Recent Explores

Battersea Power Station, London

There are a handful of ‘iconic’ sites within the UK exploring community.  I could talk to you for hours about some of the truly great asylums such as Cane Hill & West Park. Others would talk about the great industrial …

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Farleigh Down Tunnel, Batheaston – Wiltshire

Monkton Farleigh ammunition depot utilised an old stone quarry below a plateau some 450 feet above the valley floor in which ran the main line railway that was its principal source of supply. Before the depot could be commissioned, an …

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Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Derby

Derby Royal Infirmary

Built in 1810 on land formerly part of Derby’s Castlefield estate the Derby Royal Infirmary served the local area until 2009 when the majority of the services were transferred to the new Derby Royal ‘Super’ Hospital. The additional buildings added …

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Bass Maltings, Sleaford

The Maltings were built by Bass Breweries at the start of the 20th century and were the largest of their kind in the country.  Costing £350’000 to build the site was operational by Bass until 1959 when production was ceased.  …

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Edison Swan Cable Works, Lower Lydbrook

One of my favourite explores as result of also being one of the first I ever posted on this website. I also remember looking at this factory when it was still operational during my early teenage life. It’s a place …

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Bristol Ice Rink, Bristol

Bristol Ice Rink opened as part of a huge Mecca entertainment complex in the 60’s known as the ‘New Bristol Centre’. At the time it was the biggest entertainment complex in Europe boasting a dozen licensed bars, an ice rink, …

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Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth – 35mm

A little trip to Mid Wales Hospital. The site continues to deteriorate and little seems to have been achieved by the new owners with pushing through planning applications.  This winter might just see most of the buildings collapsing both internally …

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Hartwood Hospital, Lanarkshire

Construction work begin in 1890 to build what was originally known as Lanark District Asylum. Construction work would take five years at a cost of £135’000.  Built originally to hold 500 patients across 6 wards it was a completely self …

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Harperbury Hospital, Radlett

Harperbury was built as a specialised Mental Health/Learning Disability hospital built from the remains of hangers used in the first world war. It is now known as Kingsley Green The sites layout resembles that of a colony plan typically associated …

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St Edwards Home for Boys, Coleshill

Built in 1095 St Edwards Home for Boys was part of a bigger site where the Father Hudson society are still based. The boys home closed in the mid 90’s Father Hudson’s Society was founded by Father George Vincent Hudson. …

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Bristol General Hospital, Bristol

The history of Bristol General dates back to 1832.  The lack of any health care in the growing industrial areas of Bedminster and Redclife became a concern of a local group of quakers. The Bristol General Hospital in its first …

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Sheffield Old Town Hall/Courts

Sheffield Old Town Hall stands on Waingate in central Sheffield, England, opposite Castle Market. 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 …

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