Creepy pictures of abandoned theme park closed a year after child fell from ride

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An urban explorer has taken pictures of a creepy abandoned theme park near Liverpool — and they look absolutely terrifying.

The medieval-themed amusement park Camelot near Chorley in Lancashire closed in 2012.

Now, new pictures show the remains of the theme park eight years on, including rusted rollercoaster cars and crumbling buildings.

The photos were shared on a Facebook group for urban explorers showing pictures of abandoned buildings.

One picture shows the boarded-up gates, complete with a castle-style portcullis.

Others show the mock-fortifications of the central buildings of the park.

The rusted remains of Knightmare, the largest rollercoaster at the park, can also be seen.

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A pile of rollercoaster cars lie stacked next to each other in a shack.

The sign for a Wimpy fast-food restaurant can also be seen.

Another torn-down sign advertises a ride called Smiffy's Dungeon of Doom.

Camelot opened in 1983 and covered a site of 140 acres.

It was built on the site of Martin Mere, formerly Englands largest lake, which was first drained in 1692.

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The lake was linked to the legend of King Arthur and was supposedly where Lancelot was abducted by a nymph Vivian.

According to the legend, she raised Lancelot at the bottom of the lake and when he went to King Arthur's court he was knighted as "Sir Lancelot of the Lake".

In the 1990s, it saw a downturn in visitors, falling to an average of around 500,000 a year by the middle of the decade.

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By 2005, that had plummeted to less than 340,000 and went into receivership in 2009.

After a buyer was found the park reopened in May 2009 but struggled for visitors.

In August 2011, disaster struck when a 12-year-old boy with special needs plunged 30ft from the Excalibur 2 ride.

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Luckily the boy didn't suffer life-threatening injuries and he was airlifted to Wigan Royal Infirmary.

The park finally closed its doors in November 2012, with the operator Knights Leisure blaming poor summer weather and events such as the London Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee for declining visitor numbers.

Some of the rides were sold but others, including Knightmare, remaining in the abandoned park.

The park has been damaged several times by arson and vandalism, and in February, the track for Knightmare was finally demolished.

It isn't clear what the future of the park will be, but numerous plans have been made to build houses on the site.

In the meantime, the creepy remains of a once-beloved British attraction will continue to crumble away.

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