So back in August (yes I'm slow as ever!); a non-explorer friend and myself visited The Springs in Wallingford, which at the time was a bit of a local tourist trap; but it was an afternoon out!
It had really dawned on me at this point which way this hobby is going these days. No word of a lie; there was at least 15 people in that hotel, all this new wave of "YouTube Explorer" we all have our opinions of. They were all nice enough there and then, but a couple were very, very loud and had small children with them.
Inevitably, a member of staff of the live Golf Course this was on came and flushed everyone out, myself and my friend sat in an old en-suite upstairs and waited for it to die down.
After that; we explored for an hour and a half or so; not much to see here, fairly plain, but it was an enjoyable day out. Upon exit the same Golf Course Staff found us, but were polite and we were on our way.
The original build dates back to 1874; a Mock Tudor Style building, this Victorian Villa has been massively altered and extended from the original.
Rock Star Ian Gillan of Deep Purple, purchased the villa in 1973 and was behind its and installed a guitar shaped swimming pool in the grounds behind the building before its later conversion into a 32 bedroom hotel.
The last owners bought the hotel in 1995 and added a large golf course and club to the grounds.
The Springs finally closed in 2014 after the owners could no longer afford the vast upkeep. The Golf Club however; voted one of the best in Oxfordshire is still open.
As Always Guys, Thank You. More Hotel At:
This is where Henry lived with his wife Mary and their only child, a daughter. Mary died a long time ago and Henry had to move in with his daughter who looks after him. He is 98 years old. After much persuasion he finally agreed that this, the family home must be sold.
Henry was a hard-working man with strong moral principles. He's been a prominent member of his local chapel all his life. Among his paperwork includes a certificate dated January 1940 confirming him on the register of Conscientious Objectors. Interestingly he must have had to attend a formal interview to justify his beliefs so had written prepared answers based on questions he thought the authorities might ask, along with character references. Also there was a letter dated September 1976 congratulating him on 25 years service to the BBC as a gardener.
This is not just an abandoned house - its a home. In this home are meaningful and treasured possessions but also a home full of memories. This was a sanctuary from the outside world, a place to lead a simple life.
[Note - I wrote the above in 2017]
Visited with @The_Raw, @Pinkman, @Maniac and @extreme_ironing.
The Brent oil field, off the north-east coast of Scotland is one of the largest fields in the North Sea. Discovered in 1971, it was one of the most significant oil and gas finds made in the UK sector. Brent field production peaked in 1982 when over half a million barrels of oil and 26 million cubic meters of gas were produced… every day!
The Brent oil field was served by four large platforms owned by Shell – Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta. Each platform has a ‘topside’ which is visible above the waterline and houses the accommodation block, helipad, as well as drilling and other operational areas. The topsides sit on much taller supporting structures, or ‘legs’, which stand in 140 metres of water and serve to anchor the topsides to the sea bed.
By 1976 Brent Bravo had started production, and later that year the second platform, Brent Delta was installed, which started production in 1977. Delta weighed 24,000 tonnes (the same as 2,000 London busses!) and the platform alone was as tall as the London Eye.
The Brent field has reached the stage where production is no longer economically viable and decommissioning is underway. In 2011 Brent Delta stopped production. After 5 years of planning and 2 years of preparations, the entire Brent Delta platform was cut free from its supporting legs and brought ashore in one piece, where it will be dismantled and scrapped.
Brent Delta Platform after being brought ashore in Hartlepool
On the helipad
View across the deck with the derrick and flare stack towering above
More detailed view of the topdeck, where drilling activities were carried out
View across the deck
View in the other direction towards the crane
Derrick and flare stack
On the top deck where the drilling happened
Hook and winch equipment
The “doghouse” where drilling operations were controlled
Heading below deck we find a workshop
And various plant rooms
There were various rooms for deployment of workers
The workers accommodation was pretty basic
Central control room
The engine room was tucked away below the accommodation block
One of the emergency lifeboats
Sign on the side of the platform
HMP Holloway was the largest women’s only prison in Europe until its closure in 2016. Rebuilt between 1971 to 1985, the prison's design was intended to produce an atmosphere more like a hospital than a prison. This design was recognised as a failure in the 1980s as its lack of traditional wings or landings, and a maze of corridors, means warders had difficulty monitoring inmates.
Entrance to the rebuilt prison (CC Licence)
The history of Holloway dates back to 1852 when the original prison opened as a mixed-sex establishment, but due to the increasing demand for space for female prisoners, it became female-only in 1903. Inmates of the original prison included Oscar Wilde, and more recently Moors murderess Myra Hindley from 1966.
The original Holloway Prison (public domain image)
Holding female adults and young offenders either sentenced by the courts or being held on remand, the prison consisted mostly of single cells, but there was also various dormitory accommodation. In January 2016 an inquest into the death of Sarah Reed, a paranoid schizophrenic being held on remand, identified failings in the care system. The prison was closed in July 2016, with plans for it to be sold for housing.
Time to start the unofficial tour....
Wandering between the modern buildings within the prison grounds
Let's head straight into the cells...
Single prisoner cell
Another dorm room
Mural in one of the many winding corridors
Lots of peely paint in some places
There were several styles of cell
Entrance into the prison...
Prisoner transport vehicles would park inside this area, and the gates closed behind them
The front entrance leads into this area, with a command room behind the glass
Corridors lead into the prison
Each area separated by iron gates
Prisoner amenities and facilities
Entrance into the "family friendly" visitor centre.
Visitors and prisoners could be kept separated in these divided rooms
The prison had a swimming pool for prisoners to use
And gym facilities
The glazed walkway was decorated by inmates
The prison had a medical ward, including its own opticians
Covered walkway leading to the chapel. Note the high-security walls
The chapel was large but pretty basic
More inmate artwork
Mural inside one of the rooms
A room for presentations
The prison's boiler house
Exterior of the buildings within the prison walls
High fences divided the exterior areas
not much history to find on this house , somewhere in the midlands
couldnt get a decent external shot due to the ammount of growth round it,
the house was one of those prefab jobs made from fibre board containing white asbestos
i liked the wallpaper in some rooms it was very 1970s
old nova in the garage and caravan thats seen better times in the jungle of a garden
bit pic heavy as there was a few bits to see
thanks for looking