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Report - Crawley AMF Bowling, Crawley, West Sussex 04/11/07

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by The Ancient Mariner, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. The Ancient Mariner

    The Ancient Mariner 28DL Full Member
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    Visited today with Sneaky Fox

    This is my first report from a site that has been well documented already.
    However, I wanted to make it my first since Crawley AMF bowl in its heyday holds many memories for me. I attended Crawley College in the early 80’s and was frequently thrown out of the bowl for playing the arcade machines at lunchtime (you were supposedly only allowed to use the machines if you were bowling.)

    Occasionally I went bowling too. Less occasionally I went to college… :)

    Access was made more interesting as police were on duty near the site due to the Crawley high street being closed because of a Vintage Car Rally today.

    The whole site is scheduled for redevelopment in the near future and I wanted to take one last look before the original bowl is gone forever.

    Enough of my sentimental waffle, on with the pictures courtesy of my Powershot A520:

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    RIP Crawley AMF Bowl, I pay my last respects to an old friend of my youth.

    Thanks to The Riddlers, REEF and P HUGE
     

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  2. sneaky fox

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    Re: Crawley AMF Bowling, Crawley, West Sussex 04/11/07 - REPORT

    Visited with Ancient Mariner earlier today.

    A great daytime explore. Access made more interesting by the Vintage Car rally and police presence on the main road.

    After the recent press coverage highlighting the Crawley Bowl, I was concerned it might have been trashed. On entry we were pleased to find this was not the case :thumb

    Once inside we were surprised to find some power energised already.

    Onto my pictures, taken with Powershot A570 IS:

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    Mariner:
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    The obligatory porn room shot:
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    A great explore in good company :)
     

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  3. sneaky fox

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    Re: Crawley AMF Bowling, Crawley, West Sussex 04/11/07 - REPORT

    Revisited again tonight (15/11/07) with Ancient Mariner to switch the lights off :D

    Took a handful of extra pictures whilst we were in there, hopefully something a little different:

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    AMF 2003 diary anyone?
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    It seems like more people have been in the Crawley AMF Bowl in the last week or so than when it was open! ;)
     

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  4. PompeyBob

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    Crawley Bowl was a busy centre it was the Council that decided it had to close hence all the petitions and posters.
     
  5. thelocksmithman

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    Looks good :D never had the chance of looking round an abandoned bowling alley!
     
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