Urbex Diaries Past - RAF Nocton Hall

in Urban Exploration β€’ 5 months ago (edited)

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This is a well known and very well trodden location in Lincolnshire. In this area there is a lot of derelict buildings and sites (airfields and barracks) from the second world war. Lincolnshire was awash with Royal Air Force bases due to its vast, flat open spaces. Whatever you do, do not enter the actual Nocton Hall itself, it is crumbling in a big way. Do look for the RAF Nocton side.

During the First World War the house was used as a convalescent home for wounded American Officers. In the Second World War the Americans again used the house as a military hospital after which it was taken over by the RAF and an extensive hospital developed in the grounds. It reverted to private use in the 1980s. In 2004 there was a major fire which left the building in a derelict state {source}. This is what remains of the Hall and the adjoining RAF site, which incidentally my dad was based for a very short while in the 80's. He remembers it well and can't believe the state it is in now.

I visited Nocton after a morning trip to St John's Asylum (see my post on it here). Sometimes you have to get up early and visit multiple sites to maximize your time and also have a second option in case of disappointment... It happens, you know, when you turn up to a site and there is some fat security guard with a dog that will only tell you to leave once or twice before they start to get real tetchy...

Enjoy the images of decay.

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To actually get into Nocton Hall, I wasn't quite prepared to scale the fence, it was fairly high and I didn't fancy getting stuck/skewered by fencing wire in some of the more tampered with 'accessible' parts... Note the crest to the bottom right of the image. This coat of arms dates back to 1530, so this house may be one of those Frankenstein types that gets added to over the years/through change of ownership. How the wealthy houses of the English past have changed.

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DO NOT ENTER NOCTON HALL πŸ‘†

ENTER RAF NOCTON πŸ‘‡
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Getting in was like walking through an open door. A local dog walker smiled and nodded as we snuck in.

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X marks what exactly? The first point of entry? Every Urbex location has at least ONE 'X'. Doesn't it?

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An overgrown thoroughfare. Imagine soldiers, doctors and nurses running around here during the wars.

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I can tell you now, the labs and clinics are a wreck

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One of the wards. Ceiling torn up and falling down.

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Interesting piece of grafitti, splash of paint and a stencil. The area was littered with old computer bits, 90's stuff. I remember it well.

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Reception. Not receiving any guests since the mid 90's. Runied.

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You can always tell when the local kids have been here, smash porcelain and battered walls. Foot through the wall kinda stuff.

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Being reclaimed by nature. I love to see it. Beautiful decay.

EXIT RAF NOCTON πŸ‘‡
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To other Urbex Hive folk out there. What are your thoughts on HDR? I feel like it is quite overdone in the Urbex community (not on this chain) but online in general. Like real gritty HDR. Popular images seem to be engineered to look like something out of Silent Hill. I don't dig it. None of my photos are manipulated because these things are best raw and I only enhance imagery that I'd sell, such as my drone stock photography.

Have fun exploring for real decay.


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Hi I can’t see the pictures?

Really? That's odd. They are there on my screen. Are you using PeakD?

Yes , all I see is the numerical I’d of the shots

In fact I don’t see photos anywhere, including my own!

Yup got the pix now, looks a good explore

Good! Yes it was. There was some very dangerous looking substances around though. God know how much asbestos is in all of these wrecked places.

Good to see you doing some more Urbex! I do use HDR, it's just my preference... not the harshest filter I can find tho!