A huge industrial site in Derbyshire. Wandered around for an entire afternoon and still didn’t cover half of it, fascinating industrial buildings old and new on a massive scale! Big thanks to Speed for being our tour guide on this one, Here’s some history: ‘British Celanese was a chemical company based in England. Formed in 1916, it survived as an independent company until 1957 when it became a subsidiary of Courtaulds. The origins of the company lie with two brothers, Henri and Camille Dreyfus. In 1912 they set up “Cellonit Gesellschaft Dreyfus and Co” in Basel, Switzerland. In 1916 the brothers were invited to live in Britain by the British Government, to produce their recently developed cellulose acetate dope for the war effort; the canvas skins of aircraft of the time were sealed and made taut with nitrocellulose dope, which was easily ignited by bullets. They developed the necessary plant and “British Cellulose and Chemical Manufacturing Co” was registered on March 18, 1916. The British Government patented the process developed by Henri Dreyfus, which lowered the costs of acetic anhydride production, an important reagent in the production of cellulose acetate. At the end of World War I, the British Government cancelled all contracts and the company changed to produce acetate fibres. In 1923 the company name was changed to British Celanese Ltd, a contraction of cellulose and ease. Softer and stronger, as well as being cheaper to produce than other fabrics used at the time such as satin [...]
One of the first explores we ever published on this website was ROF Featherstone back in January of 2010, here it is http://www.ukurbex.co.uk/featherstone-rof-staffordshire/ and personally it was one of the first places I ever visited, back when I got my first car in 2007. We took a trip back to see how it had changed in the last 4 years. “Royal Ordnance Factory Featherstone was filling factory No.17, covering just over 64 hectares, the factory used to specialise in filling various munitions, including, Bombs, Shells, Smoke and Cartridges. It served a major role in WWII but since then has remained derelict, at some point BAE Systems took over the site and kept the majority of the buildings but sold off 13 hectares to HMP Service who have now constructed a prison on the remains of certain parts of the site. At present the remaining site is up for disposal and planning permission has been sought to transform the site into a housing estate.”
An 18th Century Grotto in the former grounds of a British manor house. The entrance to the cavern is through a maze of arched passages leading to a square anti-chamber carved out of solid rock, at the far end is a concave recess with a pedistal resembeling a Roman altar. Another passage leads to a round chamber with a domed roof and classical pillars carved into the wall. Local legend has it that it was built by the family of the hall as a hiding place for one of its members who was a murderer. Others say it was used for secret pagan rituals or some diabolical cult. The reasons for the use of this temple still mystify archaeologists to this day.
Been stopping off at this post when passing for the last few years, but today was our lucky day! Someone had left the latch off and we where in. Deffinatly one of the best posts iv seen in recent years. “Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Posts are underground structures all over the United Kingdom, constructed as a result of the Corps’ nuclear reporting role and operated by volunteers during the Cold War between 1955 and 1991. In all but a very few instances the posts were built to a standard design consisting of a 14-foot-deep access shaft, a toilet/store and a monitoring room. The most unusual post was the non-standard one constructed in a cellar within Windsor Castle. A third of the total number of posts were closed in 1968 during a reorganisation and major contraction of the ROC. Several others closed over the next 40 years as a result of structural difficulties i.e. persistent flooding, or regular vandalism. The remainder of the posts were closed in 1991 when the majority of the ROC was stood down following the break-up of the Communist Bloc. Many have been demolished or adapted to other uses but the majority still exist, although in a derelict condition.”
Growing up in and around Lichfield this has always been a strong landmark in the City. Since my younger days I have always wondered what it might house. We have made several attempts at this place over the years but today after hearing a rumor of possible access we finally found our entrance. Heres the history: “The oldest pumping station site belonging to South Staffs water, having once formed part of the original scheme implemented by the Company, shortly after its’ formation. Under the South Staffordshire Waterworks Company Act 1853, the Company was authorised to provide a more ample supply of pure and wholesome water to Lichfield, Walsall and other towns in the Black Country area. OWard the Earl of Dudley, on the 26th October 1858. The original pumping plant was designed and erected under the supervision of the Company’s first engineer and originator, John Robinson McClean MP a well known engineer and railway contractor. The original buildings (demolished in 1966) were designed and erected by Branson and Gwyther (Birmingham). Originally the pumping plant installed in 1858, comprised two (Nr.1 and Nr.2) double acting expansion and condensing, single cylinder beam engines, buily by James Watt & Company (Birmingham). The two engines were connected by a common crankshaft to a single flywheel positioned between them. Foundations for a similar, but independent Nr.3 engine, were laid at the same time as those for Nr.1 and Nr.2 engines. The Nr.3 engine was installed in 1866. Each engine developed 120 HP at 9RPM and hada capacity [...]
Closed in 2007 this place has had a good going over by the local scrappers, still some very nice features dotted around but a real shame the amount of destruction and vandalism this place has had. Recently extensively tagged by graffiti artist Binty Bint. “In the early part of the 20th century, the British government showed considerable interest in developing a series of powerful radio transmitters that would join the British Empire together via radio links. Some of this work was completed by the Marconi company but the government decided to build its own Post Office-run communication station to avoid being reliant on Marconi. Hillmorton, near Rugby, along with Leafield in Oxfordshire, were chosen as excellent sites for transmitting….. …During World War II many of Rugby’s transmitters were used by the armed forces…. At the end of the war the station was reconverted to cope with the rapidly increasing demand for overseas telephone circuits and it was soon found that the demand for those circuits was outstripping the available plant. Accordingly arrangements were made to purchase a further seven hundred acres of land adjoining the site and work was commenced on the construction of a new building to house twenty-eight transmitters of the most modern type. The new station, probably the biggest ever built as a single project, was well in advance of any other in existence at that time in technique and in the extent to which it economised in manpower. The new station or (“B” Building) was put [...]
A large house in Norfolk, previously referred to by several different names, but considering the recent theft of the many antique sewing machines from the property we have decided to rename it. A very spooky feeling to this house, still filled with the furniture, possessions & nik nacks the owners accumulated through their life.
Stumbled across this old farm house, practically in my back garden. After moving house to a more leafy part of Staffordshire, i was very surprised to find an explore on my door step.
4 Years after our last visit to Denbigh [See it Here] we go back to see how the old girl has fared up after the ‘Emergency Repair Works’ carried out by the local council. We where greeted with a sad sight, the main admin block is just a shell (literally) of it former self, walls and floors ripped out and a tin roof replacement have seen the building loose all of its former charterer. As for the rest of this huge hospital, left to decay further, the amount of damage to the remaining buildings makes you wonder if these are even worth saving anymore. What a shame that the owners have let it get to this state, and what a further shame that the local council weren’t a little more sympathetic with their repairs of a building that was once, full of history.
An abandoned graveyard, untended for many years. some graves have become so unsound they have collapsed revealing the brick lined crypts below, giving the impression the dead themselves have risen and forced open the ground. Very creepy feeling in this place.
“Only the soaring tower is seen from afar. Yet to approach it and enter its windowless hulk is a powerful architectural experience. It stands high on a shoulder above the road, from which a long flight of steps wanders up to the towering front. The building was reported in 1958 to be suffering from severe subsidence and structural defects, which the substitution of flat concrete roofs failed to cure. It was closed c. 1980″
“Cwm coke works is a large site just north of Beddau in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Up until the mid 1800′s Beddau was a small collection of farmsteads at the conjunction of four crossroads. (Incidentally, Beddau, which means ‘graves’, may be a shortening of Croesheol y Beddau, ‘crossroads of the graves’, as it is marked on an ordnance survey map circa. 1833. Criminals were often hanged as crossroads as an example to others…). In the 1860′s coal pits were sunk around Beddau, and the town grew at a steady rate until 1909, which saw the opening of Cwm colliery. As the industry moved in, Beddau grew quickly, and in 1958 Cwm coke works opened, furthering the expansion. At its peak, Cwm colliery was producing hundreds of thousand of tons of high quality, low sulphur coal per year. Much of this was processed at Cwm coke works, into high-grade coke suitable for foundry use. The National Coal Board closed the colliery in 1986, and Cwm Coke works in 2002, leaving yet another small Welsh town deprived and forgotten.”