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  • Exploring Mysterious Abandoned Mansions

    Exploring Mysterious Abandoned Mansions

    Many of us would jump at the opportunity to live in a period property. The thought of reclaiming the character intrinsic within those old features and integrating it into a modern living space is irresistable, barring the price tag of course! Here’s a small selection of some very fine yet derelict mansions. If money were no object, how would you fancy taking on one of these as a renovation project?

     
  • Gargoyles: The Demonic, The Animalistic & The Funny

    Gargoyles: The Demonic, The Animalistic & The Funny

    Have you ever wondered why countless old buildings – especially churches and holy places – have grotesque statues, known as gargoyles, emerging from their roof tops? How would you like these abominable creatures leering at you each time you walk past your own home?

     
  • Punuk Islands: The Graveyard of the Bering Sea

    Punuk Islands: The Graveyard of the Bering Sea

    There’s something deeply unsettling about an isolated cluster of islands that is also a natural graveyard. But thanks to the strong Bering Sea currents, the Punuk Islands have become the final resting place of both man and beast.

     
  • The Abandoned City of Pripyat

    The Abandoned City of Pripyat

    As seen in this earlier post, there are numerous reasons why settlements become deserted and are reduced to ghost towns. Depletion of natural resources, surplus industry and lawlessness have all contributed to settlers uprooting themselves and their families and moving on. But sometimes disasters on an unprecedented scale can lead to larger urban areas – even whole cities – being abandoned.

     
  • Little John’s Grave and the Robin Hood Connection

    Little John’s Grave and the Robin Hood Connection

    The Peak District in Northern England is an ancient landscape steeped in myth and legend, none more enduring than that of Robin Hood. Robin’s friend Little John appears alongside him in early accounts dating from 1420 to 1440, and a headstone in Hathersage churchyard is even marked with his name.

     
  • Images of Abandoned RAF Binbrook

    Images of Abandoned RAF Binbrook

    For those who enjoyed the article several days ago about the former RAF base at Binbrook and the associated mystery that surrounds it, here are some photographs of the disused base, taken yesterday!  While the […]

     
  • Deserted Wartime Airfields and Bases of the UK

    Deserted Wartime Airfields and Bases of the UK

    The UK is littered with deserted air bases, lonely yet poignant reminders of a time when Europe was torn apart by war. Even today their giant forms can still be seen from the air, hiding in the long grass of rural Britain.

     
  • Oxford Malmaison: From Dingy Medieval Prison to Luxury Hotel

    Oxford Malmaison: From Dingy Medieval Prison to Luxury Hotel

    This former prison must be one of the most imaginative British hotel conversions – and certainly the first to be developed from Her Majesty’s Pleasure! Oxford Castle, now a Malmaison, was originally built as a Norman fortress in 1071, during the reign of William the Conqueror.

     
  • Brutalism: Love It or Hate It

    Brutalism: Love It or Hate It

    Brutalist architecture gained momentum in the United Kingdom from 1950s to the mid 1970s, emerging from the modernist architectural movement. The English architects Alison and Peter Smithson coined the term in 1954, from the French béton brut, or “raw concrete”.

     
  • Beautiful Beach Art: A Brief History of Sand Sculptures

    Beautiful Beach Art: A Brief History of Sand Sculptures

    Sand sculpture is an art which dates back thousands of years. In modern times, it is a popular form of entertainment on beaches across the world, with both children and adults participating. Examples range from simple sand castles to complex sculptures. Some schools of thought suggest sand sculpting was the first form of communication used by ancient man before the development of formal language, and may even predate the cave painting as a form of artistic expression.

     
  • A Visual Exploration (and Brief History) of Abandoned Cinemas

    A Visual Exploration (and Brief History) of Abandoned Cinemas

    There’s something fascinating about abandoned cinemas, built to thrill large audiences, but left silent and forgotten. Many were demolished after the advent of television and some adapted for other uses. The most fascinating are those that linger on intact behind locked doors, frozen in the margins of existence.

     
 


 
 
 

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