The last service
The Carvern: Undeground Car Graveyard Somewhere in a flint mine is an underground lake. Cars had been dumped and pushed into it through a hole above creating a large scrapheap. It is said that these are all road traffic accidents, However I am not 100% sure on that. A group of eight of us met nearby and ventured in after a reasonable decent we had a brief walk to the lake the sight we were greeted with was amazing. This was such a fun day. Great teamwork in getting our gear and ourselves up and down the rock face and taking it in turns to paddle back and forth in dinghies. Even a rescue mission at the end when one dinghy got a puncture.
Full set of this stunning decayed building can be found here….
Cellatex Abadnoned Factory: We just happened to pass by this site and it didn’t look too promising. We pulled up and had a quick look. Still unsure I popped over the fence to see if it was worthwhile. I was greeted by the site you see in the first image. Cellatex SA was an artificial textile company founded in 1981. Based on a site that dates back to 1902. The company entered liquidation in 2000. The workers were unhappy with the redundancy offers and took over the plant threatening to blow it up. There were many highly toxic flamables on site and obviuously the workers new where they were. They also threatened to dump the acid into a stream that lead to the Meuse river. After a few days this threat was carried out and 5000 litres of sulphuric acid was tipped into the creak. Firemen managed to stop it reaching into the main river. After interventions from the government. A better package was offered to the employees which was accepted.
Chateau De La Chapelle: Not much history can be found about this chateau with a nice chapel attached. It is said that a monastery was going to be built here but the plans fell through. The chateau was built with the building materials that never got used. I read that it was a home or day care centre for children. While here, I did think it may of been a community centre due to the set up of the rooms. I am not sure how long this chateau has been abandoned but it is still in great condition.
Chateau JM: Abandoned Chateau Set in beautiful grounds which are still in use, this exquisite chateau was built in the 1850s as a summer residence and has been extremely well preserved. It has changed uses and names over the years and has been left empty for some time now. I believe it is used for functions from time to time.
Salve Mater: Abandoned Womens Psychiatric Institution
Salve Mater was opened by Queen Elisabeth in 1927. In 2007 the last patients left and it has been slowly undergoing renovations since one building at a time.
The main building is now the home of a photographer who uses the site for sets and exhibitions.
Our visit was timed perfectly with an organised dutch visit. So it was busy but everyone was respectful about getting in each others shots. This also gave us access to the beautiful chapel which is normally sealed.