March of Ownership

You can’t beat a day of urban exploring in derelict buildings around Wales (aka urbexing) and this day took us to the South Wales valley town of Abercarn.

St Luke's Chapel, Abercarn
St Luke's Chapel, AbercarnSt Luke's Chapel, Abercarn

The 1890’s Chapel laid abandoned and forlorn amongst the leafy valley which had deteriorated slowly since it’s closure in 1980.

Even though there was space to park directly outside we decided to be more covert and park a few minutes away to avoid suspicion on this wet Sunday morning.

St Luke's Chapel, Abercarn
St Luke's Chapel, Abercarn

The formidable structure dominated the landscape and a graffiti’d doorway enticed us inside….

Once inside the stone structure revealed lots of archways but not much else!

St Luke's Chapel, Abercarn
St Luke's Chapel, Abercarn
St Luke's Chapel, Abercarn

It was only once you ventured down to the spooky basement that some graffiti and street art was present – featuring a few bits from Ekstrataternek and others.

St Luke's Chapel, Abercarn
St Luke's Chapel, Abercarn
St Luke's Chapel, AbercarnSt Luke's Chapel, Abercarn
St Luke's Chapel, AbercarnSt Luke's Chapel, Abercarn

The greatest find was this work by Cardiff-based artist Colour Doomed who painted this vast piece on the crumbling wall.

March of ownership by Colour Doomed

Local photographer and urbexer Ieuan Barret stumbled across the artist painting the piece and managed to capture a work in progress picture.

Ieuan explained how the artist wanted normal civilians entering the house at one end with soldiers coming out the other.

Toy Soldiers
March of ownership by Colour Doomed
March of ownership by Colour Doomed
March of ownership by Colour Doomed
March of ownership by Colour Doomed
March of ownership by Colour Doomed
March of ownership by Colour Doomed
March of ownership by Colour DoomedMarch of ownership by Colour Doomed
March of ownership by Colour Doomed
March of ownership by Colour Doomed
March of ownership by Colour Doomed
Construction workers and other people turned up to continue work on the new houses also being built on the site – so we had to sneak out VERY quietly as to not be seen or heard. (Always good fun!)

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