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    Default Decca Radar - New Malden, Surrey - September 2017


    Fetid, dirty, pigeons and smelly are all words that could describe the derelict remains of the Decca Radar building. Despite all this, the subtle art deco styling and natural decay make for a fairly photogenic explore. Bring ya P3 mask and gloves though, your gonna need them.


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    Decca began as the Gramophone and record company pre-war, but started engineering military equipment as part of the war effort, and thus Decca Radar was born after in 1949. Under the formal name of Decca Radar made marine radar systems.

    Decca Radar was bought in 1979 by Racal Electronics forming Racal-Decca Marine. I believe it was around this time when the site was closed down.


    The Explore

    I was warned it wasn't too pleasant inside, and it was very true. Access was subtle but easy enough. Once I dropped inside it was mask and gloves on right away. Very glad I invested in a proper P3 mask now.

    Navigating through the piles of pigeon droppings and dusty rooms you get the sense that it's been left to rot for a very long time. Decay like that doesn't happen overnight.

    There was something strangely photogenic about it all though. The mushroom room was an oddity that I've never seen before. The floor was so waterlogged that it became the perfect environment for mushrooms to grow. Quite bizarre but pretty interesting.


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    One place I have always fancied purely for the grime factor! I can almost smell it from your pics! Nice work mate, great pics as alway.

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    Wow that looks amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Not got around to this one yet but I know I need to brave it at some point.
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    Great shots Gromr :)

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    Liked that Grom , you got some great pics, the mushroom shot was magic, Thanks
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    haha, good to see this s$%^&$hole is still there. and Im pleased the mushrooms are still growing....that was a first for me as well.
    Check out my other photos (including blinding HDR and other weird stuff) and my electronica muzak here (the main page is over here)

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    Brewtal took the words outa me mouth, you can really gag from your pics! Love art deco and you make it strangely appealing even with all the mess.

    Them shrooms made you do a lens change, was it painful was worth it!

    Proper job Grom!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gromr123 View Post
    Fetid, dirty, pigeons and smelly are all words that could describe the derelict remains of the Decca Radar building.
    Top marks for an honest intro Gromr.

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    Now that is a mess. That's great with the mushrooms.

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