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  2. Faded Glory, April 2018

    The Coombe Park Estate was constructed in 1865 and today lies on 125 acres of land. It was once used by an aristocratic family to breed racehorses and within the last few years has been repossessed. It is currently on the market for £10 million. The existing house is 13,368 sq ft with extensive gardens that include a former orangery, walled garden, former greenhouses, outdoor swimming pool, indoor tennis court, boathouse, stables, paddocks, coach house, timber lodge, clock lodge, and barns. The property was used as a rest and recuperation centre for the US Air Force during the Second World War. The explore: It was a lovely day to drive through the Oxfordshire countryside and I wasn't sure to expect when I got there. There were ample places to step right through the fence and onto the long driveway. As I turned the corner, the house came into view; completely boarded up! I took a quick walk around the outside of the mansion looking for an entry point. As I stopped to take a picture of the outdoor swimming pool a large deer bolted which made me jump. I then hear a "crack" behind me, thinking it was another animal I slowly turn around straight into the face of a well muscled, tattooed security guard! A few seconds later, another one appears. After apologising profusely, I asked how they knew I was there. "You've set off all the perimeter alarms" he says with a smile. I was horrified and stumbling over my words telling them that I was a landscape photographer and had followed a bird onto the property (yes, I really did say that). "Do I look like an urbexer?" I ask. The guy started laughing and commented on how nice my camera was and convinced I wasn't there to trash the place. He gave me a brief history and then told me that I was free to wander the property. He pointed me in the direction of some outbuildings and told me to stay away from the caretaker's place. I had a bit of a wander and as I was photographing the stables with nowhere to run, I was caught by the caretaker who was less than pleased to see me there. I was forced to leave after that, so only got a few pics. You can google Coombe Park Manor to see interior pics of the house.
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    A quality report Sir, love the pics.
  5. fancy a game of bowling? Picture heavy.

    Great find many thanks for sharing WB.

    Fantastic report. many thanks for sharing WB.
  7. Can you get Red Hot Dutch on these ? April 2015

    Quality pics, many thanks for sharing WB.
  8. Letters please.

    Nice report that could go as far to say first class. many thanks for sharing WB.
  9. Pokin around at permanite, august 2017

    Nice pics there Sir many thanks for sharing WB.
  10. RUN! She is coming! April 2018

    Fab pics, many thanks for sharing WB.
  11. The Baron, april 2018

    Fantastic pics and write up, many thanks for sharing WB.
  12. The Baron, april 2018

    Another set of cracking pictures Mr. W Sir. That old Kodak box camera of yours certainly does the business.....! KM
  13. The Baron, april 2018

    I rather like this sir I've never been but think I should now Nicely done .
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  15. The Baron, april 2018

    The hole leads to a spiral staircase which comes out of the building with columns in pic 7.
  16. The Baron, april 2018

    This place is amazing!! Reminds me a lot of Overstone Manor. Quite interesting that you found the original owners initials, how cool is that?! In pic 6, stairs with some sort of chamber in front? Where did that hole lead to? Awesome pics, thanks for sharing!
  17. The Baron, april 2018

    (from wikipedia) This place was established in 1618 by Sir Richard Bulkeley as the family seat of the influential Bulkeley family. Parts of the park are a site of special scientific interest During the English Civil War, Richard Bulkeley's successor, Colonel Thomas Bulkeley (later (Thomas Bulkeley, 1st Viscount Bulkeley), is said to have invited King Charles I to take possession of the house and set up his court there. In the eighteenth century the house was the seat of Richard Bulkeley, 4th Viscount Bulkeley who maintained Jacobite sympathies. The Neo-Palladian style is obvious from the curved facade of the building to the terraces, follies and balconies; this was the style adopted during the 1776 reconstruction of the mansion by architect Samuel Wyatt. However, the mansion was originally built in 1618. There is also an icehouse in the gardens and a lodge house. In 1836 a fire destroyed the house which was rebuilt by 1838. Evidence of this we spotted on a rain gutter which had the date and initials of the owner During World War I, death duties soaked up the family fortune and made it impossible for the family (by then called Williams-Bulkeley) to continue to maintain the house. During ww2, Royal Engineers were stationed at the house along polish troops. The latter complained that the large rooms and high ceilings made it impossible to heat. They started a fire in a bid to be rehoused. The house was gutted and has remained in this state of dereliction ever since. Incidentally, the troops were rehoused......in tents! Totally overgrown this place has a real magical feel. In places where trees have taken over it feels more like some lost jungle temple. And even though only the walls survive, there are several outbuildings, stables, workshops, kitchen gardens, follies and garden features and we spent a good 2 hours here. With very little obvious vandalism it really does feel isolated and remote. I loved this place and have to say that for me it even topped denbigh DSCF7259 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr The lodge DSCF7266 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7267 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7272 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7280 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr The folly DSCF7460 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7293 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Gardens and outbuildings DSCF7301 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7321 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7326 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7322 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7324 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7311 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7340 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7451 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr This is our first sight of the mansion which blew me away DSCF7338 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7345 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7423 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7365 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7386 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7388 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7419 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7377 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7409 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7397 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7355 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7352 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7360 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7443 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7403 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr More on flickr Thanks fer lookin
  18. The Asylum april 2018

    Thanks Mr Wavey Sir. Rather like the Tentacles at first hearing, like spaced out elevator music with a bit of body to it....! Cheers KM

    Fabulous!! Love the look of that ceiling

    Bloody nice work mate 👍

    HISTORY:- The Playhouse opened in 1902 as the Hippodrome, was renamed the Grand Junction Theatre c.1905, and finally became the Playhouse in 1950. In 1950, it was extensively renovated and redecorated throughout when it was acquired by the James Brennan circuit (who already owned the adjacent Hippodrome). From 1955-1987 it was used by the BBC as a recording studio for radio and television. It is architecturally paired with the adjacent Hippodrome and although smaller, the design of the auditorium is very similar, with two straight balconies, the front upper balcony set well back from the one below. As with the Hippodrome the first balcony (there are six rows in the centre) returns to the sides with four rows diminishing to two. Unlike the Hippodrome, however, the upper balcony also has slips (of one row) which run along the side walls directly to the proscenium. Again, the balconies and their slips are supported by iron columns, although here, despite the fact that the rest of the plasterwork is Baroque, the capitals are all of stiff-leaf Gothic foliage with polygonal tops, and there is a Gothic frieze and cornice on the inner face of the underside of the second balcony. The ceiling is again divided by beams on the lines of the columns: each section decorated by a lozenge-shaped panel. The proscenium is framed by giant fluted Ionic demi-columns supporting a straight entablature with a trophy of arms above. The balcony fronts are decorated with large shell motifs between trophies of musical instruments. In 1988 the theatre was purchased by the Nia Centre, providing a stage for Afro-Caribbean culture (Nia is Ki-Swahili for 'purpose'). Works to convert the building to an arts centre with 900-seat theatre were supported by Manchester City Council, Arts Council England, and the Hulme and Moss Side Task Forces. However, the Centre closed in 2000. In 2012 the theatre was taken over by Fountain Gate Chapel, a church group which has cleaned and refurbished the building, restoring it for worship, conference and performance use. The Playhouse is situated in an area targeted for regeneration. The area has been substantially redeveloped in the last 20 years, and has good road links to central Manchester. It is a functionally sound and intact venue. The main risk it faces is from the deteriorating Hippodrome which is causing water ingress into the building. THE VISIT:- Recently been open again as a local hub their was some restoration and cleaning the venue being done so decided to go down and have a snoop! Walked straight in. posh seats! plasterwork behind the stage hi-hat! backstage circle ceiling up in't gods! stage atic rehearsal room into the void! backstage looking up Grand that
  22. The Asylum april 2018

    Most corridors are ok. Just avoid the rooms with gardens in them. lol
  23. The Asylum april 2018

    The music is Ozric Tentacles sir, was a bit naughty and wasn't sure if YouTube would allow it (copyright)
  24. The Asylum april 2018

    Great video Mr Wavey Sir, but it makes me travel sick with all the movement..... Not your fault, it is just me........... The place is well and truly knackered for sure, wonder what will be the final outcome for it? Love the music, what is it? KM
  25. The Asylum april 2018

    Well I know where NOT to step! I half expected to see video of you falling through some hole 😂 it really is in a state!
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    Welcome - I'm from West Midlands too.
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  28. The Asylum april 2018

    this is a montage of raw footage with some music. i really couldnt be arsed to spend ages editing, but i thought it was worth posting as it gives you a better sense of its poor state than photograhs do
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