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  • HughieD's Avatar
    19th Sep 19, 22:00
    1. The History In 1925, three Shaw brothers (Runje, Runme, and Runde) founded the Tianyi Film Company in Shanghai. They also established a film-distribution base in Singapore, where Runme and the youngest brother, Run Run (did the parents like R's?), managed the precursor to the parent company, The Shaw Organisation. Having branched-out into Malaysia, building new cinemas and operating a mobile cinema in rural areas, in 1933 they produced the Cantonese opera film ‘Normal Dragon’ which proved a...
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  • KPUrban_'s Avatar
    24th Sep 19, 13:10
    King's Hall Following a visit to Europe I rather quickly got back into exploring in England. First up was this stunner which I've attempted about 3 times prior and had been on my list for a while. King's Hall was closed in January 2013 in pursuit of redevelopment, with on going negotiations to return it into service. Built back in 1916 was built as a cinema for religious films and movies. It closed as a cinema in 1937 and reverted into use as a church. From then on failing...
    11 replies | 1853 view(s)
  • UrbanX's Avatar
    15th Oct 19, 08:51
    Heinrich Himmler, Born 1900: Prominent leader of the Nazi Party. He was the second most powerful man in Germany, and almost entirely responsible for the holocaust. One evil, evil, motherfurher. He joined the Nazi party in 1923, the SS in 1925, and by 1929 he was running it. Over the next 16 years he took it from a 290 man rag tag gang, to a million strong paramilitary army of hate. His organisational skills are the main reason he was given the task of exterminating the Jewish population...
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  • KPUrban_'s Avatar
    30th Sep 19, 16:38
    The Building Former specialist hospital in orthopedics, rheumatology, and respiration lays dormant in an English woodland. After closing in 2004 and remaining relatively forgotten the hospital fell into an unexpected level of decay. 1882 the wife of the former owner died and the remaining family left the manor house. From 1884 the house was then leased to another occupier on a 21 year contract term. from 1914 the hospital was unoccupied, was subsequently leased to the red cross...
    5 replies | 1381 view(s)
  • HughieD's Avatar
    4th Oct 19, 12:55
    1. The History Situated along the Strines Road from Midhopestones to the start of the Snake Pass near the Yorkshire Bridge, Thornsett Lodge is two thirds of the way, near the turn off for Low Bradfield. It was originally built in 1855 by an architect unknown for Sidney Jessop on 102 acres of land sold to him by Joseph Hammerton earlier in 1852. It was built as a shooting lodge and Summer retreat for Jessop, son of Willian Jessop of crucible steel-making fame and founder of William Jessop and...
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  • Landie_Man's Avatar
    14th Oct 19, 15:45
    So this is one that I had wanted to do for a while. It really isn't far from where I live, and I had seen that a lot of people were going in the recent weeks, so myself and two non-explorer friends decided to make the short trip here. After parking up, its a reasonable walk on a footpath, but it was a beautiful autumn morning so this was not a problem. We had been warned to keep an eye out for security but not to worry too much about being seen. The site was used to store cars from...
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  • BikinGlynn's Avatar
    5th Oct 19, 19:16
    The History Carclew House was once described as one of Britains best houses! The original house and estate were purchased by a wealthy merchant William Lemon (1696–1760) circa 1739. work began in 1739, the enhancement to the mansion included flanking the main block with colonnades terminated by small pavilions in the fashionable Palladian manner, the design was similar in appearance to drawings of Palladio's planned Villa Ragona. At the beginning of the 19th century William Lemon's...
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  • B W T's Avatar
    1st Oct 19, 19:39
    Leviathan #01 Colossus This colossus is one of Germany’s biggest industrial monuments. In the past, several thousand workers were drudging here under the most severe conditions day after day. In this former steel mill, all the production stages, from processing ore to the final goods, were realized in the tightest of spaces. After 15 years of being decommissioned, the monstrous industrial park was still appearing in working order. But when we were daring to enter the belly of the beast, we...
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  • BikinGlynn's Avatar
    8th Oct 19, 21:05
    Sorry about the crap code name but this is one I really hope dosen't get trashed! What can I tell u about it? Its a small farm house, or more likely a farm labours house as it sits on a still live farm. Its tiny sure enough with a 2 up 2 down configuration & strangely the bathroom sort of has a bed in it or vice versa! Its also quite delightful, particularly as you could be forgiven for thinking its still occupied. I can however assure u its not & whats more Im pretty sure Im one of the...
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  • BikinGlynn's Avatar
    21st Sep 19, 21:40
    History Nicked from Wiki The Victoria Theatre Salford officially opened 10 December 1900 and was last in use as a bingo hall in 2008. The original capacity was 2,000 seated, this was increased to 3,000 in 1910. Palatial Leisure Limited sold the building in September 2018. The 2,000 seater theatre opened with the play "Sign of the Cross," performed by William Greet's company, with Edward Vincent as the Prefect and Virginia Buckle as the Christian girl Mercia. The front of the theatre was...
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    21st Sep 19, 12:42
    1. The History Searched high and low for info on this place but found absolutely nothing. Not a single shred of info anywhere on the internet. It's located over the Tamar from Plymouth and is actually in Cornwall rather than Devon. The only other thing I know about the site is that it dates back to World War II and has been abandoned for some time. 2. The Explore Previously I had explored a fuel storage site closer to Cremyll. It’s above ground and easy to reach, if nothing spectacular....
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  • Landie_Man's Avatar
    14th Oct 19, 16:19
    So after doing the ATC tower; we tried a couple of other local sites, but were sadly unsuccessful in our quest; and this absolute tower of hell came up locally. I'm a believer in "if its there; may as well do it", I mean, its a day out isn't it? We drove to and parked right next to this scummy old block. I knew the inside would be disgusting. The building instantly had a nasty feel to it, and I don't feel that often about derelict places. It just felt as if you would catch something from...
    5 replies | 552 view(s)
  • HughieD's Avatar
    6th Oct 19, 23:03
    1. The History The ruins of Lower Whitley farm sit on the moors near Penistone. Best described as a small farmhouse with a series of barns attached to it, the largest of which is set centrally behind an arched doorway. Can’t find too much history on this but the farm was in the news recently (2013) when it was used as the set for external shots of “Jamaica Inn” in a recent BBC adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s famous 19th century novel. Apparently the production team made a few changes such as...
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  • UrbandonedTeam's Avatar
    19th Sep 19, 17:00
    A two location day trip to Leeds from back in June took us to this architecturally interesting nursery building, followed by an unpredictable capture at the nearby church where the alarms do 'mean something,' especially now as work commences. Our fault for leaving it too late I guess. Rose Court School Rose Court building was is situated on the same site and the main senior school Leeds Girls High School building. Rose Court was purchased by the High School in 1912 and before this...
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  • BikinGlynn's Avatar
    11th Oct 19, 20:59
    We dont do tourist spots on here right? Well u best ban me now cos heres one I bloody loved! I was down South for a holiday & noticed this place so thought Id have a quick look & it was one of the most idyllic places Iv visited. Helped partly by the mid week explore which meant I had the place to myself & some relatively decent weather left me not wanting to leave. If it makes it slightly more plausible the trail round the back of the water mills was fenced off "under repair" but with a...
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  • UrbanX's Avatar
    11th Oct 19, 14:48
    I’ve written extensively about the history of the abandoned town of Juterbog here: After spending a day wandering around we went back to the hotel for a beer and to retrace our steps on Google Maps. To our horror, we’d missed an excellent looking building in the woods. So we got an early night in preparation for the next day. ….Well, not all of us. JC and myself got drunk in a beach themed cocktail bar on brightly coloured cocktails, and then infiltrated the service tunnels under our...
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  • UrbandonedTeam's Avatar
    10th Oct 19, 17:28
    After spotting that I wasn't far from this beautiful place whilst away on a family holiday, I couldn't resist taking one morning to check it out. Villa Sbertoli Villa Sbertoli was built in the early 1800s by wealthy merchant Agostino Sbertoli. According to some sources he decided to turn the villa into a psychiatric hospital because he had a disabled son, whom he tried to cure all his life. On his death bed he decided to devote all his possessions to a charity for the mentally...
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    28th Sep 19, 22:22
    1. The History Located just north of the old city in the centre of Chiang Mai, there’s not a lot of information on the web (in English) about the former prison. It dates back to the early 1900s (although some other sources refer to the 1920s) when it was originally used to incarcerate men. It was built on the land that had formally housed the palace “Wiang Kaew”, owned by King Mengrai and latterly the Chiangmai provincial governor’s house, which was knocked down in 1902. Sources state that...
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  • Landie_Man's Avatar
    24th Sep 19, 20:15
    So after the Coastguard site, Mookster and I headed to Poole to explore this old factory. A second but sadly last successful hit of the day! I said in a previous thread it was meant to be a prosperous day in urbex, but as we all know, you can never be sure! This factory was originally a Parrs sweets factory which was taken over by Tangerine Confectionery in 2007 who closed it in 2013 with the loss of 75 jobs in order to increase output at the other seven sites located across the country. ...
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    13th Oct 19, 20:27
    1. The History Very little history on this place. The former Distribution Warehouse is in an area known as Hallamshire Works on Boyland Street in the Neepsend district of Sheffield, on a 1.8-acre site. The site is well-placed due to its direct access into Sheffield city centre and out to the M1 Motorway at Junction 36. A Street View capture from October 2014 shows the site being used by C&D Transport Express. Meanwhile, a Google search also turns up A&E Transport Ltd, another Road Haulage...
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  • UrbandonedTeam's Avatar
    27th Sep 19, 17:14
    Portraits in WW2 Air Raid Shelter We'll start with the large building that we had failed at a few years ago. Today, the site wasn't alarmed. Whether they are still on, we couldn't tell because there were workers sealing the building up, so they might have been turned off for that.
    1 replies | 776 view(s)
  • wappy's Avatar
    5th Oct 19, 22:02
    This was the second tunnel of the day was getting bit tired and wet but found it straight away luckly.Its the first ive seen with no shafts or refuges and a shelter in side. On 20th July 1848, the inaurgural train rumbled through Harrogate tunnel into Brunswick station. Fourteen years later, the North Eastern railway opened a station in the centre of town and Brunswick was closed to passengers, though it clung to life as a goods depot for a short while. With vertical walls and a curved roof,...
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  • urbexdevil's Avatar
    7th Oct 19, 20:21
    Having had my eye on GPSS Sawtry for well over a year and the opportunity arising, we made our way through a cold, wet and rainy October morning after an obligatory McDonalds breakfast. Having negotiated our way in and removing four inches of mud from our shoes we immediately headed to the entrances to the fuel storage bunkers to find them all flooded much deeper than we cared to wade through. Despite the flooding in the main areas of interest, it’s still a great start to the days...
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    10th Oct 19, 22:38
    Possibly the most surreal place I’ve even looked around. No real history to this place. It’s pretty modern so not that surprising. Came across it when we were driving south from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai. It just loomed up to our right. It was pretty surreal to see a Khmer style temple appear out of nowhere. Stretched for time we didn’t stop. Not to worry though as we were going to be passing back this way three days later. So, on the journey home we stopped at the hot spring’s village of Mae...
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  • UrbanX's Avatar
    2nd Oct 19, 14:20
    History Hundreds of thousands of Soviet soldiers were stationed until reunification in the GDR - and lived in a parallel world, shielded from the population. One of their biggest and secret bases was Jüterbog near Berlin. Anyone who knows me will know I love the feel of an abandoned town or a city. So 24 years after the final troops departed I took a mooch around.
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  • B W T's Avatar
    16th Oct 19, 18:49
    Mausoleum K #02 Tomb Raider Surrounded by bodies and human remains we found ourselves inside a hundred-years-old crypt during one of our adventures. This might be the most mystical but also grim places we have ever explored. Due to this small structure looking like it originated from some movie or a game, we felt like real-life tomb raiders when we were unveiling the secrets of the neglected grave. Immerse yourself in the fascinating but yet sad world of a long-forgotten family’s mausoleum....
    3 replies | 258 view(s)
  • HughieD's Avatar
    6th Oct 19, 22:41
    1. The History On the site of the former St Aidan’s opencast coal mine at Swillington, near Leeds is a giant and unique dragline known as ‘Oddball’. Brought to the UK from the US in 1946, it was originally christened “Clinchfield”, but then informally renamed to reflect the fact it was built in the US to run on a 60 Hz electrical supply rather than the UK standard 50 Hz. It was previously owned by the National Coal Board (NCB) and then its successors R J B Mining and UK Coal, before being...
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    14th Oct 19, 23:33
    1. The History Very little history available about this place but it is thought the factory was once connected to an old Swire paint making division during Hong Kong’s manufacturing heyday between the 1950s and 1970s, when the city cleaned itself up after the World War and the military occupation by Japan. This concrete carbuncle can be found crumbling away on the north-west side of Hong Kong on the island of Tsing Yi. The two main buildings are made up of a series of pillars, supports and...
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  • BikinGlynn's Avatar
    16th Oct 19, 06:49
    BikinGlynn started a thread Glatting Farm in Rural Sites
    Not much to say about this place really. Its a farmhouse reputed to date back to the 15th century which is grade 2 listed. The property is "vacant" & it was under offer when we visited some months back, but you could snap it up with a cheeky offer if u have a spare 1.69 mill laying around. I did like it though, its a big house nestled on the edge of the south downs & u cant see another man made object from here which is nice! If I was to use a code name it would be frog farm as we were...
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    10th Oct 19, 22:44
    1. The History Freiston Shore coastal battery is an ensemble of gun emplacements, observation posts, coastal artillery search lights and magazines on the coast due east of Boston, Lincolnshire. It was an emergency battery built during the Second World War as part of Northern Command's coastal defences. It was commissioned in May 1940 and armed with two 6-inch breech-loading MkVII naval guns. Records show it was in use up until September 1944. The two 6-inch gun emplacements retain their...
    0 replies | 830 view(s)
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