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  1. RAF Coningsby is a partially active RAF base and was opened in 1940 as a bomber station. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find more about the history of this place. So I don't know when the abandoned part has been closed. Stupidly I had forgotten the plate of my tripod at home. That's why I had to take the photos without a tripod and with a higher ISO setting. Visited with @The_Raw and others, before we joined the "End of summer party" in September last year. 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 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 - The_Raw's new friend 46 47 48
  2. As the title says Thought of it when I found a load today of explores I did years ago.A quick commentry as to why would be good too. I think this was my first trip to West Park. It had been started the night before in the neigthbouring park, progressed to dodging the PIRs and then the infamous MC hammer. Good times.
  3. Another exploration from the past. History In the area were several mining operations in the 19th century and many of the miners suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis. Therefore, in 1897, a sanatorium for the patients with lung disease and anemia was founded. In 1975, this sanatorium was converted into a rehabilitation clinic with physical therapy centre. It was closed in 2002. In January 2009, the former clinic was vandalized for the first time. Unknown people broke into the building and sprayed several fire extinguishers. The police search for the perpetrators remained fruitless. After many years of vacancy, there are plans to convert the building into apartments. My visit The large, L-shaped building had four floors and a newer extension. Exploring the interior was fascinating. The kitchen was almost completely furnished with stoves, large pots, cookware and much more. In many areas there were still furniture and interesting details, and on the lower floor the bathrooms and a swimming pool. I spent several hours there; it was lonely and quiet, and definitely a really worthwhile visit. 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 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 - Title: What Everyone Should Know about Sexuality and Potency 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 Thanks for watching.
  4. I wanted to visit the building for more than two years, but I was never before in the area of this country. And I would probably not flew there this summer, if would not have been reports that the building is to be restored soon. Meanwhile, I doubt this message; but at least the rumor has had the consequence, finally to realize the visit. Currently, the former casino can only be visited with permission. Even at night a guard was present. The building was commissioned around 1900 and it was built between 1904-1910. Because maintaining was too expensive, the casino closed in 1990. Allegedly, already in 2013 the EU has approved 10 million € for the renovation. If this is true, it is surprising that nothing has happened within the last three years. I asked the town council by email whether there are plans for a renovation in the near future, but I'm still waiting for an answer. 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 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
  5. So I heard about this place from a previous report so decided to have a look around. After gaining access immediately once we were on the site, we discovered that its fairly large, the corridors seem to go on forever. A majority of the floor has been taken up and there are random items dotted about in various different rooms. We also discovered a basement which we ventured into, which turned out to also go on forever. Away from the main building there are several small outbuildings with other junk and old documents. We also managed to find 2 of the server rooms. THE BASEMENT
  6. I haven't been about for a while but just had a busy weekend exploring, this was the first and there will be a couple or more coming up as soon as I have the time. I used to frequent this place in the late 70s early 80s and it was a nice little pub, I've known its been empty for ages but thought it would be well locked up and never gave it a second thought. Then Friday afternoon a friend of mine came into the garage and said it was open. He was working nearby and noticed a broken window so had a quick look and took a couple of photos on his phone. As we both finished at 5 it was arranged to meet just after. (We both went back on the weekend to go down the cellar as it was short notice we only took or cameras (I managed to grab my tripod)) The metal thief's had done a good job on the floors upstairs and the kids had done a good job on the rest, but all in all there is still lots of odds and ends about. Had a busy weekend so will have a look for some history as soon as I can, one room though had been done out as the inside of a old boat (The Mary Rose) but that was since the last time I was there. On to the photos with the full set here https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/with/14214713672 Thanks for looking
  7. Lovely evening explore this factory, full of contrasting ages building wise and some attempts of renovation have been made not to long ago, although I wouldnt want to guess when. With the original part of the factory built post war it has some extensions and some great features, parts of the place where in a time warp! From what information I can gather this factory suffered damage during the war; Heres a snippet of someones' recollection.. "One morning I went to work as usual, but when we got to the factory it has been completely destroyed in the air-raid the night before. We just stood there amazed. We were told to go to the Employment Offices, where they said I either had to go into the Land Army or work in the ammunition factory. The Doctor said I was not well enough to work on the land, so I went to the ammo. factory as an assembler. I hated it there, but it had to be done." Kinda cool to find a personal piece of information. The factory was moved to a temporary location whilst a rebuild was conducted and after a period of time was able to start to function normally and continued so until 1978. The factory looks as it was used after that time frame for storage of some kind and was given another name.
  8. Well having seen Silent Hill's report I thought I'd chuck upsome of my photos. I'm with Silent about this place - it's a fabulous building and explore and I love it lots. it's one of the places that got me into Urbex. Once I saw "that" staircase I had to see it for myself and photograph it. Our first attempt saw us politely escorted off the premises by the Polish Man mountain but we vowed to return and so we did. On with the graphical representations: That Staircase Ghostly goings on An explore that towers over others a few more frames to come yet A few more shots of that staircase Time to say goodbye to the old place and there you have it folks - thanks for looking. If ever you needed evidence that it's the photographer that matters not the equipment ... these were all shot with a Canon G10 COMPACT camera
  9. firstly I make no apology for the size of this thread or the order of the pics, its been a 3 day battle of processing Visited with Project Mayhem, Lowri and non member Diane Well, what a crazy 30+ hours this turned out to be. Left central englandshire at 4pm, only to realise that 1 member didnt have their passport !! so a quick detour to wales (guess who) and we were back on track, straight into an accident on the motorway, so after 90 mins of traveling approx 100 meters we were off again.................. I had built in about 2-3 hours buffer "just incase"...... this would be close. Uneventful drive to the chunnel, until we heard of "problems" at the chunnel........ wtf !!! the curse was hanging over us !! 5 hours delay !! we wouldnt make it !! wtf !!! Drive in and ask random bloke trying to sort out all the cars, and he said "just head to the trains, we`ve given up trying to sort an order out" 45 mins later we are on a train, 2 hours drive over the other side and a cheeky 2hours sleep in a service station. Alarms go off and we are off again, met our contact and the rest is history...............
  10. This was going to be the 3rd of 5 places earmarked for the day, but the trip between the church and here took a bit longer than planed, that with this cottage being so nice I just kept finding more and more to take photos of, we ended the trip here and headed home leaving the others for anther day (My health didn't help ether ) Full set here https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157643475278245/ That's all Folks
  11. A report from a good full day out exploring on saturday Hit the road early and traveled with a non member (working on that) and got to the location. Parked up and got in fairly easy (watch out for bear traps and pits I was informed) After about 20 mins inside i caught a shadowy figure moving along a corridor out of the corner of my eye, blind panic set in, because it was indeed the highland spirit........... stussy !! Cool explore, pretty trashed but some really nice bits to it, the outside is stunning. cheers The Baron
  12. This is only just down the road from Tonedale, but what a difference between the sites. I have seen photos of this place and it doesn't look that big but its like a Tardis in there. We parked up and with a very tight squeeze we were in, but this was only a smallish dark room with a drying machine and a office upstairs. In the dark places I was doing 30 sec exposures and light painting to get the shots. At this point I though we were done but my nephew (HT from now on) shouted he had found a "Rabbit hole" (Big rabbit but still another tight squeeze) into the main factory floor. I spent a hour in here while HT looked around for more. I had just packed everything away and was heading out a door when HT grabbed me and took me into another big building full of good stuff , I only took my camera back out and did this section hand held. After this was finished he took me to what must have been where some one had set up a garage and spray shop in the past, not a lot in here but junk. As normal, full set here http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157641714234595/
  13. Fifth Urbex Anniversary, Thanks for the Memories -Pic Heavy- (mod note: This has been cut up into 4 parts) Firstly I am SO sorry about the image count but this thread really means a lot to me and it’s been emotional writing it as it has brought up so many memories, good ones, and bad ones with tales of woe that the urbex itself helped me overcome. - Well I am glad I am writing this report up. First of all I am not egotistical, just very nostalgic. I am by far not an elitist explorer but I can definitely say I have been the Aylesbury and perhaps even Bucks Explorer; usually quite quick at reporting on sites before they are gone. Taking all into account, please accept this “blog” as you will. I haven’t been as active as many, only covering 100 or more places over the years, but I am glad to mark my fifth urbex anniversary this Sunday (16/02), having gone from a curious “fence looker” and armchair explorer, (my passion sparked by the 1992 film “Trespass” and also certain areas on past GTA games, as well as having had an interest for as long as I can remember in derelicts.) to 100+ sites under my belt including Chernobyl and a lot around Wales and the North of England. I am proud of what I have achieved and where I have been and hope to get some European sites under my belt soon. I won’t bore you with a photo from every site I've been too, but choose a vast number to contrast the years (sorry to those forums with a limit but I feel so nostalgic right now). Maybe I have started a trend, everyone on their 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 etc urbex anniversary can make an oversized thread; I’d be interested in seeing other peoples milestones in time. So let it buffer and have a flick! First Urbex 16/02/09 #1 My first ever urbex location, the one that kicked it off. The BOCM Research Development Farm which is now a Nursing Home. Visited first with two friends then back again on my tod. Feb 2009, this is my first ever urbex; starting with the first photo: #2 #3 http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/3861095461/in/set-72157621366504561 Before the “selling out to the Daily Mail” days, I innocently made a local interest report back in the day as the site was a total derp. This was in our local rag. The biggest pile of derp known to man but everyone has to have a first! I revisited with a new camera in August 2009 and did a massive historical report on my first ever site. Some interesting things actually happened here which have paved the way for modern meat and egg production but the site is a derp!!! Milestone Two My second Milestone would be April 2009, my first proper building. Chesham Cottage Hospital, once again I revisited in August of that year and re-reported. #4 Crappy April shot #5 August Shot #6 Milestone Three I guess my third milestone was my next explore which I royally screwed up photo wise but showed the community Aylesburys most photographed urbex. The old cinema. Again, I visited here in August 2009 to re-shoot. #7 #8 This is April Style! #9 August Style #10 #11 Cant forget my most visited site ever, The Water Eaton Grain Silo #12 #13 #14 Milestone Four First out of home turf explore and first London Explore, Unisys. #15 #16 #17 For me the next two years were amazing urbex wise, in my eyes anyway, 2009 and 10 were pretty good and 11 started well but went on a decline into 2012, so here is a few choice photos from 09-14 in order of date #18 #19 #20 #21 #21 #22 #23 #24 #25 On to 2010 #26 #27 #29 #30
  14. Cambridge Military Hospital Visited with Chaos History The Cambridge Military Hospital, built by Messrs Martin Wells and Co. of Aldershot, was located at Stanhope Lines. It was named after Prince George, Duke of Cambridge and opened on 18 July 1879. In the First World War, the Cambridge Hospital was the first base hospital to receive casualties directly from the Western Front. The Cambridge Hospital was also the first place where plastic surgery was performed in the British Empire. Captain Gillies (later Sir Harold Gillies), met Hippolyte Morestin, while on leave in Paris in 1915. Morestin was reconstructing faces in the Val-de-Grace Hospital in Paris. Gillies fell in love with the work, and at the end of 1915 was sent back from France to start a Plastic Unit in the Cambridge Hospital. After the Second World War, with the decline in importance of Britain's military commitments, civilians were admitted to the hospital. It pioneered the supply of portable operating theatres and supplies for frontline duties. The hospital also contained the Army Chest Unit. It was closed on 2 February 1996 due to the high cost of running the old building as well as the discovery of asbestos in the walls. The Explore We were getting restless moping about trying to work out what we were going to do with ourselves, one evening we decided on a last minute next day explore to this monolith of military medical history. We set off at 9am... a relatively late start considering some of the stupid times I decide to get up and go exploring, we made are way over and in....first stop... the Morgue 1. 2. 3. 4. After our 'chilling' poke about in the morgue we headed off to the main building, hearing that there was a vigilant secca presence we made best effort to get in as quickly as possible....no such luck, we spent a while frustratingly wandering around with eyes in the back of our heads to the front of the building trying to find a way in until suddenly a head pops out of a broken window "ssssssh down there...window" We moved to where we thought he was pointing....nothing. Close to the 'obvious' hut we had to make a decision and quick, after poking around a bit more we needed to adapt, improvise and overcome, with a slip and slide danger entry and a bit of an ankle breaking drop we were in, we made our way to the clock tower and then pushed on through the building. 5. On our way up to the clock tower we realised the epicness of this building, the corridors easily span 300 meters from point to point, and in the dark felt like they wen't on forever. We bumped into a couple other explorers one of which scared the living daylights out of us on a dark stairwell....cheers for that Webbly, we had a quick chat and pushed on. 6. The building 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. The mould slowly consuming the building was like nothing I've ever seen We really underestimated the size of the place and wanted to get one more area in before we left this fantastic building home for some well deserved dinner. The childrens ward 14. 15. 16. 17. The Bleeding Doors Thanks for looking
  15. Loved this place, visited with ZeroUE and a non member (Mark) Again another explore that I thought would be a few hours turned into 6 or so. Went a bit crazy with the macro shots in the chapel so apols in advance finally we left the chapel to have a nose around the rest of the place
  16. I can find absolutely no history behind this farmhouse at all. Save to say, it's a six bedroomed possibly Victorian dwelling attached to a defunct farm.
  17. Visited with Mrdystopia and PROJ3CTM4YH3M Its been done loads but have to say I loved the place, so much to see in there and a real struggle to get the pic number down Cheers The Baron
  18. Explored with 2 non members Hubberstone Fort Scoverton Fort