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    Well OK, it might not be a derelict village but I'm not really sure what it is. There's such a mix of buildings of different ages that it's hard to know what to make of it. Originally it must have been a large industrial site, complete with workers' and managers' houses. The older stone builings are quite large and arranged in a big quadrangle. Of the same vintage is a small church or chapel, so maybe hamlet would be a better description than village.

    Oddly, there are a lot of much newer residential buildings surrounding the older core. It makes the whole place seem like a film set. You see houses of this age (1970's?) occasionally empty, but to see everything boarded up is very strange. It has a very Portmeirion feel if you know the place. Just like everybody upped and walked out one day.

    Here goes, this is the entrance, it seems to be just at the point that active maintenance has stopped.



    Below is a pic of what may have been workers' houses, not sure.



    Next is what looks like a grander house, maybe factory manager or offices. This forms one side of the quadrangle or courtyard which is inside.



    Another side of the inner square leads down to the church.





    And the church:



    It becomes a little surreal with these streets of newer houses:



    There are several more of these, which I just find odd, that they are all abandoned.



    Anyhow, just a reconnaissance to see what this place was like and it certainly lived up to expectations.
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    Looks bizzare, The boarding all looks quite recent? possibly not been closed long?

    It may be possible to find out its former use by searching local records offices or the net for old maps of the area. Possibly the local town planners may also be worth a look to check for any preposed change of use / demoliton.

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    Spooky!

    There's an area in bristol full of old boarded up 1960s council houses that they're tearing down soon to make way for barratt boxes, it has a similar spooky feel.

    I wonder what they're doing there though, do let us know if you find out.

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    I love the look of that church, did you get inside?
    Nah mate, it was already broken.

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    No, didn't try to get in, the church is the only building that is obviously alarmed. That broken window seems to be about the only one in the whole place.

    It was quite spooky enough just wandering around the outside! Very strange (and enjoyable) to spend an hour or more there by myself.

    The older stone buildings all surround a courtyard which would be great to get into.
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    that's really odd. other than the boarding it looks tidy and just a bit peopleless. it does have annoying upstairs boarding though, apart from the church, which makes the whole place black inside. but seems they boarded half of it lately, and half of it a while back?

    let us know what you find out anyway. tis interesting.

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    oooh damn look at you not posting locations...thats just mean that is.

    Looks fabulous though rick, well found! Looks like somewhere deserted due to some outbreak of disease or something, maybe youve got anthrax all over you now :p

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    The MOD tend to think in a very black & white way, and sometimes abandons places like this on a grand scale, ie there one minute and gone the next. The newer buildings certainly look like army married quarters, and the older ones could potentially be victorian era military. Is this in an area associated with the military, and does there seem to be an excess of signage, road markings, and other prescriptive stuff like sleeping policemen?

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    commie dottir, you make me feel so mean. Oh well.

    Just to be even meaner, you pretty much go past this place twice a day on the bus!

    I always give up the locations eventually, I just think that this exploration game needs a bit of mystery putting back into sometimes! It's easy to think that every empty place has been found, visited, photographed, catologued etc, but it hasn't. There are places much better than this waiting to be found. It just takes a little more work than typing "derelict xxxxx" into google.

    @Crisp Monster, yes it certainly has a services look to it, though as far as I know there's no military connection. All the roads have double yellow lines, but I managed to avoid getting a ticket:)
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    amazing find! i cant wait until you give up the area name... seriously though, bet its fantastic to just walk around, might actually destroy the spookiness getting inside. its what is not seen that does it.

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