Under Dover

We were planning to visit St. Martins Deep Shelter, unfortunately missed the entrance somehow :) so instead did few little tunnels in Dover's Grand Shaft area, wasn't too bad, but revisit is definitely on cards.

Westbrook House School

It's probably the most clean and tidy site i visited to date :) After 1.5h spent inside i started to miss the good, old decay, lol. Still it was a good day out, with a hint of something else than usual.

history: Westbrook House was a Preparatory School based in Folkestone for 2-11 year olds. It was established on the site in Folkestone after the second world war by K.N.G. Foster, and existed in one form or other right up until 2008 when it closed its doors with just 119 pupils on role - it's capacity was 310.





Piotrków Prison Blues


When I was just a baby,
My Mama told me, "Son,
Always be a good boy,
Don't ever play with guns,"
But I shot a man in Reno,
Just to watch him die...
J. Cash

One last building remains,  rest has been knocked down to build the supermarket Biedronka. Still worth a visit though, especially as there are few other interesting objects in the city.

history: One of the most notorious prisons in Poland, the first one with increased security, partially converted from the former monastery buildings. In times of deep socialism it had it's own 'death cell' where death penalties has been executed. There's lots of sealed corridors in it's basement, probably used to join the remaining monastery buildings in the city.





Lillesden School For Girls

Done this in April and it is still one of my favorite explores to date, it wasn't too big or too fancy, but the atmosphere of the place was simply astounding.

history: The school occupies what used to be the Lillesden Estate Mansion, built at the estate (south of Hawkhurst) in 1855 by the banker Edward Loyd, who moved there after marrying. The house and estate remained in the family until just after the First World War, when it was then sold and eventually became the Bedgebury Girls Public School. The school closed around 1999 and has been abandoned ever since.






St Mildreds Tannery

No one done this site for about three years, since then most of it has been converted into houses or simply knocked down, there is one last building remaining, awaiting conversion into hotel. Fast explore, quite easy entry, lots of pigeons :)

history: St. Mildred’s Tannery was established in 1860 preparing and tanning imported hides. From 1988 it concentrated on the dressing, softening and dying of hides. The tannery closed in the early 2000's and has now moved its centre of operations to an industrial estate in Thanet.





Reduced To Numbers

Return to FH Manor with Andre Govia, one of the photographers featured in urban exploration book called Beauty in Decay it was good to meet you mate.

from left: Keïteï, Andre Govia, Subversive Photography, 2wid

FH Manor

Nice and chilled explore with Subversive Photography somewhere deep in kentish countryside :) There's not much info about this place, only that during the war it was taken over by the RAF and shortly burnt out. It was subsequently rebuilt with modern materials which can plainly be seen throughout the house.

Picked a sunflower on the way back and it still looks great (after 5 days, lol)




Spinning Plant Wełnopol

This actually where the whole urban exploration fascination first started and still remained like a Rome for us (all roads lead to Rome, innit? :) It's a great biulding, even though gets more smashed every time i visit. Monstfur Częstochowa's acclaimed street artist added this extra bit of character to it, and it's eve documented - i highly recommend to watch it - Wełnopolish.

history: Built in 1887 as a part of the "Peltzer & Sons" company. Later taken over by a Frech joint-stock company "Societe Anonyme de la Industrie Textile". During World War II it was bought by Hugo Schneider and used as an ammunition factory employing mainly Jews from Częstochowa's little ghetto. The name "Wełnopol" was used for the first time in 1970.