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Hook End Manor - South Oxfordshire

Hook End Manor – South Oxfordshire

Hook End Manor – South Oxfordshire

  Previously owned by Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour, Hook End Manor in South Oxfordshire went on to house a world-famous studio used by the likes of Rod Stewart, Tom Jones and The Kaiser Chiefs – before falling into ruin.

The original studio, Space Studios was built by Alvin Lee of the band Ten Years After when he first bought the house. Many recordings were made during Lee’s tenure including On the Road to Freedom and Rocket Fuel before he sold the house and studio to David Gilmour of the band Pink Floyd, who used the studio to record parts of the band’s 1983 album The Final Cut. The band’s inflatable pig, first used to promote their Animals album six years earlier, was stored in one of the outbuildings. Gilmour sold the house and studio to Trevor Horn who turned it into Sarm West. The studio is now owned by Mark White.

Several major rock bands have recorded albums at the studios. These include Manic Street Preachers’ Gold Against the Soul, The Cure’s Disintegration and Mixed Up, and Marillion’s Seasons End and Holidays in Eden.

Dave Gilmour sold the house and studios to Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley in 1986, who in turn then sold it to Trevor Horn a number of years later. In February 2017, the house, though still furnished, was reported to be abandoned. October 2017 – The house is currently getting stripped. a few cars and a skip have been spotted outside with power being restored back to the main house.

Ferme De Maraichage - Belgium

Ferme De Maraichage – Belgium

Ferme De Maraichage – Belgium

 

Power Plant X - Luxembourg

Power Plant X – Luxembourg

Power Plant X – Luxembourg

 

Terre Rouge - Luxembourg

Terre Rouge – Luxembourg

Terre Rouge – Luxembourg

 

The Terre Rouge furnaces were shut down in 1997 and demolished some years later. Nowadays the iron-ore silos remain but the power station has now been demolished.

Observatoire de Cointe - Belgium

Observatoire de Cointe – Belgium

 

Observatoire de Cointe – Belgium

Cointe Observatory (French: Observatoire de Cointe), situated in the district of Cointe in Liège, Belgium, was built by the University of Liège in 1881-82 to plans by the architect Lambert Noppius.

The building, in a medieval revival style, is sited in a private park formerly the estate of the wealthy industrialist Vanderheyden de Hauzeur family. It accommodated the university’s Institute of Astrophysics, later the Institute of Astrophysics and Geophysics, until 2002, when the Institute was moved to the Sart-Tilman campus.

As of 2008 the building was occupied by the Société Astronomique de Liège, but was in the course of renovation with the intention that it should house the Service Régional des Fouilles Archéologiques.

 

 

Diesel Farm - Belgium

Diesel Farm – Belgium

Diesel Farm – Belgium

 

Alienworks – Power Plant - France

Alienworks – Power Plant – France

Alienworks – Power Plant – France

 

This power plant was built to power a steel factory dating back to the late 1800’s. The factory was closed in the early 1990’s under pressure of the surrounding residents, who were battling to have the unhealthy and environment damaging factory shut down completely. Most of the blast furnaces were demolished, except for one that became a monument. Some buildings remain, including this power plant.

 

Piscine Du Mai - France

Piscine Du Mai – France

Piscine Du Mai – France

 

IM Cooling Tower - Belgium

IM Cooling Tower – Belgium – Drone

IM Cooling Tower – Belgium – Drone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chateau Des Muscles - Belgium

Chateau Des Muscles – Belgium

Chateau Des Muscles – Belgium

 

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