got to evacuate†he shouted. I opened the door of the tent and it instantly filled with thick smoke. We all quickly grabbed out tents throwing everything inside and retreated down to a deeper level of the mine to catch out breath and pack our bags before making a swift exit. We made a couple of trips back to the campsite to get a few remaining bits but it was so thick with smoke you could see more than a meter infront of you even with the P7! From what I gather someone had put a camp bed or an airbed of some description on the camp fire which had resulted in a thick most likely toxic smoke being emitted before the fire was quickly extinguished causing even more smoke! After we rapidly walked to the exit we pitched up the tents outside while some slept just inside the entrance point. On with the photos... Oh and dont forget to check out the video link to the firework display: http://youtu.be/xCfR03H6wdU 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Thanks for looking and stay safe more photos here: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2013/08/12/urbex-hopton-wood-stone-quarry-aka-middleton-mine-derbyshire-july-2013/ p.s. underground is a little out of my comfort zone in terms of photography so go easy on my poor shots you subfloor dwellers
  4. This was an interesting trip to say the least. Visited with Fortknox0, Gizmo, my other half and Frosty who deserves a big thumbs up for his help on getting us in to this site! Ok so after a five hour drive from Ramsgate we arrived at 11.30pm somewhere in Middleton. After driving round trying to follow Frostys directions we ended up lost and called it a night at about 5am the next morning. We crashed in a nearby carpark for a couple of hours then woke frosty from the back of my car and got him to phone around and try and get us some directions. It turned out that we were about two minutes up the road from the entrance! We finally got in at 10.30 am and spent an epic 8hours down there. This place is HUGE and it is very very easy to become lost. Luckily we found our way out pretty easy. Anyway, some info on the place! Middleton mine is the only limestone mine in the UK and is approx. 22miles long spread over three levels. There is little information on when the mine originally opened but was originally used for lead mining. In the 1900s it then became a mine used for limestone. The mine finally closed in 2001 and is currently decommissioned and all entrances are being sealed. It was clear that they are regularly checked when we saw fresh tire marks around the entrances. According to various sites on the internet the lowest level of the mine was used for secret testing and experimental work which was kept classified. This is a huge maze of passages and spurs and becomes very confusing as you venture further in. There are also huge drops everywhere. If you got lost or injured down there then there would be a slim chance of you ever getting back out! EXTREME CAUTION is advised if visiting this mine! Nearly all the mining equipment has been removed but all lighting, signs, first aid points and fuse boxes etc, are still in place and in a good condition. We covered the whole of the first level but ran out of time and energy to explore the second or third level but anyone who hasn’t been to this mine could not prepare themselves for what to expect. Its huge, its dangerous and the air gets pretty bad, pretty fast. But all I can say is this place was amazing! Thankyou to shadz and manic for your help and once again thakyou to frosty for his attempt at directing us!
  5. Another successful trip, another means of access, another huge section of mine explored. Unfortunately I didn't bring the big torch, so we weren't able to get the best pics but will post anyway. Middleton mine stretches for over 20 miles, with insane roof heights and passages that stretch off further then the eye can see. This truly is something worth seeing. This time we also found some badass fans, still spinning on their axles but I will come to that later... First some outside pics.. Jesus on a ladder One of the 4 audits that I know of. Another main audit Just inside Awful blurry shot, but had to include it anyway The awesome fans Cheers for lookin Shadz Oh, and we're going back tomorrow...
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