We’ve been off urbexing… details of our first exploration as well as pictures and stories of our not really thinking well in imperial measurements in the urbex section.
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So it’s been announced (after much discussion) that Shoreditch Station on the East London Line is to close after the planners finally settled their differences with the conservationists regarding the fate of a little known Grade 2 listed viaduct/goods yard, it’ll be the first permanent station closure on the underground since Aldwych was closed and the Epping to Ongar end of the Central line was sliced off in 1994.
Get down their now to get photos of the building as unlike some of London Underground’s other relics I fear the building itself may not survive long after it’s closure as it’s on prime land to be redeveloped as part of the cities’ inexorable push East. The official closing date is 9th June 2006. It must be said, as glad as I am that they’re finally getting on with the East London Line Extension, it’d be nice to finish a few other projects before starting… maybe for example; finishing Notting Hill Gate tube station?
So the Midland Grand Hotel… Well it’s been a week since we went to the Midland Grand Hotel to go ghost hunting and I’ve not written about it, why? Well because I’m a lazy arse frankly, but that’s another story. So about the visit, well the Hotel (what we saw of it) was amazing: and we plan to go back to take a more in depth look around at some point in the near future. The TV show was interesting in what it actually uncovered but we didn’t see any ghosts ourselves.
One thing we did notice though was just how un-naturally cold the building was, now whether this was paranormal or just because of the nature of the building is up for debate, I think it was because it was an old building that wasn’t particularly well insulated: I sit in the natural causes camp, although without further investigation I couldn’t even begin to tell you why it would be colder inside under the glow of stage lights than it was out on a windy damp day in London.
There were some interesting occurrences, the medium sensing an over-whelming presence in the room we were sat in was both intriguing and just a little bit chilling, and the ladies sat across from us (who didn’t know each other) all seeing a figure standing on the balcony of the hotel, not an odd thing considering the amount of film crew there were swarming about the building – until we found out that the bit of the building they were looking at has been sealed from the public (film crew included) for many many years and may even be structurally unsafe internally making access difficult for all but the most determined of hoaxers.
But we didn’t see anything, other than feeling cold the experience was based quite firmly in the normal and natural for both myself and Dave… Does this mean that I’ll stop believing? Probably not, but I think my pragmatism helps keep a belief in check, which can only be a good thing I think.
Well this Tuesday should be interesting, myself and Dave are off to The Grand Midland Hotel (the ornate frontage of St Pancras Station) for a live television experiment into the paranormal. If you’ve got digital it’s Living TV and it starts just after 8pm, it should be interesting, because both myself and dave have an interest in the building itself (we’re both architecture freaks) and we’ve recently been discussing ghosts and stuff because of a series of programs that we’ve been on the tv… my main interest is whether any experiences we may have or see at the hotel will change our perception of the building itself.
It should be interesting to say the least. I’m keeping an open mind, but I’m hoping to experience new things, and that’s not to say I’m going out looking for a ghost.