Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Dyson Refractories, Sheffield - March 2015

Not a report, more of a don't bother.

Pretty much sealed tight, anything not secure is in the state of being semi demolished with not a lot to see.




Plenty more to see around Sheffield.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Phlegm and Star Wars, Owlerton Stadium, Sheffield - March 2015

After a disappointing trip over to Sheffield, something caught my eye for a split second and I got Urban Spaceman to spin the car round and park up at Owlerton Stadium.

A quick scramble over the to the waste ground into the shell of an old building and well wonderful stuff for the eyes.

Phlegm, Prey to Some Wild Beast.

Phlegm, Prey to Some Wild Beast.

Phlegm, Prey to Some Wild Beast.

 “Prey to some wild beast” by Phlegm. Sheffield

Oh, you came for the Star Wars art, well here you go Han Solo and Boba Fett

Han Solo, Sheffield

Boba Fett, Sheffield

I was on the minutes, in fact my total stay was about three minutes and no doubt will pop in again next time I'm passing, but other art was scattered around the place.




A little gem of a place just out of eyes sight.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Hartington Cheese Factory - March 2015

Cheese factory, I couldn't resist.

Back in the late 1990s I had a dream, a cheese dream. A friend and I wanted to be cheese magnets and we planned to open two cheese stalls on England's premier open market, Bury Market in Lancashire.

We found prime locations at either end of the market to maximize sales with our bespoke cheese emporiums. We brain stormed for a name, culminating after weeks (minutes) of deliberation with a simply inspired name to reflect our positioning in the market - Chris & Bob's Cheesy Ends.

Sadly our dreams crumbled and we never became big cheeses.

Anyway cheese factory, yes ! Time to get Team Weasel back together - myself, ZerO81 and the one only known as the Judderman.

Destination Derbyshire, Hartington Creamery home of the King's Stilton, named after King George V who had awarded a Royal Warrant to the factory for the manufacture of  Blue Stilton - sadly the factory closed in 2009 when the then owner Dairy Crest moved production to another Stilton production centre in Leicestershire and surprise surprise the building now sits in development hell.



So in we go....


and it has vast dark white walled rooms of nothingness


one has a hole in the roof.


then its white walled corridors and more corridors - I can see I'm not really selling the place very well, but to be honest it has been pretty much been stripped back to white walls through out.


Lets see what we can find









It was time to go, as that was about that.

6/10, I'm not sure why but I rather enjoyed this place for some odd reason.

- oh and the Chis & Bob's Cheesy Ends story is true.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Stanley Tools, Sheffield - March 2015

Over the hills to Sheffield once more, visited with Urban Spaceman on a long overdue meet up.

The Stanley Tools factory opened in 1937 and closed in 2008, in recent years has been used for as a zombie compound.

Stanley Tools, Sheffield


Sadly most of the place has been stripped out and filled with tyres and barricades for zombie and airsoft battles, very little of  the Stanley history remains.


Thankfully it has a few bits of graffiti to catch the eye



And that was that, a little meh, despite the initial wonderful derp exterior.

Sadly a 3/10 from me.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Lotus Hall aka Cuckoo Hall, Wales - from above - February 2015

It had been a long time and after reading a report by Dugie I hatched an idea.

I hadn't been flying for a while, time to contact Captain Pugwash, I love it when a plan comes together !!


After sitting in the once again gridlocked Manchester afternoon motorway traffic for a good half hour the race was on to get down to Wales before the light started to fail.

As we flew towards the mouth of the River Mersey towards Wales the clouds started to move in - this could have been a wasted journey but the gods where with us it would seem, just.

The long abandoned Lotus Hall aka Cuckoo Hall. The hall was once owned by a man who had a passion for Lotus sports cars and for some weird reason he had a wild collection of Cuckoos which roamed his vast country estate (so it says here). Rumour (total bollocks?) has it that one day the owner went on the rampage, jumped into a dark green Lotus Elise and proceeded to mow down a large (?) flock of his beloved Cuckoos.

The poor wife of this gentleman called the local police, who (I'm sure this is complete and utter shite) took a dim view of this shenanigans and the man spent the rest of his days in a lunatic asylum. After struggling to pay for the upkeep of the house and stable blocks the now lonely lady moved to Cuba - as you do.

The property was up for sale for £15 million and was finally sold at auction a few years later for under £1.5 million and nearly four years on it still sits awaiting renovation.

Cuckoo Hall aka Lotus Hall, Wales

Originally built in the 1850s, the building sits in 18 acres of walled garden, that itself surrounded by over 5000 acres of parkland.

Cuckoo Hall aka Lotus Hall, Wales

Cuckoo Hall aka Lotus Hall, Wales

Cuckoo Hall aka Lotus Hall, Wales

Cuckoo Hall aka Lotus Hall, Wales

Cuckoo Hall aka Lotus Hall, Wales

And that was that really, so we went for a play in the mountains.



More pics of the hall on my Flickr

Big thanks to Captain Pugwash must be given.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Fisons, Holmes Chapel - January 2015

A solo visit to Cheshire, the old Fisons building, with demolition started and halted, with planning passed for a new Sainsbury's store this place could be sat rotting for many years to come - only time will tell following the long overdue demise of the big UK supermarkets.

Opened in 1937 as Bengers, later the asthma drug Intal was researched here under the later ownership of Fisons Pharmaceuticals in the 1960s.

But that is history, as they say, this is derp.


Sadly not that much to see, it has a few nice little bits, but its all about the dome.





On to the dome, coz it's all about the dome.





Anyway,  5/10 as other than the dome it was a little bit....