Dyson Industries Limited Sheffield

Urbex: Dyson Industries Limited, Sheffield, South Yorkshire – January 2013

  Our visit Visited with alot of friends from http://www.ukurbex.com/ far too many to mention individually (sorry guys). We had a little mooch around this place before heading back to Leeds for some prearrange drinks 🙂 Bit of a derp but a good day out in the snow 🙂 History Founded by John Dyson who began mining clay…

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West ParkAsylum Asylum Morgue, Mortuary and Histopathology Department - Brain Blocks

Urbex: West Park Lunatic Asylum, Epsom, Surrey – January 2013 (Revisit)

For a bit of History and more photos from my first visit to West Park in 2010 check out this post! Regretfully I never saw enough of West Park while it was still around. Most of the site has now been renovated into new housing and the few remaining buildings are mainly stripped. This little gem however…

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Morgue P

Urbex: Morgue P, Down South – January 2013

I’m not doing much history on this place. Its a morgue part of a still live hospital complex which closed this section and moved it to a more central part of the hospital. By far the largest morgue I’ve been to yet with room to accommodate 56 bodies (according to the mule who went counting).  A tiny little spot but…

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National Gas Turbine Establishment aka NGTE Pyestock - Sahara Doors in Cell 3

Urbex: National Gas Turbine Establishment aka NGTE Pyestock, Fleet – January 2013

The National Gas Turbine Establishment at Pyestock Fleet was built in 1949 beginning with some small test cubicals inside buildings like the plant house and has since been added to over the years resulting in the huge site that stands there today. For over 50 years Pyestock was at the forefront of gas turbine development but now the site lays empty and derelict…

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Rossendale General Hospital - Operating Theatre

Urbex: Rossendale General Hospital, Lancashire – January 2013

Rossendale hospital started out as a work house for the poor named Haslingden Work House. I’m not certain when exactly it was built, however, there is an old photograph supposedly from 1905 and an illustration of the building dated around 1898 in which the building looks remarkably familiar to how it does today…

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T.G. Greens Pottery

Urbex: T.G. Greens Pottery, Swadlincote – January 2013

History Cornish Kitchen Ware was first produced in 1926 by T.G.Green & Co in Church Gresley, Derbyshire, a county famed for its pottery. The range’s special characteristic came from the lathe-turning process, which cut clean bands through its beautiful blue slip to show the white clay beneath. It was apparently this that inspired the name,…

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Sandwell College - Biology Laboratory;

Urbex: Sandwell College, Birmingham – January 2013

History Chance Campus, Sandwell College, is the only College of Further Education in Sandwell Metropolitan Borough, a municipal area of the West Midlands in England. It includes a separate sixth form (Central Sixth) teaching A Levels and facilities for teaching a wide variety of skills-based courses to school leavers and adults. This is the old…

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St Edwards Home for Boys

Urbex: St Edwards Home for Boys, United Kingdom – January 2013

St Edwards was close by to another explore we had that day so we thought we’d have a mooch around since we were already in the area! Originally established in 1904 as a home for orphaned boys, it also served as a school providing dormitory accommodation as well as the regular school rooms a chapel…

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St Gerards TB Orthopaedics Hospital – Wheelchair

Urbex: St Gerards TB Orthopaedics Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom – January 2013

Not a lot of info on this place… St Gerard’s Opened as a TB hospital specialising in orthopaedics as part of the Father Hudson Society Buildings catering to the boys located at the home next door. The Hospital closed in 1998, however, lots of cool stuff were left behind including a lovely fabric wheelchair and a collection of old leg braces.

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Fort de la Chartreuse - Purgatory

Urbex: Fort de la Chartreuse, Liege, Belgium – January 2013

History (stolen from wikipedia) The Fort de la Chartreuse, which dominates the Amercœur neighborhood of Liège in Belgium, was built between 1817 and 1823 to defend the city. The fort is built on a strategic height that dominates the valley of the Meuse, which had been occupied by a Carthusian (Ordre des Chartreux) monastery until…

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Castle Miranda aka Château Noisy - View of Castle of Vêves from an upper window

Urbex: Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy Belgium – December 2012 (Part 2)

Part 2 of my Urbex visit to Château de Noisy aka Château Miranda. This Castle which could almost be considered a ruin at this stage is an Urban Explorers paradise. The building looks like an abandoned Disney castle with spiraling turrets and a dominant clock tower. Truly an amazing site…

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Castle Miranda aka Château Noisy - Reflections of Beauty

Urbex: Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy Belgium – December 2012 (Part 1)

Built in 1855 / 1866 by English architect Milner under commission from the Liedekerke-Beaufort family this neo-Gothic castle known initially as Château Miranda but is now known as Château de Noisy. The castle began life as a summer home for the Liedekerke-Beaufort family. in the second world war it was claimed by German troop at the battle of the Bulge. After the war the Belgian National Railway Company rented the building to use as a school and holiday home for the children of the Belgian railway employees until the late 1970’s…

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Villa Dennis - Bed time

Urbex: 5 Hat Manor aka Villa Dennis aka La Maison d’Emile Belgium – December 2012

I suppose this will have been my first well preserved house explore.  I really enjoyed it! loads of stuff to see and very photogenic. If memory serves correct we found reasonable evidence to suggest that the house has been left from the early 70’s relatively untouched. There does appear to be some flat packed furniture…

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Preventorium Dolhain TB Hospital - Fire Truck

Urbex: Preventorium Dolhain TB Hospital, Dolhain, Belgium – December 2012

History The Preventorium Dolhain is a fantastic art deco style building situated near the river Weser in the quiet secluded area of Dolhain near Liege. The Preventorium was built to accommodate Children who were infected with or presumed to be infected with tuberculosis and continued to act as a sanatorium until the mid 1980’s. Preventorium’s…

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Firth Brown Medical Centre - Bed

Urbex: Firth Brown Underground Medical Centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire – November 2012

History Firth Brown Steels was initially formed in 1902, when Sheffield steelmakers John Brown and Company exchanged shares and came to a working agreement with neighbouring company Thomas Firth & Sons. In 1908 the two companies came together and established the Brown Firth Research Laboratories and it was here, in 1912, under the leadership of…

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Woollens & Co Project Sign

Urbex: Woollens for Signs, Sheffield, South Yorkshire – November 2012

History Woollen & Co Sheffield was formed in 1883 by Edwin Woollen, a sign writer and Frederick Ibbotson a lithographic printer. Woollens dealt with bespoke signage including hand painted signage. The site closed in 2008 after a takeover with several former employees going on to form a new Woollens while maintaining some of the old…

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Sheffield Crown Court - Main Courtroom

Urbex: Sheffield Crown Court, South Yorkshire – November 2012

History  Sheffield Old Town Hall stands in central Sheffield, England. The building was commissioned to replace Sheffield’s first town hall, which had opened in 1700 to a design by William Renny. This first structure stood by the parish church, on a site with little prospect for extension. The Old Town Hall was built in 1807–8 by Charles Watson, and was designed to…

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Severalls Lunatic Asylum – Squirrels Boutique

Urbex: Severalls Lunatic Asylum, Colchester – October 2012

History Severalls Lunatic Asylum aka The Second Essex County Asylum aka Severalls Hospital located in  Colchester, Essex was a psychiatric hospital built in 1910 based on a design by Frank Whitmore. The hospital opened in May 1913.  At its peak the 300 acre site had facilities to accommodate over 2000 patients and was based on the Echelon…

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George Barnsley and Sons aka Cornish Works - Carpenters Workshop

Urbex: George Barnsley and Sons aka Cornish Works, Sheffield, South Yorkshire – October 2012

History Borrowed from someone else’s urbex site report as I couldn’t find a great deal of info from other sources: George Barnsley was apprenticed into the filemakers trade in 1823 by his mother, Anne, who had been widowed. He was signed in to the apprenticeship – to a Thomas Wing of Sheffield – for seven years and two hundred…

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Mansfield General Hospital - Dont be a drip...

Urbex: Mansfield General, Mansfield – October 2012

The Abandoned Mansfield General Hospital. Construction initially began in 1889 and the hospital opened just one year later in 1890 with the intention of providing additional facilities to the local residents in light of outbreaks of diseases such as Typhoid, smallpox and tuberculosis which caused an increased demand for more hospital beds…

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