War Memorial Hospital, Melton Mowbray May-2010

Posted by thirtyfootscrew On June - 23 - 2010

My first visit to to the Ankle Hill War Memorial Hospital in Melton was interesting but a little disappointing since the whole place was boarded up and we could see the interior through the windows but couldn’t get in.  Well, thanks to all of the excellent comments people left on the original post I found out that the place was now accessible and earmarked a weekend to travel up to Melton for an explore.  A few of the comments describe the place as eerie and they’re not wrong – there’s definitely a creepy atmosphere there, I visited the place with a fellow explorer in the middle of the day but it’d be an interesting place to visit at night!

Essentially there’s a few smaller outbuildings towards the road side including a courtyard/garage area but the site is dominated by the main building which stretches up the hill over two levels.  Navigating the main building can be a bit confusing at first as the upstairs part at the lower end of the complex becomes the ground floor of the higher end since the hospital was built on a hill, the corridor between the two sections is also curved so it’s easy to lose your bearings in both axes but if you proceed systematically you won’t get lost.

Since the place hasn’t been derelict for long and has only been recently opened the interior is still in reasonably good shape so the day’s photography focused on the artefacts left behind, mainly signs electrical bits and some more recent graffiti.  Some of the heating and electrical components still seemed operational (one red LED was still lit in the plant room), my favourite shots of the day came from the industrial artefacts..

Whilst walking through the darkened curved corridor I spotted a couple of large paintings on the wall, they looked dull to the eye but the flash of the camera brought them out brilliantly…

There was also an area I assume was the children’s ward since the walls were covered with stickers like this…

And finally, in one of the outbuildings that appeared to be the dentistry department I found a moment of Urbex Fluffy Time…

RAF Chenies Radar Station, Nov-2009

Posted by thirtyfootscrew On December - 29 - 2009

Chenies01_towerOn the first free weekend for ages I found a nice easy to reach site in a countrified spot on the outskirts of Flaunden and Latimer, Hertfordshire. RAF Chenies was a post-WW2 radar station (history from Subterranea Britannica) that is now derelict apart from a live Met Office radar that still hums away under its golf-ball covering.

The ROTOR programme that led to its construction was a post-war attempt to modernise the UK’s radar infrastructure in the face of veiled threats from Cold War adversaries, the government committed a considerable amount of money to the project even though the British economy was in a pretty dire state.

The site is large when compared to the actual buildings which occupy a small portion of the fenced-in area, consisting of a main building complex…

Chenies03_bldg

The coolest part is probably the live ‘golfball’ radar which hums away in the background, as well as the large antenna at the very back of the complex…

Chenies02_ball Chenies05_ballcage

Around the side of the main building are a couple of sheds containing an electricity substation, some kind of machine and some barrels – it’s a little bit ‘Black Mesa’ with the humming radar in the background but I don’t think there’s anything too sinister out there.

Chenies08_barrel Chenies06_engine

Chenies07_dial Chenies09_muff

The interior of the building has two levels and consists of both completely ruined rooms as well as some that would be perfectly servicable, floors are a little unstable in places and some rooms would’ve been dangerous to enter.  It’s worth noting that there was a ‘Hazard Asbestos’ sign on the floor so wear your P3 if you’re on site here, here’s a few interior shots…

Chenies10_roomwide

Chenies12_roomknackered

Chenies11_roomempty

Top 5 Derelict Industrial Sites

Posted by sickbritain On September - 5 - 2009

Following up on my Top 10 Abandoned Asylums post I decided to start looking at other ‘genres’ of urban exploration, in this week’s post it’s going to be industrial sites.  When I started researching the list I had a few obvious sites in mind but for the rest it was really tough to build a good solid list, industrial urbex seems to be much more diverse and localised than asylums.  It seems that explorers will travel great distances to visit an abandoned asylum but there are seem to be enough derelict warehouses, mills, factories, etc. on a local basis so people tend to visit places close to their homes.

As before, I have selected a top ten list based on the number of Flickr photos I found for each site in a single search, doubtlessly I will have missed important sites and got the ranking wrong but please feel free to point them out by leaving a comment. All of the photos used below were taken by other photographers and are used under a Creative Commons license (click through to Flickr for attribution), if you think you’ve got a better photo and it’s not CC – get your licensing sorted!


1. Pyestock NGTE

2. Inverkip Power Station

3. Nottinghamshire Colliery Group

Annesley, Clipstone, Pleasley


4. Steetley Magnesite

5. Thorpe Marsh Power Station

Harperbury Hospital, Aug-2009

Posted by thirtyfootscrew On August - 26 - 2009

Corridor in New BuildingI’ve been hankering after a proper wide-angle lens for a while and after ages of trying to decide between the Sigma 10mm and the Sigma 10-20mm, I’d kind-of settled on the zoom because you get a little more flexibility and it’s cheaper but I’d read that the 10-20 had quite poor build quality.  On a pay-day whim I ended up buying the Tamron 10-24mm (which had favourable comparisons to the Sigma 10-20) and tonight I popped out to give it a quick test – the weather was turning out rubbish so I needed somewhere indoors and Harperbury seemed ideal.

The place was in an even worse state than the last time which one would expect to be the case in a derelict building but the bulk of the new damage is human and one of the previously sealed buildings was open on three sides, I even saw the remnants of what would’ve been a padded cell but only the floor was intact as the walls had been stripped bare.

It was interesting to explore a couple of new rooms but they all looked essentially the same as the others anyway – pretty mashed up…

Needs Redecorating

It’s often difficult to find inspiration in a site you’ve visited before and I really struggled to find anything to do that I’d not done before, despite the new lens – it didn’t help much that I was knackered after a long day at work either.  

37I guess this is a lesson really, that the fun and interesting part of Urban Exploration really is the ‘exploration’ component – finding something new and interesting as opposed to covering the same ground over and over again. Just because it’s probably the most diverse building on the site, I spent the longest amount of time in the swimming pool block doing a couple of long exposures but I really didn’t get anything I hadn’t done before and I didn’t have the patience to do time consuming work such as light painting, which is a pity as it’s quite a cool spot to do it.

I achieved the lighting in these shots through a combination of the light from my head torch and the external flash unit being handheld off-camera…

Oxford Dipper

Swimming Pool

Top 10 Abandoned Asylums

Posted by sickbritain On August - 19 - 2009

All over the UK dotted throughout countryside and city alike lie abandoned asylums, relics of a bygone era of mental health where the aim was to isolate patients in a secure facility rather than integrating them with the community. Here I have selected a top ten list based on the number of Flickr photos I found for each asylum in a single search, doubtlessly I will have missed important sites and got the ranking wrong but please feel free to point them out by leaving a comment. All of the photos used below were taken by other photographers and are used under a Creative Commons license (click through to Flickr for attribution), if you think you’ve got a better photo and it’s not CC – get your licensing sorted!


1. Hellingly
hellingly01

hellingly02

2. Cane Hill

canehill01

canehill02

3. West Park

westpark01

westpark02

4. Whittingham

whittingham01

whittingham02

5. Severalls

severalls01

severalls02

6. Denbigh

denbigh01

denbigh02

7. Deva

deva01

deva02

8. St Mary’s

stmarys01

stmarys02

9. Talgarth

talgarth01

talgarth02

10. St John’s

stjjohns01

stjohns02

 

 

VIDEO

TAG CLOUD

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.

Twitter

    Photos

    Rafter ReflectionsFactory Floor #3St. Brigid asylumRoller ConveyorSt. Brigid asylumOn/OffCAUTIONTelevisionSt. Brigid asylumAlternative Architecture and Street DetailCock FlavourIMG_7491IMG_7487IMG_7475IMG_7472IMG_6909