Teeside Steelworks Blast Furnace Redcar

Teeside Steelworks Blast Furnace, Redcar – April 2016

Originally mothballed in 2010 after the loss of a large contract the Blast Furnace was relit in 2012 after new owners stepped in to restart production. However, the new owners fell into liquidation in October 2015 prompting the closure of the site once again. Parts of the site still remain in use but a lot of the production within this area has ceased with the loss of thousands of jobs.

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Urbex: Holly Lodge Girls College, Liverpool – March 2016

Holly Lodge Girls’ College was an abandoned building formerly used as a school for female students until they upgraded to new premises. The old buildings were disused for several years and briefly functioned as a film set for both hospital and police station scenes as evidenced with some of the set designs..

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Kellingley Colliery

Urbex: Kellingley Colliery, North Yorkshire – March 2016

The now abandoned Kelling Colliery was the last functioning Deep Coal Mine in the United Kingdom and marked is last day on 18th December 2015. Bore holes were first drilled on the site in the 1950’s in order to establish the feasibility of constructing the mine. The sinking of the mine’s two shafts began in 1960 which ultimately reached an initial depth of 800m…

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Broughton Printers Ltd

Permission Visit: Broughton Printers, Preston – December 2015

Broughton Printers Ltd was originally founded in 1988 and later acquired by Northern & Shell as part of its purchase of the Express Newspapers in 2001. The printers, at its peak, employed 200 staff across the 15,805 m2 site and produced around 11 million newspapers and magazines each day…

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The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital - Operating Theatre

Urbex: The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden – December 2015

The now abandoned Queen Elizabeth II Hospital was the first major hospital built by the NHS and accommodated 100 patients. in 2015 A new hospital opened on the same site after a £30 million investment in modern services. The old site was closed and earmarked for demolition to make way for a new housing development…

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Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Operating Theatre

Urbex: Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool – October 2015

The now abandoned Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool was originally intended to be a workhouse the for insane. Despite being the original intent of the site when the land was purchased by the Board of Poor Law Guardians, plans changed and the Hospital first opened its doors in 1914 as a military hospital during the First World War…

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Daresbury Hall aka Zombie Manor

Urbex: Daresbury Hall aka Zombie Manor, Cheshire, England – October 2015

Daresbury Hall is an abandoned Grade II* listed, 17th Century, Georgian style country house which was built in 1759 for George Heron. After serving as a private residence for some time, in the Second World War, the building was used as a military hospital and then from 1955 functioned as a residential care home before being used as a huge cannabis farm and then eventually set on fire…

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Cavern of the Lost Souls

Urbex: The Cavern of the Lost Souls aka The Car Graveyard Mine, Wales, United Kingdom (revisit)- September 2015

Another trip down into the darkest depths of a Welsh slate mine to visit the Cavern of the Lost Souls… This rather unique waterfall like formation of vehicles which cascade down into a deep pool of water from a small now partially blocked opening its truly spectacular to see with your own eyes…

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The Crescent Cinema Pontefract

Urbex: The Crescent Cinema, Pontefract, West Yorkshire – September & October 2015

The Abandoned Cresent Cinema in Pontefract opened 2nd November 1926 and operated until it closed in 1993. Originally the Cinema had a 2 tiered layout with room to accommodate 1190 customers but this was later scaled back to a single level auditorium in 1971..

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Château Gryffindor

Urbex: Château Gryffindor, France – September 2015

The Chateau itself was obviously the main draw and I think accounts for most of the photos below including the lovely spiral staircase which leads up to a small landing area with decoratively painted walls. There was a room with an examination bed and a few pieces of other medical equipment which were one of the few remaining reminders of the last function of the building as a care home for the elderly.

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