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mookster

grumpy sod
Regular User
Paid a weirdly sobering visit to what remains of the old Fleet Motor Club/Paices Hill race track in Tadley today. It closed around five or six years ago after the owners built structures without permission and then the council decided to shaft them, demanding they install a fallout shelter (it sits opposite the AWE) and even going as far as denying a historic track had ever existed there before it's final incarnation (it goes back into at least the 1980s, maybe earlier).

I only ever visited the track once when it was open, but a lot of friends of mine I've made over the years spent a lot more time there than me both racing or spectating, and I found seeing the place in such disrepair more depressing than I ever thought I could. Short oval tracks are closing at an alarming rate - Birmingham Wheels Park and St. Day both closed last month - and a number of the remaining ones have had longstanding battles with developers and planners and councils determined to erase anywhere that provides fun and enjoyment for people in favour of erecting more shoddily built matchbox homes or faceless industrial units.

Soon all that is left of one of the best short oval race tracks in the south will be bulldozed and buried under yet another bland industrial estate. To most people this is just an empty concrete oval but to people like me these places are so important.











 

mookster

grumpy sod
Regular User
Spotted an abandoned church hidden in some trees at the side of a road. It looked OK from the outside but inside was...terrible. Yet another failed Welsh church/chapel conversion, where the owner's dreams outstripped their finances leaving an unfinished shell of a building.







Some you win, some you lose when it comes to chapels in Wales!
 

tigger

mog
Regular User
Random Shipwrecks we happened on while out exploring. Found them quite photogenic.
Back in the day they dragged them onto the marsh to cut them up and reclaim bits...somewhat smaller scale than in India these days. More bits and pieces on the opposite side of the Wyre but for some reason doesn't get all the photographers like this side and Skippool.
Good to see them in B&W as it stops the mistyness in the background being over-powering.
 

MK83

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28DL Full Member
Back in the day they dragged them onto the marsh to cut them up and reclaim bits...somewhat smaller scale than in India these days. More bits and pieces on the opposite side of the Wyre but for some reason doesn't get all the photographers like this side and Skippool.
Good to see them in B&W as it stops the mistyness in the background being over-powering.
I thought they looked well suited to black and white shots. One of the great things about this hobby is all the cool stuff you find while your looking for urbex's. Its interesting that they where dragged there intentionaly for breaking.
 

HughieD

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Former rail bridge which took the Harlaxton Iron Quarry line under Gorse Lane. The quarry workings were spread over four square miles to the east and south East of Denton village and south of Harlaxton. The line connected to BR at Casthorpe exchange sidings on the LNER Denton Branch. The quarries first opened in 1941 and the bridge bears the date 1954. The quarries closed circa 1976 and the line was lifted and this Brutalist concrete bridge back-filled shortly after.





 

Mikeymutt

28DL Regular User
Regular User
A few random places from between five and seven years ago. Wonder how many are still there. I know several are demolished, burnt or redeveloped.

Norfolk car graveyard

925975


Stobhill hospital

925976


RAF Church Fenton

925977


Sandwell college

925978


The royalty

925979


The Prudential

925980


Scottish cottage

925981


Haperbury hospital

925982


Seafield hospital.

925983


Sevs

925984


Dysons

925985


Gedney station

925986


Shredded wheat

925987


RAE Thurleigh

925988


Fletchers

925989


Lostock

925990
 

mookster

grumpy sod
Regular User
Popped into a little local spot I'd neglected to bother with until today, there was some sort of pikey/metal scrapping/hoarding operation going on in here until 2014, which explains the multitude of fridges left behind. The only structure is a large garage type building filled with household rubbish and a ride on mower...

'Mount Fridgemore'....









 

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