Tales of the Urban Explorer: Burnley Building Supplies Ltd.
“Forget the rest, try the best”, said the sign. I could barely contain myself after spotting ‘Burnley Building Supplies’ who’s unimaginative ex-business resides in the northern, working-class industrial town of Burnley.
I stepped a little closer peering at the boasts of 'Burnley Building Supplies', and what it presented to prospective clients.
“Call B.B.S. and we’ll do the rest”. I take it they are not referring to their Bulletin Board System, now that would be so nineties.
The claims continued as I walked around the perimeter. I could imagine a red carpet rolling out with unimagined customer service once I figured out how to get inside.
On the surface, it wasn't looking promising with floor-level concreted windows and gaping holes a good 12 feet from the ground. I was alone for this one and would be taking fewer chances than usual.
The gate was climbable, but lazy-arse me would try and find any easier way.
Once on the grounds, it looked relativity straightforward.
The great thing about these companies is they always run out of money, add some severe fencing with spikes, followed by a 2-foot wall you can jump over with ease.
It’s then a case of walking back after doing a near u-turn.
The building on the left with the open door was a snooze-fest; one large open area full of cow shit or something of that nature. Bollocks to that, I quickly turned around and entered the 'other' door.
The illusions of being treated like Prince Charles dissipated on arrival; this was another shit-hole, with copious plastic bags, stinking damp clothes, and part of a vacuum cleaner.
An 'AllPay' card is a pre-paid Mastercard. Miss Robertson seems to have lost it. The HM Courts brand is still confusing me unless it's for jury members during their breaks.
I’m eating my lunch while writing this up, it’s not the best of ideas.
The front counter for ‘Burnley Building Supplies’ I am guessing. Little supplies were in evidence.
I looked around for any traces of what was a ‘parts company’ and found a little here and there.
Once, premium planks of wood and other exciting products were stacked here waiting patiently for customers to buy them, not a squashed bottle of cheap used Cola.
If you read the sign backwards it indicates what was for sale at the former, ‘Burnley Building Supplies’.
No used £20 notes nailed to the board where it says, 'Unpaid Cash'. I could try again tomorrow?
Businesses must change with the times and this is where the cash goes now, and the credit on Miss Robertson's card?
After witnessing the entrance room, I had to push further and climbed these surprisingly sturdy stairs.
The scenery changed almost immediately. The same piles of shit stood around, but now of the ‘charred’ variety.
I spotted signs of the homeless, maybe extra brainless ones in this case. Why would you bed down on the deck with you have a nice soft slightly scorched filthy mattress to lie on?
Move all that shit away and drift off dreaming about your next fix of hard drugs..., wonderful!
The junkies are the homeless ones I guess.
You can't store your used cheese-infested jockstraps in the built-in drawers anymore, but it's perfectly serviceable.
The deeper I dug, the worse the surroundings. The floor was also getting quite dodgy, and being alone I was aware that falling through ‘that’ without support was a bad idea.
It was hot here… once.
Was the fire a factor in the demise of 'Burnley Building Supplies'? It's generally a good enough reason.
I did stop and consider seriously going up there. It looked ready to collapse. Should I or not?
Of course, I did, though I was cringing at every step. The stairs looked seriously brittle.
I got my reward with this lovely shot. If you look hard enough, you can always find something that looks great.
The adjoining room was not quite so photogenic. I was on the top step and not wanting to go any further.
This top-floor room fared better, but I was not tempted for a minute to saunter over to the window and moon at any passing grannies.
I can't emphasize the amount of care you need to take on top-floor wrecks. They are deadly death zones.
I tried not to hold the frazzled banister when descending. Doing so would result in a dirty blackened hand.
Not the most exciting of explores and despite having a trawl on the internet, I was unable to find a report about the torching of ‘Burnley Building Supplies’.
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Junkies are a funny bunch when it comes to the decisions they make. I would have that mattress cleared and sleep in style!!
If you're out of it, you don't feel that cold hard floor I guess!
That's a fair point!!
Just like zen monks in meditation! We found a short cut to nirvana!
Thanks for an interesting adventure in the urban jungle.
Ah Chops your adventures are unrivalled here. I find myself tiptoeing, ducking and hesitating along with you as you venture where many others wouldn’t. Did you say this was a solo trip!
Man I gotta get more hp so my votes can be bigger for posts like this. (Definitely not from limited airdrops when you are around ;)
Why thanks, and yes.. @bingbabe was too chicken-shit to come in and waited on the next street for me. If I didn't return in 30 mins, then I am assumed to be gravely injured.
Well @bingbabe gives credence to the term 'better-half' doesn't she?
Glad you made it out to tell the tale.
At the beginning it seems an ok building but as you wrote the deeper you gone the worst it became. One more gem
Ahem, yes this was a shit-tip, but still I do love the picture with the burnt fireplace. Got to blow my own trumpet at times 😀
I liked the one with the melted mask 😂
You have to zone in on the scraps!
It looks like there was a fire in the building at some point ey?
Also why are there always needles laying around somewhere in those abandoned buildings😂 are there so many druggies 😂😂 insane...
I noticed a sold sign on the building... I'm assuming that's old as fuck
I wasn't expecting to see them here, they are generally in the larger cities.
I couldn't find out what happened to this one, could have been left like this for a decade.
In what city are you finding all of these abandoned buildings if I may ask??? Or are they in multiple?
Many different places mostly in NW England.
Are all these burnt-out wrecks the result of arson or homeless druggie carelessness, or are wiring problems causing these ignitions? At least where I live stateside, arson isn't really a thing, but apparently firebugs watching things burn might be a more common phenomenon elsewhere. I saw Clarkson's Farm has a new season on Amazon, and he showed where some local yokels had apparently tried to burn his hay bales. WTF?
Clarkson's Farm.. LOL!, is that a big thing over there?
Here.. its Arson and it's a major issue with younger people. I have been inside explores and witnessed them doing it more than once. You need to scram fast otherwise, you get the blame.
A teen at my D&D game was talking with one of the younger adults about what has changed in school. Apparently people are breaking stall doors and sinks, but not burning things down here. Arson seems limited to small shops during "mostly-peaceful protests" in cities. Too bad. Arsonists should target schools and police stations instead of abandoned buildings and stores IMHO.
Those of us who liked Top Gear have been following The Grand Tour, Clarkson's Farm, and other related productions. I don't know how big it is nationally it worldwide though.
Another arson attack goes unnoticed, so many of these are burned in someway, it's a bit depressing!
Yes, there's plenty of arson going around.
Friend, another wonderful and "eloquernt" post... And you have told a great truth...
I got my reward with this lovely shot. If you look hard enough, you can always find something that looks great.
And those photos you took upstairs are amazing!... And the one you took before going downstairs is insanely good!... Although I have to say, you have a pair of big balls going up there!... That looks like it's going to fall apart at any moment!...
But beyond the "risk"... Those are great photos, I really enjoyed them a lot, thanks for sharing @slobberchops friend!...
Thanks @jlinaresp, it was a risk and I don't always get away with it. Last October I fell through a floor, but that story is for another day.
I am more careful than I was previously now. If it happens, it's so fast that you can't stop it.
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This one is so scary!
Im have heard the whole of Burnley is a total shit hole, where brothers marry sisters and the kids have 6 fingers on each hand
I have personally seen some incest in Burnley, and the offspring did have malformed fingers.., you are not far off the mark.
yup a dark and mysterious place burnley
Love this beautifull place .thanks for sharing this
Geez, initially I saw this as a sad story of an old building full of character and in disuse. Well, after seeing the interior things changed a bit, glad you didn't walk in on any heroin-fueled daytime lovemaking on that sweet bed bruh'.
LOL.., that's a 'different' description 😀
That's insane. It's gross and beautiful at the same time. Pretty sad to think of people living in that mess.
You sir, are a true intrepid. I keep having this image in my mind of falling through the floor and getting pricked by one of the needles. I think the needle would be the least of my concerns at that point 🤣
This building looks like it fit everything under control from the outside but the inside says otherwise.
Good thing you did break any brittle thing
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This is great urban exploration! I love the pictures showing the various states of the building's decay depict the dilapidated beauty of the structure.
Yes.This place has history.
Thank you for sharing
@slobberchops It is sad, that years ago, we had excellent shopping places, and what we observe are ruins, from such pleasant memories in other years ago, here in Venezuela also the economic crisis, has generated these serious problems, not only in business or shops, but also in streets and avenues now broken, parks deserted with trees and neglected, green areas that now do not invite you to walk, the crisis as if it is worldwide. Its publication should lead us to reflect on the existing oversights in urban planning. successes
What a shithole, 😂
Oh yeah, as good as it gets.
Hate seeing 💉 dirty fuckers makes your hair stand up on your arms looking at that image .
great shots though 👍
The destruction and dilapidation are so extreme it almost looks like art!
again I always feel a 'flash' to the past, this time the 'between the war years' of the 1930's and think of how good ole UK used to be, makes me sad but reflective in a good way.
Probably not the best place to eat lunch lol.
The wooden shelves made me think of art school , I can see my screens from screen printing drying in there.
The syringes always make me think "Now THIS is a marker for a time traveler" This bit of the 21st century marked by this form of the 'opium days'.
Gives so many feels per usual, well done again @slobberchops
Some place - a bit of a hell hole. I loved that art deco fireplace though. And for some reason the melted light looked pretty cool. Pity they couldnt have used their own supplies to fix the place up though - oh well- they cant have been that good !
OMG! These pictures are terrible (They really are great, what is shown is terrible). This was a great post, very intersting!
What a sad sight. Ruin is often aesthetically pleasing, but rubbish and dirt are too unpleasant... But the top floor has a really interesting scene to photograph! The whole thing looks terribly unsafe, though.
I like these places that can be used as locations for a movie.