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  1. Closed due to two local schools merging and getting a newly built school to move into Planning permission has been given to demolish the site and build houses Visited with the elusive , and thanks for the tipoff K On with the snaps thanks for looking
  2. Not much left , not vandalised and loads of decay and bird poo and dive bomming pigeons, been closed a few years now on with the pics thanks for looking
  3. not much history to find on this house , somewhere in the midlands couldnt get a decent external shot due to the ammount of growth round it, the house was one of those prefab jobs made from fibre board containing white asbestos i liked the wallpaper in some rooms it was very 1970s old nova in the garage and caravan thats seen better times in the jungle of a garden bit pic heavy as there was a few bits to see thanks for looking
  4. Spotted this while out and about so popped in for a look, not a great deal left behind In the middle of a small town on the Shropshire border Had to be fairly quiet as it is surrounded by houses Looks like its not been lived in for a couple of years A stable block out back, loads of TV sets and old Playstation mags , one of which gives the name I gave the place thanks for looking
  5. spotted this while out with the family ,made a note where it was and went back for a look one room at the back had caught fire and collapsed in on the sitting room , i cant go to much into detail about the fire , it wasnt arson ,it is due to its location and proximity to somthing that causes sparks only a small place with 3 tiny bedrooms and a few bits and bobs lots of cobwebs and flies the light was left on to make it appear used , due to its location it will probably just get demolished eventualy and replaced with a new one thanks for looking
  6. Today was my second explore, and I was accompanied by hamtagger It was however cut short by some of the lovely locals who were drinking at 11am and swinging a bat around. Most likely trying to strip what little copper is left in the building. (We didn't fancy having to go all Jackie Chan on them or risk getting our arses kicked and losing our cameras) So unfortunately we left a lot earlier than expected. Here's a bit of History on the place. Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (DRI) was established in 1810 on land formerly part of Derby's Castlefield estate on land near what is now Bradshaw Way and the A6 London Road. It was known as the Derbyshire General Infirmary at the time. In 1890 a Typhoid outbreak sweeped through the hospital, and the buildings design was blamed. The hospital is entirely demolished, a year later Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of what would become Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. The neo-Jacobean building was completed in 1894, and its main features were its 'Onion' shaped domed towers and its central corridor which ran the length of the hospital. The hospital was expanded at several points in the 20th century, the most visible being the still used Wilderslowe Tower and the now disused A+E building built in 1970. The DRI as a result is an architectural mish-mash with the original hospital at its heart. Buildings aside, the DRI was a pioneering hospital, the UK's first Flying Squad was set up here in 1955, in 1976 George Cohrane set up the first National Demonstration Centre for Rehabilitation and in 1992 the Pulvertaft Hand Centre was opened by the Queen, her grandson William was sent here seven years later following a rugby injury. In the late 90s, the NHS Trust's for each hospital in Derby merged, and drew up a dramatic plan to consolidate the services of both hospital's on one site. The so called 'super hospital', soon to be known as the Derby Royal Hospital is one of the largest in the region. There are no official plans to redevelop the now redundant Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, the land is covered by a large regeneration plan which will expand Derby's city centre southwards into what is known as Castleward. The 1987 built part of the hospital shall continue to provide medical care, providing the services of the closed Aston Hall and Grove Hospital's south of Derby. One of the corridors just as you walk in. I'm assuming all power is out in the Hosptial because after ringing the bell for a Uniform, Nobody came... I was quite shocked that these weren't smashed like every other bit of glass in there. Some doors through a hole I was also shocked that the locals hadn't taken this to Cash Converters Someone needs to work on their aim, this looks quite fresh too. A pressure...thing Window Close-up Someone has actually taken the time to smash each and every window. Did anyone on here leave the bottle of water? I'm assuming it was explorers by the size of it. Corpse is watching you. Creeping through the windows General Manager Door Sign I liked the look of this one That's all until next time. We're hoping to go back in a bigger group incase of another run in with the local doleys (Safety in numbers) Thankyou for taking time to read my report. I really enjoyed the short amount of time we spent here and can't wait to re-visit and get a better report and some more impressive pictures.
  7. Hello again! Finally covered most of this site after about three six hour visits, it's MASSIVE! I loved this place, plenty to see and there's always the chance of some action Overall a great explore! Demolition is soon to be in full swing sadly, I'll miss the place.Visited earlier in the year with Goldie, and a bit more recently revisited with AndyK! and PopPunkJamie. Head up, pic heavy Pics: Cheers for looking, SM
  8. First visited at the beginning of the year with a few of the locals. Then a recent revisit with AndyK!, Miz Firestorm and Kriegaffe9. Designed by Julius Bradley and opened in 1935 to replace a Victorian Post Office close-by on Granby Street. It also acted as a sorting office for City Centre and Central suburbs. It closed in 2007 with most services going to WHS on Granby Street and parcel collection going to an office on Campbell Street. In 2012 City Council purchased the property with the plan to use it as Customer Service Centre, to replace the offices on Wleford Road, but this idea has fallen flat on it’s face. It is now up for sale on a lowered price with the Council reeling over a £30k a year cost of keeping the building. In May 2013 there was talk of student accommodation, which appears to have also fallen through. Heads up, rather pic heavy Cheers, SM
  9. Hello - first off, thanks to Mookster for telling me about this site. I'm Dave, aged 28 from the Midlands (South Staffs to be exact). I have yet to go on my first explore mainly due to my work, but I will hopefully be able to go on a 'splore soon.
  10. A quick Bank Holiday solo visit to this old Pumping Station. Commissioned in 1949, I’m not sure as to when it was decommissioned but it looks like it may have been a while. Its a very small place, basically there’s only two rooms to see but there’s some nice old control panels with plenty of knobs, levers & dials along with some other bits & bob’s. It hasn’t suffered too much from Pikey damage but they have definetaly been there at some point although that looks to have ben a while ago. All in all, it’s not bad for an hour or so and I found a tenner in the room with the scales which was an unexpected bonus and a first on an explore for me! Here are some pics #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12
  11. Ok, met up with Judderman and ZerO81 to give them a quick orientation, Seeing as I was there, took a few snaps. This place is going downhill very quickly. Loads more bits smashed to hell in the space of a few weeks. Missed the A/V suites last time, so popped in to this block to find it has been pretty much stripped. Nice piano though. Once were projectors here. No more
  12. Been on about doing this place for a while. Judderman and ZerO81 fancied a quick trip to Sandwell, so I thought I'd bob in here first for a wander before meeting the guys. Not a massive amount of history, St Gerards was the result of Father Hudsons vision for a purpose built infirmary for both the boys of St Edwards and the wider community in the Diocese. When plans so set up the NHS were being made there was considerable anxiety about the future of St Gerards, that was overcome when the regional board agreed to pay hospital expenses and thus the site took in patients according to disability, rather than religion. It started as a TB treatment centre in the main, before specializing in Orthopedics. The hospital closed its doors in 1998. Had a few minutes to spare so popped into St Philomenas and Old St Josephs.
  13. OK, I know this place has been done to death, but ever since it appeared I've always fancied a mooch round. Was done solo, after a recent arson attack and various thefts, it seems that demolition is on the cards, so off I toddled. History pinched as is custom; Evening classes in Science and Art were established in 1846 by the Chance Family at the school attached to their Spon Lane Glassworks. An instiyutr formed in 1852 that flourished for over 20 years. John Henderson of the London Works formed a library and reading room in the Cape Hill district and was patron of an institute which met there in the mid 1850s, while a few years later Joseph Chamberlain was fostering adult education at Nettlefold and Chamberlains Smethwick works. St Matthews church had some 140 pupils in evening school in 1870 and Holy Trinity Church organised further night classes around the same date. Smethwick Institute, formed in 1887 met at the higher grade school in Crocketts Lane. For a few years after its foundation, its activities included evening classes, and later closed in th 1920s. Another institute was meeting at Bearwood in the 1880s. The School board constituted itself a local committee of the Science and Art Dept. in 1885 and organised evening classes in Scinece and Art at the higher grade school in Crocketts Lans. In 1892 a technical instruction committee was set up consisting of members of the local board and the school board. It took over the school management, forming them into a municipal technical school. The school board members withdrew from the committe in 1898 and from 1899 the whole committe was appointed by the town council. The school continued to meet in the higher grade school until 1910 when a technical school building was opened in Crocketts Lane. By 1913 there was an attendance of nearly 4000. From 1914 to 1917 the buildings also housed a secondary technical school, and pupils from it continued to use classrooms and labs until 1956. Evening classes were still the most important part of the institutions work in the 1920s, although after 1918, the first day release students were enrolled, with five firms sending workers. The school became Smethwich Municipal College in 1927 and was renamed Chance Technical College in 1945. A block of engineering and building workshops was opened in 1950. Between 1952 and 1966, major extensions were built on an adjoining site in Crocketts Lane; they enabled the college to accommodate some 3500 students by 1966, two thirds who attended courses during the day. In 1968 the college was merged with Oldbury College of Further Education to form Warley Collge of Technology with the buildings in Crocketts Lane housing the main Admin and six of its eight departments. The original building, extensively renovated, is of brick with grey terracotta dressings and was desinged by F.J. Gill. The 1950s extension, designed by W.W.Atkinson and Partners, consist of 5 main blocks faced with Portland stone and coloured brick. Have some pics; Stairwell by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Now I'm Edumacated by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Barrier 2 by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Entrance by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Landing 2 by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Dome by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Hall by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Take a seat by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Stuff by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Chem & Met by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Oooh dials by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Anyone for a game? by nicky_nacky_noo, on Flickr Cheers
  14. Hello all, I was pointed here by a friend so having lurked and browsed the excelent site for a while I thought I would do the decent thing and say all reet Im Mat, been into dodging metal theiving hedgehog eaters whilst looking around old buidlings for a while now but only been documenting it with photos for six months or so. I wont spam the forum with all my explores as they are all on my homepage here www.urbecks.com , I will just post up a couple of recent ones from a couple of weeks ago so you get a gist of my style (or lack of). Look forward to contributing Mat / Shatners