Fails of the Urban Explorer: Turner Brothers

지난달

Fails of the Urban Explorer: Turner Brothers

Read "Fails of the Urban Explorer: Turner Brothers" on TravelFeed.io for the best experience


One of the final locations I wanted to visit in the Rochdale area of Greater Manchester was Turner Brothers, a former asbestos factory that was reputed to be huge.

16_IMG_9123_16.jpg

For one reason or another the visit was delayed, perhaps in the back of our minds we figured breathing asbestos fumes without masks was far from being a good idea.

By mid September the nights were drawing in and I knew that even if we gained access we would have an hour tops to check the place out.

21_IMG_9128_21.jpg

Being in these places in the daytime is enough for me, I am not derelict ghost seeker and like to see where I'm walking.

The Turner Brothers Asbestos Factory was initially sold in 2004 with the new owners intending to redevelop the site and create an urban village of 600 houses and a children’s nursery. There was strong opposition from local residents when planning was applied for including from the campaigning group Save Spodden Valley.

This lead to tests being carried out in 2005 revealed the site was contaminated with asbestos.

It's hardly surprising that a factory supplying and manufacturing toxic materials is going to be a great spot for a children's nursery!

The factory has stood empty since it was sold, that's 16 years of abandonment. Research told me that the security had been stepped up so I wasn't expecting a walk-in.

4_IMG_9111_4.jpg

The visit with @goblinknackers turned out to be more like a long evening walk. We walked and walked around the circumference of the perimeter looking for a break in the fence.

1_IMG_9108_1.jpg

If this was an old 'staff entrance' then it was no longer very inviting.

2_IMG_9109_2.jpg

Some outhouse buildings stood in a ruinous state and had been filled with graffiti. I stepped up and had a look. There was little to see beyond these photographs.

3_IMG_9110_3.jpg

Just a few minutes later the local yobs and druggies turned up on their bikes and took over this area.

11_IMG_9118_11.jpg

We hurriedly moved on, walking up the perimeter of what looked like the edges of Colditz Castle.

15_IMG_9122_15.jpg

In fact we had to walk quite a way before getting a view of our target. It was large, and far away with what looked like a huge ‘berlin wall no man's land’ section between us and it.

6_IMG_9113_6.jpg

The local thugs had taken to lighting some fires in the local wood and were yelling amongst themselves. They didn't appear to have seen us and undeterred we continued looking for a way in.


12_IMG_9119_12.jpg
...'there must be something good in there, lots of razor wire and spiky fences'

Parts of the metal fencing were different, but if you are athletic enough to jump over then you would meet with.., guess what.. more razor wire and then a fifteen foot drop.

14_IMG_9121_14.jpg

8_IMG_9115_8.jpg

9_IMG_9116_9.jpg

After walking around a housing estate at the top end of the wood we retraced and decided to go say hello to the guards.

We had spotted a security hut at the front entrance of the building. This is the closest we were going to get to Turner Bros.

19_IMG_9126_19.jpg

As what generally happens, Mr Guard was startled when we entered his hut with a booming, ‘HELLO’.

17_IMG_9124_17.jpg

18_IMG_9125_18.jpg

They are generally friendly but won't let you in under any circumstances. This one was no different and explained there were detection devices inside designed to alert the posted guard.

20_IMG_9127_20.jpg

He claimed he had turfed out several lots of Urban Explorers and told us the usual tale about how dangerous it was, and you might just die of asbestos intoxication if you were to go inside.

22_IMG_9129_22.jpg

I didn’t retort with anything snide such as, ’but how come you're still alive when you went inside to eject those other explorers’, though it's always tempting to say such things.

23_IMG_9130_23.jpg

We had come to the end of the Rochdale regions' Urban locations and felt a little sad ending on a failure.

24_IMG_9131_24.jpg

Turner Bros is a big old place, but if you want to get in then you will need to find your own way. It’s like a fortress complete with rifle-less guards.

RedLine.png


CurieCurator.jpg

  • Earn Passive Manna by simply signing up for it here. Mannabase is a Universal Basic Income Cryptocurrency
  • Earn STEEM and digital cards while playing STEEM Monsters, the best game on the STEEM Blockchain here.
  • Earn JSECoin buy simply creating an account and Mine while you browse here

line.jpg

Drooling Maniac.JPG


View this post on TravelFeed for the best experience.

Authors get paid when people like you upvote their post.
If you enjoyed what you read here, create your account today and start earning FREE STEEM!
STEEMKR.COM IS SPONSORED BY
ADVERTISEMENT
Sort Order:  trending

You'd think the new owner would check for asbestos before they closed the deal. And I feel sorry the for the poor guard, was it just him on his own all the time?

·

You'd think the new owner would check for asbestos before they closed the deal.

and now they are paying guards to keep people out. It wasn't always like this, the locals pressuring the council to do something about this eyesore. There have not been any recent reports made on the big Urbex sites which always make me things it's now inaccessible.

And I feel sorry the for the poor guard

They generally have their feet up and are reading a book or watching something on an iPad. It's a hard life.. but a very dull one. This dude was quite chatty and told us some history. I do probe them for information.

Wow. Cant say a former asbestos factory is high on my bucket list but some cool shots.

·

Thanks, it wasn't the best and we barely got close to it. I have several more in the bag I'll post soon and send to Twitter.

The latter action is starting to get some momentum. If we could only get more people here posting these.

Damn pesky invincible guards!

Isn't it funny how local yobs just love to drink and shout in the woods? It's universal

·

The yobs find their way into the derelict places sometimes, the generally leave us alone when they figure we are no threat to their drinking / shooting up /shooting pigeons session.

It does look like a bit of a fortress. Could make a good location for post-apocalypse movies. I wonder if there's any way to clean up the asbestos. Meanwhile it's a nice place for nature. I recently saw something about Chernobyl showing how wolves and other creatures have moved in. They may suffer from the radiation, but they won't be disturbed by people.

·

It's a huge site and we could not have covered it in an hour. I prefer smaller places in general. Get in, do your stuff and get out before anyone notices.

The removal of asbestos to safe levels is costly, so they would prefer to do nothing, at least in the short term.

Hiya, @LivingUKTaiwan here, just swinging by to let you know that this post made into our Honorable Mentions in Daily Travel Digest #743.

Your post has been manually curated by the @steemitworldmap team and got an upvote from @blocktrades to support your work. If you like what we're doing, please drop by to check out all the rest of today's great posts and consider supporting us so we can keep the project going!

Become part of the Haveyoubeenhere community:


Congratulations, Your Post Has Been Added To The Steemit Worldmap!
Author link: http://steemitworldmap.com?author=slobberchops
Post link: http://steemitworldmap.com?post=fails-of-the-urban-explorer-turner-brothers


Want to have your post on the map too?

  • Go to Steemitworldmap
  • Click the code slider at the bottom
  • Click on the map where your post should be (zoom in if needed)
  • Copy and paste the generated code in your post
  • Congrats, your post is now on the map!

Hi, @slobberchops!

You just got a 11.12% upvote from SteemPlus!
To get higher upvotes, earn more SteemPlus Points (SPP). On your Steemit wallet, check your SPP balance and click on "How to earn SPP?" to find out all the ways to earn.
If you're not using SteemPlus yet, please check our last posts in here to see the many ways in which SteemPlus can improve your Steem experience on Steemit and Busy.

It is probably just as well that you weren't able to get in. That asbestos is nothing to mess around with. Usually it isn't a big deal, but you accidentally step in the wrong place and break something so the crystals go airborne and it could end bad for you.

Hi @slobberchops!

Your post was upvoted by @steem-ua, new Steem dApp, using UserAuthority for algorithmic post curation!
Your UA account score is currently 4.588 which ranks you at #1934 across all Steem accounts.
Your rank has not changed in the last three days.

In our last Algorithmic Curation Round, consisting of 115 contributions, your post is ranked at #41.

Evaluation of your UA score:
  • Some people are already following you, keep going!
  • The readers appreciate your great work!
  • Try to work on user engagement: the more people that interact with you via the comments, the higher your UA score!

Feel free to join our @steem-ua Discord server

Nice big old place, one I have personally avoided, due to the residual risk of exposure to asbestos (having spent 30 years in the field of H&S, this is a risk too far)
But you do see Internal shots of this place posted by novices, wearing simple disposable dust masks, fools don’t realise they are pretty ineffective, let alone the unseen fibres clinging to their day wear and shoe soles just waiting to be transferred to the family home!
Well shot well avoided @slobberchops

·

We put this one off for ages.., probably due to that 'fear' of being infected. Couldn't get near it without impaling our balls! haha..

·
·

Good call

Congratulations @slobberchops! Your post made the TravelFeed team happy so we have sent you our big smile. Keep up the good job. 😃

Feedback

Based on your post, we have the following feedback for you:

  • We noticed that you did not publish your post through TravelFeed.io or edited your post on other Steem frontends. For better-looking blogs, we recommend you use our EasyEditor. As a bonus, when you post through our platform, you receive double upvotes from us, you are eligible for the top pick of the day (resteem + featured on the TravelFeed.io front page) and you can earn extra rewards from being featured in our daily curation posts. You can simply login with your existing Steem account using Steemconnect or Steem Keychain. See you next time on TravelFeed.io!

Thanks for using TravelFeed!
@smeralda (TravelFeed team)

PS: Have you joined our Discord yet? This is where over 1000 members of the TravelFeed come together to chat. Join us!