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  1. So back in August (yes I'm slow as ever!); a non-explorer friend and myself visited The Springs in Wallingford, which at the time was a bit of a local tourist trap; but it was an afternoon out! It had really dawned on me at this point which way this hobby is going these days. No word of a lie; there was at least 15 people in that hotel, all this new wave of "YouTube Explorer" we all have our opinions of. They were all nice enough there and then, but a couple were very, very loud and had small children with them. Inevitably, a member of staff of the live Golf Course this was on came and flushed everyone out, myself and my friend sat in an old en-suite upstairs and waited for it to die down. After that; we explored for an hour and a half or so; not much to see here, fairly plain, but it was an enjoyable day out. Upon exit the same Golf Course Staff found us, but were polite and we were on our way. The original build dates back to 1874; a Mock Tudor Style building, this Victorian Villa has been massively altered and extended from the original. Rock Star Ian Gillan of Deep Purple, purchased the villa in 1973 and was behind its and installed a guitar shaped swimming pool in the grounds behind the building before its later conversion into a 32 bedroom hotel. The last owners bought the hotel in 1995 and added a large golf course and club to the grounds. The Springs finally closed in 2014 after the owners could no longer afford the vast upkeep. The Golf Club however; voted one of the best in Oxfordshire is still open. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 As Always Guys, Thank You. More Hotel At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157674868589418
  2. The Explore So the day started at 2.30am with a plan to hit Haslar nice and early.. soon as we arrived we were spotted by lots of secca and the game was up before it even started sadly.. with our first explore failing miserably we started on some backups with Carmel being one of them. Really nice building and a nice relaxed explore.. Hope you like the pics The History Carmel College was a predominantly Jewish co-educational bording school in England operating between 1948 and 1997. It was first situated at Greenham Common near Newbury and then at Mongewell Park near Wallingford, Oxfordshire. It was Europe's only Jewish boarding school. It also had a very small number pupils who were not of Jewish descent, as day pupils. It was referred to as the "Jewish Eton" and Carmel College alumni were referred to as "Old Carmelis". Typical boarding fees in 1996 were £10,000 per school term (i.e. £30,000 per year). In 1990 it topped the list of the 20 most expensive boarding schools in the country. It was closed in June 1997, mainly owing to diminishing pupil numbers and financial difficulties, having been seriously affected by the termination of government assisted places by the Labour government.
  3. DLO Caversfield was once the communal side of RAF Bicester - after it ceased functions as an RAF base the buildings were taken over by the Defence Logistics Organisation for development and testing of army clothing and other items worn by soldiers. I'd known it had recently been closed down but the builders had moved pretty much straight in so it seemed like it wasn't doable - but Christmas Eve 2011 came round and me and my mate thought there wasn't going to be a better opportunity to see what was what! After finishing in the airfield side of the site we moved across and this side turned out to be totally different - all clean, stripped locked up buildings, and a lot of CCTV everywhere After finding a way round avoiding the cameras as best we could we stumbled across the first of only two open buildings, this one a real doozy being an old decontamination bunker! Sadly totally stripped of everything as it had been converted to DLO use after closure but the lights still worked which was a bonus... Working our way round the site we saw many buildings, all locked tight and all totally stripped. Until we found this one at the far end of the site which, with a little pulling on a jolly stiff door opened up to reveal a minty fresh laboratory! The taped lines are presumably marks for where new walls were going to go in, and the taped crosses were walls to be removed And with the light fading, we were gone. Most rooms were bare but the lab was brill. I'm not normally a fan of these super fresh closures as I like a little bit of decay but it was nice to see something brand new for once. As far as I'm aware the whole place has been converted now. More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157628554372103/
  4. Opened in 1959 and closed in 1991, it's an absolutely fantastic ROC post, with many original features intact. It was quite the cold evening and my second outing with a DSLR which i thoroughly enjoyed, here are a few pictures from my visit. The hatch and all the surface features remain intact although the beige paint is flaking: The view from down below, looking up, on a starry starry night: Internally, it's absolutely fantastic and many original features remain, although display boards, accompanied by photographs detailing the history of the Royal Observer Corps indicate this post has had open day/'s.
  5. 2013: Still splorable I believe. 2010: This is leaking out fast, but I will once again keep the location secret. What an awesome explore! Found paperwork dating to the 19th century up until 1979. Excuse the photo wonkiness I had a knackered out tripod! #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157624664527591/
  6. Finally I get to post this report! My PC was down so photo editing was impossible... I wrote this one off as it was a derp for many years, but a non forum member, and Mookster wenrt to explore this. It turned out to be a good explore as it had been opened.. Quoted from PCWOX and slightly amended. We visited on a freezing cold windy day in April, and I gotta say I don't mind it at all, lots of switch and lever porn. Not a bad mooch for a couple of hours. A nice relaxed place with a close run in with a farmer but nothing out of the ordinary. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 There were some bland 60s/70s offices too, but I think we've seen enough of those! More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157633427667735/with/8718599496/
  7. 2013: I believe some of this is still there. 2010: Visited with True British Metal and his mate. Closed in 1986, this site located in Rural Oxfordshire used to be an industrial mecca! Producing Cement from 1928 till 1986, it was operated by the Oxford and Shipton Cement Company, until Alpha Cement bought out in 1938, running till 1978 when it was taken over by Blue Circle Industries. Half demolished, the site is now of scientific significance, and parts of it look live! What a great day out! But Sun, cloud, heavy rain, hail, repeat in circle! What weather we had! More at http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157623936147425/
  8. 2013: As far as I'm aware nothing has changed here, and this nice, half hour explore is still here. 2009: There is not much information online about this building, but its awesome! Its believed to be owned by The Beechwood Estates. It has two large halls, a kitchen, a bathroom, and two further small rooms upstairs. As said earlier, there is hardly any information or history on this place, though it is believed to have dated to around 1871. I was a bit naughty with the amount of photos I cant help it sometimes
  9. 2013:I believe they are in the process of demo now. 2010: Ok, so we all know about this place and its been done to death! But here is a selection of my eventful day last week! Originally opened as an RAF base in 1918, Heyford was passed on to the USAF, where it became a kind of “Mini Americaâ€Â; keeping the Soldiers feeling at home. The site closed down in September 1994 and is a haven of explorers, like cinemas, hospitals, schools, shops, dorm blocks, clubs, bars amongst other things. The day went well overall, till the police caught up with us, and carried out a stop and search! I guess my unique vehicle choice parked nearby didn’t help! What an awesome day, visited with TBM and Mooks! High School Part of the schools exterior One of the many awesome decaying corridors One of Many Classrooms Volleyball Court School’s Boiler Room Casino and Bar Dorms We didn’t even cover a FRACTION of the place! What a place though, despite it being done so many times! More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157623505952107/
  10. After a trip down south to the extremely busy Harlequin Manor we ended up at this old girl. This was my second visit and it still holds a strange fascination for me. The building is stunning, the colours and shapes here are second to none. For a building that is basically empty it is surprisingly gripping. If you havent been then get it ticked off. Since my last visit much of the sealed off areas were open and rooms that I hadnt seen before were there to explore. Visited with Skankypants, Shush, Shatner and a non forum bod. Full set including the first visits pics on my Flickr Here. Thanks