The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…

Back to School

That’s exactly where I’ve been this weekend, but not to learn anything I hasten to add… Well that’s a lie actually, as I did learn that garlic hummus and celery is rather nice as a tasty snack, all thanks to my urban companion… lol…

This particular school is an old abandoned girls school… and for a bit of urban exploring they don’t come much better…

It was originally built as the privately owned Lillesdon Estate Mansion, built in 1855, and became a public girls school just after the 1st world war… It eventually closed around 1999, and has been abandoned ever since… and I believe is now owned by a property developer who is intending to convert the building in to private apartments at some point in the future…. The place is amazing though, with so many rooms, and is definitely going to warrant a return visit… or two…. or maybe even three…

There will be a few more shots appearing here soon, as soon as I can decide which ones to post… but for now here’s a taster of the exterior… :)


25 responses

  1. I love your abandoned shots, they definitely have a style about them. Make more trips please!

    October 11, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    • Cheers Brian.. There’s a few more I promise…

      October 11, 2010 at 10:38 pm

  2. JJ

    You were right, the building looks great in black and white, my shots of this blue room are c**p compared to yours, grrrrrr :o(

    October 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    • LOL… and I’m thinking that you’ve got plenty that are way better than mine…

      October 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm

  3. No fair that you have all these amazing abandoned places to visit and photograph!! This place just screams for a slow shutter shot of a little girl all dressed in the uniform and twirling through the room….

    October 11, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    • Oooh now there’s a thought, and I have the perfect model too… If only this place wasn’t so dangerous though…

      October 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm

  4. You certainly find the coolest places to photograph.

    (I’m a fan of hummus too!)

    October 12, 2010 at 2:41 am

    • Thanks k…. They’re getting harder and harder to find though…

      October 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm

  5. I can hardly wait to see more. I’m amazed that you can get into these places. Where I live, abandoned buildings are covered with bars and sheets of tin. Very difficult to get inside without some serious tools. Nice work so far!

    October 12, 2010 at 5:56 am

    • Well I’d not say they’re easy to get in to… There’s a certain amount of “security” that needs to be overcome first… lol… Thanks Avital…

      October 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm

  6. aswirly

    Let me just say that garlic hummus is delish, AND you have the best urbex places and I’m so jealous. What a fantastic place to explore. Love the scenes…especially that peeling wallpaper!

    October 12, 2010 at 6:53 am

    • You’re right… it is rather nice, and lasts well in to the next day too… much to the disgust of others… lol… I can’t believe you’ve not found any urbex places yourself yet…

      October 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm

  7. lyannewylde

    wow, this place looks very cool. nice work funky. more shots?

    October 12, 2010 at 9:06 am

    • Thanks Ly… It is quite an impressive place, and oh yes… there’s definitely more shots… :)

      October 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm

  8. Never would have guessed that this used to be a school. It’s a beautiful building and it’s nice to know that the owner will remodel/restore it and not tear it down to make room for something a lot more modern.
    Great shots! Can’t wait to see more!

    October 12, 2010 at 11:32 am

    • Well it was originally built as a private mansion house, but isn’t unusual of buildings or dedicated schools from this era… It is good to know it may be restored though… Thanks Michaela…

      October 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

  9. Have I mentioned how much I love your Urbex shots?

    October 12, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    • LOL… You may have… Urbex places do make some pretty good subjects don’t they…

      October 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm

  10. Ummmm…what do you mean, “decide which ones to post?” You will be posting them ALLLLLLLL.

    Right? ;)

    October 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    • LOL… Well I will certainly throw a few more up in the coming weeks / months…. but I’m not sure anyone wants to see ALL of them… They’re not all that good for a start… lol… Thanks kd…

      October 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

  11. Great shots looking forward to more of them. I like hummus too any flavor actually, it’s great on crackers.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    • Thanks Consuelo.. Well I’m convinced too.. on crackers, or most other things for that matter… :)

      October 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm

  12. Hi Funky Slug!
    Thank-you for the trip over to my site, today. Your photography is awesome! I’m going to comment on that drawing of the bird, above, in a minute! I think this building IS a true find. The building is hauntingly wonderful and the composition in the blue room with the play of light is so cool.

    November 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    • Thanks so much for dropping by here too Leslie… and for your comments… You’re spot on about this building though, it was an amazing find, and so very interesting to explore and photograph…

      November 11, 2010 at 5:47 pm

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