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  1. History from Ojay's report: In 1946 Thurleigh became the site for the second Royal Aircraft Establishment site Two new runways were built in the post-war period to accommodate the Bristol Brabazon aircraft (which required a very long runway) that ultimately never went into production The site had several reasonably large windtunnels, one supersonic and one large subsonic It also had a 'drop tower', the drop tower is now used as a skydiving training venue The supersonic tunnel was dismantled by 2005 and the building which held the fans and driving motors is now used as the set for the BBC popular science programme, "Bang Goes The Theory" The RAE was deeply involved in the development of Concorde and was also a centre for the development of the Instrument Landing System. Thank You!
  2. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/man-found-dead-cambridge-street-9661663 Sad to read, hope it wasn't anyone from the community. Please, stay safe out there
  3. Evening all, A lot of photos here but more to process but I feel that this is the jist of the set so thought I'd do my first report in a while. I'm sure most of you are aware of the big group of people who travelled to the Ukraine for an epic trip - some from the forum and some not so I'll get on with the repo. Duga-3 (NATO reporting name Steel Yard) was a Soviet over-the-horizon radar system. It was developed for the Soviet ABM early-warning network. The system operated from 1976 to 1989. Its distinctive and mysterious shortwave radio signal came to be known in the west as the Russian Woodpecker. Two stations of Duga-3 were installed: a western system around Chernobyl and an eastern system in Siberia. This transmitter for the western Duga-3 is located a few kilometers southwest of Chernobyl (south of Minsk, northwest of Kiev). The receiver was located about 50 km northeast of Chernobyl (just west of Chernihiv, south of Gomel). The Soviets had been working on early warning radar for their anti-ballistic missile systems through the 1960s, but most of these had been line-of-sight systems that were useful for raid analysis and interception only. None of these systems had the capability to provide early warning of a launch, which would give the defenses time to study the attack and plan a response. At the time the Soviet early-warning satellite network was not well developed, and there were questions about their ability to operate in a hostile environment including anti-satellite efforts. An over-the-horizon radar sited in the USSR would not have any of these problems, and work on such a system for this associated role started in the late 1960s. Duga-3 could detect submarines and missile launches in all of Europe and the Eastern coast of United States. The first experimental system, Duga-1, was built outside Mykolaiv in Ukraine, successfully detecting rocket launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome at 2,500 kilometers. This was followed by the prototype Duga-2, built on the same site, which was able to track launches from the far east and submarines in the Pacific Ocean as the missiles flew towards Novaya Zemlya. Both of these radar systems were aimed east and were fairly low power, but with the concept proven work began on an operational system. The new Duga-3 systems used a transmitter and receiver separated by about 60 km. We were given over 2 hours to explore and split up to do what we wanted. Myself and a few others headed to the command centre at the bottom end of the site. I planned to visit this and work my way back up to the gates. Command Centre Fairly stripped out but some nice details found whilst running around this place Walking back from the Command Centre Some of the many murals on the walls and littering the site There was a fair bit to cover but I was told that the cinema, kindergarten and the gym were over to the far left of the site so with the hour or so to spare I made my way over to the kindergarten which was stacked high with old beds but the building itself plus the playground made for some nice shots. Kindergarten Theatre Gym The floor was extremely rotten here and only found that out when I was halfway across so a few shots and I left to go to the admin building on the opposite side. Admin building
  4. We done the sister site of this last month so we decided to go back and do the other one. Very similar to the others around Belgium. This blast furnace is huge! The area this place has been built, is well a shit hole! You feel very un-safe walking the streets that back onto the fence line of this place! HF6 steel industry dates back to 1817 when industrialist John Cockerill established the first metallurgical company here. Surviving blast furnace no.6 was built in 1959 and was active until 2008. Despite of several promises the plant has never been restarted. Video Here> http://youtu.be/ikhD1MYkCVs Thanks!
  5. Hello, Sorry for the delay in posting, I have just moved house and only just got the internet! This was from a few weeks ago. This place is HUGE! we only had an hour here, rather than get loads on internals, I thought I would get mostly externals and climb the tower thing in the middle of the whole site. Hope you like! A massive industrial site! HFB steel industry dates back to 1817 when industrialist John Cockerill established the first metallurgical company here. Surviving blast furnace no.6 was built in 1959 and was active until 2008. Despite of several promises the plant has never been restarted. I have done a little video of the tower: Thank You!
  6. Hi all here you have my site and more where i post my work http://photographybram.com/ https://www.facebook.com/PhotographyBram http://500px.com/PhotographyBram https://www.flickr.com/photos/photographybram/ Greets Tuner111
  7. Could be interesting ? http://europe-re.com/st-james-group-secures-deal-for-the-redevelopment-of-80-acre-southall-gas-works-site-uk/41886
  8. There is some old unused buildings to be demolished on the pfizer site, news below:- http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentonline/home/2012/november/20/pfizer_demolition.aspx
  9. 2013: Here begins my back dating as request. In this report I worked hard on making a total derp look good! Was a reasonably new explorer and this was my first site in February 2009. Re-Reported in August of that year. Derp Alert 2009 Original: This site has been explored several times in the past, one occasion by me. The Farm has been mocked, laughed at and labelled as “just an old pig farmâ€Â. This place was my first urbex, and I want to prove people who have labelled this fascinating place as “just some old farmâ€Â; wrong. So I am re-writing my report on British Oil and Cake Mills’ Experimental Pig and Poultry Development Farm. It might not look much but it was my first urbex, so I went back with my A300 to re-doccument it. In 1947 we were a country recovering from war, building up our food supplies so we could be a rich nation once again, with a high demand for food. Simply farming pigs and poultry would not do anymore, and we needed to produce meat at a much faster rate, so experimental procedures had to be put into place to ensure a good, healthy amount of food. So during 1947, British Oil and Cake Mills, known as BOCM Ltd, opened up an experimental poultry farm in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire. “BOCM Stoke†as it was called, bred and fed Hens in various different conditions, similar to today’s “Intensive†and “Battery†conditions, which in my opinion are terrible and should be stopped, but enough of that for now. Stoke was spread across a 14.4ha piece of land, which included a pig development section, where various different methods of breeding and feeding would take place, to ensure higher quantity and quality of bacon and pork meat. Some of the methods and experiments can be seen in these two videos, the first being from 1953, the second from 1958. https://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=47468 - Piglet Feeding and Breeding https://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=197 - Pig Living Conditions By 1961 the pig testing station was largely devoted to competitive trials with pig breeding: Picture taken from the 1961 BOCM LTD annual report. At this current time, the question of the UK's entry into the Common Market was still unknown. However it was, it had to be resolved; and the farmers were going to face increasingly challenging economical conditions in the future, meaning that they would have to specialise in a much greater range of livestock, than they had done in the past. Meanwhile at the sites poultry development section, a ten week cycle begins, in one of BOCM Ltd's three huge 240foot 5000 bird broiler houses. Picture taken from the 1961 BOCM LTD annual report. During the same year, sales of BOCM's "Supermix" range were at an all time high, along with their new “Heavy Pigmix†product, developed with the help of T. Wall and Sons. It also appears, that not only did BOCM Ltd study meat from chickens, it also carried out tests on the eggs, here one of BOCM Ltd’s scientists, can be seen colour testing, using the “Heimen Carver Rotor Chartâ€Â. Taken from BOCM Ltds 1963 Annual Report By 1964, there was an over-production of eggs annually, resulting in lower egg prices to the producer. Throughout England’s egg packing stations, 1,370 Million more eggs than in 1963 were reported. More Testing at Stoke in 1964. By 1976, Stoke was in full swing, and had reached its peak. It had also undergone a recent and extensive renovation. It had been hosting the Annual European Pig and Poultry Fair since 1965, and more and more local people got involved with this. The site at this point was fully equipped and conducting important research and development work, aiming to improve the scientific performance of poultry feeds. The whole site at this point appeared to be going more in the direction of poultry, but still retained the pig section. The poultry section was headed by Dr Jean Allen, was staffed by nine people. Dr Jean Allen reported directly to Professor Peter Wilson, at the time the chief agricultural adviser. The farm had no turkeys, the research for these were carried out at the Midland Poultry Holdings Group. The farm now had two main laying houses for hens, each holding 5500 birds and two broiler houses, with 3,500 animals in each, a slight cutback from the 1961 production rate. The pullet rearing house held 6,600 birds, this was used to supply the laying houses with birds at “point of layâ€Â. In a laying trial, run by the now named “BOCM Silcockâ€Â, was recorded over a period of 56 weeks, but sadly the broiler hens, bred for food, now had only a life of 8 weeks. Only two laying trials could be completed in one year, as there were two sheds, but 9 broiler trials could be carried out in one year, as these grew at the much faster 9 week period. The scientific stuff was carried out, on a state of the art Ceres 2000 desktop computer at the Unilever Research labs, located elsewhere. Ricahrd Fisher, pictured left, was the Unit Supervisor of the layers section. Here he is, weighing a Stoke Mandeville Hen. Pictured right is Stokes Roger Wesley who is checking the weight of a group of eggs, photographed at Stoke in 1976. Mary Miller, a part time helper at Stoke was not available for photographing. BOCM Silcock, ensured that the birds were kept in only the very best conditions, although the pen sizes here were smaller than usual. Litter, lighting and fresh air; including temperature and humidty were carefully monitored, to insure the birds were kept in only the best environment. If you had visited the 1977 fair at Stoke, you will have had an insight into the work, which is carried out 365 days of the year in the “secret†buildings in the background to Stoke Mandeville and Terrick. Taken from a 1976 Newspaper. This is a snippet from one of BOCM’s internal papers ('The Mill Stone', 'Feedback' and 'Link), showing the whole team in 1983, close to site closure. The International Poultry fair, every year a success, was down to the efforts of the staff at BOCM. A BOCM Silcock stand, international reception and information kiosks, were all at the 2-day event in Stoke Mandeville yearly. The fairs 18 year history, welcomed around 180,000 people, to view 3,000 different stands. The Stoke site started to wind down by 1983, when the poultry fair moved to another site for the 1984 event. Processes slowed down by 1984, with the Research Centres final closing in winter 1985. The site was lived on by owners until 2004, when it was sold to LandLink PLC, along with the neighbouring LongAcre farm, which had its own small poultry farm. BOCM Silcock merged with another company in 1992 to become BOCM Pauls’. Onto the photos! August 2009: Toilet Block One of the old Broiler Houses Possibly an old Staff Hut I made a return visit as I had to go to work that evening. A tractor had appeared which wasn’t there last visit in March. The bonnet was open, and the engine felt warm, but no one was around The remains of the BOCM admin and office building, burnt down in August 2007, along with apparently another broiler shed and another office section and lab. The site is extremely decayed, you cant really tell what used to be what, and as I say, in the past, its been labelled as bland, which pictures of course show it is, but the report I have done above shows otherwise, It wasn’t just some “pig farmâ€Â, it was a research site, which has changed our ways of eating forever, but to very unfortunate consequences to animals, so in a way it’s a good job it has closed. It’s just a shame to see it rotting away, it’s a nice bit of land. Apparently there used to be a social club, billiards room, tuck shop and a football and games section.
  10. still work in progress and updating when i can, feel free to say what you think guys www.scrappynw.com
  11. Another from the archive, and another one with great memories attached. I met one of my best exploring buddies in April 2010 when he was brand new to urbex and the first thing he said he wanted to do was Greenham Common at sunrise. Well a year and a half after that was first mooted isn't too bad, is it? The plan for access over the multiple fences surrounding the site was put into motion and at 5.30am one August morning me and him rocked up on the outskirts of the old airfield, the place was deathly quiet and after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing the plan went off without a hitch and we were in with minutes to go until the sun was due to rise over the horizon at about 6.10am. We scrambled onto one of the bunkers in the middle of the site and set our gear up, and watching the sun rise over the sprawling site it became one of the most beautiful, surreal and unforgettable memories I have from my whole life. After the sun cleared the horizon we wandered the site, it was an odd feeling being somewhere that could have been at the epicentre of wiping out a large amount of the world's population had the cold war gone full nuclear... The doors to the nuclear missile bunkers are required by NATO law to stay open, so Russian satellites can see that they are empty in case they fly over looking. Somewhere on the common we heard a familiar roar and watched as a hot air balloon ascended into the morning sky, and I couldn't resist a wave at the occupants! We moved over to the old guard post and front gate, and before we could snap any photos a loud crack shattered the morning air from a few feet away, and a small cloud of smoke rose into the sky - turned out my mate had tripped a wire attached to a blank shotgun shell used to scare wildlife...well it certainly scared us! And, now that everyone on the airfield that morning knew we were there, we made our retreat to the local McDonalds More photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157627406780905/
  12. Found this interesting site, I think it's derelict places to hire, but some are derelict and some not might be worth a look, some are stunning in all areas of the uk especially the castle type place with moat, enjoy:- http://www.locationworks.com/library.php?cat=1110
  13. Very good and freindly site for euro stuff http://www.urbexnederland.nl/urbex/index.php I think you need to register first, and keep google translator open as its in dutch but some very stunning places to be found
  14. i visited this site before i got into urbex and needed to revisit it to properly record it since my last visit a few buildings have been knocked down and some paint has been touched up *(if there's any spelling/grammar mistakes sorry about that but is my dyslexic )* full set:http://www.flickr.com/photos/samcain/sets/72157631579946392/ i believe this to be the way the shells were loaded into the gun the view out of one of the look out parts no idea what this is a old slate mine (my next post ) a very out of place "mud hut" style building only part of the site that was still live on my first visit (pre-urbex ) these marking look like there were original but now somone has painted over them look outs inside the shell loaders on my first visit none of this modern cr*p was here old electricity sub stations on the way back from this site i saw a old boat left alone on some wasteland (which turned out to be in front for the police station) so i thought i would take a closer look. to cut a long story short the police had sized this boat as it was involved with drugs trafficking and the police thought we were part of the gang coming back to take stuff from it. also as it wasnt a "tourist" hotspot the police spoke very little english and i cant say anything useful in spainish so it took some time but i finally got there full set:http://www.flickr.com/photos/samcain/sets/72157631580064341/
  15. As I strolled through the large wooded gardens looking towards my goal of baggin a beautiful mansion little did I know this use to be a nursing home but some time after it closed it was a gangsters dumping ground for a body rolled up in a carpet!, sounds like an old film or a book you may think!……...the problem is…….…..it’s not!. Some buildings have dark pasts, some go out in a blaze of glory…..as for this one it has a hammer house of horror attached to it that could have been written and producers by the very same people. Back in August 2007 a Bradford businessman by the name of Edward â€Teddy†Simpson was abducted and tortured to death by a gang of 7 robbers and ended up dumped in the grounds of an old abandoned nursing home the trial jury in the Leeds Crown Court was told he was a so called “easy target “and the gangsters was expecting to find well over £300.000 in cash and also drugs at the home of Teddy Simpson from Sticker Lane Laisterdyke. The seven men (three from Bradford) were on trial for the murder and conspiracy to rob Mr T. Simpson aged 56 who also was a father of four and a great granddad the gangsters motive was simply robbery, the so called “brains†behind the robbery was Anthony Davies the gang was to use whatever violent means necessary to obtain there goal.............cash and drugs!. On the date of 1st August 2007 a friend of Mr T. Simpson a Mr Garry Folkard disturbed the robbery which was taking place in the evening, this was due to plans to meet Mr T. Simpson at his home address earlier, as he knocked on the door he obtained no answer he then rang Mr T. Simpson via his mobile phone but unfortunately for Mr Garry Folkard the robbers mistook him to be ringing the police and dragged him inside the house a gun was thrust into his mouth and then repeatedly beaten over the head with a frying pan. Mr T. Simpson was seen by his friend helplessly unable to do anything was dragged out of the back door where later on a trail of blood was found on the hall floor, three men were seen around this time with one waving a gun giving the orders to the rest. Mr T. Simpson owned a car business which was adjoined to his house and also a stone sales business was later found dead within the grounds of “Shirley Manor Residential House†in Wyke Bradford by two council workmen at 8.40 am. DNA evidence proved both men had been subject to having the gun inserted into there mouths and violently assaulted in the hall of Mr T. Simpson’s house also through the crime investigation team there was enough evidence to suggest that Mr T. Simpson was repeatedly hit whilst on the floor near the kitchen area and also on the couch in his lounge the implements which were used were as follows a belt, several blows form a wrench and attempted suffocation where the gangsters used a cushion to try and suffocate there target Mr T. Simpson. The seven men in the dock at the Leeds Crown Court were all involved in one way or another with the death of Mr T. Simpson either by implementing the violence/organising the violence or assisting in another way on that night and in so doing all were as guilty as each other. The gangsters below were all charged with the murder of Mr T. Simpson. Mr Anthony Davies of Lloyds Drive Low Moor Mr Mumtaz Ali 38 of Astral View Wibsey Mr Darren Martin 37 of Markfield Avenue Low Moor Mr Anthony Neale 28 of Harehills Leeds Mr Stefan Decosta Daniel 28 Little London Leeds Mr Errol Witter 27 of Woodhouse Leeds Mr Robert Cameron 28 of Garforth Leeds All unbelievably pleaded “NOT GUILTY†in court to the charges of “MURDER†and “CONSPIRACY†to rob. Mr Tom Bayliss QC the opening prosecutor stated there was an eighth person in this horrific crime a Mr Sonny Stewart 26 of Hope Avenue Bankfoot Bradford and he also was charged with murder, but pleaded to manslaughter and conspiracy to rob Mr Stewart a week later whilst the trial was still ongoing entered into an arrangement with the prosecution to give evidence against the rest of the men in the dock, Mr Davies was the primary organiser with one other man, on the night of the murder he also was there supervising what was occurring to Mr T. Simpson. Mr Stewart also stated that Ali, Martin had assisted Davies and Neale procured the men to carry out the violence, Danniel, Witter and Cameron attacked Mr T. Simpson, The prosecutor then claimed Martin had supplied the replica gun used in the robbery Davies, Ali, Stewart, Daniel Witter, Cameron then reconnoitred the dwellings before the latter three went inside to carry out the job. After all of the above Mr T. Simpson was dragged into the van owned by Witter and then driven to Judy woods in Wyke, transferred then into Davies’s Transit van then eventually dumping Mr T. Simpson’s body in the grounds of Shirley Manor Nursing Home shortly after around midnight. The gang members who were present at this time of the dumping of the body were Ali, Stewart, Neale, Daniel, Martin and Davies, behind the nursing home is a small wood where on that night there was a group of teenagers camping out who heard the noise of screeching tires, doors opening and screaming all this noise was more than likely the dumping of Mr T. Simpson’s body which at the time was thought to be wrapped in a carpet and on finding the body stated it was a curtain. Mr T. Simpson died due to multiple injuries from over several hours of torture. Det Supt Paul Taylor of the West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team lead the investigation in this case. The trial lasted 2 months in total also working on this case was several Detectives, CPS, Forensic Scientists and many officers. The Gang never got away with £300.000 in cash nor any form of drugs, £15.00 from his grandchild’s moneybox was the only money taken along with Mr Simpson’s wedding ring watch and a dress ring from his body. Daniel, Witter and Cameron were found guilty of murder and Conspiracy to rob and also attacking Mr T. Simpson in his home. Mr T. Simpson’s body when found and recovered had his hands tied behind his back and his ankles cuffed together by his trousers, his face/skull was smashed in several horrific blows or stamps/kicks causing brain damage and another 50 external injuries with it eventually been wrapped partially in a curtain, naked apart from his underpants. Mr Mumtaz Ali was unanimously cleared by the jury for the crimes of murder and conspiracy to rob. No verdict was reached on three other men and due to this a retrial is expected for Davies, Martin and Neale all pleaded not guilty to murder and conspiracy to rob. (This has now been done) Stewart admitted manslaughter and conspiracy to rob. Whilst the jury was coming to a verdict they were sent home four times as no verdict was obtained, this jury was made up of 6 men and 6 women, the Judge for this case was Mr Justice Langstaff,. Family vow to fight bids to free Teddy’s murderers after court appeal fails. 25th November 2010 Four out of the five men who were convicted of killing Teddy lost there appeal in court on this day. R.I.P. Mr. Edward “Teddy†Simpson… Below are some pictures from the Shirley Nursing Home Well my work here is done....I hope you loved this place as I have..... my blog with more pic's http://nick-myurbex.blogspot.com/2011/0 ... -body.html
  16. hey im working on my website at the mo and was wonder if people would let me no wich ones of my pictures are my best so i no wich to put on the site thanks Mr VD
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