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.”