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Thread: Oakhurst, Ambergate, Derbyshire, April 2009

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    Arrow Oakhurst, Ambergate, Derbyshire, April 2009


    Ambergate, Derbyshire, plan G. A day of exploring had been met with new sheets, bolts and boarding so far, and things weren't looking too clever. However, after much frowning, the urbex gods had a change of mood, smiled and suddenly we were on...
    Francis Hurt built Oak Hurst in 1848.The Johnson family, of the nearby Bridon Wire, had the house enlarged.


    In the early 1900's it was a retreat for the local Diocese, later becoming flats in the 1970's, a venture that wasn't too successful. By the mid 1980's the company that owned it were bankrupt and it has been abandoned now for nearly quarter of a century.


    Inside is ruined, with floors down, and joists hanging precariously from crumbling walls. Rumours of a haunting are rife on the internet. No spirits were seen today.


    It had been a tense journey through the inside of the house. Sooner or later things will give way and there will be more collapsing. Eventually after moving tentatively through fallen ceilings and roof beams we reached a courtyard.


    The half buried door to flat 3.



    Things felt slightly safer in the courtyard


    Doors led off into workshops and outhouses.



    A range was in one of them, rusting and unused after a quarter of a century.



    I loved the detail on the drainpipe. I am a bit sad like that.


    Mrs Mangle. Off Neighbours.



    Staircase to nowhere.



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    I love this place, been there a few times, last time I was thwarted however, it was in the act of falling down!
    It really is unsafe! I love your shots, especially the mangle one. Did you go down into the cellars? They are great, in lovely condition.

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    This place looks so interesting, reminds me of a place my friend and i visited, but it is on a LOT smaller scale, and more farmy :P Any more pics?

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    Thanks guys. Sadly missed the cellars which was very disappointing. I'd love to see some shots of down there. That is my worst nightmare. I dread visiting somewhere and someone saying "Oh yeah, did you see the Spitfire/loom/steam engine?" and me shaking my head and collapsing to the floor, sobbing with failure.
    Three more.


    Fallen ceiling timbers


    Passageway

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    Don't sob due to failure, these are great pictures :)
    Here is a picture of the cellar:

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    Such an amazing piece of dereliction...surely an art-form in it's own right!
    Your photos never cease to amaze me, box. Simply gorgeous. :)
    "...If we lose our spiritual bond with the land they'll be nothing left of us as a nation..." Phil Rickman.

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    By the way, It's supposedly up for sale for a pound ;)

    I think we can all raise that between us...

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    Whoa, I am loving these photos!
    Looks like an interesting (if not dangerous) explore. :)

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    Thanks very much for the comments guys. Hopefully someone will save up and buy it before it falls down completely.

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    Hi there!

    Gosh I have fallen head over heels in love with this building! I grew up in the area and didn't even know it was there! I'd love to get my hands on it but can't find out any info on who owns it???????:( And if it is only a pound then I want it!!!! Can anyone shed any light on Estate agents or owners?????? Been desperately trying to find out but living in Oz isn't helping my course! I'll be moving home next year (mid) and would love to get my hands on this before then!!!! Any help greatly appreciated.

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