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  1. 8 points
  2. 7 points
    Lavino

    Lavino's infirmary sept 2017

    Seen this pop up a few times over last few weeks so thought we would get our skates on and pay a visit.the site was bigger that I was expecting. After a good look around and working a few things out and we were in. There is lots of locked doors but areas can still be accessed by taking diffrent routes. A top morning out with 2 great lads thanks again @GK_WAX and friend TOM.heres some history and photos. The Infirmary’s history can be traced back to1804 when it was just a Dispensary and House of Recovery based in Etruria. In 1819 after outgrowing its original location the hospital moved to a new site located close to Etruria Hall, an area that was densely populated with Shelton Bar, Wedgwood, Etruria Gas Works and various collieries. It was actually all of this surrounding industry that forced the infirmary to relocate once again in 1869 to nearby Hartshill, where it could be up and away from the heavily polluted area of the original buildings. The relocation actually took over 20 years due to constant conflict between the Six Towns as to where it should be sited. This was of course in the days before the towns merged to form the City of Stoke on Trent. In 2003 it was determined that under a £350,000,000 PFI development the hospitals would be rebuilt and relocated onto the City General site. Eventually in 2012 after several years of construction, the Royal Infirmary site was finally closed when all services had been relocated. url=https://flic.kr/p/Z4FSYn] [/url u [
  3. 6 points
    LulaTaHula

    The great asylum - May 2017

    It rather looks as though everyone was there in May! Took the first weekend trip in a while to North Wales with Tumbles, and took in the sights, some old but mostly new. We decided to swing by this place so that I could cry about the state the place is in compared to The Great Asylum Tours of 2008... 2008 2017 Thanks for looking. Lula
  4. 5 points
    Bovine

    Nobody at T' Mill!

    From 1837, this mill produced high quality fabrics, until gradually getting into debt and closing in 2013. Since then the machinery was sold and the buildings just left to decay! With the prospect of demolition, by the mortgagees in possession, it was time to have a look. Due to another business on part of the site, no vandalism has occurred, which was a nice change! Happier times This was for taking all the loom pins out at once! The water supply to the mill - anti Bovine grating fitted! Lots of stuff upstairs Collapsing ceilings in part of it! Really vintage management's bog!
  5. 5 points
    Snapt

    Broken NCP

    A few weeks ago there was a dramatic partial collapse of a NCP in Nottingham. Thankfully the collapse happened at 04:00Hrs and no one was about. The other night I had a little wander around the car park on a quiet night. The carpark remains closed and will do until about December. Dusty cars Car Park by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Dusty Focus by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Fake Mini by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Point of collapse Collapse by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Work stuff Work by Richard Ashton, on Flickr The big picture Levels by Richard Ashton, on Flickr That's all from your roving reporter
  6. 5 points
    Snapt

    The Brewery

    I along with a non member have had our eyes peeled on this place for ages. We have watched eagerly as the wind down neared it's completion. It's not an unhappy story either, no administration but a company that seem on the up. A local brewery based in Leicester called Everards. The explore was massively rewarding and a chance at an explore of how a brewery is before all the good bits are taken out. Everards itself was founded in 1849 but only moved to this site in 1985 so in the grand scale of life it's not an old place, it has now moved just over the road into a great new place where it should prosper for many more years to come. The building was opened by one of my favourite politicians too, Nigel Lawson. Hope you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed taking them. A tad picture heavy. Control Room by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Parliament Letter by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Pipes by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Vats by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Spiral by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Grand Opening by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Steps by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Brewery Mix by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Works Office by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Auction Lot by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Barrels by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Work Floor by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Production Line by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Silo by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Ingredients by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Nocturnal Explore by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Brewery Tour by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Exploration by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Brewery Explore by Richard Ashton, on Flickr
  7. 5 points
    This place was one of my very first explores back in 2012. Interesting to go back and reflect on the change in both the building and my photography - here is the first report. On this latest trip I visited with Tbolt. Not much history, closed donkeys years ago, used to make traffic cones, the company still trades from another location. Strangely found it rather good this second time around, but then sometimes its simply the company you keep that makes an explore. 6/10 (point deducted for size).
  8. 5 points
    waveydave

    Competition 3 "Stairs 'n' Chairs"

    Some farmhouse stairs And some more farmhouse stairs Does this count as a chair?
  9. 4 points
    Bovine

    Campers no More

    Just a mini report, about a large holiday camp which closed in 1985. For the customers to cross the road and tram tracks to the camp, a tunnel was created. Forgotten by most, it was worth an explore through dense scrub and bushes, no evidence of any human doing similar. The camp was mostly demolished and the site is for sale with planning for a luxury house. Steps down from the camp entrance To the tunnel Tunnel mouth once had a door Still in good nick! Something not on the tour bus circuit at all!
  10. 4 points
    porky pig

    Competition 3 "Stairs 'n' Chairs"

    church belfry
  11. 4 points
    Snapt

    Prison Of War

    Had this on my "to do" list for a while now. A big shout out for Mr Judderman who first alerted me to this place. I'd not set out that morning to do this either, it's a two hour drive and it'd been put well and truly to the back of my mind. However, after searching for the other place my feet were wet due to boggy ground, one thing I hate and that's soggy socks. Sat back in my tour van and fresh sparkly feet i thought "oh go on then" and I'm rather happy i did. History bit The camp nearly never happened, it was originally designated as a anti-aircraft defence installation to protect Crewe. However, the guns were never stationed there. It originally housed German prisoners of war and then also Italian. The prisoners housed here were low risk prisoners who were assessed as having no political belief in fascism. The prisoners worked on surrounding farms and after building up trust were even allowed to attend local events, some even married local ladies after the war. For some reason this prison was never given a camp number. Hugely enjoyable look at living history. The Camp by Richard Ashton, on Flickr View by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Camp by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Overgrown by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Inside by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Prison by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Toilet by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Overgrown Doorway by Richard Ashton, on Flickr POW by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Twenty Five by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Inside View by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Hut by Richard Ashton, on Flickr Hidden History by Richard Ashton, on Flickr More on my Flickr
  12. 4 points
    This was another of those places that i just had to visit. I think we've all had places like this, you see one photo and immediately it rouses a level of excitement that would get you into bother in the company of anyone other than ya missus/mister (delete as applicable). So we hit the road and head for wales, not caring that the weather was a bit poo. we're used to that, its always a bit poo in rochdale. Fast forward a couple of hours and a pitstop later we arrive at our alloted parking spot and just as we do so we meet another couple of explorers just leaving. They gave us some spot on directions for the easiest (and safest access). Nearing the site its still invisible but as you near the access point the 'LLanberis reserve bomb store ',reveals itself. And, for me, it didnt dissappoint. scrambling down the shale slope it soon becomes apparent that there is a rather fantastic echo, something akin to Willington cooling towers. Once a series of slate quarries these redundant holes were the ideal site to store bombs during ww2. the walls were lined with concrete and a second floor was added with a lift to move munitions up and down. These floors were divided into tunnels and each tunnel was topped off by a concrete arch. The whole structure was then buried under 40ft of shale debris. .... But, as construction was taking too long ,the pressure was on, and corners were cut. After just six months two thirds of the entire structure collapsed under the weight of stone, burying a train and tonnes of munitions, said to be 14% of the RAFs bomb reserves. It took 2 years to clear the area of concrete and munitions, after which time that particular type of munition was obsolete , and so all that was stored here afterwards was more obsolete ammo. For many years after the war it was used as a dump with tonnnes of bombs literally being tipped into the quarry and lake behind the stores. With terrorism becoming a bigger threat, and after possible IRA connections were seen looking for explosives it was decided to clear the site properly. This took six years and involved draining the lake and bringing in expert climbers to check every ledge, nook and cranny for explosives. They even built a road network around the quarry tops to give easier access for trucks, which are probably the same roads we walked in on. Anyway, back to the sploor. After having a mooch down the narrow gauge rail tunnel and the main entrance tunnel we come out of the dark to find it raining, lots. In fact it was too bloody wet for fish let alone explorers. This is when we discover the previous explorers hadnt been entirely honest as the store tunnels were totally sealed, even though they claimed that the doors were open. bugger. So without further ado we make tracks for the car, my camera is stuffed up my jumper at this point although my jumper, jacket, jeans, socks, the lot was drenched and by the time we reached the motor it felt more like id swam there. Wales eh. After drying the camera and changing into some dry jeans we head for home deciding that Rochdales poo weather wasnt a patch on the poo weather in Wales..... First sighting... DSCF3440 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr above the vaulted roof you can see the depth of shale added as protection. It was, in fact reduced in depth to 20foot after the collapse so i imagine it would have been level with the surface and completely invisible from the air DSCF3443 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr The end of the narrow gauge rail tunnel, originally leading to the lake, it looks like someone put alot of effort into opening up this wall but i never saw this til i looked at the pics, DSCF3448 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr The main entrance with the rail way, This is where the train would have been buryed DSCF3454 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr this was as near as we got to seeing inside, a crafty peek through the little window DSCF3462 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr and the rain came down... DSCF3470 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr As the rain came down even heavier, i take a parting shot DSCF3471 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr I've been many places with much more to see but i really liked it here. I dont know if its the history or the the uniqueness of the site that appeals, and looking back at the pics now still makes me wanna revisit. But with Baron Hill just down the road it may just have to wait a while. Thanks for putting up with me and for dropping by
  13. 4 points
    porky pig

    Competition 3 "Stairs 'n' Chairs"

    without feet!
  14. 4 points
    stairs of poland.(and my feet) stairs of poland.(and my feet)
  15. 4 points
    waveydave

    Supergrass, sept 2015

    With exploring being at bit slow at the minute, shitty weather and getting the motor sorted for the dreaded MOT, i thought i'd add another report from my archives. Visited almost 2 years ago Grassington moor must be the bleakest most desolate place i have ever been. In summer the heat is relentless with little shade and in winter the risk of dying of exposure would be all too real. Straying from the path is also risky with open mineshafts dotted around the area as we found out later. The history of lead production in this area goes back to before elizabethan times and much is documented so ill try to be brief..... after driving the long dead end road as far as possible we park outside the only house for miles around. Now a private residence it was once the mine managers house, the blacksmiths and weighing house are both still present. Heading into the field the first thing we see are what look like bomb craters. These are shallow bell pit mines and are some of the earliest mines here. a row of bell pits following the vein of lead ore DSCF0718 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr remains of the yarnbury reservoir DSCF0706 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr as the industry evolved shafts got deeper and mechanisation began to occur, first using horse whims or gins. Horses would have walked around the flat area surrounding this shaft DSCF0724 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr headind downhill we come to a later mining and dressing area, Here we find the Beever Engine shaft and wheelhouse dating to the mid 1850s. Looking down the shaft you can see an entrance at the side. this was where rods from the wheelhouse connected to an angle bob and worked a water pump at the bottom of the shaft SAM_0022 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF0747 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF0746 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr the wheelhouse was altered several times and little remains now but somehow this belt has survived and the shaft still turns freely DSCF0764 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF0770 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr heading back to the trail we find..... DSCF0781 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr This shaft has only recently opened up and appears as a grass mound on google maps and i cant help but wonder how many other "grass mounds" could fall in if stepped on. DSCF0780 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr following the trail around the hillside we get our first glimpse of the out moor, and i see lots of interesting holes in the distance DSCF0789 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr but first we cross the dam, in which i find a tunnel hacked through the solid rock which was to act as an overflow for the dam DSCF0790 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF0805 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF0797 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr first port of call on this side is a couple of culverts, which form part of the dukes water course. built in the 1850s to drain water from the mines and to feed various millponds DSCF0821 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF0826 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr a solitary rail, the only evidence we found of a railway being here DSCF0817 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr The remains of the "cupola smelting mill" ,built on the site of the lower grinding mill and to replace 3 smaller smelting mills. High-tec and efficient this was the last smelt mill built here and was shut down in the 1890s DSCF0846 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr in this store room...... DSCF0839 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr who or what is eating the sheep round here? from the smelt mill were flues to take the fumes up the hill to the chimney. 1.7kms of them in fact. Mostly intact these were used to collect the remaining lead from the smoke which built up over time and was brushed or washed out and collected. No wonder the life expectancy of 19C miner was only 46. DSCF0858 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF0854 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF0862 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF0871 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF0883 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr inside the chimney SAM_0106 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr SAM_0105 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Nearby are the remains of a 1950s venture to rework the waste heaps to collect barytes and any remaining lead. it was built on the same site as a previous grinding mill which is now sadly gone DSCF0875 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF0951 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF0917 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr the surrounding area is like some baron moonscape DSCF0895 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF0908 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr with the shadows getting longer it is time to leave, and quickly. with a mile an a quarter to walk we dont wanna be out here in the dark. We never had time to see everything here, or even close. There are wheelpits that once held wheels over 32 feet in diameter, limekilns, accessible mines and the whole site can be measured in Square miles. I loved this place and really want to get back there. parting shot.. SAM_0054 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr thanks for looking
  16. 4 points
    porky pig

    Competition 3 "Stairs 'n' Chairs"

    GREENBANK SYNAGOGUE. CHEADLE HOSPITAL. PRINTERS LIVERPOOL.
  17. 3 points
    War buildings

    Old Bones.

    Sunday morning saw WB walking along side the Stour Estuary, They had been a recent high tide so it was a bit soft under foot. I had been walking for about an hour when I came across this beauty. hope you enjoy the pics.
  18. 3 points
    Angels05Astra

    Cam Warehouse 06/17

    So as always this was planed days in advance well to be exact 4 days in advance of us going!!! We had several explores planned for this day but one never panned out the other did but this one i very much enjoyed they used to build Camshafts the site also had a club house which had been pretty badly vandalised considering it was in in the middle of nowhere. Not much left here in the way of machinery or other bits the offices had some bits but not much and was some interesting things in some of the work shops and the club house. No for some Photos... There is more pictures on my flickr page.
  19. 3 points
    Tbolt

    Prison Of War

    Lol Ahhhhh that sort of cockend Lol
  20. 3 points
    porky pig

    Auschwitz

    took alot here but this my fav.
  21. 3 points
    Although I do like the look of this and Wales is a beautiful place for reason that shall never be spoken of I have decided to never enter that country ever again. Top report waveyperson.
  22. 3 points
    waveydave

    Oakamooooo sidings, august 2017

    With the nights drawing in we were racing against the setting sun (as usual) and against the traffic. Oakamoor sidings were not huge, but near enough for an evening sploor. Nethertheless it would be treaturous under foot if it was too dark. Oakamoor railway station is a closed railway station in the Churnet Valley, Staffordshire. The station was opened in 1849 as part of the Churnet Valley Line constructed by the North Staffordshire Railway. Serving the village of Oakamoor the station remained open until 1965 when all services were withdrawn, A little north of the station, freight traffic from Oakamoor Sand Sidings continued until 1988. From 1917 until 1963 shunting in these sidings was performed by a battery-electric locomotive, built on a wagon chassis. This has now been preserved at the National Railway Museum. After parking nearby we had a longer walk than it appeared on google maps. But we soon came across the first railway relic. a short train of varying freight and passenger wagons. All of them in a dire state of repair and some burned out shells. Another look at the map showed it to be quite a walk to the next carriages and as it was now almost dark we decided to head back. Good job we did as it happens because the laptop version of google maps is different to the mobile version. And it appears that the other carriages have gone, along with all the track. The quarry is now a solar farm. Anyway, heres some pics..... oakamoor station DSCF6391 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6409 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6407 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6406 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr this boiler is a work of art DSCF6427 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6425 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6419 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Thanks fer lookin
  23. 3 points
    waveydave

    ashworth valley 2014-2015

    i made this video a few years ago after finding out rochdale had a wealth of ruined mills hidden away in the narrow wooded cloughs surrounding it. Since childhood ive always liked to explore my surroundings but having taken up photography this was when i really got the bug. This video depicts our search for the few remains of coal bank mill. At one time a cotton mill and later a bleaching mill but abandoned and derelict over 100 years ago. With most of the useful stone probably robbed away and nature doing its bit helped along by the recent demolition of the chimney and some landscaping by man, there is very little left. Most people would probably pass by and not give the place a second thought. But not me! incidentally, It was just after this ,whilst doing some research on the area that i discovered that there was something called urbex Thanks for lookin
  24. 3 points
    waveydave

    Mill in't woods feb 2017

    Fortunately I haven't gone through a floor as yet ,surprising ,considering the amount of sketchy floors I've been on. Thank fuck for hoverboots!
  25. 3 points
    Snapt

    Competition 3 "Stairs 'n' Chairs"

    Some cracking pics chaps, keep 'em coming. Looks like my Yorkshire wallet will have to be opened, I have the oxy acetylene on standby
  26. 3 points
    waveydave

    an abandoned farm, sept 2017

    Feeling the need to get a successful sploor under my belt after a rather unimpressive couple of weeks, we ignored the showers and headed off down the M62 to an abandoned farm. Nice and easy to find and easy access and we bumped into some surprisingly well spoken teenagers also partaking in a spot of urbexing. Unfortunately the farm was somewhat dissapointing but at least we were exploring and not sat indoors twiddling the proverbial thumbs. I was unable to find anything at all relating to the farms history so without further ado heres some pics...... DSCF6528 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6524 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr you could hardly see the farmhouses, they were so overgrown DSCF6474 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6522 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6477 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6481 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6488 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6491 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6493 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr the remains of a small childs shoe.. DSCF6497 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6499 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6501 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr i love how this tree is holding individual bricks DSCF6503 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6515 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr looks like the barn had a good fire DSCF6508 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr seems to be loads of plastic tubing in the electrical boxes, never seen owt like this before, more tubing than wiring DSCF6521 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr and finally a few graffiti shots.. DSCF6513 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6518 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6517 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr thanks for being nosey
  27. 3 points
    History The base opened in 1940, it was used by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces. During the war it was used primarily as a troop carrier airfield for airborne units and as a subsidiary training depot of the newly formed Royal Air Force Regiment. After the war it was placed on care and maintenance during 1947 when the RAF Regiment relocated to RAF Catterick. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the RAF Bomber Command used Folkingham as a PGM-17 Thor Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) base. The Base finally closed in August 1963. Today the remains of the airfield are located on private property being used as agricultural fields, with the main north-south runway acting as hardstanding for hundreds of scrapped vehicles. The Explore Finding this place was easy enough and we were lucky enough to go on a kind of warm day for September. We spent about an hour or so walking round looking at all the different vehicles. Just as we were leaving we bumped into the woman I think owned the land walking her 3 dogs, she didn't seem too happy about people walking around taking photos, but we'd finished taking pictures and were leaving anyway. The Picture's
  28. 3 points
    Tbolt

    Supergrass, sept 2015

    Suicide I reckon
  29. 2 points
    jST

    Cigar Factory, Belgium - April 2017

    Visited in April as part of a swift trip across Europe, beautiful building and industry, full of smells and textures, machinery and light - just perfect. The owner was super cool, he made us awesome coffee with thick milk from a carton and told us that we had free reign. He’d recently sold the buildings and site to a developer and was in the process of winding his business down. So many nooks and crannies to examine and just so many artefacts! You could track the production of cigars right from the raw tobacco, through the blending, to the formation of the cigars, to the manufacturing and presentation of the boxes readied for shipping. A lot of photos, I couldn’t help myself - sorry. Raw, dried tobacco from Indonesia. Rolled but untrimmed cigars. The loft, filled with shredded tobacco leaf. Offices, every ash tray was filled with stubs. The owner seemed to walk around with a cigar in his mouth at all times.
  30. 2 points
    Real pirates eat bullets for breakfast before sailing off into the sunset. I had a mini hearth attack in the bathroom, luckily it wasn't a Breaking Bad scene but a pair of rotting jeans.
  31. 2 points
    waveydave

    Competition 3 "Stairs 'n' Chairs"

    Here's another chair for ya.
  32. 2 points
    waveydave

    a mansion in darkness october 2017

    I discovered this place in a photo on google images and was thrilled to learn that it was less than 20 miles away. But with the nights drawing in it didn’t give us much in the way of daylight hours after work. Not that im scared of the dark, its just that my night time vision has got pretty awful, these past years. And my camera isn’t much better. So me and sis hit the road, opting to take the lanes rather than the direct route along the A5. We had made the right decision as the lanes were quiet, (a far cry from the rush hour traffic on the A5 which is usually gridlocked). On my previous mooches with sis we had been lucky with the weather, and this time was no exception. The torrential downpour that we encountered as we neared our destination cleared to reveal blue skies and a rainbow, and just as we turned onto the driveway. Unsure wether the farmer from the adjacent pig farm would see us I cautiously approached the gateway. The barrier present on street view images had been replaced….by a shiny new palesades fence but to our surprise the gates were wide open. I could have driven right up to the doors, but I wasn’t about to make the same mistake as I did before when I ended up with the car locked in onsite. We parked at the gateway and headed on in, wondering if security was here. But there was no one. There was however several newly boarded up windows. We didn’t dwell on this too long as there were plenty of other ways for us too walk straight in. The hall was originally built in 1720 for the babington family and later passed to the Levett family through marriage. It remained close to this family for many years until it was acquired by the Bowden cable manufacturing company after the death of the Rev.Robert Thomas Kennedy Levett in 1938. They moved in during WW2 after their original premises were bombed during the blitz of Birmingham. Although they were manufacturing car components I suspect that they were producing components for the war effort at this time and a huge factory was built behind the hall. 230 people were employed at its peak and they continued to operate from here until 2006 when they relocated to a smaller premises. It was up for auction in 2009 reputed to be worth 600, 000. This price included the hall, 6 industrial units and a 3 bed detached cottage all within 6 acres of land. I don’t know how much it actually sold for or for what purpose although it was supposedly to be converted to flats. As we entered the factory we were taken aback at the size of the place, each of the bays were huge, albeit barren empty spaces with little to see. As we explored we soon found ourselves in the house itself, It was clear that very few undesirables had been here as there was little graffiti and not too much damage. That said it appeared that the place had been stripped of most of its woodwork, including window shutters, paneling and all of the upper floorboards. Even the balestrades had gone apart from a few left to support the handrails. I have a feeling that it was done as a way of preventing it from being burnt, (a shrewd move, as there was no fire damage). We later found the remains outside on what was left of a huge bonfire. After exploring the downstairs and 2 cellars I had a quick mooch upstairs where I found the only flooring left on the landing to be rather sketchy, and although I saw a staircase up to the attic I had an attack of common sense and returned downstairs, (especially after noticing some of the joists were supported by props). After heading round the back we discover parts of the old wall and animal pens that once enclosed the garden and a total surprise was a large self contained cottage. This had been renovated with up windows, new kitchen, carpets etc. But kids had gone to town on the place and it was trashed. After a quick mooch around there it was pretty dark and time to head home. If we’d have had more time we would have checked out the nearby woods as the halls ice house is located there if it still exists. DSCF6606 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6608 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6609 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6611 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6614 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6617 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr 22449587_1556896251015245_6456973097954421418_n (1) by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr 22365322_1556896197681917_6801288321015497856_n by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6631 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6638 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6644 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr One of the only panels left DSCF6666 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6655 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6656 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6662 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6678 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr 22405851_1556897337681803_1652944166110932505_n by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6689 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Parting shot DSCF6713 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Many thanks for looking More on flickr,
  33. 2 points
    looks good this. found this on't web
  34. 2 points
    waveydave

    Cam Warehouse 06/17

    Aah the sweet smell of engineering. Hope you wore safety glasses and boots on the shop floor
  35. 2 points
    Snapt

    Prison Of War

    Thank you, you know a good place when you see one.
  36. 2 points
    I like the look of this place too, always gave me the urge to go and see it but then getting pushed to the back of my mind. Wales does have it's own eco system, myself and TBolt went with the promise of warmth, only to be met with rain and then a blizzard! Must pop it on the to do list.
  37. 2 points
    Tbolt

    My first photoshoot

    You are sir, you are very special Lol
  38. 2 points
    Lavino

    My first photoshoot

    I’m special or so I’m told
  39. 2 points
    Lavino

    Arty images urbex/non urbex

    Just testing
  40. 2 points
    To start with we had no idea on what this place use to be but after a while we came across some notice boards with the company details on. not sure on how long this place has been left like this but well worth the explore. Enjoy
  41. 2 points
    Fantastic shot. Don't worry about the trainer, I'm always putting my foot in it with Mrs WB.
  42. 2 points
    Tbolt

    Peach Factory, Bury - Sept 2017

    Here's a few from me I really liked this place for some reason I may return
  43. 2 points
    This Grade II listed building was built in 1894-96 and has been altered altered 1931 and 1967. The large children's mural was designed in 1931 by Herbert Wood.In more recent times it has been The Taj Banqueting Suite which was evacuated in 2014 when when an explosion caused a fire in the kitchen. Enjoy the video guys
  44. 2 points
  45. 2 points
    blacksnake

    Your Night Time Shots

    Been itching to do some dark o'clock photography since getting wangle lens and remote (cheers Mr. Tbolt). These curse-d long days of summer mean I'm usually a smidge over the DD limit by dark o'clock, and shifts at work have failed to align. Until last week that is, when the roster Gods had me on a 2230hrs start. So, thanks to Google Maps I found a scary dark, and I mean... "SCARY DARK!" Gonna go home without my camera/virginity footbridge over the M62.... I know motorway light trails are far from original, just summit I wanted to try is all. Then, from a scary dark, tied up in the back of Snapt's van type bridge.... To a M-Way bridge bathed in light....... Thanks for looking and goodnight...
  46. 2 points
    jimmy MHE

    Competition 3 "Stairs 'n' Chairs"

    Cracking shot
  47. 2 points
    berserk

    The shipwreck of "crete Joist"

    Crete Joist was built in the United Kingdom in the early 1900. The ship is made out of concrete do to a shortage of steel in Europe during the first decades of the 1900. In her early days during world war 1, she is rumored to have transported dead soldiers back to England from the trenches of the western front. In the 1920 she was sold to Norway, and was used to ship cargo, mainly stone and minerals along the coast. After the outbreak of world war 2, and the occupation of Norway, the germans seized the ship, and used it to ship coal between Trondheim and Ålesund. The last chapter of Crete Joists story is set during a winter storm in 1943. Either She struck a mine, or the crew lost control in the rough sea, either way she ended up stranded in a fjord between Trondheim and Ålesund, the german army tried to pull her out and even tried to blow her up, but still today she rests unmoved on the very same stones as in 1943.
  48. 2 points
    couldn't find any history on this place, it's just a small house that's been burnt and forgotten. This one is only 10 minutes away from me and its known by a lot of the local young people so it's been trashed, but since it was so close we thought we'd go take a look at it anyway. Finding it was pretty easy (even with the vague directions we were given by a family member) its very obvious it's abandoned so it's not difficult to find. It didn't take us long to explore this house, it only has a kitchen, living room, side room, bathroom and an out house but it was still nice to have a look around. There has been a fire, so there isn't any access to the upstairs. On to the photos, this was one of the first place we went to at night and I was still getting used to the focus on the camera, so some of these picture's did come out a bit fuzzy.
  49. 2 points
    waveydave

    Supergrass, sept 2015

    The Americans would say it was alien mutilation, lol
  50. 2 points
    waveydave

    Supergrass, sept 2015

    I don't know quite what to make of the bones. That being the third site I found with remains. We once found an entire front leg that had been torn off it was so fresh we could have eaten it. We found no trace of the rest of the sheep, no blood, no bits of wool, nothing. Maybe the rumours of big cats on the Moors are true?
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