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  1. I wont bore you with too much history, this place has been done before, and has been done better than my attempt. I just want to share some of my stuff, and hopefully get to know some people on the forum as I am pretty new to urbex. HISTORY: St Joseph's College, Upholland is a former Roman Catholic seminary in Upholland, Lancashire, England. The foundation of the large building was laid in April 1880 and college was opened in 1883. The buildings have recently been deconsecrated. In 1986 the total number of students was down to 82, of whom only 54 were Church students, and it was no longer viable to educate them on the premises. From 1987 the remaining students attended St John Rigby College in nearby Orrell for their schooling, an arrangement that continued until the very last of these students left Upholland in 1992. My Version = I was planning on visiting Crank Caverns with a few friends to start our exploring adventures with an easy location, but on route, I found the College. We parked quite a bit away from the main road into the spot, so I dont even know what that side looks like, but I will be returning. We approached through the woods, down a public footpath and arrived at the amazing building. We spent around 15 minutes taking a few snaps, looking at possible entrance points, but by the time we made it around to the cemetary, a friendly security guard came around and informed us that we were trespassing and had to leave. We had a bit of a chat with the friendly bloke before heading off on our way with a bit more information. My friends and I also run a facebook page where we post all of our outdoorsy stuff, bikes, urbex, 4x4ing, anything really. https://www.facebook.com/0151outdoors/ Anyway, heres some pictures, if anyone here can shed some light on approaching this place with more chance of success, give me a message please.
  2. Hi guys, I haven't been on the forums much recently (been busy mostly with my new born, but some of it's laziness) but thought I would give you guys a heads up. We were at Sev's this morning for a silly o'clock start and after a 5-6 hour mooch about and on our way out we got busted by Michael accompanied by a Police Officer. Now we had a good chat with them both and they were friendly enough but it turns out the NHS has been getting pissed off with people getting in, so now it seems the cops will be called out every time security thinks they are in the building so they can run name checks (due to people using 'Mickey Mouse' names) and search anyone caught. So I was informed the NHS are looking to make an example of people going in. The Police let us go as they didn't see any reason to take it further their side however we were informed to expect a letter from the NHS with a possible civil prosecution. How I have been lucky enough enough not to get caught in 4 years but everyone's luck runs out some day, but getting accused of breaking and entering and tearing down the water towers palisade fence was a bit nerve racking when you know you haven't done anything wrong. I get the feeling the NHS are trying to pin anything which happens on the site to anyone caught. We will see what happens. This might be nothing to some of you but I though I would let people know that Sev's might not be the easy ride it has been regarding security any more, hats off to Michael though, he was very fair and very professional, and after a bit of a cat and mouse game I felt very good at his job. Anyway just a little shot from the day:
  3. Hi All, Was looking at a local venue to get into a old safeway warehouse. As i was looking for any gaps in fencing i noticed a few alarm systems dotted all around the various buildings Also a lot of cams . Went upto the front gatehouse for a look about to see if there was any security on, Couldnt see through the Mirrored glass of gatehouse. Main Gates were Wide open just a barrier to stop cars going through. I hung about for about 20 mins when the door of gatehouse opened and security bloke headed over and asked what i was upto. I just told him waiting for a lift. He then asked me to wait away from entrance. So After A Bit Of Advice Is it worth the risk of going for it? Whats the Chances Of Alarms/Cams Working Has anyone just plain asked a secca if they can look round or offered them back hander? Cheers In Advance Stu
  4. I remember this being one of the very first derelict sites I saw reported on aaaaages ago, and in actual fact I assumed it was long gone as there hadn't been any photos surfacing from it for a good few years until my mate popped up one day and said it was still there, so we hightailed it to High Wycombe. De La Rue Printers was established in 1821 by Thomas de la Rue in London. In 1855 it started producing stamps, and in 1860 production of banknotes began. In 1995 the company acquired Portals Limited who for nearly 300 years had been regarded as the leading banknote manufacturer in the world. In 1997 they acquired Harrison & Sons based in High Wycombe as this company had made significant inroads into De La Rue's own printing operations. In 2003 De La Rue acquired the printing operations for the Bank of England situated in Debden. Only a few years after acquiring the High Wycombe factory from Harrison & Sons De La Rue closed operations there, it closed in the early 2000s and was totally demolished in late 2011/early 2012. De La Rue are currently the world's largest banknote printer, printing money for over 150 national currencies as well as producing stamps, passports, driving licenses, travelers cheques and vouchers etc. It was a great place for a mooch, largely stripped but massive and with enough variety to keep you occupied for ages. What's behind the enormous blast proof steel door? An enormous eff-off huge vault! More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157627873017244/