Welcome to Oblivion State. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
JohnUrbex joined on the 05/14/2018.
We had no idea how we would get on here. After driving through the night and arriving in the early hours, our entry was just awful! As we sat in the freezing cold, and the light started to appear at the windows, we could see it was worth the effort. Visited with @SpiderMonkey, obvs!
The Royal High School was constructed between 1826 to 1829 on the south face of Calton Hill in Edinburgh, at a cost of £34,000. Of this £500 was given by King George IV ‘as a token of royal favour towards a School, which, as a royal foundation, had conferred for ages incalculable benefits on the community’. It was designed in a neoclassical Greek Doric style by Thomas Hamilton, who modelled the portico and Great Hall on the Hephaisteion of Athens.
After the Old Royal High School was vacated in 1968, the building became available and was refurbished to accommodate a new devolved legislature for Scotland. However, the 1979 devolution referendum failed to provide sufficient backing for a devolved assembly. Its debating chamber was later used for meetings of the Scottish Grand Committee, the committee of Members of Parliament in the United Kingdom House of Commons with constituencies in Scotland. Subsequently, the building has been used as offices for departments of Edinburgh City Council, including The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award unit and the Sports and Outdoor Education unit.
With the passage of the Scotland Act 1998 and the introduction of Scottish devolution in 1999, the Old Royal High School was again mooted as a potential home for the new Scottish Parliament. Eventually, however, the Scotland Office decided to site the new legislature in a purpose-built structure in the Holyrood area of the Canongate. A number of uses have been suggested for the building, including a home for a Scottish National Photography Centre. As of 2015, Edinburgh City Council – the building’s current owners – have initiated a project to lease the building to be used as a luxury hotel.
Finally a few shots of the grand neoclassical exterior...
HI guys new member posting for the first time
Joined some time back but then got put on the backburner for a while
finding it hard to get into really and could do with some guidance as I'm alone in my interests in my circle of friends and could do with some pointers.
I'm in the NW of England and not sure of the protocol on this but looking maybe to tag along with some experienced explorers in my area if that is at all possible
Ok, first post on here, so hope you enjoy. Just a small explore from middle of last year but an interesting little one one nonetheless.
The Royal Victoria closed bit by bit over the last few years, finally becoming empty last year. Each time we pitched up there was always something still active so we accidentally left it a bit too long without checking. Big mistake, the neds burnt half the place to the ground and a sh!tload was demod to make it safe.
Anyway, we managed to explore a good but of it but only took photos of the main block. The old Victorian building despite looking externally brilliant - has been so modernised inside there is no hall anymore - just a bunch of admin rooms.
Enough babbling - on with the pics
_DSC2237 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
Inside the Main Entrance
_DSC2229 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
_DSC2228 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
_DSC2227 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
_DSC2224 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
_DSC2222 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
_DSC2221 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
_DSC2216 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
_DSC2214 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
Smashed Ward and Bed
_DSC2205 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
_DSC2239 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr