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Monday, 2 May 2016

St John The Baptist School, Wigan - April 2016

This wonderful little church school sits on the outskirts of Wigan having closed in 2004 and gently sits rotting whilst sitting in development hell.

Visited with Tbolt, Urban Caveman, Lavino and Dangle Angle on rather a wet and horrid day.
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Rather a small, yet photogenic place, a bit of gem 8/10.

St Josephs Church, Wigan - May 2016

Following a heads up from Lavino, Tbolt fired up the Venga Bus and we pitched up in Wigan with Urban Caveman for a look see. The rain tumbled down and so we made a swift entrance into this rarely visited church.

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Built in 1861, this derelict Grade II listed building is a former Roman Catholic church which finally closed its doors to worship in 1995.  A notable worshiper at this church was the comedian and film star George Formby.

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It is, was it is, so from me its a  5/10 for this pigeon infested, yet rather grand, stripped out church.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Taxal Lodge, Whaley Bridge - April 2016

Built in 1904, this country residence was used as a special school from the late 1950s until 2005 and now sits rotting.

Visited with Urban Spaceman, once again we had turned up a few years late and found a scene of severe derpington.

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Now I did say rotting, didn't I.

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Room, for improvement
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Still not a bad little explore, but you have to tread very, very lightly 5/10

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Abandoned Farmhouse, Alderley Edge, Cheshire - April 2016

Arrrr, Alderley Edge. Home to football players, football managers, soap stars and overpaid accountants.

Sitting on the side of the A34 bypass is this little farmhouse abandoned since a compulsory purchase in around 2011. On a road where houses cost in excess of £2,000,000. we find this little place.

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All in all, a little bit shit - one found by Urban Spaceman, but as they say nothing ventured, nothing gained.

2/10

Iranian Consulate, Bowdon, Cheshire - April 2016

It had been on my list of places to visit for years. Sadly we visited a few years to late too late.

Urban Spaceman and myself  pottered into the rather posh village of Bowdon and found a building simply hanging on for dear life. The only reason it still stands is the very fact as it is classed as Iranian soil, saying that all the outbuildings are now demolished and only the main building remains - just.

Iranian Consulate, Cheshire

Iranian Consulate, Cheshire

Iranian Consulate, Cheshire

Iranian Consulate, Cheshire

 Derp, 2/10 - a real blot on the landscape on Millionaire Row.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Rylands Mill, Wigan - April 2016

I was rather taken aback at the entry to this place, the gates wide open was a little different. However the mill itself overlooks the Mesnes Park in Wigan and has nothing to stop even the smallest kids from wandering in from the park a killing themselves - NOTHING, it even has steps up from the park into the place.

And they did, well wander in not kill themselves (yet), Tbolt persuaded two not to climb the 164 ft up the ladder inside the mill chimney - one of the young lads was about 70 ft up the chimney at the time.

Rylands Mill has gone under a number of names over the year being Pagefield Mill and Gildow Works and now sits in development hell.

Built in 1866, this Grade II listed building operated as one of Lancashire's many cotton mills and in 1985 the building was taken over by Wigan Technical College, closing in 2007.

Rylands Mill, aka Pagefield Mill aka Gidlow Works

Rylands Mill, aka Pagefield Mill aka Gidlow Works

Rylands Mill, aka Pagefield Mill aka Gidlow Works

Rylands Mill, aka Pagefield Mill aka Gidlow Works

Rylands Mill, aka Pagefield Mill aka Gidlow Works

Rylands Mill, aka Pagefield Mill aka Gidlow Works

Rylands Mill, aka Pagefield Mill aka Gidlow Works

Rylands Mill, aka Pagefield Mill aka Gidlow Works

Rylands Mill, aka Pagefield Mill aka Gidlow Works

Rylands Mill, aka Pagefield Mill aka Gidlow Works

Rylands Mill, aka Pagefield Mill aka Gidlow Works

A recent fire, leaves the upper floor open to the elements, but on a day like we had its rather photogenic.

Rylands Mill, aka Pagefield Mill aka Gidlow Works

 Rylands Mill, aka Pagefield Mill aka Gidlow Works

Rylands Mill, aka Pagefield Mill aka Gidlow Works

Rylands Mill, aka Pagefield Mill aka Gidlow Works


I rather like this place, but access is far, far too easy and a child is going to get killed or a best seriously injured.

7/10