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  1. Building Bridges- (Oct '17)

    Thank you:) it's a real shame its so damaged now, would love to have gone a few years ago before the fire
  2. History- The building is from the 'railway era'. The hotel was a hub of the community, it had a fantastic ballroom and restaurant. Many people came by rail to stay here. The hotel from around 2000 was used by an employment agency called StaffSmart to house workers they had lured over to the UK from South Africa to work in the local canning factory. People came from SA on the promise of hotel accommodation and didn't know until they got here that it meant inside the shell of the Bridge Hotel on damp mattresses lined up in each room, including the Ballroom. After StaffSmart vacated the hotel, it stood empty with broken windows until it was bought and restored to a high standard with plush furnishings and chandeliers. However, the hotel rooms were pricey and without the rail trade of people heading to the village, people would be passing through and tended to stay in cheaper accommodation in the area. The hotel wasn't open for long before closing down and ownership passed through several hands whilst falling further into disrepair. In 2015, workmen were spotted on the site removing roof tiles and floorboards to salvage as many building materials before it was demolished but its still standing now, so I don't know what stopped the demolition. Since then the building has unfortunately been vandalised and several fires have been set destroying about 70% of it. The Bridge Hotel in the 50's Explore- The hotel is close to me, so even though I knew the damage of the place it was still worth checking out. Access to the building was easy, a window round back was broken and a board to climb up to it was balanced kind of safely. The cellar floor, ground floor and a few rooms on the first floor were safe enough to walk around but past that there is a lot of fire damage. Pictures-
  3. Station Houses - Lincolnshire (Oct '17)

    Thank you, I completely see what you mean by that, walking around these houses gave me a creepy feeling. I didn't do any rummaging because of that reason, but there wasn't many if any personal items left behind, I think they took all the meaningful things and just left the basic furniture. Thank you:)
  4. Station Houses - Lincolnshire (Oct '17)

    Thank you! It's in such great condition, no vandalism, no fire damage, it looks like no ones really been there much.
  5. I found out about these houses on a Abandoned Lincolnshire group on Facebook and thought they were definitely worth a trip, but... the first trip wasn't very successful, the address for these houses took us to two houses on the other side of town that were at one point abandoned but have since been knocked down, so after about half an hour of looking around it became very clear the houses weren't there. After talking to the person who posted them originally and finding out the real location we headed back up to find them. We had to make sure we kept quiet as there is a neighbor attached to the 2nd station house and we weren't sure they'd have appreciated a night time visit from 3 explorers haha. Access to the house is easy, the doors being left open is always convenient. Walking around the houses only took 30 minutes or so , but was still a nice little explore. It's one of them places that besides a few repairs and some serious wallpapering, it looks like the family could just walk back through the front door and pick up their lives where they left off which gave the houses a real creepy vibe. I guess that's all that really needs to be said about these houses. Here's a few pictures: Thanks for reading:)
  6. Sorry thank you, different forums have different rules but I'll make sure to not put locations on here:) Thank you, me too. These little houses make you wonder what actually happened to the owner or how they lived their life. Someone's little bit of history.
  7. RAF graveyard - Vehicle Graveyard (Sept '17)

    Thank you! This one was such a relaxed walk around, it's the first vehicle graveyard we've been too, wouldn't mind finding more of them.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. Grantham ROC Post (Sept '17)

    Massive shame, why people feel the need to destroy history is beyond me I have no idea either, it seems like such a waste of time and it's a piece of history they've destroyed, we were really disappointed when we got down there, it's a shame to see so many of these post destroyed. Thank you:)
  11. Denton Manor Stables (Sept '17)

    Thank you! It was a shame but hoping to try again sometime, hopefully with better luck of getting in. Thank you, I found the history on this manor house quite interesting & we will do, people have found access before but I think it would've been when the overgrowth wasnt as bad or the side entrance wasnt as muddy, so hopefully we'll be able to get in one day It is isnt it, I just loved the little tower it gave the building a lot of character
  12. Grantham ROC Post (Sept '17)

    This post was opened August 1958 and closed September 1991 This isn't going to be a long post for this one, there isn't much left to say about it. It was easy enough to find but there wasn't much to see, someone has been down there and set a fire, we were quite disappointed when we got down there to just find a burnt room especially after the good condition of the last ROC Post we had visited. Pictures:
  13. History: The original Manor house was a stone mansion built on a wooded hill. This was then nearly all rebuilt circa 1819. A spring near to the house was said to possess medicinal and healing powers. In 1842, a local family took over and between 1879 and 1883 rebuilt the house based on the designs of architect Sir Arthur Blomfield. The house was ravaged by fire in 1906. Dozens of wagons, traps and other horse-drawn vehicles were chartered in the nearby market town as spectators rushed to watch the blaze. Firemen climbed ladders and stripped away roof tiles for their hose jets and drew water from fishponds 300 metres away. Fire brigades from surrounding towns also turned out and as a result much of the manor was saved as the fire was contained to the upper floors. However the flames and water caused an estimated damage of £30,000 to fabric and furniture (around £3 million in today’s money). The fire began in the chapel and was blamed on an overheating flue. It was discovered by a housemaid while the manor’s lord and lady were in church. Friends and villagers acted fast and helped to remove valuable paintings and furniture. The blaze only strengthened the family's resolve and they rebuild it and restored it to its former glory. However like so many stately homes of this the area, the up-keep of the manor became too much and in 1938 it was demolished. (Credit: HughieD) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The first time finding this place didn't go so well since we had decided to go on a rainy night, we were very quickly defeated by the size of this park especially in the dark and left soaking wet and slightly disappointed. A few days later during daytime hours we were determined to find it after talking to another member on here and went to have another look, we found it almost straight away this time. It was too overgrown to get in the front way, the side entrance was too muddy our shoes just sank into it and all the windows are wired or bared. So the only access we found too the house was through the cellar/basement? but the stairs just led to a holey attic and a locked door on the 1st floor but we still enjoyed walking round the area. Pictures: We really wanted to know what was behind this door:
  14. Spalding ROC Post - Lincolnshire (Sept '17)

    Thank you, I hadn't seen many reports either, the last one for this ROC post I could find was 4 years ago I think, so I thought it would be a nice little report to start out with
  15. Spalding ROC Post - Lincolnshire (Sept '17)

    Thank you for your comment, i'm glad you liked my post