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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

RAF Stenigot, Lincolnshire - April 2015

On the list on places you have to visit if your one of us weird urban explorers is Raf Stenigot.

Somewhere between the asylums that you must visit and them there dark satanic mills of Northern England is Raf Stenigot, for some reason it is written down in the rules of UK Urbex that you must visit this farmers field.

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On top of a hill, in a farmers field in Lincolnshire are 4 f**k off parabolic dishes. Now this, I am told, is very common in Eastern Europe to find such paraphernalia littering the countyside - but this is England !!

Built in 1940 as part of a Chain Home radar station, RAF Stenigot was in simple terms a long range early warning system for air raids from the German Hun, primarily Luftflotte V and Luftflotte II attacks on the Midlands, Sheffield and Nottingham.

Are we allowed to use the word Hun these days ?? No ? Fritz ? I suspect not.

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RAF Stenigot

"Bull in Field", not a good sign to see normally, however the referenced beast was in fact on the loose on the main road and currently admiring itself in the wing mirrors of my car. A nice large hairy bovine with reasonably sized horns, strangely not attracted to my rather red jacket.

RAF Stenigot

RAF Stenigot

RAF Stenigot

RAF Stenigot

RAF Stenigot

Pilgrimage done, time to move that bull along.

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8/10 simples and strangely rather satisfying.

Monday, 20 April 2015

St Helens Church, Biscathorpe - April 2015

More churches I can hear you shout, so down to Lincolnshire we go for an abandoned church.

I was in the area and this little gem is just round the corner from RAF Stenigot, you just have to find it, tucked away in the trees of a farmers field out of eyes sight.

This Grade II Gothic style church was built in 1847 and seems to have closed its doors to worship around 1970.

St Helens Church, Biscathorpe, Lincolnshire

St Helens Church, Biscathorpe, Lincolnshire

St Helens Church, Biscathorpe, Lincolnshire

The grass looks trimmed, but sadly the church itself has fallen into disrepair and does show signs of minor vandalism and general slow decay.

Sadly locked these days, a view from a broken window.

 St Helens Church, Biscathorpe, Lincolnshire

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St Helens Church, Biscathorpe, Lincolnshire

St Helens Church, Biscathorpe, Lincolnshire

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St Helens Church, Biscathorpe, Lincolnshire

A cracking little gem of a church Gromit !

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St Mary's Church, Staveley, Cumbria - April 2015

I might just post some church stuff more often, I'm not the bible bashing kind of chap, but you can't beat a good little church every now and again.

Either the spooky Scooby Doo type or that quiet church yard with the only noise being the birds chattering.

Churchs, hmmmm, I know what, back road Churches - the ones you don't know you have driven past or perhaps the forgotten churches no body goes to.

So lets start with this little gem, I was passing the other week and sits hiding just off the A590 at Newby Bridge in a very quiet spot.

A church was present on the site from around 1618, and was repaired in 1678. The south and the tower date from 1793.

 St Mary's Church, Staveley, Cumbria

St Mary's Church, Staveley, Cumbria

I won't bore you with fancy terms, that and I don't know my gargoyle from my grotesque, but I rather liked this beautiful little church.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Camelot Theme Park - Channel 4 Shorts


February 2015, Lancashire, it rained, we made this.

Well.....  drones, urbex, Camelot, why not ?? so I added my voice "skills" to one of a series of short films for Channel 4, episode 3 of Drones in Forbidden Zones.

Edited to hell, I rather like the finished video.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/drones-in-forbidden-zones/on-demand/61144-003

Other videos in the series are available, sadly without my dulcet tones.

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Camelot Theme Park - closed

 Camelot

So, what do you think ???

Camelot Theme Park - closed

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Spa Mill, Bolton - March 2015

I don't normally do stuff on my doorstep and I try to avoid solo explores, but with no one playing out and April Showers piling in a few days early this local mooch was the order of the day - plus I could go for a brew at Tin Dog's after.

With demolition passed back in 2012,  this and the adjoining building are hanging on rather well compared with most I come across.

Offices one side of the yard, full of junk and er, well.....

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The other side of the yard in the main mill building is more interesting, once the home of upholsterers A&H Sharples.

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You know what, a bloody good relaxed mooch, I'd even go back - 8/10.

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.

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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.

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