Urbex Community: derelicte.co.uk

Posted by sickbritain On March - 22 - 20091 COMMENT

If you want to read site reports, browse some good photos, find inspiration and get ideas for locations you need look no further than derelicte.co.uk.  The site is based loosely around East Anglia but some of the site reports come from diverse places ranging from the West Country to Tyne & Wear, the one thing all of the reports seem to have in common is good solid photography and there’s often some quality historical information to go with it.  I’ve personally been put onto a couple of great ideas by derelicte.co.uk and I’m sure that when I’m looking for a day out it’ll be one of my first places to turn for inspiration.


Urbex Quick Tip: Appropriate Footwear

Posted by sickbritain On March - 21 - 20091 COMMENT

As an addendum to my comments in my earlier Urbex Safety post, I just wanted to say that choosing appropriate footwear is essential for a successful (undetected, uninjured and not soiled) urban explorer, I would offer the following advice when select footwear…

  • Wear wellies where practical. Wellies will offer the maximum protection from grime and scrapes and also allow you to tread in some really mucky places, the downside is that they’re bulky and can be hot/uncomfortable if you’re doing a lot of walking.
  • Wear something with a soft rubber sole. You might wonder why but earlier today I was on a site doing a recon mission to scope the place out and I was wearing my smart going out shoes which have a hard soul.  These things were clip-clopping extremely loudly on the concrete floor in the big empty rooms, if there had have been any security or any miscreants on site they sure as hell would’ve known where to find me!
  • Whatever you wear, protect your feet. Don’t be daft and wear sandals or even fabric trainers, if not wellies you could always try walking boots or if you have them try steel toe-capped boots for ultimate protection from falling debris.

Lisk Industrial, Feb-2009

Posted by thirtyfootscrew On March - 19 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

After exploring Ankle Hill Hospital in Melton Mowbray I needed to find something bigger and somewhere I could definitely explore completely, as luck had it some quick Googling turned up Comrade Thompski’s Flickr set taken at Lisk Industrial Controls which was helpfully geotagged to guide us to the location. Being Winter the light was already fading by the time I arrived but there was enough light to be going on with and I had my trusty Maglite in tow anyway (wouldn’t go urbexing without it!). The first thing I saw on entry was this bizarre barrel of Green Goo, it didn’t look so bizarre until you put a flash through it and then the colour just goes mental, at best estimate it’s some kind of anti-freeze but I’m not ruling out something more disturbing or sinister! The surrounding area (and much of the site) consists of a series of giant sheds, mostly brick built with corrugated iron roofing, and mostly empty.

The more interesting part from my perspective was some of the switchgear and electronics to be found around the place, I love engineering related bits and bobs and they really give a place atmosphere. Lisk was full of switches, start/stop buttons, gauges, dials, signs, wiring, fuseboxes and all sorts of stuff like that so I was in my element. I didn’t touch too much of it very closely and I’m always wearing gloves so I don’t know whether there’s a risk that some of it is still live though I very much doubt it, the place has been empty for quite I while I expect although not too long since it doesn’t show many classic signs of decay and dereliction.

The back of the complex (probably the bit nearest the road) seemed to be a set of offices with much smaller rooms, carpeted floors and some leftover furniture and other debris. One of the more noteworthy bits of electronic debris was the chassis and main boards of their old Goldstar PBX / phone system, there were several cards laying around and none of them seemed to show signs of massive damage so they might even be usable if you know what you’re doing. Other noteworthy bits and pieces include some strange hexagonal tubs (or perhaps up-ended plinths) made out of MDF and painted green. I suspect that these were either some kind of packaging in which Lisk products were shipped (they seemed to have address labels on them) or some kind of trade stand as there was another giant wooden structure in the same room.

By the time I’d finished exploring the light had really faded outside, making the torch an essential and every shot required the sort of power provided only by an external flash unit (I have a Speedlite 580EXII) – so much so that had to change the batteries whilst on site. It’s well worth noting that after exploring there’s a Marstons pub almost exactly opposite the abandoned Lisk building, the pub does great food (the goat’s cheese ravioli was superb) and seems to have a perpetual 2-for-1 offer on main courses which is pretty sweet in this day and age.

Click the following link to Flickr for a few other pics taken on the day.

War Memorial Hospital, Melton Mowbray Feb-2009

Posted by thirtyfootscrew On March - 19 - 200910 COMMENTS

Having decided to do some Urbex in Leicestershire I headed over to the Ankle Hill War Memorial Hospital in Melton Mowbray. Access was pretty straightforward but I did get a few scrapes from the brambles in the adjacent rough patch of land and managed to lose my torch in the rough, once on-site you can see the main hospital building which is a fairly old grand structure (the sort that could’ve been a stately home) and have complete access to the rest of the site. I encountered no security to speak of and only one security camera seemed evident though I expect that it was part of the original hospital and not erected to secure the ruins, it point directly across a doorway which would seem to support that theory as well.

The main problem I encountered here in terms of exploring was that the place is pretty well boarded up, padlocked and sealed and I’m not the type that would force entry or break anything but the exterior is well worth a wander around and you can see a bunch of interesting bits and bobs through the windows.

Despite the lack of access I think that it’s still a good site for a quick wander, the building itself is quite interesting an there’s an array of outbuildings, a fire escape, some archways and an overgrown area that are worth having a nose around. I think that because it’s well sealed the place appears to be in quite a good condition internally and whilst there was evidence of vandals having broken the odd window and having been in one of the courtyards the view through the windows is that of an abandoned but not really decayed building.

Around the site there’s quite a bit of graffiti, much of it seeming to mention “Drunk Irish” (presumably a local) and phrases such as “Prostitute Mutilation”, “Slaughter the Priest Corpse” and the pictured “Painful Stab Wounds Heal My Soul, I Beg For Mercy”. Lovely. I do generally appreciate artistic graffiti but Ankle Hill seemed to be much more ASBO than Turner Prize so I wouldn’t be looking for the next Banksy to come out of Melton Mowbray any time soon.

In summary: worth a visit, but don’t make it your main goal for the day.

Urbex Community: Simon Cornwell

Posted by sickbritain On March - 15 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

When I was just staring out in Urbex I spent a good amount of time Googling around the subject and I consistently came across Simon Cornwell‘s site, it’s a brilliant resource and showcases some of his explorations (including great photos). I’m particularly impressed with the Portfolio section where Simon lists the contributions he’s made to the Urbex community through talking to the media, including the BBC, Wired, Digital Camera Magazine, The Sun and a whole host of local newspapers and other publications.

Definitely check him out, if you’re new to the sport I think you’ll find Simon’s approach easy to understand and I think he really gets across the fun of the hobby.





About Me

If youre into Urbex or youre trying to find out what its all about you may find yourself needing some help finding out about the art of Urban Exploration.  Here at Sick Britain Im planning to put up original content like my What is Urbex? and Urbex Safety articles as well as posting links to other community sites such as 28 Days Later or Derelicte.



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