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Hampshire Leisure Portsmouth 

The Abandoned Casino in Portsmouth

So after finding out about this location, we got straight in the car and headed down in it’s direction. HISTORY – This great place used to be a casino with a ballroom on the next floor, this place also had a cocktail bar, a champaign bar & other restaurants.. The ballroom and cocktail bar at this location closed around 2013 leaving the casino and 1 bar open. In 2015 the remaining bar and casino closed and the building was sealed off for good. EXPLORE – So we heard the access…

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East Sussex Hastings Leisure 

Ashdown Pub in Hastings, East Sussex

We found this place hidden in the trees on a housing estate (very odd place to have a pub), walked around the back and found a way in. Once inside we noticed that it seems far bigger on the inside than what it looks from the outside. There is a pinball machine, arcade grabber machine and the bar’s were still in “ok” condition, however you can tell this place has suffered considerable abuse from vandals. We have found little information from previous planning permissions that this was originally intended to…

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Demolished East Sussex Hellingly Leisure 

*NOW DEMOLISHED* The Golden Martlet (Cuckoo’s Rest) Burnt Out Pub in Hellingly, East Sussex

I used to drive past this everyday on my way to work, but never once took a good look around, until today! This is the remains of The Golden Martlet (AKA The Cuckoo’s Rest) built in 1902 (approx). Abandoned after a fire in 2001 which gutted the building. After finding out the pub was completely destroyed, the owners moved the pub to a converted barn next door, and renamed it to The Cuckoo’s Rest. Unfortunately as of 21/06/2016 the buildings have been demolished to make way for housing.

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East Sussex Eastbourne Leisure 

The Meads Club in Eastbourne, East Sussex

I took a trip to a small village in the heart of Eastbourne, East Sussex, and came across this abandoned club. I thought it was a church or small school but I was shocked to find a bar and even a full size snooker table inside. A little history… The club has a troubled and controversial history and is being sold by auctioneers Clive Emson on Tuesday February 23 2010 with an asking price of 200,000. Dr Benson said, “I want to keep the building as it is. I don’t…

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East Sussex Herstmonceux Leisure 

The Old Observatory in Herstmonceux, East Sussex

Wasn’t too much here but still worth a visit if you’re in the area. Some history from Wikipedia.. In 1957 the Herstmonceux Castle grounds became the home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory and remained so until 1988 when the observatory moved to Cambridge. Several of the telescopes remain but the largest telescope, the 100 inch (254 cm) aperture Isaac Newton Telescope was moved to La Palma, Canary Islands in the 1970s. The estate provides housing to the Equatorial Telescope Buildings, which have been converted to an interactive science centre for…

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Hampshire Leisure Portsmouth 

The Abandoned Odeon Cinema in Portsmouth, Hampshire

So this was our 2nd location of the day on our trip to Portsmouth. The Odeon Cinema HISTORY – One of the original Oscar Deutsch chain of Odeon Theatres. The Portsmouth Odeon opened on the 14th of December 1936 with Sydney Howard, it was the largest and most expensive Andrew Mather designed Odeon of that year. Total seating was provided for 1,824 with 1,224 in stalls and 600 in balcony. The Cinema then closed for modernisation, including installation of 70mm with new wide screen and proscenium in front of the…

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