The folks at the Welwyn Hertfordshire Times may not realize it, but they are doing more than just about anybody to publicize urban exploration in the UK. They've become a regular go-to source for mainstream reporting about the adventures undertaken by the intrepid urban explorers on the 28 Days Later forum.
As we reported a while back, the paper seems to downplay the documentary component of urban exploration and hypes up the hysteria by focusing on the fact that explorers are often trespassing on private property. For their latest story, the WH Times have documented the exploits of Northern Ninja, who more-or-less walked onto the expansive grounds of the The Frythe and found his way though a labyrinthine network of buildings to a historic manor home that used to serve as the offices of GlaxoSmithKline. His images of the place, which is awaiting conversion into residential apartments, lack some of the tumbledown spookiness of other sites, but the piles of papers and research documents still evoke provide plenty to marvel at. If nothing else, the shot of him sliding down the grand stairway bannister in full ninja costume was worth risking arrest all by itself!
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