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Office window curtain staircase reflection Sovereign House HMSO Norwich Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration 2015 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict

Explore #140: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO) Sovereign House, Norwich – 2015

In the fine city of Norwich where I live there is a large derelict office building, which since I first started exploring three years ago has never left my top three of ‘most wanted’ locations, sitting incongruously amongst far more ostentatious company such as the Chambre de Commerce in Belgium, Sammezzano Castle in Italy, and Battersea Power Station in London. Why? It’s hard to explain, but I’ll try… [Photo from Bing Maps] Perhaps it’s the sheer audacity of the building’s…

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Explore #139: The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – August 2015

After spending the night at a nearby hotel and enjoying some excellent Chinese food and much needed cold beers, it was another super early start the next morning. Our target: a huge Grade II* listed hotel with a truly stunning ballroom… History (from wiki) The Grand Hotel is a Grade II* listed Victorian hotel in the city centre of Birmingham, England. The hotel occupies the greater part of a block bounded by Colmore Row, Church Street, Barwick Street and Livery…

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Explore #138: West Bromwich Spring Company ‘Helical Works’, West Bromwich – August 2015

Next on our mini UK road trip James, Jade and I met up with our good friend Mark for a slice of semi-abandoned UK manufacturing heritage… History The ‘Helical Works’ of West Bromwich Spring Co. Ltd was at the forefront of precision manufacturing from 1896. The business’ website once offered precision springs made to order: Any Design. Any Quantity. Any Time. The more recent history of the site is less clear. Rumour has it that the owner suddenly abandoned the…

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