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  1. 5 points
    Hi all from sunny (not) West Midlands.. Was browsing and going to post an introduction but this says mostly what I was going to say! So being of a somewhat lazy disposition added a quick hi here! I'll have a proper mooch round and add my own tomorrow all being well and update profile etc...
  2. 4 points
    Not much history about this place except for it used to be Royal Mail sorting offices, all I know is this place is huge compared to the newer Royal Mail Sorting Offices. Oh and my pictures are from my phone because I forgot my memory card Also, nothing is edited because i'm lazy!
  3. 4 points
    Created in the 1860s this was manchesters first municipal cemetery. It was designed with four areas, each representing a different religion and each having its own mortuary chapel. In 1872 an event known locally as the "great flood" swelled the adjoining river so much that it washed large sections of its banks away, taking with it headstones, coffins and bodies. To prevent this happening again the river was enclosed in a brick channel. Over the years lack of funding and neglect caused the chapels to fall into disrepair. So much so that three were demolished and the fourth lies in a terrible state. I cant find a date for when it ceased to be used but it appears to be some time ago Despite its condition this chapel still has some nice stone features and inside, glazed ceramic tiles decorate the walls. Unfortunately the whole place is a mass of trees, rubble and roof timbers so even though access was possible it was almost impossible to move around inside. The tower looks in much better condition but all access is bricked up, even from the inside. Not a particularly exciting site but worth a nosy if you're nearby and have an hour to kill DSCF7046 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7065 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7057 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7058 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7050 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7051 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7053 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7059 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7060 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7062 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Thanks fer lookin
  4. 4 points
    THE HISTORY :- Egerton House is a 200-year-old Victorian building with period features and has an adjacent barn-type building used for functions, including business events. Egerton House Hotel dates from around 1860. Before becoming a hotel the building was owned by a local businessman who had made his fortune in the mills. Its grounds form part of Egerton Conservation Area. In 1979 its owners extended the hotel’s restaurant. A two-storey extension was built in 1982 adding 16 more rooms and a residential lounge to the hotel. The success of the business led to further expansion in 1996 with a smart function suite for 70 people. It closed in 2014. The Visit:- Again just going for a reece of this local landmark. Found easy access so made my entry before its sealed. Quite surprised how wrecked this place was. original front now. guest bar reception. nice oak panelling painted! (crime) kitchen behind guest bar your safe with me staff lockers ground floor area some of the rooms nature taking over! first floor landing don't run walk! nothing a vacuum cleaner wouldn't sort! quite like this 7/10
  5. 4 points
    Nice work young skywalker Porky as a postman you would have gone to the wrong building then left a card saying noone was in when we tried to deliver your parcel even though we couldn't be arsed to knock and find out!!!!!
  6. 4 points
    HISTORY:- The Burnley Empire Theatre has a profoundly poignant history that starts in the 19th Century when it was first designed by GB Rawcliffe in 1894. Owned and managed by WC Horner, it was a theatre of high regard and continued to such following works in 1911, when the auditorium was redesigned by Bertie Crewe, well respected architect, much of whose work is no longer standing – pulled down to make way for housing, shops or other amenities, or victims of the war that destroyed so many beautiful buildings. The interior boasts ‘two slightly curved wide and deep balconies, terminating in superimposed stage boxes framed between massive Corinthian columns supporting a deep cornice. Segmental-arched proscenium, with richly decorated spandrels and heraldic cartouche. Side walls feature plaster panels, pilasters and drops. Flat, panelled ceiling with circular centre panel and central sun burner. Restrained heraldic and Greek plasterwork on balcony and box fronts’ (Theatres Trust). During its time as a theatrical venue, Charlie Chaplin, Margot Fonteyn and Gracie Fields are just a few of the names to have appeared on the now broken stage. In 1938 the building became a cinema (possibly redesigned and converted by Lewis and Co of Liverpool) and remained as such for the next 32, bringing much enjoyed new entertainment to Burnley’s citizens. In 1970, the atmosphere inside the building became one of hoping to make a bit of extra money – a sign of the times perhaps, that watching performers whether live or captured on film became less of an attraction – more costly perhaps, yet conversely, in the US, directors of the “New Hollywood”, had unrestrained creative and financial freedom to develop films. The enormous success in the 1970s of Spielberg’s Jaws spawned the concept of the modern blockbuster, and similarly the phenomenal success of the 1977 film, Star Wars, suggests that cinema was thriving in other areas of the country, perhaps those with greater affluence. However, I cannot help feeling that maybe the Empire’s owners missed a trick. Just over a couple of decades after bingo had captured the purses and wallets of Burnley, the number callers moved out and the auditorium became quiet, full only of the memories of cheering and clapping. The Visit:- For just over a year i've been wanting to get into this theatre. There was an access point high up onto the gantry above the stage with a scenery rope from it to the stage. I went up there three times but decided my life was worth more than a snapped rope so waited. reports that it's a death trap didn't put me off and once i got a whiff of a more safe access i jumped into the car and i was off!!! The old girl clocking in! refreshments under the stage from the stage. not a safe area! legs 11! decay. Circle seats Front Circle pass the popcorn! Rear circle Victorian door From the box Spotlight Wheel old stones! Rail seating (cheap seats) projector room a great place 8/10
  7. 4 points
    Visited said church, I've been here in the dark and it was scary but this time it wasn't so bad besides the rain.. not much history, apparently had problems with the roof years ago so they closed the place! Easy explore, had to wedge my butt through some windows I never thought I would be able to fit through Inside they've bricked some stairways off which is really depressing as I wanted to climb up to the church tower they're building some random houses on site now as well. And finally some random houses they're building..
  8. 4 points
  9. 4 points
    I have no history whatsover on this place but it appears to be at least part of a very old primary school. After a fail at a certain bingo place fraggs and myself found ourselves in maccyd's eating what some folk may describe as breakfast, drinking what can loosely be described as coffee and feeling rather pissed of that a second fail at our target now seems quite final given the fencing and cement mixer on site now and me feeling worse cus the first fail was due to my utter incompetence. So we did the only thing we could do.....consult google for a booby prize and by jove google came up trumps. This place is virtually impossible to see unless you know where to look and then almost impossible to get to if you don't keep your eyes open but actually really easy when you figure it out. Very, very derpy and very, very cold this morning but this place has a real charm to it thats getting hard to find. Wasn't over happy with my pics but I suspect I'll be back so maybe next time..... On with some pics. Now there is nothing to this place but for me it was really nice so i'm going to give it 7/10 just for the utter derpiness of the place and the fact that it is hidden from view from virtually everyone. Thanks for looking folks.
  10. 4 points
  11. 4 points
    HISTORY:- Famous Pagefield has the word Famous in the title as the pub was opened by Queen Elizabeth when she visited Wigan. This listed building, once a hotel, now a public house built. 1902 (dated in stair window), for Magee, Marshall & Co; to replace an older building and brewery, it is slightly altered. It is an impressive red brick in English garden wall bond with sandstone dressings, with beautiful tiles on many walls, a magnificent wooden staircase and ornate ceilings and etched windows. It boast a very well maintained bowling green. Closed it doors in 2015. The visit:- Another pub! Brought to my attention by an inferior site another local to me decided to take a scout and found an easy access would have been silly not to go in while open. although on a major junction and at night i thought my torch might have caused the local constabulary to be alerted so quick in and out was needed. would have liked more time as there is some really nice plaster work and tiling. really large premises. welcome mat ornate ceilings living quarters function room top floor once the hotel room down to the basement wish i had a bit more time in here lots to see 7/10
  12. 3 points
    Tucked away at the back of a disused quarry is a factory that made ashalt roofing products such as roofing felt. I can find little about the history of the place but it seems clear that part of the site is much older. After we finally arrived on site the first thing we find is the office and admin block, and as usual, it was trashed. But as we went further into the factory we were pleasantly surprised as it was pretty much intact with little graffiti and no signs of metal thieves being here. Unfortunately the laboratories were in worse shape, smashed like the offices. By far the best bit was the tower, with all sorts of mechanisms, chutes and controls, all intact too. With easy access and no secca this was a nice relaxed mooch, just the job fer a mid week mooch made all the better by my sisters provision of sarnies DSCF6144 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr trashed DSCF6146 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6158 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr turntable DSCF6162 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr4 the tower DSCF6164 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6170 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6176 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr this was like a lift that went sideways DSCF6166 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr gears DSCF6179 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6189 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr dont know what this is but i want one... DSCF6191 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6183 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr the labs DSCF6201 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6214 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6233 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr alien invasion? DSCF6241 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr thanks fer lookin
  13. 3 points
    Opened in november 1848 this asylum was intended to relieve the problem of non-english speaking welsh people being put into english asylums, where the language barrier could do nothing but make a bad situation worse. It was 4 years in construction, built on 20 acres of land donated anonymously, with funding donated by rich philanthropists. It was regarded as the finest structure of its type when it opened and was large enough to house 200 patients. Ever growing demand meant numerous extensions and additions were built and by the start of the next century it could house 1500 patients along with 1000 staff ,it had its own gasworks and farm making it self reliant. With changing attitudes , an underfunded NHS and the birth of "Care in the community" the doors finally closed in 1995. Since then it has sat and rotted, been attacked by vandals and thieves and has had inumorous fires. The last of which being only a week ago. although built with the best of intentions this was not a good place to be and even in its last days conditions were described as barbaric. Many people were admitted for such "illnesses" as infidelity, alcoholism or post natal depression. As the asylum was privately owned and payed to take patients they had no incentive to release anyone and those patients that were able were put to work for little or no pay which brought in more income for those at the top. Doctors here werent afraid to experiment either, over a 2 year period 24 people were lobotomised with 1 fatality. Electro shock therapy was common and some rather nasty drugs were administered to control the more violent inmates. The future hangs in the balance after the last fire. There are plans for a hotel complex and other housing with some plans intending to demolish 80% of the site but although the remaining 20% is listed the amount of damage and dereliction could see all of it wiped from the map. Like many people with a yen for exploring i have wanted to visit here for some time. Luckily the right opportunity arose and i seized the moment. With sister riding shotgun we set off on the 3 hour journey. Using info found on youtube we had no problem gaining access. In fact we no problem with access anywhere onsite, apart from where collapsed or removed floors had blocked areas.We spent over 3 hours there pausing for breath only when we heard voices. The voices turned out to be some chavs that actually walked straight past me as i stood on the opposite side of a window. Amazingly they never saw me and we continued our mooch without seeing or hearing anyone. Even after 3 hours we still missed stuff but fatigue was setting in and we had still to walk back up the hill to our parking spot. All in all a good day out but dissapointed by the amount of damage and the lack of features, fixtures, fittings that would have defined this place as an asylum. first some externals DSCF7068 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7067 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7091 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7117 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7132 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7158 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7245 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7193 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7202 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7214 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Some of the wards DSCF7179 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7073 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7076 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7112 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr some corridors DSCF7078 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7115 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7135 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7160 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7095 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr damage caused by the latest fire DSCF7186 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7188 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7201 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr some other random derpiness DSCF7147 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7142 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7227 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr kitchens DSCF7133 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7244 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr waterpump DSCF7241 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr tunnels DSCF7154 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Eyes in the dark.... DSCF7099 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr couldnt leave without getting this shot DSCF7251 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr but remember DSCF7131 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr loads more on flickr thanks fer lookin
  14. 3 points
    (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
  15. 3 points
    I carry coffee Fraggs carries brown sugar for some reason
  16. 3 points
    Hello, Thought I would say hello. I am a keen photographer with an appreciation of life before today. Love old buildings and the faded grandeur that refuses to die. Although in my 50's I'm hopefully off to Uni in September to study photography as I need to fulfil my creative side. I am based near Denbigh in North Wales so we have Denbigh Mental on our doorstep which is always worth a visit now the self appointed security loon and his dog have been carted. Would anyone know of a cinema that would be suitable for a shoot? It would need to be safe as I am going to have a model and a make up artist in tow as well. Not too bothered where as it will cost enough to pay the fees for the model and MUA. I have professional portable lighting so power isn't an issue. Main thing is it still looks like a Cinema. Hopefully may well meet one or two of you along the way. Best wishes Mr W
  17. 3 points
    Now I have no history on this one ans also have to thank a non member for the info so thank you Jen...or Alice ...or whatever..I get confused but thanks anyway. Also no external pics either for 2 very good reasons 1: At the moment this place is largely unkown and untrashed and I'd rather like it to stay this way. 2: The external of this place is a bit shit. A rare solo explore as Mr Snapt had venga bus trouble and couldn't make it but I was looking forward to it and I was off work (yay) and Mrs Bolt was at work (booo) so off I jolly well went Entry was one of those that are so easy even team weasle couldn't fuck it up and after the first few seconds of that feeling like I'm about to get shouted at (I always get this on a solo) I was away. Not too much left in here but it is in really good nick atm. Now despite a warning about the floor being a bit squashy in here I just had to find out for myself and.....yes....it now has more holes in it than it did this morning so to speak. oops! Now it's fair to say I'm not keen on solo explores but I really enjoyed this little relaxed mooch and I'm gonna give it 7/10. Ta for looking.
  18. 3 points
    Perched on a Welsh hillside this hotel/ golf club lies in tatters. In 2005 an electrical fault caused a devastating fire although everyone was evacuated safely. Repairs were made but around 2010 the hotel closed permanently. In the short time since vandals and thieves have done the usual thing and the place is now in a poor state. We were originally heading for denbigh but opted for this site as we wanted much more time at the old asylum. Probably for the best cos my Welsh jinx struck again. This time I had 2 nearly flat camera batteries. But at least I hadn't forgot my memory card. Not a bad little mooch. Not brilliant but easy access and relaxed atmosphere helped. Best part was the colony of bats roosting in the cellar. Feckin awesome! Thanks fer lookin
  19. 3 points
    Fort Barry is a 1908 army post that protected San Francisco with a line of gun batteries perched along the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It is one of three historic military posts located in the Marin Headlands. It houses 5 batteries along with the Nike missile site. Construction started on Battery Mendell in summer 1901. It was constructed of concrete partially buried behind a thick wall of earth. It did not provide for any covering or overhead protection for the guns because aerial attack wasn't yet considered a threat. The purpose of Battery Mendell was to fire 1,100 pound artillery shells at enemy ships up to eight miles away. It was outfitted with a pair of 12 inch guns on "disappearing carriages". When the guns were ready to fire, they would rise into position, fire a single shot and then recoil down and out of sight for reloading, keeping guns and soldiers hidden. It was raining and foggy the day my brother and I decided to visit. We only got as far as Battery Mendell and Battery Wallace before the heavens opened up and we decided to head into downtown San Francisco to drown our sorrows over a beer (or two). \ Looking towards Battery Wallace from Battery Mendell Battery Wallace is part of Fort Barry and the harbour defence of San Francisco. Construction started in 1917 and completed in 1921. It was named after Colonel Elmer J Wallace of the Coast Artillery Corps and housed two 12 inch guns mounted on concrete pads with a 360 degree field of fire. On the day we visited, only one side was accessible.
  20. 3 points
    Pilgrimige of The Village People Pilgrims were, Fragglehunter, Blacksnake, Tbolt, Z3nabi and Judderman well Judderman was supposed to be with us but fell at the first hurdle, even Judderman, the one so elusive that Yeti’s scoff at the mention of his existence and most humans can’t even see him with the naked eye, even he has to bow down before the traffic on Manchester’s motorway network! Not a good start and compounded by Fraggs admission en-route that he had no posh pop!!!! First up on our religious tour for the day was this place Protestants Martyrs Memorial Church History (just in case you missed it first time round) Founded in 1903 and closed around 2004. Founding Father of the Church was a Pastor George Wise. The church maintained a sound uncompromising Protestant Evangelical Witness. From her inception, enemies constantly prophesied her early demise but under God the work begun by Pastor Wise was faithfully carried out by his successor, Rev. H. D. Longbottom who died in 1962. The faith then continued by Pastor George H. Mason who died in 1981. On Wednesday 31st March 1982 this Liverpool Church and it's Protestant Congregation were constituted as a congregation of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. Those who have been paying attention over the past couple of weeks will have noticed that the Scouse member of team Weasel and property magnate The Right Reverend His Holiness The Blacksnake, who owns the rights to several tunnels under the pool of Liver, has acquired a new city centre location, a nice shiny new church! He played with it the other week with W.I.M.R and very kindly lent it to the Manc side of Team Weasel for a Sunday morning Explore. The explore Entry was an absolute piece of cake on this one as BS had already claimed it for his portfolio and locked it up. But there was a catch. We needed, so we were told, to wear high-viz and hard hats as the place is right in the middle of a busy residential area, so we needed a disguise, and the Village People was chosen as our theme. We parked up and met Mr Snake and then indeed dressed in hard hats and Hi-viz for a full frontal assault. One old aged scouser, two middle aged chubby chaps and one Hobbit like creature all dressed up like the Village People in broad daylight on a busy street in Liverpool, you couldn’t make this shit up! The gate was unlocked and in we walked. Although it is well derped in places there is some really nice stuff left in here to see. Some pics Now for some reason Fraggs didn’t like the gifts we brought him in fact he was rather rude about the whole thing, even the squeaky football boot. Then we Village peopled up again and left locking the gate behind us, its amazing just how invisable Hi-viz can make you sometimes. Next up was this place. Deep in the heart of Toxteth, the Mancs were really out of their depth here, even Mr Snake looked a little nervous. Welsh Presperterian Church Built in 1865, this derelict church has stood empty since the 1990s, known locally as Toxteth Cathedral or the Welsh Cathedral this totally derelict Grade II Listed church with its 200 ft steeple is an example of extreme dereliction. (Stolen from 12monkeys.co.uk) This place is well fooked but still a good mooch Entry was again easy into some of the church but entry into the main building was a little tricky, fallen roof and floors had blocked the way in apart from one window that a tree had grown up against but with some considerable skill I was able to manoeuvre my silth like body through a small gap and in I went. Once on the other side it was obvious there was a much easier way in round the side of this room so Blacksnake came this way, Fraggs on the other hand? well, he had gone to get his gear from the other room and decided to not answer his phone when we tried to tell him of the other entry so we said bollocks to him and went in. Now Fraggs was a while following us so we carried on exploring and eventually Mr FH turned up looking a little disheveled and in some discomfort. It turns out he decided to try the over the top of the tree entry and (his words) "first I got my belly stuck, then my foot and then my Hi-vz" he was dangling by his Hi-viz with no way of removal and his arm was slowly being pulled from his socket. He didn't call for help because he knew we had cameras and he would be on you tube in a matter of minutes but he somehow managed to get free and tell us what happened, oh much merriment was to be had Then we found a very sturdy staircase up the steeple to this point but no further By now we were hungry (and thirsty Fragg) so it was off to team weasel cafe for egg on toast. A supurb day with good explores and even better company, many thanks Mr Snake for the tour and as always the local knowledge. It should be noted that Fraggs did redeem himself a little with mars bars all round , but BS did let us down with no mini cheddars!!! 7/10 from me Thanks for looking.
  21. 3 points
    THE HISTORY:- Ormstons Farm is not a traditional farm of brick-built buildings, it is a mixture of brick built, steel trussed, steel framed and concrete block buildings that has grown up over a number of years. Mainly a pig farm but sheep where also kept It was sold for £2 million in 2015 and is now to be demolished to make way for 7 new homes. The visit:- Having Herd about this in the local rag and brought again to my attention by Fraggle again and a five minute drive went for a mooch. Had to do it in two visits as the first time i was spotted coming out the farmhouse by a nearby farmer so made a hasty retreat. Worth a visit some nice little bits. HQ! The demise of Westlife! Sheep Shearing redneck style! Shadows of a former stable. A right pig sty!
  22. 3 points
    Why??? I have to ask why the fuck would you do this for a mental kiddie fiddler??
  23. 3 points
    Welcome to Zombie Manor, you will want to leave. Built in 1759, a Grade II listed county house built in a Georgian style formally used as a country residence, a residential home for the handicapped and an illegal cannabis farm of late. Oh, nearly forgot to mention to mention it was used as a zombie holdout after Chester and Warrington finally fell to the zombie horde of 2010. Now sitting rapidly rotting away, Daresbury Hall is sadly clinging on for dear life and reflects everything that is wrong with the preservation of buildings in Britain. The main house is death on a stick with floors waiting to drop and holes aplenty. So lets have a mooch. We headed for the main house, via the pool Inside the house, it was hot (on a cool day) and smelly, with ceilings down and rotten floors, death on a stick in most parts. The Cellar was weird with a drying room with, well white stuff... And out to the outbuildings Visited with Zer081, following a failed earlier visit with both Judderman and Zer081 earlier on in the year which whilst Zombie free had loons with splat guns. A tad disappointing, I'd give it 5/10 including an extra 2 points for the pool.
  24. 3 points
  25. 3 points
    My visit to Kenmure Castle was an accidental find as I spotted this place from a road and asked a local cafe owner what is it and how to get there. God bless Wikipedia.
  26. 3 points
    this place is a bit of a mystery, It has been referred to by some locals as Italy mill but according to old OS maps italy mill was further down stream. The same 120yr old OS maps show this place as disused even then. In fact its not clear if this is a mill or mine workings. It appears the stream ran under the building but wether a water wheel was present i cant tell. It also appears that a passage joins the stream at 90degrees possibly from an adit in the hill side. Certainly mines were present here, in fact a small private mine remains open just a short distance away. At the time i visited i was lacking in wellies and although close to the road some big drops make this deceptively tricky to get close to. I will get back here to check out certain features more closely, and it is very photogenic. The only off putting thing was finding half a sheeps skeleton in the middle of a field of seemingly carnivorous sheep clough foot (16) by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr clough foot (27) by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr you can just see a second culvert joining about halfway back clough foot (15) by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr i love how these arches have stood here for decades with nothing but gravity and craftsmanship holding them in place clough foot (40) by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr possibly a backfilled adit, or maybe part of a flue system leading to a chimney clough foot (32) by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr is this a tunnel behind the wall? clough foot (43) by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Odd place for a "sheep creep" its a sheer drop on the other side clough foot (22) by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr OK. What the hell did this? clough foot (12) by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr thanks fer droppin by
  27. 2 points
    Not a lot about this place, I believe the bowling part shut down in 2009 and then the crystal maze part shut down in 2010. Oakwood own this place and have no plans for it besides letting it rot away. Whoever is trying to look after this place is attempting to keep people out. Heard about this place from a different site, easy to find, such a pain in the arse to get into as there's a very tight gap to try and squeeze through.. The bowling alley/games room. The Maze.
  28. 2 points
    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
  29. 2 points
    These are some fab pics! I will take note of where you were so I don’t post any duplicate shots. I’m even more excited to go!
  30. 2 points
    Don't get caught
  31. 2 points
    Always carry water. Dehydration gives you a horrible headache and impaired judgement. There's also the possibility that you may need to hide from someone and will be stuck somewhere for some time. I have at least one bottle on my person when I explore, more in summer. It is best to explore with someone else but if a solo explore is unavoidable, make sure that someone on the outside knows where you are just in case you get into difficulties. I will always text the precise location to someone and often, will say that I will text back in a couple of hours. If you are like me, you will finish your text with something cheerful like "here's where to find the body if you hear nothing." Other people use derelict buildings such as drug users, the homeless and those who fall into both categories. Whilst you are best to avoid them, there's always a chance that you will round the corner and find yourself faced with a situation that makes you think "shit cakes - coma white alert!*" Just in case you are in this situation, always be polite and courteous to the people you come across -They are often flattered to be spoken to as humans and it will diffuse a lot. You may want to consider carrying a small amount of appeasement money for in case they ask for change and in carrying a small offering, you may take their attention from whatever other goodies you may be packing. Just as some homeless people do, carry your "sacrifice money" in a separate place to larger sums of money or credit/debit cards on outer clothing - that way, you can use the "I only have this" line confidently and with evidence. They may also enjoy a peace offering of cigarettes if you smoke or chocolate bars along with some change. Not only will this potentially save you from being beaten and left, they may be kind enough to warn you about damage in the floors or tell you about interesting features. Many people in the urbex community are loveable souls but sadly, there is a horrible epidemic that makes some wedge their heads in tight places that not even the best proctologist can free them from. Unfortunately there appears to be no cure for this malady and sadly, it can even happen to people you have known for a while. If you are new to this wonderful hobby, please be aware that you will probably come across some people who you would happily leave face down in a ditch. Stop and just enjoy the moment and the environment - really, take the time to savour the place with all your senses (okay, not taste). It really is worth treasuring the drip drip of leakage, wind through the corridors, glass under your feet, the visual beauty and that gorgeous damp scent. It makes comforting thoughts and memories you can return to time and time again. *Coma White is a Marilyn Manson song about drug use. I will use the words "coma white" to pertain to the presence of the evidence of drug use. Example sentence: "That end room is looking a bit coma white."
  32. 2 points
    "Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by Niki de Saint Phalle (born France, 1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic and cultural roots. The garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating, and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The imposing mosaic sculpture of Queen Califia standing on the back of a five-legged eagle commands the center of the garden. Eight large totemic sculptures surround Queen Califia. They are covered with symbols and forms freely drawn from Native American, Pre-Columbian, and Mexican art as well as the artist's own fantastic imagery." It took nearly 4 years to plan and execute and was opened to the public in 2003. Niki passed away a year before its completion. I was lucky to have had a chance to visit this which is a short distance from my parent's house. The sculpture garden only opens a couple of days a week for a few hours and remains closed when it rains up to 24 hours before. It was a bit difficult to photograph with the high gloss of the mosaic tiles and stones.
  33. 2 points
    Good grief, the stuff of nightmares......he must have been on some good S**t (whatever than means..... ). Gaudi too, that Sagradi Familia is something else, I liked it a LOT and I was sober too briefly ! I have pictures somewhere in my files, I must have a rummage, it was pre-digital days when we were there but I had then put onto disc when processed. Nice pics though, you can just feel the heat and the see sunshine and blue sky......wonderful. KM
  34. 2 points
    I just bought myself a second hand nikon for £60 instead
  35. 2 points
    Don't have a lot of history for this place.. its 5 minutes away from me and very creepy! Old woman lived here from what i found in the bills etc, she had a son who died of cancer and herself and son were in a lot of debt. This place has just been left to rot away since 2006. This place creeped me right out but really enjoyed it. I crossed out names/addresses.
  36. 2 points
    This is Tommy!
  37. 2 points
    "Here we go, The Michael Jackson Memorial Tree". Tin Dog's stunned silence painted a picture in my mind of an internal conveyor belt of words coming crashing to a halt. For the first time in our trip he was silenced, just for a moment. It would seem that when Mr Michael Jackson visited Budapest he would stay at the Kempinski Hotel, it has a tree outside and when he died fans set up a memorial to the late star. "Right" muttered Tin Dog. Posters, candles, flowers and a flash mob every year on Jackson's birthday - a note for your diary 29th August Pop Pickers ! On our travels around the city over the next few days we passed the memorial tree on a number of occasions spotting a lady sat weeping at the foot of the tree, one tending to the flowers and one lighting candles in memorial late at night. "You wouldn't get that for Rolf or Jimmy you know" piped up Tin Dog. We liked Hungary.
  38. 2 points
    Hahaha exactly what i was thinking as I scrolled down....
  39. 2 points
    Ahem.... FM is a lady sir and a Canadian one at that. Top pictures pig nice looking mooch mate.
  40. 2 points
    I used to hate cats, they terrified me for ages! but now I own one, not sure what breed but he's such a cutie and he always bites my boyfriends toes
  41. 2 points
    Doing forget spare batteries
  42. 2 points
    Don’t fall down any holes.
  43. 2 points
    Nowt wrong with the 3200 I still have one somewhere
  44. 2 points
    sometimes though i could do with sharper pictures but for the money its a great camera but for what i use it for it's ideal and robust
  45. 2 points
    Seems you and I have the same camera. Can’t fault mine one bit, I love it!
  46. 2 points
    Can get a used fuji xt10 on amazon. I'd ignore all the bullshit about this brand being better than that brand they all do the same job and if yoyr used to fuji you mat be as well sticking with em. Don't know owt about Canon but for £200 you can probably get a new entry lever nikon 3100.
  47. 2 points
    Hi Dystopia, yhea that would've been one of the ones in Leeds. Specifically the one where you, me and another person got abandoned and then tried and failed to get into that church on the hill.
  48. 2 points
    Visited this former soviet secret millitary base in Latvia with Fragglehunter, Tin Dog and Darmon History The following history bit is from Wikipedia Skrunda-1,also known as Skrunda-2, is a ghost town and former Soviet radar station located 5 km (3 mi) to the north of Skrunda, in Raņķi parish, Latvia. It was the site of two Dnepr radar (NATO "Hen House") radar installations constructed in the 1960s. A Daryal radar was being built there before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Skrunda was strategically important to the Soviet Union as its radars covered Western Europe. The two barn-like radars were one of the most important Soviet early warning radar stations for listening to objects in space and for tracking possible incoming ICBMs. Pursuant to an agreement On the Legal Status of the Skrunda Radar Station During its temporary Operation and Dismantling, signed by Latvia and the Russian Federation on 30 April 1994, the Russian Federation had been allowed to run the radar station for four years, after which it was obliged to dismantle the station within eighteen months. The deadline for dismantling was 29 February 2000. Russia asked Latvia to extend the lease on the Dnepr station at Skrunda for at least two years, until the new Volga station under construction near Baranovichi in Belarus became operational. Riga rejected these requests, and the radar was verified closed on 4 September 1998 by an inspection team from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. In a joint New Year 1998 statement, the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania urged Russian President Boris Yeltsin to complete the pullout of all Russian troops from the region, as Russia had promised four years prior in 1994. All materials of value were removed from the site and carried back to Russia when the last Russian troops left in 1998; the 60 buildings that comprised the former complex and town, including apartment blocks, a school, barracks and an officers club, remained. The dilapidated buildings were still standing in 2010. The Latvian government decided to sell the Skrunda-1 site in 2008, and on 5 February 2010, the entire 40-hectare (99-acre) former town was sold as a single lot at auction in Riga. The starting bid was 150,000 lats (290,000 USD; 211,000 EUR). The winning bid was by Russian firm Alekseevskoye-Serviss for 1.55 million lats (3.1[10] million USD; 2.2 million EUR). The auction, which lasted two hours, was also contested by another Russian firm, as well as a bidder from Azerbaijan. The winning bidder pulled out of the auction, as did the runner up. The town was reauctioned in June 2010 for only 170,000 Lats. In 2015 the site was bought by Skrunda Municipality for €12,000. Around half the area has been handed over to the Latvian National Armed Forces as a training ground. The remainder is to be leased by the local government with the stipulation that potential investors develop the area economically. Demolition of selected derelict buildings has since commenced. From February 2016 in response to increased interest at the site, the municipality began charging an entrance fee of 4 euros for individuals. Rumour has it that the radar base was so secret that even the army's own builders did not know what they were building. After a long drive from Riga we were glad to be finally at the location but as we pulled into the long drive that leads up through the woods that surround Skrunda there was a group of people standing around, one of whom motioned for us to stop A chap who looked dangerously like Bill Clinton said something in Latvian we didnt understand "English" said Mr Fraggs With a disapproving look he said "a little" doing his best bird impression Fraggs flapped his wings, sorry arms and said "bird watchers" "no, secret military base" said Clinton "you can go" he said to be honest I think he'd just got bored of the silly English people flapping their arms around. This place was huge and fantastic but also some of it had been knocked down Then we saw a van driving slowly around the site stopping then moving off and stopping again, we started to think Clinton had dropped us in it, so we kept our heads down for a bit and it disappeared So we carried on About this point Darmon came rushing out of a building saying he'd just seen HiViz in the building opposite, squeaky bum time. Bill Clinton really had dropped us in it. As we ran out of line of sight we could see what looked like a police van blocking our car in so we decided to just push on and see what happened but changed our sd cards just in case we got caught by the Rozzers. As luck would have it the building we were in was right next to the one we really wanted to see This one! It was decided at this point we had no choice but to go and say hello as we had no way of leaving with the Rozzers parked where they were but it would seem they had got fed up of waiting and gone away, hopefully to arrest Mr Clinton for wasting their time! Update:- Since our visit the latvian authorites have realised they can make a few bob out of this place and you can now visit legitimatley for a few Euros
  49. 2 points
    St Pauls Church is a grade II listed building situated in an imposing position . Completed in 1846, it is constructed in the early English style of architecture comprising of a seven bay nave and lean to aisles, a Chancel and a vaulted roof with ribs and bosses. It's on the market for around £300,000 with planning permission for conversion into one dwelling. One point to note is that the Church of England have removed a lot of the valuable items with English Heritage listed building consent These comprise items such as the font, organ, bells and all of the ground floor stained glass windows. you might think that this is a good thing but it seems that the windows, if not more, were auctioned off to the highest bidder. Empty for around 18 years it was abandoned because of an increasingly unsafe roof. The weather, pigeons and vandals have done a good job of trashing the place and it is quite saddening to see buildings like this fall into such a state as to be almost unrepairable......... It was abandoned as repair costs mounted and the congregation dwindled. The remaining congregation now share a methodist church.... DSCF2276 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2279 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2280 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2282 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2284 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2290 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2305 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2312 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Thanks fer lookin
  50. 2 points
    Victoria Arches, Manchester - or as it is sometimes known Cathedral Steps is a place of legend that lies beneath Manchester City Centre. Built in 1838 into the embankment of the River Irwell, this former business area for the steam packet boats closed in 1906. Later converted to air raid shelters during World War 2, the shelters held 1,619 people. Today blink and you will miss it, but underground it is vast. Tbolt had mentioned he wanted a visit to Lavino and a few days later Lavino had somehow magicked up a visit with a rather nice party from 28DL, now these folk have a reputation and once again I can confirm the reputation was totally unfounded, a group of spiffing fine gentlemen. Paradox, Stanton, GK_Wax, Acid-Reflux, Vulex, Tom, Lavino, Tbolt and myself gathered with a jolly nice chap from Sheffield to meet our guides for the evening Mr and Mrs Bigjobs. Coolboyslim lingered in the shadows in case any bodies needed to be pulled from the river and identified. Bottom line, Manchester's Victoria Arches is fascinating but in truth it is all about the company your with, the team work, the effort you have to put in just to get out and the "fuck me I've done it" feeling you get after you finally do get out. 10/10. A big thank to all and most importantly to Mr and Mrs Bigjob for their time and patience.