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Urbex: Manicomio di R, Italy – April 2015

Manicomio di R is a huge hospital facility located within a large town in Italy. Originally opened in 1871 the site consists of multiple buildings within large walled and fenced grounds and catered mainly for insane patients…

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Urbex: Monastero MG, Italy – April 2015

The abandoned Monastero MG in Italy is an empty, large Monastery which sits in walled grounds surrounded by a moat with a bridge to the front gate. Certainly an impressive building from many aspects the design is inconsistent and clearly shows that the building has been added to and extended multiple times in what I can imagine was a long history of this religious site…

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Urbex: Villa Moglia, Italy – April 2015

The abandoned Villa Moglia is a large residential property surrounded by vast farmland located just outside a small village. I remeber driving on dirt tracks for quite some distance to locate this place due to its quite isolated location. Once we arrived and made our way inside we soon realised we were not alone. Its seems

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Urbex: Palazzo Di L Dei Conti, Italy – April 2015

Palazzo Di L Dei Conti is a rather large Palace located in the centre of a small village in Italy. The Palace is clearly centuries old and it would appear that the rest of the village was built around it and its vast walled off grounds at the rear…

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The Church of A, Italy – April 2015

The Church of A is an Abandoned Seminary in Italy. Clearly derelict for quite some years now the majority of the building is bare with only a few chalk boards left on some of the classroom walls. There was however a nice little chappel on the ground floor with lovely decorated walls and arched ceilings

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Urbex: Villa Margherita, Italy – April 2015

Villa Margherita is an abandoned residential building, which appeared from some of the modern decor to have been used as an office type building before becoming abandoned quite recently judging by the lack of decay…

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Urbex: St. Joseph Orphanage, Italy – April 2015

The abandoned St. Joseph Orphanage is a relatively large orphanage given the size of the small town it resides in and featured ample rooms to accommodate children as well as a small chapel on the first floor which had a lovely colour cast from the tinted windows…

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Urbex: Villa P, Italy – April 2015

Villa P is a pretty sizable abandoned villa which sits on the edge of a large body of water making it a prime location. Much more visually appealing from the outside, this villa has seen better days… the inside is heavily decayed and leave much to the imagination as to how this place would have once looked…

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Urbex: Red Cross Hospital, Italy – April 2015

Another lovely abandoned location in Italy, the Red Cross Hospital sits empty, on a hillside in a pretty remote locations. The weather was incredibly hot as we made our way inside and wondered about searching for the chapel which wasn’t as obvious to locate as we had expected…

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Urbex: Mono Orphanage aka Crying Baby Hospital, Italy – April 2015

The first stop on our Italian Urbex tour the abandoned Mono Orphanage aka Crying Baby Hospital. Despite the beds being gone there were still plenty of things to shoot here including a couple of classrooms complete with children’s stools and desks and a medical room with a dentist type chair and several bottles of unknown liquids…

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Urbex: St Josephs Seminary Upholland, Lancashire, United Kingdom – April 2015 Revisit 5

Despite my numerous previous visits to St Josephs Seminary due to a combination of alarms and not having a clue where they were the infamous row of sinks had eluded me. On this visit however, we were pretty blessed to find a fault on the alarm system which appeared to have disabled the sirens, we were in luck!

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Urbex: An Abandoned Bulgarian Theatre, Bulgaria – March 2015

The only other decent location we had on our list in Bulgaria… this nice little decaying theatre which sits abandoned in a small town way out in the sticks. From what I understand the theatre was part of the soviet regime and used to show films from the state but after the fall of the iron curtain the Theatre which also acted as a cinema closed and has since fallen into disrepair…

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Urbex: Buzludzha Communist Party Monument, Bulgaria – March 2015 Day 2 (Revisit)

Our second day at the Buzludzha monument, another chance to climb the tower and this time snap a few shots with the fisheye. We also visited the smaller monument with the two torches that sit in the foreground a little further down the mountain. Weather conditions were not quite as bitterly cold and, as a result,

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Urbex: Buzludzha Communist Party Monument, Bulgaria – March 2015

The Buzludzha Monument aka The House of the Bulgarian Communist Party is a huge concrete circular structure that many say resembles an abandoned UFO. It sits derelict on top of the Buzludzha mountain slowly crumbling away as it deals with lack of maintenance and fierce winter conditions…

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Urbex: High Royds Insane Asylum aka High Royds Hospital aka West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Menston, Leeds, West Yorkshire – March 2015 (Revisit)

Briefly the abandoned High Royds Asylum opened in 1888 and closed in 2003 since then the site has been undergoing development into luxury apartments most of which are now complete. The main admin building still remains empty boasting some of its original features…

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Urbex: Mount St Marys Church aka Church of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Leeds – February 2015

History The now abandoned Mount St Mary’s Church or the Church of the Immaculate Virgin Mary is a Grade II* listed building and a redundant Roman Catholic church in Leeds. It was founded in 1851 and designed by Joseph Hansom, with extensions by Edward Pugin. It is located next to Mount St Mary’s Catholic High

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Urbex: High Royds Insane Asylum aka High Royds Hospital aka West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Menston, Leeds, West Yorkshire – February 2015

High Royds Lunatic Asylum or the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum as it was originally called, is a former psychiatric hospital near the village of Menston in West Yorkshire. The broad arrow plan asylum features a large array of stone built wards and interconnecting corridors most of which have been demolished leaving the majority of the old wards as independent buildings most now repurposed as modern apartments…

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Urbex: Bangour Village Hospital aka Edinburgh District Asylum, Scotland – February 2015

The now derelict Bangour Village Hospital is a large Psychiatric Hospital complex which first opened in 1906 as The Edinburgh District Asylum. The Asylum which was modelled on a German village-plan design similar to that of the Alt-Scherbitz asylum of the 1870s. In 1918 when the Asylum has around 3000 patients it was renamed as Bangour Village Hospital and operated under this name until its closure in 2004…

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Urbex: Sir John-Maxwell School aka The Skylight School, Scotland – February 2015

Built in 1907 by Architect John Hamilton for the Eastwood Schoolboard the now abandoned Sir John-Maxwell School originally was built to accommodate 550 pupils of school age as well as opening in the evening for night classes. Between 1908 to 1915 a political activist John Maclean taught classes in Marxism there…

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Urbex: Hawks Morgue, Durham – January 2015 (2 Visits)

A nice little morgue in a small outbuilding of a large abandoned hospital complex, complete with a stunning porcelain slab!

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Urbex: The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – January 2015

The Grand Hotel is a Grade II Listed Victorian Hotel located in the City of Birmingham. The building was designed by architect Thomson Plevins in a French Renaissance architectural style. Construction began in 1875 and the Hotel opened 4 years later in 1879. The Hotel finally closed in 2002 and has been covered with scaffolding to protect the exterior stonework from falling onto pedestrians since 2012…

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Urbex: Leeds Girls High School (Rose Court Nursery), Leeds – January 2015

This second report from the Leeds Girls High School features the Rose Court building which is situated on the same site and the main senior school building. Rose Court was purchase by the High School in 1912 and I believe before this functioned as a private residence. Built of stone construction in a Georgian design the building functioned as the Infants School catering to the 3 to 7 year old age bracket…

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Urbex: Leeds Girls High School aka St Matthew’s Hospital, Leeds – January 2015

Founded in 1876 The now abandoned Leeds Girls High School is situated in Headingley Leeds and was originally built to cater for girls aged between 3-18 years old. Established at a time when female education was on the rise, the school was an independent, selective fee-based school aiming to offer a similar all-round education of the boys tradition, academic grammar schools. Split into three sections based upon age groups this report features the Senior School which housed the 11 to 18 year old pupils. In 2004 only four years before closure of the site, Leeds Girls High School or LGHS was he highest performing school in the Leeds area in terms of GCSE’s and A Levels.

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Robert Fletchers & Sons Ltd Paper Mill, Greenfield, Oldham – January 2015 (Part 2 of 2)

As you progress through the factory you can see the process lin taking shape from the wood pulp coming in through the processing stages, bleaching and pressing and then eventually making it was to the more modern looking machinery for precision rolling, cutting and packaging before the huge roles of cigarette papers would leave the warehouse

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Robert Fletchers & Sons Ltd Paper Mill, Greenfield, Oldham – January 2015 (Part 1 of 2)

Robert Fletchers & Sons Ltd was a paper mill which specialised in the production of cigarette papers which were exported worldwide. The old factory and most of the contents now lay abandoned most of the equipment looks as if the workers just vanished with huge rolls of cigarette papers still hanging on rolls in the production process machines!

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Urbex: Ford Transit Van Factory, Southampton – January 2015

The now abandoned Ford Transit Van Factory near Southampton has some real history to it. The Factory was initially built as a shadow factory in 1939 near to Southampton Airport and was originally used to produce aircraft parts. In particular the factory, during World War II made components for the Supermarine Spitfire and later was used to assemble the aircraft. As a result it was bombed on several occasions by the Nazi Luftwaffe…

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Urbex: A German Psychiatric Hospital aka Psychiatrie V, Germany – November 2014

Very little information about this place. After more than a couple of fails and bails Bram thankfully saved our asses and pulled through with this location. A building within a large complex of other buildings some of which were live forming a big psychiatric hospital. The Building we explored was quite a modern addition to the site and this was both clear internally and externally…

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Urbex: Stairporn Courthouse aka The Maze of Stairs, Germany – November 2014

The place is a bit of a concrete maze inside but fortunately it didn’t take too much figuring out before we managed to locate the main attraction, the dominating staircases just inside the main entrance.. The building is clearly being worked on by contractors and having arrived at the spot pretty early before daylight, we had assumed we might struggle for lighting…

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Urbex: Villa Beethoven, Germany – November 2014

Very little information about the abandoned Villa Beethoven on the internet. All I could find out ws that it was originally owned by a wealthy family and when the mother passed away the inheritance was fought over by the children which resulted in the house being sold to a developer. Plans to renovate the property stalled and the house sits empty…

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Urbex: Health Resort aka Villa Woodstock, Germany – November 2014

This abandoned grand neo-renaissance styled Mansion was originally a residential dwelling but from the mid 1980’s became a care facility and later a retirement home for the elderly and was linked to the nearby church organisations. Villa Woodstock as this place is most commonly known, was apparently set for demolition before a private investor stepped in to repurpose the old building…

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Permission: Moseley Road Baths, Birmingham – November 2014

Moseley Road Baths, located in Birmingham, opened in 1907 and still operates to this day. Very little has been done to alter the layout of the building which means that almost all the original features remain including the private wash baths or ‘slipper’ baths which date to the pre-war era. The building now benefits from Grade II* listed status and is one of only 3 remaining operational baths of its kind in the UK…

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Urbex: Selly Oak Hospital Morgue – November 2014

The first building on the site of Selly Oak Hospital was the old King’s Norton Union Workhouse which was built in around 1872 to consolidate existing services for 5 separate parishes. Originally the Hospital was built to accommodate 200 pauper inmates. In 1897 a separate infirmary opened at the site at a cost of £52,000 and was designed by Mr. Daniel Arkell. This infirmary was made to accommodate a further 250 patients and had basic facilities to cater for maternity care but there were no operating theatres or a mortuary at this point…

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Urbex: Broadoaks Manor, Surrey – November 2014

The abandoned Broadoaks Manor was built in 1876 by Ernest Seth-Smith for his elder brother Charles. In 1898 the house was then sold to elderly rich industrialist and between 1911-1946 the house was owned by the brewery owners the Charrington family. The Ministry of Defence have confirmed that the property was originally acquired by the Ministry of Supply in 1946 and later used by the Army Operational Research Group (1948-1996). After closure in 1996 the site was sold by them in 1998 and since then has stood abandoned…

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Urbex: London Rooftops, Tower Bridge, London – November 2014

Not content with the two initial rooftops we continued on to a third construction site, this time with a bit more of a central location within London City. Once up high we had an amazing view over Tower Bridge and the illuminated London skyline…

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Urbex: London Rooftops, Random Building Site, London – November 2014

Another late night high rise mission! Yet another rooftop in London, this time a random construction site with a rather impressive view. Fortunately much taller than the first spot of the evening this one provided much more appealing wide views of the capital city…

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Urbex: London Rooftops, Battersea Park, November 2014 Bonfire Night!

Bonfire Night! We had plans to get up high somewhere overlooking Battersea Park where we knew there was due to be a decent fireworks displace. Sadly our original planned spot was a complete fail, with access being sealed and lots of activity on the site we had to change our plans. sheer chance and a random unplanned backup and we found ourselves several stories up overlooking both Battersea Powerstation and the park where the display was due to take place…

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Urbex: Greenbank Synagogue aka The Ark, Liverpool, United Kingdom – November 2014 Revisit 1

My second trip to Greenbank Synagogue aka The Ark in Liverpool. The now abandoned building was constructed in 1936 and was used by an active congregation until 2007 when the synagogue finally closed its doors…

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Urbex: The Atlantic Ghost Fleet, France – October 2014

The Atlantic Ghost Fleet aka The Ghost Ships, I’ve wanted to explore this mothballed collection of ships for ages! I won’t be going too much into the history of these ships for now but from what I understand the fleet is still Military owned and is ultimately set to be scrapped…

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Urbex: Château P12, France – October 2014

Another old crumbling Château, Château P12 was a place we had on the map to visit based upon seeing a few older reports and photos. The place looked to have some decent contents left and some cool features…

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Urbex: Hospital Plaza, France – October 2014

Hospital Plaza is a rather large complex which features seemingly endless corridors full of bedrooms or wards, a large theatre room and a stunning chapel which remains in near perfect condition. The chapel is quite a prominent feature of this building leading me to believe that it may have once been a seminary…

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