Tales of the Urban Explorer: The Trap Door on Well Street

"Where the fuck are you going man?", I said with a look of incredulity. If I can fault my exploring partner, it's the fact that he walks at around 15 miles per hour and gets easily distracted.

@anidiotexplores had wandered off looking for another derp. He returned within minutes with a long face and a look of resignation. "I know it's down there somewhere", he said scratching his head in frustration.

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We had come for the infamous, "Trapdoor on Well Street”, a distinctively looking THREE out of TEN venue of the finest calibre and he goes marching off.

The 'other' place would materialise as Diamonds, a seedy-looking strip club that will be featured soon enough.

The trapdoor was something to drool over. I gained the information from a GoonTuber named 'Clarky' who has a gift of making the most boring-looking crap-holes interesting.

Take a look at it just for a few seconds.. take in the sounds, the atmosphere, the dictation, it's all top-notch. He could be a an Oscar winning film director.

Now the “Trapdoor on Well Street” was made significantly easier to find with the street name being prominently in the title.

This was going to be so bad that we just had to give it a visit. I don’t mind revealing the access point as the ‘Trapdoor’ owners have recently renovated the roof and it’s now been sealed.

So all you envious explorers reading this, you missed your chance at seeing the most dramatic location in the UK (according to ‘Clarky’).

Parking on double-yellow lines I hoped the traffic wardens were taking the day off. There was nowhere else to park and it was a town centre on a Sunday.

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What was this shitty-looking building in the past; a Thai Boxing club? That was up the stairs and a different part of the block

Maybe an old technology company that got hit during the great recession?

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If I was half-interested I could look them all up to see which are still trading. I was more interested in seeing the ‘Evil Dead’ lookalike zombie stuck under the floor if I was to believe 'Clarky'.

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The roof in the right corner was the way in. With Well Street being such a deprived area the only humans seeing us enter via the roof would likely be tramps and the homeless who care not.

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...'it wasnt so bad climbing in here. Just watch your balls as there are evil nails'...

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It wasn't too difficult as there was a handy ladder on the inside. I get the feeling disposable ladders are going to be the next big thing in the Urban Exploring community and may well come in 10 packs as a special deal.

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Inside was the expected death trap scenario I have become accustomed to seeing. That ladder was quite precariously perched there, a slight slip and whoops...

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Having crap all over the floor hardly helps as there could be a whopping big hole under all that just waiting to accommodate your leg.

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Valves and Flow-meters tell me it was some kind of supplier for parts or equipment.

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There were various papers and cards strewn about but most looked similar. 1992 is almost 30 years ago. I do prefer my UX memorabilia from the 1970s or earlier but these derps often underdeliver.

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Thermo Electric Developments Ltd, which was one of the FOUR companies listed on the plaque outside.

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It was mostly quite bare on the top floor and emitted the usual damp aura of a building left for years.

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We needed to see the famous Trapdoor and its horrors underneath.

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There's always that horror flooring in the far corner and the thought of falling down there.

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Tentatively creeping down this hole that has been made from years of natural erosion we spotted the trapdoor.

Someone had ripped off the lid revealing stairs. Had the creature escaped and was watching us from a hidden passage?

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Descending ever so slowly down into the depths of Well Street I waited for the inevitable.

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… and there it was… an old power generator. The sense of anti-climax was so overbearing that I was on the verge of passing out.

...'where were the fucking zombies?'...

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That guys video is awesome, the production is great and he swears like a trooper. My favourite things!!

Before I even got to that bit though and I read the title I couldn't help but think all your explores would make great horror titles without the lead in bit :0D

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Yes, he's very entertaining and puts a lot into it.., so many WOW's and OOH's.. I can't help but laugh! The Trapdoor was a MUST visit, how could I resist?

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I loved the fact he used the trapdoor bit at the start, it has set of the tune in my head. He was quite overly dramatic, in a funny way

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He's quite local but I haven't met him yet. He should post his stuff on HIVE but I have given up trying to convince people about that. The learning curve is far too steep for the average joe... too complicated and alien. Still I would give him some big votes if he did!

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It's funny how even that promise wouldn't be enough to get people on. I have tried with carrying degrees of success but ultimately they fail. You need to be cut from a certain cloth for this game!

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You need to be cut from a certain cloth for this game!

or a glutton for punishment 😀

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It's the finest of cloth, mind you! It may even be a tad Royal.

tosses her hair

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The learning curve is far too steep for the average joe

This is my worry as I try to continue to integrate Hive in various ways into the Web 2.0 site I am launching. That and it is just a pain in the fucking ass sometimes.

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Haha, those are very true words. People can and do stick around but there are so many different elements that can put them off

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Isn't that interesting! Some documentation and history. I love that. Great explore! The colours pop out and these shots are awesome!

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There was little inside to be honest. I was laughing most of the way through it, thinking of the eerie drama in Clarky's video.

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Oh my, this place is quite the trash hole isn't it. I don't feel like you have had one this messy in a while.

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Now, I know I typically talk about recycling and reusing places, but I think this one just needs to be pushed into a hole in the ground.

Now, I am looking forward to Diamonds!
BRING ON THE STRIPPER POLES!

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If you watch Clarky's embedded video.. it shows Diamonds right at the start. At this time, we were not aware of it. It's very close by.

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I think if I were to go exploring in that one, I would break through the flooring and most likely end up dead.

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Some of the local blokes who go in these places are big chubby bellies. You would be fine, I have seen your build!

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It looks like gremlins have been raping this building for many years, a lot of holes everywhere. Or were they the zombies you mentioned.

I got an amazing impression from the video! The director is simply incomparable, especially at this moment-сrazy giggles :D

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Are you present on these frames? :)

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No, I am not in the video.. I have yet to meet the famous 'Clarky' though no doubt I will in time.

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We've definitely gotta get you a Raiders of the Lost ARK hat.

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The possibility of falling through the floor never really occurred to me, until I saw the sink hole! And how about animals? Have you guys run into any animals of flea infested rooms? That would suck. Pictures are awesome man! Especially the very first one with the trees growing off the building. So cool. I enjoyed this post a lot.. I feel my adventures living out through you! hehe. 😁

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I wish you guys could experience any one of these, I know it's far too dangerous where you live. Those sink holes I have seen before, it's better to keep away!

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Actually, that looks like a decent place for hiding from the zombies when they inevitably arrive.

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The trapdoor latch was gone, I mean it was ripped off the hinges. It may be roaming the streets of Bolton right now!

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Us zombies are too busy upvoting posts to eat brains.

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That place looks like a death trap. You were lucky to get out unscathed. You do find some real shitholes.

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No! No! No!!!

I already went down there with your friend and I cannot do it again. On the other hand, the entire video was brilliantly done. You are right. His effects were heart-stopping fun. :))I watched the whole thing. Thanks for posting it. You are a good friend.

Did you put that ladder there? I know some people bring their own, but, you had to climb the roof. Really? You guys have big ones climbing like monkeys, or at least preteen kids. Glad for the stuff on the floor? Yes and no... You might not see the hole coming and fall into it anyway or the dreaded thing for me: RATS I rue the day I come across one in an empty building. Ugh!

The outside of the building was pretty cool and more mysterious than the inside. Although, I want to cuff the dude that pulled off the trap door! That was a serious moment of should I or shouldn't I open it?

Thanks always for taking us! It's a blast!

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LOL @dswigle, there was an old tyre on the outside of the roof to stand on and the ladder was already there. The exploring community are such a thoughtful bunch of people!

I was laughing most of the time in this one thinking of the drama in that video. He's a star that Clarky, I will have to meet him one day and shake his hand.

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What thoughtful people. It probably belonged to the homeless people. Ha!

You are a rare breed though, you and the explorers. Sharing and giving hints on how best to do things. Usually, on these types of things, there is so much rivalry and jealousy, people won't give it up. So, it is nice to see.

That video was pure drama and his continuous use of the F word and the creepy Blair Witch Project voice really was funny. He is awesome. That was a fun share.

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Usually, on these types of things, there is so much rivalry and jealousy

Oh you have no idea, some treat it as a competition... and the rivalry is real. All that is limited to Facebook. I post my stuff on there about 6 months later. The competition thing.. is beyond my comprehension.

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See? That is what I see and thought it was silly. Oh, it is nice to be the one to discover something, but, after? What is the big deal? Some will never give it up. Beyond me for sure.

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That is crazy!!! There aren't many abandoned places where I am from but I think it would be sooo cool to explore areas like this!!!

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hahaha, it looks like a cartoon place with a huge sign with the word ¨JAIL¨

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Brave man parking on double yellows!!

Loved the write up.
Proper ace to see you with such huge rewards for your posts recently too 😮😎
Let’s hope they can find further adventures.

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It was brave and a week later I was back doing 'Diamonds'.., same yellow lines! I don't want to make boring content, I hope it's readable.., I still doubt my writing abilities.

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how kind of them to leave you a ladder!!

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I see piles of bricks, chairs, old tyres and ladders everywhere. Such a caring community we are!

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lol, life is so good to us, there is beauty in everything

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The roof is ready to collapse.it must be frightening while going down from the flooring.

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I never noticed how bad that ladder was placed until I came to do this write up, mad how you don't see things at the time!

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