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    • By AndyK!
      On my way home from an overnight explore down south, it seemed a shame to waste the beautiful summer-like days we were having in mid-February, so I decided to stop off at RAF Coningsby's old weapons storage facility. It's not all that far from where I live, and I'd been meaning to take a look whenever I had a chance, so this seemed like the ideal opportunity.
       
      History
       
      RAF Coningsby Remote Weapons Store, as the name suggests, is a facility built for the purpose of storing and preparing weapons including missiles and bombs, situated in a separate compound close to the outer edge of the main airbase.
      The facility was built in order to reduce the quantity of explosives stored within the base, therefore reducing the number of personnel and aircraft exposed to risk. An incident occurred in 1971 when an electrostatic discharge caused a SNEB rocket that was being prepared to initiate its rocket motor.  Two armourers were killed, and this could be one of the reasons for deciding to build the store further away.
       
      RAF Coningsby itself is operational as Quick Reaction Alert station, and is home to Eurofighter Typhoons from No. 3 Squadron, No. XI Squadron and No. 29 Squadron.
       
      Little information is available about the history of the bomb store, but this is no surprise owing to the fact it belongs to an active RAF base. The facility has separate storage and preparation facilities and does not appear on historic maps dated 1977 or earlier. Hardened Aircraft Shelters were constructed within the airbase from 1981-1987 to accommodate Tornado Jets. The Tornados were capable of carrying a range of missiles and weaponry, so it is likely the weapons storage facility was built around the same time as the hangars to service the weaponry for those aircraft. The facility appears to have been out of use for a good number of years.
       

      Aerial view of the weapons store as seen on Google Maps


      This hand-drawn plan was found within the site


      View down the road of section 1


      Storage areas in section 4


      The entrance to storage area 14C


      Building 21F entrance


      Building 12 contained this mobile communications unit


      Inside the mobile comms unit




      There were also some opened crates of naval gun mounts




      Missile Servicing Bay and an ivy-clad building


      Inside the ivy building


      Missile Servicing Bay





      A few of the other buildings scattered around the site...










      Looking over to the command centre


      Inside the command centre




      Bunk beds


      I'm not sure what this does, but it looked pretty cool




      Huge diesel generator


      Sentry post at the east gate


      Eastern gateway
    • By Mikeymutt
      So last year when I went to Coltishall the tower was locked, so a quick message from pretty vacant who was visiting it later said it was wide open. So I decided to nip down and see it for myself. Its fairly stripped off its features, but it does have some nice colours and its always nice to get in a tower. The ATC tower is a concrete one, and was built after the original one was bombed. It was extended during the cold war and contained offices, visual control room, a balloon room, airfield lighting controls and bedrooms for the meterological and control officer. Since the airfield closed in 2006 the tower has laid empty since.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      Quite away around the perimeter track is this tiny little building I found. its known a the B centre and worked in coordination with the A station, which would be controlled by the console in local control. the switched commands would would be sent from the console and converted to codes by the relay rack. These would then be sent by six pairs of telephone cables to the B centre. This would then allow the codes to be read and select the correct lights to be put on.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
    • By Landie_Man
      Day two of @Mookster and my first Northern Explore of the year; and in true Mookster style; we get up from our cosy beds and leave the sleepy world of The Premier Inn before breakfast is even a thing in these hotels; a point that hurts me to the core as the Designated Driver, but clearly pays off once the wall of fatigue is overcome.
       
      We leave the hotel and take a drive to Bee Hive; this weekend has been a little hit and miss so far; so we have high hopes of this as it had been the Tour Bus stop off of the month; and after parking up and spending much time trying to get inside having been spotted by the sleepy street waking up numerous times; we set about a great explore.
       
      This site is very stripped out inside; but the lighting is just divine; the paintwork, features and the things that are left behind are just lovely.
      We both REALLY enjoyed this one; despite the bareness, it had a really nice feeling about it.  
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      The first of the two mills on this site, was built in 1895, with the second larger mill following soon after, in 1902. 
      The complex was constructed in a rather lovely Italianate style, with staircases disguised as campaniles along with terraced roofing and balustrades and including a very picturesque lodge/office building at the front gate. 
       
      The mill span cotton up until 1967 when that venture closed.  Ever since then; Bee Hive has had various other industrial uses, seemingly most recently it was occupied by a bed/furniture warehouse until they vacated some time ago. 
       
      The place eventually closed down entirely in 2016 and plans to demolish this beautiful building, despite its protected status have been heavily criticized by the locals; and rightly so.  Would be a tragedy.  
       
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      As always Guys, thank you for taking the time to look, More At:
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    • By Landie_Man
      Visited as the second site on mine and @Mooksters first Northern Road Trip of the year.  We had failed several sites that day, and the day was coming to a rather murky and rainy end; but before we plumbed the hotel in for the night; we went to this short, sweet and rather destroyed church; the lone survivor of its time, sitting on its lonesome behind a Costa Coffee Drive Through and opposite a Travelodge Hotel.  
       
      As we did a quick shoot of the inside; we could hear afternoon shoppers stopping by for their takeout coffee and cake fix making their orders over the drive through intercom.  We even enjoyed a couple of cold drinks inside the shop after we came out of the church right next door!
       
      The building was put to tender in March 1869 with the stone-laying ceremony taking place on 21st July. 
       
      The church, provided 550 sittings at a cost of £4,167 and was built of stone from the local Crosland Hill quarries.  Initially the Clerk of Works was Mr Jonathan Parsons;subsequently succeeded by Mr Phillips. Consecration took place on 10th August 1880.
       
      The church was built by a local architect and protected by local laws from demolition and has remained empty since 2004  
       
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      More At:
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    • By Landie_Man
      Shot back in January; this explore formed part of a Northern Roadtrip with @Mookster.  We had previously tried and failed at this place some time ago.  It was nice to finally get inside this.  We had several fails this weekend; but this was one of our successes.
       
      Slaithwaite had several local manufacturers in its local area; whom joined forces in 1887 to create the Globe Worsted Company; a textiles firm. They started out by building a large mill, which was typical of the era. 
       
      The Globe Worsted Mills were built in two stages.  The building of the first, Globe 1 began straight away in 1887 and was completed by the following year. It is thought that Glove 1 was built to a design possibly drawn up by local architect Thomas Varley of Slaithwaite. Globe 1 was 5 stories high and consisted of 33 bays. 
       
      By 1889; the second phase, Globe 2 was built on the opposite side of the road; with an overhead walkway connecting the two buildings. Globe 2 was slightly different and had 5 stories plus a basement, and had 15 bays.
       
      The Globe Worsted company continued from strength to strength over the years, and like many other textile mills; it saw a gradual decline in trade towards the end of the 20th century. The company went into administration in 2004 and the mill closed later that year. 
       
      The site has been sold to a private developer and a £30 million project is progress to renovate the buildings into a multi-use complex of public and business facilities. The chimney has been demolished as part of the works.
       
      Globe Mill 1 is slowly being converted into a pretty stunning looking development; hopefully this mill will follow in its footsteps.
       
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