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Report - Mesnes / Pagefield. Air Raid Shelters . July 2015

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by ACID- REFLUX, Sep 6, 2015.

  1. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    During the Second World War, Wigan was a target for the Nazi bombing raids, due to a munitions factory in Beech Hill and a Steel Mill/Iron works located near Mesnes Park. A collection of tunnels and Air Raid shelters were built under the park and remain there today. These were built to house the workers and local residents and were big enough to hold a couple of hundred people.

    2 local Students were campaigning to try & get the Shelters preserved but the Developers of the Pagefield Buildings have scuppered any preservation plans as the foundations for the new development encompass the land occupied by the shelters.

    Solo mooch after a weekend in the Manchester area. Credit to @Coolboyslim for the info, (especially as i criticized his pics from here previously ...sorry mate :) Although he did have me wandering about the wrong area for a while ;) although it allowed me to see lots of interesting local Wildlife :eek: on the way in & on the way out.

    It was a hasty exit as a gang of youths were fucking about on the entry point & the last thing i want is to be cornered somewhere in the dark with my gear while God knows whats going on at the only exit point!

    As i was very tired i found it quite disorientating as it"s all very similar as you"d expect & as all the exit signs lead to blockages i ended up being a headless chicken for a while trying to remember what piles of rust were in which corridor was not my forte lol

    Unfortunately very little of the original features remain inside as you"d expect for it"s age and the amount of traffic it"s had. All in all though a nice little mooch. Always a pain having highly reflective concrete with very dark floor :(

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  2. Raz

    Raz 28DL Regular User
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    Good stuff mate looks like a maze down there, the ones in Leeds look slightly more interesting than this one though ;)
     
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    Nice set of pics, certainly doesn't look as wrecked as some of them are!
     
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    Lol @ACID- REFLUX m8ty don't worry bout it. That was back in my taking pics with phone days. Told ya was a pain to photo especially with a phone and crap torch. So glad you got it done and yea sorry for the slight misdirection it's a cock when you can't see exactly where your stood lol. Yours pics deffo came up well just pissed the kids ruined your sun setting entry pic. Maybe another time it does look nice when you catch it just right. Thx m8ty and anytime. Oh and @Raz deffo wouldn't mind seeing some of them when I'm up Leeds lol
     
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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers mate
    Maybe it is mate or maybe it was just me lol

    As for Leeds.....we"ll discuss it later ;)
     
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    Very nice fella....looks like broad daylight in there! Well lit dude...how long an exposure?...awesome pics as always :thumb
     
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    Cheers
    TBH there's not much they can do with heavily reinforced concrete .I presume with the lack of Graffiti inside they've been sealed for some time ? Or nobody has a decent Torch in Wigan as it seems what little there is around the entry point ;)

    Obviously the remaining benches have rotted away or been trodden into the mud. We. Worth a visit with decent lighting before it succumbs to the Demo team.
     
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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers matey :) Better safe than sorry i suppose, always attract the dodgy people it seems lol
     
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    Cheers mate :)
    About 8 - 10 seconds......ish the few i"ve looked at data wise. But it is a very bright Torch :)
     
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    Great photos pal, youve really put mine to shame.
     
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    looks quite a size this,
    nice stuff mate :thumb
     
  12. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers mate .
    Need decent lighting that's all ....well every little helps ;)
     
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    We tried looking for this a few weeks ago and unintentionally came across the college which looked more interesting.

    I'm in Wigan on a monthly basis at the moment so I'll see if I can get some time away to have a look at this place at some point soon :)
     
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    @ACID- REFLUX
    I need to get a tripod first. I got taught light painting by @Dangle_Angle. So I will practice my technique once I get one. I might even go back to pagefield shelters as I pass it to work every day.
     
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    Some wire wool photography would be epic in there :)
     
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