Tales of the Urban Explorer: Werneth Park Music Rooms

Werneth Park Music Rooms was another great lead from @dizzydiscovery which had low expectations.

He had tried and failed to get in before on a solo expedition due to nosey twats lingering around and generally getting in the way.

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We were more fortunate on this visit to find a council van pulling away from the area as we approached.

Around one side were a couple of drug addicts trying to keep out of general sight, so we were restricted to checking out the other side of this old looking building for access.

I checked for some history and found this article from 2007. That’s just 14 years ago, and here we are in 2021 to see NOTHING has happened.

A plan to breathe new life into Werneth Park Music Rooms has been rubberstamped by Oldham Council which means the once-popular building should be brought back into use by next year.

The report tells me the building has been closed since 2001, used to house bands, and boasts a hall complete with seating for a decent sized audience.


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...'date of this image is unknown but likely the late 1930'...

Since then they have changed their minds:

The estimated cost to undertake any renovation work to the buildings is too high to obtain 100% external funding, and the Council would at some point need to assess if it is willing to invest a significant amount in renovating the Music Rooms

With a statement like this, there seems little hope for this 1936 piece of architecture to ever be returned to its former glory.

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I have to give Oldham council some credit. That big green fencing with the spiky top that cut into your balls is quite a deterrent. As always we found a weak spot and were inside the perimeter within minutes.

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...'did visitors who WALKED have a speed limit imposed on them during the 1930's?'...

This Music Room place was a lot bigger than first impressions. We snuck around the back and found ourselves on the roof very quickly.

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Next was the discovery of this massive gaping hole.

On further inspection it was a viable entry point; that is if you wanted to break your legs, and/or be trapped down there forever.

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As tempting as it was to hang from the edge and drop down, we both felt like living down there forever without food or water, a big ask.

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Another door leading into the Music Room entrance halls was locked. Walking through all that shit down there to try it was not a wonderful experience.

All was not lost and being aware of what is around you can lead to entrance points.

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I won’t say how we got into this room but it led to a large circular trip which eventually took us into the depths of that ‘hole’.

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These rooms were dodgy as fuck, the flooring especially was terrible and suspect to collapse. We made our way through one after another which took us to an outside area and yet another building.

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Mother Nature had moved into this one but there were signs of human ex-life with a fridge and dodgy looking toilet.

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Passing into a cave-like area with what looked like rock melded into the building itself we emerged into what looked like a conservatory.

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At this point, I figured we had done a 90-degree turn and at the end of this would be where the druggies were hanging around outside.

I did think of making a loud noise to shit them up but thought better of it.

…’better to be the sneaky ninja then to attract unwanted busybodies’…

180 degree turn and it appeared we were heading for the entrance again this time via an overgrown jungle area which we did not thoroughly explore.

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The band hall area was seen and we made a beeline for it.

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The floor was a little rough but with some care, we walked to the far side and ended up in the room with the big hole in the roof.

It had taken some time to get here but had been a crazy long-winded trip.

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…’if you look up here, there’s that hole we were looking down on 20 minutes ago’…

The circular Music Room had a little more going for it. Stacked in one area were a bunch of chairs ready for the audience of the upcoming band.

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The shelves were sadly void of anything interesting.

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It must have been grand once. I found a notepad with entries from 2011.

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It looks like some kind of notes on payments but if the Music Rooms has been closed since 2001 what is it doing here and who did it belong to?

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It is unlikely the owners of these are the writer. As usual, nobody was home.

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Retracing our steps we came upon these downward steps but neither of us had the will to scramble down there amongst all that slippery shit to see what was inside.

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The project is unlikely to be resumed which seems a shame; another piece of our history rotting away.

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A satisfying exploration, especially as my man-in-arms had failed it previously. Too bad there was little inside besides squatters.

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Man... what an adventure. I love the pics, how spooky and derelict it looks slobberchops. The tent in one of the pics near the end make me think you might have been risking getting shiv'd by a crackhead 🤣

They should make an urbex computer game. Some of the major obstacles to complete the level: crashing through dodgy floors, crackheads shiving you from darkened doorways, spiderwebs tangling in your hair... and the worst of them all... overzealous council workers lecturing you on how dangerous it is. I'd buy that game 😉

Thanks for taking us along on your adventures m8.

P.s. My slightly OCD brain couldn't pass the notebook picture by without zooming and studying it to try and work it out. This scouse Sherlock thinks it was a tradesman's costing up book from when the council considered restoring the place. But maybe I'm living in cloud cuckoo land and it was really a drug dealers balance sheet.

Haha, that game sounds awesome, the best thing I can do in lockdown without the real deal..., I see those tents quite often and sleeping bags but they are always empty.

I have some Liverpool explores coming up. We did a day in your territory and it was very successful.

I have some Liverpool explores coming up. We did a day in your territory and it was very successful.

Awesome m8. I'll look forward to those posts. Can I ask a favour? Could you tag me at the end of those posts so I don't miss them? I don't get on hive daily and I'd hate to miss them. Also, I'm curious now as to where you were exploring.

There are a few places I can think of that would be amazing urbex targets. One of them was in an episode of most haunted and is a derelict old theatre called Gaumont Cinema... so you'd have to look out for crazy Derek Acorah leaping out from shadowy doorways 😂 I grew up right near to that place and opposite it there is a church that is one of the oldest in the northwest. I wrote a blog about the history of that church on steem over a year ago.

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Hiya - I will tag you, I have a couple more to write and then there's at least 6 Liverpool ones coming up (it was a good day). We did try a Cinema but couldn't find it. I think it was in Southport (not all were Liverpool central).

Having the 'balls' to go into old derelict places, photographing reminders of grandeur that was once respected and enjoyed. Now we realize the old buildings are being left to rot which is sad.

Nature may take over for a short period of time, land will be sold to some rich dude, knocked down like most of late.

Thanks for another amazing photographic expedition into the old world!

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It won't get demolished as it's Grade II listed. This prevents it, but not from rotting away even more. Who knows what will become of it?

I like the look of that ‘Gentlemen’ sign... do you ever take little things or is there an Urbex rule not to take anything and leave it in the state you arrived in?

Very interesting place. I can imagine it once being a grand old place full of excitement.

Never remove anything, it's a cardinal sin!

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That in its day would have been amazing, love that sign “gentlemen” and the “back of a fag packet” style of keeping the accounts up to date.

Yeah, the accounts were about the best thing it had to offer. A good little adventure that one.

It is a great shame the restoration project didn't go ahead - money I guess...

Money as always.., they keep telling the community they will do it then don't.

That's really impressive footage, guess I'd simply be to afraid to break through the roof somewhere being trapped there for all eternity ;-)
The speed limit is cool, though. 5 MPH is about my speed while I'm running. Seems 1930's kids where really fast...

I am well versed in avoiding crashing through dodgy floors, this was quite bad but I have witnessed worse. My colleague @dizzydiscovery was not wincing, that's the true test as he is more wary than me.

What a really cool place! From the first picture it looked much smaller than it actually was once you see the drawing picture of the whole complex. I think my favorite picture is the one with the big spider web in the upper left corner. That was awesome.

The old picture shows how big it is. In reality its so overgrown, you can only see around 15% of it. We discovered how big it really was once inside.

Wow it sure is a far cry from what is was once upon a time. Some really beautiful captures...

Had a good giggle at that speed limit on the pedestrian gate 😂👌

Had a good giggle at that speed limit on the pedestrian gate

Aye.., they had some strange idea's back in the 1930's!

Sure appears so, lol!

Looks like it was quite a fancy place in its time. So sad to see it rot like this. Just turning into another shithole crack den :(

I'm all about crack dens, took the course some time ago and got a B-.

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