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    mostly nr leicester, weekends in rochdale
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    Photography, Collecting old tech (magic lanterns, projectors, cameras etc).

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  1. Competition 3 "Stairs 'n' Chairs"

    Here's another chair for ya.
  2. 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,
  3. Cam Warehouse 06/17

    Aah the sweet smell of engineering. Hope you wore safety glasses and boots on the shop floor
  4. Old Bones.

    excellent stuff sir but i must say your description of the ground being "a bit soft under foot" would appear to be an understatement. It looks positively water logged. Not the sort of terrain i would tackle without a boat methinx. Thanks for sharing
  5. Lavino's infirmary sept 2017

    Nice work sir. Looks a good sploor!
  6. 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
  7. The Brewery

    Awesome report and fantastical picshur taking. Gotta get myself over there methinks. It's only down the road. Thanks for sharing!
  8. 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
  9. ashworth valley 2014-2015

    Thankyou sir, it was my first attempt at video so i really appreciate the kind words. There is sound on it and youre right, im not the sort to use electropoop rubbish ,lol.
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. RAF graveyard - Vehicle Graveyard (Sept '17)

    Nice pics. This place has been on my list for a while but don't seem to get around to going. Must make more effort methinks.
  13. Grassington moor sept. 2015

    The area following the river to hebden was one of the reasons I want to go again. We never had time to heàd that way too. Thank you sir. That means a lot. I was a little bothered that it was too fast and dizzying but was trying to fit in as much of what we saw as possible
  14. Mill in't woods feb 2017

    Ouch! I prefer to use the stairs
  15. an abandoned farm, sept 2017

    youre welcome mr buildings sir, and thankyou