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  1. Hi everyone! This is my footage of Battle Hospital in Reading. I visited in May 2018 and the explore went extremely well as we managed to search the entire site without any interruptions and oh my what a place to explore! A Little History The site was created in 1867 as a Workhouse which went on to be known as the Reading Union Workhouse. They added an infirmary to the site between the years of 1889 and 1892 which added the space for an extra 185 beds! Amongst the First World War it was then known as the Reading War Hospital. It was then in 1930 that it became Battle Hospital but it's not over quite yet as in 1952 they built a new maternity unit which was known as Thames Block and then in 1972 they built a new block called Abbey block so by 1993 Battle Hospital was able to accomodate 280 beds however this was not great compared to the 760 beds at Reading's other hospital, the Royal Berkshire Hospital. It was then in 2005 that Battle Hospital closed it's doors for the final time with all the patients being transferred over to the Royal Berkshire hospital in a new block which would be known as Battle block. Thanks for reading! Hopefully you found something of interest
  2. This had been somewhere I wanted to go since I set eyes on the first set of pics from it a few months back. Visited 2 weekends ago with Obscurity and Frosty. A little bit of History. The Berkshire Brewery opened its doors in 1979, and at the time was cutting edge with the technology and materials used. Right up until its closure it was still regarded as one of the most modern and efficient breweries in the UK, as most are significantly older than this place. Unfortunitely since the time of its opening, beer sales have steadily fallen meaning a brewery which was built to produce 6 million litres of beer was running at only half that capacity. On 12 February 2008, Scottish & Newcastle announced its intention to close its Berkshire Brewery Operations by early 2010. Fast forward 2 years, and the place closed its doors for the last time on 2 April 2010. It was a simple question of economics at the end of the day which forced the site to close, a brewery running at half capacity is just not economic to run, couple that with the higher than average wages for the berkshire area and it was obvious what its fate would be. If you like industrial sites full of pipes and big shiny metal things, then this place is like heaven for you. It's absolutely pristine on the inside which you would expect really given it's only been closed 5 months. It also has that smell that you only get in a brewery, which was just brilliant! Unfortunitely our visit was cut short after 40mins as we literally opened a door right as a security guard was going to open the same door from the other side. Totally bad luck and bugger all we could do except leg it out of there. Was a fun explore for the time we were there. And here our short but sweet explore of this place ended, just up the corridor from this plant room was where we got spotted. We know there's lots more to see, so we shall return at some point.
  3. Interesting one this. There was a larger school building on site also but I believe it's currently occupied. History for those who want it: I think these buildings have been derelict longer than the rest as they are pretty trashed, an interesting fact is that the famous musician Mike Oldfield once attended this school as a pupil! Some photos:
  4. Yes another one from here! Seeing LittleOz's post spurred me on to organise a last minute little trip out today to revisit a location I first had a brief walk around in the tail end of 2010, only a few weeks after the main modern school building closed. That trip, both the older buildings were sealed tight so only externals happened but three-and-a-half years on I finally got in! To say the place is a death trap would be kind to death traps, most of the flooring is long gone along with the windows, the highlight by far is the staircase in the Prep School which has miraculously survived pretty much intact. The Italianate-style Senior School has faired a lot worse and is only just hanging in there with some of the most extreme natural decay I've ever seen. A nice chilled wander on what would have been an otherwise boring Sunday. Prep School Senior School More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157640733053133/
  5. 2013: Still an airsoft venue I think 2011: Been wanting to do this for a long time now. We were allowed in by permission of a company that uses the site for airsoft. Brilliant set of blokes, and asking permission is pretty much the only way in for this one. Shopping center closed due to the opening of The Oracle Shopping Center in 2004. My first ever permissible explore! What a nice relaxed one it was. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 And onto Mecca: #1a #2a #3a #4a #5a #6a More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157626034161655/
  6. 2013: Now totally demolished and part of a Tesco warehouse site. 2010: Quoted from a Derelict Places member This was a bit of cat and mouse with security! MY photos #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 Rooftop Service Tunnel #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157624407098063/
  7. Then you can get your tickets tonight, before they officially go on sale tomorrow morning by clicking this link. http://www.seetickets.com/see/price.asp ... 92&userid={29DC6FE9-99C4-4E5F-826A-5E8CBFBF10C0}&filler1=see It works, a friend has just ordered using it. See tickets are just shit at keeping their website URLs off seach engines! Unfortunitely I'm not able to go this year due to work commitments, but if anyone else is thinking of going, this link will ensure you can order your ticket before the big rush tomorrow! Maniac.