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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Hollinshead Hall Holy Well, Belmont - July 2016

You like to think you know your local area, so it was a surprise when Bovine posted a few photos of this place.

Hollinshead Hall was a manor house situated between Belmont Village and Tockholes, built in 1776 the property fell into disrepair in the late 1900's and was demolished by Liverpool Corporation Waterworks following purchase of the surrounding land area.

Very little remains of the old house, apart from the Holy Well, a natural spring housed in small building with a reputation of being haunted.


A pleasant wander in the rather damp summer air brought us to a clearing in the woods.

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A rather charming breath of fresh air after the pigeon infested rat holes of the the last week.


Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Mission, Bolton - July 2016

Following a top tip off from Tbolt, Zer081 and myself popped in for a little nosey.

I could find little or no information on the Mission Hall or Christian Mission, apart from some over priced photos from the 1950s available to buy from the Bolton News.

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Tbolt didn't rate this place, but I rather liked it for what it is, going to give it a possible controversial 5/10.

Just wish I could find some history, even just a little bit.

A seldom seen mill, Bolton - July 2016

I do like a good mill, I do like a good permission visit, I was invited by Tbolt to join a student group mooch. It was rather good.

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A good potter was had by all around this old cotton and carpet weaving mill. Part working, part closed, we stuck to the closed bits.

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a seldom seen mill


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a seldom seen mill


A seldom seen mill


A seldom seen mill

A cracking view from up top, of another seldom seen mill.

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An unexpected surprise, I could have spent days in this place. 



Thursday, 7 July 2016

Manchester Victoria Arches


Victoria Arches, Manchester - or as it is sometimes known Cathedral Steps is a place of legend that lies beneath Manchester City Centre.

Built in 1838 into the embankment of the River Irwell, this former business area for the steam packet boats closed in 1906. Later converted to air raid shelters during World War 2, the shelters held 1,619 people.

Today blink and you will miss it, but underground it is vast.

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Tbolt had mentioned he wanted a visit to Lavino and a few days later Lavino had somehow magicked up a visit with a rather nice party from 28DL, now these folk have a reputation and once again I can confirm the reputation was totally unfounded, a group of spiffing fine gentlemen.

Paradox, Stanton, GK_Wax, Acid-Reflux, Vulex, Tom, Lavino, Tbolt and myself gathered with a jolly nice chap from Sheffield to meet our guides for the evening Mr and Mrs Bigjobs. Coolboyslim lingered in the shadows in case any bodies needed to be pulled from the river and identified.

Victoria Arches (also known as Cathedral Steps) Manchester


Victoria Arches (also known as Cathedral Steps) Manchester


Victoria Arches (also known as Cathedral Steps) Manchester


Victoria Arches (also known as Cathedral Steps) Manchester


Victoria Arches (also known as Cathedral Steps) Manchester


Victoria Arches (also known as Cathedral Steps) Manchester


Victoria Arches (also known as Cathedral Steps) Manchester


Victoria Arches (also known as Cathedral Steps) Manchester


Victoria Arches (also known as Cathedral Steps) Manchester


Victoria Arches (also known as Cathedral Steps) Manchester

Bottom line, Manchester's Victoria Arches is fascinating but in truth it is all about the company your with, the team work, the effort you have to put in just to get out and the "fuck me I've done it" feeling you get after you finally do get out. 10/10.

A big thank to all and most importantly to Mr and Mrs Bigjob for their time and patience.




Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Mother Riley's Cottage, Lancashire - June 2016

One rather damp summer evening in Lancashire, after info from Luigidawn,  we visited this abandoned cottage with its jungle of a garden. We being myself, Tbolt and Zer081.

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The dark, cramped cottage was not the best of places to work in and to be honest, not a great deal to see at the place - however it had come to the point that given the number of fails we had suffered of late that anything was better than nothing.

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Sadly not my cup of tea being a little bland, cramped and empty, but still very welcome after a relatively dull few months of repeat explores. Still looking for the epic, I give this a 3/10.



Schools Out, Forever - June 2016


Having popped by this old village school back in April  Zer081, Tbolt and myself took another sneaky look at this old village school again as we passed the area.

The building had gone down hill very quickly with signs of vandalism and a failed attempt of arson.

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I still rather like this place.


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Bailey Mill, Delph - after the fire June 2016

The evening of 14th June a fire ripped thru Bailey Mill's massive expanse with the seven-storey Listed building, ultimately the building collapsed and was unsaveable.

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Passing, some ten days later, the area was still tainted with the lingering smell of smoke and now cordened off with very budget Heras style fence - not even secured to stop the little kids playing in the street getting in. Smoke and mirrors.

So here is what is left of this once proud building, now rubble and ashes.

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Bailey Mill, Delph


A sad loss of industrial heritage, although I suspect the local householders may see it differently and are now possibly just a little bit glad to see the back of what had slowly become a blot on the landscape.