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Steely Solitude

A few more shots from the day spent exploring the abandoned steel mill… IMG_9762_2-2 s

The light on the day was pretty perfect, streaming through all the holes in the steel cladding of the buildings, and that was fortunate given the utter lack of lighting or power within the buildings themselves. It sure was extremely dark in places, which the shots belie. Sometimes the only way to focus was with the aid of torchlight.

IMG_9814_2-2 sLooking forward to the next trip, that’s for sure. Someday… soon… hopefully…


Quiet Abandonment

I have to confess that there’s little that appeals to me more than wandering around an old abandoned steel mill with camera and tripod, spare batteries and cards, a working flash-light and my own never ending curiosity. Especially when there’s some pretty amazing light streaming through the holes in the walls and roof.

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The pictures seriously do NOT give an accurate idea of exactly how dark it was in there though, and trying to navigate between various levels in almost total darkness was decidedly entertaining… especially when venturing right up on top of the roof!!.. Ladders and ascents not for the feint hearted, especially with all the necessary camera gear in tow.

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The doorway shown above, at the end of the narrow walkway was the one that led out on to a narrow platform before the final ladder to the roof, and maybe gives a better idea of how dark it actually was. Fun fun fun :)

IMG_9571_2-2 sRumour is that there’s a possible buyer for the place though, so maybe this was my final abandoned adventure there, unless I manage to squeeze in another one obviously. Still have a few shots left to post at least. :)

 


Men At Work

Girls in an abandoned girls school !!… Who’d-a-thought it…


Going Down

And now for something a bit more… well.. Maybe “normal” isn’t quite the right phrase, but normal’er… or for me at least… Still one of my favourite urbex locations is this place… At least that is until we manage to get in to the next on the list of must do’s, without being caught… ;)


Beam Me Up

I seem to have cultivated / acquired / developed / produced a bit of a  problem… or an illness… or an addiction… or some may even consider it the early onset of insanity (although my kids may argue it’s not so early… lol).. Anyway, this “problem” I speak of has been slowly worsening over the past few years, and I can definitively trace the source back to its origins… which was HERE… An old abandoned iron foundry, that had a very convenient human sized hole in the fence…  I think I must have been bitten by something when I was in there… Fortunately though, that foundry is no longer in existence, so hopefully others won’t suffer the same fate as me…

The symptoms of said illness ??… An inane desire to seek out and sneak in to any and all abandoned and derelict locations I can find… Schools / Colleges / Hospitals / Mansions / Nursing Homes / Industrial Factories… If it’s old and unused (and generally unsafe) then that’s invitation enough normally… lol… Other symptoms also include cuts / abrasions / not being able to get clean for a week / dirty blood stained clothing, and smelling like something no human should really be smelling like…. It’s small wonder I have so few friends these days !!!… although I’m pretty sure it’s only mildly contagious…

Oh, and it also means that my much more “general consumption” landscapey type photography has suffered a bit, but then given that it’s fast heading in to winter here, that’s no bad thing…

So the latest offering is an old abandoned Girls School, which I’ve been to before, but on this occasion we also managed to find the basement, and the beams of sunlight streaming through the small windows were nothing short of awe-inspiring… You certainly can’t beat spending hours in the dark and damp basement of an old and long abandoned girls school on a sunny Sunday afternoon… Isn’t that every mans idea of the perfect way to spend their weekend ??… ;)


It’s Been A While

So, It’s Been A While… (love this song btw, go give it a listen if it’s not familiar to you)… Anyway, as I was saying, it’s been a while since I put anything on here for various reasons… It’s also been a while since anyone tendered any care and attention on this particular building, which is such a shame as it’s a great building… but getting VERY dangerous…

So a brief catch up with me… Started a new job end of Sept.. reverting back to a previous career of mine, and I have to say it’s going great… I’ve also had a number of urbex outings too recently, one of which this shot comes from, so apologies to those of you who prefer my more tranquil landscape’y type posts (and flowers !!), but I do find a certain beauty in these places too… Plus it’s one heck of a challenge to find and capture something appealing, and also quite the challenge to get out without having fallen through the floor… Oh, and getting in can be quite interesting too sometimes.. ;)


Dinner is Served

Dusting off some of my old archived shots here that have never before seen the light of day, and mefinks the shots are not the only thing requiring dusting here…

Honestly, this is not MY kitchen.. which I think is pretty obvious, as naturally there would be more beer and pizza in the fridge… ;)

This is a shot from a long past visit with a good friend, to the highly infamous Potters Manor. You may recall that this isn’t the first time I’ve blogged about this particular derelict manor house, which has unfortunately now been pretty much ransacked judging by other people’s shots I’ve seen recently… If you’re interested in how it looked when this shot was taken, you can see a few old posts here, there, someplacesomewhere else and even over there… ;)

Cannot wait to get out for a spot of urbexing again, and fingers crossed that opportunity will present itself real soon… Watch this space.. :)


Window on the Past

Can’t believe it was over a year ago since we hit this derelict Manor House… What a day that was… Also I can’t believe from shots I’ve seen of the place since then, exactly how many people have been there and utterly trashed and robbed the place… It’s tragic enough that such buildings are left to rot away, but to vandalise them in the process is utterly beyond me…


Drop Redoubt

Firstly, sincere apologies for being utterly absent from the blogsphere of late… Plenty of reasons for that, but none of which I’ll inflict on you… Hopefully I’ll try to make more of an effort soon, but may have to resort to some older shots, as there’s not a great deal of interest here to shoot when it’s dark and wet and cold and miserable… lol…

This shots from a fairly recent trip to the Napoleonic Fort accessed by the spiral staircase I’ve posted recently… This is inside Caponier No. 3, which would have provided fire over any enemy invasion…

For some extra info, here’s an extract from Underground Kent detailing exactly what a drop redoubt is… Put simply, a redoubt is a detached outwork of great strength from which soldiers can fire in any direction, without flanking defences.  The Drop Redoubt is certainly a formidable looking structure even now, with its massive walls, bombproof casemates and the caponiers providing excellent means of defence.  Surrounding the Drop Redoubt is a dry ditch system over which the caponiers would have provided fire against any enemy infiltration. Known as Lines, they served a very similar purpose to mediaeval moats. The East Ditch leads from the Drop Redoubt to the harbour, and on the opposite side of the Redoubt, the Line extends out towards the Citadel. This was essential as the Citadel served as a place of final retreat should the rest of the Western Heights fall to the enemy.

Access to the Redoubt was via a bridge, the evidence of which is still very clear. Once through this entrance, the officers quarters are on the right, and a guard room and cells on the left. The bombproof barracks are on the other side of the structure, and could have housed 90 men. Married soldiers also had quarters here, and they were situated opposite the bombproof barracks.

There are 4 caponiers in the Redoubt, each with a gun room. There are also 3 gun rooms overlooking the East Ditch, and two more gun rooms to provide gunfire over the Line leading to the Citadel. The main magazine is situated by the married quarters, with further magazines attached to each caponier and the gun rooms defending the ditches.


And For Todays Lesson…

Another shot from our recent trip to the abandoned girls school… This wasn’t from the old original part of the building seen in the previous post, but was taken it the more recent outbuildings that were obviously used as the school itself… It’s an assumption, but I’d guess the main old building was used more as live in accommodation for the students…

Very much a dump and run post today, as I’m feeling a bit rough, but I’ll catch up with everyone either tomorrow or over the weekend…


No Jacket Required

Back to the infamous Potters Manor…for more doom and gloom…

Please pull up a chair and pour yourself a glass of the finest, and kick back and enjoy the open fire…

That’s one thing that amazed me with this place though was the sheer quantity of personal belongings that were left behind when the owners departed (for whatever reason they departed)… As can be seen here from the furniture / clothes / personal paintings / ornate glasses / rugs etc… Unfortunately though I’m not sure exactly how long all this will last, as it would appear from the swarm of postings I’ve seen recently that plenty more people have recently determined its whereabouts… Hopefully they’ll to be respectful of its uniqueness… and it will long remain an urbexers paradise…


It’s All Lies…

Another in the Potters Manor series… Only thing is that this shot in it’s original form didn’t really convey the right mood of the place as far as I was concerned, so I did a small amount of post processing…

Hopefully it’s worked, and hasn’t detracted from the image itself… as it took quite a while to do… I would love to write a “how to”…. but unfortunately, as is normally the case, I will happily spend an hour or so playing with a shot to get it exactly how I want it… and then think to myself… “How did I do that ??”…. and by then it’s far too late to remember all the steps I’ve taken…. So the next time I have to start again from scratch… Anyways… For reference here’s the original…

And this shot will also show you that, despite it’s relatively untouched state, there has been a significant amount of damage that has occurred over the years…. I really need to do some more investigative work to determine some genuine history of this place…

And I promise the next shot will be something more natural and landscape’y…. :)


Back in the day…

Back in 1966 to be precise…..

No big write up or anything to go with this one, but it’s another from the oh so mysterious urbex paradise that is Potters Manor… So much old stuff in this place, and I couldn’t help but grab a shot of this old travel case and a diary from 1966…. which was fascinating, especially as it’s older than me… just…. lol…


Top Secret…

Ok, so this is from a visit to the infamous and HIGHLY secret Potters Manor… It’s one of those Urbex best kept secrets, and the official line goes something like “Potters Manor House was built in 1904 by the classical architect Hugh Jokin. It nestles well hidden near the village of Nevertell just off the A40999 in Hampnex. The last inhabitants were a family of artisans and potters and for some reason, that we will probably never know, left the house with all its contents including many paintings and full wardrobes of clothes”….. and that’s pretty much all you will ever find out about the place, and NO ONE will tell you where it is….

Well I’m a slug, and we’re tenacious and driven and will never let go once we’ve got a sniff of something…. errrrhhhh… or is that an Alligator…. Anyways…. When a friend mentioned her failed potential trip there, I decided it warranted some serious investigation, and after a few hours of internet sleuthing I eventually determined its whereabouts, and today we paid a visit… and what a find it is too…. and I can kinda understand exactly why it is such a closely guarded secret… as it’s packed full of original artefacts….  and is pretty much untouched by vandals… The sort of place you don’t come across too often, and therefore worth protecting…. to a degree… lol…

LOVE LOVE LOVE Urbexing….. Such a blast when you find these sorts of places…. More to come soon…


Two Burnt..

Well we had a bit of a return visit to this fire ravaged retirement home, only this time armed with trusty tripods and remote releases, and naturally a dustpan and brush (had to tidy up a bit)….

We certainly spent quite some time here too, as the weather didn’t quite pan out the way it promised, so a nice open fire in a cosy comfy rustic cottage held infinitely more appeal than the great outdoors… Unfortunately it looks as though someone took “open fire” slightly too literally though….

I’m certainly going to have to have some stern words with the cleaners though, as I’m sure they’ve been using the wrong polish… I HATE pine scented… I gave strict instructions to ONLY use lemon… Grrrrrrr….

Gotta take this opportunity though to apologise to the residents of this luxurious abode… They didn’t seem overly impressed with our arrival… Mind you, throwing themselves at the first floor windows in order to make their escape I thought was a bit excessive… Lol… And they didn’t seem overly bothered that they scared the cr*p out of us either…. with all their flapping and stuff… Sure was one spacious dovecote though… ;)


Burnt and Bare

Well you really do have to love the odd bit of Urbex, and who can refuse the opportunity of exploring a burnt out mansion… Not entirely sure what this buildings history is at the moment, maybe a nursing home or something…. but it had obviously been ravaged by fire at some point, which had taken out the main staircase….

But there was an alternative stairwell that we managed to “very” carefully pick our way up to the second floor….which got me this shot looking back down in to the entrance lobby….

However the fire damage and distinct lack of floorboards made exploring much further than the first few rooms just a tiny bit too precarious…. even for me….

But it was definitely worth the visit, just for a couple of shots if nothing else…


Part Deux…

So here’s another one from yesterdays hospital visit…. Processed with an altogether more gritty ominous feel…. I may have a few more up my sleeve too… :)


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