Tales of the Urban Explorer: Dewsbury Union Offices
This was one of mine; I knew some other explorers had recently been in ‘Dewsbury Union Offices' but had my reservations. It had been all over that stuck-up website '28 Days Later' where the new generation of explorers gets banned for wielding a mask.
I do wonder if ALL members got banned during the COVID period. Wear a mask = get banned permanently.
I occasionally visit the most anal Urban Exploration dedicated site in the UK where you need to be related to any of the moderators to avoid being slandered in the comments section for anything slightly inappropriate, but it's progressively getting worse, content-wise.
…'of course, @lpff is banned from '28 Days Later' I mean, just look at that mask.., those menacing eyes, it's overpowering, completely unacceptable, and would frighten small children…'
... so getting back to ‘Dewsbury Union Offices’…
The front door of ‘Dewsbury Union Offices’. Official buildings from a century ago, more than often had their name stamped into the stonework.
Town centre government-style buildings never seem to let me in. They tend to require huge dangerous climbs to second-floor windows which are beyond me.
Still, we were on some kind of roll that day, and being a Sunday presented no parking issues and quieter streets.
@lpff informed us that he was going to split after this one, in hindsight a misjudgment as we managed THREE more after 'Dewsbury Union Offices', including a decent Time Capsule supplied by that terrible masked man himself.
Straddling around the side of this ancient-looking building, we needed to climb a wall and drop down to a back alley.
Something was happening on the other side of a huge solid fence, people were talking loudly. I for one was glad said fence was massive, thick, and hole-less. Otherwise, we could have been rumbled.
'Shhhhh…', I motioned to the others and pointed in the direction of the mammoth fence. They both took the warning and made toward a dodgy-looking broken window.
It was doable but a little high and I wasn't sure if our clothes were going to make it unscathed.
Trying to make as little noise as possible while listening to Aunt Marge argue with Uncle Albert about 'drinking too much in the pub' and 'you're a lazy bastard who sits like a cabbage in front of the telly when not in the pub', we scraped through the old metal window hosting a few jagged shards of glass.
After a few awkward minutes, and soft swearing, we were all safely inside and entered what looked like a morgue.
Add a few coffins, a little smoke, and a couple of human corpses and it would have been perfect. There was even what looked like dried blood on the far wall.
On the sparse shelves, we found some marriage forms that looked like they were printed in the same year that the act was created.
Perjury? I am sure there are plenty of bigamists floating around the UK. The English Bigamy Act of 1604 still stands.
I had a nagging doubt that the basement was going to be locked and that we were not going to see anything else from 'Dewsbury Union Offices'.
This was not the first window we had tried, the other being a single boiler room, and an agitated @andiotexplores who was the wiriest of us all had been voted to 'go and have a look' only to return with bleak news.
My fears vanished as we mounted the stairs leaving the 'coffin room' behind and entered the main offices.
It was bare but at least the banister was still attached to the stairs.
I still don't quite know how ferns manage to grow indoors. The inside was damp, and cold but not leaking.
On this occasion, we were going to ignore the signs and go anywhere we pleased.
A few holes in the floor and someone had nicked the fireplace.
So this was a registrar office. Now it’s closed you need to go and marry at the local church instead.
Very nice old stairs, with a touch of green, added to the pool of piss next to what looks like another fireplace that's been nicked.
This was becoming a recurring theme at ‘Dewsbury Union Offices’.
I was hoping for a few more government secrets but had to opt for climbing the stairs in search of more green walls and decaying wallpaper.
A perfectly nice vintage old room with arched windows. Why the need to close it?
A little love and refurbishment as well as some mould remover would make it lovely again.
Even jars of fresh flowers blossomed in an oasis of stale urine.
There was little chance of a bomb scare while inside. I confess not to reading all the rules and the congregation point information.
While grand, there was little to look at or read besides the old-style arches and décor.
Maybe this is where the ‘pisser’ originated from?
Custom-made windows are etched with the crown and are probably decades old.
The front door was barred and sealed. Getting out of 'Dewsbury Union Offices' was to be the same gruelling ordeal as getting in.
@anidiotexplores managed to snag some of his clothing on exiting, and amid the extreme profanity, it was a blessing that Albert had gone to the pub, with Marge heckling him in tow.
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I can imagine how you guys were trying not to make so much sound hearing voices from the other side of the fence, hehe. Seeing coffin first was something that I wonder how the reaction was like from you guys but over all, I think the place looks beautiful and not so old too.
The stairs are looking new, hehe and the vintage windows are nice too.
I always try and fly under the radar. If they don't see or hear, they won't come knocking.
Good thing they didn't come knocking, which means you guys were really quiet, hehe.
Urban exploration.... Did you ever found a Ghost exploring such sites like for real?
I used to watch random videos on YouTube like these where GUY went to such place and then scream like Hell man!
I would have stepped back after seeing those tables !LOL
Well, that escalated so quickly.
Man of culture!
!LOL This was a fun tour of urban site....mixed vibes. On Next visit do stay for one night there ples.
Because it had two banks.
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That's for the ghost hunters, not me!
Those stairs and that frame still looks cool, even by today standard.
They made things to last then. Today's buildings are not going to be here a century later.
Such a beautiful old building. I always hope someone will come along to save it.
what a nice building i got a feeling that there is quite catacombs under the ground too, so you can continue explore:)
I wish there would have been more, just the coffin room. The basement was small.
What a mess of a place!... I sneezed 4 times looking at the photos!... It looks damp, moldy and must smell like that!... But as always, it's a superb, eloquent post... Damn Those photos are epic!!!... It looks like a zombie could appear through any door there!!!...
Thanks, inside was neglect, no heating for a few years does that to anywhere here.
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The flower must be a long time ago that still has petals. Your post really gives a different test.
Cracking building. And I'll just have to spend the rest of my life wondering what the fire places looked like !
Yes, strange that. I don't see them as valuable.
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This building reminds me of a Fight club house from the movie.
I watched it on release.., long ago, the nineties.
LPFF is all that is bad about urbex today, lower than a snakes belly constantly selling out to the media. Another cretin that is part of the problem not the solution. did he put one of his infantile stickers up?
Bomb alert in a place like this lol they have ideas above their station; health and safety manager " we might get bombed by a taliban terrorist, we need to have a fully documented plan"
Me. 'fuck off"
LOL, I don't agree with all his ideologies, but in the flesh he's a decent bloke so I tolerate it. The BANNED on 28days due to the mask I find humorous. He had a spat with 'hughied' on there, I'm sure you know who that is?
If you are doing your trip, add this one.., you might find some better shots than I did. The climb is a little awkward but doable.
Yeah know what you mean about HD, but he is old skool too, and doesn't tolerate the new breed of umbexer,
Spring will soon be here!
Yes, I am dying to get out of hibernation. The rotator cuff is semi-healed but its' still a couple of months before I will be out again. According to @anidiotexplores there's nothing new in this region, so missing little.
More Mort soon.., I have another script forming in my head heh..
All hail to the Mort!!
Wear a mask... don't wear a mask...
I wish the powers that be would make their fuckin' minds up already.
It's getting rather confusing.
It's gorgeous! And heartbreaking. How can they let that go to ruin! Oh - government. Of course.
I wish we had one of those offices down here. I reckon I could hold at least one of my husbands accountable for false declaration to procure a marriage :D
Happy Monday, dude. Have an adventurous week!
Birth, death, marriages and Telephone calls about bombs, very interesting combination😅
Apart from the decadence of the place, it is a beautiful place, with impressive architecture. I loved the cover photo because of the cloudy sky and in contrast the big building. very nice post!
Oooo, it is quite grand. That site sounds awful, I suppose it is worth dropping in for the occasional nugget but the mods or owners seem really up their own chuff
It's where new people go, and then get slammed for asking questions like 'where is that'.., its usually ignorance
Oh!! I am in a Facebook group for guitar music theory and it's exactly like that! You say, what chord is this? or some other legit question and they slam you for not getting a book to explain or tell you to check on Google. You are like, Eh!?