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  1. hi my names Rich am from Pontefract hope you all alright
  2. Solo Explore Background; A pretty standard office building and the 5th tallest building in Pontefract (Woopidoo). Currently disused other than the second floor which is home to UKA 24/7, which is something to do with boiler services/insurance ect. The upper levels have plans to be made into flats in the near future. The Explore; So while waiting for a friends to finish work, i noticed a viable entry point. Having nothing else to do, i grabbed my camera gear from the car and in i went! Noting the cameras on the second floor outside UKA i took the lift to the top floor planning on getting to the roof. This however wasn't possible as with it being partly live the door was of course, locked . However i was not to be disheartened and i carried on! Whilst on the top floor, mid exposure, a door slammed. I grabbed my camera and took shelter behind a stack of roof tiles, waiting with ragged breath for the police/owner to appear... As the minutes passed it was clear that nobody was coming so i continued, admittedly with more caution and paranoia. Couple of externals; Rest of the set; Camera's and people working down there... LOL Lobby selfie I'd been in there that long that i was starting to take the piss All good fun, thanks for looking
  3. Explored with Ant after a mooch about the town hall. Background; Honestly i couldnt find very much on this place online, so i went through the Order itself. As it turns out, the mini illuminati isn't very good at keeping records as they couldn't tell me much either. However, research has paid off! Opened in the early 1900's this was the second Masonic Hall in Pontefract. Located next door to the Crescent theatre and eventually linked via a large metal door (which is welded shut) this was used as a community hall once the Masons moved out in the late 60's. Since then it has had a number of uses including a gym and leisure centre. The only real clue that this was ever a Masonic Hall is the Freemasons Crest on the staircase window. The Explore Having been for a look around Pontefract town hall in search of the elusive underground police station (Now being used by the WY police NPT) we decided to take a quick mooch around a building we found months earlier but never really taken any notice of. With the entry being a little easier than the previous time and it being daylight i noticed a few bits and bobs that we missed last time, such as the crest on the window. Oh i almost forgot... Pigeons, Thousands of them... Admittedly this is nothing spectacular but it hasn't been reported on before that i know of Couple more pics; Thanks for looking
  4. With Kind permission of Pontefract Town hall - Visited with Ant Background; The building was built in 1785 and was the first building ever to hold a secret ballot so is the birthplace of our modern elections. The building has many beautiful rooms one of which contains a monument to Lord Nelson. It has jail cells in it's basements the door to which can be seen on the outside of the building. The building was home to the towns police force and was the Police Station for the town over 150 years ago, when Pontefract Borough had one of the oldest established police forces in the Country. The cells were last used in the early 1960s, when the Court House in Pontefract was being renovated and the Courts were held in the Town Hall. Unfortunately the actual police station has been converted from a victorian style house of the law into a NPT desk for the WY police and so only the holidng cell and the older cells which are almost unrecognisable due to it being used as a coal store, are viewable to the public. As mentioned above the hall holds a little bit of fame, an original part of Nelsons collum showing Nelsons last moments at the battle of Trafalgar aboard the HMS Victory, which was brought to Pontefract via horse and cart in 6 pieces. Our guide Stan was kind enough to let us have a look around the Nelson room (Old court room); Thanks for looking
  5. Explored with Raz, but i have revisited and met various others. I apologise in advance for the amount of photos but I LOVED this location. Background; The Crescent Cinema stands on the corner of Ropergate and Front Street and was designed by local architects Garside and Pennington. It opened on 2nd November 1926 and within the complex was the 2 tier, 1,190 seat cinema which had a fully equipped stage with associated dressing rooms for such plays as Dirty Dancing, and a cafe and a substantial dance hall which in its day hosted balls for the mayor. It was taken over by the Leeds based Star Cinemas chain in 1944, (as was the Alexandra Cinema in town) and as the popularity of cinemas waned the Alexandra Cinema was the property turned over to bingo in 1961 with films continuing at the Crescent Cinema. However when the Alexandra Cinema was sold off for redevelopment in 1971 Star sub-divided the Crescent Cinema forming a bingo hall in the former stalls and a new 412 cinema in the balcony that, like many of their cinemas, was renamed Studio 1. Further changes in ownership to the Cannon Group took place, bingo was superseded by snooker and the Cannon Cinema closed in 1993. It has not been used since although the snooker continues and a school of dance occupies the former ballroom. The old cinema is the upper tier of the grand film hall and is complete with full projector set and refraction mirror. The Explore; If i was to set the scene of our endevours well, it would start with something like this; "One dreery night, with the clouds covering the moon and the rain whistling in the cool wind. We approached the old oaken doors set back in the darkness of the alcove from the amber glow of the street lights..." But this is not a story. We arrived on a pleasant September evening with the sun just going down, after a stealthy entrance and a quick stoop i was instantly impressed by this place. Having been in ABC in Wakefield, I expected a pigeon shit filled, asbestos topped death trap half flooded in water that smells a lot like the swamp from Never Ending Story... However this was not the case and it is in fact filled with some of the coolest little gems ive ever seen. When myself and raz were first exploring this place we felt very very paranoid and im not entirely sure why. At every sound this old creeky building made we would stop dead still and hold our breath. In hindsight i wish id have been recording all the way round as it would have made for some hilairious and strangley fitting footage of us creeping round a derelict theatre to Benny Hill. At one point we made it into a tunnel system which we at first hoped to be the fabled "Market Run" but obviously its not as i am writing the report on the Cinema rather than still trying to find my way out after stumbling across the many beer cellers we know to be down there Over the last few days i must have spent around 4 hours just moving room to room taking it all in and really experimenting with light painting. I hope this stays in NP for some time as the minute it comes out into the public forums the local scroats will be in the rob the place blind and leave behind well... The ABC Theatre, Wakefield. Heres some of the finer areas Nice one of the dance hall to finish If you got this far, thanks for reading