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  1. Built in 1871 but had been refurbished at some point. Now, I don't do heights.. So I was chuffed to see my mate practically run towards it in excitement and go first. It was pretty high and the grated floor was not ideal if you wanted to avoid looking down. The tower probably stands around 40-50 ft but exact measurements are unknown at this point. Apart from the odd clanging of metal under our footsteps and how wobbly it was, it was a good first climb like this for me! Got some snaps as usual, enjoy!
  2. My first post to this forum. Today we visited a factory somewhere in Belgium. It used to be a plant where soda but mostly water was bottled and then prepared for distribution to grocery stores in Belgium and surrounding countries. The factory stopped being productive because of a severe collapse of the roof. We didn't have any hightech-equipment so I used my iPhone to make some pics. enjoy!
  3. History The works was built in 1913 and extended in 1954, to purify water from the Strines, Dale Dike and Agden reservoirs. In 1930 it had the first telephone installed in Bradfield and served well with the Yorkshire Water Authority taking over in in 1974. The UK’s water industry became privatised in 1989, the premises closed in 1994 following the completion of the new Water Treatment Works in the Loxley Valley. More recently Proposals to convert the derelict water filter works into housing have being held up by bats. A protected species survey has to be carried out in the summer (2014) before a decision can be taken on an application to turn the derelict building into 15 studio apartments. The scheme, which also involves adding five cottages in the grounds and using old ponds as a trout farm, off Mill Lee Road, has been withdrawn for the time being. It is due to be resubmitted to the Peak Park planning authority once the survey results are known. Read more at: https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/environment/bats-delay-village-housing-scheme-in-low-bradfield-1-6525905 Explore Bit off the beaten track this one... that said the works is set in a picturesque village situated just outside Sheffield. The building is built from yorkshire stone and sits well in its surroundings albeit in its derelict state. The building is sat on large plot of land although the works itself is a little on the small side considering its past as a water works. The works consist of three rooms, one of those smaller to the rear of the building. Theres also a raised office area off one of the larger rooms and toilets at the opposite side. The building is in good condition to say it's been left for over twenty years with easy entry to the building. Theres lots of graffiti some of which are shown in the post... this said not all are represented here. Its definitely worth a visit and offers entry level explorers a great insight into urban exploring + theres a great pub just across the road offering a great local ale. Some pics Little lad absolutely loving it from above It's been a while since we explored speaking with others it has a full time security guard and some high end CCTV have also been installed
  4. Former water tower. Don't know much about this place, but it was cool to visit something different. Didn't made it to the top, too lazy . When we just finished this place, security came along, luckily they didn't caught us. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  5. The Visit I was told about this place by some pensioner explorers who loved the street art around Sheffield, set off the week after to have a look for ourselves. Set in a lovely little village, not much left inside now but some amazing street art in there! The History The water works was built in 1913 to filter and treat water taken from the Dale Dike (the cause of the 1864 great flood of Sheffield),and Agden reservoirs in the nearby Loxley Valley. The water works was cutting edge technology in it's time and it even had the first telephone to be installed in Bradfield back in 1930 apparently. In 1974 the Yorkshire Water Authority took over and then during the Thatcher government some years later, the entire UK water industry was privatised with the Water Act of 1989. The pumping house at Lower Bradfield was abandoned in 1994 when a new pump house and processing plant was built Further down the Loxley valley. According to the locals the building attracts unwanted visitors and is a constant eyesore and a morbid reminder of Lower Bradfields grim past. The only small remaining hints of the buildings past Now some stripped out rooms.. And finally, some of the best street art I've ever seen... Oh.. and a fun looking pigeon
  6. Explored with Raz on the off chance we could get in Bit of background; As the village of Ackworth grew significantly in the 1970s with several large new housing developments, water pressure became a problem. The solution was to give Ackworth a water tower of its own. Previously the water tower at Pontefract had provided the pressure regulating facility, but Pontefract too had seen significant housing development and some parts of Ackworth were literally on the end of the line, about 5 miles from the Pontefract tower. Ackworth Water Tower is located at the top of Castle Syke Hill, just off the A628 Pontefract Road. The immediate effect of the pressure improvement was a series of mains bursts over many months all the way down the water main under the A628 as it ran through Ackworth. The water main had obviously deteriorated over time but the low pressure had concelaed the problem. Any repair cascaded the problem to the next weakest point. Eventually a full water main renewal, at considerable discruption to local traffic, was the solution. The Explore; Not much to say really, we never expected to get in and we were surprised when we did, killed a few hours. Some seriously dodgey ladders here and made all the more interesting while hiding from a farmer in the next field flying round with the sun on the front of his tractor illuminating most of the site. Thanks for looking
  7. First post on here so here goes; While working away last week over in Ellesmere Port near Liverpool i found myself bored and stuck on my own in a hotel, so after a quick google search which gave me nothing but derp or demolished buildings, i decided on the good old method of getting out on foot and going for a walk around and quickly found this baby. After squeezing through a crazy small gap and avoiding truckers i found myself in a game of cat and mouse with the Liverpool Port Authority who were patrolling the Liverpool - Manchester Canal - Great fun. The climb up was pretty much uninterupted aside from the odd pigeon, however once on the top with the tripod out i was spotted by the Port Authority who quickly started to make their way over to me. However in a truly ninja fashion i scaled back down the tower and followed the famous D's of dodgeball to get away (Dodge, dip, dive and dodge) back through the squeeze and out into the freedom. Hope you like this and i hope to post more soon!
  8. Visited with Maniac, The_Raw and MiaroDigital. The tower was originally a Martello tower which was part of the UK Napoleonic defenses, there were over 100 of these towers built along the south coast in the 1800's. It was converted into a water tower in 1902 (in fact there are two of them on the site, both identical) and the one we climbed around also had a lookout post attached to it which why it had those extra rooms on the side. (Thanks to Maniac for this information) Later, the area was used for training of young navy recruits. Unfortunately we didn't get much further than the tower and couldn't explore the other buildings, because shortly afterwards we were escorted "friendly" from the ground... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  9. Built in 1913 to treat water from the local reservoirs & closed in 1995, it's totally trashed & has turned in to something of a graffiti gallery for all the locals. There's a pretty vibrant graffiti scene in Sheffield, & anywhere as trashed as this is fair game, especially if you can keep dry while painting Been here twice now, popped in last week while I was in the area, spend more time there today. This, along with some more local buildings, is owned by a local bloke who is apparently just leaving them all to rot, & who apparently gets very defensive when anyone suggests as much. Anyway, pics... The old way in, everything except those doors (& the graffiti!) seems to be in muted colours... Oh, & the lockers... On with the rest... My favourite graffiti artist, Coloquix And the gallery, with another Coloquix in the corner.
  10. A very nice air raid shelter in west germany 1. Water resistant 01 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 2. Water resistant 02 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 3. Water resistant 03 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 4. Water resistant 04 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 5. Water resistant 05 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 6. Water resistant 06 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 7. Water resistant 07 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 8. Water resistant 08 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 9. Water resistant 09 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 10. Water resistant 10 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 11. Water resistant 11 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 12. Ich hasse Selfies also gibts nen Backfie xD Water resistant backfie by MiaroDigital, on Flickr
  11. Water mill. Late C18 or early C19 extended and rebuilt, 'AD 1840' on gable plaque. Coursed limestone with freestone dressings, red brick and timber-frame weather-boarded. Interesting access point! Pictures E mill 01 by Infraredd, on Flickr E Mill 05 by Infraredd, on Flickr E Mill 06 by Infraredd, on Flickr E Mill 07 by Infraredd, on Flickr E Mill 10 by Infraredd, on Flickr E Mill 13 by Infraredd, on Flickr E Mill 14 by Infraredd, on Flickr E mill 17 by Infraredd, on Flickr E Mill 22 by Infraredd, on Flickr E Mill 23 by Infraredd, on Flickr E Mill 27 by Infraredd, on Flickr E Mill 28 by Infraredd, on Flickr E Mill 32 by Infraredd, on Flickr That's all. Thanks for looking.
  12. 1. Waterloo Reservoir 01 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 2. Waterloo Reservoir 02 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 3. Waterloo Reservoir 03 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 4. Waterloo Reservoir 04 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 5. Waterloo Reservoir 05 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 6. Waterloo Reservoir 06 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 7. Waterloo Reservoir 07 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 8. Waterloo Reservoir 08 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr
  13. Upper Heyford Water Tower – June 2014 Having explored much of this disused/part used USAF base in Oxfordshire with my good friend TBM; and since its all being torn down and redeveloped, including peoples homes which the RAF built for the USAF in the 1960s, and we have explored much of it but sadly not the Water Towers, we decided that we were well overdue. We went Midsummer to catch the best sunrise and were on the top of this awesome water tower by 03:50am and made our descent at about 06:15. It was an incredible, magical sunrise and a wonderful night of taking photos. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 Video time lapse More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157645337458012/
  14. And so concludes my back posting, I may dig out the odd one. Note I did not put on an archive note in the title as this is too recent, the others from early 2013 have one So this is cropping up all over the net now, I went with a mate who kindly drove. Not much history on it, looks to have been derelict for years, but its a lovely little splore. Also, I wouldn't try and get on the roof. I got half way up the ladder but went down again/. Its missing 2 mounting points, and the one its on is nice and solid, but I am not sure about the bolts holding the ladder to it, hence my swift retreat. All external metal work has suffered some rot, so I would stay inside if I were you! #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 Dodgy ladder and rotten roof, I would suggest leaving this ladder be. #6 Some lovely views More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157634162265353/
  15. History Borrowed from Contours 2012 report. 1927 The Water Pollution Research Board (WPRB) began work in the UK. 1940 The Water Pollution Research Laboratory (WPRL) was set up in the UK. During the Second World War, varied research projects included effluent problems of munitions plants and development of a field kit for RAF life rafts that rendered seawater drinkable. 1961 WRA moves to its headquarters in Medmenham. 1999 WRc-NSF formed as a joint venture between WRc plc and NSF International encompassing the Laboratories at Medmenham and the Evaluation and Testing Centre in Oakdale. 2004 Testing of materials for water contact moved from Medmenham to the Evaluation and Testing Centre in Oakdale, creating a single laboratory for all testing of water fittings. 2006 The Chemical analysis and Consultancy Groups move from Medmenham to new laboratories in Reading. So it was a cold morning in late October; still fairly depressed in life, but up for urbex as ever! We decided to visit this derp after visiting a school derp. Big thanks to Downsy for doing the driving, and suggesting the site. The place is TRASHED but it was still a good mooch for 2 hours or so. It looks to have had some money spent on it in places, probably not long before closure too. With my lovely 10-20 in for repairs at the time, it was back to the kit lens! More of this derpie derp derp derpy doo at: Medenham Water Research Lab - a set on Flickr
  16. Visited with various people along the way, but always with Fortknox0 and most of the time with obscurity, it was fun cracking these and a great sense of achievement once all three were done! . The three plants are all connected by pipes and tunnels....I think, and all play a part in the treatment and release into the sea (foreness) of thanets sewage! YUM! The smell of victory! . So first up was Joss bay pumping station: Beast of a genny! Part of the control gear I NEED to get back in this room with a fisheye!! Then we went for foreness And then the final site, Wetherlees, all above ground, and always seemed to be raining when we went!! :@ The richborough chimneys in the background there All of the sites are at some point connected by tunnels like this that make for an interesting night out! Shame really, back when I was a naughty graffiti school boy we gained access to these tunnels, with the strip lights in and a little railway down it presumably for tools, if only I had a camera and the interest back then.......DAMN!! Thanks for looking, Frosty.
  17. castle carr, I live near here and saw some pics posted about it and decided i wanted to go have a look myself, i really enjoyed it i cant believe this is so close to my house and i never knew it existed! we mainly wanted to go to explore the tunnels leading to it! the castle is pretty rubbish now the farmer who owns the land has some quails or something up there a big metal container and a load of blue barrels. even the water garden is full of blue barrels! don't get why he would just leave it there to wreck and ruin and not let anybody in to look at it! found a few shotgun cartridges scattered around but luckily no sign of him on the day. The water garden is awesome and i recommend to everybody to go see for yourself if you haven't already. we like to get in the way of each others shots :/ and the castle... just annoyed me did this its like his own private tip! ungrateful ........... Thanks for looking. if you do go there's lots of warnings from others about the farmer, a few people i spoke to about this place used to go as kids to mess about also and they say hes a nasty one.
  18. Back in 2009 this was quite a nice little urbex, but now its trashed. At the time I was a new explorer and scared off some weeks previous to this by a scary man who worked there! 2009: Finally, we wrapped the day up with the good old Water Eaton Grain Silo! This place is amazing and is so inviting! Built in 1940, the Water Eaton Grain Silo was used up until the 1980s and has remained derelict since. It has had planning permission passed, to enable Ewelme based waste company Grundon, to build an enormous waste processing and recycling plant. The site is a mecca for retro industrial equipment, and is so interesting to walk around, although the road and nearby park and ride make for paranoia, the building also creaks and shakes in the wind. The roof is fantastic as well, and the views are breath taking. This site has been done a thousand times, I know but its still worth another report! Elevator The largely un-documented, flooded basement. Ive been VERY naughty with the volume of photos on this report….Sorry
  19. Hi folks Here is my first post, any feedback appreciated, went for a walk in the woods, and stumbled across this Water Tower and Pumping Station (I think its a pumping station had signs all over it DANGER DEEP WELL and was locked unfortunately but grabbed a couple of shots from inside the door had to have a bit of a nose around in the water tower and would have loved to have climbed the external ladder, but thought I would give it a miss as I was on my own! Apologies for the quality of the photographs, taken on a mobile phone until I get a real camera Its the posting that counts though right All got to start somewhere Good job I didn't have a fried breakfast that day, squeezed through ok Danger Deep Well sign, I presume this is a kind of pumping station? Couldn't get in this building unfortunately Looks like a concentration camp! Danger Deep Well (apparently) We're in! Bit of a squeeze! First Floor 2nd floor staircase Access to the roof No idea what this is, answers on a postcard please! Next visit I will climb this to the penthouse roof! Would be some stunning views Keg of Beer? No unfortunately Way in and out Danger High Voltage? Workshop on the ground floor apologies for quality it was dark. Fusebox? Anyone we know? They were right, next stop was up the external ladder to the roof! A peek through the door into the pumping station/deep well. Thanks for looking and hope to bag something a bit bigger and interesting next explore and with a decent camera
  20. Thames Water emergency centre:this bunker was built in the 80`s as a place where about 12 Water Board personnel would stay in the event of a nuclear strike and monitor the water supply in the nearby reservoir.Tommo gave me the heads up on this one,as someone had discovered the locks had been ground off..so off I goes for a mooch..they even left the power on. So that was the Thames Water Emergency Bunker folks.. Many thanks for looking
  21. Glad to see the forum back online! Greetings from across the pond! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  22. First some history Gawthorpe Water Tower dominates the skyline and can be seen for miles around. It is located at the highest point of the Ossett-cum-Gawthorpe area, mid-way along Chidswell Lane in Gawthorpe. This huge concrete structure was constructed between 1922 and 1928 to store drinking water for the town, which was pumped from the Pildacre Water Works some 1.25 miles away. The 25-foot trough has a capacity of 200,000 gallons or nearly 1 million litres. The pinnacle of the tower is now also used to accommodate colinear mobile telephone aerials and they can be clearly seen in the picture. Pildacre Colliery was flooded on the 6th November 1910 by a vast inrush of water estimated as entering at 30,000 to 50,000 gallons an hour. The colliery was closed and 250 men and boys were made redundant overnight. This natural and very unexpected event was seen as a potential source for a much-needed new water supply for the rapidly expanding town of Ossett. Responsibility for Ossett's water supply was undertaken initially by the Local Board of Health, forerunner of the Council before the borough was incorporated, after it came into being in 1873. Short-term arrangements were made with the Waterworks Committee of Batley Town Council for water to be bought from Batley Corporation reservoir near Holmfirth, and on the 20th May 1876, the first sod of the water reservoir at Gawthorpe (seen in the left of the picture above) was cut by Mr. John Whitaker. In the early years of the 20th century, Ossett was still without a permanent source of water. On the 1st June 1907, the Town Council entered into a 30-year contract with the Dewsbury and Heckmondwike Waterworks Board to take a minimum of 2 Million gallons of water per week from its reserves. As the demand on water in the Ossett area grew, the Dewsbury and Heckmondwike Waterworks Board gave warning that it could no longer guarantee to meet this increasing need. It was this that made Ossett Town Council turn to the vast untapped reservoir of water, which was underground at Pildacre. An Act of Parliament in 1922 gave authority for the new water supply and Pildacre Colliery was bought. The Pildacre Waterworks were opened on the 25th February 1928 by Councillor J. H. Moorhouse, then the Chairman of the Ossett Water Committee. The two pumping engines installed to draw up the water from the old mine workings and then pump it to the new water tower at Gawthorpe were named Maud and Edith. Engineering contractors for the project were Hathorn, Davey and Co. Ltd. An element of mystery still surrounds the origins of the water, which poured into the Pildacre pit in 1910. Traditionally, it was believed that the source was an artesian borehole. It was known that miners refreshed themselves from a well at the bottom of the shaft. In more recent times, a leading geologist, Mr. Edgar Morton, who investigated Pildacre said that the mine water was almost certainly surface water, filtered down from an above ground catchment area. By the early 1970s, the water at Pildacre had almost dried up. The surrounding area has become increasingly urbanised and surface water caught on the roads or house roofs is now drained off and channeled ultimately back to the rivers instead of filtering naturally through the ground. The Pildacre workings continued to provide water for Ossett until September 1974 when the source was transferred to the Fixby treatment works near Huddersfield (Fixby is adjacent to Junction 24 on the M62 West). Been meaning to do this tower for months and as i was in the area it had to be done, on getting to the gate i was expecting it to be locked but this is an understatement ! WTF !!! came to mind ! To be honest you could climb the gate but why bother, going back down the road a small way I climbed over a wooden farmer’s fence through the trees to my disbelief I was in the grounds of the big tower! Ending with a look over the near by bakery.
  23. Ok I visited this place a while back. Its located at Forenss at Palm Bay. Currently still in use this was a live site when explored. It is owned by Sothern Water and used to treat waste water before sending it out to sea via outfall pipes. We were amazed at the size of this place, its huge and on two underground levels. As we walked through the plant we could see and hear all the machinery working away and were amazed to find there were no active alarms, cameras or security. All the electrics were working and the lights were on making it a great place to photograph. This was built and extended as part of the Thanet waste water treatment programme.