Graylingwell Asylum

Some places you are just meant to see too late. Demolition of Graylingwell is lets say 40% done, but unfortunately it has taken the main features, the hall and the projection room. Went there in the middle of the week and perhaps i shouldn't have as it was crawling with workers, so had good time dodging them for most of the time :) Fortunately didn't get caught and managed to see most of what has left.

history: Graylingwell Asylum in Chichester, East Sussex was founded in 1894 then finally opened in 1897. 

During World War I the hospital closed temporarily and was used as a base by the Military. The patients were evacuated to other southern asylum’s. On return to civilian use plans were put in place for additional buildings to the main hospital. These buildings included an admission hospital which was to be known as Summersdale, a nurses home to be known as Pinewood, a building for female tuberculosis patients and a female convalescent home and also a home for female working patients.

Graylingwell was taken over by the N.H.S in 1948 by which time it could hold in excess of one thousand patients. The hospital was eventually wound down and in 2003 finally shut its doors. The site is now known as 9 College Lane rather than Graylingwell Asylum and is now being renovated into a site for new housing.

Glassworks Kara

Done with r2s during this summer, entrance was kind of funny as the site is still partially live, so we have been crouching behind random objects to avoid the workers and security, eventually got in and discovered that the ground floor is still being used as a storage for thousands of glass jars, after this few skips it all went fine.

First opened in 1897, this factory was producing the glass for windows, closed in 2001.

Pripyat and Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (officially Ukrainian SSR). An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. It is considered the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster). 

The Exclusion Zone was established soon after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, in order to evacuate the local population and to prevent people from entering the heavily contaminated territory. The area adjoining the site of the disaster was originally divided into 4 concentric zones. The most contaminated zone had a radius of 30 km (19 mi) from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The border of the zone was later adjusted to better parallel the locations of highest contamination. 

Historically and geographically, the zone is a heartland of the Polesie region — the birthplace of East Slavs. This predominantly rural woodland area was once home to 120,000 people, living in 90 communities (including the cities of Chernobyl and Pripyat), but is now mostly uninhabited. All settlements remain designated on geographic maps but marked as nezhyl. (нежил.) - "uninhabited".

Very unique and hard to explain experience - i think Andrei Tarkovsky did excelent job with his Stalker, trying to explain the structure of the Zone. Big thank you to Strefa Zero and 28dayslater forum for organizing it for us.

train to the Zone, we've been travelling with the workers only, train itself was going through Belarusian border, at the end of our trip we had to present our passport, on the border control to the Zone:

Sarcophagus (Reactor no. 4), this is where it all happened. Radiation around the reactor is still hitting 6 and the old structure begin to crumble, that's why there is a new conctruction being build above the old one to protect it and also repair it. We had only few minutes allowed here with no bending to the ground or putting our tripods on it.

radioactive fields.

Burakivka Vehicle Graveyard this is where all (not just vehicles) short term radioactive waste is being stored, in the big barrow's made of clay, some of them, made year's ago are looking like little hills, only yellow sign indicates what's is stored inside. Radiation was hitting 5 on here, we had only 10 minutes to take our shots.

logging out of the Zone. After each visit we had to make this checks to make sure we're alright.

Town of Pripyat

Pripyat was founded in 1970 to house workers for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979 but was abandoned in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster. It was the ninth nuclear city ("атомоград" (atomograd) in Russian, literally "atom city") in the Soviet Union at the time and its population was around 50,000 before the accident. The annual rate of natural increase for the city's population was estimated at around 800 persons, plus over 500 newcomers from all corners of the Soviet Union each year.

looking down from Fujiyama bis:

Hospital no. 126

waiting rooms

operating room

infant ward

Music School

view from Hotel 'Polesie' overlooking Palace of Culture 'Energetik'

Palace of  Culture 'Energetik', stage construction.

Propaganda Centre.

Kindergatren 'Golden Key'

Swimming Pool 'Lazurny'

gas masks in School no. 3

DNA shot in classroom of School no. 5 (sadly being all stripped down now)

Road Trip - Sheffield

My first and hopefully not last visit to the Steel City, very positively surprised by it, one day trip turned out to be pretty epic experience, we managed to visit 3 out of 4 planned locations.

all locations visited with: Keïteï, Subversive Photography, TrankmasT and Sammydoublewhammy.

Firth Vickers Stainless Steels

First stop on our trip, quite easy access and good chilled explore, met the best security guard on the way out, who officially allowed and encouraged us to go ahead and explore :) big thumb up.

Firth Vickers were a major name in Sheffield's steel empire, and perhaps best known for the invention of Stainless steel in 1912. They branded this 'Staybrite' which gives this works its name.

Firth Brown Steels was initially formed in 1902, when Sheffield steelmakers John Brown and Company exchanged shares and came to a working agreement with neighbouring company Thomas Firth & Sons. In 1908 the two companies came together and established the Brown Firth Research Laboratories and it was here, in 1912, under the leadership of  Harry Brearly they developed high chrome stainless steel.

George Barnsley and Sons Cornish Works

Place was superb, mostly made of wood, which reminded me of my great-grandparents shop long time closed in the Skrzydlów village i used to explore as a child...

George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) They were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883.

Thorpe Marsh Power Station

Last stop of our trip, didn't expect much from this location, but got completely blown away by it, Subversive find out the sunset time for the day, which added so much to otherwise quite empty scenery.

Construction of the station began in 1959, it being built as a prototype for all the large modern power stations in the UK. It was commissioned between 1963 and 1965. It contained 2 generating sets powered by coal, and had a gas turbine set using an industrial static version of a Rolls-Royce Avon aero engine with a capacity of 14.9 MW. On 7 January 1973 four workmen died. The CEGB was put under investigation for breaches in safety provisions but they were found to have all died accidental deaths. The station closed in 1994.