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  1. I visited this place back in March this year but was unable to get, so all I did was a video of the outside.. https://youtu.be/zHgUYWhIeCk But as I was going past the place on route to another I thought Id give it another try, bingo I was in, nature has certainly taken over now. and its been well and truly plundered https://youtu.be/HIWBL1nx5pU
  2. Just a crappy stripped out church, but something about it would tickle the nipples of a god fearing nun. But I liked it enough to take a few pictures anyway. I 'm almost sorry you had to look this report, I am scraping the barrel, but I'm not really sorry
  3. I thought now would be a good time to kick off 2015 with my first report of the year After countless trips around the UK to visit various mines and quarries, it begged the question as to what is located closer to home as there must have been mining activity around Kent. Throughout the area there are extensive underground coal mines and their history is well documented with some of the topside sites now sitting abandoned. All coal mines were capped to prevent access and with obvious hazards like gases and lack of oxygen, these locations are not accessible nor are we able to explore them without some serious kit and knowledge of the risks associated. I have spent much time this year researching and searching for mines and quarries in Kent which may still be existent below our feet. Which is what leads me to this place. I started to find reference to chalk, sandstone, and ragstone workings across Kent although they are few and far between. Some years ago we had managed to successfully locate and explore an abandoned chalk mine at Manston and another much larger chalk mine at Eastry (both of which I believe have been reported on). Next I began to research the old ragstone workings located in Westerham and with various members and repeat trips we managed to explore most of the main workings. Next we moved into North Kent where I had been researching another large chalk mine, again we successfully gained entry and posted a report here. I am sure that there is more to be found with regard to mining activity in Kent although for me there was one last major piece of the puzzle. A sandstone mine based in Medway was the target. For years there had been talk of a set of tunnels based under Medway and there was even discussions on the forums about these tunnels that seemed to have disappeared with no trace. Although I had always been aware there was something there and had discussions with other explorers over the years, I had never put any real effort into finding them. I began to research the rumored tunnels and found a few interesting leads to investigate. I travelled up to Medway with a non-member Trav a couple of times and spent hours searching the area for any trace of an entrance to the underground workings. Eventually we had what we needed and made our way home to devise a plan. A few weeks later we returned to explore the underground workings and after a small amount of digging we managed to gain access. The last documented access to the mine was in the early 90’s although there was evidence that people have got in there since then due to graffiti in different areas and rubbish left lying around. Despite this we know that the place has not been accessed for a good few years and has almost become completely forgotten and lost. For those of you that don’t know any of the history:- Kent is not particularly well-endowed with underground stone quarries but ragstone was worked as a building material, at least since Roman times, and is used extensively throughout the county. In 1990 Kent Underground Research Group) got permission from Maidstone Borough Council to re-open the ragstone quarries in Mote Park. Maidstone, like East Surrey, has its legendary tunnels that run for improbable distances between impossible locations, which suggests the likelihood of substantial underground workings existing somewhere. The Mote Park quarries were sealed with a huge quantity of rubble and hardcore in the 1960s. The idea was to excavate the rubble out of the fissure until the expected open gallery was reached. The fissure had draughted strongly during digging operations, suggesting open passage existed not far away from the digging front. Access was finally gained on August 26th and what was seen were in many ways similar to the firestone workings in Surrey. There were probably about 1000 metres of passage, though not all of the mine was explored. It will be interesting to see how the workings compare with the East Surrey firestone quarries. Firestone was widely used for carvings and reasonably intricate decorative work in buildings such as churches. Ragstone was more often a basic building material, and did not usually lend itself to more than simple shaping, and was certainly not used for fine work to any real extent. Once inside the workings it was easy to see why the mine had been sealed years ago as we found it to be quite unstable and so we had to carefully navigate our way through crawl spaces without disturbing any unstable sections. After about 10minutes of crawling through tight gaps and over dead’s then we reached the main haulage route which was a lot larger in size and had been built up with walls of dead rocks to either side. I have now returned to the mine a number of times with various members in order to push on and explore all of the workings. I am confident that we have now covered the whole system and although there is little in the form of miner’s tools, rails, etc. We did find some large fossils, wooden props supporting the roof and natural fissures which were all nice to see and definitely made the explore worthwhile. Again, it just goes to show how rewarding this hobby can be when you put in the effort, research and persistence. Massive respect to Trav (non-member) for all the efforts he put into this one with me as he was on the case from the moment I mentioned the place, and to Hermy for helping us get in. Finally….here are some pictures for you to enjoy….
  4. I have been wanting to go here for years and finally got round to going earlier this month on a 2 day tour. It was awesome to go and so hard to explain what its like there. The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of the Soviet Union, Id put more but you all must know about it. Here are a few of the photos I took
  5. Info from the net... The post-war 'baby-boom' resulted in a much higher number of teenage children in the 1950s. Liverpool Corporation embarked on a massive school building programme.. West Derby High School was opened in September 1957 by the first Head Teacher who was Mr A.L Casson. The school was designed by Liverpool Architects Harold E Davies and Sons to house 540 boys. Harold E Davies died in 1952, so it is unlikely that he was involved with the plans, his son Harold Hinchcliffe probably designed the building which took about two years to complete. Originally West Derby was designed to be used in collaboration with nearby Holly Lodge girls school, and in 1984 there were unsuccessful plans to merge the two schools into one. West Derby School is now a single site school as of September 2010 when it relocated a few hundred yards to a brand new building on West Derby Road, as part of the Building Schools for the Future scheme. Famous ex-pupils include.. * Actor Craig Charles * Radio DJ Kev Seed * Actor George Wilson 1957 This is the Bankfield Road Wing...
  6. The town was founded in 1642 . Destroyed by an earthquake and then abandoned by the inhabitants in 1968 . Inside the houses there were still a lot of ornate ceiling paintings. However, I have not set foot in a number of buildings, because sometimes it was too uncertain for me because of the danger of collapse. However, I was there for several hours and many photos were taken due to the size of the ghost town. So - sorry for the variety. But I can not decide for individual images ... 1 - The former market place. 2 - Stairs to the upper town. 3 - Wonderful ceiling paintings inside a (from the outside inconspicuous looking) house. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 - View from the marketplace to the main street of the village. 12 - Statue at the marketplace. 13 - One of several churches. 14 15 - The main street. 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 - It decays more and more ... 28 - The ruins of the theater. 29 30
  7. For those who don't know - and to be honest, I didn't until my planned trip, Pripyat is the name of the town that was built to house the workers of the Chernobyl Power plant. It is located about 2km from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (ChNPP) When the town was founded in 1970 it was a very modern and the facilities were incredible. I am sure that at the time, people would have been very jealous of living in such a great new town. At the outskirts, the town sign is now more of a memorial than merely marking the town limits At the time of the accident it had a population of around 49,000 people. This figure included people from over 134 different nationalities from within the USSR. The average age in Pripyat was just 26 and each year saw more than 1000 children born. I got the impression that the main government buildings were decorated in a way that promoted how proud the USSR was of achievements across multiple areas. This is the mural in what was the Post Office Within the town a newly constructed amusement park was built. Before it would ever see a single child, the explosion at the power plant turned the area in to a barren wasteland. This is the now infamous ferris wheel as viewed from the boxing ring located in the Cultural Centre Another well documented view is the bumper cars One of the things that struck me when I got off the bus on arrival at Pripyat was the sound, or rather lack of sound. Just the wind through the trees. No laughter, no town murmur, no traffic, no birds, no dogs, nothing. Just the rustling of the leaves in the light wind. I made it to one of the rooftops, and the scary thing is, on the night of the explosion, residents also did the same. Whilst watching the fire, they would have had no idea that they were receiving a massive dose of radiation too. There are many stories of heroism during that night and the days and nights that followed. From the firefighters who were sent to battle the raging ferno with no clue as to what they were really dealing with to, what is in my opinion, the most heroic action - if there could be such a classification.... The reactor core was melting through the concrete structure of the build. As it bore through, it was heading towards a large pool of water - massive pool of water. According to some accounts, this pool was a back up to the cooling systems of the power plant. The main thing to understand though is that this pool, were the reactor core and surrounding radioactive mush, to come in contact with each other, the water would turn to super heated steam and cause a massive explosion. This explosion would have turned the most of Europe in to a wasteland. Frankly, neither you nor I would be sat here today had that happened. In order for this to be avoided, the pool had to be drained. Valeri Bezpalov and Alexie Ananenko and Boris Baranov volunteered. Wearing only basic suba gear, they dove in to the highly toxic radioactive water to drain the pool. They knew they were diving to their deaths, but they did it. There are so many images from the very short visit to this place, please feel free to check out my flickr album
  8. This old hotel is epic, so much so these are from the second shoot last October. DSC_4952 by cozmicberliner, on Flickr DSC_4943 by cozmicberliner, on Flickr DSC_4919 by cozmicberliner, on Flickr DSC_4868 by cozmicberliner, on Flickr DSC_4841 by cozmicberliner, on Flickr I could have spent hours in here going through all the old documents, new papers and magazines, from the 30' 40's 50's DSC_4792 by cozmicberliner, on Flickr This room is the only place you can get a signal, even outside its not possible. _COZ3666 by cozmicberliner, on Flickr Till bar by cozmicberliner, on Flickr
  9. ...Tapioca Farm... A late autumn day trip to Belgium and me n NK just had enough time to squeeze in a quick mooch round this classic derp... NICE! ... Cheers for lookin in...
  10. History In 1963, a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room. The man continued digging and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient Derinkuyu underground city, part of the Cappadocia region in central Anatolia, Turkey. The elaborate subterranean network included discrete entrances, ventilation shafts, wells, and connecting passageways. It was one of dozens of underground cities carved from the rock in Cappadocia thousands of years ago. Hidden for centuries, Derinkuyu‘s underground city is the deepest. Archaeologists believe the underground cities of Cappadocia could number in the hundreds. To date, just six have been excavated. The underground city at Derinkuyu is neither the largest nor oldest, but it fascinates as it is the deepest of the underground cities and was only recently discovered in 1963. (The largest, Kaymakli, has been inhabited continuously since first constructed). While there is no consensus for who is responsible for building Derinkuyu, many groups have occupied the underground city over the centuries. Derinkuyu is the deepest of the discovered underground cities with eight floors – reaching depths of 280 feet (85m) – currently open to the public. Excavation is incomplete but archaeologists estimate Derinkuyu could contain up to 18 subterranean levels. Miles of tunnels are blackened from centuries of burning torches. They were strategically carved narrow to force would-be invaders to crawl single-file. Eventually the tunnels reach hundreds of caves large enough to shelter tens of thousands of people. The build-out of Derinkuyu accommodated for churches, food stores, livestock stalls, wine cellars, and schools. Temporary graveyards were constructed to hold the dead; an ironic twist, bodies were stored underground until it was safe to return them the surface. Over one hundred unique entrances to Derinkuyu are hidden behind bushes, walls, and courtyards of surface dwellings. Access points were blocked by large circular stone doors, up to 5 feet (1.5m) in diameter and weighing up to 1,100 lbs (500 kilos). The stone doors protected the underground city from surface threats, and were installed so each level could be sealed individually. The tunneling architects included thousands of ventilation shafts varying in size up to 100 feet deep (30m). An underground river filled wells while a rudimentary irrigation system transported drinking water. Pics Thanks for looking
  11. As Hitler's bombs rained down, thousands of people were forced underground for shelter,about 1,200ft of shelter was built to protect them. The murals were first discovered back in 2005.. Splored in 2011 Thanks....
  12. My last thread today I promise!! Out of all the abandonments in Buffalo the most famous one is by a long way the Central Terminal. It is instantly recognisable as a huge monolithic building and has been used in many films, TV shows etc etc. The main high rise part is very well locked up because of this, but the rest of the parts including the platforms and passenger walkways are open to the elements. And oh boy were the elements having fun this day. The weather was pretty grim when we were in Sacred Heart Church but by the time we had had lunch and made it to the Terminal it was truly horrific, so much so we actually abandoned the explore during a torrential hailstorm which flooded all the dirt tracks through and around the site. That and spying a mysterious small car parked near to where there is usually a police cruiser sat, it wasn't security or police probably just some foolish explorers but it spooked us sifficiently to call it a day and walk our sodden way back to the car and the warm. Because of the weather I didn't get many photos. More here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157649154039682/
  13. The next instalment of my upstate New York weekender, and I awoke to lovely crisp chilly sunshine, a total contrast to the absolutely dreadful weather experienced the day before. I quickly got texting my contact who would pick me up after breakfast for an additional day of explores due to the unavoidable delays to the previous day and he said he was currently in torrential rain in Buffalo little more than 15 minutes away. That's lake-effect rain for you! Anyway first port of call luckily outside the band of torrential rain was an industrial ruin which goes by a name you probably all recognise - Union Carbide. The same company which was responsible for the Bhopal disaster. Anyway we were in quick and easy and I instantly had flashbacks to the state the Ford Iron Ore Foundry in Leamington Spa was in when all the kit was ripped out - the same level of filth, toxins and half-assed removal with walls knocked through, metal sheeting twisted everywhere and it generally looking a mess. Luckily however after closure someone decided to dump a large number of enormous pump machines in the main building, and also a houseboat. More here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157649151939801/
  14. As my stay in America rolled into October I headed out of Chicago and Eastwards on an overnight train towards Buffalo, intending on spending the day with a few contacts I had made before I flew across to the States and exploring what the upstate NY city had to offer. Well at least that was the plan. I always knew the train from Chicago to Buffalo was going to be a long one, I planned to do the trip between the two cities overnight arriving in Buffalo at around 8.30am. The train left Chicago nearly an hour late, and slowly rumbled it's way onwards. That should have set alarm bells ringing because, as the train was on a major freight route, the freight trains have priority. And because we left late, everything went out of sync. I tried to get some sleep, and eventually awoke at 6.30am. The chipper train announcer came over the tannoy and happily announced we were running four and a half hours late, as if it was perfectly normal. Which, to be honest, in America probably is. Eventually, I stumbled off the train in a soaking wet Buffalo six and a half hours after we were supposed to turn up - a train journey that was timetabled to take 10 hours had actually taken 16 and a half. I could have flown from Heathrow to New York and back again in the time it took for me to get from Chicago to Buffalo. Anyway, first port of call after I fell off the train was food, I devoured some pizza slices and soon we were on our way in the relentless rain - if you aren't familiar with 'lake effect' weather look it up because thats what we were exploring in! Basically it occurs when a large body of water acts like a weather machine independant of the wider climate which is capable of producing periods of localised torrential rain, hail or snow for minutes or hours at a time and that weekend Buffalo was right in the middle of a severe bout of it. After we re-organised our plans first port of call was perhaps Buffalo's most famous abandoned spot, the so-called 'Silo City'. Silo City is the name given to a number of enormous grain silos in one area of Buffalo, we tried to talk our way into the main Silos as one of my companions knew the security guard but he wasn't playing ball - later it turned out there was a paid photography workshop tour going on in there that day. So we went further down the river a little bit and made tracks for the two standing alone - the Cargills Pool Elevator and the absolutely enormous Concrete Central Elevator which is just under half a mile in length and one of the biggest single buildings I've ever seen - even bigger than Grand Moulins de Paris in Lille. Sadly due to some absolute morons getting stuck in the higher levels of the silos a few years ago all the stairs were cut off, so unless you fancied some major spiderman climbing there is no way of getting on top any more. Had it been dry and warm I may have attempted it but it was blowing a gale and pouring with rain so I decided against it. Here are some photos from both Cargills and Concrete Central, both follow roughly the same design but Concrete Central is unbelievably massive. More from Cargills here It's quite hard to get the scale of this place from photos. It's enormous. Last shot, the angry sky over Cargills... More from Central here Thanks for looking
  15. So here we are, the final chapter in my American urbex adventure. When I first started planning my trip in December 2013 I was browsing around for places to see and one place immediately caught my eye - Grossinger's Resort, in the middle of the Catskill Mountains area of New York. The photo of the iconic indoor swimming pool captivated me and from that moment I knew I simply had to see it. As the plans progressed I found someone who could make it happen and all was set, until a week before the day we were due to go and the matey with transport pulled out. So I hastily managed to reorganise it and we ended up getting a bus to a town in the middle of nowhere, with a real back-woods feel and began the mile-long walk to the resort. Before long we could see the famous high-rise accomodation block 'Jennie G', named after Jennie Grossinger one of the resort's founders. With the sounds of us trampling through the trees towards the site drowned out by some noisy roadworks on a nearby bridge we were in undisturbed. I couldn't believe I was finally stood in somewhere I had dreamed about seeing for so long. Even in it's massively trashed state, I was elated. A bit of background to the location... Almost as soon as it closed in 1986, Servico set about the demolition of eight of the buildings in preparation for the planned remodelling/redevelopment that never happened. These included the Playhouse, the Conference Centre, a few of the accomodation buildings, buildings around the Olympic-sized outdoor pool and the original main entrance lobby building. Currently nearly thirty years later the majority of the buildings are in a terrible state, the water damage is the worst I have ever seen on any explore anywhere, most of the buildings were constructed with mainly wooden floors of which many are collapsed or too weak to walk on any more. Still the site is massive, we spent five hours there and saw pretty much everything we could working our way around the areas too unsafe to walk through. In one building that doesn't seem to get much attention as from the outside its a pretty non-descript bland thing we found a room full to the brim with boxes and boxes of Grossinger's stationery, luggage tags, brand new logbooks and receipt books still wrapped in cellophane and a draw full of the promotional booklets produced by Servico publicising the renovation and new buildings that were going to be built from 1986 onwards which was really rather poignant as it never happened - so many 'what if?'s.... The Catskills area is littered with abandoned Jewish resorts and other such buildings but Grossinger's is the largest and most iconic ruin of a bygone holiday era. In the month before my visit, Louis Capelli's plan for a casino to be built where Grossinger's currently stands was rejected in favour of another location so for now at least the buildings on the massive site will continue to slowly fall down. The Jennie G, the walkway between the main buildings and itself was demolished in 1986. Big thanks for following all my adventures from America, I can't wait to go back as there is so much left to see. Many more photos from Grossinger's here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157649180368615/
  16. What a contrast to Transfig! This church is altogether much more sound, after escaping the imminent collapse at Transfig it was nice to have some solid floors. What we couldn't escape from though was the weather, which was even worse than the day before. The worst weather I have ever explored in by a long way, relentless torrential rain which made the atmosphere in here come alive. The church closed a few years back along with the adjoining rectory and a convent which to this day has remained securely sealed. For a long period of time a squatter lived in the rectory, who took it upon himself to collect the neighbourhood's rubbish and he, instead of using the perfectly decent toilets decided to fill many many plastic bottles with urine and collect those as well. So as you can imagine the rectory isn't the nicest place to wander around! It does, however, contain the single best safe I have ever seen on an explore - if I had the means of removal and the transport to remove it from the fetid pit it is in I would do so tomorrow. The safe to end all safes - I had to clear a path through two feet of rubbish to get a space for my tripod in the nearly dark room... The room where the squatter slept. Note the bottles, many of them full..... More here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157648746204269/
  17. Another day, another death trap. After we finished at the massive silos we made our way to a more normal derp, a large church which is now in serious disrepair. It's not often I'm in places which are currently falling down, as several large chunks of ceiling plaster crashed to the ground whilst we were inside - thankfully not on top of us! Not much to say about this place really, it's a big church and it's very very sketchy inside. A large section of the ceiling in front of the altar collapsed not long before my visit, the weight of the debris then collapsed the floor underneath it making this part especially hazardous. More here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157648744111087/
  18. Ever since I started planning my America trip one of the things I had always wanted to see was a big American school, I was entranced by the photos coming out of some of the massive high schools dotted around America most notably Cass Tech in Detroit, sadly demolished a few years back. This school, while not on the same multi-level city block size scale as Cass Tech was definitely big enough, and like many public buildings in America wasn't constructed very well so has suffered areas of catastrophic water damage - the entire Eastern end of the building is sagging, there has already been one collapse and a lot of the rooms are pretty sketchy. The other end, with a fairly modern extension however was perfectly sound. The catastrophic water damage at the Eastern end Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157648766032118
  19. Visited with a non member I had been to this tunnel before but i promised a mate i would show him around, its an amazing tunnel and you feel it could be used tomorrow if needed as it is in excellent condition inside. Some history To reach its junction with the South Wales Main Line, the Wye Valley Railway first had to penetrate a limestone outcrop beneath Wallhope Grove. This was achieved by means of the 1,188-yard Tidenham Tunnel which took trains from the steep-sided gorge at its northern end into green and pleasant farmland. Constructed by Reed Bros of London, it consumed the lion's share of the route's �318,000 overall cost, taking two years to build at a rate of six feet per day and extending much further than its planned length of 715 yards. The south entrance is located immediately beyond the former site of Netherhope Halt and its adjacent overbridge. Curving immediately to the west, its straight central section is reached after around 250 yards. A lone ventilation shaft - the lower part of which is unlined - is encountered after a further � mile, a little beyond the halfway point. Another curve then takes the track to the northern portal. Opened on 1st November 1876, the tunnel was driven on a falling gradient to the north of 1:100. Much to the benefit of the line's financiers, the geology thereabouts was thought extremely stable and consequently the tunnel was built largely without a lining. Most of its central section remains so today. The discomfort experienced by passengers as they passed through was attributed to the rock floor, whilst this and its very tight gauge apparently caused excessive noise. There are two areas where a partial free-standing lining was inserted - one immediately beyond the south portal and a second nearer the middle. These effectively act as masonry 'wallpaper' for the haunches and soffit, supported by shallow brick arches and stone pillars. It is not clear whether they were built during construction or installed later as a result of concerns over material falling into the four-foot. There are also a number of sections where a brick arch was later added - generally quite short and three rings thick. During its later life, the condition of the tunnel deteriorated and it was the subject of some refurbishment in 1959, the year passenger services ended. The line through to Tintern Quarry, including the tunnel, was retained to serve limestone traffic. However its state was such that British Rail decided to mothball the route towards the end of 1981. Official closure came in 1986, although some reports quote 1988. Today the tracks are still down but. unsurprisingly, rusted up. A couple of minor rock falls have occurred. Though generally dry, the tunnel features some remarkable localised mineral displays.August 2008 saw British Railways Board (Residuary), Tidenham's owners, erected palisade fences across both entrances. But access remains possible for the four species of bat found hibernating within it. Some Pics Thanks for looking
  20. I'm not sure of the actual name of this place as it was just a random find en-route to somewhere else, couldn't quite make out the sign and any paperwork was less than helpful. Still it turned out to be half decent for something i wasn't expecting, looks like they made generic random wood tat for tourists, some of you might have some still lying about. I'm guessing they closed down around 2011 judging by the callenders. Security Cactus Sweet little offices on the top floor Workshops .. .. Stores .. ..
  21. Nice to get away from the dull and wet UK for a couple of days, and visit some of the islands derelict offerings in the sunshine. Central Térmica coal fired power station was built in 1958 according to a design by the Spanish architect Ramón Vázquez Molezún, the plant was closed in 1991/92 after a new modern power station was opened in 1986 only 10km away. Enjoyed this very much hence the image heavy report..... .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
  22. Not a place I really wanted to go, but as we failed at a nearby site we decided to have a look, to be honest I'm glad we did as the place is huge and I would gladly go again. Lots of history on this place and it seems a shame it got closed down. No externals as it was dark when we got out, I got lost in there and had to phone a friend to come and find me https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/sets/72157648001671100/ That's all folks
  23. It was a long day with 7 places on our list (Non members) but we were unlucky and only managed access into two good thing was that the two we managed made up for the other ones. I have wanted to see this place since it popped up and was my main aim of the day. Stuck in the middle of a field a long way from anywhere I knew as long as my satnav was correct, it would be easy The full set can be found here as normal https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/sets/72157648404867101/ Thanks for looking, next place coming soon.
  24. Kelton convent. Been keeping my eye on this place for some time now finally got my chance and would you believe it all I have with me is a old digital camera and no torch witch explains the bad flash photography. AROUND £7.5m is to be spent to restore a derelict former convent in South Liverpool into luxury apartments. The former Kelton Convent, will be converted into 14 apartments and 26 new flats will also be built in two new wings in the grounds to help pay for the restoration of the existing grade II listed buildings. Liverpool council’s planning committee heard that without the new flats the restoration would not be possible as the work will cost £7.5m but the apartments will sell for less than £5m. Architect Richard Cass told the committee that the building would be restored to its former glory. Thanks for looking.
  25. Another from the past! Wilson & Stafford was just one of a number of hat firms who set up in Atherstone and the last factory in town left in a derelict state, the rest are either converted or demolished. As for this place after some very sketchy access involving climbing over a resident's garden wall surprising a couple of kids playing in the garden and a very tight squeeze we were on site, the place is stripped pretty much bare but the decay is rather nice with very little graffiti. A big place and it was very easy to get lost inside! Cheers for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157627723483013/