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Somewhere in the UK there is a long-abandoned paper mill, derelict and unloved, and very difficult to get into, it's a wonderful place, rich in texture, rust and features, and utterly enchanting on a bright summer day, as it was when I visited it.

There are tons and tons of various metals there, some gently rusting away, others rustproof and - I hope - to be there in perpetuity. All of it is exceptionally photogenic.

I'm not going to tell you where this place is. Unfortunately we are surrounded by the sort of people whose knuckles drag on the ground when they walk, and who think nothing of stealing tons of metal and selling it for scrap.

These photographs, and the visit in which I took them, all come generally into the heading of Urban Exploration. I shall quote briefly from Wikipedia here: "Urban exploration (often shortened as urbex or UE) is the exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned ruins or not usually seen components of the man-made environment. Photography and historical interest/documentation are heavily featured in the hobby and, although it may sometimes involve trespassing onto private property, this is not always the case."

I'm not one of the world's greatest urban explorers, though I do have a few excellent finds to my name.

So as you enjoy these photographs and are perhaps bitten by the UE bug, please remember the primary rulebook of urban exploration:

Take nothing but photographs
Leave nothing but footprints.












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The water tower










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Two security guards at the top of the watchtower, keeping their beady eyes on me










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Nature always wins in the end










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Some sort of pump, I'd guess










I was tempted, but Urban Explorers don't touch stuff such as this










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An Archimedes Screw. At one time this would have been covered by a pipe, and rotation of the screw would carry wood pulp through it










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The only remaining building. That's all asbestos, and unsafe, so best not to venture inside










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Three very scary pools










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There were no emergencies during my visit, so thankfully I didn't need to push this










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