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Report - Various Heights in Kingston upon Thames - Summer 2014

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by raisinwing, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. raisinwing

    raisinwing 28DL Regular User
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    Over the last two years I've been visiting Kingston on an almost fortnightly basis, I thought it was about time I started making the effort to take advantage of what it has to offer.
    I warn you now there's nothing really epic in this report, and most of the photos have been taken on my compact with no tripod at ISO 1,000,000 so are pretty poor. But these visits are always just about having a good time with some good friends anyway so it doesn't really matter all that much in my eyes.


    Kingston Regal Cinema
    I won't bother with the history as it's been covered countless times before, I did explore the internals too but didn't really take many photos due to not having a tripod (It's in much the same condition as it's been for the last few years, it's well worth a visit though if you've never been). We decided to have a picnic on the roof one warm and sunny day with some of our friends which was nice, this was when these photographs were taken. There's a rather short man who gets very cross at you for mooching around the cinema should you decide to pay it a visit.

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    Quebec House
    Just over the railway tracks from the Regal is Quebec House a relatively modern student accommodation building. It was by pure chance that roof access happened to be possible on the day we visited, every visit since has proved fruitless.

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    Kingston Heights
    I've been seeing this bright yellow crane sticking up above the skyline for some time, but just never gotten around to paying a visit. A couple of weeks ago an opportunity arose so me and a friend had a wander over to see what the view was like. As I said previously I was stupid and never had a tripod with me so as such the photos here are super high ISO and therefore awful. Before I had chance to pay it a revisit with a tripod it was gone unfortunately. Never mind though, just one of those things!

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    Combined House
    This place offers a nice view from another corner of Kingston. Just as we were about to come down from the roof, a couple of people popped up on the roof, they spotted us and I can honestly now say I've never seen anyone climb down 10 floors worth of ladders so fast, jump the fence at the bottom and sprint away into the darkness. Whoever you were you gave us a good laugh!

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    That's it for now anyway, like I say I apologise for the crap photos. But, good times were had by all on all occasions so it's all good.
    Thanks for looking :thumb
     

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  2. wellingtonian

    wellingtonian Subterráneo
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    Likeing that, good times and laughs with mates. Sometimes the photos are just an incidental part of an explore.
    That said, I wish I could take "pretty poor" pics that well............ :rolleyes:
     
  3. Seffy

    Seffy Bally up lads!
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    Just how rooftops should be - chilled and fun :) Good work guys!
     
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    Bugsuperstar Irresponsible & Reckless
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    Good stuff mate! This is what its all about.
     
  5. Kaplan

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    Exactly what I was going to say!

    Fucking great report imo.

    Love the shot of all your mates strolling across the roof :thumb
     
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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nowt wrong with these mate, well done :thumb

    Very nice
     
  7. jazzywheelz

    jazzywheelz Boring Bearded Bastard
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    Top stuff RW :thumb It's all about the lolz

    I spy gas ;)
     
  8. raisinwing

    raisinwing 28DL Regular User
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    Sadly the gas is now a big hole in the ground, got munched down over the last couple of months :(

    Thanks for the comments guys. Lots of Lolz were had!
     
  9. super nerris

    super nerris On A Mission....
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    Some great shots there mate, like the ones with the busses in them!!

    4th from last is my fave!!

    Good report!!
     
  10. jazzywheelz

    jazzywheelz Boring Bearded Bastard
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    Gutted :( They're an endangered species these days.
     
  11. raisinwing

    raisinwing 28DL Regular User
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    One of the cranes we climbed at "Kingston Heights" is where the power station once was, there is little to remind you that it was once there except some old gates and a substation that is actually inside the new building. This website shows a time lapse of them encasing it: http://www.unitedhouse.net/projects/id/1337241717
     
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