Queen Marys School 3rd May 2008

Filed under: "Cracked" site,Leisure & Other,Live Infiltration — j3bu @ 12:00 pm

Explorers: j3bu

King Edward VII and Queen Mary School (KEQMS) is an HMC public school in Lytham St. Annes, originally the schools were separate, King Edwards for boys education and Queen marys for girls education. However in 1997 the schools were forced to merge due a parliamentary bill being scraped. The schooling now takes place in the King Edwards buildings and due to financial problems Queen Marys has been sold to developers who are creating flats within the school. Evidence of this was discovered inside.

The school’s motto is ‘Sublimis Ab Unda’, which is Latin for “raised from the waves”, in reference to the fact the school was funded by a flood disaster which took place in the town in 1719. In 1908, 189 years after the Foundation’s initial formation the school was finally built.

REVIST & UPDATE: 10/08/08

Most of the school has been stripped out. Access to the stage is no longer possible but the entrance hall has been converted into an office for selling the apartments.  Contained in the second album are some maps/plans and below is a 3D video of the developers plans for the site:

Further Reading:

Official Website


Palace Hotel Rooftop 9th March 2008

Filed under: "Cracked" site,High Places,Leisure & Other — j3bu @ 12:00 pm

Built as the “Refuge Assurance building” between the years 1891 – 1895 by Alfred Waterhouse from glazed terracotta and redbrick building it was one enormous open business hall.

In 1910 – 1912 it was extended with a 217ft tower along oxford road by Paul Waterhouse, son of Alfred Waterhouse.

Further extensions were added to Whitworth Street in 1932 by Stanley Birkett

Finally it was converted into the Palace hotal in 1996 and is a grand Grade II listed building and at well over £100 per night to stay there it attracts the worlds elite.

Fast forward to 2008 and boy does that roof look like it needs to be cracked! Being up there is being in a different world, it has the feelings of a New York rooftop.

Further Reading:

Official Website



Ordsall Lane 26th January 2008

Filed under: "Cracked" site,Industrial & Commercial,Live Infiltration — j3bu @ 12:00 pm

Ordsall Lane is a closed railway station in Manchester, UK. Opening in 1849 the station operated for over a hundred years. At first the station was a simple platform but it soon turned into a large station with 5 platforms.

After it’s closed in 1957 the buildings had been demolished by the time of 1966 however the platform remained.

In 1988 a new section of track called the “Windsor Link” was opened. This allowed trains from Preston to proceed straight to Manchester Piccadilly rather than Manchester Victoria. This link joined the original Liverpool and Manchester railroad at the site of the Ordsall Lane station, considerably altering the site.


Unknown Building 20th January 2008

Filed under: "Cracked" site,Unknown Site — j3bu @ 12:00 pm

This Building, situated in Manchester, UK, was explored on the 20th January 2008 and it’s use is currently unknown. I speculate it was used as a small goods house for the canal which runs alongside it.

The building is currently in use as a heroin den. There were around 20+ used needles found on the site as well as used condoms.

12/10/2008 – UPDATE!
Well HOLY CRAP! after talking to another explorer earlier today it turns out about a month or so ago he went to this site AND DISCOVERED THE DECEASED BODY OF A DRUG USER! Naturally they informed the authorities and everything was taken care of but it is still incredible that such a thing has happened at a site i’ve been too (and cracked) it’s a strange feeling. They were telling me the experience was neither negative or positive and are fine.