Auchwitz I and Aushwitz II Birkenau

AUSCHWITZ AND ITS SUBDIVISIONS This was in incredible day spent exploring the two sites, humbling, harrowing but something everyone should see at least once in their life…. even stood there in Birkenau looking along the platform site back at the gatehouse its impossible to comprehend the scale of what happened here.  Walking through the gas…

HMP Category B Victorian Prison

  Well its not often you find yourself with a Victorian prison all to yourself. Its due for redevelopment from early November into student accommodation. Loved snooping around this place, despite being an old Victorian prison it was much lighter and spacious than HMP Blundeston which was really dark and miserable. I dropped lucky with…

Walkers Classic Car Graveyard

Walkers looks to have been an old lumber supplier with various associated buildings and yard areas. The place is absolutely littered with old cards and lorries all left abandoned in barns which are less than watertight!  Looks like there was also a furnace on site with the brick built chimney still in situ. Some great…

Blundeston’s Abandoned Cat B Prison

  I thought I’d have a crack at Blundeston and can confirm its now locked up with high vis demo chaps wandering around inside and a JCB on site. It quickly became apparent that I was going to struggle with the two 22ft steel perimeter fences and my jeans are not an adequate protection of a…

Sheffield’s abandoned Crown Courts and Cells

  A return visit to the fantastic derelict Sheffield Town Hall Crown Courts and holding cells… decided to use my dads trusty old Canon AE1 this time and ran through three rolls of black and white film. Lots of nice shadows and light casts everywhere you look in the street side rooms It was great…

Abandoned Boeing 747 300 Jet

Had an unrelated call here to look at some construction plant early this fine sunny Sunday morning and decided to go for a quick wander around the airfield afterwards after spotting a Boeing Jet dismantler is also based on the site! Theres a large cluster of 747’s in the bottom corner in various states of…

RAF Barnham Cold War Atomic Weapons Site

Having read about the key part that RAF Barnham played in Britain’s cold war nuclear deterrent I had to get down there and see it for myself and have to say as old military sites go this cold war beauty was absolutely fascinating… it really is a place where time has stood still and it…

St Gerrards Abandoned Childrens TB Hopital

History Father Hudson was a parish priest. He was assigned as secretary and administrator for The Birmingham Diocesan Rescue Society for the protection of homeless and friendless Catholic children. Created when poverty, deprivation and child labour was strife in 1902. St Gerald’s Hospital was built as an expansion for St Edwards boys and Catholic children…

Winsford Deep Salt Mine

I was lucky to get to go down Winsford Salt Mine as part of a visit with work. Winsford Rock Salt Mine, located west of the River Weaver at Meadowbank, is Britain’s oldest working mine and the last salt mine on the mainland. Even before the Romans arrived, salt had been produced in the area…

Derby’s derelict Royal Infirmery

A massive site, some great views of Derby to be had from the roof of the nurses accommodation tower block and the water tower alone in the centre plant block was worth a trip to see… some lovely old iron fixtures. The land pirates were out in force at one point we opened a door…

Drax Power Station – North Yorkshire

  I was lucky enough to get to have a look around Drax up in North Yorkshire, really is quite an experience being up close to those turbines whilst they are running full tilt! Drax is a large coal fueled power station capable of co-firing biomass and petcocke, its name comes from the nearby village of Drax….

Abandoned Lincolnshire Church

Abandoned Lincs Church So I went to scope out a place I have been looking at for a while and it was a bit busy with traffic when I got there…. went home through the country side and stumbled totally by chance on this little beaut, literally in the middle of a field in a…

George Barnsleys Derelict Cornish Works

George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) They were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883. George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon…

Kimberley’s Derelict H&H Brewery

The Kimberley Brewery was established and operated by the brewer Hardy’s & Hanson’s, and has a heritage dating from 1832. It was, at the time of closure, the oldest independent brewery in Nottinghamshire. Samuel Robinson opened the first commercial brewery in Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, England, in a rented bake-house using water from the Alley Spring in…

Abandoned Crankshaft Cottage

This place is an abandoned old cottage just set back from a main ‘A’ road I don’t have very much in the way of history unfortunately, seems it was originally an old tavern quite some time back, converted to residential and used as the home of the adjacent farm food shop which is on the…

B29 Superfortress Overexposed Crash Site

B29 Superfortress ”Overexposed” I had a meander across Bleaklow moors that ended up with me completely lost sinking in boggy peat and going around in circles with a setting sun hunting for the crash site of B29 Superfortress named ‘’Overexposed’’. Overexposed was fitted out as a reconnaissance aircraft and filmed all the atomic bomb tests…

Holdings Derelict Counrty Pottery

Holdings Pottery Holdings Country Pottery was founded circa 1898 on a large clay deposit in Lancashire. It used its own clay, which was dug, blended, washed and processed before being made into passes for the potters wheel. Since the start of the century until its closure little changed in the process and the factory opened its doors to visitors…

Hoarders Abandoned House in the Woods

Hoarders House This is truly a house in the woods, abandoned quite some time ago and slowly collapsing in on itself. It has a sad story attached from what I have researched, residents were a professional pianist and his wife who sadly lost their son aged 6.  It really is a place where time has…

Mansfields derelict General Hospital

Mansfield Hospital The first purpose built hospital to serve Mansfield and Mansfield Woodhouse area was constructed in 1877 on land which was donated by the Duke of Portland. That building later became a public house, The Fourways Inn, situated at the junction of Butt Lane and Leeming Lane (A60). From 1882 a cottage hospital, offering…

Kirton in Lindsey Abandoned RAF base

RAF Kirton in Lindsey   A really nice old RAF base, free of vandalism and in the middle of the Lincolnshire flat lands that which we managed to catch on a nice sunny day. The view from the top of the water tower is absolutely fantastic! I also managed to get bit on the leg…

Lancaster Lunatic Asylum

Lancaster Asylum The Lancaster County Lunatic Asylum and Lancaster County Mental Hospital, was a mental hospital in Lancashire, England, which closed in 2000 (the mental health departments may have left in 1991, but others remained). It was opened in 1816 in a building by architect Thomas Standen; a further building, known as “The Annexe” was opened…

St Johns County Lunatic Asylum

St John’s Asylum in Lincolnshire, in the East of England was built 1852. The building was then known as Lindsey & Holland Counties & Lincoln & District Lunatic Asylum. The Asylum has also been known over the years as Lincolnshire County Pauper Lunatic Asylum and Bracebridge Heath Asylum. Finally it was given the name St…

Sheffield old Town Hall and Court House

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 house not only…

Rauceby’s Derelict Lunatic Asylum

Rauceby Asylum Rauceby and Kesteven County Asylum, is a now-defunct mental institution in the parish of Quarrington, Lincolnshire. Building work was commenced in 1897, the facility was completed and opened in 1902.[1] After changing hands and names several times the main hospital building was closed in 1998 and abandoned for several years. From 2004 parts…

Clipstone Signal Box

Having explored Clipstone Colliery on a few occasions I thought I would walk the old sidings line down to the main and still operational line just after Kings Clipstone bridge. By pure coincidence I stumbled upon the Clipstone signal box sited next to the now abandoned line on its last day as a manned box….

McKhenie Abandoned Brass Foundry

History The Aldridge factory employed around 1,000 people between 1979 and 1987 whilst producing approximately 1,000 tonnes per week, with about 4 extrusion presses in use at any one time, producing around 480,000 extrusions per annum. These presses produced extruded rod, hollow bar & section, in various shapes, sizes & specifications of brass. It supplied…

Pleasley Colliery – Mansfield

Pleasley Colliery The colliery is located to the NW of Pleasley village and from the south it commands a prominent position on the skyline, although less so now than when the winders were in operation and both chimney stacks were in place. After closure of the colliery in 1986, most of the surface infrastructure was demolished…

Abandoned Butterley Engineering Works

Butterley Engineering Solo explore, which was a mistake as there were two people apparently living in the office blocks (both thankfully asleep in sleeping bags when I peered through the window) and just as I was making my way to the big old blast furnace for a look a bloke appeared from the top yard…

Magpie Abandoned Lead Mine

Magpie Mine The Magpie Mine, just South of Sheldon, was one of the most famous lead mines in the Peak District and is the only one with a significant part of its building still standing, having been taken into the care of the Peak District Mines Historical Society in 1962. The mine buildings can be…

Crookham Court Derelict Manor House

Crookham Court Manor Crookham Court is a beautiful manor in Thatcham, West Berkshire, which stands on what was originally the site of Crookham Manor, which was demolished around the 1850’s. Crookham Court was built as a manor house, but in 1961 became a junior boarding School, serving the people at Greenham Common Army Grounds. This…

Biscathorpe Derelict Church

Biscathorpe Church This old church has been left to fall apart, sadly holes in the roof are causing quite  a bit of damage to the internals and it doesn’t look to have anything done in the way of repairs for many years. There was also an attached rectory but that was in an even worse…

Great War Derelict Cottage

Great War Cottage Solo explore and stumbled on this place quite by chance whilst on the way back from a holiday! Only photos I stumbled on in the whole building were the World War 1 photo postcards dated 1918 with some great little notes on the back, hence the report name.

Annesley Hall – Mansfield

Annesley Hall Annesley Hall is a Grade II listed country house near Annesley in Nottinghamshire, England and the ancestral home of the Chaworth-Musters family. The Hall dates from the mid-13th century and was the home of the Annesley family, passing to the Chaworth family when Alice, heiress to the Manor of Annesley, married George Chaworth,…

Camelot Abandoned Theme Park

Camelot Abandoned Theme Park The park opened in 1983 and was operating seasonally until late 2012. The park was based on the story of ‘Camelot, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table’.  The closure of the park was announced by its operator, Knights Leisure, in November 2012, the managing director blaming poor summer…

Willington Cooling Towers

Willington Cooling Towers This was quite an interesting look around, prior to visiting Drax and Ironbridge I had not been up and close to a set of cooling towers before… their is something rather ‘other worldly’ about the noise they make as they stand abadoned. The coal-fired power station at Willington was built in the…

Crich Quarry

Crich Quarry Geologically, Crich lies on a small inlier of Carboniferous limestone (an outcrop on the edge of the Peak District surrounded by younger Upper Carboniferous rocks). Quarrying for limestone probably began in Roman times. In 1791 Benjamin Outram and Samuel Beresford bought land for a quarry to supply limestone to their new ironworks at…

Clipstone Colliery 35mm film

Clipstone Colliery December 2012 I had a wander around Clipstone on a solo visit, bumping into metal fairies with angle grinders so I had to rush off just as the good light arrived! Whilst I was tere I used three rolls of Ilford HP5 400 through my Canon A1 35mm. I didn’t get the film…

George Barnsleys Cornish Works – Sheffield

George Barnsleys This was a very relaxed and enjoyalble wander around a place where time has truly stood still. George Barnsley & Sons Ltd was founded in 1836 and were originally situated on Wheeldon Street, Sheffield. By 1849 they had moved to the Cornish Works, which were much larger premises. They specialised in the manufacture…

RAF Honiley Abandoned Jet Engine Test Centre

Raf Honiley was operational 1941-1958, a base for night fighter squadrons during the war then various training and signals units until its closure. When it was acquired by Lucas varsity it was used as an automotive test area by the likes of prodrive and TRW (Lucas Aerospace) There’s what’s left of a wind tunnel, three…

USAF Upper Heyford

USAF Air Base USAF Air Base This was  fascinating place to wonder around, just seeing a small part of rural england turned into an American mini state was bizarre, US fuel pumps, stores, baseball fields etc…. Established as an RFC aerodrome in 1915, the site eventually became an RAF bomber station in the 1920’s and…

Sleaford Bass Maltings

This was one explore where I really wished I had  a drone.  We climbed to the roof of the water tower and the views were incredible but the site is so vast only a drone could really capture the scale from a few hundred meters up. The Bass Maltings in Sleaford, England are a large…

ROC Nuclear Fallout Observation Bunker

Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Posts are underground bunkers constructed as a result of the Corps’ nuclear reporting role and operated during the Cold War between 1955 and 1991. In all but a very few instances the posts were built to a standard design consisting of a 14-foot-deep access shaft, a toilet/store and a monitoring room. The…

Derelict Hermitage Mill

HermitageMill Hermitage Mill is a Grade II listed structure built by the 4th Duke of Portland. It started life as a cotton-spinning factory in 1803, and by 1848 was manufacturing high-quality embroidery thread for the world-renowned company, Taylor’s of Leicester. By 1894, hosiery manufacturers Samuel Eden & Son were leasing the mill, and eventually bought…