South Yorkshire 

Pilkington Glass 

This Glass Factory was constructed between 1919 and 1922 at a huge cost to the company "Pilkington Glass" which itself has been trading since 1826. Since the takeover by a Japanese company, NSG, in 2006 this factory was left neglected until its final closure in 2008 causing the loss of 100s of jobs. the site was late sold in 2009 but left abandoned ever since.

During its 80 years of operation the Doncaster factory employed thousands of employees and was well known worldwide for their advancements in the manufacturing of glass. the site originally manufactured plate glass in the traditional methods which included huge grinding machines to flatten the glass. Pilkingtons later develop the continuous flow process for "Float Glass" where molten glass is poured over a molten tin bath at 1000C, this process produced high quality glass without the need for grinding and was much quicker and cost effective advancing the glass manufacturing industry hugely.

Pilkingtons in Doncaster was a manufacturing monster, peaking at ~3,000 employees but by 1966 was only running at 56% capacity. As the glass industry advanced the Doncaster site remained using traditional methods which could have been a factor into the site eventually closing its doors. 

Since closing this has been a hot spot for the urbex community appreciated for the colours, state of decay and sheer size. the factory is now being demolished for further development projects such as housing and space for up and coming businesses. 

Police Training Buildings

I am unsure of the history of these buildings but they were obviously joint living areas, the design seems some what military. since the abandonment of these buildings they have since been used for air soft wars and police training

Warncliffe Substation

Stanley Tools / Zombie LAnd

This building was built in the 1850’s before, in 1937, becoming home to one of the most recognisable tool makers in a city iconic for its manufacturing abilities.

The company ran operations for 71 years. At some point in the early 1970s the facility was the target of a payroll robbery that took place on the stairs that lead up from under the bridge to the wages department. The gang had posed as decorators painting the stairwell to gain access, and threw acid in the face of a security guard. He was ok, though rumour has it that it was an unsuspecting production manager that had held the door open to let the robbers in.

 

its 3.7 acres was up for sale but is used as a venue for “zombie experience Airsoft” until further plans are made. Planning permission granted in 2008 allows for demolition, alteration and extension, but also for the retention and conversion of two buildings. It is 100,000 Sq.ft in size and is spread over a 4 floor factory and a 2 floor office block.

Student's Bra Accommodation 

This property was built in the early 90s as a three story office block before being converted into student accommodation In 95. Each floor consists of 6 student letting rooms with en-suits (some rooms shared a bathroom) and a communal kitchen/ lounge.


The property was later purchased by a developer with the idea to incorporate the building into a larger development but hasn’t progressed and now left the building abandoned.

Graffiti Truck Yard 

This 1.8-acre site is located amongst other abandoned buildings within a large industrial estate. The lorry yard benefited to its proximity to the city centre as well as the M1 motorway. Over time the lorry park was occupied by companies such as A&E Transport and C&D Transport Express (although these companies are in fact under the same ownership).

In 2016 the site was left abandoned, having little to no interest after being advertised at a £67,000 annual rental in the “Frank Knight” estate agents in March of the same year. It is surmised that the heavy competition of low-cost factory spaces in the area was the nail in the coffin for this site. Although there is no documentation of it, there are abandoned lorries in the yard currently hinting at the fact it may have subsequently been let out. The empty building has now become a popular canvas for local graffiti artist as well as being a place for youths to meet up and even host private raves.  

Little Autumn Church

Among the remains in the graveyard of this Church, a small 18th-century chapel, are the unmarked graves of navvies who died during the construction of the local tunnels. Adjoining the church is Bleak House, a Grade-II-listed 19th-century dwelling

Methodist Church

This Church is a derelict Grade II* listed building. It is currently in a fire damaged state.

The building was originally known as the Congregational Chapel and was constructed in 1787 at a cost of £1,000 (£155,000 in todays money) by some of the worshippers at the Church of St Nicholas, Bradfield. It was built for the curate at St Nicholas’ Benjamin Greaves who was about to be dismissed and his parishioners wanted him to stay in the area. Upon completion the chapel, which was set back 100 metres from the main Road had the look of a large house constructed from squared gritstone with Venetian windows. The local Bishop was asked to consecrate the building upon its opening but refused because it did not have an east window. In its early years the church was utilised as an Anglican place of worship with Benjamin Greaves continuing to preach until he was appointed to a new post at Stoney Middleton. Mr Greaves was succeeded by a Church of England minister, the Reverend Flockton. By 1798 the building was being rented by Protestant Dissenters or Independents and they changed its name to The Loxley Independent Church when they bought the building outright. In 1802 the Independents appointed their first minister Daniel Dunkerley, who was incumbent for 18 years until his death, he was buried in the churchyard.

David Dunkerley was the next minister, he was no relation to Daniel, remaining until he emigrated to Canada in 1830. Reverend Cullen (1830-1836) was succeeded by the Reverend John Hanson, who was minister for 18 years. Thomas France was minister for 35 years (1854-1889) eventually dying in November 1898, aged 83. Parishioners placed a remembrance tablet to him in the church. According to the Religious Census of 1851 an average congregation at an afternoon service was 200 people. A new school-room and minister's house was built in 1855, the first stone being laid on 30 April by Alderman Francis Hoole, Esq. former Lord Mayor of Sheffield. Many victims of the Great Sheffield Flood of 1864 were interred in the churchyard including members of the Armitage, Bower, Crownshaw, Denton, Bates, Hudson and Chapman families. In 1872 Henry Tingle Wilde, Chief Officer of the RMS Titanic was christened at the church. In the 1970s the name of the church was changed again to the Loxley United Reformed Church due to the formation of the United Reformed Church in 1972.

The church closed in 1993 with the building gradually deteriorating into a ruinous state over the years. The churchyard which surrounds the church on three sides became overgrown. Despite efforts to keep the interior secure, people broke into the church and caused substantial vandalism. In the early hours of 17 August 2016 the church caught fire and was severely damaged by the flames. The fire was attended by three fire engines and was put out within hours, however the building was completely gutted, losing its roof and first floor and all its fitments, it now stands open to the elements.

"Clock Tower" Academy

Built in the early 1930's this secondary school was known for its impressive clock tower. After years of unsatisfactory and inadequate Ofsted reviews the school transitioned to a sponsored academy. After a £10.9 Million investment, new sites were built. The school tried to demolish the old site and clock tower to make way for more newbuilds until local protestors and the "Local History Society" demanded that it was saved. After leaving the building empty since around 2012, being unsuccessful getting approval to demolish the school, the academy then posted complaints that the school was getting damaged by local kids and explorers. The academy seemed to completely ignore the fact their own playground had huge holes in the fences leading into the building and despite fighting to demolish the school played for sympathy on social media. the posts did not have the desired effect with many locals bashing the academy for only caring when it suited them and for not making efforts to protect the site from their own students.

Dr X. House

The building is known unofficially as "The Doctor's House" . It belonged to a notorious psychiatrist, Neil Silvester, who authorised the release of Carol Barratt from psychiatric care in April 1991 even though she had threatened a young girl with a knife and tried to strangle a medic. He was criticised for having made a “serious error of clinical judgement” as this 24 -year-old mentally ill patient then went on to murder an 11 year old girl, randomly attacking a schoolgirl called Emma Brodie and stabbing her to death in the old Arndale centre (now called 'The Frenchgate Shopping Centre'). After this incident, the disgraced doctor left the village and his house behind, with some reports even claiming that the locals, who were revolted with decision, forced him out

Atkinson-Walker Saws

This Saw blade factory was built in the 1930s for light industrial use after the site was cleared as part of a 1931 Clearance Order. The building used to be three stories tall but were reduced to a single story in the late 40s,
The company has been in the saw-manufacturing business since 1880, establishing themselves as one of the leading UK manufacturers of high-quality Tungsten Carbide Tipped circular saw blades. The site employed around 20 people.
The company ran into problems in recent years and finally went into administration in February 2018, suffering losses as a result of on-going pressures on profit margins and an increase cost-base. The land was sold off and in February 2019 an application was tabled for the demolition all existing buildings and the erection of a new 4-storey building comprising of 88 numbered residential apartments.