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  • B W T's Avatar
    Today, 19:33
    Watchtower by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr In this report, we infiltrate an old fortress in the heart of Germany. The story of this unique site dates back all the way to the Middle Ages when a noble family was living here. What sounds like it could be a romantic story is actually quite the opposite. Because 150 years ago the castle was transformed into a prison! From now on it was a sinister place in which especially prisoners of conscience and forced laborers were locked away from the...
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  • krela's Avatar
    Today, 17:09
    The tour bus comes with blinkers, people don't look for anything else they just want to see what they saw on Instagram or YouTube.
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  • mookster's Avatar
    Today, 16:08
    The mortuary is pretty much the worst part of the entire place, dunno why it took so long for people to realise there was more stuff there ha!
    9 replies | 454 view(s)
  • Tigershark's Avatar
    Today, 15:51
    Good report, havent seen a Talbot Samba for ages
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  • Dirus_Strictus's Avatar
    Today, 13:24
    The requirements in the 'Listing' for the interior do make difficulties for future use. Some years back, I saw an imaginative plan for a large Chapel that involved restoring the interior after stripping out some of the ground floor pews. Modern; two storey glass walled living modules, were then to be constructed in the space created. Sadly the re-routing of a Motorway exit resulted in a compulsory purchase order and demolition, before any sale and rebuilding work could start. According to...
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  • Dirus_Strictus's Avatar
    Today, 12:25
    Conservation at its worst, thank goodness it failed and shut down! Wild animals do not live in an environment that has the smell and noise of human beings all around area. I only see greed and lining one's pockets in places like this. Not to envision the vast running costs involved in trying to recreate the creatures natural habitat indicates a complete lack of understanding. As I said - Thank goodness it shut.
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  • khurbanx's Avatar
    Today, 06:51
    Same with us - we didnt look for this whnen done the morge
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  • khurbanx's Avatar
    Today, 06:49
    i wish i knew about this when i went last time lol ! as i did the morge - grate set of photos
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  • Sausage's Avatar
    Yesterday, 21:00
    I didn't expect that! Now with my old eyes I'd have said it was occupied by looking from the outside. Makes me wonder what the vegetation is now hiding. I was hoping you were going to show an old motorcycle!
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  • B W T's Avatar
    Yesterday, 20:45
    This place, already before people abandoned it, was unique in all of Germany. Until only a few years ago, reptiles from the whole world could be visited here. Especially a variety of crocodiles were making people from the whole region come to this small-sized tropical hall. While you can only find dead plants today, in the past you were able to see animals in every corner of this jungle. Crocoland #02 by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr The idea for this reptile house came from a...
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  • mookster's Avatar
    Yesterday, 18:29
    One of those chance finds whilst on the way to another location. Both me and my mate spotted a new looking hoarding at pretty much exactly the same time, with a cluster of buildings just visible behind it. Both deciding it was a thing that needed investigating we parked up around the corner and after a bit of a dead end managed to get in pretty easily. After getting in we realised it was a former mechanics/garage with an old (very old!) house and a few outbuildings to poke around in. Sadly...
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  • Dirus_Strictus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 16:14
    A small,unusual site and superb photographs - all one needs for a brilliant report! Actually sites like this were fairly common in the early days of mental health medicine. Get 'em off the streets and into productive work. In todays world of mind altering drugs and supposedly better understanding, one does wonder if things have actually progressed that far, especially for the younger suffers.
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  • BikinGlynn's Avatar
    Yesterday, 15:08
    Yeah the tree bursting through the brickwork is superb!
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  • BikinGlynn's Avatar
    Yesterday, 15:06
    Not bad that, looks in good structural shape that!
    3 replies | 341 view(s)
  • Sectionate's Avatar
    Yesterday, 13:40
    Seen the inside of the A&E here many times as a clumsy kid! Looks alright
    3 replies | 341 view(s)
  • Dirus_Strictus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 13:00
    An old haunt of mine in '63 - uni and all that. The spiral stairs were produced by a Sheffield company in this instance; you just measured your floor to floor distance, consulted the chart and read off the number of sections required. The treads just slotted into each other and were secured to upper and lower floor. I doubt that a Development Company would offer anywhere near the price that a cash strapped Council would want for the building.
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  • Sectionate's Avatar
    Yesterday, 13:00
    That's actually quite photogenic! Good stuff
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  • btoeb's Avatar
    16th Jun 19, 21:35
    There are rumours a large well known Liverpool Hotel development company tried to buy this building to sympathetically restore it and turn it back into a place to be admired but something didn't quite go to plan as the council denyed their bid so its still just sits there still rotting away. Such a shame
    9 replies | 1825 view(s)
  • Sausage's Avatar
    16th Jun 19, 20:38
    Loving how the vegetation has gone beyond deep and is now completely covering the place. It's taken on a whole new feel to it. Beautiful photos those.
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    16th Jun 19, 17:38
    Cheers mate. Wasn't me, was my exploring buddy. Cheers Mikey. You been yet? Cheers Rolfey. Much appreciated!
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  • mookster's Avatar
    16th Jun 19, 17:35
    As I mentioned in the Botleys Park thread I also got into a few of the recently closed areas of St. Peter's Hospital next door. St. Peter's was opened in 1947 and over the years gradually expanded and is still a largely operational site however various buildings to the western side are now lying empty. This includes Hayward House (former ADHD centre), Bournewood House (original late 1940s building - converted into some sort of offices), the old pre-fab Chapel and various other pre-fab...
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  • Rolfey's Avatar
    16th Jun 19, 17:07
    Some amazing pictures there mate! Well In!
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  • Rolfey's Avatar
    16th Jun 19, 17:05
    Nice report quality pictures mate!!
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  • Mikeymutt's Avatar
    16th Jun 19, 14:36
    Fantastic report mate. You have covered it well.that waterfall through the window is lovely.
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  • Mikeymutt's Avatar
    16th Jun 19, 14:34
    I really enjoyed that mookster..look a so much better than the new parts
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  • KPUrbex's Avatar
    16th Jun 19, 12:24
    Never really took notice of all that when I went for a look at the hospital and morgue. The green house is awesome, might have to go for a look.
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  • mookster's Avatar
    16th Jun 19, 10:13
    Decided to stick this in it's own thread as technically it's a different location to the adjacent St. Peter's Hospital. The area of the site run as Botleys Park Emergency Hospital became St. Peter's Hospital in 1947, and the colony plan Botleys Park Hospital continued operating until it closed in the early 1990s like many similar institutions. Much of the site was demolished, some of it was reused as parts of St. Peter's Hospital and the manor house became a care home, however there is...
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  • Sausage's Avatar
    16th Jun 19, 09:08
    That's an impressive building. The white window surrounds - is it a pale coloured stone? Shame about the interior but then then again what could the building be re-used for?
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  • Sausage's Avatar
    16th Jun 19, 09:03
    Lots of copper stolen. Looks like it would make a very good house that. Seems strong and sturdy. Never ceases to fascinate me how places are sometimes left like that.. I enjoyed the report. Better still, it ticked one off your list too.
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  • The Wombat's Avatar
    15th Jun 19, 20:15
    Actually, this is of interest to me, so big thanks for posting. We visited 4 years ago, and it was seriously cluttered with stuff; so much, that you could barely move in the kitchen. Used to be lots of family portraits lying around, and was possibly an interesting story connected with the place. Long forgotten now. Looks different now; significantly cleared out. thanks for sharing
    2 replies | 784 view(s)
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