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  1. There has been a good few reports on Clockhouse Brickworks over the last couple years, however none since they put up the new fence and filled in a lot of the access points. This didn't stop me and Brewtal however, as we ninja'd our way inside. That said, it was by far the hardest access I've ever found, full credit to the people who sealed this place up as they did a top job. We had been planning this explore for a little while now, including drone photography and scouting trips, so it was satisfying to say the least when the plan came together at the end. I visited here back in early 2015, so its was interesting to see what had changed and how much is still intact. It's sad to say that it has been well trashed and vandalised since the last visit. The last 18 months have not been kind to Clockhouse, which might be why they have erected a big fence around it. It certainly seems be a magnet for undesirables who want to steal copper and lead etc. This said, it's still remarkable how much machinery and tooling is still left, despite years of decay. I actually used to know someone who was an ex-employee here who told me a little about it. He said that shortly before it closed they had spent vast amounts of money on a new piece equipment/machinery, all of which went to complete waste. Not sure whether its true or not, but he claimed that due to the requirement to comply with new Health and safety standards, it worked out to be more expensive to bring the site up to scratch, than it was to close it and start from scratch elsewhere. I'd imagine in reality this was one of a few factors that lead to it's closure. It's pretty sad because he said he really enjoyed working there. History 'The Clock House Brick Company Ltd was founded c.1933 to exploit a rich deposit of high-quality Weald Clay to the south of the Surrey village of Capel. The outbreak of war in 1939 was bad news for brickmaking, as housebuilding effectively ceased and the workforce was swallowed up by conscription. Although there was some demand for bricks to be used in military engineering projects, there was little use for the high-grade ceramic blocks made at Clock House. By 1941, the Company was in liquidation and sold the majority of its share capital to the London Brick Company (LBC) to avoid closing the works. In 1945, the Company was wound up for good and the works were acquired by the LBC. Under LBC, production was substantially increased to meet demand from the recovering housing market and in the 1960s the factory was rebuilt to accommodate more efficient production methods. London Brick was acquired by Hanson PLC in 1984 the works was refitted shortly afterwards to produce multi stock bricks under the Butterley and Capel brand names. In 1998, Clockhouse Bricks were used by three major exhibitors in that year's Ideal Home Show and by 2000, Clock House was be Hanson’s main soft mud production site, making around 42 million bricks per year. The global financial crisis of 2008 hit the building materials industry hard, however: a sudden slump in housing prices meant that house-building ground almost to a halt and demand for bricks plummeted. In March 2009, Hanson announced a 'phased closure programme' which began later that month and led to the loss of 61 jobs. Hanson have since indicated that there is no intention to re-activate the brickworks or extract clay from the adjacent pits. Since closure, Clock House Brickworks has been in limbo, slowly being stripped of anything valuable while a lengthy audit determines the planning conditions surrounding re-use of the site. Plans for an incinerator ('energy from waste facility') on the site, bitterly opposed by local residents, were thrown out by a High Court Judgment in 2009 and the future of the site is now uncertain.' (The Derelict Miscellany :: Clock House Brickworks) The Explore As previously mentioned, they have erected a 6ft palisade fence all the way around the site. Getting past this was surprisingly easy, getting inside the building was not. We sneaked round the outside of the building look for ways in. We saw one potential one, but it seemed tricky. After ruling out every other option(not that we had many others) we decided to give it a go. It took a couple of goes but we managed it just about. We were in! It's almost overwhelming to see the vast array of machinery, walkways and control panels. It's hard to know where to even start at photographing it. Getting out proved to both easier but more painful. I managed to slip and ended up with a nice big bruise an inch below the nipple. It certainly got Brewtal worried. Exploring is dangerous kids. Drone Shots Interior Shots The Drying oven The Tool room. There used to be a big pillar drill in here, but that has disappeared. The press for the bricks. The chair shot, of course. The maintenance room has been trashed. Lol. Thanks for reading and happy Christmas!
  2. Stewartby brickworks was home to the world’s biggest kiln and produced 18 million bricks at the height of production. BJ Forder & Son opened the first brickworks in Wootton Pillinge in 1897. Wootton Pillinge was renamed Stewartby in 1937 in recognition of the Stewart family who had been instrumental in developing the brickworks. The firm became London Brick Company and Forders Limited in 1926, and shortened to London Brick Company in 1936. At the height of the industry’s production there were 167 brick chimneys in the Marston Vale. In the 1970s Bedfordshire produced 20% of England’s bricks. At its peak London Brick Company had its own ambulance and fire crews, a horticultural department and a photographic department, as well as its own swimming pool inside the factory, and ran a number of sports clubs. More than £1 million was spent on Stewartby Brickworks in 2005-7 in an attempt to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions. I stole that ^^^ Anyway, I grew up in a little town about 10 miles South of Stewartby and had seen this place many times during its operational days. Driving past on our usual Saturday night jaunt to the Sanctuary in Milton Keynes when I was a bit younger I might add, you could see the chimneys billowing smoke as we passed. Always busy with traffic and people and yet now not a soul. This was more of a wander for me than an explore, I was so busy remembering images in my head of those days that I didn't actually take many pics. Never mind, I got a few. Very leisurely, no one on site at all and I was on a proper high after doing the windtunnels earlier on I really didn't care for much LOL. Anyway, pics! That locally famous chimney Oh how we all love a bit of palisade...but...I didnt lose a finger The other way Inside one of the warehouses Probably the best pic I took allday haha, it's own train line Inside the brickworks The back side where the bricks were born Perfect brick sized podlets No idea what this was for but I couldn't help but imagine after reminiscing my Sanctuary days what an awesome place this would make for a rave, minus the pigeon shit! More brick babies were born here Oooooohhhh, a hook! Some peely paint Cheers for looking!
  3. Nestled in Stewartby, Bedfordshire, around 51 miles from Central London is this former brick making factory. The factory was situated in the area as that was where the best clay was, and a huge communal workforce lived right next to the factory in purpose built homes. A bit of History here which has been borrowed A nice explore here. A bit trashed in places but good for its year of closure and a lot to see. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 [ #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20 Sorry about the picture count. More at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650669534436
  4. Finally got round to taking a look at my pictures from earlier this year.. The explore: Visited with K1N5M4N and ZombieFart on a freezing January morning after I managed to get the wrong meeting spot - of the two same road names on my satnav I managed to chose the wrong one! Anyway, after a bit of a walk and wet feet from a comical log in puddle circus trick, we were on the site and trying to find our entrance. After a bit of mooch we found our way in having scared the pigeons away. I am amazed this place is still as complete as it is having been closed for a while now. Very little graff too, although the half arsed attempt of a security dummy / scarecrow had been overcome - someone had knocked him off his perch. A bit of history (which I'm sure is familiar to most on here): This place sits on a rich deposit of high-quality Weald Clay and when it was found by some intrepid explorer (!) it was shamelessly exploited by the Clock House Brick Company which was founded around 1933. After a few hiccups during and following the war (something about lack of man power - who'd have thought it) the company was sold to the London Brick Company and in 1984 it was acquired by Hanson. The site was again at the wrong end of things when the bottom fell out of the construction market in about 2008 since when its been left idle. With a bit of spit and polish and a good sweep up it looks like it could be up and running again. But then again what do I know! Anyway on with the pics: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 Thanks for looking
  5. Been very busy of late so not had a great deal of time to spend on Photography/UE but managed to get a quick trip down to Clockhouse Brickworks so thought I'd share a few shots of this place. It was great to get out again for a look around some old industry. The old workshops were definitely a highlight of this location
  6. This place has been done a few times lately, so I won't bore you with it's history. Great explore and great day out with Starlight, Baldrickthecunning, and two non members, Shaun and Gosia. Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  7. This was a nice way to kick off 2014 indeed, a return to my favourite industrial explore of last year this time with Landie Man and PCWOX in tow. Sad to see already the place is deteriorating more, I think all the storms took their toll on the roof as a lot more of the skylights are now broken meaning water is dripping down inside in numerous places which isn't great. A nice relaxed wander to begin the year with so all was good, I was trying to find new angles for photos and then realised I overlooked a simply brilliant side room last year with an awesome oldschool workshop complete with everything still inside. Winner!! On with some photos. Sorry for photo overload once again, I love this place. More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157639695625003/
  8. UK CH Brickworks Nov '13

    Photo heavy!! Nestled in deepest darkest southern England lies this abandoned Brickworks, sitting dormant since 2009. I saw this pop up a couple of years back and it was absolutely spotless, however in the following two years it's got slightly more decayed (just how I like them) but nonetheless considering how long it's been empty it's remarkably well preserved, I reckon most of the machinery that hasn't been interfered with would start right up again given a little bit of work. I'm amazed that not more people have done this place given how awesome it is inside, it's right up there with my favourite industrial sites I've done. Anyway enough rambling, on with some photos. No externals as it really isn't at all interesting from the outside. All that changes once you're inside though, I myself was running around like a kid in a candy store. More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157637732230284/ So after 3 months of doing naff all I can safely say I'm back with a bang!
  9. Work has begun to transform a former brickworks into a new housing and industrial development. The Hammill Park site near Sandwich will become 19 homes and 24 light industrial units. http://www.kentonline.co.uk/east_kent_mercury/news/old-brickworks-to-be-transformed-8845/
  10. UK Allen brickworks sep 2013

    Allen brickworks. Glazed brick manufacturers established by Henry Victor Allen (1887-1960), when he took over the Halifax Glazed Brickworks in 1905 in the Walterclough Valley. He converted the works to manufacture refractory bricks (glazed bricks able to withstand high temperatures, generally used to line kilns, furnaces and fireplaces etc). Their Selfrac bricks were world famous.
  11. The site of the former Hepworth's refractory works was purchased by the house building company, Bovis Homes Group who intended to build 500 homes on the site in plans released in 2006. However the plans have met stiff opposition from the Loxley Valley Protection Society, the Loxley Valley Design Group, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and Bradfield Parish Council. Bovis have not received permission to go ahead with the development and as of 2009 the site is still a derelict industrial site........ISH. Industry came to the Loxley area in the middle of the 17th century when the first mills were set up on the fast flowing River Loxley as small pocket businesses. Steel and iron forging and rolling mills were established and became the main manufacturing processes with the Loxley Steel Works, the Green Wheel Steel Works, the Little Matlock Rolling Mill and the Olive Rolling Mill all becoming established industries by the river. Many of the mill ponds associated with these mills are still present on the river and provide a haven for fish and wildlife. During the 1800s the Loxley Valley became an important producer of refractory bricks for the expanding Sheffield steel industry. The bricks were used to line the furnaces and were made from ganister, a sort of sandstone which was prevalent in the Loxley area. Many ganister mines existed in the area supplying the local firms of Thomas Wragg, Siddons Bros., Hepworths and Thomas Marshall which sprang up in the district and produced the bricks. Refractory production ceased in the area in the 1990s. Even though as this says they dont have permision they still have gone ahead and demolished parts other areas ruined by fire, and unfortunately i only got this area as the security has dogs and was present ha! aparantly there are some infra red alarms there i didnt see anything so maybe its just a lie i dunno. there are few places i missed didnt have long unfortunately, if im passing may revisit but in no hurry.
  12. allen brickworks

    we visited here numerous times around june 2013. no security, fences or anything pretty much allowed to walk about. theres not much history i can find about this place other than. it was a glazed brick manufacturers started by a henry victor allen in 1905 in the waterclough valley hipperholme. he converted the works to manufacture red bricks (with ALLEN wrote on them) they made the bricks to withstand high temperatures, you might find them in fireplaces, kilns and furnaces all around. its a pretty big complex here and ive wandered around it a few times night and day. on one occasion i spoke to a local walking his dog he said there was a speedway track in the surrounding area at one point but i havent found anything to back that up or seen anything unfortunately. <span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><font color="#000000">
  13. Not gonna go into detail on this place, located just outside Eastry in Kent, closed down in 2008 and has been abandoned ever since. Visited with a friend, quite a relaxed wander around. Hope you enjoy!
  14. First proper proper report visited at night with mrbeardo and badbatz History: The company who used this place was ‘Wilkinsons of Elland’, started by Samuel Wilkinson and his sons Fred and Arthur were managers. In 1983 the company was taken over by Butterly Bricks and the site closed in 1985. The quarry is now used as a land fill site and some storage of clay for ‘W.T.Knowles’ The remainder of the site looks like this.
  15. Hammill brickworks operated near eastry kent since it opened in 1927 80 yrs working on the site , untill the down fall of the industry forced its closure in 2008 , over the years many new buildings have been added to the site , after nearly 5 yrs of closure the place is lookin worse for wear due to pikeys taking the petrol pump ect , hammill is still currently waiting for a buyer .
  16. Thanks to SpaceInvader for the shout on this! Visited with SpaceInvader,Urbanginger,Obscurity and Fortknox0 No dramas just a relaxed wander about Hammill Brick Ltd operated from a site at Hammill, near Eastry, for over 80 years until the downturn in the building industry forced their eventual closure in 2008. The brickworks was built mainly on the site of the old Woodnesborough Colliery, and utilised some of the buildings there, although there have been newer structures added to the site over the years. Currently standing almost derelict and seeking a buyer, some areas of the site look as if they were abandoned almost yesterday! The largest brickworks in Dover district was undoubtedly at Hammill 1.7km north west of Eastry. Hammill brickworks is sited on the former Woodnesborough Colliery site. Works at the site started in 1910 but the colliery operation never progressed beyond the sinking of two test shafts and the construction of surface buildings including an engine house, workshops and a chimney. In 1923, after the First World War, the mine was sold to Pearson & Dorman Long, owners of Betteshanger Colliery. In due course the site was sold on to the Hammill Brick Co. who built a brickworks on the site using some of the old colliery buildings and working clay extracted from a nearby clay seam within the Thanet Beds geology The brickworks opened in June 1927 and continued in operation until 2006. When the brickworks opened a two foot gauge line was built parallel to the standard gauge line and ran between the brickworks and a clay pit c. 500m to the north-east of the brickworks (another clay pit is indicated c. 800m to the north-west). Despite attempts to keep the site working the brickworks finally shut in 2008. On with the pics sorry theres 26 I think but in my defence I took shit loads and I liked most of them so it could have been far more Pic heavy! sorry lotts Work will be going ahead for coversion and houses so it seems get there uick
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