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  1. 4 points
    The HistoryThe Orphanage was opened in 1872 on the site of an ancient alms house, and St Joseph’s Hospital for the Sick Poor followed five years later.They were built by wealthy widow Maria Holland, who gave £10,000 at a time when Preston had one of the worst mortality rates in the country, due to poor housing and low-paid mill workers. St Joseph’s Orphanage cared for 971 children before it closed in 1954.Run by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of Mercy, the orphanage was the first welfare provider for Roman Catholic girls in the region, taking in up to 60 youngsters at a time in two dormitories.After its closure, the top floor of the orphanage continued to serve as accommodation for the nuns who worked in the Hospital, known locally as Magoo Hospital.The hospital held collections to help pay for health care for poor patients. During the First and Second World Wars, they tended injured soldiers and, over the years, tens of thousands of babies were born at the hospital’s maternity unit. Legendary performer George Formby died at the hospital following a heart attack on March 6, 1961. The hospital closed when the last sisters left nursing in 1982. It later became a care home, which closed down more than ten years ago. THE VISIT:- Been here before a few years ago but some new stuff has been found so had a wander back. The place is a major derp now but some great little features. THE SLAB OPERATING CHAPEL WHEN NATURE TAKES OVER LAUNDRY PRESS LAUNDRY
  2. 4 points
    THE HISTORY:- Taxal lodge was built in 1904 and was the home of Lt. Col. H. Ramsden Jodrell. Who died in 1950. The lodge then became a special School. This Lodge replaced an earlier Taxal Lodge originally built futher up the valley which is long gone. The current Taxal Lodge closed in 2005 and has been the target of Vandals ever since. decay has really set in and most the upper floors are either fallen through or very unsafe. There is also an abuse issue at the former childrens home with a former employees being convicted. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/paedophile-coach-centre-football-sex-9343857. THE VISIT:- Quick early morning visit with easy access to the site. most of the building has been trashed inside with the floors very unsafe if they are even in place! FROM THE TENNIS COURT CAN I PLAY WITH YOUR BALLS! FOOTBALL TABLE FLAKEY POOL! DOORS. TO THE OFFICE BOY! A BIT TO DERPY FOR ME 4/10
  3. 4 points
    HISTORY:- Planning permission was granted by the local council to build a licensed theatre to replace the Theatre Royal of nearby Frank Street in 1901.The theatre was designed by Campbell and Horsley of Manchester and built by S. Robinson and Sons of Hyde. The completed theatre opened on 3 November 1902 with a Victorian French melodrama, Little Jim, with Shakespeare and other classic plays to follow. In 1914 a movable screen was added onto the stage to enable the theatre to operate as a part-time cinema. In the early 1970s, the popularity of live performances were on the decline and the decision was made to stop them altogether at the theatre. The main auditorium become a full-time cinema and a second cinema opened in 1972 taking up the majority of the original stage area. The last live performance held was a production of Annie get your gun In later years, the main auditorium was referred to as 'Royal 1' and the second cinema was referred to as 'Royal 2'. The theatre was also referred to as the 'Royal Cinema' although the 'Theatre Royal' signs remained on the building . In the early 1990s, the London-based owners discovered problems with fraud at the theatre and decided to close it down in August 1993 as they considered it a liability. The theatre was full for the last few days of business, with people still offering support to Hyde's last local cinema. The final film to be shown was Walt Disney's classic, The jungle book. The main auditorium could seat up to 1400 people, it consisted of pit stalls with 300 seats, dress and rear circles with another 300 seats, then a gallery and amphi with 800 seats. The theatre also offered one of the largest stages in the area with a fly gallery offering fast scenery changes. During its peak, the Theatre Royal offered performances by many famous acts of the day including Laurel and Hardy, Enrico Caruso, Billy Connolly and Frank Randle. Julie Andrews also made an early appearance at the theatre along with her mother and stepfather. In 1999, planning permission was in the process of being granted to demolish the theatre to make way for a housing development, however a group of volunteers joined together to save the Theatre Royal, named Theatre Royal Onward, the group campaigned for the theatre to be granted listed building status which it was in 2000. The theatre was put up for auction in 2005 however the society lost the bid to buy the theatre and it was sold to a local property developer, Aurora Hyde Limited. However the fight to return the theatre to its former glory was cut short when the building was sold to a local Islamic centre who are now using the ground floor as a prayer centre. THE VISIT:- visited early morning as this is a town centre theatre with Asda right in front. The access was high but the roof is being repaired at the moment so had assistance from the scaffold. Once in the first door to my left Jackpot! the projection room all still in tact tools and all! after a short time on the first balcony i heard voices below and made a hasty retreat. Having got out noticed a door open the local workmen where inside but would not let me in to take anymore photo's so had to make a second visit. This time the local Islamic's where in sorting the downstairs for when they take over for praying. No luck again as they refused me entry. On the third visit again a early morning the high access was used and i completed the rest of the pictures including the bar area. First floor circle. (the cover separates the ground praying area). second floor bar area second circle view first floor bar bottles (super-trouper) spot lights a bit of everything in this room! projection room work area old projectors I do love a theatre this was a great explore made better by the projector room 9/10 from me
  4. 3 points
    Initially I wasn't gonna post this but feck it, as the tourist bus is stopping right outside.... There is no denying this place is absolutley fooked after years of utter retards with too much time and too little to do but ya know what? I really, really liked this place and it my be controversial (oh dear god I hear them cry) but I'm giving this explore 9 yes a big fat 9/10 Loved it! Many thanks for looking folks
  5. 3 points
    History compliments of someone else: "G Block formed part of the Government Code and Cipher School at Bletchley Park. It was constructed in October 1943 as an extension to F Block and to D Block. The building comprises two self contained but intercommunicating elements; a single storey complex of five spurs to the west, and a two storey complex of three spurs arranged in a U-shaped formation to the east. The single-storey spurs to the west housed the ISK and ISOS sections which dealt with the decoding of Enigma and conventional cipher messages from the German secret service. These sections played a vital role in the monitoring of the reciept of false information about the plans for D Day fed by allied intelligence to the German high command. The two-storey U-shaped block to the east housed SIXTA, the Army traffic analysis sections, which dealt with the direction of radio-intercept stations and anaylsis of the enemy radio traffic. These sections played a vital role in the interception of the Enigma messages. After the departure of the Government Code and Cipher School in 1946 the building was used as a training school for the Post Office and then British Telecom. Since the closure of this school in 1984 the building has been empty. In 1994 it became part of the Bletchley Park Trust and forms part of Bletchley Park National Codes Centre Museum but remains in a poor state of disrepair." The Visit: This wasn't on our list of things to do that day, but our other two places didn't pan out, so a last minute call in the middle of the afternoon armed only with mobile phones, we decided to have a go. G Block has a busy neighbourhood on one side and Bletchely Park on the other. We took a short walk around the outside (trying to look inconspicuous) and found a rather large opening (door). After a quick look around, we walked right in. We spent a good couple of hours wandering the halls, and in circles. I was shocked at the amount of personal files strewn about in one room. Possibly used for storage at one point, and forgotten? Noting the time, we had to bid a hasty retreat since the school run was upon us. I'm surprised it wasn't more trashed, but the good people of Bletchley have left it to nature, well most of it anyway.
  6. 3 points
    The Orphanage was opened on September 19th, 1872. It was built at an estimated cost of £6000.00 and built beautifully in a gothic style. The estimated sum of £6000.00 came from a £10,000.00 donation made by Mrs Maria Holland, a local resident of the time. The remaining £4000.00 was used to provide thirty places for local Roman Catholic girls. The Orphanage was designed in three sections, as a place for the Orphan girls to live, learn and eat, a space to house the nuns of the orphanage and a place for visiting guests. The orphanage accepted girls from the age of two years old up to fifteen years old, although records show some girls were allowed to stay at the orphanage for longer than this. The girls were given a school education but were also trained for various occupations. There was training in house work, teaching, shop work, servant work and machinists, depending on the individual girls skills and interests. In 1877 Mrs Maria Holland gave a further gift (the exact amount is unknown) to construct a hospital for the poor sick alongside the orphanage. In 1905 Moorfield Orphanage opened and girls at the Orphanage were moved to the new facility. The orphanage then became a Hospital, caring for the sick who couldn’t afford medical treatment alone (There was of course no National Health Service at the time and the poor’s health was taken care of by charities and donations from the rich). During the First and Second World Wars the Orphanage was used to take care of wounded soldiers returning from the front. In 1958 the Hospital became a training centre for nurses until it’s closure in circa 1986. In Circa 1988 the Hospital was bought by a nursing home operator and was renamed Mount Street Nursing Home. The private nursing home cared for the elderly until it closed in February 2003 after new regulations deemed the building wasn’t fit for purpose. This place had been on my "to do" list for a long time now but from what id read access was sporadic and so it kinda got forgotten about. So after a message from a certain Mr Bolt advising me to get my arse over there ASAP as access was easy but probably not for long. Well, how could i resist. The very next day three of us were heading up the M6 Not deterred by the 2hr+ drive amid the chaos created by the mass of bank holiday drivers. And with anti arsehole cannons, (i can dream, cant i ),fully armed, we made good time. On arriving it was clear that this was a location that was unlike any id visited before. In the middle of the city the surrounding streets were awash with people enjoying their day off and the decent weather. Most of my visits have been at places a little more private and the fact that we had to clamber up a jenga type stack of junk in open view was a little unnerving. But, we were here, so ,waiting for the right moment we made our move. After an undignified entry the first thing i see is major collapse, this didnt bode well. But, fortunately this wasnt representative of the rest. I wasnt long before we heard footsteps and voices, heading our way. We stayed quiet and waited, and soon a small group of teens came up the stairs towards us. Just in time for a well placed BOO, to shit the life out of them. As they walked away i overheard one say "i didnt think old people would be looking round here"....Feckin cheeky kids. It wasnt long before we could here the sound of stuff being trashed. I really liked this place, and despite the amount of stuff that was smashed i was surprised at how much stuff was still intact. I thought the laundry room was fantastic, and the chapel. We spent about 3 hrs here but never found the mortuary. And now......... some pics..... DSCF8018 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7998 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7939 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7873 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7872 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7874 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7879 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7892 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7893 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7915 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7919 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7923 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7929 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7950 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7962 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7965 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7968 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7978 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7992 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr "Is it a long way down?" " Nah, just a couple of feet" DSCF8009 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7847 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7961 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Thanks fer looking guys
  7. 3 points
    This is one of those places that kinda slipped under the radar and after a spotting a recent report elsewhere i thought it was high time it was back on it. Unfortunately only half of this old woollen mill still stands (thanks, apparently to some bats). Still, there was enough left for a nice little afternoon mooch with the missus. Built in 1888 it remained in operation until 1982. The chimney was demolished for safety reasons and the engine shed dismantled to enable the engine to be removed. The engine was built earlier (in 1870) and was fitted in another mill. How it came to be in this mill is a mystery but it seems it was also modified to incorperate some of the most recent innovations of the day which made the engine far more efficient and powerful. It is now in the Bolton steam museum (working i think). Something that im still trying to confirm is the presence of a water turbine. Inside one of the ground floor rooms is a rather large pipe which enters the room and ends. It appears to come from the inlet in the end wall from the mill pond. In the floor is a second equally large pipe which disappears through the floor. you can here running water at the bottom. Obviously a large bit of kit has been removed from between these pipes which i think would have been a water turbine (probably to produce electricity). An electric meter was on the wall in the same room. I spotted a few heavy duty ceramic insulators dotted around suggesting the presence of high voltage cables. Im guessing the steam engine was to power the mills machines whilst the turbine supplied lighting? However, with the water coming from a millpond that requires constant monitoring of water levels its hard to see how they could have kept it running constantly. I would love to know if anyone could confirm the presence of a turbine, i dont see what else they would need the mill pond for but with an inlet pipe that must be 18 inches across it wasnt for washing ya hands and flushing the loos. DSCF7793 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7820 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7750 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7788 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7791 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7761 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7767 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7771 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7776 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7763 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7775 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7825 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7784 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF7800 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Nice little mooch this, (well, i liked) the only downside was the sheer amount of flying things that just kinda engulfed the area. Oh and the bats have gone,..... probably
  8. 3 points
    It was early I mean Fragglehunter shockingly early It wasn't even 07.00 ffs! But I was out there, doing what we do whilst eveyone else sleeps, I was checking and looking and wearing my hi viz to make me invisible. "Can you please check it again" Mr Pig asked "I've already checked it like .....err... once times, it wont be open" So off I went in full knowledge it wouldn't be open But it err was Well at least I was safe in the knowledge it would be a bit shit But it err wasn't. So Mr pig picked me up later that day and off we went on an arduous 2 minute drive. There was locals about so I did what any well trained, stealthy urban explorer does after having a few Sunday beers.... I fumbled with the gate for 20 seconds right in front of prying eyes and walked in. Feck em, I thought!!!! History Built 1890 This church was built in 1890, but the Primitive Methodists began preaching , in the summer of 1837. A Society was formed, which met in the home of James Maden. When he moved away, the infant church rented a house, using one room for preaching, and the other three rooms for the Sunday School, which opened on 7 April 1839. Before this church, known as The Hephzibah Chapel. In 2009, they merged with Longsight Methodist Church to form a single Hollywood Methodist Church. Longsight Church was closed and converted to a community hall, and worship has continued. Pictures of the interior, and plans for its redevelopment can be seen on the church website The place has now been bought and will no doubt be torn apart by some grunt footok of a developer Here's what it used to look like Then I realy liked this place and it's all the more enjoyable as I thought it would be poo Thanks for looking 8/10 from me
  9. 2 points
    It's amazing an iPhone worked for long enough to take that many pics too.
  10. 2 points
    Really nice close up, on an iphone...amazing.
  11. 2 points
    Something i've always found frustrating on a sploor is where to leave the car. Very rarely can you drive straight to the doorstep of a site, neither is it necessarily a good idea too. (Unless your car has false number plates). More often than not our goal lies at the end of some muddy dirt track or remote footpath, often where there just isnt anywhere to park, parking somewhere quiet and inconspicuous is good. But some of the "rougher" places leaving a car out of sight is a good way of getting it robbed. Parking at the local village may seem a good idea but some of these have a tiny population of what appear to be slightly simple folk that are all related to each other and know at an instant when theres an "outsiders" car parked at the local pub. With some of the bigger sites with a lot of footfall it must be fairly obvious to the locals where these visitors with cameras are heading. Which wouldnt really matter if people werent so feckin nosey with nowt to do besides write down car reg. nos. and report people. So.... Whats everyone else's thoughts on parking at locations....Maybe you walk, or use public transport (OK if ya young and healthy enough, Not so for someone rapidly nearing his fiftieth birthday with dodgy blood pressure). In conclusion maybe getting ya mate to drive would be the safest solution
  12. 2 points
    It's hard to find anyone even remotely interested in urban exploration who hasn't heard of the Russian Woodpecker - an over the horizon radar, part of the early warning system against intercontinental ballistic missiles heading towards the USSR. Not that many people are aware of a site hidden in the woods just less than a mile in straight line from the Duga radar. Krug (Russian word for circle) was an array of antenna masts placed along a 200-m wide ring. It's believed that its primary function was to probe the ionosphere and help with setting the optimal working parameters for the Russian Woodpecker. Systems like this could be found all over the Soviet Union, some more facts and locations can be found here: http://www.thelivingmoon.com/45jack_files/03files/Krug_Antenna_Circles_01_Europe_Ukraine.html On our last visit to the Chernobyl Zone we decided to check this site. It took as some time to find as the road is now covered in trees, leaves and bushes and looks more like a disused hiking trail than road to an important military site. My friend who claimed he's a bit of an expert in navigation so we don't really need a map and will find it in a jiffy also played his part. The antennas are cut and piled around their original locations and the control building has hardly any equipment left, but being so remote and difficult to access it was an interesting afternoon for us. The basement is flooded to about waist level so if it wasn't for the layer of ice on the surface we'd need to give up on this explore. At the end of the underground corridor we found remains of the control panels covering the walls, with Russian words for Azimuth, Frequency and power meters, plus a board with smiling high-rank party officials in the "technical room" Atom the dog, guardian of the Russian Woodpecker, followed us all day long so we shared our last bits of food with that good boy. Sorry for the "dramatic" music but my microphone was dead so it was this or a complete silence, feel free to mute it if you're not a fan.
  13. 2 points
    This was the second derpy chapel I visited. A huge thank you to @Tbolt for the secret location. What a drive! I did stick out like a sore thumb but luckily nobody was around (does anyone actually live there?) Seeing no option of entry via a door, I was forced to get creative (and small). What a delight it was as well!
  14. 2 points
    Don't get caught
  15. 2 points
    This was my first stop of what would be 3 derby chapels that day. Small to say the least, but a fab little explore. Thank goodness the council had removed the dead sheep carcasses from the back room! I wasn't able to find out any history on the place.
  16. 2 points
    Of course tbolt is right?????
  17. 2 points
    It's dissappeard It's been replaced with member+????? Which the wizard is supposed to be sorting out
  18. 2 points
    A early morning meet in Liverpool with @GK-WAX to try a few locations around the city that resulted in a few fails but can wait for another day. Then we decided on littlewoods.this one I have tried before with @telf and @whoopashooppa but didn't manage to get far so roll on a few years and I'm back again. Last time it was a bit of a fort knox so wasn't expecting to find a way in. Now yes it's stripped out but I enjoyed it especially up on centre tower roof on a sunny morning. So here's some history and photos. History... Architectural charity SAVE Britain’s Heritage welcomes new plans to save Liverpool’s most prominent Art Deco landmark, the huge white Littlewoods building that dominates the city’s eastern approach. Built in 1938 for Littlewoods’ famous football pools, the tall central clock tower and streamlined concrete profile are visib le far across Liverpool. The building housed the giant printing presses that sent millions of pools coupons across the country every week, to player s dreaming of winning a golden ticket. photos from SAVE Britain’s Heritage The National Lottery superseded the football pools, and the building has lain derelict for over a decade. English Heritage refused an application to list the structure and two redevelopment schemes have fallen victim to the recession. Earlier this year, local press reports warned that demolition was becoming increasingly likely as the structure fell into decline . SAVE responded by drawing national media and ministerial attention to the building’s importance , owned by the Homes and Communities Agency. SAVE P resident Marcus Binney accu sed N ational Regeneration A gencies of indifference to the building’s demonstrable architectural and historic significance. T he building was seen by sev eral million viewers when SAVE Deputy D irector Rhiannon Wicks appeared on the Alan Titchmarsh show in S eptember with Dan Snow, to highlight its plight . Now Manchester based developers Capital & Centric Plc have announced their intention s to buy the building . They are submit ting a planning application to Liverpool City Council to convert it into a hotel wi th commercial space. The new proposal, drawn up by Shedkm Architects , would see £16 million of private sector money invested in the refurbishment project , which could start on site summer 2013 . The project is thought to have won financial support from the mayoral City Deal fund. SAVE salutes the Mayor’s positive achievement in working with national government and the private sector in response to public opinion to secure the future of this important building. DSC_3040 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3066 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3065 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3064 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3063 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr url=https://flic.kr/p/JRoMB5][/url]DSC_3062 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3061 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3059 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3057 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3054 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3053 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3052 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3051 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3050 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3048 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3047 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3045 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3043 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3039 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3038 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3067 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr
  19. 2 points
    Pretty sure it’s disappeared? But I know when you’re not logged in you can’t see any chat..
  20. 2 points
    HISTORY:- Small WW2 Prisoner Of War camp. Originally housing Italians it eventually housed 200 and 300 Germans (other ranks). Adapted and used by a local farm post war is now due for demolition to make way for housing. THE EXPLORE:- Easy access to this explore no problems with security or the friendly local farmer who told me what building the drawing was in. It was a misty morning which gave a bit more atmosphere. kitchen and eating building Robin photo bomb!
  21. 2 points
    That last sentence seems to sum up fraggs's solution lol I always try to park away from the target location depending on how much wingeing goes on determines how far away.
  22. 2 points
    Oh yeah, Dont park ya car on site and get it locked in so that you have to go find security to get him to let you out... Which i never did.........again
  23. 2 points
    dont leave ya torch in the car like i've done nearly every single time. And dont leave ya memory card 120miles away still in ya laptop which i've also done
  24. 2 points
    HISTORY: Parish church built in 1870 by W.H. Crossland (1823-1909), architect of Leeds. Crossland, who began his career as a pupil of Sir George Gilbert Scott, built several Yorkshire churches in the Decorated style, and also undertook important secular commissions, including Rochdale Town Hall and Holloway College at Egham, Surrey. The west choir vestry was added in 1914 by William Cooper, architect of Huddersfield. The church was declared redundant in 1975, after which it was used by a local Roman-Catholic congregation until 2001. Its current future is uncertain. THE VISIT: The second thing i looked at in huddersfield as the first was sealed. This is smack bang next to a costa drive through so ninja was the order of the day. easy enough entrance though. not much left inside but looked ok.
  25. 2 points
    HERE'S A FEW OF MINE. A Nice mooch on a warm sunday evening with mr Tbolt
  26. 2 points
    Salem Methodist Chapel in Arthog was built in 1833 and rebuilt in 1868 in the Gothic syle of the gable-entry type, by architect Thomas Thomas of Landore. Salem closed in 1973 and has remained disused to this day. The Visit: A huge thank you to @Tbolt for the local! The first visit was a failure, I'd been on the road all day, I was tired and it had started to rain. I still needed to drive to Porthmadog for the night so I gave up. I was due to visit Denbigh the next day but this chapel was eating at the back of my mind all night. The next morning I decided to give it a go. I found an entry point and somebody had conveniently discarded a small bin in the bushes. I thought it would be easy, but as I squeezed my body through the opening, with one toe on a pew I slipped. Camera in hand I landed with an almighty thud. A dust cloud circled around me and I was worried I had ruined my lens. I have never been so filthy in all my life, my camera was pretty dusty as well. It turned out ok, but it took several minutes to regain my composure. I can say it was just as difficult to get out!
  27. 2 points
    Don’t fall down any holes.
  28. 1 point
    That’s a tough one. I need to get as close as possible but I don’t want to ruin my brand new car either. I mostly parked by farmers fields when exploring in Wales. Close to home, usually in a neighbourhood teeming with people or the nearest supermarket 😂
  29. 1 point
    what an excellent perspective with your shots and also good to see somebody put a good bit of history on to boot
  30. 1 point
    This is my kind of place to be honest, I do love a good mill
  31. 1 point
    Lol me sir...... No sir
  32. 1 point
    Was this recently sir? I went about a year ago and the floors were somewhat sketchy then. You should have a certificate or award for bravery/stupidity (delete as applicable). Top stuff as usual sir
  33. 1 point
    This is great, love the B&W shots, and that oil can 😊
  34. 1 point
    one of my favourite locals in depr history top marks and good compos
  35. 1 point
    This is excellent. I agree, the chapel and laundry room are special
  36. 1 point
    this just keeps giving. great report
  37. 1 point
    another lovely report
  38. 1 point
    rather excellent photos Sir
  39. 1 point
    Nice work Matie Knew you'd enjoy it.
  40. 1 point
    ...excellent pics....must say I find that slab with crucifix a tad disquieting...
  41. 1 point
    Excellent pics piggy Probably the best pics I've seen from this place.
  42. 1 point
    HISTORY:- Built in 1969 (great year! i was born!) the leisure centre boasted two pools three squash courts and a massive main hall as well as two gym suites. After nearly 50 years it was dated and needed modernising but would cost more to upgrade than a new one. So local council decided to build a new one on the car park and take the old one down and replace it with a new car park! Mistake no1 they didn't budget for how much it is to demo an old building with asbestos as was the norm back in the day. So not having the finance to take it down there it sits! THE VISIT:- Waited for this as there is a live gym and car parking right next to it and what seamed to be lighting and power still to the building. Saw an opening on the Friday and after a nice little visit to a local church with T-bolt decided to have a mooch on the way home. As i arrived and jumped out the car armed with my camera bag over my shoulder i noticed some local yoofs hanging around the area i was going to make my way to the entry point. They saw me and scarpered must have thought i was secca but hung around a little before making my way. the little scroats hadn't gone far and shouted was i selling sex! (cheeky bastards!) having ran away i made my entry to the building. once inside i could see the trash brigade had been in. Upon entering the reception area i heard a beeping then saw a censor flash. Something didn't sit right so i made my hasty retreat. Once safely back in the car decided to do a lap of the building in the car. Spotted a security dog unit car with the back open and no sign of the guy or the dog! waited two mins on the road did another lap and there he was the biggest bloody rottweiler you've ever seen sitting in the back of the car! lucky escape!! No eye contact was made!! The reception area (where the beeping started) one of the squash courts doubled up as a highly confidential dumping ground! so did the stairs one of the sports halls storage gym cafe area to the pool! changing FLOATER! MAIN POOL ickle pool viewing area
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    Some old Pics of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona taken in October 2000. Good grief, it looks like it is melting.....WTF? Looks a bit like a Christmas tree gone wrong too. Spiral stair well. There are lots.... Is that a Nu following me...? Is that a Nun following me...? No, it is the present Mrs KM.........(before she went blond!) I wish I had her head of hair..... A load of religious balls...?? ? Footer anyone...? Wish I had the scaffolding contract... Still working away at the interior then....? It is probably finished there by now. Work of a very fevered imagination I would say, but still fascinating and rather catching really. Looking over downtown Barcelona. Quite a long way down (or up down depending which way you are travelling!) and this was barely half way.... Glass Mosaics everywhere..... Amazing..... A difficult place to describe even though I have seen it "in the flesh" so to speak. An amazing and wonderful mixture of styles over the years due to different architects being involved as the poor devil Gaudi that started it was run over by a tram in June 1926 and lost consciousness. Presumed to be a beggar because of his lack of identity documents and shabby clothing, the unconscious Gaudí did not receive immediate aid. Eventually some passers-by transported him in a taxi to the Santa Creu Hospital, where he received rudimentary care. By the time that the chaplain of the Sagrada Família, Mosén Gil Parés, recognised him on the following day, Gaudí's condition had deteriorated too severely to benefit from additional treatment. He died on 10 June 1926 at the age of 73 and was buried two days later. A large crowd gathered to bid farewell to him in the chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the crypt of the Sagrada Família. His gravestone bears this inscription: Such is life or in Gaudi's case - death, poor old sod. if you ever get the chance go and have a visit, it will take all day and you still won't see it all, the lift is bit like a small cupboard and not for the claustrophobic, beats the hell out of trudging up those spiral steps though! It will have changed a lot in the 18 years or so that I took these pictures, sorry about the quality but it was taken with a Cannon Sure Shot Telemax point and shoot 35mm camera and transferred to disc by Boots who processed the film, changed days indeed. I still have that camera with a film in it but god knows what is on it, I must try and find somewhere to get it processed and see what is lurking in there! Hope you enjoy my old pictures anyway. KM P.S. If you do get to Barcelona watch out for the pickpockets, they are everywhere.....a man we met in our hotel had his trousers set on fire on an escalator from the Subway as a distraction technique by those desirist to rob him, fortunately they failed as he lashed out at them and his trousers didn't light!. We were stopped at the top of a similar escalator by someone dropping a pair of specs in front of him and blocking the escalator with his arms while his accomplice behind tried to pickpocket me the a***ole! I kicked the guy in front of me up the shafts as he was in a very vulnerable position and got past, they both ran (one hobbled painfully) away on the down escalator, so beware, only carry the money you might need for the day, no credit cards or the like as they will have a good chance of getting stolen. P.S. P.S Keep away from trams too lest you land up like poor Gaudi...........................
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    A quality report Sir, love the pics.
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    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."
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    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!!!!!
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    History (kindly provided by wiki) HM Prison Shrewsbury was a Category B/C men's prison in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. It closed in March 2013. The former prison site, on Howard Street, adjacent to Shrewsbury railway station, is near the site of the Dana Gaol, a medieval prison. The name The Dana is still often used for the prison, as well as being the name of the road to one side of the prison and the pedestrian route that runs from near the front of the prison into the town centre via a footbridge over the station. The now disused platform 8 at the station, masked from the opposite platform by a high wall, was used for transporting prisoners between 1868 and the First World War. A bust of prison reformer John Howard is above the main entrance to the prison. The street leading up to the prison from the main road is also named after him. Current The Dana Prison, Shrewsbury is open as a tourist attraction. Jailhouse Tours runs guided tours, theme events and experiences, educational days, history days, seasonal events, horror tours and School tours. Jailhouse Tours will continue to manage the site until development work begins on the building in 2017. There has been a prison on the site since 1793, the original building being constructed by Thomas Telford to plans by Shrewsbury architect John Hiram Haycock; the present prison building was constructed in 1877. The prison took female convicts until 1922. Between 1902 and 1961 the following seven people were executed by hanging within the walls of HMP Shrewsbury for the crime of murder:- Richard Wigley aged 34 yrs on Tuesday, 18 March 1902 (Mary Ellen Bowen [girlfriend]) William Griffiths aged 57 yrs on Tuesday, 24 July 1923 (Catherine Hughes [mother]) Frank Griffin aged 40 yrs on Thursday, 4 January 1951 (Jane Edge) Harry Huxley aged 43 yrs on Tuesday, 8 July 1952 (Ada Royce [girlfriend]) Donald Neil Simon aged 32 years on Thursday, 23 October 1952 (Eunice Simon [estranged wife] & Victor Brades [her lover]) Desmond Donald Hooper aged 27 yrs on Tuesday, 26 January 1954 (Betty Smith) George Riley aged 21 yrs on Thursday, 9 February 1961 (Adeline Mary Smith [neighbour]) The names of their victims appear in parentheses. In almost every case the murder victim was female. Executions took place at 8.00 am. All executed prisoners were buried in unmarked graves inside the prison, as was customary. The four executions which took place during the 1950s were all conducted by Albert Pierrepoint and his assistant. The last execution in 1961 was conducted by Harry Allen and his assistant. In February 2014 the Ministry of Justice stated that the remains of ten executed prisoners were exhumed from the prison in 1972, cremated at a local crematorium and the ashes scattered there. In September 2004, Member of Parliament George Stevenson,called for an enquiry into the amount of suicides which had occurred at Shrewsbury Prison. This came after 3 inmates had hanged themselves at the jail in 2 weeks. A report in 2005 named Shrewsbury prison as the most overcrowded in England and Wales. In August 2008 a further report stated that the prison had 178 places in use but held 326 inmates - an overcrowding rate of 183%. A report in June 2012 by the Prison Reform Trust awarded Shrewsbury second place in England and Wales for overcrowding, holding 326 prisoners in space designed for 170 men, a figure exceeded only by Kennet in Liverpool at the time. In 1934, the prison had contained the larger number of 204 cells. Bust of John Howard above the main entrance. Before closure, Shrewsbury was a Category B/C prison accepting adult males from the local courts in its catchment area. Accommodation at the prison consisted of double occupancy cells in mostly Victorian buildings. The prison offered education and workshops to inmates. A Listener Scheme was also available to prisoners at risk of suicide or self-harm. In January 2013, it was announced that the prison was scheduled for closure. The last inmates were transferred from Shrewsbury to other prisons on 27 February 2013, ahead of its closure in March. The Grade II listed former prison building was sold by the Ministry of Justice to developers, the Trevor Osborne Property Group, in 2014, and is expected to be converted into homes and offices. In April 2015, it was revealed proposals included accommodation for around 200 students of the recently created University Centre Shrewsbury. In January 2016 formal planning proposals convert the former prison to flats and student accommodation were submitted. The visit The start to the day didn't go as planned with my original explorey partner deciding to stay in bed rather than have a 2 hour car journey to spend the day in prison!!! I was going anyhow and sent a text to Fragglehunter who, by some huge alarm clock error or something was actually out of bed and about to start weeding his allotment but soon changed his mind, the weeds will have to wait it would seem lol. We arrived just before opening time of 10.00 and after a quick chat with one of the staff who, and I kid you not was weeding the car park (it was all I could do to hold fraggs back) he made a call on the radio and a young lass opened up for us, took £15 each of us and let us go in. we had 2 hours before the guided tours started so loads of time on our own was to be had. Here's a few pics. Now as you can probably tell I enjoyed it here then we found the Hanging room. I'm not going to go into rights and wrongs of capital punsihment here but what I will say is that stood alone on the very trap doors that would have opened under the condemned, looking at the very wall that would have been the last sight in this world for these folk it did make me feel very uneasy about the whole thing and it did make question the morality of it, and that took me by surprise to be honest. Thanks for looking and I hope you liked it as much as I did. 8/10 for me. if anyone is interested www.jailhousetours.com
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    Halloween and according to my daughter, this chapel is in the official top ten of the most spookiest places on the planet. Hmmmm. All I would say is make the effort, jump in a car and drive around the wonderful country that is the Czech Republic, however make sure you arrive early morning at Sedlec Ossuary to avoid the tourist buses as it is not the biggest of places. This Roman Catholic chapel dates back to around the 15th century and contains the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people. In 1870, Frantisek Rint, a woodcarver by trade, was employed by the Schwarzenberg family to put the heaps of bones into order and his work remains to this day. As current work to repair the chapel continues yet more skeletal remains are slowly being discovered and are being fully documented. All in all excellent, but sadly my daughter's list of spookiest places disappoints on spookiness yet again, although I wouldn't fancy being locked in over night. 9/10
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    I know this has been done many times but I have been meaning to tick it off the list, sadly I have left it far too long and it is well fooked now, bits of roof were actually coming down whilst I was there!!!!! EEK I had hoped to get on the roof but sadly it was not to be. Anyway if there is anyone alive who doesn't know about this place here's some blurb I stole from someone who rather foolishly left it hanging around on the internet Fartford Cotton Mill in Oldham was built in 1907, Its a typical red brick spinning mill of a type that made Lancashire famous as the cotton spinning capital of the world. The mill was expanded in 1920 and again in 1924, power was provided by a 1500hp Urmson & Thompson steam engine, capable of driving 120,000 spindles. Following the depression of the 1930's demand for cotton slumped causing factory closures and many workers to leave the industry. During the second world war there was a brief reprive as the cotton industry produced fabrics for war use, but by the mid 1950's the industry again in trouble as increased compentition from overseas sent the industry into a long slow decline. Hartford ended production in 1959. The mill was reused by the retailer Littlewoods who used the buildings for distribution up until 1992. The buildings have been derelict since then and have been badly vandalised and there have been several fires. Not much remains of the mills prodction equiptment now and despite deing grade 2 listed it seems likely Hartford will be demolished to build another bland housing estate. I was supposed to be playing out in deep dark places with our friend from Liverpudlia but he rang last night to say he was having a baby so couldn't play out. So I played out on my own. This place is supposed to be a walk in-it wasn't, after getting through the perimeter fence without much trouble I walked all round the place and it's pretty tight tbh, but there was a window that was just doable with the help of some junk lying about. Once inside it was pitch black inside and ankle deep with water in places at least when I found the stairs it was dry from then on but really fooked as you will see from the few pics I took. This place is not good now even some of the floors felt a bit shitty in places I would not advise anyone to go and hope they knock it down soon before some idiot gets hurt in there. PICS This was the only stairwell going to the roof and I wasn't using it!!!! 6/10 from me and that's only because it let me live.
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