The basement

Nursing Home Basement W

This is another picture from the abandoned nursing home, and it’s definite the creepiest of the lot. There was a tunnel extending behind me that was much much darker, but unfortunately I didn’t have my tripod on me for this occasion, so that’ll have to wait until another time.

 

Reflections of decay

Reflection W

 

A nice shot of reflections in St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross, Dunbartonshire. This is the second time I’ve explored this old building. Both times there have been other people there exploring as well, I think despite being abandoned it is one of the main attractions (for people like me, anyway) in Cardross. It truly is a stunning building. There’s talk of restoring it to the way it once was, maybe it might see use again. Until then it’s one of the my favourite abandoned places in the area.

Gray Dunn Biscuit Factory

Running Scared

These pics are from my first bit of urban exploring in a while, in the old Gray Dunn Biscuits Factory in Tradeston, Glasgow.  I’ve wanted to get inside this building for a while, and almost didn’t before working out exactly how to get round its many fences and walls. The building looks over the motorway as you drive into the city from the south, and from the building’s top floor you get a very unique view out across Glasgow from the Kingston bridge all the way over to the Gallowgate Twins in the East End and beyond. The picture was the whole reason I wanted into this building. I found pictures of this from one of the big urbex groups in Glasgow and instantly wanted a wander around myself.

Old computer

Believe it or not this old computer, complete with its own desk, chair and printer, was just sitting there on the top floor of this particular section of the building. Creepy to say the least, as if the place wasn’t creepy enough with the wind and rain howling through it and the weird noises that only a creaky old building like this can make. Despite the strange noises and lack of wind resistance it was good to get in and wander around, it reminded me of why I like exploring these old buildings. I was talking to my friend who is a keen mountain climber when I realised, despite the obvious physical and aesthetic difference, there is a lot in common with mountain climbing and urban exploring. The risk of falling off a mountain, or through a floor, the emptiness, the sense of being alone (in a good way) to explore for yourself. One of the main things that draws me to abandoned building is the isolation (again, in a good way). There’s the adrenaline rush as you get under that last fence and clear into the building where you know no one can see you. All of a sudden, no matter how busy the street you just left outside is, it’s just you and the building and no one else. It’s a wonderful feeling!

Stripes

On another note, I’m desperatley trying to get on top of posting and it is not working! So many work and PhD commitments taking up my time, but I’m trying my best. Hopefully have some pictures from our recent adventure to Glen Nevis posted soon, if I can find the time to edit them! Until then, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Seldom Seen #5: Growing Through the Window

a tree growing through the widow of the old BT building in Greenock, Inverclyde.

This photograph shows part of the old British Telecom building just off Regent Street in Greenock town centre, Inverclyde. I’ve been unable to find much information about this building online, I think mainly due to the fact that t closed before people were really providing business addresses on the internet in a widespread way or recording the closure of such places on online news sources. All of the information I have about the building comes from my exploration of the building itself, so if anyone has a better knowledge of the building’s history please feel free to correct me where I am wrong. As far as i can tell, going by documents on the walls and old calendars and football posters which have been left behind, the building closed in the late 1990’s, although I could be wrong.

As far as I can tell the building functioned as a depot, given the open plan workspace that makes up the bottom half of the building, which also has large shutter style openings into the yard. The upper half appears to have been offices, and the image above shows the entrance to the main hall on the first floor just off one of the two staircases that leads up from the depot below.

What is remarkable about this building, given it central location and the fact that it has obviously been visited by several people, evidenced by some damage and rubbish, as well as broken windows and the hole in the fence through which you can gain entry, is that there is very little graffiti. The building has been empty, as far as I can tell, for over a decade, and although there is some damage and things have been moved around a bit, by its appearance it could have been vacated only a year ago, maybe even less.

All of the notices saying which equipment is to be moved where, along with lists of staff names and contact details, are still on the walls. Faded stickers warning employees to switch off lights and save electricity are still on the fairly clean walls. Interestingly it is the car park which gives away how long the site has been abandoned the most. It took us a while to realise it actually was a car park; the ground is almost entirely overgrown and green, and trees and bushes have sprouted up everywhere. So much so that ins some places they have ‘uprooted’ the lamp posts which once dotted the car park, leaving them lying on the ground, ironically, like felled trees.

I chose this photograph for the simple reason that the building is so public, so visible from every direction in the middle of the town, yet there is no acknowledgement of it, no traceable history except that which it itself provides. The building has been, in every sense of the word, abandoned. Like the overgrown car park, the tree growing in through the window shows the fact that the only things that appear to take a real interest or use in the building are the plants that are outgrowing and invading it, breaking through windows and knocking down lamp posts, using the very structure itself to grow and take back the land.

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Seldom Seen #4: Crane No.7

Crane No 7 aka the Finnieston Crane

This photograph shows the Clyde Navigation Trustees Crane No.7 at Stobcross Quay on the River Clyde in Glasgow, also called the Stobcross Crane, but known locally as the Finnieston Crane because of its proximity to Finnieston Quay and the fact that it was built to replace the former Finnieston Crane which was situated further along the river Clyde.

The crane is one of several which still remain dotted along the River, but like the rest of them is no non-operational. Although the surrounding areas have been developed the crane has remained and now serves as a symbol of Glasgow’s rich history of engineering and shipbuilding on the Clyde.

Despite the crane remaining as an overt symbol of Glasgow’s history, I’ve chosen this photograph because I think it has become so much part of the skyline of Glasgow, part of the background, that people often forget just what it was used for and what it represents. This is the reason for the perspective which the photograph uses in looking at the crane, focusing not on the whole structure as most photographs of the crane tend to, but on the close-up structures and patterns of the structure itself contrasted with the razor wire that serves as a constant reminder that the crane is in use no more, not for its original purpose or any other. The focus on the sign also highlights the history of the crane, how long it has been on the site, who commissioned it and who made it? The sign also serves to situate the crane in wider context of the environment in which it operated, as only ‘Crane No.7’ amongst many others, perhaps leaving us to question why specifically this crane was left in place, and not others?

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Seldom Seen #3: Howden’s Works

Spray Can

This photograph shows a discarded spray paint can in the now abandoned James Howden & Co Engineering Works on Scotland Street in Tradeston, Glasgow. James Howden (1832-1913) was a Scottish engineer and inventor noted for his invention of boilers for use in the marine engineering industry, as well as developing engines which were used in British navy vessels to outrun German U-boats. The building was his first factory, which he occupied from 1863. Howden’s is still a major international engineering company, and when James Howden died in 1913 he was the last surviving founding member of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, founded in 1857.

The building is listed, but like many of the structures in the Tradeston district of Glasgow is now completely abandoned and falling into disrepair. Despite this the site is used by several graffiti artists and boasts some fairly impressive pieces of work all around the huge site. In addition, some of the office block areas on the site are used by the homeless.

I chose this photograph because of the sheer size of the site as well as its high visibility from trains leaving Glasgow Central train station heading South, being seen by hundreds of people every day. Despite it’s owners contribution to Scottish engineering and the sites involvement in Glasgow’s industrial shipbuilding history, the building has become part of the backdrop of wider urban decay in Glasgow, and is likely to be left to fall apart or be redeveloped, its legacy forgotten.

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