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Take a Seat

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This is one most definitely from the archives that has been begging me to edit it for a very very very long time, and I figured that as I’ve now hit 4,000 followers (not even the faintest idea how that happened!), then now would be an ideal time to dust things off and throw it out there. This is from a past visit to the previously infamous Potters Manor, a once wonderful manor house sadly abandoned. I’m not even sure it’s still standing, as I know from the last pictures I saw, it had been robbed of any remaining character it may once have had, and everything that wasn’t nailed down, and sadly most things that WERE nailed down too.

Hopefully someone bought it, with the intention of restoring it to its former glory.


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. :)

 


Come One – Come All…

Yeah ok, not very seasonal or conventional I know, but then I’ve always thought other peoples seasonal pictures are much better than mine ever would be anyway, so I’ll stick to the more unconventional offerings at this time of year… At least it’s got the right colours in it… lol…

So who fancies popping round for a drink or two… Welcoming enough entrance hall for ya huh ???… Mefinks I really must have words with my cleaner… ;)


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…


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… ;)


Hospital Visit…

OK, so I have spent most of my day today in hospital…. And what a great day it was too… I have to say I’ve never spent such an enjoyable time in hospital…. Yeah ok, so maybe it wasn’t your conventional visit to casualty, although it could very easily have ended up being which you’ll appreciate from the pictures…  And the pictures that you see here of the interior were taken in almost complete darkness due to the boarded up windows…. Made for an interesting time…. lol…

The Babies Castle

And I’m sure in seeing said hospital you’ll understand exactly why a visit to casualty was a fairly high probability…. lol…. So today Night-Stalker McGowan and Me paid a visit to the slightly infamous, and ever so strangely named “Hawkhurst Babies Castle”…

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The babies castle was officially opened in 1886, and was initially for the reception of babies but became a mixed home for children under the age of 8, who owing to their physical condition, were not suited for boarding out… The “Babies Castle” officially closed in 1965… when it then became a nursing home for the elderly…

I’m unsure when this closed… but the upper floors were in an appalling state of repair with very few floorboards remaining and most of the windows boarded up, making it very risky and extremely interesting to move around safely…. and I use the phrase “safely” in its loosest sense…