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  • callumcrom00's Avatar
    13th Nov 20, 07:49
    In 1951 the construction of buildings to protect the functions of government against the atomic bomb had been agreed. One war room was to be built in each of the ten Home Defence Regions into which England was divided. Reading War Room was built in 1953 along with 13 other sites. The bunker is located on the wartime government estate at Whiteknights and some of the pre-fabricated buildings which was war time offices. Regional War Room 6 was the war room for Home Defence Region 6 which...
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  • Landie_Man's Avatar
    29th Oct 20, 20:39
    Since redundancy at the end of August (Not Covid Related) I have been suffering somewhat with some nasty sinus issues; so haven’t been awfully active on the old Urbex Front. I did however discover a very local Old Mill to me; and what a beauty! I spent about 2 hours just picking through this tiny little place, which though bare; is a really nicely preserved little mill with some wonderful features inside it. There is very little history about the place online; except ownership during the...
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    6th Nov 20, 20:22
    1. The History The site, known as Storr’s Bridge Works, was last occupied by Hepworth Refractories, a former brick factory located, in the Loxley valley, north-east of Sheffield. It also home to Carblox in the 70s, part of the Marshalls group, who made carbon blocks of different sizes for steel furnaces. The site has been an area for industry since the 17th century. Initially home to Loxley Steel works, the Green Wheel Steel works and two rolling mills – the Green Wheel and Olive rolling...
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  • ShibbyJay's Avatar
    29th Oct 20, 23:21
    So this is an old abandoned/derelict farm I stumbled upon by accident. After some research I did find out there was a murder here in 1971 (manslaughter) This place has been sadly damaged by vandals but it was still interesting.
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  • FunkyMuffin's Avatar
    6th Nov 20, 21:58
    HISTORY: Once part of the Cheltenham Honeybourne Railway. Compliments of GWSR “As has been often documented, the Honeybourne Line was effectively closed in 1976 following a freight train derailment on what is now known as 'Chicken Curve' north of Winchcombe, probably because of movement in the embankment. This is a problem that has beset this location since the 1920s and in January 2011 finally collapsed, severing the line. No through trains traversed the route after that date and it was...
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  • callumcrom00's Avatar
    17th Nov 20, 00:40
    The site has quite a huge chunk of history behind it, starting off in 1948 when the Checkendon site was obtained by the MOD then later on turned into a hostel for Polish families who were arriving from the Middle East and South Africa. Eventually Checkendon became a bustling polish camp with its own church and priest, school, entertainments and a hall, therefore it showed this camp was very similar to the rest throughout the UK. Checkendon POW Camp eventually closed in the 60s and much of it...
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  • UrbandonedTeam's Avatar
    13th Nov 20, 18:01
    Station Hotel An old photo of the property in use. Ayr's Station Hotel is a beautiful Victorian building in the middle of the town. The hotel attached to the station was originally opened by the Glasgow and South Western Railway in June 1866; and it became part of the British Transport Hotels (BTH) at nationalisation. Future President Woodrow Wilson stayed in the hotel during his cycling trip in Britain in 1899. It was sold by BTH in October 1951 and has changed ownership a number of...
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  • callumcrom00's Avatar
    14th Nov 20, 21:05
    It had taken me a while to do all this research as there isn't much information online about this building. Built in 1871-1877 this means this building would have been one of the first large industrial buildings in the Caversham Road area. It was formally a Malthouse before Drews occupied it from 1977 and was owned by Henry Pendalebury Dowson (Of Castle Street). Mr Dowson owned another 2 Malthouses in Reading, one being on Tudor Road the other Malthouse Lane. Dowson's supplied Simonds Malt...
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  • BikinGlynn's Avatar
    19th Nov 20, 07:34
    Admit it I had you there with the title didnt I. Alas this isnt really a lovely victorian station but rather a minature railway at a defunct garden centre. ‘All-In-One’ was a family run business, in Allostock, closed its doors to the public on Sunday, July 31 after it became financially ‘unviable’ due to a drop in footfall. The Staffords took over the business five years ago from Hills Garden Centre, and spent about £150,000 to modernise it. Despite that, and improving the...
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  • UrbandonedTeam's Avatar
    30th Oct 20, 18:01
    Cliffe Park Hall Cliffe Park Hall, at the north end of the lake, was built by John Haworth and his cousin, the Reverend James Bostock, in 1811 at a cost said to be £25,000. On the death of John Haworth in 1831, it passed to his cousin Fanny Bostock. During her ownership of the hall, she brought legal actions and obtained injunctions against the North Staffordshire Railway (brought to Rudyard in 1850) to try to prevent their popularisation of the lake and reduce the influx of visitors...
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    6th Nov 20, 20:13
    1. The History Very little info out there about this lovely little building. What we do know is that the Miners Institute, Parkgate was built in 1914 to provide a range of vital services for local coal miners and their families. After the closing of the local pits, the building appears to have been repurposed as a community centre, before closing and coming to be in its current state of abandonment. Old pictures indicate that it has been empty for at least 10 years hence. Inside the...
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  • Landie_Man's Avatar
    8th Nov 20, 22:18
    It was a horrendously rainy and grey Halloween Morning that @Mookster and I toddled down to The South Coast to check out this former QiniteQ Research Facility. The weather really was dull and grey on this day; just a few days before Lockdown #2. Would this be our last 2020 Urbex? There is a possibility! It was nice to be in another QiniteQ Facility; having done one back in March 2020. This one was far more decayed than the one in Malvern, and a bit of a derp by rights, though it was...
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    29th Oct 20, 20:28
    1. The History Pen-yr-orsedd Slate Quarry is located near the village of Talysarn in the Nantlle valley in North Wales. It was first developed in 1816 as an open working, and subsequently, under the ownership of the Darbishire family, mills were built on three successive levels. The first mill was built in 1860 and two years later in 1862 the first connection to the 3 ft 6 in Nantlle railway was made which extended to all but the highest levels of the quarry. This allowed the carriage of slate...
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    16th Nov 20, 23:27
    1. The History Kinder Water Treatment Works is located near Hayfield in the High Peak region of Derbyshire. It was built in 1912 to filter the water from Kinder Reservoir before it was piped to local homes and businesses. The brick building with its rows of arched windows and skylights is a familiar landmark to locals and visitors to the Kinder Valley. Kinder Water Treatment Work’s future became uncertain when in 1995 when the filtration plant and water storage facilities became redundant when...
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  • BikinGlynn's Avatar
    4th Nov 20, 18:55
    Not an awful lot is known about this Farmhouse. The property is grade 2 listed & describes as dating from Mid C1600, Timber frames with early facade. Front elevation cement rendered. Right gable end red brick on the ground. floor the banded plain and fishscale tiles to first floor. Plain tiles on the roof. 5 timber framed bays, with continuous jetty to rear and probably originally also to front. 2 storeys on plinth. Projecting eaves with flat soffit. Steeply pitched hipped roof with...
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  • Landie_Man's Avatar
    6th Nov 20, 15:53
    So a couple of weeks ago; myself and @Mookster made a leisurely journey down to Gloucester after a quick stop off to Go Outdoors so that I could buy myself a pair of wellies for this one! I had been warned; but alas I forgot. The wellies were added to about a pile of a dozen where I have forgotten them on other occasions! We parked locally and made the long(ish) walk to the access point. Ben had explored here a few weeks before and knew how to get in! Inside the tanks is was as wet as...
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    16th Nov 20, 23:24
    1. The History Located to the south of Lincoln, at Bracebridge heath, St. Johns lunatic asylum was built to serve the county of Lincolnshire in response to the 1845 act of parliament that made it mandatory for each county to provide accommodation for its lunatics. Although a predominantly rural county, Previously, patients were accommodated at the Lincoln Asylum, close to the castle, which opened in 1820. The asylum was designed by John R Hamilton and James Medland of Gloucester. However,...
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  • BikinGlynn's Avatar
    13th Nov 20, 19:54
    2 hours... seriously thats how long it took me to "sort things out" after this one, but more about that later. Visited here with @Down and beyond & THAT light as demonstrated in my first pic & what a laugh it turned out to be. Not much to tell about the history really, this is just another railway tunnel opened in 1882, and closed in 1964. 516m long, the tunnel has been filled at the second air vent & though we didnt check the far portal the other side of this but am assuming...
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  • Landie_Man's Avatar
    29th Oct 20, 21:10
    A couple of weeks ago; I took a drive up to the tunnels near Market Harborough. I hadn’t been exploring much this year and many thanks to The @The Lone Shadow for organising this trip, its local to him and one he’s frequented. It was really starting to get cold and damp; and I had found that I had left my Lenser in the Mill I had visited a few days previously…. DOH!!!! I hastily bought a torch from Argos and also borrowed The Lone Shadow's Arsenal of lighting equipment! We walked...
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  • UrbandonedTeam's Avatar
    20th Nov 20, 23:31
    Grand Theatre The Doncaster Grand was constructed in 1899 and originally stood on a prominent site in a shopping street facing the main railway station. However, town centre improvements robbed it of any sensible context and it is no longer in a street, but attached rather indirectly to the Frenchgate shopping centre. It still faces the station, however is separated from it by a busy inner ring road which comes so close that it has actually snipped off a lower corner of the stage house....
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  • B W T's Avatar
    15th Nov 20, 21:24
    Wedding Church by Tobi_urbex #01 There is beauty in disrepair. Decay and flaws seem to offer a much-needed contrast in a modern world that is placing so much value on prosperity and perfection. But in this post, we will be seeking aesthetics in an abandoned building and symmetry in ruins. You might think everything must be dead in such a derelict place. And yet, there is activity. Usually, in a church, there is not only the evidence of transience but also the renewal of life. And in this...
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    16th Nov 20, 23:30
    1. The History Lime quarrying has been common in this part of Derbyshire ever since the 1800s. In 1891 fierce competition saw 13 quarry owners consolidate their 17 quarries into the Buxton Lime Firms. They were controlled by four directors who tried to create a monopoly by raising the price of lime. Around the turn of the 20th century they were produced 280,000 tons of lime per year and dominated the industry in Derbyshire. The Cowdale quarry was initially established in 1898 by the New Buxton...
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    29th Oct 20, 20:25
    1. The History Grade II Listed, St. David’s church is located in Bangor, North Wales. The church with its imposing Bell Tower was built in 1888 by the London based Sir Arthur Blomfield. Built in an early English Gothic style, it was intended as a memorial church to Dean Edwards under the benefaction of Elizabeth Atcherley Symes of Gorphwysfa and initially intended as a church for the railway community, it cost £8,000 (just over £1m in today’s money). The church closed in 2013 due to a falling...
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    6th Nov 20, 20:07
    1. The History This one’s a revisit and not found anything new history-wise so check out the details HERE 2. The Explore Got a tip-off that there were some bits I didn’t see first time around. Namely a bomb store hidden in the woods. This is the first time that I have used a Lidar search to locate things. Used this site HERE Having parked up on the lay-by on the A1 made my way across farmer’s fields and through a wood to where I thought the bomb store was located. I didn’t know what...
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  • HughieD's Avatar
    29th Oct 20, 20:31
    1. The History Eldon Hill quarry is in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England, 4km south-west of Castleton. It is a 470-metre limestone hill of pure limestone resulting from squeezing and upfolding of geological forces to form a dome. On the northern limit of the carboniferous limestone in the Peak District and the name was first recorded in 1285 as “Elveden”, meaning 'Elves' hill'. Quarrying permission was granted in 1950 and huge quantities of limestone were excavated,...
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  • Fluffy's Avatar
    23rd Nov 20, 13:38
    Introduction; Yes I’m a bit late to the party, again. Story of my life, eh. But we were in the area anyway and I couldn’t just drive past those famous gates without popping my head in and having a look, could I!? Even today, this place is quite majestic. It certainly made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I stopped and thought about the history here; the YEARS (Over 300!) of industry, and the sadness of how it all came to an end.
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  • callumcrom00's Avatar
    16th Nov 20, 23:52
    The US Camp remains in Nettlebed is one of the many sites in the Chilterns, South Oxfordshire area since my early urbex days. During the Second World War, the quiet woods around Nettlebed and Peppard were a hive of activity, as camps were set up to accommodate allied troops. Around a quarter of a million personnel were housed there, along with equipment including tanks, trucks and ambulances. One of the groups stationed in the area was the 343rd US Army Engineers. Not much remains of the...
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  • BikinGlynn's Avatar
    12th Nov 20, 06:47
    William Thomas Henley was born in Midhurst, Sussex in 1814 and started his working life as a porter and docker working in London. Through force of character, hard work and by educating himself in the sciences, Henley was later able to found his own business. He took an active interest in new technologies of the era which included telegraphic cable. He developed the first machine to cover wire cables. His machine is displayed at the Science Museum in London Business grew rapidly and...
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