Favourite bits of childhood wasteland

obviously if, like me, you still love wastelands then let me know about them too (Pomona is my muse)

As a kid I remember playing on a tiny scrap of wasteland, probably no bigger than my living room one day with two boys from primary school and one of them burning matches and for some reason I thought it was the best, most feral thing I’d ever done and when I think back on that day I’ve probably confused lots of it with Stand By Me (because we also went to a disused railway line I never knew existed and girl who hated me was down there and she stood on the opposite side threatening me and now she is Keifer Sutherland in my memories)

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Any minute now, someone will claim their childhood was a wasteland.

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Not wasteland, but we lived on a new build estate for a bit and I spent a lot of time build incredibly dangerous dens out of the bricks and breezeblocks there. As well as climbing scaffolding.

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Theres a huge ironworks nearby that has slowly been getitng smaller and a trail goes right through it.

Mianly like this:

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Used to spend a lot of nights sitting on bridges like this (that were closed off so you had to climb up) listening to music on a minidisc player, til I was about 16, then slowly a small group formed:

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Oooo yes, loved a building site too.

This is my porn.

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Not even kidding tbh

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My friend Liam designed the meccano bridge at Nob End

http://liamcurtin.co.uk/meccano-bridge/

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I don’t have any pictures because it’s now all built on but for about the first 9 years of my life I lived right on the very edge of the towns green belt, so right next to my street we had fields and fields of empty grass land that we played in (alright Theresa). Think that house is now about a mile inside the towns boundary.

Amazing! Twas pootling over there not eight or nine months ago with an old mate.

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I’ve never been but its on my list

https://goo.gl/maps/sw4qEma2PXLY98hU7

You can’t see it but that flat bit at the top is a huge black slab of nothing and it’s lovely. It’s also a beach where people collect(ed) sea coal that got washed down from the factory.

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Like this but in colour and 2020

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Oh I love the feel of sea coal

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Abandoned brickworks in the village I grew up in, would mainly be a lot of daring each other to go further and further into the building and risk encountering “the tramp” who almost certainly didn’t actually exist. There was an old war bunker near it as well, the same applied.

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Lived on a seaside town with fuckloads of wild dunes and tiny beaches nobody knew about. Including an abandoned shooting range.
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So good for making fires and drinking before we could get in pubs

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Dunno. Can I pick the final fantasy 7 train graveyard?

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This looks cool as hell

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Saw this really good documentary about sea coal on Youtube. Are there any sea coalers left now?

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There are! I was reading about them recently

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