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Report - Prison H15 and some others

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by DubbedNavigator, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. DubbedNavigator

    DubbedNavigator 28DL Regular User
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    So this explore was well overdue. It was the first I had done in nearly 2 years, so when a good friend asked if I fancied it - I bit his hand off.

    The trip was arranged well in advance, and every day elevated the anticipation higher.

    None of us had done a prison before and it was well worth the anticipation

    History

    The prison, generally known in the exploring world as Prison H15 isn't what I would call rich with history. This is a real shame as I am a stickler for having even generic ones for viewing pleasure.

    The prison itself started off as an abbey in the 19th century, 1146 by Thierry d'alsace

    In recent times, it has been the prison you see today.

    The site was due for demolition shortly after it closed at some point in 2010, until a pack of travellers took roost there.

    The explore

    Our visit to the prison started off very late on a Thursday evening. Finishing work at 6pm Luke and I met up with Bones the designated driver in Colchester ready to embark to Dover.

    It was really good to catchup with the chaps for the hours it took us to drive to Lille. Inevitably us as the passengers took what opportunity we had to get some shut eye whist our adrenaline calmed down a little. There wasn't much of that to be had....

    We arrived at approximately 4AM, and decided to scope the place out. It looked an absolute monstrosity under the cover of darkness, and trying to find a route in was a challenge we later kicked ourselves for when the sunlight had a pleasant revelation.

    All in all, we spent around 1.5 to 2 hours scoping the place out, with the only reason for returning to the car being our cameras!.

    The last picture I took of the place, was actually one of my favourites. Gives a great perspective of it.

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    The majority of my pictures will be put up un edited. I like it that way most of the time, but a little post processing puts a nice touch to them.

    This shot is taken from one of the many guard towers (which were quite cool in themselves). It shows the portion of the prison that most people are used to seeing

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    The walkway the prisoners would have been brought in through, and boss looking gate

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    The main annexe, ugly looking thing. Imagine walking up to that for the first time.

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    I caught this just as the sun was coming up, reasonably happy with it considering I didn't use a tripod

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    One I thought id have a little play with, again - reasonably happy with it.

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    Do like this one - Again, no tripod

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    The main cells, from the top floor. Its a long way down.

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    Basketball anyone?

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    We spent around 3 hours here before moving on to the womans wing pictured above, until we found the main gate that wasn't open a few hours prior - open!
    With the proximity of the travellers, we decided against it.

    On we went to a manor house that @Luke has on his list. We didn't stay here too long as one of the neighbours decided we were good target practice for the local plod.

    Quite a reasonable chap really

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    I absolutely LOVE this shot

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    Next up, a small village that I hadn't heard of - Doel.

    This place is no secret and not really "exploring" in the same sense as the others. Very much free for all

    A quick wiki for the history of the place -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doel

    The pictures just show the various artwork that has now inhabited the village.

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    And thats about it, a very enjoyable 24 hours :)

    There are a few other shots in the full album - http://digitaldisarray.co.uk/gallery/albums/france-14.48/
     

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  2. AndrewB

    AndrewB 28DL Regular User
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    Nice one! Good to see you back on the horse. Now I need to get back out there!!
     
  3. DubbedNavigator

    DubbedNavigator 28DL Regular User
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    Its a really good place, but have others planned too! not an all day one really.
     
  4. Adders

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    Wevsky A Predisposed Tourist
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    prison 15h is what i thought it was called,then the cool facebook boys changed the letters round,nice to see a report from the old place again tho mate :thumb
     
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    Love it mate.
     
  7. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nice to see some different views from the norm here :thumb

    Didn"T think the Gypsies would move away for long

    I would add that even on my monitor (which is turned down low) a lot of the pics are too overexposed & could do with toning down quite a few EV which would enhance them quite a lot IMO. I know you didn"t PP but it"d help. No offence intended :)
     
  8. DubbedNavigator

    DubbedNavigator 28DL Regular User
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    Yea... that was me playing. Wasn't too sure on it so i thought what the hell :)
     
  9. DubbedNavigator

    DubbedNavigator 28DL Regular User
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    The reason I used that name was because I couldn't find a proper name for it, asides the town its in. Elusive one.
     
  10. DubbedNavigator

    DubbedNavigator 28DL Regular User
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    Not at all mate, im no pro at photoshop - but I've not played with it much at all :. Most were on full manual as well
     
  11. Wevsky

    Wevsky A Predisposed Tourist
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    did you not see any of the old paper work laying around with the name on..well i think it was the name not the town
     
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