If one heads down to KFC, and crosses the street and the carpark behind Claremont Church, looking up at the back of Argos one should see a terrifyingly rotten wooden staircase. One day, we decided that we were going to find a way there. But to get there, we had to poke around a construction site, that has since been completed and blocked off access to the staircase completely.
Construction site pictures (Taken with a phone, so low quality)-
(Note- Construction sites are dangerous. Even if you do explore without the intentions of vandalism, going through a construction site is stupid. Workers at construction sites wear special clothing for a reason. Buildings are unsafe, and cables and wires may be exposed, and there may even be big gigantic holes that you'll never get out of. I explored this construction site with knowledge of these risks and therefore I was responsible for any harm that could have come to me. If you want to poke around a construction site at night, do so under the same mindset. Don't blame anyone but yourself if something bad should happen.)
Once this has been navigated through, we emerged beneath the wooden staircase, with a certain feeling of elation. The part where we could have been caught was now behind us. Ahead of us stood the rickety old staircase. Which didn't make the situation any less dangerous than when we were in the construction site. This thing was ready to collapse, and if it had we would have plummeted down to the floor below and never been found.
But once that was over with, we found ourselves on the roof of Argos, and that was actually okay. It wasn't too challenging to get to and it wasn't high up. But it was pleasant.
The adventure didn't stop here though. Next door to Argos is Bodycare, and that building is actually taller than Argos, so we could see inside it. And to our delight, the upper stories above Bodycare were empty and abandoned. There was an open window, but that was on the story below. So we did the craziest thing we could think of, which was to go home and build a rope ladder. It was utterly bonkers and not recommended. Rope ladders are not how people imagine them. Even against the wall we were dangling it over, it still swung under the weight of people on it. This caused a natural adrenaline rush and panic that just made it worse. It also twisted in places and was incredibly difficult to climb down.
However, it did hold our weight. We never used it again though, due to the fact that being anywhere with a rope ladder is suspicious and hints at far more malicious intentions. This area did remain a treasure for urban explorers in Shrewsbury though, as once in we made sure to open a window on the upper level, to allow access without the rope ladder.
Pictures of the Abandoned Gym-
A staircase led down to a door next to Bodycare that led onto the street. And from that I learned quite swiftly that one could come and go as he pleased from doorways that led onto the street, just as long as one looked like he knew what he was doing. Nobody questions it and simply assumed we were meant to be there. This came in very useful for later exploring where I hid in plain sight. But that's another story.