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  1. Having visited Matlock on numerous occasions it bugged the hell out of me that i'd not explored here. Especially when there was the possibility of havin a nosey in a mine. I just HAD to go... I know this place has been covered quite recently (and probably much better too) so i'll try not to duplicate anything. As far as the history goes, ive nothing too add to whats been posted before so ill skip that. DSCF5404 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5407 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5411 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5412 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5420 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr What i do have to offer though is some details about the mine.... wait a minute.....there's actually 2 mines here! (cue noise of camera, etc being thrown in to car, door slamming and car screaming off down road) So, on my 3rd explore with my sister and 2 other friends we arrive at the gates and wonder if sis is gonna get over them. I needn't have worried, she was over. In fact it was her boyfriend that decided to become some sort of gymnast and pull off a classic diving faceplant from the top of the gate. A stunt that amused the rest of us for the next few hours. After an uneventful mooch round the factory we headed for the mine entrance. DSCF5456 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr various crystalline shaped rocks adorn parts of this passage DSCF5455 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5443 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5444 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5445 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr these timbers are almost certainly recent-ish DSCF5446 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5448 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5450 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5451 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr beyond these rocks the passage descends into the water DSCF5452 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Called High Tor Grotto this cave was probably mined out in the 1700s and quite possibly wasnt too fruitful as the total length is only about 100 yards with no side passages. It was opened as a show mine between 1825 and 1845 and tourists payed 1shilling (excluding guide) to enter. It appears that the mine has been whitewashed at some point, possibly to help see by candle light. Near the entrance a giant slab of rock is held aloft by an intricate jenga stack of timbers which look a lot more recent than 1845. Further on the passage opens up before descending deeper and dissappearing under water. apparently the passage ends shortly after this point. During my research i discovered a second mine known as side mine or Paint mill adit, this was used by the paint factory as a dump for all the paint dust extracted from the manufacturing processes. This dust was pumped deep into the mine, instead of the air and had the effect of coating everything inside with red oxide. This mine in contrast to the grotto is pretty darn massive with passages all over the place going in all directions including up and down. Unfortunately we never found it. After further research i think i now know where the entrance is likely to be so another visit is in order One last thing, does anyone know anything about this.... DSCF5400 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr The three doors are i think the entrances to another show mine from victorian times and the arch at the far right is also a show mine. Inside the passage drops down after a few feet to standing height before heading off into the darkness where it turns to the right. Apart from obvious risk of someone seeing you (as this is on the main road opposite the pigment factory), there is nothing stopping access into here Thanks for looking...
  2. a real bonus find when parking at our last location DSCF5153 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5158 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5159 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
  3. Once a grand place built in the fashionable style of art deco in the 1920s. It was to help "printers" that fell during WW1. Why printers specifically? I dont know. Around the 1970s it was bought by a christian society and became a care home for elderly christians. Housing around 40 people it was apparently quite a good place to live but nevertheless it closed in 2013 and was bought for around £800,000 by who i suspect is a developer. Plans have been approved for houses and apartments on the site, In the short time this home has been empty there has been 4 small fires, then a larger one in july 2016 and a devastating one in dec 2016. So bad was the fire it involved fire crews from 4 towns and led to some buildings being prematurely demolished. The rest of the home is soon to be gone too, Looks like i found this place just in time although i had no idea what to expect on arrival, or if it was even here still at all. Stories of police patrols and onsite security also added to the suspense. But fortunately this was only a 15 minute blast down the lanes so i thought a quick recon mission was in order. It was still there (in part at least). But a big fence was now around the place......apart from where it wasnt. We returned the following day and spent over 2 hours mooching around here with no sign of the authorities and had a great evening. And thanks to sis for bringing the packed lunch. DSCF5167 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr the heavily fire damaged admin block DSCF5293 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5172 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5186 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5267 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5225 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5229 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5230 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5232 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5235 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr A serious case of hanging death, that radiator was not attached to the pipes, but just held aloft by a few charred timbers DSCF5239 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5257 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5268 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5277 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5286 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr my sister made this awesome find of the foundation stone hidden behind a newer wall DSCF5222 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr a small section of flooring is all that remains of the hall DSCF5310 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr and finally....... A Fridge Too Far???? DSCF5317 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Thanks for looking, theres more on flickr
  4. was here only a few weeks ago and bumped straight into security within 2 minutes. Nice man let me wander around freely. Saw no dogs but secca said that security was being increased with work starting immently. He also said that they had been plagued by thieves and arsonists lately ,which may explain the new boardings.
  5. Snapt. You should make it sooner than later cos it does look like work is gonna start soon. I think all the hardcore outside is to lay down a new road surface up to the house
  6. This is my first report from somewhere near my hometown and oddly enough I don’t really know this area that well (I avoid crossing the border into Warwickshire at the best of times). So when my sister said “so whats all this urbexin 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 then some pics…… ""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). ""PRINCIPAL BUILDING Ryton House (listed grade II) was built for Stephen Freeman by the Coventry builder Richard Booth in 1806-7. This house was based on a design by an unknown London architect, possibly Robert Lugar (listed building description), which had been commissioned in 1801; a further plan was provided in 1804 . The original house comprised a central two-storey block with an unusual part-glazed attic storey fronted by a balustrade to the north. To east and west of the main block were single-storey wings, with bow windows facing north. The house was extended westwards at an early date to provide additional service quarters. Stephen Freeman commissioned the Coventry builder J L Ackroyd to raise the single-storey wings to full height in 1850 and a conservatory (no longer surviving) was also added to the house in the mid or late C19. With the exception of the demolition of the western extensions after 1946 and a small late C20 addition to the north facade, the exterior of Ryton House has remained substantially unchanged from the late C19 DSCF5084 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5148 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5149 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5087 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5100 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5122 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5126 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5147 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5124 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5131 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5105 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5108 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5114 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5113 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5111 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5110 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5107 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr This cedar tree is fricken enormous, at least 6ft across the trunk and twice as high as the house, the pic really doesnt do it justice DSCF5144 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF5109 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr My fave bit? without doubt. the cellars. And does my sister get what we're about now? Oh yes, she even made a cool little video of her own.. Thanks for looking guys....
  7. great shots of what looks a creepy place....dem axes speshully
  8. not really worthy of a full report the history behind this folly is well worth a mention. At 275ft tall Wainhouse tower is the tallest folly in the world, originally designed as a chimney it was instead used as an observatory with 2 viewing platforms reached by climbing the 403 steps inside. It was built over 4 years and finished in 1875 and it was built purely to spite a neighbouring land owner. John Edward Wainhouse (1817–1883) and Sir Henry Edwards (1812–1886) had a long standing feud and one day Edwards boasted that he had the most private estate in the area. In a fit of genius (or insanity) Wainhouse had the tower built so that anyone visiting could see all over the edwards estate so putting an end to his boasting. the tower was originally going to be the chimney for his mill and wainhouse insisted it should be ornate and a thing of beauty. However, he sold the mill and its new owner refused to waste money on such decoration so wainhouse simply had it built anyway. for me it really sums up the victorian industrialists, extravagant and creative, making stuff just because they could. it cost £14,000 to build which if correct is a hell of a sum of money.... DSCF4519 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4527 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4518 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4517 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr apparently it is open to the public on some bank hols and has recently been restored at a cost of £400,000. Too many steps for me tho...thanks for looking
  9. cats are the ultimate urban explorers! yes Snapt, it has a peacefulness about it, a far cry from the times long ago when i guess it would have been pretty horrid here
  10. yes i know this is a consolidated ruin but there is still much to explore along the cheeseden brook. And with nearly all of the industry here dissappearing over 100 yrs ago there is little we actually know, apart from what can be gleaned from the clues left behind. This is also one of the first places i visited up here in t'north (there's nowt like it in the midlands). Its also one of my fave places and very photogenic..... There was once over a dozen mills along this small brook just outside rochdale, some using waterwheels up to 36ft diameter fed by lodges. They were mainly fulling mills which turn wool into felt. The mills at cheeseden lumb (upper and lower) were built in 1786 by John Kay, thriving well into the 1800s. And along with the other moorland mills employed 2000 people. To keep up with the new more efficient mills in town steam was introduced but it was found that these new fangled engines were no better than the brook so ended up being used just to pump water back upstream to keep the lodges topped up to drive the waterwheels. The produce also changed with the times ,many of these mills turning to waste cotton spinning (the first recyclers maybe?) but by the start of the 20th century these mills were all but gone Visited here both with my other half and my 4 legged travelling companion Moomoo and still need to revisit to go further downstream to some other relics, If only i can make my legs walk that far.... cheesden lumb2 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr looking back upstream a further 5 mills at least sat on the hills behind lumb lower mill DSCF6584 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr part of the water catchment system and outspill from the nearby dam DSCF6527 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr the cheeseden upper mill has gone leaving only the dried up lodge. its waterwheel was situated where the dark patch is at the dams corner DSCF5433 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6531 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6511 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF6504 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2562 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr meet Moomoo DSCF2628 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2632 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr fossils?? DSCF2556 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr cheesden lumb by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF2552 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr just a little downstream is croston close mill, this is its lodge DSCF6548 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr there is little left but rubble here but... DSCF6553 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr this now mishapen culvert once supported the mill building above DSCF6559 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr the wheel pit DSCF6577 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr halfway up the steep valley side, this is the base of the chimney DSCF6579 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr the weir DSCF6580 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr little more than a footprint remains of this mill and cottages that once sat in the valley DSCF6549 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr thanks for looking
  11. Fragglehunter, I think it was your report I read that got me interested in this place
  12. After reading an old report of this place here i fancied a nosey myself, and not needing much of an excuse to go for a blast across the peaks on a sunny day, we were off. Found the place dead easy and arrived at the main gates but decided we were too conspicuous, especially as the nearby cottage was still occupied. A quick look at google maps, and a short drive and we were in a much better spot where the car wouldnt stand out and neither would we. A short stroll across a field and we were at the back of this school that was once a grand house to a Lt. Col. Ramsden Jodrell until his death in 1950, where after it became a school for "disruptive and emotionally unstable" kids. It closed in 2002, why? No idea. But it remains empty despite being sold in 2009 and several attempts at redevelopment. I knew that much of the equipment and belongings that once cluttered this place were no longer here, and that there had been at least 2 fires in the past five years. However i wasnt expecting to find this place in such a state. Access was no problem, nearly every door was open and inside the usual 6 toed local reprobates had really gone to town. Not a single pane of glass was left intact and anything that could be smashed, was. Metal thieves had been at work too. Unless they had free-range bathtubs here that is. Upstairs were some of the best indoor gardens ive seen although i shied away from going right into the bedrooms after walking down a corridor that felt like the floor was just the carpet. Slightly dissapointed, but glad that i remembered the cameras memory card this time, i snapped away. heading back across the fields afterwards we ended up watching a pair of blue tits, and a starling endlessly delivering grubs to their young in a dead tree trunk. That made the trip totally worthwhile....... DSCF4947 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4944 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4940 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4938 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr not a good sign finding the main entrance like this DSCF4939 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr and next door was no better DSCF4936 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4931 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr one of those buttock clenching moments standing on what was left of the third floor DSCF4927 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4925 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr more outdoors than indoors DSCF4924 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr these trees are coming along nicely DSCF4923 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4918 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Two free-range bathtubs hide among the debris DSCF4916 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr at least they were considerate enough to leave the loo brush! DSCF4912 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4907 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr one of those "grow your own boot" kits DSCF4902 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr im sure there's a joke about having a long wait here somewhere DSCF4893 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4954 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4952 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr and too top it all..... a starling, (i think) DSCF4965 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr and a blue tit off to find more food DSCF4966 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Thanks for looking...(more on Flickr)
  13. lovin the jags!
  14. This was one of them explores that just wasnt meant to be. First off my satnav died so had to resort to my old one , which couldnt even find the town i wanted. Then, 70 miles and an hour or so later i discover that the cameras memory card was still in my laptop. That meant i had just 15 shots and my phone. It looked like access was gonna be a piece of cake but i didnt get 20 yards on site before i was clocked by security. Geesh, its a bank holiday, dunt these guys ever take a break. Fortunately he'd seen my camera and realised i wasnt there to steal anything and after a few words from my other half the kindly security guy let me on site as long as i said i hadnt seen him if anyone asked. He told me that security was gonna get tightened up from next week as work is about to start on converting this site to flats and they'd had a lot of trouble with thieves and arsonists. But shit, just 15 shots. Inside was a mess, no signage left and very few of the small details i like to photograph remain. Several areas have had some fire damage and some of the floors were a bit sketchy, and the vandals have had a field day with nearly all the doors and glass smashed and broken. Glad i didnt forget my torch! Not wanting to hang around too long (as my other half was waiting at the car). I made the best of my 15 shots and switched to using my phone. I could have spent ages there but it started to bucket down with rain and i realised i still had the car keys so i dragged myself away and made tracks homeward. It was then i found out my phone camera has some sort of problem and the pics were all shite. Anyway heres the best of what i got of this very soon to be gone hospital in North wales IMG_20170430_174158573 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4882 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4880 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4879 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4876 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4873 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4884 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4885 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr IMG_20170430_173248729 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr IMG_20170430_173631714 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr IMG_20170430_173715576 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr IMG_20170430_173317537 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4875 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr DSCF4883 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr IMG_20170430_173922087 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr Thanks for looking.....