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  1. Hey everyone, so I'm pretty sure everyone's heard of this place so i dont really need to explain much about it, but if you haven't, below is a brief history of Denbigh Mental Asylum. Grade 2 Listed building. Built work started in 1844 Building work completed in 1848 Built to house up to 200 patients with psychiatric illnesses. In the early 1900's it housed 1537 patients (Approx). The hospital had its own farm and gas works. Planned for closure by Enoch Powellin the 1960's, however it only began closing in sections between 1991-1995. Nurses Quarters: This is genuinely one of the best condition buildings that i have ever explored. Most of the lower floor windows were covered in either ivy or thick vines, so it got quite dark in some sections of the building. Now for the hospital itself, my personal favorite photos: Thanks for reading, Make sure to check out my youtube channel Jake Alan Craig for the video and my instagram @exploring_with_jake for regular abandoned photos. #WereJustTrespassing
  2. this second part nearly didnt happen as when i arrived i found the yard had changed hands and was all set to write it off as a waste of time and head home untill i spotted something in the far corner of the yard and sought permission to take some photographs which was given by way of intercom so off i trotted across the yard camera in hand to find my subject. mass transit was founded in May 1998 by Michael Strafford an engineering business, performing contract maintenance for other operators. It also specialised in the conversion of buses for non-passenger use. It then diversified into the operation of school bus services At the time operations ceased it operated 86 routes serving 32 schools and at its peak carried some 15,000 children a day to and from schools across south yorkshire and lincolnshire Between 2001 and 2005, Brightbus, then known as Mass Transit, had a substantial presence in lincolnshire following the acquisition of the bus operations of Applebys Coaches, Reliance Travel of great gonnerby and the grantham depot of lincolnshire roadcar. The Grantham operation failed under Mass ownership and was sold to centrebus and the Lincoln area operations to dunn line in 2005 In 2004, BrightBus purchased the long established Leon Motors of finningley that was formed in 1922 and operated buses in doncaster by 2008 the company's stage-carriage work had passed to first south yorkshire and concentrated on school contracts which were based at the main BrightBus depot at north anston mass/transit now brightbus disposed of the elderly leon and northern bus fleets which had kept the stage carriage and school services going and ran a fleet of 73 buses, including many English built three-axle dennis dragons and leyland olympians the dragons repatriated from Hong Kong. painted in what i thought was a very sickly green michael strafford retired at 55 stating ill health but didnt want to sell the business although he has disposed of the vast majority of the bright bus fleet possibly to other school or service bus operators . today the yard is in the hands of hallam express a logistics company full of lorries and fork lift trucks but a few of michaels buses are stored in the far corner of the yard all be it in a scrap state i think he is trying to sell these vehicles on for preservation rather than send them to booth roe or carlton PSV at barnsley he also still owns the former depot at leon wether these are to pass on to his family or he his hanging on for a better price i wouldnt know what i do know is like leon this marks the passing of another operator from the bus world. i acknowlage the author of the brightbus photos a rather scruffy mass transit bus possibly filling in between school runs heads for hexthorpe near doncaster a mixed group of bright buses mostly repatriated hong kong tri axles wait for the school run a wider view of the hong kong tri axles sandwich in a leyland olympian a hong kong tri axle MIL 55774 stands under the bus wash hong kong BIG 9823 which moved to leon finningley for a short time and C887 RFE parked at the rear of the yard near the inspection ramps viewed through the fence american schoolbus GHL 212 V in the yard as stated bright buses yard is now home to hallam express logistics lorries now park where buses once used to the former bus repair sheds now used for storage this is all that remains of brightbus a hong kong tri axle and a few scrap buses stored in one corner of the yard a side view of tri axle E537AKU and olympian W141 EON which spells leon the company brightbus aquired in 2004 the hong kong still retains its brightbus fittings and that of its previous company an interior view of the downstairs of hong kong looking down the bus it smelt like one of the museum type buses a unused shut in smell not unpleasant looking up the bus to be honest its in good condition and would make a runner again where as leon was in a deploreable state had to squeeze past rammels corner to get the interior shot SN53 KKH stands in pieces far from its london home although inside it could have just finished the days service came across this dennis dominator a long way from home formally with greys from ely complete with its cambridgeshire county council notice with junk dumped in its interior but wait all is not what it seems ...its colour and the sticker insider gives it away it was formally a magic bus based near piccadilly manchester the american schoolbus GHL 212 V is still parked up in the yard the interior and drivers seat tastefully redone ..... in moquet...yuck!! and as i take my leave the bus wash still exists but out of use mass brightbus still need fitters and the spirit of mass /brightbus continues to haunt the north anston industrial estate
  3. mass/brightbus was the parent company of leon purchased in 2004 and stated in my leon post one of my other to do yards as this would be a very lengthy report and so as not to spoil the present report i have decided to split this in to 2 parts the mass/brightbus depot was located on houghton road of the north anston industrial estate some 12 miles from sheffield and were operators of local school bus contacts and a few stage carriage services. but this yard has a history that goes back even further than mass/ brightbus as it was originally the yard of a former employer of mine northern bus or the northern bus company as it was offically known. northern bus was formed during the 1986 deregulation era by duncan roberts northern bus challenged south yorkshire transport on the dinnington to sheffield bus corridor resulting in syt handing all services over to the independent northern bus who ran all sheffield services from dinnington interchange to sheffield interchange and meadowhall along with school contracts for the local authority. northern bus also ran cross border services between sheffield and worksop in nottinghamshire on the service x85 sheffield to halifax x38 and also challenged a yorkshire traction /west riding alliance on service x32 to leeds with a variation of bristol VR,s bristol RE,s and service coaches for the x32 service everything bought second hand mostly from crosville in around 2001 northern bus was sold to a bus engineering company called mass transit later to become brightbus who took over the school contracts and stage carriage work for a short while longer. as i said so as not to spoil the next part of the report i will leave the story there and continue it under mass/brightbus but leave you with some delightfull pictures of northern buses in service. former crosville bristol RE HRN 108 N stands VOR at north anston depot awaiting repairs or being stripped for parts note the roof from the open top bus alongside. another former crosville coach 222 WFM stands at north anston with 85 sheffield on the blind this was the cross border south yorkshire/nottinghamshire service to worksop in company with a RE which had been to rotherham. looking like it has had bodyshop attention elderly ex crosville bristol RE EFM 178 H parked at the depot alongside interloper bristol VR HTU 159 N itself from crosvile liverpool formerly DVG 270 N bought by another school contractor and coach operator jhonson brothers from hodthorpe derbyshire possibly in for repair during the mass era.
  4. How to post a report using Flickr Flickr seems to change every time the wind changes direction so here's a quick guide on how to use it to post a report... Step 1 - Explore and take pictures Step 2 - Upload your chosen pictures to Flickr like this.. Step 3 - Once your images are successfully uploaded to flickr choose a category for the location that you have visited... Step 4 - Then "Start New Topic".. You will then see this screen... Step 5 - Now you are ready to add the image "links", known as "BBcodes", which allow your images to display correctly on forums.. Step 6 - Then click "select" followed by "view on photo page".. Now select "Share" shown below.. Step 7-13 - You will then see this screen... Just repeat those steps for each image until you're happy with your report and click "submit topic"! You can edit your report for 24 hours after posting to correct errors. If you notice a mistake outside of this window contact a moderator and they will happily rectify the problem for you
  5. Came across this one; Kinmel Hall near Rhyl - North Wales. Not too far from me so I'm going to do a little research about reaching the place via public transport (unfortunately I don't drive..). Some history on the Hall: http://docs.novaloca.com/165_20062_634595428790297892.pdf The article: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/architecture/kinmel-hall-the-welsh-versailles-lies-derelict-and-unloved--who-will-come-to-its-rescue-10502644.html?cmpid=facebook-post
  6. Scrappy and I visited this place with some new friends - Mars Lander, Shush, Lowri to name but a few! Big thanks to them for inviting us to join them on what was a very fun explore This place was MASSIVE, you could get lost in it. We had some close calls with people on the grounds, visitors to this site are not welcome and that's putting it mildly! Luck was on our side that day and we got to see the majority of the site before a leisurely walk back to the car. In my opinion, this place is worth seeing for the rooftop views alone, they were spectacular A little bit of history on the place: The Grade 2 listed house is set in walled Venetian gardens of around 18 acres. the mansion, constructed in Wales in the 1870s. The stables are Grade 1 listed. There are 122 rooms with 52 main bedrooms and quarters for 60 live-in servants. The prodigious estate passed through various generations and still bares its coat of arms on the huge wrought iron gates. During World War II it was used as a military hospital and it later became private Clarendon Girls' School. In 1975 the hall was extensively damaged in a fire, forcing the school to close. It was then restored and used as a conference centre. It was sold at auction in 2001 but a proposed redevelopment failed to materialise. The steps up to the stables Exterior shot of the mansion Rooftop shot. You may spy a few familiar faces up there Thanks for looking
  7. Had a day round North Wales afew weeks ago with Urblex, great day as usual mate. This place was the second explore of the day. The place is quite trashed to be honest, reminding me of a mix of Cookridge and Billinge Hospitals. An enjoyable little mooch all in all, worth a look if your in the area. We came across hundreds of needles quite early on during the visit which had us on edge abit. Something to bear in mind for anybody who visits later in the day or early evening. Holywell Union workhouse was erected in 1838-40 at the south of Holywell and was designed by John Welch. The Poor Law Commissioners authorised an expenditure of £6,200 on its construction which was to accommodate 400 inmates. The workhouse design followed the popular cruciform or "square" layout with separate accommodation wings for the different classes of inmate (male/female, infirm/able-bodied etc.) radiating from a central hub. To the rear, a central three-storey range connected to the central supervisory hub who observation windows gave a clear view over all the inmates yards. The main accommodation blocks ran north and south and had cross-wings at each end. In 1930, the workhouse passed into local council control and became a Public Assistance Institution. In 1948, the former workhouse became part of the National Health Services as Lluesty General Hospital. In the final years Lluesty was used to provide geriatric care up until its closure in 2008 when the towns new community hospital opened. In Febuary 2011 it was sold to developers for £275.000. The site is allocated for a development of 70 houses but as the original work houses and chapel are grade II listed, they cannot be demolished. 1 2/3 4 5/6 7 8 9 10/11 12 13 14/15 16 17 18/19 20 21 22/23 Thanks for Looking
  8. Before heading to Ushaw Seminary we decided to have a go getting into a small morgue. We managed to get in fairly easy but didnt spend long inside as there wasn't much to see. Let me know what you think though Thanks Visited with Raz and Fatpanda
  9. What a amazing building, the next Location from my "Have-to-see" list is done! 1. North Wales Hospital 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. North Wales Hospital 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. North Wales Hospital 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. North Wales Hospital 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. North Wales Hospital 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 6. North Wales Hospital 06 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 7. North Wales Hospital 07 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 8. North Wales Hospital 08 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 9. North Wales Hospital 09 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 10. North Wales Hospital 10 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  10. BEEP BEEP tour bus coming through! Yeah its been a touristy weekend, never bumped into another explorer until this weekend and bumped into other explorers at two separate locations in one day! To be honest though i couldnt give a sheet, i've wanted to see Joe's for a long time and it was bloody ace so dont care if every man and his dogs, grannies, aunties, budgeys, brothers, mothers, lovers has been through here, i had a good time, took some alreet photos and got wood for some wood, good day in my books!- and yeah i know pretty much every photo in my set will have been taken by someone else before but hopefully a few of them are at an angle half a degree or two different from the rest! Im surprised there aren't little foot prints painted on the floor and signs saying, stand here, point camera there! anymahoo, good evenin explorers, how are we all? hope everyones been getting some good exploring in over the weekend, must say ive had a great weekend up north, St Joeys (seminary, not the orphanage), walkleys clog museum and blue church. Joes was amazing, a wood lovers wet dream, walkleys was just bloody fun, hardly a shining beacon of beauty and decay dancing around each other and conjuring up emotionally evocative scenes of lost moments frozen in time - nah bollocks to that shit, walkleys is just good ol fashioned, peter pan, never gona grow up, big kid fun, didn't think much of blue church to be fair, bit too far gone now if you ask me. Ageing/decaying has given way too plain old trashed now unfortunately. Ill fire up reports for walkleys and joes but hardly think the church is worth it, only took about 4 shots in there. moving swiftly onwards - the explore Oh my Cheesus christ, that noise... those of you who have been will know what im on about, that noise is HORRIFIC, i swear i could here it when i got back to worcs later that night, anyone thinking of going-ear plugs, big massive ear plugs. Im surprised the local explorer who showed us around has got any ears left! first stop was the chapel, awesome timber frame roof in this place with absolutely beautiful hammer trusses, luckily someone previous to us had covered one of the main PIRs so we didn't have to suffer through that bloody noise again, though unfortunately we would be hearing it again shortly! we spent a bit of time in chapel though i wasn't happy with most the photos i took, bar the one beneath that is, just about the only alright shot i got in there to be fair. after that we had a wander around the ground floor whilst it was still early, took in some nice big rooms, bit of ceiling porn and a bit of corridor porn, whilst downstairs we headed over to the world famous sinks, like i said earlier, we've all seen them before but here they are again after the sinks we headed upwards and to be honest cant really remember what order the explore went in after that! at one point we were on the roof, at one point i saw a dead squirrel, at one point i lost everyone, at one point people were getting spun around washing machines...which was later described as epic... never have i heard the words epic and washing machine in the same sentence, it didn't look very epic, the parma ham i was tucking into whilst this was going on however... To be fair this is a big place you could wonder around here for days! Ill give you some token gesture copy n paste history and then let the pics speak for themselves in terms of the explore - a pictures worth a thousands words n all that! oh yeah, decay wise joes has got a nice mix, fairly fresh looking unscathed parts right through to the odd buggered floor, some mouldy walls, fungus looking stuff in places, mossy floors in places, plants growing places they shouldn't be, all nice lovely stuff :thumb Bit of History History St Joseph's College, Upholland is a Former Roman Catholic seminary, situated at Walthew Park, Upholland, Lancashire, England. The foundation of the large building was laid in April 1880 and college was opened in 1883. The buildings have recently been deconsecrated. St Joseph's College was founded in 1880 by Bishop Bernard O'Reilly to be the Seminary serving the North West of England. The college was formally opened in 1883 and was situated in Walthew Park, Upholland, the geographic centre of the Diocese of Liverpool. The first Junior Seminary of the Diocese was founded at St Edward's College in 1842 as a Catholic 'classical and commercial school' under the direction of the secular clergy and was established in Domingo House, a mansion in Everton. Its President for the next forty years was to be Monsignor Provost John Henry Fisher. When the Junior Seminarians moved to St Joseph's the school was taken over by the Christian Brothers (who also ran St John Rigby College in nearby Orrell) and continues to this day and now serves as the Liverpool Cathedral Choir School. In recognition of the heritage owed to St Edward's College one of the two chapels at Upholland was consecrated as the St Edward the Confessor Chapel. Along with the other main seminary in the north of England, Ushaw candidates for the priesthood studied and were ordained at the college. Up until the second Vatican Council boys as young as 11 years of age entered the Junior Seminary before progressing to the senior Seminary at 18. In 1972 following the changes of Vatican 2 the two junior seminaries of St Joseph's and Ushaw merged at Upholland, and in 1975, with declining numbers of men from Ireland offering themselves for the (now) Archdiocese of Liverpool the Senior seminary moved to Ushaw. St Joseph's continued to offer boarding school education for boys considering a vocation until 1987. Following the end of the seminary training and boarding education St Joseph's became home to the Northern Institute and was used as a retreat and conference centre for the Archdiocese under the leadership of Msgr John Devine. The election of Archbishop Patrick Kelly saw the controversial decision to close St Joseph's altogether and the property was sold to Anglo International who instructed AEW Architects for the conversion of the Grade 2 listed RC Seminary to 92 apartments, with 220 new build enabling units. The major controversies of the decision were the ongoing financial viability of St Joseph's (it had just started to make a small surplus under Devine's management) and the sale and disposal of the art and artefacts in the college, much of which had been donated by various parishes and people of the Archdiocese who were not offered their donations back. And here is some picturephotos you know em-you love em!! ladies and gentlemens its joes sinks, lets have a round of applause for joes sinks!!-its just a row of sinks... thanks to facebook i think i've seen more of these sinks than i have my own bloody sink! i dunno, its an alright shot but not enough wood about for my liking! need to learn how to deal with blown out windows- any tips welcome! tried to recreate my sandwell college pic - not even close! Thanks for looking guys, hope you enjoyed yet ANOTHER set from St Joes, it really is an awesome place.
  11. Very well known, why I don't will tell the history, for the umpteenth time. For me it was the first visit of an hospital / Mental Asylum in UK. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 (I've retouched the "ornate penis-graffiti" from the right wall ... ) 20 21 22 23 24
  12. Hi Guys, Am hoping to head down to North Leamington school in the next week or so and just wanted a bit of help from you lot, i am wanting to know if the building still stands & what is it like for security & General exploring of the place?.... could any one who has been to explore the school send me a private inbox please :D:D Thank you!! P.s Hope i have done this right
  13. The Trip Visited with The Kwan An amazing location with so much to see in the area, weather wasnt amazing but just added to the moodyness of the place. This was a reserve location as we couldnt find the other which will be on the return visit. Possibly July there will be a camping trip with bbq and beers with some mines and various other things in this area, i will be posting up the trip details shortly which will be open cross forum and open to everyone so please get in touch if you are interested. History Slate was first discovered here in the 1830's when quarrying commenced on a very small scale. Operated by a string of different owners each developing and enlarging the workings. But the story is not one of steady expansion. The ups and downs of the slate trade, the difficulties of raising capital, geological problems and dangerous underground working practices also brought periods of closure and industrial unrest. Peak output occurred in the 1880's when over 6000 tons per year of saleable slate was mined. This was also the period of greatest employment when over 200 workers were engaged. A major blow to the quarry occurred in 1900 when the "Great Fall" occurred underground, in the south eastern section of the workings. This destroyed a large part of the most profitable reserves. From this major blow the quarry never fully recovered. The first world war brought about a period of complete closure followed by reopening in 1919 and a brief flurry of activity. A slow lingering existence followed until final closure in 1930. However in the hope of the market for slate improving it was decided to keep the underground pumps working. This proved to be a futile gesture and the pumps were finally turned off in 1948 causing much of the underground workings to flood. The life of the quarry had ended and the scrapmen moved in. The final ignominy being the wholesale demolition of many of the quarry buildings to recover the workable slate. This accounts for the ruinous state of much of the surface remains today. Some Pics Thanks for looking
  14. North Wales Hospital AKA Denbigh Asylum The Explore I couldn’t do a tour around Wales without calling into to see this one. After already being awake for a long time i’m not even sure what time we arrived or indeed when we left but myself and Session9 had a good few hours in here, which has indeed fallen into a pretty bad state of repair and looks to have had a good kicking over the last couple of years. That being said it’s still a beautiful example architecturally of one of the few remaining asylums left in the UK and some nice original features can be seen if you look past the destruction, the most impressive being the beautiful wooden beamwork in the chapel. Didn’t see another soul in the place including Elwyn, seems like he’s let the place go finally... The History (stolen as usual from Session9 ) Designed by architect Thomas Full James to originally accommodate between 60 and 200 patients, the hospital originally had its own farm and gasworks. Planned for closure by Enoch Powell during the 1960s, it was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002. On 22 November 2008, during work to renovate the building site and convert it to apartments and residential properties, the building caught fire; it was later confirmed that the main hall of the hospital was destroyed. Arson was suspected. Currently on the buildings at risk register, planning permission has currently lapsed. In 2011 the building was at risk of collapsing and no action was taken by the owners after an urgent works notice was issued, Denbighshire Council had no choice but to carry out repairs on the building which has reached £930,000 In 2013, Denbighshire Council voted to press ahead with a compulsory purchase order on the building; the council, however, wish to reach an agreement with the owners before taking legal action. An estimated cost of repairing the building is £1 million. The Pictures 1. A few externals... 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Floorless... 14. The old switcherooo.. 15. I really liked this area, and almost missed it but was re-directed back thankfully by S9.. 16. 17. 18. 19. Mortuary Stump.. 20. This little chapel is the gem of Denbigh in my opinion... 21. 22. 23. 24. As always, thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  15. NORTH WALES HOSPITAL, DENBIGH - MARCH 2015 History Designed by architect Thomas Full James to originally accommodate between 60 and 200 patients, the hospital originally had its own farm and gasworks. Planned for closure by Enoch Powell during the 1960s, it was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002. On 22 November 2008, during work to renovate the building site and convert it to apartments and residential properties, the building caught fire; it was later confirmed that the main hall of the hospital was destroyed. Arson was suspected. Currently on the buildings at risk register, planning permission has currently lapsed. In 2011 the building was at risk of collapsing and no action was taken by the owners after an urgent works notice was issued, Denbighshire Council had no choice but to carry out repairs on the building which has reached £930,000 In 2013, Denbighshire Council voted to press ahead with a compulsory purchase order on the building; the council, however, wish to reach an agreement with the owners before taking legal action. An estimated cost of repairing the building is £1 million. The explore Our main attraction of the day proved frustratingly fruitless, but at least we were rewarded with two valuable derping lessons: a) A fully grown man IS capable of fitting through a window opening much SMALLER than he is. Leaving a BBC World News recording on a repeated loop at ear bleeding volume whilst it is being suggested that a flickering TV is on in the next room will do nothing to discourage the more inquisitive. Lazy secca indeed, but it did have us fooled for all of erm, ten minutes . So.. after a castle stop to admire the views of Conwy and a quick look at Stanley Hospital complete with two badly placed workmen, it was off to that old well trodden Denbigh ground. No Elwyn to be found - perhaps he is into his sheep again . Explored in the fine company of Hamtagger. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Stairway to Heaven, or perhaps not, with the anti suicide guard. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Jimmy Saville seems to be popular in the morgue. 19. 20. 20 and 21 are my personal favorites of the day. 21. Looking towards the nurses home, which (again) is still needed for a wee mooch around. I hope you have enjoyed .
  16. After a snowy and sunny morning myself Fat Panda and Kalum headed up north and our first stop was a little morgue and the slab was clean enough to eat your dinner off! Not much left in here but it doesn't seem to have had the pikey's and chav's in yet! Was only a quick stop here and my pictures arent up to much but thought I would post them up anyway! Cheers for looking
  17. Spent a lovely morning back in September last year exploring this crazy place with Paul 2129 off 28DL (had a great time round here mate). We had an early close call where Paul spotted a bloke looking up at the Hospital with is arms crossed. Luckily he never seen us and we dropped down to ground level and lost ourselves in the corridors and rooms. Don't know if was Elwyn, just glad we never found out. After that we never seen another soul in the whole six hours we spent in a nice and relaxed mooch. Hell of a place this one, crumbling around you, overgrow and stripped. Yet still holding alot of charm as you wonder around his huge site. Liked the Nurses Home also, an explore in it's own right. The old girl may well be on the brink of collapse but she still has something to give. The North Wales Hospital (locally known as Denbigh Mental or Denbigh Asylum) is a Grade II listed building. Construction started in 1844 and was completed in 1848. Once a hospital for people with psychiatric illnesses, at its maximum capacity it could house 200 patients. Designed by architect Thomas Full James to originally accommodate between 60 and 200 patients, the hospital originally had its own farm and gasworks. Planned for closure by Enoch Powell during the 1960s, it was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002. Currently on the buildings at risk register, planning permission has currently lapsed. In 2011 the building was at risk of collapsing and no action was taken by the owners after an urgent works notice was issued, Denbighshire Council had no choice but to carry out repairs on the building which has reached £930,000. In 2013, Denbighshire Council voted to press ahead with a compulsory purchase order on the building; the council, however, wish to reach an agreement with the owners before taking legal action. An estimated cost of repairing the building is £1 million. On October 31, 2008, Most Haunted did a live series, The Village of the Damned on location in the North Wales Hospital which spanned over the course of a week The producers of the show were criticised by residents of Denbigh for slurs against the town and the hospital. Could eplain the much photographed writing on one of the walls of this place. Thanks for looking.
  18. 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/
  19. 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 ‘Pianoforte supplies Ltd’ 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 1960’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/
  20. So after exploring Pianoforte, we indulged in a meaty meal in The Super Sausage Café; 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 didn’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 corner…. …It turned out a little girl was lost and they were looking for her, so naturally a few guys trespassing didn’t even register on the radar. I hope they found her…. 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 couldn’t write this stuff! https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/16218389689/ More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650547740491/
  21. Visited with Southside Assassin after the Post Office. The school was formed in 1977 as a result of the merging of three schools: Blackdown High School (Park Road site), Leamington College for Girls, a girls grammar school (Cloister Way site) and Leamington College for Boys (Binswood Hall site) on Binswood Avenue. The sixth form centre at Binswood Hall was a separate entity to the school until 1994, when the teaching staff merged with the 11-16 school. In September 2009, a completely new school was opened, built where the existing Manor Hall building was previously situated. This new complex merged both the main school and the Sixth Form. The old site of the school has been demolished and the land sold to developers. The site remained in use with an Airsoft company until 2013, hence all the little air soft pellets everywhere. The place still had electricity so the odd room had lights on. Please excuse the noisy photos. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650351621021
  22. I was tipped off about this from my mate Jo who visited last week so fancied a wander myself - with a non-member friend who hadn't been on an explore in five years as well. This place is a weird one - the ground floor still has power being fed into it which means there are a lot of blinking PIR lights but none of them seemed to do anything so we shrugged it off - it's a little disconcerting having those red lights blinking at you while you walk around though! It was very windy too which meant some of the metal window blinds were making a lot of loud banging noises which gave it quite a lively atmosphere. Inside it reminded me a little bit of the old Tresham College Institute in Kettering but a lot less trashed and with some nice features. Well, that last sentence isn't strictly true (good old Wikipedia....). Binswood Hall as we know is still standing and being converted. The Blackdown High School site has indeed been demolished and become housing, but the original Leamington College for Girls site which sat next to the Blackdown site is very much still there and it was this part we explored. It was acquired by a charity who wanted to build a specialist respite care home on the site but since the purchase they partnered with another similar charity who have operations elsewhere, which left them not needing the site so for now it sits waiting to find a buyer. Since the closure there was evidence of both airsoft and police training use on site. I would have got an external but it was a very ugly building and I couldn't be bothered. Because I was a right twonk and didn't take my tripod the photos aren't up to my usual standard but I got a couple of nice ones This was the most surprising find, it must have been stuck in the gap between the drawers and counter top of the tables for years until the counters were removed. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157650213950655/
  23. Intro Quick report from me, new gear, saw this, spent a few hours here. Hope everyone enjoys it, despite the blandness of it. : What's a redoubt? Thought I'd add this in as I didn't know what one was either before hand. Further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redoubt History of Northweald Redoubt 13 Mobilisation Centres were built between 1889 and 1903 as part of the London Defence Scheme. These were not planned as forts although some of them would have been armed on mobilisation. Their main function was as a store for guns, small arms ammunition, tools and other equipment required for the batteries and infantry allocated for the defence of the neighbourhood in the event of a foreign invasion. The casemates could also be used as barrack accommodation. The North Weald Redoubt was the first of the mobilisation centres to be constructed and the only fortified centre north of the Thames. It was located on high ground to the south of North Weald Bassett and faced north east with good command of the ground to its front and sides. It was described in 1903 as "situated on a commanding knoll" and that "from mile 17 to 19 the road is commanded by North Weald Fort; a distance about 2 miles east" Although based on the Twydall profile (an experimental project at Twydall, near Chatham, in which low profile earthwork defences replaced the permanent ditch and rampart defences of a few decades earlier with a resultant low profile), its location was given away by being positioned on a high point. In plan the rampart was roughly semicircular in shape some 500 feet across. In the ditch at the foot of the rampart was an 8 foot high unclimbable or Dacoit steel fence that terminated at each end of the gorge casemates. Behind the rampart, in an arc, were three magazines for cartridges and shells, with shafts to supply the guns above. The flat concrete roof above the magazines was made thicker than that of the adjacent chambers and unusually, not earth covered. No reinforcement to the concrete can be seen so, if the roofs are reinforced, this must be within the thickness of the concrete. All three cartridge stores were entered through shifting lobbies and illuminated by lamps placed in recesses from the adjacent chambers. The lamps for these were kept in a centrally placed lamp room. Between the magazines were two pairs of gun casemates (to shelter the guns in) flanked by two pairs of artillery general stores. It is recorded that doors were never provided to these gun casemates though hinge hooks were fitted to take them. One cartridge store appears to have had a problem with damp as a gully runs along the rear of the chamber discharging through the wall to the shifting lobby entrance. This opening was covered by a small grill identical to those for the vents to the lamp recesses. Also here, dividing the above into three blocks, were the entrances to two tunnels that passed through the rampart and emerged in two hollows in its forward. These hollows and others each side of them, formed a discontinuous secondary rampart or 'fausse-braye'. Manned by riflemen, they would have allowed the parapet to be kept clear for the artillery that the fort was designed to mount. This arrangement was advantageous for the troops manning them as their heads would not be silhouetted against the skyline. So these hollows would not flood in heavy rain, each was provided with a drain. Some thought went into the design of the tunnels, the thickness of the concrete roofs increased in steps towards the outer end, as the thickness of the earth cover above decreased. At the rear, a dry ditch closed off entry to the site. The ditch scarp was formed by a row of casemates with a parados above. These casemates were used to store the tools and other equipment to aid construct of the defence position. A pair of doors to one of these casemates, with the inscription "Shell Store No 2' would suggest that shells may have been stored in these gorge casemates. If shells were stored here, they would have been for the external batteries, the shell stores inside the work supplying the guns on the rampart only. To allow easy removal of the contents of the gorge casemates, two ramps entered the longer section of ditch, one at each end. This would have allowed wagons to enter down one, load and exit by the other. When emptied, the casemates were to form a somewhat Spartan accommodation for 72 soldiers. The ditch was defended by rifle fire from a caponier and loopholes in the steel doors of the gorge casemates. To prevent the caponier being rushed there was a V shaped drop ditch each side of it. Individual smoke vents were provided above the loopholes in the doors, with larger louvered ones serving the caponier. Entrance to the Redoubt was over the top of the caponier, the roof of it doubling as a road. Two concrete pillars held gates to block passage to the interior in event of attack. The gates were of the same style as the unclimbable fence around the site and contained a wicket gate. No emplacements were provided for artillery, they would have been dug, on mobilisation, in the six promontories in the rampart. During a bombardment the guns would have been sheltered in the gun casemates until needed. It is not known what the armament of the Redoubt was intended to be, probably, it was not intended for any specific gun, rather it was intended to accommodate any of the likely candidates at the time. In the event it would have been 2O pounder R.B.L. (Rifled breech loader) Armstrong's (later replaced with 15pounder BL's), with which the Volunteer Artillery allocated to this position were equipped at the time. A number of factors about the redoubt's design suggest that four guns would have been emplaced in the central positions with a quick firing or machine gun in each flank position. Rainwater was collected in six cast-iron cisterns and two concrete tanks, one set into the parados and the other in the counterscarp of the ditch. The total capacity of these was 6217 gallons. To the rear were the caretakers cottages, one contemporary with the Redoubt and the second added three years later, both of different designs. North Weald was unusual in this respect, elsewhere accommodation was provided for two caretakers from the outset in semi detached accommodation. In 1903/04 shell and cartridge stores holding 7,200 x 4.7-inch shells and cartridges respectively were built at the rear, to the side of the caretakers cottages. These buildings were to provide increased ammunition storage capacity needed when the Volunteer Artillery re-equipped with 4.7 inch and 1 5pounder BL Guns. Rainwater was collected from their roofs in an additional 5,000 gallon underground tank. There was also an intention to build a tent and blanket store between the cottages and the ammunition stores. Currently there is a much altered building on this site, but it is not clear if this was a later addition. North Weald was also to have housed the ammunition for the adjacent Kelvedon Hatch sector, which did not have a mobilisation centre of its own. When the London Defence Scheme was abandoned in 1906, the Redoubt was retained as an ammunition store. In World War I the line of the London Defence Positions was reactivated as the inner stop line to resist a German invasion, though continuing on to Broxbourne rather than stopping at Epping as previously. The Marconi Co. brought the site and the surrounding land in 1920 and set up the Ongar Radio Station. Control of the site then passed in turn to the Imperial & International Communication Company, Cable & Wireless, the Post Office, British Telecom and, following its sale by British Telecom in 1995, to property developers. During World War II, because of the importance of the radio station, it was classed as a Vulnerable Point. Special VP Troops were stationed there to protect it and two Allen Williams Turrets were installed, one on each flank. One former cartridge magazine was used as a dressing station, a faded red cross and the words 'First Aid' can be made out on the wail of the former shifting lobby. The Redoubt is a scheduled ancient monument and while surviving remarkably intact down the years thanks to its previous owners, who maintained it to a large degree, the redoubt now stands empty and subject to the attention of vandals, both official and otherwise. Considerable damage has now been done, mainly to the caretakers cottages and external ammunition stores. The 'dry' ditch at the rear is now often wet due to a blocked drain, flooding the gorge casemates to their long term detriment. It was hoped that some restoration would be done, probably as a 'sweetener' for the proposed redevelopment of the former radio station site by the new owners. The former radio station buildings were demolished after a fire in 1997 leaving the Redoubt and ancillary buildings standing. A new fences has been installed around the Redoubt but this has already been breeched and the site still open to local vandals and other casual visitors. (http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/n/north_weald_%20mobilisation_centre/index4.shtml) Present site The site has suffered a lot of flooding and the water levels have slowly crept higher and higher, I'll go back in the summer with wadorz. : The radio station has just fallen into an awful state or derp. The turrets have been defaced with poor graf and the trees have taken over. All is not lost, the concrete looks pretty strong and if tanked, I'm sure this place would make something fun, airsoft? playground? house? It is listed but little has been done to keep it in any kind of fit state, which is obviously a shame. I'd love to have one of those turrets, such a shame they've been left to rot, 2 of only 33 remaining in the world I believe. Future Despite being listed and having some important member of North weald warn trespassers to stop trespassing on the land, nothing has been done to secure the site, preserve it or re-use it. English heritage: http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1018456 This was proposed in 2009: (http://rds.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/ieIssueDetails.aspx?IId=18374&Opt=3) The visit Wanted to get out for an hour or two locally with my new fisheye, found this, then we were in North weald. Visited with a non member, been with me a few times and had a good laugh, the place looks a bit crap, but with a few friends I reckon it'll make for a good little visit! Access was easy, no security, Landies zoomed passed and really didn't bat an eye lid, so did dog walkers. Got a few pics then we were off home. The pictures New camera, 2 lenses Nice and wide Loved these turrets, thought they were nice and small, looked great More wide curves Ongar radio, not that interesting Bridge Mono window Nice bit of warm evening sun Snazzy shoe now looking not so snazzy Reflections and stuff The mast Cheers for looking!
  24. North Leamington School, Cloister Way buildings Visited Jan 2015 The Lower School here was closed in 2009 when a modern replacement school opened on one site nearby. Planning for housing and a new residential home was given in 2009 but both seem to be in limbo at the moment. The site is now very badly damaged by vandals and the elements but still has some lights on...
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