The Wind Turbine

Urbex: The Wind Turbine – Norfolk – July 2013

Just a random little stop on the way to our intended destination.Something a little different to the norm… not quite derelict as still generating power feeding into the national grid. While refuelling I spotted what appeared to be a platform at the top of a wind turbine visible from the garage… we decided to go…

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Little Plumstead Hospital / Asylum

Urbex: Little Plumstead Hospital / Asylum, Norfolk – July 2013

History Little Plumstead Hospital / Asylum is a cluster of abandoned buildings in Norfolk spread over quite a large area, all with different architectural features making it obvious that the complex had been added to several times over the course of its existence. In addition to the buildings which still remain I have read that…

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The Fletchers Convalescents Home

Urbex: The Fletchers Convalescents Home, Norfolk – July 2013

History Built for the benefit of the patients of the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, the former Fletcher Convalescent Home is now itself in need of some TLC. Absorbed into the NHS during the twentieth century, it was converted into a geriatric unit and then closed and sold for development. Planning permission for its conversion to…

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TB Hospital Mundesley

Urbex: Mundesley TB Hospital. Mundesley, Norfolk – July 2013

History (borrowed from Norfolk Explorer on OS): An early purpose-built TB sanatorium in England opened in 1899 and provides a rare surviving example of a timber framed prefabricated hospital building. Originally there were also a number of moveable wooden huts in the grounds, looking rather like summerhouses on wheels, in which patients could spend all…

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George Barnsley & Sons aka The Cornish Works Sheffield

Urbex: George Barnsley and Sons aka Cornish Works, Sheffield, South Yorkshire – July 2013 (revisit 2)

History Briefly George Barnsley’s began manufacturing files before becoming one of the worlds leading manufacturers of tools for the shoe making and leather trades. Closing in 2003 the place is like a walk through time in both its construction and architecture to the items left behind. A very photogenic explore it will always be a favourite…

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Middleton Mine - Firework Display

Urbex: Hopton Wood Stone Quarry aka Middleton Mine, Derbyshire – July 2013

History Middleton mine spans a site approximately 168ha of land and is made up of 26 miles of tunnels across 3 levels. From the 18th Century until the end of World War 2, Middleton Quarry produced high quality limestone capable of taking surface polish, for use in monuments and other ornamental products. After declining demand…

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IDA Cookridge Hospital

Urbex: IDA Cookridge Hospital, Leeds, West Yorkshire – June 2013

History Borrowed: In 1886 John North gifted £6,000 to open a convalescent home in memory of his daughter Ida. Chorley and Connon were the Architects, opened 10th May 1888. Robert Arthington financed a second hospital on adjacent site which opened May 1905, and took his name but was mostly referred to as ‘Cookridge’. Ida hospital is the two…

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St Joesephs Seminary - Corridors

Urbex: St Josephs Seminary Upholland, Lancashire, United Kingdom – June 2013 Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of the Urbex trip around the abandoned St Joseph’s Seminary in Upholland Lancashire. Full history and details of the visit can be found in Part 1 of the report here. Briefly St Joseph’s College, Upholland is a former Roman Catholic seminary, situated at Walthew Park, Upholland, Lancashire, England. The foundations of the large building…

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St Joesephs Seminary - Spiral Staircase

Urbex: St Josephs Seminary Upholland, Lancashire, United Kingdom – June 2013 Part 1 of 2

History St Joseph’s College, Upholland is a former Roman Catholic seminary, situated at Walthew Park, Upholland, Lancashire, England. The foundations of the large building were laid in April 1880 and college was opened in 1883. The buildings have recently been deconsecrated following the announced closure of the College which saw the last students leave in…

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OM Asylum Cell

Urbex: OM Asylum, United Kingdom – June 2013 Part 1 of 2

I’m not going to do a full history on this one just yet, Demolition is well under way with parts of the site completely demolished already. Briefly this old Abandoned Asylum somewhere in the UK was established in the very early 1800’s and closed in the early twentieth century. The Asylum catered for both private…

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Serenity Hospital - Staircase

Urbex: The Royal Hospital Haslar aka Serenity Hospital, Gosport – June 2013 (revisit) Part 3 of 3

The third and final instalment of the Serenity revisit report, This part features the more modern staircase, yet another CT scanner, all the group shots and the one and only wheelchair that I came across during my visit to this huge site. Links at the bottom to the previous reports which have loads more photos…

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Serenity Hospital - Main Entrance Hall

Urbex: The Royal Hospital Haslar aka Serenity Hospital, Gosport – June 2013 (revisit) Part 2 of 3

Part 2 of the revisit to Serenity Hospital. This monster of an abandoned hospital has so much to offer from a photographic perspective. Its sad to see so much medical equipment just being left to rot especially some of the larger X-ray  machines and MRI scanners. This Part of the report features the Main entrance…

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Serenity Hospital Rooftops

Urbex: The Royal Hospital Haslar aka Serenity Hospital, Gosport – June 2013 (revisit) Part 1 of 3

Welcome to Part 1 of 3 post for this epic revisit to Serenity Hospital! Visited this time With Mars Lander, Ssssshhh, Luckpants and Perjury Saint. Whilst I really enjoyed the first trip here, seeing it all again for a second time but this time feeling a little bit more familiar with the layout I was…

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Gray & Dunn & Co Buscuit Factory Glasgow

Urbex: Gray Dunn & Co, aka Custard Cream Factory, Glasgow, Scotland – June 2013

History Gray, Dunn & Co the bakers and biscuit manufacturers were founded in 1853 and received a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria. There is little information about Gray, Dunn & Co in the twentieth century. The firm’s factory was built in Stanley Street in Kinning Park in 1862 but destroyed by fire thirteen years later and…

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Pigeon Church

Urbex: Pigeon Church, Scotland – June 2013

Externally the building looks more like a town hall or courtroom building rather than a church and the bell towers appears to have been a later addition perhaps the building may have had a previous function in its history. Unsure how long this one had been abandoned but its certainly becoming worse for wear!

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