Tales of the Urban Explorer: Stalybridge Police Station
I had been putting this one off for a while and for good reason.
“Either you climb the fence with the whole of the Tesco shoppers watching, or shimmy along a metal spiky fence with a 30-foot drop into a river if you slip” - @anidiotexplorers
Given these options and the fact that ‘Stalybridge Police Station’ looks more like a multi-story car park with a full entourage of rubble, bricks, and stones within... it was not inspiring me much.
Derelict police station an ‘exciting development’
The former police station has been empty since 2005 and is due for demolition ‘soon’. Summer 2022 maybe, if the developer stops arsing about.
We were in the area, the season was getting late and I figured this overcast cold October day was likely my last outing before hibernation.
The car park was a boon, I do like my free parking within town centre areas and we would be in and out within 30 minutes, that’s if we could get in.
I took in the front gate. It was around 10 feet in height and well within my climbing capabilities. Reaching for my gloves I halted...
@anidiotexplores was already inside, scrambling through a medium-sized hole in the fencing with some sharp edges.
It was not so easy for me. I got my foot caught and was pulling and simultaneously swearing much to the amusement of a smirking passing pedestrian.
…why can’t you bend a little more body?…
Vanishing from public view is my primary focus and I rarely do it as quickly as I would like.
I could immediately see this was not going to be an ‘A-Grade’ explore. 3 out of 10 is generally the worst and this was pushing the lower barrier.
Maybe there would be some fantastic graffiti that would save the day. Then I remembered I was on the wrong side of the Pennines. This was NOT Sheffield.
We made for the superior upstairs that would possibly be more entertaining than these stairs.
At times like these, some sex education is always most welcome, especially when depicted with diagrams. One has to learn somehow.
Why not leave all the toilet remains in the same area?
Once again I was struck by the resemblance of a car park. Could it be that during the operational days of 'Stalybridge Police Station', the cops did their business from their cars?
More toilet remains and further sex education lessons.
It was more akin to a building site within... what was left of the walls.
These flying rats might think that derps are a great home. I see so many dead ones and that hypothesis is likely incorrect.
Bad art but semi-entertaining.
Given the number of broken shitters I saw, this was quite surprising. You wouldn't want to use this mind, that's going a little far.
One needs to lock away those bad criminals somewhere.
Take away the peeling paint and you can lie down for a doze. It might look padded but it was not.
Jail cells are always in the bowels of the police station, and boast dripping water. It's similar to the medieval days but now you get fed, watered, given a 32' colour TV for entertainment, and don't die.
You are ruining the ‘atmosphere’ Jonas.
The cells were not very numerous, possibly around half a dozen, and were the highlight of this explore.
If they cleared all this shit away the cars could park here once more.
The radiator had miraculously survived all the vandalism. Generally, they are pulled away from the walls.
The reason? No reason.., just ‘cause…
It’s a little sad when the toilets are proving the excitement of the moment.
… along with a strip of real 70’s wallpaper.
There's little left of these aforementioned interview rooms. Why 'Stalybridge Police Station' has not been demolished yet is a mystery.
This passage is where the murderers, er.. criminals would be ushered when arriving. No steps mean wheelchair bound offenders can be taken up more easily.
We left 'Stalybridge Police Station' thinking..., 'well that was quite shit'.
We had several more on the agenda that day. All proved more interesting than here.
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