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  1. The public bath, constructed in the style of Art Nouveau, consists of three pools (two for men, one for women). Additionally, it had several showers, steam- and public baths and even an own bath for dogs. It was opened in 1914 after a construction time of three years (1911 - 1913). In the same year it was shortly closed due to the start of World War I. The entry prices at that time were between 10 - 40 pfennig (former German currency). During WW II the swimming pool was protected due to different air raid precautions, which contained mainly brownout through covering the windows with curtains or cardboards. Some lamps and windows were also coated with paint. Below the consisted several bomb shelters for the nearby population. Despite all measurement, the building was largely destoryed due to several bombings. After the war it had to be reconstructed, which took around 15 years until it was completed totally. In the 1970s the number of visitors decreased steadily, due to a lack of investments, which made the baths more and more unattractive compared to other, more modern swimming pools. In the year 1994 the baths was closed and hasn´t been opened until today. It was temporarily used for popular techno parties in the 90's but the future is still uncertain. A re-use as a swimming pool has been considered to be unprofitable so far. It´s a pity to see such amazing architecture in the state of decay.
  2. Say "Saltersgate Inn" on our away weekend and the reading is fascinating https://www.thewhitbyguide.co.uk/the-legend-of-the-saltersgate-inn-part-1/
  3. The Tartan Tiger Bar hidden away and almost forgotten for many years is this lovely, yet mostly untouched bar in the depths of grand building in rural Scotland. The roofs are collapsing in several areas, it reeks of damp and mould, sounds like a perfect explore to me!! A long early morning drive I found myself wandering along a lovely little river, following its banks to avoid unwanted attention, I made the dash across a road and up through the long overgrown winding track which took me to the Bar. Quickly finding my way inside, I was amazed to see so much left behind, bottles, seats, plates, full kitchen equipment, photos from the bars regulars enjoying parties. One slight problem it was very very very dark the further you went in, almost dungeon like Thanks for looking!!
  4. Dark School of Music - May 2015 Besides transport and industry, I have a huge public building-fetish... in particular theaters, prisons and schools We heard this Dark School of Music was a tricky one, but this one had to be on our sensors, so we planned to do this one before sunrise. Way too excited on the evening before our visit, we couldn't help it to drive by on our way to the hotel nearby. You know, just to scout the neighbourhood, check the entry, stop the craving a bit... It was raining Niagara falls, not the weather you expect in Italy, so we drove up the car to the little parking lot in front of the school, just to turn the car and fake like we had made a wrong direction. Only 30 seconds, and already a neighbour came outside, standing on his porch in his bathrobe, staring with that "I am watching you fuckers, you are not welcome here"-look. In a bathrobe, almost standing in heavy rain... yes sir, this is an act of dedication, this clearly was not the best way to go, or to park our car. So like usual we played out our "GPS-trickcard": The one on the wheel plays pretentiously with the GPS, while the rest of us looks around how we could access the place. After 2 or 3 minutes, we took off to the hotel. Checking Google earth in our room, we found another place to park the car and get around the few houses next to the school. Better safe than sorry. So D-day started with a surprise, it all looked pretty easy on Google earth, but damn, I wish the next upgrade has altitude lines! Up and down hill, trees, stones and even a small river: fucking Bear Grylls style offroad-path :-) In heavy rain we reached the school from his other side, one last climb and we got in, soaked but unseen. This school is huge and in more or less , a few kids seem to have been playing around making tripwires with thin wool wires and placing empty bottles everywhere under windows, behind corners, on stairs. Some spaces were nice, other were kind of messy. Highlights were the music class, the auditorium and the big chapel. Oh, and about the DARK adjective in the name... it is an understatement, especially in bad weather. Besides the chapels, I had to shoot everything in BULB-mode! Cheers 1. Music Class 2. Auditorium stage view 3. Auditorium public view 4. Big Chapel 5. Little Chapel
  5. So this was my first time visiting the Sheffield Courts, when the idea of visiting the place came up i was immediately looking forward to the day! This really is a great place to explore, take some shots and chill out Sheffield Old Town Hall stands on Waingate in central Sheffield, England, opposite Castle Market. The building was commissioned to replace Sheffield's first town hall, which had opened in 1700 to a design by William Renny. This first structure stood by the parish church, on a site with little prospect for extension. The Old Town Hall was built in 1807–8 by Charles Watson, and was designed to house not only the Town Trustees but also the Petty and Quarter Sessions. The initial building was a five-bay structure fronting Castle Street, but it was extended in 1833 and again in 1866 by William Flockton (1804-1864) of Sheffield and his partner for the project, Abbott; the most prominent feature was the new central clock tower over a new main entrance that reoriented the building to Waingate. At the same time, the building's courtrooms were linked by underground passages to the neighbouring Sheffield Police Offices. By the 1890s, the building had again become too small, and the current Sheffield Town Hall was built further south. The Old Town Hall was again extended in 1896-7, by the renamed Flockton, Gibbs & Flockton, and became Sheffield Crown Court and Sheffield High Court. In the 1990s, these courts moved to new premises, and since at least 1997 to present, the building remains disused. Visited with Goldie87. Heads up, rather pic heavy. Cheers, SM
  6. Someone mentioned that this shelter was to be sealed..Sounded like bollox to me but this has appeared If you havnt seen it then you may be to late! later to this i found this pic on facebook the bloke seems genuine enough and is hoping for a good reaction to this and people are welcome to offer any help with prepairing this his contact details are... If you have any queries email [email protected] FAO Jon Barker.
  7. This again is another pub that has fallen foul of the recession and closed around 2008, It is named after the local fox hunt. Its last use was as a upmarket Thai-restaurant-cum-pub which failed fairly quickly. I have had this on the radar for a while and decided to give it a try yesterday. The pub has stood empty and apart from all the copper etc being stolen around 2010 it is relatively untouched and Chav free !!. The upstairs was just empty rooms with floors missing so I concentrated on the pub itself. For some strange reason there is still power to the place as the lights were on above the bar and I thought someone might have been squatting there !! The Pub originally advertised itself on the business directory as: "Trinity Foot is a family friendly pub restaurant. Our specialty is Fresh fish and we usually have around 20 different types of fish on our Main and Special menu. The pub is set in around five acres of land with a delightful garden area where we set out our Marquee that caters for weddings of up to 100 people as well as other business functions. The Trinity Foot Public House is ideally located on the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon with easy access from either side of the dual carriageway." On with the pics...
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  9. I visited this place in March 2010. It had been one of many on my list but had never wanted to travel to it with not a lot else in the area. I had visited it once before but didn’t get in as the police were in the area and asked us to leave before we even got to the wall. After visiting Essex with my girlfriend I decided to crack this one on my way back. What a place, the grounds are amazing and the building is beautiful. Upon entering the building it was clear that it had become irreparable and the damage was immense, some being caused by previous visitors and some by Mother Nature. The building had a very eerie feel about it and noises could be heard throughout the explore although no-one was there. I have tried to reflect my view of the place in my photos; a very spooky and dim building. History: The school occupies what used to be the Lillesden Estate Mansion, built at the estate (south of Hawkhurst) in 1855 by the banker Edward Lloyd, who moved there after marrying. The house and estate remained in the family until just after the First World War, when it was then sold and eventually became the Bedgebury Girls Public School. The school closed around 1999 and has been abandoned ever since. Due to the theft of its lead roof, water damage is now sadly causing the buildings to collapse. However, it is now owned by a property developed and expected to be converted into private apartments at some point in the future. 1. The Rear of the Building 2. The Front of the Building 3. Looking up what would have been a very grand staircase 4. 5. Looking Down the Stairs 6. One of the Many Corridors 7. The Heart Of the Building 8. One of the Lovely Bay Windows 9. And Another Thanks for looking