Wednesday, 11 May 2016

St. Thomas Hospital in Stockport

St. Thomas Hospital, located in Stockport (Greater Manchester) is a group of several buildings: the main one - a grand Victorian formation (raised in 1905), surrounded by several minor houses, possibly used as a storage or administrative areas. The institution was closed in 2004.

The main building is not accessible at this point, however it's still possible to enter and see the surrounding smaller houses.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Iranian Embassy in Bowdon (Altrincham, Greater Manchester)

This site is a sad example of how once extraordinary urbex spot can turn into complete ruin with barely anything to see any longer. Having seen several photo reports done by other fellow urbexers, (showing a building that hardly looked derelict), I decided to visit this place myself. What I saw, was a wreck damaged by fire and long lasting neglect.

According to the sources I found, the building was raised sometime around 1900, and has been used as the Iranian Embassy since early 1980's for the next about 20 years. There is no information about the future fate of the building, so it probably will continue falling into decay.

The building looks much more interesting from the outside- inside there is virtually nothing left, no artifacts left whatsoever or anything that would verify what this place was used for originally. Ground floor was whole just bricks from collapsed roof, and mud- possibly after effects of some recent attempt to stop the blaze- the building has been a target of numerous arson attacks. I didn't get to see what upstairs look like- the condition of wooden stairs was absolutely tragic, so decided not to take the risk, at least not this time. Surprisingly, no trace of any inhabitants, no garbage left, which is unusual for places that kind- apparently this particular one is truly and totally abandoned.

Despite there's been not much really to see, the site is still quite interesting to visit, and certainly worth an effort, but rather just as a challenge and a thrill, than real exploration. The garden surrounding the Embassy makes this place look slightly more appealing, as it remains in quite neat condition, at least for a place like that, and the blooming daffodils got to brighten up a little this pitiful image of despair and degradation.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Crown Theatre (aka Crown Bingo) in Eccles

The Crown building, located in Eccles (Greater Manchester) was raised in 1898 and opened the following year as the Lyceum Theatre. In 1907 it has been renamed (due to ownership change) to The Crown Theatre, in 1932 has been transformed into a cinema, finally became a bingo in 1963 and remained in this form until it's shutdown sometime around 2000. Partial demolition of the building started shortly after, but for some reason has never been completed and future fate of the construction seems to be unknown at this point.

Exploration of this site has been one of those entirely spontaneous and impulsive, and certainly requires a prompt return. The quality of pictures is even less magnificent than usual, as taken with not-so-cutting edge mobile phone, but it's still better than nothing- even hasty and unplanned urbex cannot go totally unfruitful, can it? :)