Nepal

One thing i can say for sure is that one week in Nepal is close to nothing. To take a trek up Everest base camp, you need about three weeks i had two weeks in total including Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in North India - so this is where my calculations went wrong :)

Never mind, Kathmandu was a must, swarming with backpackers and scammers wasn't as pleasant and laid back as i expected, but still well worth a 12 hour drive on the rocky hole filled road (my backpack somehow failed, and got damaged on the way) from the Indian boarder. Second stop turned out to be Chitwan National Park, spend with a Middle East couple promising to have special accommodation, and it was! After leaving the tourist areas on a tiny horse carriage, we went through a series of villages and eventually stopped in one of them: Darampur. Greeted by Zumbaba, a local teacher, philosopher, businessmen, tour guide and above it all a keen pot-smoker :) That's how we spent a pleasant few days, walking among tigers and rhinos armed only with bamboo sticks and smoking on every stop, bathing in the river, eating whatever Sonny, Zumbaba's son prepared us in the morning and watching fire-flies in the evening.. Soon enough it was time to tap back into backpackers aorta. Namely bumpy roads, ancient buses and a nasty scam on the Nepalese border, pure fun :)

Kathmandu





Chitwan National Park


Pre-Wedding Shoot

And now for something completely different.. Pre-wedding session of Iain and Sam. Lovely couple, best luck guys.





Shoreham Cement Works

It turned out to be pretty pleasant and eventful mooch, firstly we got spotted by the security guard, so had to go back, and look for an alternative access point, which lead us all around the quarry.. rather long walk, but the weather was enjoyable, proof, a rurex crew shot :)


Eventually we approached the factory from the side the guard couldn't see us and entered the site.

history: The present buildings were erected in 1949 with production ceasing in 1991. The quarry actually dates back to 1851 and cement was manufactured on the site since at least 1898. A tunnel under the road separates the distribution plant and administrative blocks (west) and the industrial site and chalk quarry (east). Clay was obtained from pits a short distance up the River Adur and coal was brought in by rail. The cement was fired in two enormous 350ft kilns. The works is considered a fine example of the technology of the post war period and is still largely intact.





Finally, my go at Katie's Tomb Raider series, it was all her idea i only took a quick snap, heh.

Bellerbys College


After rather funny encounter starring Tarick and his mates at the nearby location, we decided to go here.

visited with: Keïteï, Subversive, Medwayboy and Me.Two

history: Prior to Bellerby's taking over this school in about 1995 it was known as Mayfield College. Mayfield was founded by the Duchess of Leeds as an Orphanage. In 1868 a Roman Catholic Order of Religous Brothers, known as the Xaverians Brothers, moved from Hastings to run Mayfield College as an independent boys boarding school. The school continued to flourish under the direction of the Brothers until 1977 when, due to a shortage of vocations into the Brothers, the school was taken over by the Mayfield College Educational Trust. It retained strong links with the Brothers several of whom still lived and taught at the College. However in about 1995 the Trust felt unable to continue the administration of the school and it was sold to Bellerby's of Wadhurst, they changed the name of the school to Bellerby College, Mayfield. The college closed in approx 2004.

Place doesn't seem to change much over time, it's  in me gusta state of decay, unfortunately security guard and his dog didn't let us visit for too long.







Potters Manor and Lillesden School

Two very well known urban exploration sites and the two, which got hit hard by the raising popularity of UE.. since the location of both sites was relatively easy to track on internet, this places has been visited by all sorts of people, effect being: smashed windows, floors and doors ripped apart or burned, mindless graffiti on the walls, everything of any value taken away or destroyed.. Since then many explorers started an argument if exact locations of the places should be shared online, and if so, should this be done on public parts of the forums..

I wasn't trying to document damage which occurred over the last year or so, but still tried to find the nice features, for a bit of comparison you can have a look at my Lillesden School report from 15 months ago as there are some almost exact shots on both, heh. Regards. 2wid.


Potters Manor

Potters Manor House was built in 1904. The last inhabitants were a family of artisans and potters and for some reason, that we will probably never know, left the house with all its contents including many paintings and full wardrobes of clothes - since then it all got smashed or stolen..







Lillesden School for Girls

The school occupies what used to be the Lillesden Estate Mansion, built at the estate in 1855 by the banker Edward Loyd, who moved there after marrying. The house and estate remained in the family until just after the First World War, when it was then sold and eventually became the Bedgebury Girls Public School. The school closed around 1999 and has been abandoned ever since.






Berkwyn Manor

Also known as BullFurhouse and Highland Manor.

There was quite a lot of controversies about revealing location of that object (hence all the names) which ended in one of the major exploring portals revealing it, luckily place didn't went down the hill as expected as it is quite nicely shotgun-protected. [updated, Feb. 2014]

visited with: Subversive and Happyshopper.

It's this kind of place every urban explorer puts on his list. Full of character with every corner revealing something unexpected.