Urban exploration

A friend visited me this weekend. His latest hobby is urban exploration so we decided to give it a go in Bristol. We considered a few sites but eventually we happened upon a factory by chance which shall remain nameless.

Entry was through a small hole in the side. The ground floor doors and windows had been bricked up with breezeblocks, but apparently a past visitor to the factory had somehow removed a block from the wall, leaving a 65 x 22cm hole to squeeze through.

Squeezing through the gap

Once inside, it was clear that the owners of the building had taken measures to prevent unauthorised entry.

A bricked up door

Most of the ground floor was a no-go area, since the windows had been bricked up and we had no torches, making it impossible to see. The windows on the other floors had not been blocked so sunlight was able to come in.

It was rather creepy. There were pigeons making noises occasionally, making us freeze in our tracks in case the guards were on patrol. Perhaps worse, drips of water fell here and there, and made a rhythmic sound like footsteps. They were especially loud where they fell on sheets of metal, barrels, etc.

The smell was surprisingly agreeable, presumably because it was well ventilated due to the open windows. It smelt slightly of damp but nothing else.

We found some vats which were once used to store chocolate. 12,000 litres of chocolate sounds good to me!

A gauge

There were several factory buildings and in the alleys between each, glass rooves have been added to create spacious halls. This one was used to house some water tanks.

Water tanks

In the main building there were several floors; all similar. The machines have almost all been removed now, leaving empty space with rows of iron columns.

One of the factory floors

The building was in generally good condition, but there were some places where wooden floors were unsafe, or walls had holes.

A hole in the wall

Another of the covered alleyways.

A covered alleyway

This office looks down upon one of the alleys. It had a huge box of investment reports still inside, but we didn’t have time to sit around and read financial documents.

An office

We saw this sign attached to a door, and wondered what the Collision Films notice was about. Later on we found out via the Internet that McFly filmed the video for Lies in this building. We saw burn marks at odd places on the walls of the building, but from watching this video, I’m not surprised.

A sign on the door

A view down into one of the alleyways

An alleyway

Looks like some water has got into this floor, either through a leaky roof or through a broken window.

A puddle
Some mess

Goodness knows why there was a door 3 floors up, and goodness knows why the door and its frame have been removed. I didn’t try leaning out, though.

A door

On this floor you can see where machines once stood on the raised areas of the floor.

A factory floor
Some broken windows

We found this room in the eaves of the building. It had a service lift and some other interesting features, but the floorboards were broken in places (hence the walking boards between the lift and the doorway, where I stood).

A room in the eaves

This is the other main shaft in the room, although it’s not entirely clear what it was for. Perhaps some kind of goods lift, or a conduit for some pipes.

A room in the eaves
My friend takes a photo

Of course, a trip onto the roof was in order, too.

The roof

Ten points to anyone who can tell me what this machine is. Twenty points to anyone who dares put their hand in it.

A machine

Go on, grab it, I dare you…

Electric cables

There were some deserted offices – many with coffee cups scattered around.

The offices

A view down onto one of the covered alleyways. You can see the chocolate vats, the dial of which we saw earlier.

One of the alleyways

Some high pressure pipes emerge from the floor of this room. I don’t know what they would have carried.

High pressure pipes

As we concluded our tour, we had a glimpse of daylight from the tiny hole through which we entered and left.

Our escape

3 Comments

  1. Simmo
    August 23, 2009
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    Looks amazing! Does your mate do these sorts of things regularly? I’d love to go and look in an abandoned building – but one that was legal so there wouldn’t be a chance of getting caught hehe. But then again it wouldn’t be as much fun!

  2. Fraser
    September 21, 2009
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    Simmo,
    If you ask me, entering an abandoned building is mental, and highly dangerous. The guy is obviously a flippin loon!
    But if you do insist on visiting a place like this, I reckon Jon’s mate would be more than happy to take you.

  3. Terry Tibbs
    February 21, 2011
    Reply

    Elizabeth Shaw

    That is all.

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