#504 – 500 Post Special No.4 – Iron and Steel

Britain once had a huge iron and steel industry, but there’s not much left now. The closure of the Redcar works in 2015 meant that there were only two major steelworks left in the UK, along with a number of rolling mills and electric arc furnaces. There had been much retraction of the industry in…

#503 – 500 Post Special No.3 – Mills

The mills of the north of England have held a lifelong fascination for me. Growing up in Bolton in the 1980’s meant that the towns industrial heyday had long passed and while there were still plenty of mills around, hardly any were still spinning cotton and with every passing year, more and more mills were…

#502 – 500 Post Special No.3 – Mining

Grove Rake (2007 and 2016) – another of those rare places I visited twice. The place had been abandoned for several years before my first visit and was reasonably intact. I visited again in 2016 after the majority of the site had been cleared and the headgear was in danger of demolition. In the end…

#501 – 500 Post Special No.2 – More Urbex

Urbex has always been a means to an end, rather than an end in itself for me. My interest is in the industrial landscape which is why the overwhelming majority of the places I’ve seen have been industrial with the odd non-industrial place thrown in because the opportunity presented itself. I make no apologies for…

#500 – 500 post special No.1 – Urbex

Well it’s taken 11 years, but I’ve finally reached number 500! I’m conscious that I don’t post as often as I used to, primarily because I’m not as prolific a photographer as I used to be which means I’ve less to post. In fairness, my life has changed over the past 11 years (I’ve married,…

#498 – North Truro Air Force Station

Normally my holiday photographs are restricted to family snaps and the places we go, however, I always keep my eye out to see if there’s anything worth making a detour for, for example, last year I visited the Telamon when in Lanzarote and I visited the PS Ryde in the Isle of Wight a few years back…

#488 – Manchester Mayfield Station 3

And so to the last few from Mayfield. Running the full length of the station and its platforms is a vast undercroft. Many old Victorian stations have these vast underground areas, some of which are accessible and in use some aren’t. For example, the area under Manchester Central – the former Manchester Central station –…

#487 – Manchester Mayfield Station 2

After closure, the site remained in Railway ownership and has been used as a location for numerous TV series. In 2005 it was hit by a fire, and in 2013 the majority of the huge roof structure was removed due to it being unsafe. A small section of framework was kept in place, probably to…

#486 – Manchester Mayfield Station 1

Manchester Mayfield Railway Station (NOT ‘train station’ please, we’re not in America), is the largest derelict space in Manchester, a remarkable feat given that it’s been abandoned for over 30 years. It’s even more remarkable when you consider the extraordinary amount of development that has happened in Manchester since the infamous bomb in 1996. Mind…