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An urban explorer travelled a huge distance to visit an abandoned swimming bath in the West Midlands after receiving suggestions online.

Matthew Holmes filmed his exploits around Heath Town Baths in Wolverhampton after travelling over 75 miles from his home in Manchester.

The 27-year-old boasts more than 66,000 followers on his Facebook page where he explores derelict buildings and takes in suggestions from his fans.

Multiple requests led him to the site in the Black Country, which has been abandoned for almost 20 years, Matthew decided to give it a go.

He told Birmingham Live: "I went to video it and photograph but decided to do it as a live explore and people loved it.

"Lots of people shared their memories of the swimming pool. It insights people's memories from childhood."

Matthew, who visited the baths on January 3, continued: "I never know what will be around a corner, it could be someone waiting or something dangerous.

"Flooring is often rotten so you have to be very careful.

"But the baths were well lit and quiet which was amazing. It was sad to see how it has ended up when it should be full of life."

The Grade II listed building on Tudor Road has sat abandoned since 2003.

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Matthew, who works in finance, has always loved history and attributes that to sparking his exploring hobby – something he always does alone.

"It was always my favourite subject at school," he said. "Exploring the buildings and finding out more is so interesting to me."

His first 'explore' took him to a prisoner of war camp in Crewe.

"I read about an old prisoner of war camp in Crewe and decided to see it for myself," he said.

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"I walked into the field and saw the huts and even barbed wire that was still there. Something just clicked and the passion for exploring developed from there."

He added: "At the beginning, I would scroll through buildings for sale and find places to look around that way.

"I started a Facebook page in 2018 and now get requests on a daily basis."

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