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  1. So, it all started back in 2009…. Well that’s sort of true, I had seen many films in here; my local ODEON cinema; Lion King in 1994, Toy Story in 1995, Home Alone 3 (yuck) in 1997, Bugs Life in 1998, The Rugrats in 1998, Antz in 1998 and many more, so the old ODEON was already pretty close to my childhood. My Brother saw “Cliffhanger†here in 1993 while on a visit from Australia, and I believe my cousin saw my favourite film, “My Cousin Vinny†here in 1992. I distinctly remember in the early to mid nineties, watching films here with the family and then going on to Deep Pan Pizza in Aylesbury High Street for pizza and amazing hot chocolates with cream on top. - The Cambridge Street ODEON; an original Oscar Deutsch Art Deco cinema opened in June 1937 with “Dimplesâ€. The cinema was tripled in 1973 and was overhauled once more in 1984. The cinema closed its doors on Halloween 1999 with “Runaway Brideâ€. The opening of the Exchange Street ABC marked the closure of Cambridge Street and many staff moved over. This became an ODEON after ABC bought the company and incorporated the name in 2000. In 2008 I got a job at the new cinema and enjoyed over seven years of service and met some wonderful people. Many of the people I worked with at the Exchange Street ODEON worked at Cambridge Street and shared some amazing stories about what Flea Pit cinemas were like to work at; a far cry from the safety and “shininess†of a modern multiplex cinema. One of the people I worked with at the new cinema unfortunately passed away during my seven year service at Exchange Street in 2012. He was a true legend, a fantastic person and we would always talk about his time working at Cambridge Street as a projectionist before his climb to management at Exchange Street. - Anyways, back to 2009; I was a new explorer, 18 years old, and shooting my site reports with a camcorder and taking the stills…. Not ideal at all. I was the first person to do a UE report on the Cambridge Street ODEON, and it was binned pretty quickly, it was frankly rubbish. The site soon became a tourist spot and many reports were produced from then on. I revisited in August 2009, armed with my new camera and re-reported the site and produced a report which got a fairly good reception. I showed many people round this building during Summer and Autumn 2009 through to early 2010. In this time I did a few rooftop light trails both in the snow and on a clear night, had many fails and many successes. In January 2010 after arranging a guided tour around this site I met TBM and Mookster for the first time and have since built close friendships with both of them. I visited the site one last time in March 2010 with former member “Layzâ€. By now I must have visited the old girl 10 times. I decided that would be my last explore. For now. August 2010 saw a massive arson attack on the cinema which brought a prompt lock down. Sealed tight with metal sheeting and an alarm system installed, and for a time the shop next door had a security guard stationed inside. That was it, the old girl was sealed for good….. I was wrong, five years on and after a random check I found that it hadn’t been for some time by the look of it. I quickly called Mookster to tell him the good news and it was about time we returned to give it a proper send off with some decent photos. In Jan 2010 he only had a point and shoot, and I had a DSLR with a kit lens and little skill, coupled with not very good torches to light paint with, or skill in light painting. We got up at stupid o’clock due to the cinemas proximity to Sainsbury’s but had to wait for about 2 hours as the deliveries were going in. This included being sung too and asked to play music on YouTube with a very drunk homeless gentlemen in McDonalds at 4:30am. The time came in to make a dash, scrabble through a small jungle of weeds and get inside. Once inside the smell (even with a respy on) brought back memories of being 18/19 again, it was great to see inside another time. I thought I would never see the place again. Older and wiser to history; I was able to admire the pretty intact, and remaining art deco features, such as the plaster arches behind where the screens were divided up. Lovely. It’s amazing how well the site has survived in five years. It all looks the same and even though the fire brigade put holes in the roof, she’s doing pretty well. Not knowing where the alarm inside was located we didn’t risk shooting the foyer, but there’s a lot of shots of it about and in my 2009 report. So here you are, my revisit, 6 and a half years after to one of the most sentimental sites to me. I apologise about the sheer amount, but I think you’ll agree that it is wonderfully photogenic inside. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 As always guys; thanks for looking, I hope you all took the time to read my words, as I write this I have realised how many emotional connections I have to this place. I really appreciate the kind words. Enjoy. Aylesbury ODEON Summer 2009: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157622074219288 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157655902295433
  2. Hi guys and girls off course , My set of this prison. It was in quite good state, not much decay. I like my prisons in heavy decay, but some photos turned out to be nice. Pictures were shot in april 2015 These walls are closing in on me by Matthias Mertens, on Flickr These walls are closing in on me by Matthias Mertens, on Flickr These walls are closing in on me by Matthias Mertens, on Flickr These walls are closing in on me by Matthias Mertens, on Flickr These walls are closing in on me by Matthias Mertens, on Flickr These walls are closing in on me by Matthias Mertens, on Flickr These walls are closing in on me by Matthias Mertens, on Flickr These walls are closing in on me by Matthias Mertens, on Flickr These walls are closing in on me by Matthias Mertens, on Flickr These walls are closing in on me by Matthias Mertens, on Flickr These walls are closing in on me by Matthias Mertens, on Flickr These walls are closing in on me by Matthias Mertens, on Flickr These walls are closing in on me by Matthias Mertens, on Flickr These walls are closing in on me by Matthias Mertens, on Flickr These walls are closing in on me by Matthias Mertens, on Flickr
  3. History King Edward VII Secondary School, which opened in 1910, was originally known as the County Grammar School of King Edward VII; the school can be found in Melton Mowbray, on a 56 acre green field site. The first headteacher, Dr Fred Hodson, was appointed in 1909 and thereafter he oversaw the selection of all other teaching staff. In the beginning, however, the schools name was initially challenged, since they had not sought royal authorisation, and the matter subsequently became far more complicated when the King died May 6th 1910. To resolve the problem the school were forced to appeal to MPs before the Board of Education. After much debate and consideration, the new King finally declared that his father’s name was ‘indeed a splendid choice’. By 1912, the school hosted its first ever sports day and also divided its students into houses: Belvoir (Red), Cottesmore (Yellow) and Quorn (Blue). Each of the houses competed against one another in events that included: pillow fighting, needle-threading, bean bag races, skipping races and athletics. By 1931, plans for extensions to the school were inaugurated and by 1936 the construction of a new assembly hall was set underway. Furthermore, the science block was replaced with a modernised two storey block and more classrooms were built. In the 1940s the Old Grammarians started a memorial fund to construct a pavilion for the school, in memory of those who died during the First World War, and for those who were dying in the Second. After the Second World War, after a period of relative stability and consistency, the school was renamed in 1964 (to King Edward VII Upper School). This change was part of wider plans in the area to close the Boy’s Modern School and the Sarson Girl’s School; both of which were located within the local vicinity. The school continued to grow in successive years and in 1975 a new sixth form was opened, alongside a larger sports hall. The music centre and all-weather pitch were opened more recently, in 1991, followed by the sports centre in 1996. By 1997 the school also gained Technology College status. As King Edward VII entered the 2000s, it was regarded as both a national and international leader in the use of ICT, since it had networked hubs in every subject area, video conferencing facilities and wireless networking for laptops across the entire site. By 2004, the school had over 500 computers. Nonetheless, despite its reputation, and the fact that the school was designated as a Regional Training School for research and ICT, the decision to close the entire site was passed in 2010 (it closed its doors later in 2011). King Edwards VII was closed because it was predicted that falling student numbers would eventually make the running costs of the school unsustainable. Over the years King Edwards fostered a notable list of famous former pupils; some of these include: Graham Chapman (Monty Python), Paul Anderson (Footballer) and Dave Benson Phillips (Comedian/TV Presenter). Our Version of Events Melton Mowbray, the place you visit for the country’s best pork pie: that was the full extent of our knowledge before we arrived at King Edwards. We’ve passed the area a few times on our travels and, as far as we were aware, there was a pork pie factory there. As it turns out, there’s actually a whole town there too. So, still rather stunned with this new found discovery, and with a somewhat nostalgic KM_Punk, we set off in the direction of his old school. Access was novel to say the least, and we had to avoid the sports centre nearby since it is still used by clubs and teams. But, we managed it and there was still plenty to see across the buildings we explored. While most of the tables and chairs have been removed, there’s still plenty of evidence that King Edwards was indeed a school, and hopefully the pictures reveal this. Unfortunately, however, we only managed to access the English, Humanities and ICT classrooms, the photography and design and technology workshops and the arts and drama studio. Explored with Ford Mayhem, Soul and KM_Punk. 1: King Edward VII Upper School 2: One of the Main Corridors 3: Trumpet 4: Media Classroom 5: Photography Class 6: Photography Room 7: Remaining Photographs 8: Photograph Basin 9: Technology Workshop 10: Bits and Pieces in the Technology Department 11: Technology Store Room 12: Technology Shelves 13: The Main Hall 14: A Student Guide to King Edward's 15: The Drama Studio 16: Drama Studio Staircase 17: Drama Studio from the Other Side 18: Accessible Lift 19: Old Art Sink 20: Map of King Edwards 21: Science Classroom 22: Misc Props (Drama) 23: Strange Hub in the Middle of the School 24: Technology Classroom Tool Cupboard 25: Technology Storage Area 26: English Classroom 27: Languages Classroom 28: Staff Office 29: Traditional School Wall Decor 30: ICT Classroom
  4. Had the chance to revisit everyone's favourite power station a few months ago. Yep, still doable! It was good to get in and grab some shots with the lights on. Nothing you haven't seen before, with the possible exception of some original Control Room Feeder Log Sheets we found in there - Dated November 1977 1. The huge control room 2. Control panels 3. Central command desks 4. Control desk 5. Control desks 6. Control desk 7. Central command desk 8. Mission control! 9. Comms system and papers 10. Papers on the desk 11. Feeder Log Sheets 12. Original paperwork from 1977 13. Synchroscope 14. Amp meter detail 15. Power Factor Meter 16. Back of control panels And in case you are wondering what the rest of the place looks like now - here's a crappy phone shot showing the scaffolding. The entire centre area was crammed full with more scaff than you possibly imagine! 17. Scaffolding inside turbine hall
  5. More Italian goodness from our recent 'Tour di Bastardi' A lovely chapel with a blue hue, hence the name, tucked away in a ridiculously beautiful part of the world!! Attached to what I presume was maybe a seminary? Heres some pics... Thanks for lookin' in...
  6. Our first stop off during a recent tour of European industry (and a few bloody houses!) found us peering through the fence at a shit-load of razor wire. The amount was topped by that at a steel works later in the trip, but that's another story - I think this area of Europe must have consumed twice as many razors as the entire rest of the world recently! Anyway, who ever let razor wire stop them....? Well - us, for a start. It kinda started to look like this might be a no-go before we even got past the fence. The second fence, that was. The first was quite easy and luckily the third - yes the place has three bloody fences! - didn't come with a risk of being grated alive. Just a risk of being eaten alive by dogs as we later discovered..... Marching on, we get to the welded-shut building and try to make our way in. Cue said dog, with his handler patrolling. I must have been wearing fart-proof pants that day because he didn't smell us despite me nearly shitting myself, and we ran for cover into what turned out to be an entry point into the building! Thanks for the helping out, le Fido Pics.... Peeping Turbine! Such pretty eyes! Thanks for looking. I'll eventually get round to putting this on my website www.bcd-urbex.com (cheeky plug haha) but for now you lot in NP can have it
  7. Had to visit this, as it’s on the proverbial doorstep, and I can’t believe I didn’t know about this one. I’d missed out on the group’s previous day’s exploits, but at least I got something in, even if I was a bit unprepared. Enjoyed this atmospheric place. Don’t be fooled by the photos – it was quite dark in there. All taken with no torch, but around 30 second exposures. Explore with Auntieknickers, The Stig & KM Punk Saw the mortuary, but unfortunately didn’t get any photos… the police turned up, so we made a retreat. St. Mary’s was originally a work house and later turned into a hospital, this place, unlike most others, retained some of it's original features from it's Workhouse origins. The whole Vagrant's block had been retained. Why they did this was unclear, but a small section of this small block was converted into a small Mortuary that would service both St Mary's and Melton Mowbray cottage hospitals. thanks for looking
  8. After two years trying to find a way in but this trip we go very lucky and find a way in... 1. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 6. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 06 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 7. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 07 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 8. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 08 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 9. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 09 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 10. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 10 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 11. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 11 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 12. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 12 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 13. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 13 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 14. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 14 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 15. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 15 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 16. Klinikum ZweiBrüder 16 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  9. After work quicky I love the Top inside, never saw so a beautiful Top inside a Industrial Loc. before... 1. Mothership by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. top view... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. earth... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. beam... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. come up... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 6. top view... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 7. ship start... by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr Thanks for watching
  10. Earls Court Exhibition Centre is a closed exhibition, conference and events venue in London that originally opened in 1887 and was rebuilt in 1937 in its most recent art deco style exterior. It is located in Earls Court within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and was the largest such venue within central London. The founder was John R. Whitley and the first exhibition included performances by Buffalo Bill Cody as part of the 'American Exhibition'. This was followed by 'Four National Exhibitions', the title of C. Lowe's 1892 book about Earls Court and its founder. Earls Court is widely known for serving as London's premier exhibition hall for many decades, hosting the Royal Tournament and Motor Show, Ideal Home Show, the Brit Awards (until 2010) and a number of other notable events and concerts. It was also used as one of the venues for both the 1948 and 2012 Olympic Games. It was served by two London Underground stations: Earl's Court and West Brompton, opposite the entrances on Warwick Road and Old Brompton Rd respectively. In 2013 controversial plans to demolish Earls Court were approved in order to make way for a new residential and retail estate on the site, which is expected to be completed in 2033. Demolition work began on the site in December 2014. With so many landmark sites in London it's simply a case of waiting for the next one to reach the end of it's life cycle. Earls Court exhibition centre's fate has been doomed for a while now, the hoarding went up last year and we'd nearly forgotten all about it until Maniac mentioned it in a conversation recently. Probably just big empty rooms with nothing in them we said to each other, but then as the conversation continued we started to wonder actually what might be lurking underneath the place and whether or not we might be able to access the roof. We made it a priority and got ourselves down there pronto with ojay and sirjonnyp. It's an absolute beast of a site (check out the aerial view later) and we weren't wrong in thinking there might be more to it. It took two long visits to get around the majority of it and I'm sure we still missed some bits. The main arena was like a scene from the apocalypse, rain falling from above and twisted metal railings strewn across the place. The labyrinth of service tunnels were hiding some epic plant and boiler rooms amongst other things. The roof contained the most gigantic gantry I've ever seen which enabled you to climb to the very top of the structure, happy days! A really satisfying explore this one and perhaps a last glimpse of one of London's most famous venues before it disappears off the planet. 1. Epic external shot found on google images, standard. 2. Entrance Hall 3. Main arena 4. 5. 6. Restaurant posters 7. 8. Some machines and bits around the perimeter of the arena 9. 10. 11. Service tunnels underneath 12. 13. Some old photos presumably taken here 14. Restaurant kitchen 15. There were 7 of these huge boiler tanks (I'm guessing that's what they are....), you can just about see through the door how long they are 16. 17. Plant room 18. Found this little control panel in there 19. The Roof 20. 21. Up on the gantry, I used incandescent white balance on this shot 22. 23. 24. The last climb to the top 25. Sketchy hand held shot looking down with the arena visible below 26. Taking a break at the very top of the roof inside one of the little black areas seen on the photo below 27.
  11. History Originally constructed in 1849 by the Earl of Dudley to accommodate miners blinded in the numerous local coal mines. The miners rejected the Earl's charity, and the buildings remained empty until 1871, when they were taken over by local chainmaker Joseph Guest and turned into a hospital. The hospital's accident and emergency department closed in 1983 and was relocated to Russells Hall hospital. A new horseshoe-shaped extension was opened in 2003, but the old buildings - including the out-patients department - remained in use until October 2007. Most of the buildings are due to be retained owing to their historic importance, though some of the less significant structures are set to be demolished, and it has been speculated for some time that houses will be built there, although nothing definite has yet been confirmed. Visit Visited with Lucyloo, JdotN15 and a non member. We seen that this place had been in the news for some sort of zombie movie, and it hadn't been reported since 2009, we was itching to get in. On arrival we encounter some horses , Which I must add I do not like, one bit lol. After working our way round the horses, we entered the hospital. I was amazed of how intact some parts of the place was, but still had it's fair share of decay. About 20 minutes in we tripped an alarm, which wasn't good news at all, we carried on exploring the further upper levels to see security walking past keeping a close eye on the place. With the place alarmed, security patrolling & another location on our cards, we made an exit. It's a shame to leave a place not even half done, but atleast for the next visit we are more prepared for the alarms, security and horses:eek:. http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag89/arron13/IMG_6718_zpsnjbfaje5.jpg' alt='IMG_6718_zpsnjbfaje5.jpg'> Thanks for looking:cool:
  12. Lots Road power station (nicknamed the Chelsea Monster) was commissioned in 1905 to provide electricity for the Metropolitan District Railway, now known as the District line. It was originally coal fired and had four chimneys, but when it was converted to oil operation in the 1960's two of them were demolished. In the 1990's it was realised that re-equipping the power station would be necessary if generation of electricity was to continue, but instead it was decided to carry on running the station until the equipment's useful life expired. It shut down on the 21st of October, 2002, and since then all electricity for the London Underground has been supplied from the National Grid. All equipment has been removed and some demolition work has taken place in preparation for conversion into shops, restaurants and apartments. On 30 January 2006 the Secretary of State granted planning permission for the development. In 2007 the developer hoped to complete the scheme by 2013, it has since been delayed by the economic downturn. On 26 September 2013, developer Hutchison Whampoa Properties broke ground on the eight-acre site, rebranding it as "Chelsea Waterfront", with Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaking at the ceremony. The £1bn scheme will be "the biggest riverside development on the north bank [of the Thames] for over 100 years", and will create 706 homes. New planning and design details were conceived between 2010 and 2012. The construction for Phase One (100 apartments) is expected to be completed in 2015/16, and phase two, which includes the power station itself, in 2017/8. I did a rooftop nearby recently (see last pic) and kicked myself for not having bothered with this landmark power station yet, commonly referred to as Battersea's little sister (by me). This was a sole venture after a night in Earls Court with many beers having been consumed. I didn't fancy my chances of success much but it was a good time of day to give it a go and hey presto I was inside. Looking at previous reports not a lot has changed inside here in over 6 years but it still has a certain charm to it due to it's size and art deco design. Unfortunately there was no way I could get to the roof on my own so I may have to pop back with company. Also my pics are a bit drunk so I might return sober as well 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Thanks for looking