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  1. Collywobbles, July 2017

    Midweek was rapidly approaching, and wednesday evenings had now become a regular mooch for me and sis .Suitable locations were thin on the ground but luckily this place dropped into my lap at the last minute. And off we went....... hidden in the middle of an ancient forrest lies this large area of tarmac known as RAF Collyweston. Various types of buildings and large earth banks form rows with roadways between each row. These buildings once housed 1000s of tonnes of bombs to be used by bombers at the nearby airbase, RAF Wittering. Each type of bomb was housed in a specific type of building. Originally 40 asbestos and timber "dutch barns" housed 600lb cluster bombs. A second, more substantial type of building stored SNEB air to ground rockets and a third row of "igloo" bunkers with 2ft thick walls and massive 5inch thick steel doors, each with forced ventilation and buried under a mound of earth contained an undisclosed munition for planes at RAF Lakenheath. Buildings along the long entrance drive were used for the maintanance of the bombs. Although quite well known now neither site shows on any OS map and only a mention is included on the 1960s map. Maybe the secrecy surrounding the base deemed it neccessary only to have a double wire fence and razor wire as defences. Not much it seems considering what was kept here More significantly RAF Wittering was the first airbase to take stoke of the new weopon, the "Blue Danube" nuclear bomb. To carry these the first generation Vbombers (Valiant and Vangaurd) were based here with one kept on 15 minutes standby at all times during the cold war. Long before the bomb store was built RAF Wittering and Collyweston were two seperate airfields built around 1916-17 for training pilots, but later a 2mile runway was built that connected the two and later still Collyweston formed the bomb stores that survive today. I Believe that the runway was the longest in the country at the time and was used by stricken bombers that had difficulties in landing. Also flying from here were frontline spitfires that amassed a significant amount of kills, including 150 luftwaffe planes and 89 V1 bombs. Captured german planes were also repainted in RAF colours and flown from here. During ww2 the base was bombed on 5 occasions with 17 people killed. After the cold war Wittering was the first base to recieve the Harrier jump jet and it soon became known as the home of the harrier. Until recently bomb disposal teams were also based here. The bomb store is now redundant and the airbase, although still live is used only for training. Incidentally the nuclear cores weren't kept at Collyweston but in specially built hutches adjacent to the runway although repairs were carried out there. These hutches, now empty were listed in 2011 and the whole site is the most complete of any cold war nuclear deterent. There are references to an accident here when a nuclear bomb was accidentally jetisoned from the bomb bay onto the hard standing but the MOD denies this along with another 20 nuclear accidents that happened countrwide. More recently, an illegal rave was held here, with, supposedly up to 3000 revellers. The piles of beer cans and empty nitrous oxide cylinders lay testament to this bomb maintenance buildings... DSCF5905 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5954 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5909 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr "Dutch barns" DSCF5961 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5958 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr These "igloo bunkers" were some serious kit with massive reinforced doors and individual ventilation systems, Some were still heavily padlocked and i can only wonder what may be in them. Inside, the arched roof and thjck concrete walls create amazing echoes that seem to go on for ages DSCF5947 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5940 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr "echo chamber" DSCF5941 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr in case of fire? DSCF5974 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr time for home DSCF5991 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr thanks fer lookin
  2. Taxing Floors - April 2016

    Yes, I see. Clearly I was as stupid as you, lol😀
  3. D-ream Cottage - Sept 2015

    I agree sir. I have noticed from my visit and other reports that everything inside is continually being moved around.
  4. Carrot Crunch House - Feb 2016

    Love the old bottles. They look a lot older than 1977. Excellent stuff sir!
  5. Tax deductable, May 2017

    Built in 1904 , Lt. Col. H Ramsden Jodrell lived here until his death in 1950. After this it has been a school in various guises, mostly for disruptive and emotionally disturbed children. These would live here during the week and go home (if they had one) at weekends. It closed in 2005 and has been blighted by vandals and arsonists ever since. It was apparently sold in 2009 for £900,000 but still it decays. After finding the place easy enough we had to find a more discreet way into the grounds (other than the main gates). This was easier than expected with fields and a public footpath behind the school. Approaching the first building it was evident that this place was trashed. fire damage was noticable in several buildings and as usual all the windows (inside and out) were smashed. Thieves had been at work too with fireplaces gone and anything else of valu. Just a couple of years ago there were typewriters, computers, pool tables and even documents relating to pupils still here. But not now.... Considering the fire damage inside was fairly sound although some of the upper corridor floors felt worryingly unsafe, Fortunately i survived....so heres some pics Thanks fer lookin
  6. Oaks Hurt, september 2016

    Oakhurst House is a "tudorbethan house" located off the beaten track in Shining Cliff Woods. The house was built in 1848 by industrialist Francis Hurt behind his wirework business in Ambergate. It was designed to house his three unmarried daughters, thereby freeing up Alderwasley Hall, his main seat, for his male heir. Hurt's plans never materialised, however, and his daughters did not move into the house. Instead it was bought by the Thewlis Johnson, part of the wirework business. The house remained a possession of the wireworks during the later 19th and early 20th centuries, with some alterations being undertaken during the 1890s. In the 1970s Oakhurst House was converted into flats; however, with the bankruptcy of the wireworks and the deteriorating condition of the building, the flats were abandoned in the same decade. Since then, the house has remained unoccupied and is now derelict and a partial ruin. Arriving at what i thought would be an easy way in we soon realised it was a no-go as part of the wire factory was actually live, with on site secca. Cue plan B.... After a couple of miles detour we parked up in the shining cliff woods and headed off down what we hoped was the correct path. Heading in the direction of the wireworks we soon came across a row of derelict and overgrown cottages and other outbuildings. The dense woodland made even the daytime dark and gave these cottages quite a creepy feel..Further down, the path widened as it approached the old wireworks. Just a barrier across the road blocked our path, No fencing, no keep out signs and no one around. Onwards along this long strip of tarmac lined with long sheds and factory units (some built on footings over 150yrs old). Most of these buildings were intact but were little more than giant empty spaces with little character or interest apart from the grafiti that littered the whole site. Finally ,a pair of giant gateposts,, (marking the driveway to the mansion) came into view, along with the usual "Private Property" signs.Ignoring the signs we turned up the hill and went back into the Shining cliff woods. An extensive old woodland , once said to contain the best oak in england. It also homes an ancient Yew tree said to be 2000yrs old and also the original inspiration for the lullaby "Rock a bye baby, in a tree top". we didnt go far before we found the mansion (recently offered for sale for £1). the Mock Tudor timbers and woodwork has faired reasonably but behind that impressive facade lies a crumbling shell with no roof, no floors and even no stonework in places,,,,Heres what we found........... first, heres a couple of pics i found of the house before it was abandoned this one is dated 1950 oakhurst1 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr 40378714.34b02f57.640 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr in stark contrast this is the same side as the previous pics, The roof has totally gone including the gable end walls DSCF3359 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF3357 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF3354 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr as the woods gradually engulf the house there is no sign of the once immaculate lawns DSCF3376 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr the opposite side is relatively intact but you can still see sky as you look up through the windows DSCF3378 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr some impressive, if OTT stonework supporting the most endearing feature of the house DSCF3382 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr you can see a thin studded wall half way across the window, i assume this was done when it was converted to flats. Doesnt look like you would have much privacy with walls that thin DSCF3344 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF3345 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF3368 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF3373 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr was gonna enter here until i saw how sketchy the floor was DSCF3365 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr hoping to visit again soon before it completely collapses thanks fer lookin
  7. A seat of thorns, july 2016

    Every abandoned place is haunted if you believe the paranormal brigade.
  8. A seat of thorns, july 2016

    built as a hunting lodge in 1855 for wealthy industrialist william jessop, Thornseat lodge overlooks magnificent views. In the 1930s it became a childrens home until it was abandoned in the 1980s. Now almost a pile opf rubble, and beyond any hope of repair nature is gradually engulfing the sad remains. It is said to be haunted but i can few references , apart from a snippet of info stating that several people died one night from inhalation of carbon monoxide fumes from a gas fire. I didnt find the place to be creepy, or haunted.....just sad. DSCF2976 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2952 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2956 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2957 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2963 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2964 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2966 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2968 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2971 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2974 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2972 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr thanks fer lookin
  9. Oakhurst House, Ambergate Derby 2011

    I went last year, or was it the year before? It's pretty much had it tho. The upper bay in the courtyard has fallen off and half of the house is just a shell. Always a shame to see these houses end up like this
  10. Right on house, june2017

    This was my first mooch from anywhere near my hometown and also the first with my sister. This came about when my sister said “so whats all this urbex shinanigans then? And when are you taking me?” I felt obliged to find a suitable place. And to be honest I wasn’t sure if this was suitable. Nevertheless off i went with sister and her fella. After less than 20 mins we were there and my google earth recon had paid off as we parked nearly at the old gates in a disused bus stop. After a short walk along what was once a driveway (now overgrown) it was evident that some activity had taken place recently, Trees had been cleared from half of the 13 acre site and there was a whole load of hardcore/ rubble piled up near the house. But, did this face look bothered? Nope. No door and no secca so easy peasy, in we went….. To be greeted by a stack of burnt timber and debris, shit this place has been burnt…Quite badly in places but looking up we see that the entire building now has a temporary roof of sorts, (more than it had a few years ago) indicating that someone may be about to start work on this place. It was recently sold at auction with a guide price of £150,000 including over 13 acres of land which I assume is to become a housing estate. Anyway, heres some history ""The site, which had previously formed part of the Wolford and Halle Fields, was part of an Enclosure Award of just over 24 acres which was made to the Wilcox family in 1760. This passed by inheritance to Abraham Awson, who in turn left the property to Stephen Freeman in 1798. Freeman (1774-1856) was a member of a long-established Coventry family of Unitarian tradesmen, and in 1806-7 built the present villa. The OS Surveyor's drawing (1813) shows the house set in smaller gardens than at present to the north, east and south sides, but Greenwood's Map of Warwickshire (1820) indicates that by that date the basic form of the surviving landscape had been achieved. Stephen Freeman's brother, William (1773-1849), was an amateur artist of local note (Fretton 1883), and may have been responsible for laying out the grounds at Ryton; he spent his latter years at Ryton House. Following Stephen Freeman's death in 1856, the property was owned in turn by his nieces, Catherine (Mrs Charles Twamley d 1883) and Mary. Miss Mary Freeman died in 1895, leaving the estate to her nephew, Charles Browett. Browett, a Coventry solicitor, owned Ryton House until after the Second World War, when it became a Royal British Legion Club, in which use it continues today (1999). DSCF5148 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5126 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5100 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5092 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5098 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5099 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5102 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5124 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5131 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5106 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5108 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5109 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5114 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5105 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5134 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5087 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr thanks fer lookin
  11. Clogs

    Fancied this fer ages
  12. The Devils Arrows. 2016

    Yeah, And wickermen and virgins, lol
  13. 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
  14. deceptively derpy, Feb 2018

    Making the most of a bright but chilly (to say the least) day we set off for our first proper mooch of the year. After 45 mins of easy motorway driving we arrived at our target location. from the front this abandoned farm looks in decent condition, a quick scramble round the back told a different story..... I can find little about this farm known as the "poplars" other than it was abandoned in the early/mid 2000s (judging by the fencing in old photos). only to be reinhabited and allegedly "renovated" around 2011/12 when a farm shop was developed on site. This obviously failed as the property was again abandoned in 2014. The so called renovations were quite clearly superficial as half of the roof is gone and the upstairs is downstairs and some of the downstairs is in the footings. Nethertheless it seems that someone has lived in here recently as the metal sheet covering the back door had a neat hole cut in it, edged with foam. Where the stairs once were a wooden sheet covers the hole above, held up by nothing more than a plastic drainpipe. The hallway floor is held together by what appears to be roofing felt with some of the joists rotted through and the rest are decidedly sketchy as my other half discovered when the one she was standing on completely gave way. Fortunately she only dropped about 5-6 inches before it came to rest on whatever rubbish was underneath at which point she swore at me for telling her to stand there. (well, it was ok when i stood on it). Out the back was a huge row of partially collapsed greenhouses but were engulfed in a mass of brambles which would have needed a machete or a flame thrower to get through. All in all it was a bit dissappointing but at least we'd got out there..... The view from behind DSCF6957 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6931 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6938 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr looks in better nick than mine! DSCF6940 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr surprisingly there is still some posessions present DSCF6932 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6948 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6929 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr spotted this little fella as we left DSCF6959 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Thanks fer lookin