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A couple of days ago I went up into a local forest to search for a tiny old school.
There are no location details online so it kind of was like looking for a needle in a haystack so finding something was better than nothing at all
No, the music isn't from Psycho
By Booie Bowers
Had a great afternoon exploring here, what a place. It’s huge!! I have been meaning to visit here for years & it certainly has fallen into disrepair over the years (since I've known about the place). I should have gone years ago!
Must go back on a sunny/warmer day & hopefully next time we won’t get caught by the angry farmer/security guy ?
Brampton Park Officers' Mess is a former country house, then used by RAF Support Command at RAF Brampton. Brampton Park dates back to the 12th century and the house, known as the Grange, was built in 1821-22 to designs by Thomas Stedman Whitewell. It was altered in 1825 by John Buonarotti Papworth. The main part of the house burned down in 1907 and was rebuilt and extended on the east side in red brick to form a symmetrical design. The south facade is constructed from yellow brick and the roof is tiled. The north front of the house incorporates one of the surviving 19th Century wings as its west end and the 19th Century Pump Room survives on the first floor of the north-west wing.
During the First World War, the house was used to house German prisoners. At the beginning of the Second World War it was used as the 'Sun Babies Nursery', to house about 100 infants evacuated from North London. In 1942 the house was taken over by the United States Army Corps (HQ 1st Air Division) until 1945-6. In late Spring 1945, Headquarters Technical Training Command moved to Brampton from Shinfield Park. The Grange became the headquarters and the personnel were billeted in the Park.
The house was used as the headquarters of various RAF Command and Group Headquarters from 1955 onwards. In 1982 the upper floor of the building was damaged in a fire and in 1987 a refurbishment programme was carried out on the house, completed in 1988. In 2012 RAF Brampton was put for disposal by the Ministry of Defence.
Visited with @hamtagger this had been one we had wanted to visit for a little while and not too far from us either.
Pleasantly surprised about the location, still had a RAF feel to it especially over the back of the area where the married quarters are still lived in but the vast majority of the site has been demo'd with masses of new houses built on site to replace the old MOD buildings. What is left is enough though with quite a lot of the features retained, as you will see from the above history part of it burnt down some time ago so I would guess thats why half of it is relatively modern in design.
This was one of the most leisurely explores I have had. Having heard that people have had the police rung and escorted off, locals keeping their eyes open for people coming and going we were pretty lucky. In and out unnoticed, just how I like it!
Anyway, the pics.
Thanks for looking!
Another one of our February Nothern Road Trip with Mookster, our American friend and myself. A bit of a strange one this. An old mill, but vastly converted for commercial use and modernised. Massively decayed in places.
There isn't much early history on the mill building itself; but it has been extended over the years to accommodate the increasingly expanding business Dronsfield Mercedes until its closure in around 2009.
The building has workshop areas, storage areas, offices and also a living quarters.
Dronsfields Mercedes are the largest independent Mercedes car & commercial vehicle specialist in Europe.
A Saddleworth based company based at Wall Hill Mill. This family run business has over 30 years experience in the industry.
The Dobcross site covers 8 acres, which means the company were able to fully fulfil customers requirements directly from under one roof while on the site.
After visiting the site last year, and only making it half way down the 'stairs of death', and all the other entrances completely sealed, we decided to head back and give it another shot..
This time the stairs were even more dangerous, and were completely missing a huge section of steps, that had been completely destroyed. After deciding it a wasn't a great idea to continue further, we decided to see if any of the other entrances were open, and to our surprise we found a way in!!
Fresh soil had been put down around the area, and it looked like work had been taking place, so not sure what the future of the bunker is at the moment.
There's not a great deal left inside, but the tunnels themselves make for some decent photos!