Here is a photo from Lillesden school for girls of the main downstairs hallway right before the main staircase. Someone has vandalised the centre pillar that supports the roof and looks as though some builders temporally put in an adjustable metal support to stop the roof collapsing.
Just got back from here and had a really good explore. This was an old Manor/Mansion that was converted into a school. Someone nicked the lead from the roof a while back and since then the inside floors and ceilings have all rotted away. I heard a rumour an explorer suffered a fatality here.
For over 50 years Pyestock was at the forefront of gas turbine development. It was probably the largest site of its kind in the world. V bomber, Harrier and Tornado engines were tested on site. The power of the air house allowed Concorde’s engines to be tested at 2,000 mph. Every gas turbine installed in Royal Navy ships was checked here; captured Soviet engines were discreetly examined.
NGTE Pyestock closed down in 2000 and decommissioned
From my recent explore of FH Manor. I always take hundreds of photos and only ever get around to using a handful, so I have quite the collection of photos taking up three hard drives. Sure, in raining days months or maybe years I will pull out an oldie and do some work on it for showing. But, occasionally I like to throw them all together for a little video slide show.
I kept the photos in order of our explore so you can appreciate the house as we explored through each room. There was a number of rooms I never took photos of as there was nothing interesting in them. So if your counting the rooms it’s actually a fair bit bigger.