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  1. This place is not too far from where I live. i have heard all about it's history and decided to have a look inside and get some photos of the building itself. The place is an absolute death trap, ceiling's fallen through, water ingress all over etc. It started early life in 1900 as a roman catholic orphanage until 1940 when it became an approved borstal until 1984. During this period there has been reports of physical and sexual abuse which happened at St. Peter's over the years. in 1984 the school closed down and was sold for £130,000. The buyers bought the buildings and converted the main building into a nursing home for the elderly. Again this was in operation until closure in march 1999. The main building was demolished in 2016 due to a massive 9 hour fire and is only the gymnasium and the reception building that remain on the premises. As you can see in the photos the building is severely damaged due to dampness and vandalism.
  2. Hi fellas, in this abandonment, I find a very particular squatted orphanage:
  3. St Josephs Orphanage / Mount Street Hospital Even though this location has already been done by every man and his dog, I decided to chuck a quick report up anyway. As stated above in the title of my report, this one features photographs taken mostly on the first visit and one taken on another which will become clear towards the end. History St Joseph's Orphanage was designed by architect R.W Hughes in the style of gothic architecture, which was typical of that particular era. The construction work was endowed by Maria Holland, a wealthy widow, who contributed a sum of 10,000 to achieve this. She wanted to care for the sick, at a time when Preston had the highest mortality rate in the UK. This was predominately due to inadequate housing and the poor working conditions in the local mills and factories. The orphanage was first officially opened in the September of 1872 and five years later it became St Joseph's Institute for the Sick & Poor. The hospital accommodated for around 25 patients and was run by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of Mercy. Voluntary contributions funded the maintenance and general upkeep of the hospital and it was also the first provider of welfare to Roman Catholic girls in Preston. In 1910 the hospital was granted its first operating theatre, as well as the chapel being built that same year. By 1933 a new wing was added and another in 1958 which was officiated by Princess Marina, the Duchess of Kent. During both world wars it served as a military hospital to treat wounded British and Dutch soldiers. One of St Joe's most famous patients was performer George Formby who died of a heart attack at the hospital in 1961. The hospital eventually closed its doors in 1982. It was then bought by its current owner who converted it into a care home until 2003. A year later in 2004, plans were proposed to convert the building into 82 flats with a grant of £2m but the redevelopement never seemed to happen. Presently 3 sections of the site are still classified as grade II listed and the building was recently featured on the Victorian Society's 'top most at risk historic buildings in the UK.' Visit Visited with @scrappy. This one has been on my to do list since I really started exploring but I never got round to doing it until recently. Despite being pretty fucked from years of neglect, local kids, general arseholes etc, I did still quite enjoy seeing this one finally. The main purpose of my visit was photographing a newly discovered section which certainly didn't disappoint, as well as the operating lights being rather pretty too (so glad no one has smashed those up yet.) All in all still a fairly nice location and worth popping by if you're in the area. As always, hope you enjoy my report! Started tidying up my photos of the chapel and went a little overboard... (Obligatory hospital wheelchair photo...) Now onto the best part Once we found out all the doors had been mysteriously removed we decided to go back again for more photos. If you've got this far, thanks for reading!
  4. Colonia IL / Mono Orphanage History The orphanage was built on the border of Switzerland and Italy. Sadly there doesn't seem to be a lot of information out there regarding this location. From what I've gathered it originally served as an orphanage and at some point in time, it was also used as a summer camp. Despite being closed during the 1970's, it has remained in pretty good condition with minimal graffiti and vandalism. Visit Visited again with @darbians and @vampiricsquid. Unfortunately when we visited the beds had been removed but lucky there was still a lot left to photograph. The chapel was absolutely stunning and it was nice to see that some furniture, including the desks from the classrooms were still there. All in all an excellent location to finish off our Italian adventure.
  5. History Bramham House was originally built as a family home in 1806. It was later purchased by the West Riding County Council Children's Department in approximately 1947, who converted it into an orphanage for neglected and homeless children. 35 children were being looked after at the orphanage by 1970, however in 1974, Leeds City Council took over the running of the home which resulted in a change of the admission policy, which subsequently caused many issues. The house shut in the 1980's, and the children moved to a home in Wetherby, which has since been demolished. This building has been categorised as being at risk, and is capable of re-use. The Explore I came here with @Buffalo, as a last minute trip to Tadcaster. The place was quite far gone and it looked fairly trashed but it was quite an interesting building to look at. We even bumped into some friendly chavs trying to find a way into the building!
  6. 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
  7. The Explore This is one that's been on my list for a long while now but always been sealed or never got around to going up there. On hearing it was open again we popped to have a look. I'm sure more reports will come from here as there was 14 other explorers here at the time! Like a Xmas urbex get together Place is fairly trashed now unfortunately and feel we were a few years too late on this one, lots of fire and water damage is slowly destroying this building but a good fun explore with some great people anyhow The History St Joseph’s Orphanage was opened in 1872 on the site of an ancient alms house, and St Joseph’s Hospital for the Sick Poor followed five years later. They were built by wealthy widow Maria Holland, who gave £10,000 at a time when Preston had one of the worst mortality rates in the country, due to poor housing and low-paid mill workers. St Joseph’s Orphanage cared for 971 children before it closed in 1954. Run by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of Mercy, the orphanage was the first welfare provider for Roman Catholic girls in Preston, taking in up to 60 youngsters at a time in two dormitories. After its closure, the top floor of the orphanage continued to serve as accommodation for the nuns who worked in St Joseph’s Hospital, known locally as Mount Street Hospital. The hospital held collections to help pay for health care for poor patients. During the First and Second World Wars, they tended injured soldiers and, over the years, tens of thousands of babies were born at the hospital’s maternity unit. Legendary performer George Formby died at the hospital following a heart attack on March 6, 1961. The hospital closed when the last sisters left nursing in 1982. It later became a care home, which closed down more than ten years ago.
  8. My first report on Oblivion State so any feedback would be appreciated guys, hope you like and will post up some of my other reports over the next few days The Visit Visited with Redhunter - Having failed miserably at QE2 hospital in Welwyn Garden City (bumped into security who said they had seen the "lovely" photos on the forums and had been told by their boss to start boarding up areas that have been photographed like the morgue etc, doors now boarded and alarmed) we headed down the M25 to Surrey to have a look at Silverlands Orphanage. After finding our way around the perimeter avoiding the cameras we made our way over the fence and into the building away from the prying eye of the many cameras on the building. The History The Actors' Orphanage was started in 1896 by Kittie Carson at Croydon and was established as the Actors' Orphanage Fund in 1912. In 1915 the Orphanage moved to Langley Hall at Langley (was in Buckinghamshire - now in Berkshire). The orphanage was both a home and a school to approximately 60 children. At ages 15–17 pupils sat the School Leaving Certificate of Cambridge University and if 10 subjects were taken to Matriculation. The home and school was moved to Silverlands at Chertsey, Surrey in 1938 where it remained until 1940. In September 1940 the Orphanage was evacuated to the USA where the children were housed in New York City at the Edwin Gould Foundation, and the children were sent to local schools. After the war ended the Fund established a home (once again at Silverlands, Chertsey). This arrangement ended in 1958 and the Actors' Orphanage ceased to exist. The 1912 fund was re-established as the Actors' Charitable Trust and financial and care help was offered to those in need. Over the years many from the theatrical profession have given time and money to the running of the orphanage including some who became presidents of the orphanage among whom are Sir Gerald du Maurier, Noël Coward, Laurence Olivier and the last president Lord Attenborough.
  9. Intro. Ok got bored being in all time has you do so decided to go out and explore. Wanted to do this for quite a while so went down solo (At First). When i got there was checking out the place and access etc when i found it a damn car pulled up and sat for ages right outside. So grabbed some grub and heading back where i spotted a lady right near access and was having a nosy lol. So i introduced myself would be rude not to. Turned out it was Hedgie with another person i didn't catch name sorry just coming out. After some good pointers i realized its way to much just for me solo and with night upon me so called for reinforcements. An hour later my friends turned up Tina and tony. Then off we went. All i can say was this was one of the most fun and awesome places i have been for a while. Loved it and hope you like pics. History. St Joseph's Hospital was erected on Mount Street, Preston in 1877 by Mrs Maria Holland for the benefit of the sick poor. It was opened in 1879 and run by the Sisters of Charity of our Lady Mother of Mercy, who also ran St Joseph's Orphanage in Theatre street. In 1884, it opened up two rooms as accommodation for private patients, and during the First World War it provided care for wounded soldiers (often Belgians). The Hospital was later recognised as a training centre for nurses, and accepted its first trainees in 1958. The Hospital closed in the late 1980s,The Sisters of Charity are still based in Mount Street at Provincial House. St Joseph�s is a Grade II listed former orphanage and maternity hospital developed as a sequence of buildings from 1872 through to the 1950�s. The original building is a two storey, red brick building in a high gothic style with a tower over the original entrance. The later 1930�s and 1950�s buildings are in a simple modernist style in brick. The buildings are arranged around a courtyard but one that is hidden from view despite its central location. The buildings are an important landmark and a significant part of Preston�s Victorian heritage and social history. Although the buildings have consent for conversion to residential use they have been vacant for a number of years. The site is in private ownership. Also this is the place george formby died. Here is an interesting link about this. http://www.blogpreston.co.uk/2013/0...george-formbys-death-and-his-link-to-preston/ Enjoy the pics Thanks for looking. Hope you enjoyed.
  10. Had this one on my list for a long time now, and after a successful morning at CMH we decided to head on over.. We successfully made it in after negotiating the fence, avoiding PIRs and finding an open window, and wow.. I was amazed. I fell in love with the staircase instantly. Didn't take loads of photos because i was enjoying the place too much:D Big thanks for a certain someone for a lovely day out! as always, thanks for looking!
  11. Abandoned Orphanage Visited with: Venustas, Rusty, Martin, PG_UE & Carl Visit Date: December 2014 Please Note: Entry is always through an open access point and not by forcing our way in….. We are explorers, not vandals. My Visit This was our second location of the day and we was all hoping we would have better luck than we did at the first location which was sealed up tight, so as we always do we left and headed off to to the next location. After a few hours drive we pulled into a car park not far from the location and to our surprise we spotted another small group of explorers with all their kit ready to go. I knew who one of the smaller group was straight away it was Dirty Jigsaw, we pulled up alongside them and said hello. After parking the cars we headed back over to the group so we could introduce ourselves properly, Holly Sunshine was another of the group and her partner, then a few minutes later Holly’s friend arrived. It turned out that they was also heading to to the same place. It is always a risk being in such a large group as it is easier to get spotted but we decided to take the gamble. We decided to use the woods for cover due to the size of the group and as much as that helped us out it also helped us get a little lost! We did take a couple of wrong turns but our phone GPS helped us out and pointed us back in the right direction. After about 45 minutes we emerged from the woods and could see the location straight ahead. One nasty metal fence and 5 minutes later we was all safely inside unpacking our camera gear. The main issue we was going to face with so many of us in one place was trying not to get in each others way which indeed did happen a few times and made it a little slower to get the photos we wanted, however, we managed and it was great to finally see this place and to meet DJ, Holly and the rest…. I hope you enjoy my photos…. The main hall stairs are still in very good condition as you will see on the photos, however the rest of the building is not doing so good. This shot was taken from the top of the stairs. Before heading off to look around the rest of the building I took a couple of photos of the main entrance. When I have seen reports from here by other explorers I always thought that the stairs would be my favourite area, however, that is not the case and I found myself fascinated by the following room. I just had to get a shot of the skylight! Cool right? Hell yes it is! A big room with lots going on, nice airy windows, nice décor, awesome skylight, wood, stonework... What more could we ask for? Here is another room that I really liked. Finally, for anyone who has seen reports on this place before will be fully aware that this location still has electricity, also you will know of the following two rooms. I found it hard to get a good shot in these rooms for some reason and almost left these shots out of the report. More images available on flickr The images above are just a small selection of the images I have edited. I will be adding lots more photos from photos on my Flickr page which can be found here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Final thoughts It was great to tick this one off the list which made the long drive and even longer day worthwhile. The building is deteriorating quickly and I have not seen any information for future plans of this building. The future is definitely not looking good…… Fingers crossed this changes and a new lease of life can be found before it is too late. Thanks for reading, Dugie
  12. Hello OS. Been holding this one back a little while, but after a few visits I've had the chance to 'get the pics I wish I got the last time' etc. First visit in mid 2014, second and third in '15 Such a nice place, can't seem to keep away. Visited with: MrDan, ZeroUE, M Thornley, Infiltr8, WoofooPix, Brutas and Gaz. History: Silverlands was built in the 1800s and has had an interesting history. It was a private home, an actors orphanage and a nurse training school. The training school finally closed in the 1990s. In 2001 there were plans to turn it into a clinic for convicted paedophiles. Local residents protested against it, being so close to local schools. During the protests, the house received a £3 million re-furb for it’s new role. But in 2002 the protests paid off and Parliament decided to end the conversion. It has remained empty ever since. Pics: Strange how it's been the same for so long and not been totally destroyed.. Cheers
  13. Visited with Cloaked Up. WARNING: If you've seen this 2012 or before, look away! At long, long last I've finally managed to get in! First and foremost, however there are some people here I owe a great deal of gratitude to for being able to do this. Firstly thanks to Telf1980 for sharing his access details with me; without those I would've gone round the hard way again and failed! Secondly to Cloaked Up for taking me here and keeping me sane. Finally to Catbalou and Tweek, whose access both got nailed shut before I had an opportunity to do the place; nevertheless I'm grateful for their intel. So here we are. Cloaked Up, Zotez and I failed at this initially in June after finding one climb too dangerous because of the rain; later being joined by Cloaked Up we try the other side, get in the garden (unfortunately Zotez cut his hand on razor wire and had to leave it), only to find all windows tightly boarded. We find Tweek's access, so Cloaked Up dives in (given how long we waited that day I was pretty damn happy!). Alas, the joy was short lived; the door was nailed shut. So that was a fail. Fastforward to September, and we're in. It has to be said, the owner/security/caretaker is genuinely determined to keep people out; in recent months chavs have broken in which is really sad to see, but you've got boards nearly everywhere, and random doors including those that lead to rooms with windows on the ground floor nailed. So what did the chavs do? Boot a load of drywall in! By the looks of it the chapel was sealed for a certain amount of time, as the connection between the maternity hospital was nailed (was open this year). Only way into the chapel we found was through a hole in the wall too. So after familiarising ourselves with the place, we hit the maternity hospital first. This is commonly reported on as the "operating theatre". Let me stress that this is not the case, it's a maternity/geriatric hospital! The place had two, side by side, sharing a preparation room. One thing that I really love about operating theatres is the sheer size of the lights; you expect them to be big, but they're absolutely enormous when you see them up close! The maternity and geriatric hospital extensions, dating from the 1930's and 1950's respectively, is arguably the best part of the site with seemingly little if any alterations being made since being built! Interesting that it closed in 1986 too, 18 years before the rest of the complex. Does anyone know what the 246 lights are supposed to represent? They're dotted about throughout the hospital, and I spotted one in the chapel funnily enough too. Despite only closing in 2004, you really cannot trust some of the floors in this place! Moving on up to the attic, we found some of the hospital paraphernalia stored up there. Couldn't spend much time though, considering there were copious amounts of broken asbestos on the floor. Not to be trusted! Other people have said that they've found the place among the creepiest and most foreboding places they've been to; I agree wholeheartedly. I can't explain why, but the place just seemed to stir up some really scary emotions in us! As far as I can tell very few people have had the pleasure of doing so, but I had this constant feeling that at any moment the owner would come inside and catch us in the act. Not only that, there was one point at which we heard this random sound in the hospital, which I can only describe as a sawing sound which didn't stop. I never did find out what it was; I didn't want to! The car that we spotted in the courtyard in June was still there; was the owner sitting in the reception, just waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting intruder? We didn't know! The lower floors of the hospital were used for storing the furniture once the place closed, with one room inaccessible because of all the stuff tipped in there! I can just imagine the old folks banging away on this! Haha Or racing in this? It took a while to find it with (as far as I could tell) the doors leading to it nailed shut, but we found the chapel eventually. Though it had some nice features, it was surprisingly spartan for a place of 19th Century origin. I also found it quite odd seeing only one stained glass window! Sad to say, however the place is in a poor condition now. Really poor. Some cock broke the head off the Virgin Mary bust! :mad On a final note, I have to be honest here. Whilst I'm relieved to have finally ticked it off the list and enjoyed seeing it, I found it disappointing overall. Maybe it was the fact that the place is just a mostly empty 1930s hospital, a chapel and an empty care home that isn't worth looking at? Or maybe it was that, like Pyestock I'd attempted it and failed miserably, and in doing so became too eager to see it? Maybe it's because it's looking far worse than it did last year? Everything perhaps. Nevertheless, it was worth seeing and I did enjoy it for what it offered. Love as always, TBM x
  14. Been a bit lazy with getting my pics up so here is another wee place from my deep south adventure with Lowri, Project Mayhem, Peterc4 and Sonyes. Fourth explore of the day, and we were hoping it would be a successful one. Led by the chipper as ever Project Mayhem, Lowri refreshed after a afternoon snooze and me truding wearily behind. Quickly navigating our way to edge of the site, the undertook some serious ninja combat manourves, preforming death rolls, leaps of faith, dangerous climbs hiding in long grass, sneaking round trees and the all well to known wall hugging techniques, we were inside. Nervous the alrams would go off at any time and losing daylight we arrived in the main corrirdor, project Mayhem was like a a kid in a sweet shop! Lowri was cool and collected, me however was like a giddy little school girl runnign around the rooms taking in the stupendous rooms! I have a serious soft spot for decorative ceilings, this was pure wank bank material for me!!! It was time to leave, and oh oh somehow I managed to set the alarm off, we had limited time now, oops! On our exit we were greeted by a angry security lady and a rather nice policeman (for the second time that day). One of my favourite places I have done, this one is stunning and won't be forgotten for a while. Thanks for looking.
  15. Thought I would stick another report up Day trip to Father Hudsons Society, Coleshill. Also visited some of the other buildings on site, including St Gerrards, but St Edwards boys home / orphanage was my favourite. Spent a couple of hours looking round its dark atmospheric corridors and rooms. This place probably started out with the best of intentions; shame this place has got a dark history. Explore with Miz Firestorm and a non member – thanks again to Miz Firestorm for access. The site is operated by The Father Hudson Society, which was originally founded by a priest, Father George Hudson, who died in 1936. Though there are active buildings on site there are also a number of abandoned buildings too. Built in 1904, primarily a home for orphaned and abandoned boys it was also a school - in addition to the dormitory accommodation. There are also school rooms and a chapel within the home. In 1998 the priest in charge of the school was convicted of 18 cases of child abuse and jailed for seven years. After only three years of his sentence he died in jail, but not before the Pope had stripped him of his rights as a priest for his sins. The building has been empty since 1996 and the feeling locally is that it should be knocked down because of it's sordid history. Thanks for looking
  16. Somewhere in my beautiful country, there a old orphanage, abandoned since 20 years, the time is doing his job just in front of the stupid owner of this place who also own the little mansion juste behind ... Visited many many times betwin 2010 and last month. In the past, childs would be crying, playing, make noise, now it's just the wind in the broken windows ... Nobody is running in these stairs ... Hope you'll like it . Sorry if my english is not very good
  17. Right, well this place always took my fancy, so me and Cloaked Up paid a visit one Summer evening to fail horribly. He went back a few months later and got in, so armed with a new access point, I rocked up with Sonyes. I checked the new entry and decided it was a bit sketchy, so we went back to the original, to discover additional barbed wire had been added to the mix. Fearful of another fail we walked a bit further and found a much easier walk in. Jackpot. Shame its massively paggered now even more so in last 6 months. Guess I was 6 years too late to catch it in its prime, but its been ticked off the list. St Joseph's was opened in 1872 as a refuge for catholic girls. The orphanage is tucked away in the back streets of the busy town centre and was run by the Sisters of Charity for our Lady Mother of Mercy. The site closed as an orphanage in 1954 and was more recently use as a convalescent home with an onsite hospital including two operating theatres. Despite having received a Grade II listing, property developers are seeking to 'redevelop' the entire complex by demolishing most of the standing buildings which would to be replaced with high rise apartments. I did quite like the way this place has grown organically, bits being added everywhere. Like a maze inside. First hit when dawn broke was the hospital block Then a stroll round the convalescent bit A schlep through the attic and over the roof Into the Chapel Mary had seen better days So I had a quick pray and we found Jesus The End Cheers
  18. Got inside but most was locked up and boarded up. security was patroling around with very loud dogs, im gonna go back and try do the rest was an impressive building i couldnt get a picture of outside as it was pouring down and dark, next time i will hehe.
  19. So this is my first post folks... Hope you like St Joe's has always intrigued me for some reason, so I was made up to have the chance to see it. A LOT of the site has been trashed over the last few months but it's beauty still shines through. Visited with scrappy, we had the place to ourselves and plenty of time for a good look around. A couple of near misses with the floors though, they are pretty gappy in places. It was a fun explore, hope to see it again! On with the pics.. Even had time for a quick brew Thanks for looking
  20. 'BLAA! BLAA! BLAA!' That'll be the alarm goin' off at stupid o'clock... Again!! 'BEEP BEEP! BEEP BEEP!' And that'll be the wellied wonder textin' me... 'GET THE FECK UP BAB... SPLORE TIME!!' Can only mean one thing.... N.K.P.S. presents 'NORTHERN MEDICAL' a whistle stop tour of Lancashire top spots... After a quick brekkie of bacon rolls n strong coffee, we jump in the splore wagon like a bargain version of the dynamic duo and its FOOT TO THE FLOOR up the M5! NKs tourettes kickin' in big time and clouds of rollie smoke billowing from the windows!! Of the 3 'med sites' we visited this was the most impressive!! Choc full of beautiful features and bits and pieces left behind, we give you... 'THE SICK POOR ORPHANAGE'.... On with some pix... NKs will follow straight after mine, shes BUSY, BUSY, BUSY! So I'll be posting on her behalf... ENJOY!! No time for catologue shoppin' tink! Splores are callin'! STEP ON IT!! Now for kittens pix... Be sure to tune in again for more N.K.P.S. Splorventures... Ta for lookin' in...