Recent Explores

Dreadnaught Storm Drain, Bristol

Built in 1974 the ‘dreadnaught’ storm drain runs from Bishopsworth through to an outfall on the diverted stream of the river Avon in Bedminster. The drain runs almost parallel with the Souther foul water interceptor.

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Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth

No words can really describe the decline this year of this site. Better security at the beginning of the year may have prevented mass theft of doors, fixings, tiles, lead, fireplaces, copper and sadly the clock mechanism & faces. The …

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Bridge Valley Road Deep Shelter, Bristol

Visited in August 2008 this shelter and former railway tunnel has become one of the hottest topics in Bristol due to the closure of the road that runs over it. At present the road remains close due to a fault …

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Barrow Hospital, Bristol

A return to the first real site I explored. Barrow Hospital opened in the late 1930s as an expansion to the overcrowded Bristol City Asylum, Glenside – It closed quietly in 2006 after being dammed in 2005 for the now …

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George Barnsley & Sons, Sheffield

When I visited George Barnsley & Sons Cornish Works in Sheffield over 2 years ago it ranked as one of the most time warped explores I had ever encountered. In places the building retained Victorian features such as gas lights …

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Redmire Water Treatment Works, Sheffield

This water treatment works tucked away in Sheffield is somewhat of a photographic gem. It features quite simply the best unintentional smiley face display panels I’ve ever seen! The site was originally mothballed and planned for refurbishment in the early …

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West Park Hospital, Epsom (35mm)

Taken during the previous visit but this time on my new film SLR. Bought on eBay for an extremely expensive £10 and used with my 50mm f1.8 prime lens. Film used: Kodak B&W 400CN West Park was the last mental …

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West Park Hospital, Epsom

A quick return to a site I visited less than a month ago. The site is rapidly deteriorating and even more so than my previous visit. West Park was the last mental hospital to be developed on the Horton Estate, …

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Runwell Hospital, Essex

My second visit to this recently closed mental hospital. This time not many shots and generally externals. Following the ending of contracts accommodating patients at the Essex county’s Brentwood mental hospital, joint facilities were developed between East Ham and Southend-on-sea …

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Landaff Sub Control, Cardiff

Visited in June 2009, a true cold war timewarp. The sub-control was built in 1956 remaining operational until the disbanding of the Civil Defence Corps in 1968. After that date it remained in use, manned by Cardiff Corporation’s voluntary Civil …

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West Park Hospital, Epsom

My 5th visit to West Park and my first for nearly a year. This time last year West Park became somewhat a tourist attraction due to seemingly non existent security. As a result of this things have deteriorated badly and …

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Abraham Ormerod Medical Centre, Todmorden

It’s not the sort of thing I’d usually explore.  A rundown medical centre in the middle of nowhere.  But then there is a little history with this site that draws you in.   The Abraham Ormerod Medical Centre was built as …

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Runwell Hospital, Essex

Following the ending of contracts accommodating patients at the Essex county’s Brentwood mental hospital, joint facilities were developed between East Ham and Southend-on-sea boroughs. A site was chosen at Runwell Hall farm, to the east of the town of Wickford …

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