Fails of the Urban Explorer: Bradford I

in urbex •  9 months ago 

My recent trip to Bradford with @goblinknackers was quite a success though I don't know if the city has much left for us after this expedition.


There's always a bunch of fails to go with the success stories, and some tales and memories to tell.


The Bradford Arms

One of the more interesting ones was ‘The Bradford Arms’. There’s a report here from Sunday 13th October which is the day we visited claiming that it had been burnt.

What’s more strange that @goblinknackers was scoping the place out the day before and found it on fire with all the entrances open.

It was too smoky to go inside but who was in there that day?


It appeared to be empty on Saturday besides all the smoke, but when we returned on Sunday it was firmly sealed up again.

The above report had been made on Sunday morning showing the emergency crews all gathered, and yet the entrances were open on Saturday. Very strange I say and a little suspicious.

Being sealed to me was a massive bummer. I figured that this was a walk-in, and so had a good look around to find an access point.


The door to the left of ‘The Hidden Chef’ had been open. No matter how hard we tried to prise it open with improvised tools it wouldn’t budge.


@goblinknackers was quite up for grabbing the ladders and going through that open window. The corrugated iron roof looks dodgy as hell so I vetoed this crazy idea.


This may have been an ever so romantic bench for couples once, surrounded by encompassing branches or maybe it had been nicked from a bus stop?


’once I might have been able to slip through these bars. Alas I’m too fat these days’

Through the bars, we could see what the interior looked like. Kind of wet probably due to yesterday's fireman visit.


It’s not the first fire, the original one being in January 2017 when the occupants had to flee for their lives

As such there does seem to be items of interest within. Shame we couldn’t get past the iron bars.


This yellow rusting thing was in the grounds. It looks like some kind of coffin with a protective hard paper wrapping. No vampires were found within.


Lund Humphries

This one I’m a little sore about as being more adventurous would have made it a success.

There’s a YouTube Vlog knocking about of another set of Urban Explorer’s gaining access to this old factory.


I know how they did it now, and we could have done the same.

You learn a lot from visiting, looking and finding points of access if you can look beyond what’s in front of your nose as well as watching certain YouTube footage.

The former Printworks has been closed since 1994 and suffered an arson attack in 2017.

I have found that buildings left over 20 years can be very shaky inside especially on the upper floors, yet that appears to be the way in.


What I saw was a new padlock, recently fitted. Some property owners give a damn more than others.

25 years of being empty, just what are their plans for it?


'I guess once it was easy to walk through the entrance. It would be a struggle to get to work at today's Lund Humphries'



This looks like easy access but I was taking these photographs through some bars, the gate being locked up.


Now, this looks promising, hop on the back of the Volkswagen, prise back the piece of old rust and we're in?

On second thoughts, though the area appeared deserted you just know that the car owner would magically arrive at the wrong time.


The owners of Lund Humphries have been piling all kinds of crap and shit around the side entrance to keep the likes of us out.


Rags, tires, mismatched boards, nails, as well as some barbed wire all worked as an effective deterrent.


I haven’t given up on this one and knowing what’s inside it would be worth it to try again. The way in is risky but that’s the name of the game.

The worst that can happen is some embarrassment, and being told to leave.

So far we have not been ‘caught’ but that’s just a matter of time.



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Damn! Those venues both have the perfect makings for a good 'ol school horror movie... you know the GOOD ONES! Totally feel your intrigue!!! The inside is where all the excitement lies!

Many of these places suit horror movies and we often see 'that' location scene from 'Reservoir Dogs' where the dudes ear is cut off. That's why, tempting as it may seem.. you really shouldn't do these alone.

Saying that, it's rare to meet anyone inside, especially the hard to get in places. There's often signs of homeless people but they never seem to be about when we are there.

Just reading this I feel like a kid being told "not to do that" - I just WANT TO! hahaha

I think you have the makings of an Urban Explorer. You should give it a go!.

Oh I would LOVE to!!! but here in South Africa I would be unlikely to return home lol - so may need a dozen body guards to explore places and spaces that look like that here in SA. 99% of them would be occupied by gangsters.

This is what the American readers tell me. Maybe the UK is the safest places to do this.. no guns etc.., I feel lucky.

Indeed - but then again, we have THIS - adequate compensation I think :)

Looks great and nice weather too.. things we crave here!
There are some things in your neck of the woods.. have a look here

You better have a deranged coin for this!


There's more where this came from ;)

But these are the best areas Bradford has to offer, how about visiting some of the derelict bits! On Buttershaw estate where I live they ride round on horse drawn carts collecting Scrap metal, and set fire to Vauxhall Nova's every night for warmth. !MARLIANS

I hear that Halifax place is full of run down places. It's on my hit list :)

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I can imagine my reaction if I came back to my car and some scamp was standing on it. Lol!!

.. and me not being a young scamp anymore.. would make this scene just much worse!

Lol, true. It would be quite surreal!

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The vampire wasn't in his coffin?
Might he have been lurking around..;p
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What an adventure... climbing in and all
Loved it!!

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Very interesting. A lot of these photos for the last place look like they might have been a good post apocalyptic movie set. Just how everything is over grown and all of that. It is too bad that you weren't able to gain better access, but awesome that you weren't there the day before during the fire. As hard as it might be to get in, you need to make sure it is easier to get out in case of instances like that.

Yes, I'm always aware of the getting out scenario. I fell foul of that at another one I have yet to write up, and was alone too.

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You know before I met you guys I always had this image in my head of two fierce looking tough young lads climbing up and down into the derelict buildings ..... 😉

Yeah.. we're two old buggers trying to claw back at lost youth!

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