Château de la Forêt - Main Staircase

Urbex: Château de la Forêt, Belgium – April 2014

This unoccupied castle, Château de la Forêt, is a stunning Neo-Tudor style building. Built in 1860 the Castle sits in the middle of a forest with a large estate grounds. The Château is not technically abandoned, From what I have been able to establish the property was left to a group of descendants who are unable to agree upon a single owner…

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Home Sweet Home Hospital

Urbex: Home Sweet Home aka Forest View aka Hospital SS, Belgium – April 2014

An old abandoned geriatric Hospital which was previously a sanatorium built in 1957 and functioned for the majority of its history as a hospital for retired and elderly people, this now trashed building still contains lots of wheelchairs a reminder of what the place once was. Shortly before its closure it was been replaced by a newer building which sits directly opposite this now burnt out concrete shell of a site…

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Woolton Hall aka Wacky Tacky Manor aka Katie’s House

Urbex: Woolton Hall aka Wacky Tacky Manor aka Katie’s House, Liverpool – March & April 2014 (2 Visits)

Woolton Hall is in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool, Merseyside, England. It is a former country house built in 1704 and extensively renovated in 1772 by the influential architect Robert Adam. It is praised as the finest example of Robert Adam’s work in the north of England…

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Prison H15 Womend Wing from the Guard Tower

Urbex: Prison H15, France – March 2014 (revisit 2)

This abandoned prison in France named H15 closed at some point in 2010 when another detention centre which was closer to modern american maximum security prisons was built. This old prison which is described as dilapidated before its closure was set for demolition before the site was occupied by travellers

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Château Du Cavalier

Urbex: Château Du Cavalier, France – March 2014

There is very little history to be found on this abandoned Château codenamed Château Du Cavalier by other explorers. All I could seem to find out is that the property had been most recently purchased by a Chinese investor who apparently has intentions to refurbish the place back into a home or potentially a hotel.

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Château de Singes

Urbex: Château de Singes aka Castle of Monkeys aka Chateau la Folie, France – March 2014

There is very little information on the Abandoned Château de Singes which I could find on the internet. I’ve read that the House was built in the 17th Century and that the last owners vacated in around 1976. Singes is one of those buildings that just has some wow factor about it both internally and externally.

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Severalls Asylum Colchester - Purple Corridor

Urbex: Severalls Lunatic Asylum, Colchester – March 2014 (revisit 3) Part 1 of 3

Briefly Severalls Lunatic Asylum aka The Second Essex County Asylum aka Severalls Hospital was built in 1910 and opened in 1913. At its peak the Asylum could house 2000 patients making it one of the largest in the country. Based upon the Echelon Asylum Plan Severalls has become well known for its spiralling Corridors which connect various buildings and the vast amount of bay windows within the wards.

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St Josephs Seminary Upholland - Corridors

Urbex: St Josephs Seminary Upholland, Lancashire, United Kingdom – March 2014 (revisit 3 and 4) Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of yet another trip the The abandoned Seminary in Upholland. We were blessed with some excellent light, here are another batch of shots taken from the visit including the dormitories, ground floor corridors and the study hall. Enjoy!

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St Josephs Seminary Upholland - The Red Chapel

Urbex: St Josephs Seminary Upholland, Lancashire, United Kingdom – March 2014 (revisit 3 and 4) Part 1 of 2

Briefly, the abandoned St Joseph’s College, Upholland is a former Roman Catholic seminary, situated at Walthew Park, Upholland, Lancashire, England. The foundation of the large building were laid in April 1880 and college was opened in 1883. The last students left Upholland in 1992 and the building has been empty since 1999.

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Ushaw Seminary

Urbex: Ushaw Seminary, Durham – March 2014 (Revisit)

Briefly the abandoned Ushaw College, a former Catholic seminary was founded in 1808 by scholars from English College, Douai, who had fled France after that college had been closed during the French Revolution. Ushaw College had been affiliated with the University of Durham since 1968 and finally closed in 2011 due to the shortage of vocations.

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St Mary's Asylum Church

Urbex: St Mary’s Hospital Church, aka Gateshead Borough Asylum – March 2014

One of the Asylums which I unfortunately missed when it was in its prime. the derelict St Mary’s Hospital aka Gateshead Borough Asylum is now stripped bare and is an active building site. Very little remains of what was once left behind at this place.

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Denbigh Asylum aka The North Wales Hospital

Urbex: Denbigh Lunatic Asylum aka North Wales Hospital, Denbighshire, Wales – March 2014 (Revisit 3)

The abandoned Denbigh Asylum aka The North Wales Hospital was completed and opened in 1848 to accommodate the Welsh paupers who were reportedly receiving poor treatment in comparably English Lunatic Asylums. Electro-Convulsive Treatment (ECT) and Pre-frontal leucotomy operations aka Lobotomy operations were performed here.

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Globe Mill Huddersfield

Urbex: Globe Mill, Huddersfield – February 2014

Globe Mill is an old abandoned textile mill located in a small village near Huddersfield. The old stone building is very well built and surprisingly suffering little decay. There are plans which are undergoing review for a complete refurbishment of the site introducing accommodation, doctors, shops and a planned supermarket.

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