Rainy day in June [Urban Exploration]

In the summer wedding chaos I forgot to post a bit of ‘summer’ UrbEx michief with my pal James Lester. He know’s some ace spots of hidden Leeds.

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

These adventures with JL took place one soaking June afternoon. Unfortunately we couldn’t find access into any interesting buildings.  Check out this concreted shut door at the the old Yorkshire Bank in Chapel Allerton…

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

We’d heard there was an ace old bank vault inside (empty of course, so we left the sawn off & ski masks at home), but couldn’t find a way in.

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

Next up we visited former mansion slash former ancient prosthetics hospital.  James’d been in years before and it apparently has amazing grand pillared entrance halls, but every window in the place was locked up tight.

So we stomped round an interesting derelict mill area and found some fun stuff…

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

An ace mechanics, with ace archaic fontwork on that green door, and more modern font work on the gates…

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

I love the fonts & colours here.

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

A randomly smoking barrel.

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

A machine that looks a lot like a dumb, but cheerful robot.

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

PC’s don’t age gracefully

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

An amazingly weathered office cabin window…

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

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Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

There wan an old dude inside fixing a car and he was totally cool with us snapping the place.  It looked great inside.

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

These sprayguns looked ace.

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

And get a load of this wirework!  Love it.

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

You have been warned

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

Not sure what the sticking of a ‘illegal deposit of waste’ sticker accomplishes…

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

LEEDS welcomes the discerning tourist

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

Really mini indeed! Give a smart car a run for it’s money.

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

There are many ways to enjoy a rainy afternoon.

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

A slightly haunting background.

Urban Exploration [© Barnaby Aldrick 2009]

In spite of not getting inside anywhere, we got some great pix on this explore.

I guess you find all sorts when you start looking.