Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Attercliffe Tram Shed, Sheffield - November 2015

A rather wet (extremely wet) trip to Sheffield with Tbolt, with a hop into Low Bradfield and ultimately Cannon Brewery.

Second on our list for the day was Attercliffe Tram Shed, not the most exciting of places unless your into your street art and graffiti. Now I am into paint but Tbolt had announced en-route has has no interest, at all, what so ever.

"Sir you have been to the wrong city !" I replied and the challenge was on to convert him from seeing a derelict brick shit hole as an urban art gallery.









I think the Mortal Combat art may have converted him.


And on we moved to other sites around the city.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Soviet Aircraft Graveyard, Riga, Latvia - October 2015

If your ever kicking your feet at Riga Airport take the 5 minute walk to Riga Aviation Museum.

I personally wouldn't really call it a museum, more of a hording of Soviet era helicopters and aircraft cluttering a strip of land at the side of the airport car park behind a rather bland fence.

Hit the (the rather loud) buzzer on the gate and someone will let you in, pay the chap the 7 Euros and have a wander round this cluttered collection of wonderful Soviet Cold War relics of yesteryear.


At times it feels a bit like a junk yard, but this is part of its appeal, with guys banging away on bits of machinery. Its looks at first glance uncurated and has little pieces of string hang round some of the exhibits, as a barrier. I suspect that if the late Fred Dibnah ran a museum, it might be a little like this place.





Now top tip for Latvia, show an interest and ask - you may get and often do, such as a look inside this troop carrier.




But for me this is the star of the show

Soviet Aircraft Graveyard

Soviet Aircraft Graveyard

Not urbex, but very well worth a visit.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Lluesty Hospital, Holywell - November 2015

Originally built as a workhouse in the 1830s by the Holywell Poor Law Union, this North Wales hospital closed in 2008 and despite being a Grade II listed building it sits slowly rotting await in housing development hell. It is not known if Derek Acorah has visited this site.

Team Weasel reunited for a wet day out in North Wales, being Judderman, ZerO81 and my good self.



All the buildings on site are in a shocking state and every corner you turn you find signs of the local fire bugs having attempted to set fire to the place, pity the neighbours and the petrol station opposite.


Lets have a wander











Oh my, someone has been playing with a Ouija Board.....

Ouija board



and it was time to leave, with a message from the afterlife.......


A pleasant potter 6/10 with the old gang and good explore to hide from the rain.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

St Mary's Chapel, Lead, Yorkshire - November 2015

On my ongoing search for wonderful village churches we stumble into Yorkshire for a most excellent bit of roadside spotting, well I say roadside - this one is in the middle of a field.

St Mary's Chapel is Grade II listed and dates back to the 14th century, thought to be a chapel for a long gone medieval manor house, the chapel that remains is only 18 feet in length.

Restored between 1931 and 1934, the chapel is now maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust.

St Mary's Chapel, Lead, Yorkshire

St Mary's Chapel, Lead, Yorkshire

St Mary's Chapel, Lead, Yorkshire

St Mary's Chapel, Lead, Yorkshire

St Mary's Chapel, Lead, Yorkshire

St Mary's Chapel, Lead, Yorkshire

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania - October 2015

I'm not sure where I first read about the Hill of Crosses, but I suspect it was some click bait or article on the world's scariest places, my young daughter even told me it was number 7 in the world top ten of spookiest places.

Tucked away in the Lithuanian countryside is a growing collection of crosses, crucifixes, carvings, rosaries and effigies. Current estimates put the number of crosses at in excess of 140,000 and the number of crosses grows day by day.

It is believed the first crosses appeared after the 1831 uprising against the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union authorities bulldozed the site at least 3 times between 1944 and 1990.

We visited late evening as the sun fell and again early morning the following day.

We, being Tbolt, Tin Dog, Darmon Richter and myself, sadly didn't find it spooky at all despite what you may read elsewhere.

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses Lithuania


Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

So to recap boys and girls, not spooky, not scary, not even urbex, just bloody good and a very peaceful place to visit.

A rare 10/10 from me - file under Excellent.