May 4, 2013Blog Archives
Fairies have long played an important role in British and Irish folklore, so it’s perhaps not surprising that Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden has dedicated a corner of its grounds to an enchanting Fairy Wood.
(Images: Alexandra Smith, all rights reserved) The ruins pictured are those of The Ancient Mariner pub in Workington, Cumbria, which was extensively damaged in 2003 after a gas leak caused a massive explosion followed by a fierce blaze. Since the 1970s, the pub had been given the dubious nickname ‘Honky Tonk’ and was allegedly popular … Continue Reading
Many abandoned railways have been repurposed as greenways, such as New York City’s phenomenally popular High Line. But here’s a slightly different example – where the rails themselves define the footpath.
For three months and three weeks during the summer and Autumn of 1940, the Battle of Britain raged in the skies over southern England. This article examines 20 German aircraft that crash landed during the air campaign.
When Martyn Hillier was told he could turn his off-license in the Kent village of Herne into a pub, he didn’t realise the key role he would play in redefining Britain’s ailing pub trade – with the micropub.
They’ve been shipped to collectors overseas and repurposed as book exchanges. But an alarming number of Britain’s much loved red telephone boxes have been left out in the cold
All over Britain, motorways which have been abandoned, unfinished or built incorrectly are dotted between the cities, often hidden from view and occasionally referred to as ghost ramps.
In British urbex circles, the Yorkshire city of Bradford is known as the drain capital of the north thanks to the Bradford Beck, an intricate network of tunnels channeling water beneath the city.
This abandoned station is all that’s left of the Butlins holiday camp at Filey in North Yorkshire. Once full of life, the destination is now an eerie reminder of times past.
With many now being phased out across Britain, the iconic red telephone box has been repurposed as libraries and toilets and transformed into recycled art.
From the time of its construction in 1923, the Thorpeness water tower in Suffolk was destined to become a residence – both in appearance and eventual reuse.
From a distance, St Andrew’s Church could be mistaken for a dense copse of trees. Consumed by ivy, the abandoned ecclesiastical structure could be the most overgrown church in the world.
Known as prison ships or “prison hulks”, these decomissioned vessels were used by Britain to house prisoners of war and those awaiting transportation to penal colonies, often in horrific conditions.
In an ancient landscape steeped in folklore and myth, Britain and Ireland’s ruined cottages are romantic reminders of a pre-industrial age where life was tough but simple, though the tales of their inhabitants have long since faded away.
The sun may have set on the British Empire, but if there’s one bastion of Britishness that has refused to collapse it’s that centuries-old institution known as the local pub. Refused to collapse, that is, until recently, when economic hardship combined with poor management have driven many beloved watering-holes out of business.