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  1. Once in a while a house appears that is just something else and this house was one of those. Visited with Ninja Kitten one cold November day. I know a lot of history to this house but will hold it back to protect the house. Giving too much detail of its history along with names would compromise it. The photographs can speak for themselves. A veritable feast of dusty vintage artefacts locked in another time. The bedroom pictured here looked as if it had remained as it was when the very young soldier perished in WW1. An organic museum if ever there was one in existence. A museum to a fallen soldier. Hope you enjoy
  2. In the forest sits this stone building, I can't find any info on it other that it's sitting on a settlement mound. Video.. https://youtu.be/nGuRNOeRuA8
  3. The company was established in 1949 , they relocated in 2015 to a more central location and just left the site , there is a small petrol station at the front consisting of two bungalows , one is fairly empty and the other is full of paperwork from the petrol sales , not a huge ammount left in the factory but a fair bit of office stuff laying round and a few work stations , decaying nicely in a few places on with the pics from my visit thanks for looking
  4. The Chateau LadyBug is a beautiful place to explore, with a lot of different styles and photo opportunities. The main building was built during the XIXth century. It became a restaurant during the 80's when a rich investor decided to reconvert himself in the restauration. He renovate the place to reach the standards of the most famous restaurants, hire a famous cook and won a star in the Michelin Guide quickly. Things turned bad for the owner when his chief cook decided to quit. Then, he tried to test his luck again by hiring two new cook, but without success, at all... Customers started to desert the place, bills started to piles up and bankrupt arrived few months later. Currently, the place is for sale for more than 2M. We explored it just in time before it was closed and cameras were installed.
  5. Named Manor Dior due to the vast collection of vintage Dior tights in the upstairs main bedroom. Quite a sight when I opened the wardrobe door and yes I had a good look through them :D Large detached house with quite extensive decay in some rooms yet others were relatively decay free if a little messy. The Dior bedroom was probably the room where the old lady spent her final days in the house, bed ridden judging by the medical items in there and district nurses documents. It appears she outlived her husband by some years and lived there alone. Not sure how long the house has been abandoned for but the decay would suggest some years. All the personal items are still in the house just left behind including stacks of old photographs and school reports from the 1950s which were interesting to read. The lady had children whose reports they were. Other than this I'm not sure of other history. A lovely house none the less one with a bit of TLC would make a great family home again :D
  6. I literally had no info on this location so thanks to Andy for these snippets - The beginnings of the hospital are in the early 1900's and a new building was completed in 1966. The Hospital was closed in 2003. A medical office and emergency department was opened in a part of the building two years later, but in 2011 closed again. Since then the hospital has been abandoned. This was an awesome explore - I couldn't believe the stuff that was left lying around from paperwork to scanners. And even some food in the fridge, though to be honest it looked a little past its best!
  7. St Clements Hospital was a mental health hospital in Mile End, in the East End of London. It closed in 2005. The buildings were originally built in 1848-49 as a workhouse, for the Board of Guardians of the City of London Union. The palatial design was by architect Richard Tress and cost over £55,000 to construct, boasted central heating, a dining- hall measuring 100 feet by 50 feet, Siberian marble pillars, and a chapel with stained glass windows and a new organ. It became an infirmary for the CLU in 1874, and in 1912 the Bow Institution for the long-term sick. In 1936 it became a psychiatric unit, under the St Clement's name again. It became part of the London Hospital in 1968 and went through various organisational changes until closure in 2005. Services were transferred to a new Adult Mental Health Facility at Mile End Hospital in October 2005 This one was literally a luck of the draw, after being busted at Millenium Mills it was on the way home and had a bit of time so decided to pop in as you do! Another one I hadn't heard much of lately, as you can see Demo has allready started and I believe the main building is being converted. Access wasn't too bad, had heard all these stories about it being OK, then some saying it had put people off but hey give it a go. Basically had to get over a wall, it was about 16ft high, had loose bricks on the top so turning round, hanging off and jumping wasn't an option. So I literally jumped and was caught by the lads I went with. This place was nice, a lot of demo work had allready started, buildings had been replaced with mounds of rubble but there was a little bit still there. When we left, we walked right past security who was a woman sitting on facebook in her little office, when we walked past and under the Herras she basically had a spaz attack! I kinda wish I had stayed to watch her go off on one. It had started to be stripped allready The only seclusion cell in the place, was quite an interesting read and disturbing Right, not that way! I love these old workhouse's they have so much Character I loved this room Nice view I stole this pic from Wikipedia because as I'm a twat I forgot to take one of the front! (If you squint you can see it)
  8. More Chateaux than Manoir really (its a big un!), I visited this ridiculously photogenic derp on a solo mooch round Belgium back in November... Come and have gander at... ...Manoir aux Portraits... ... ... ... ... As always... Thanks for looking in!
  9. Here's a few pictures from a recent Sunday visit to Steel Town... I've done both locations before but as they're both ACE it was good to go back!! Met up with Matt Hampshire, Spidermonkey, Ainsley n Olivia... Good company on what turned out to be a crackin day!! First up was The Courts and the inevitable battle with that noisy bloody shutter!! ... Next up... George Barnsleys, visit number 3 for me! Don't think it'll be my last either... Love it here! ... ... We did a derped brick works n all, but it was a bit shit so I wont post any pics from there! As always cheers for lookin in
  10. Went here with the usual crew Katia, born2misbehave, Jammin, shush and Toby. This was the first on the list of places for the day and what a way to start, there was plenty left behind in this house and if you see my flickr the pocket watches were my favourit things in the house. cant put a date on when it was abandoned because there was so many calenders up in the place with all differant years on them! The house wont have long left I dont think, given the massive crack through the back of it that you can stick your hand through:eek: For some reason the screens had been removed from the old TVs, the one in the first pic was put back in badly haha
  11. This was my 1st ever explore. Not sure what the history of the building is or anything unfortunately as it was my wife that suggested going here together (she is so romantic lol). I'm sure this has been done soooooo many times by anyone that lives in the area but I'm really pleased at the photos I got of this place (I took about 200 in total!). I've also done some really nice edits too
  12. Here's a couple of tidy maisons from me n NK's recent 'Punch In The T**s Tour'... 2 very contrasting locations, 1 minty fresh and 1 nice n rotten... Lets start with the minty fresh... ...Maison Couture... ... Next up... A much more traditional derp! Lots of decay and musty bits n pieces to root through... ...Maison Martini... Been around for a while this one, Very 'Cathedral City'... You see it, You want it!! And after a fail earlier in the year, I wanted it EVEN more!! ... Thanks for lookin in... More soon!
  13. I have been trying to find a contact for this place for a long time (Being right next to a police station and on a main road its not a good idea to try and find a way in) Then the last couple of weeks I have noticed there was a light on in the old school hall which is part of it. So on Friday evening I knocked on the door to find I know the fella, he is a local artist/sculptor who has a garage up the road he works from. Anyway, with the help of others he is doing the place up so he can use it for his own work and it will made into a art centre. the full name is "Ebenezer Welsh Independent Chapel" and was first built in 1896 with parts added on during the next 100 years. it closed its doors about 20 years ago but not before it was made a Grade II listed building 22nd May 1978. I have not been in here before and did not expect it to be ornate in there, the floors were rotten in many places and parts of the celling is falling down so he warned me to take care. He is working on the schoolhouse part at first to make it safe and dry. He's already replaced all the broken windows and made the floor safe in there, once finished the chapel itself will be worked on. I will be going back now and again to take more photos and keep a eye on the progress and might even give a hand when needed. Here's my full set https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/sets/72157648781808029/ The grills in the floor were the heating, you lifted the grill then a iron lid, lit the burner underneath and closed them down again. Sorry there so many of the celling but I just loved it
  14. I thought I had better make the effort to have a look at what passes for a local site to me nowadays before Taylor Wimpey create more rows of awful identikit box homes on the site imminently. All in all an enjoyable mooch around a very stripped RAF site, saw some good stuff even in the pissing rain. Whilst there bumped into Goldie87 and co, was nice to put a couple of faces to names in the semi-dark of the sports hall! Thanks for looking more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157649420846681/
  15. Built in the 19th century, most recently used as a retirement home. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
  16. Photos from last weekend. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  17. Storm Relief Mine – Kent – Visited with two non-members So it has been quite a while since I last posted a report up, in fact this may be the first one this year but this is not through lack of trying just that a list has formed over time and sometimes things take time, effort and hard work for reward. The want and need to see the unknown is what drives us to push on and take risk of failure rather than follow a tourist trail of posted locations. So that brings us on to this location, and to really do the report justice then I want to try to try to set the scene and explain the events which are all factors of an explore that you really don’t feel from a collection of photos and a computer. Anyone who speaks to me or the group I circulate with will know that earlier this year I sustained a bad injury and was told I may be permanently disabled and unable to walk. After 7ish years of exploring and visiting these places I finally got a very much really wake-up-call that there is danger and risk in what we do and you can really pay a price if not careful. I was asked if this would cause me to stop exploring but I don’t think it is really a hobby, to me it is a lifestyle and an inbuilt instinct to want to see what is hidden and forbidden!! By the point of my injury between my local crew we had pretty much ticked all our little projects and possibilities off of the list, but that is not to say that there is not more to be unearthed, it just means that you need to start digging deeper. For the past months while recovering then time was spent researching and checking on possibilities in anticipation that if recovered, I could enjoy the reward, along with those I explore with. That’s not to say that I didn’t continue to get out and can only thank friends from the scene for making this possible, Pushing me and my wheelchair around disused hospitals, Getting me and my crutches down deep shelters for parties!! This is all really just the background of events leading on to the night of the explore. I had begun looking at a few leads which had been circulating on local locations and found reference to this place. I had never heard mention of the location before and to the best of my knowledge then the last documented and likely visitors were workers who exposed the capped mine in the late ‘80’s. After discussing this new possible location with a non-member then trips were made across Kent in search of trace of the site and to verify the information and my workings of exactly where and how it could be accessed. Without trying to give away access information, entry involved a large shaft in a very lively location meaning there was little chance of being able to just sneak in…. We had managed to locate our entrance exactly where we believed it to be and managed to gain entry down the shaft to check we could access the mine but were unable to explore it at this time and knew a better plan would need to be devised if we wanted to have a good run of the place. Fast forward a couple of weeks and here we are again, visible to all but trying hard to blend in as we prepared to enter the mine. One by one we quickly gained entry to the shaft and began the descent down the ladders and platforms approximately 80ft into darkness. We were unsure of whether we had drawn the wrong attention or whether we would be able to get out again without being busted but now it was too late, we were in, we were committed and so game on!! As for a bit of history about the location:- Towards the end of the 19th century, a large number of brickfield’s were in operation around the suburbs of London and kent to supply growing demand for building materials as towns and cities expanded rapidly. The brickfield’s were popping up everywhere and anywhere that a suitable clay could be found to produce yellow brick. During the manufacture process of the yellow brick then a percentage of chalk would be added to prevent the brick from cracking during the heating process and to achieve the correct colour of brick. The brickfields wanted a supply of chalk as close as possible to their site, usually from a local quarry but this was not always possible. This meant that it became mush more common for shafts to be sunk into the floor through layers of chalk thus providing a starting point for mining activities. Mines were dug in various areas to provide the brickfield’s. The mine ceased operation around 1915 but was not sealed off. Workmen rediscovered the mine some 5 years later when they drove a small tunnel through the well shaft within the mine to be used as a drain for surface water and storm water which flows into the well shaft and thus converted the shaft and mine into a large storm overflow tank. You can see in the photos the water mark on the walls showing how much the place has filled at times. The shafts had been capped off shortly after and the land had been used as a tip for road sweepings. By the 1980s the land had been sold for development but for this to happen then they needed to gain access to the sealed mine workings to check the accuracy of their information and plans. The mine had remained in a very good condition and the tunnels had been dug using pillar and stall mining. The roof height of the passages ranges between about 7 – 10 m high throughout the mine. There is in total approximately 400m of underground passages all of which are still accessible. Coming down the shaft we could feel the density of the air increase and the temperature rising as we climbed down into the darkness. Water pouring from above was ice cold and rumbled down the shaft like thunder. Finally at the base we stopped for breath… Moving across the remains of a metal gantry the shaft continued below us but full of water, we crouched through the small access tunnel to what I can only really describe as breath taking. The scale and size of the place really was amazing and I don’t think it can be done justice in photos but here is my humble offering, Enjoy… Thanks for looking
  18. The mansion was built in the late 19th century on the former site of a manor house. During World War II it served as a labor camp and later as resettlers home. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
  19. Just an assortment of some photos taken of Londons November Night sky a few weeks back. The weather sucked that night. Visited with MrDan and Jess Norgrove #1 #2 #3 - RAIN! #4 #5 #6 - DAMN CRANE! More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157646918162613/
  20. Greensted Church is the oldest wooden church in the world and probably the oldest wooden building in Europe still standing, albeit only in part, since few sections of its original wooden structure remain. The oak walls are often classified as remnants of a palisade church or a kind of early stave church, dated either to the mid-9th or mid-11th century. Greensted Church has stood for nearly 1,200 years. Archaeological evidence suggests that, before there was a permanent structure, there may well have been another church, or a holy place, on the site for much longer, possibly dating back to around the 4th century. Construction of the first permanent church on this site is thought to have begun shortly after St Cedd began his conversion of the East Saxon people around 654. The archaeological remnants of two simple wooden buildings were discovered under the present chancel floor, and these are thought to have been built in the late sixth or early 7th century.
  21. I wasted no time getting back into the swing of things in the UK following my return from America I saw this place pop up recently and thought yes that's right up my street, forget your spotless hospitals and little houses get me some grubby oily vintage industry please! It's what I enjoy and do best I think. George Dyke had been at their plant in Willenhall since the company was founded in 1830, but it closed in 2012 and moved to a new premises. A lot of the equipment was taken to the new location but thankfully they chose to leave a lot behind! The grubbiest location I have explored for a long time, in more ways than one - there was a multitude of pornography in some of the offices to, ahem, examine.... Thanks for looking more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157648804567288/
  22. Those of you who have been around this hobby for a long time will probably recognise the name Langley Maltings as a real blast from the past, I certainly remember seeing photos of it in it's exploring heyday before the big fire at the end of 2009 wiped out half the site. After a couple of fails and some lunch we headed here on a total whim, I was amazed it was even still standing when I checked it out on street view the night before, so having not seen any photos from it online since 2011 (the last post I can find on any forum) I thought we should see what was what. As we pulled up outside I caught sight of a group of youngsters inbetween two of the buildings who quickly came legging it out the site as we got out the car, I think we scared the crap out of them thinking we were security or an unmarked police car but some quick words of reassurance that we were going in there too put them at ease! Whats left is pretty empty but we caught the lovely evening light - looking at old photos it appears that along with the fire that took out the top floors of half the listed building they have demolished other extensions and more modern parts as well leaving only the listed bits standing. It's also worth noting for anyone planning a visit that there is what appears to be a stagnating open sewer running through the ground floor level of the un-burnt part, it is the single most unpleasant thing I have ever smelt on an explore in all my five+ years of explores, what doesn't help is there is a pipe next to it which has a small split so is spraying an aerosol of water over the whole area carrying the stench and nasty stuff over the basement. We drove the whole way back with the car windows open to try and get the stink off our shoes! We ran out of daylight before we could properly investigate the burnt out section. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157649204637041/
  23. Before anyone Tine Wittler met. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.
  24. November 2013 This was a quick visit with little time available, which was handy as the place is tiny. All that I have managed to find out about this place is that it was a reservoir built to service the East Ashford Union Workhouse. In 1837, the East Ashford Union erected a workhouse on the west side of Kennington Road in Ashford. It was designed to accommodate 350 inmates and the architect was John Whichcord of Maidstone whose plan was based on Sir Francis Head's model courtyard design. Sorry about the picture quality. Ash res by dualster, on Flickr Ash res (2) by dualster, on Flickr Ash res (1) by dualster, on Flickr
  25. History..(taken from cinema treasures) The Carlton Theatre is located in the Tuebrook district of Liverpool. It is located on a prominent corner site at Green Lane and West Derby Road and externally is an outstanding building, built with brick that has white stone trimmings over the windows. It opened on 11th June 1932 with Gene Gerrard in "My Wife's Family". Built for an independent operator, at the time of opening it was Liverpool's largest purpose built cinema. Seating was provided for 1,280 in the stalls and 668 in the circle. The side-wall decoration was rather plain apart from plaster cast leaping stags above the circle level, a design which was copied on the original screen curtains. The proscenium arch had wings containing a series of vertical gold ribs on each side, which were lit by concealed lighting. The theatre was equipped with a stage, and dressing rooms, a Christie 3Manual theatre organ and a cafe, which had a Chinese decorative treatment. It was taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) from 12th June 1935. By the end of the 1950's the cafe had closed and the space became the district offices for ABC. The Christie organ, which was played regularly into the mid-1950's, had been sold and removed by the end of the decade. It was re-named ABC in December 1962 and continued until 22nd January 1972 when it closed for modernisation. The rear stalls under the circle was converted into a Painted Wagon pub, which had its own seperate entrance on West Derby Road. The circle was re-seated and re-opened with 636 luxury seats. The original proscenium and the side walls were covered with a curtain material and the front stalls area was left un-used. It re-opened on 27th March 1972 with Ali McGraw in "Love Story". In 1975, the ABC was only open for evening performances and it closed on 9th July 1980 with a John Travolta double bill "Grease" and "Saturday Night Fever". However all was not quite lost as it re-opened the following day under a new name Carlton Cinema by an independent operator. Unfortunately, this was not to last long and final closure came on 4th December 1982 with Nastassia Kinski in "Cat People". The cinema has been empty and unused for over 25 years and has become derelict.. THANKS.