Recent Explores

Tone Mill, Wellington

First Visited this back in January 2010, one of the best industrial sites I’ve ever visited. Returned again in 2011 to see more of site. Tone Mill in Wellington is the last woollen mill in the West Country, with a …

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George Barnsley & Sons, Sheffield

George Barnsley & Sons Ltd specialised in tools for shoe makers and leather workers. The building closed around 2004. This was my third visit to the site, over the years the site has deteriorated and before long the building will …

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Loxley Congregational Chapel, Sheffield

Built in 1787 and closed in 1993 Loxley Congregational Chapel was known later in life as Loxley United Reformed / Independent Church. The building is surround by graves on three sides of it, vastly overgrown an unloved in places there …

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Stanley Royd Asylum Chapel, Wakefield

Second visit to the Stanley Royd Chapel. Something I swore I’d never visit again due to it being one of the most disgusting explores ever!  Having said that it’s almost one of the most beautiful for that majestic stained glass …

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Holding Bros. Pottery, Oswaldtwistle

A Return visit to one of my favourite little industrial sites in the north west The Broughton Barn Pottery was founded on a large clay deposit on the windswept moors of Oswaldtwistle, this was dug, blended, washed and processed on …

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West Park Hospital, Epsom

West Park was the last mental hospital to be developed on the Horton Estate, having been planned since 1906, prior to the opening of neighbouring Long Grove asylum. Initial development to have been completed for opening in 1916. From 1917 …

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Golden Grove, Camarthenshire

Gelli Aur Mansion was rebuilt by the Earl of Cawdor between 1827 and 1832, replacing an earlier Tudor mansion, he house remained in the Cawdor family until the 1930s. During World War II it was occupied by the US 8th …

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Cabot Tower, Bristol

Cabot Tower was built between 1896 and 1898 in memory of John Cabot, 400 years after he set sail in the Matthew from Bristol and landed in what was later to become Canada. It consists of a spiral staircase and …

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Stanley Mill, Kings Stanley

Stanley Mill is grade 1 listed woolen mill located just oustide of the village of Stonehouse.  Work started on building the mill in 1812 and completed in 1813. It remained in use until 1989 when the majority of the mill …

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Penallta Colliery, Hengoed

Penallta Colliery

Situated near Hengoed, in 1905 Powell Duffryn began the sinking of Penallta colliery, and had employed 291 men by 1908. The two shafts Nos.1 (downcast) and 2 (upcast) were 783 and 750 yards deep respectively, and at the time were …

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Minffordd Hospital, Bangor

Minffordd Hospital is a small community hospital that closed in 2006. The hospital was built in the aftermath of the 1882 typhoid epidemic that accounted for 42 deaths around the Bangor area. The hospital had a number of isolation wards. …

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Dinorwic Quarry, Dinorwig

The Dinorwic Slate Quarry is a large former slate quarry, now home to the Welsh National Slate Museum, located between the villages of Llanberis and Dinorwig in north Wales. It was the second largest slate quarry in Wales, indeed in …

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Llanberis Bomb Store, Llanberis

It’s official title is actually ‘Llanberis RAF Reserve Depot (Bomb Store)’  – In 1939 two open quarries were bought by the Air Ministry for use as ammunition storage. The depot consisted of two levels, with access to the lower level …

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