fire and smoke..cathedral ablaze

…it was an early start today..by 0430 hrs the temperature was already registering 17 degrees centigrade..a mad dash across several counties to meet the chaps and chapesses in Wiltshire for a day of getting totally lost (again!) underground…

The pompey crew arrived in a cloud of steam ! Poor Oli’s car suffered a damaged radiator..so in true “we came only for the pictures” we abandoned it under a tree and wandered off to the mine entrance..

Some of the more hardy amongst us had spent the night in Cathedral and we were led to their camping spot by the smell of breakfast cooking..
Box is huge…Cathedral is just massive! Didn’t take us long to break out the wire wool !and act like a bunch of five years olds on acid !

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the prisoners have escaped

doorways of light by The Urban Adventure
doorways of light, a photo by The Urban Adventure on Flickr.

Our first stop on our little wander across France and Belgium this weekend…after waking up the small village of sleeping Romanians parked in front of the place we thought we’d better make ourselves scarce!

After a lovely walk in the sunshine we found our entry point! Easy this Urbex lark !

After 20 minutes of acting like a bunch of newbies ….first rule of urbex…always check to see if the bloody enormous door staring you in the face is open..we climbed rather unceremoniously in through a small window !

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wartime memories

wartime memories by The Urban Adventure
wartime memories, a photo by The Urban Adventure on Flickr.

Remembrance of Things Past…nestling quietly in the English countryside this sad little house opened up its treasures for us today.

After a somewhat undignified entrance – it’s lucky I’m slim! – and a life threatening walk across some very dodgy floor boards we came across a lovely collection of the former occupants life…sadly most of it has been ravaged by time and souvenir hunters…but there was some cool little bits still left..

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..alone with my thoughts

Sometimes you don’t have to travel far to explore stuff..this is almost walking distance from my house!

It’s been abandoned for a while now, history tells that a fire broke out in one of the stables under mysterious circumstances killing several horses and after that the place was just left.

I’ve been back a few times, summer and winter to do various shoots..you’ll find some interesting pics on my Flickr profile !

It’s been stripped out but the original threshing machine remains in the old wooden part of the barn.

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the robots on fire

the robots on fire by The Urban Adventure
the robots on fire, a photo by The Urban Adventure on Flickr.

Box Mine – Possibly the best place to spend a Sunday away from the family !

Fabulous day out with some very cool people…despite many attempts at getting lost and a certain team member hiding the maps in his trousers and forgetting about them, we did find our way out…by accident. Our attempts to find the underground cannabis farm failed as well (those in the group will understand)

Those tempting holes cut into sheet steel provided major frustrations at huge solid steel blast doors!…

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the sun room

the sun room by The Urban Adventure
the sun room, a photo by The Urban Adventure on Flickr.

Luckily this place has been saved..unlucky for us urbex folk..it’s undergoing full renovation now..

Some minor HDR on these pics..so if that offends please don’t look…

I’ve lived round these parts most of my life..I’ve walked past this place so many times and never realised that it was abandoned..guess I should have gone to Specsavers !

It was built by a very prominent Dover man around the beginning of the 1900’s and designed by a leading architect of that day who went onto design the Garrick Club in London. As you can see there are some heavy Art Deco influences in the detailing.

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