Tags archives: exploring

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Alla Italia, Belgium

Alla Italia, Belgium Visited with: PG UE, Carl Hartley, Nick Whitworth & Scott Chadwick. Visit Date: September 2014 Please Note: Entry is always through an open access point and not by forcing our way in….. We are explorers, not vandals. History Alla Italia is an abandoned health spa located in a wealthy Belgian town. The building was abandoned after a more modern spa was built close by, however, I cannot find a date as to when that was. It must have been recent as most of the interior is in very good condition. My Visit Alla Italia for me was at the very top of the list for t[...]
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Lycee V, Belgium

Lycee V, Belgium Visited with: PG UE, Carl Hartley, Nick Whitworth & Scott Chadwick. Visit Date: September 2014 Please Note: Entry is always through an open access point and not by forcing our way in….. We are explorers, not vandals. History Not really any history on this place other than it was an all girls school. I have been looking all over for more information but nothing! If anyone reading this report has any information on Lycee V please feel free to email me via the contact page or by leaving a message below in the comments section. I would really appreciate it. My V[...]
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Radio Telescopes, ET Phone Home, Belgium

Radio Telescopes - ET Phone Home Visited with: PG UE, Carl Hartley, Nick Whitworth & Scott Chadwick. Visit Date: September 2014 History The radio telescope’s (interferometer) was built in 1954 to observe the changes in solar activity. On site there are around 50 radio telescopes. My Visit This was our last location on day one of the tour and with the light fading it was a race against time to get here before it got to dark. So anyway, time won and when we arrived it was pitch black, luckily we found a sign pointing us in the right direction to walk amd within a few minutes we wer[...]
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Chateau Verdure, France

Chateau Verdure Visited with: PG UE, Carl Hartley, Nick Whitworth & Scott Chadwick. Visit Date: September 2014 History I cannot seem to find any history for this chateau, however, if or when I do I will update theis post. My Visit This Chateau is located in a more affluent neighbourhood than our first location. The building is hidden away by the overgrown tree lines and bushes as seems to be the case with a lot of the Chateaus we visited. Also, compared to the first location this place is in very bad shape. We knew before heading here that the building was in a bad way and tha[...]
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Chateau De Singes, France

Chateau De Singes aka Castle of Monkeys Visited with: PG UE, Carl Hartley, Nick Whitworth & Scott Chadwick. Visit Date: September 2014 History Château De Singes was built in the 17th century in a very quite rural area of France. There are a few stories about the history of this place but how solid or true they are I am unsure. One of the main stories of this Château was that the last known owner was an elderly gentleman who was known to be a little recluse and very hard to deal with. One account of this behaviour was when a fire broke out at the Château. Smoke could be seen from t[...]
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St Joseph's Seminary

Brief History of St Joseph's Seminary St Joseph's College, Upholland is a Former Roman Catholic seminary, situated at Walthew Park, Upholland, Lancashire, England. The foundation of the large building was laid in April 1880 and college was opened in 1883. The buildings have recently been deconsecrated. St Joseph's College was founded in 1880 by Bishop Bernard O'Reilly to be the Seminary serving the North West of England. The college was formally opened in 1883 and was situated in Walthew Park, Upholland, the geographic centre of the Diocese of Liverpool. The first Junior Seminary of the[...]
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Derelict Manor House 'aka' Katie's House

Brief History of Katie's House Due to secrecy of this location I am afraid I cannot disclose any of the buildings history. This only happens on rare occasions and this is definitely one of them. My Visit to the derelict manor house 'aka' Katie's House After a failed visit to a different location which was cut short by what I call a 'WAH WAH' alarm we decided to try our luck at the amazing manor house that is 'Katie's House'. From the first time I read a report on this place it was added to the very top of my must see list and to finally get around to visiting was a great feeling. Af[...]
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The Ark Synagogue

Brief History of The Ark Synagogue The synagogue was built in in 1936/1937 and was designed by architect Ernest Alfred Shennan. Built in a rare Art Deco design it features a standard brick-faced façade but has distinctive tall vertical windows. During the Second World War the synagogue became a refuge for families who had been rendered homeless by the heavy bombing of the area. The synagogue closed in 2008 after serving the local Jewish community for over 70 years as the congregation merged with another local synagogue. The synagogue is a listed grade 2 building and features on the Heritag[...]
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Huncoat Power Station

Brief History of Huncoat Power Station Huncoat power station (also known as Padiham ‘B’) was built by the Lancashire Electric Power Company in the 1950’s as a sister for the power station at Padiham (Padiham ‘A’). Situated on the Burnley coalfield meant that the power station had a ready supply of local coal, and until 1968 was served by a half mile railway line to Huncoat Colliery. The Power Station had a fairly short life, closure coming in 1984. The cooling towers were brought down in 1988 and the main buildings were demolished in 1990, apart from this one building. The derelict buil[...]
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Holdings Country Pottery

Brief History of Holdings Country Pottery Holding's Country Pottery was founded in 1842 by James Holding, however, the business was originally located a short distance away in Gaulkthorn, an outlying area of Oswaldtwistle. In 1860 James Holding moved his business to Broadfield, then in 1900 his son Grimshaw Holding set up the pottery on the present site. From then on the pottery stayed put and the business passed down from father to son until it's decline. The last mandatory accounts, made up to 3rd May, were submitted to Companies House in 2010, with the comment, "Nature of business, dormant[...]
 
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