HABERDASHERY

HABERDASHERY

This textile company was mainly engaged in weaving fabrics for upholstery. I wasn’t able to find out a lot about the origin of this particular weaving mill. It is clear from more general historic background that the village was mainly oriented towards agriculture until the end of the 19th century, but that gradually a start was made on textile processing, mainly in the form of “homesourcing”. It wouldn’t be until after the First World War before any kind of an organized textile industry emerges. Based on the architectural style, it seems plausible that this company was established after the Second World War, when the textile industry really took off. The company ran into financial difficulties about ten years ago. A much needed investor was never found, which led to the folding of all activity, turning the last 15 employees into the street…


CHATEAU CINDERELLA

CHATEAU CINDERELLA

A virtually empty chateau, that once was a successful hotel and restaurant. I was not able to find anything on the history of the chateau itself. It has some nice natural decay and beautiful light that is bounced off the pastel painted walls. Some wannabe explorers have been lugging around with the few pieces of furniture that were left behind. Too bad some people can not seem to grasp a concept as easy as “take nothing but pictures; leave nothing but footprints and if you can, avoid the latter”. Such a shame…


CHARBONNAGE DU RENARD

CHARBONNAGE DU RENARD

This abandoned coal mine shows little signs of the former mining activity. Among urban explorers it is mainly known for the collection of oldtimer cars and trucks inside the main building. Unfortunately thieves and vandals found their way in too… Still nice for a quick stop when you happen to be in the neighbourhood though…


LOST PATRIOT

LOST PATRIOT

On a cold winter morning, we stumbled across a couple of forgotten Leopard tanks and some Volvo trucks scattered nonchalantly on an abandoned military domain… There was something very post-apocalyptic about this entire scene. We half expected some Mad Max character to come charging out of the bushes at any given point… 🙂


CHARBONNAGE DU RENARD

CHARBONNAGE DU RENARD

In this abandoned coalmine there aren’t many traces left of the former mining activity… Instead the remaining building was stacked with a bunch of old Ford cars and trucks. Some of them beautiful oldtimers now, that deserve a better fate then simply rusting away here… Unfortunately this place was quickly found by spray can wielding idiots. Making a few shots here without their ugly spraywork in the picture was not so easy. I ended up with only these five photos. Hope you’ll enjoy them… 🙂 


ERIC’S ENGINE ROOM

ERIC’S ENGINE ROOM

The owners and operators of this company were originally active in the flax processing sector. When the demand for flax stagnated after the Second World War, they had to look for new activities. This company was established as a sister company at the end of the 1950s. The new company focused on the manufacture of fuel tanks, silos and gears. Later the activities of both companies were further expanded and they had to move to a larger location, which was found on a nearby industrial estate. After the move to the new industrial complex in the early 1990s, this location became empty. The location underwent a beautiful natural decay and has – so far – been spared from thieves and vandals…


VILLA MISTRAL

VILLA MISTRAL

What can I say about this peculiar house, other than that the previous owners had a rather outspoken taste when it comes to interior design. A strange place, that didn’t really have that urban exploring vibe, but nonetheless fun for a quick visit while passing by…


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