Urbex Crew Meetup in Norfolk – November 2009

Author sophos9 - Last updated: 08.12.2009

A selection of photos from a urbex crew meet in Norfolk with Andre Govia, Dessy (Ivorbean) and bumblebee. We met up at 6:30am near St. Andrews, the first urban exploration location. St. Andrews is a late 1800′s annex to the Norfolk Lunatic Asylum – we have published info and the history on this in some detail.

We made our way in and whilst waiting for light to arrive, we set up our photographic kit – when we could see what we were doing, we started shooting – here are some photos

St. Andrews Asylum Trunk Hallway - Darkness

St. Andrews Asylum Trunk Hallway - Darkness

Asylum Cell Doors

St. Andrews Asylum Cell Doors

St. Andrews Asylum recreation is no more...

St. Andrews Asylum recreation is no more...

St. Andrews Asylums tiled floor witnessed the foot steps

St. Andrews Asylums tiled floor witnessed the foot steps

St. Andrews Asylum toilet paint is peeling

St. Andrews Asylum toilet paint is peeling

Urbex crew shot in St. Andrews

Urbex crew shot in St. Andrews

St. Andrews Asylums reflections

St. Andrews Asylums reflections

We got out of there, to see that a tropical storm had emerged, raining like crazy… We waited, then when things calmed down – walked around the outside then back to the cars and out to the next place

The Heckingham Institute was a crazy workhouse, we have written about the history of this one also so wont bore you with it. We parked some distance away and hiked in. Once in, we began to search for shots… These are some we got:

Lonely chair at the Heckingham Institute

Lonely chair at the Heckingham Institute

Comode in the light - Heckingham Institute

Comode in the light - Heckingham Institute

Doors hold the names of the Heckingham patients

Doors hold the names of the Heckingham patients

Dining room - Heckingham Institute

Dining room - Heckingham Institute

Shoes left behind at the Heckingham Institute

Shoes left behind at the Heckingham Institute

This place is cool but a bit empty, we shot what we could then started moving to the outside. A local resident came over and asked us “what the hell we were doing”. We discussed that we were documenting the history of the place – she told us to leave however we negotiated us shooting the outside of the building then back to the cars.

We then headed over to Little Plumstead Mental Home for more urban exploration – jumping straight out of the cars, some bloke probed what we were doing there. We told him we were talking photos before the new day care centre was built. We headed straight into the buildings. I’ve shot this place a million time so I was on security patrol (this place is heavily guarded with police and security). We made one main block, then went into hydrotherapy then started heading to the admin block.

Ivorbean in action at Little Plumstead

Ivorbean in action at Little Plumstead

We stopped to grab some photos of the old hall. Whist doing this, police pulled up in there car. They told us that the bloke we spoke to was head of site security. The police told us about trespassing and took our details, ran a check against us, ran our car details and referenced them with the details we had given. We talked with them, to be fair – the police officers were really cool with us and explained that there was a secure unit up the road thus the police presence.

One of the police officers started to say about the pictures on our cameras. The police officer told us that we will have to leave but we could keep the pictures we already got – (thanks kind sir). He then asked why people from across the UK (and another country) would meet here, we told them that we love urbex. He laughed and called us geeks

:)

They also told us about a new law which will come in at some time, which means trespass is no longer a civil offence but a criminal one of which you will be arrested – fact or scare tactics? We are looking into it

:)

What really made me piss myself was Dessy (ivorbean), as the police was telling to get off site – he had set up a 5 shot bracketed burst – his Nikon D700 going off like a machine gun, everyone looked – Dessy laughed and said “oh, I dont know what that was”

We hooked up and a local petrol station and said our goodbyes! Frickin awesome day for sure

;)

Hope you enjoy

:)

5 comments

#1Andre goviaMay 28, 2010, 12:58 pm

Yes it was a great meet up dude ,we need to meet again soon :)

Take care

Andre govia

#2MašaMay 28, 2010, 4:29 pm

when I come to U.K. I’d like to be in your team again.
and get up at urbex time :)))

and people asking themselves, what we are doing get up so early :-D

#3sophos9May 28, 2010, 4:34 pm

We had a great time that day shooting up those places. Great as 2 out of 3 are really locked down now so at least we got to see it…

Will arrange something during summer for a crew meet up for sure :D

#4egg pie and mishAugust 28, 2010, 5:52 pm

myself pie and mish have been to all the places u have mentioned an many more in norfolk we have only got 1 more place that we no of wich is the rosary road shelter chalk mines in norwich we have tried to find out wot if any access is there can you help me out?ive also been to raf west raynem raf west beckham,the fletcher hospital cromer little plustead mentel hospital st andrews hospital and a few more have you got any other places that mite be of intrest to us? please email me(imachava@hotmail.com) many thanks!

    #5sophos9August 30, 2010, 11:27 am

    There are several other good places – research is key…

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