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  1. way over due writing an actual report, got a back log of about 20 reports at the minute but just cant find the time or the internet speed for uploading to flickr, spend most the week working away on the most basic hotel wifi youve ever seen then when the weekend comes around im always off exploring, anwyays heres a little start with some good old south wales indursty took my mate lara whos wanted to come exploring for a while, was a good day but i reckon we only saw about 2/3rds as we had other stuff on the list to tick off, definitely want to come back here in the summer when the foliage is in full bloom bit of coffee and paste histoire 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. It would seem now, work has begun to reclaim the land, so perhaps this magnificent example of commanding industry and stark, utilitarian achitecture won’t be around for much longer. thanks kids ttake it sleazy!!
  2. Explored with -Raz- Bit of background; Coke has been produced on this site for 130 years, with the current works being the last independent coke works in the country until it was bought by Hargreaves (Norec) in 2005. It is estimated that the plant produces 11 megawatts of energy, for the less savyy that is enough energy from gas to power itself and 1,000 homes on top of that. It was also ranked one of Europe’s leading coke product producers. When the plant closed in December 2014 it sparked the end of the coal industry in Barnsley, an industry that at one time provided 50% of the jobs for males in the area. The plant is currently awaiting decommission as of this report date. The Explore; After a previous visit which was short lived and ended in "eyup flower tha nos tha shunt be on ere" we figured it might be a good time to make the return visit. Starting off the night terribly with not one but 2 locations that denied us access we set off for the Coke works on our way home. Once inside the perimeter we play the stealth game avoiding cameras so as not to alert the secca to our position and made our way steadily to the other side of the site where we found a control room full of buttons and cool looking pipes; Apon leaving the controls behind we headed over to the head gear and attemped to climb it but as we were doing it the security rumbled us and made the point that we werent wearing PPE. As an after thought we should noted to him that Hi-Vis jackets and nightime stealth dont particularly go hand in hand. So again i didnt see the whole site... Revisit is very much needed!! If you made it this far, thanks for reading
  3. Short Video from last month, lots to see here
  4. Bobbed in here on the way home after a epic day in south yorkshire
  5. After a visit in the dark a while back me and Fat Panda headed over after work for a look in the daylight a couple times this week and the place is awesome! Ace having a playground like this so local to me! Cheers for looking
  6. Gonna keep this short as im using the on screen keyboard but posted a report here a while back and we finally got to go in the light. visited with Raz Enjoy
  7. Cwm Coke Cokeworks, Beddlau, South Wales – March 2015 Wow, this is one I have wanted to do for years and finally I got to see it. Me and Southside Assassin loaded up the car and headed off for a mixed weekend away in Wales. After taking a wrong turn and ending 20 miles too far from the location, we headed in the RIGHT direction and arrived on site mid morning. The site is huge and we also met up with Hamtagger and Geoff later on. Got some amazing photos and videos here and thought we would try our luck on the elevators. I would try this on a more still day and obviously tread carefully as you ascend, looking at any movements. They seemed pretty solid on our visit. The trip was sadly cut short when one of our groups was spotted while snapping an external, meaning we covered the whole site but not the main room that we had saved till last  A brief paragraph about Coke from wiki: History Borrowed and Adjusted from H1971’s 2013 report on 28 days Dating back as far as 1909; when the Great Western Colliery Co. began sinking pits to provide steam coals for the Great Western Railway. By 1914 coal was being produced on the Colliery, all of which came from two shafts named Magaret and Mildred, which were over 750 yards deep. In 1928 Powell Duffryn Associated Colleries ltd took over the colliery which employed approximately 1000 men and continued production under this name until 1947; at which point, The National Coal Board was established to run the nationalised coal mining industry in Britain. Between the years 1952 and 1960 the colliery underwent an extensive £9 million reconstruction scheme which included linking CWM to Coedely Tonyrefail. By the 1970s around 1,500 men were producing 515,000 tons of coke on a yearly basis at CWM until the privatisation of the National Coal Board in 1986. The Colliery ceased production in 1986 although there were an estimated 80 million tonnes of coal seams and reserves still there which were never mined. CWM Coke was designed to centralise and maintain the production of South Wales foundry coke. The coal mined at CWM was suitable for foundry coke given its low sulphur content The coke works continued to run after the colliery’s 1986 closure and ceased production in June of 2002. The MASSIVE site has sat rotting ever since. In true Landie Style I have SMASHED the 10 photo thing, I usually allow myself to creep up to 13 or so, but this site took my breath away. The decay just makes it, its amazing here. And hey we all have fast connections these days right? #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20 #21 #-VIDEO- Climbing the Elevators https://youtu.be/wJT2haGI0_U Thanks again guys :-) More (If you want!!) At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157651326002345/
  8. CWM Cokeworks, Beddau The Explore After spending most of the night in Talgarth, Session9 and myself set off further south in search of some coke We’ve now been awake for around 30 hours, multiple cans of Monster have already been consumed to help with the drive down. Arrived at midday-ish, made our access and met up with Southside UE and Landie Man. Good to catch up with you Dan and nice to meet you Harry We spent a few hours sampling the industrial decay of this massive site, including the sphincter-twitching ascent up the side-less walkways to the main “pulveriser†until our visit was cut short by a security guard with a mahooosive alsatian. The initial attempt at hiding and the bust itself was all captured in 1080p from Southsides and LM’s Go-pro’s, and i can’t wait to see the footage. All in all a cracking day out with top company. I think we pretty much only scratched the surface of this place but i hope you enjoy the pics anyway. The History This huge abandoned site was constructed in 1958 following the establishment of local mines and collieries in the previous 100 years. The majority of the low sulphur high quality coal which was mined at the nearby CWM colliery was processed here producing high grade coke suitable for foundry use. The colliery was closed in 1986 but the coke works continued to function until 2002 when the doors were closed for the final time. The site is to be transformed in a major regeneration programme after developers secured outline planning approval. The project will see the demolition of Cwm Coking works and over £17million worth of site remediation. There will also be landscape restoration, the development of up to 851 homes, a primary school, sports facilities and further public open space. The Pictures 1. A few externals... 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Face Heat-Shield.. 8. 9. Pampers Donned, time for the climb.. 10. 11,12. Externals of the rusty bullet hole-twitcher... 13. View from the top.. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. As always, thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  9. Visited today with Raz had a great time and a few close calls with the secca. I was suprsed to see that this wasnt on here already and only found a couple of reports on 28DL. anyway enough of my crap Enjoy Thanks guys
  10. Cwm Coke is one of those enigmatic places I had been looking at photos of long before I got into active exploring, one of the places I had always wanted to see but never thought I would...until today! On the drive up my imagined lovely sunny early morning wander round the site wasn't looking too promising as clouds had gathered, but it wasn't until we were in the process of parking up outside that the heavens opened, total sods law eh! So it turned into a bit of a damp explore, sheltering in the buildings between the bursts of heavy rain. Didn't see a peep all explore which is probably good having heard bad stories about the 'security' there in the past... It's been done so many times before and everyone knows the gist of the place so here are some photos. I went a bit snap happy but the slightly busted autofocus on my 10-20 put paid to some of the shots, it'll be being sent off for repairs next week as I can't keep on losing good shots because of the damage it sustained last year! I make no apology for the amount of photos in this thread! More here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157645377832776/
  11. UK Cwm Coke, Beddau, May 2014

    I went here at the beginning of the year and hated the place, I was meant to have gone with my nephew but he had to pull out, so I went on my own. The place is so intimidating after a hour I just had to get out of the place and said I wouldn't go back. I had a message from barracuda asking if I wanted to go somewhere one day, also a newbie said that he wanted to go down there as he didn't manage to get in last time. So a date was set and yesterday at 7am we met up just outside. The old entry point has now been well secured so it was the same place I managed to get in last time, but it can be a little on the wet side. Its still intimidating but with a could of good fellas with me it wasn't so bad. In the end we spent over 4 hours in there and still didn't cover half of the place so another visit might be in order. We did start to climb on of the conveyer towers only to find the walkway was rotten so we carefully made our way back down. All in all even if the place is so dirty and imposing it well worth a look. I took over 200 photos but cut them down to less than 170 which can be found here https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/sets/72157644532327007/ Cheers barracuda
  12. Been to this well-known Coking Plant loads of times over the years. Here are some of my favourite pics... Max
  13. well i thought id go and see what all the fuss was about and set off early in the morning to find the beast that is cwm coke. im still blown away by the size of the place if im honest. there cant be that many places around quit like it. to date i would say it was the best 6 hours of urban exploring i have had. anyway, i wont say anything about the history as im pretty sure everyone knows it and to be honest i dont know a lot about the place other than its amazing.. hope you enjoy the photos
  14. This was my first port of call for the day, my nephew was going to come with me for the day but was unable too. This place is not really one for a solo visit but as I wanted to go there I just went on my own. I did try last August but failed to get in, so a couple of members gave me the entry points with the first a easy one. I got there just before 8 and made my way to the easy point, NEW FENCE FITTED so off the look for the other one. I don't know if it was the point or not but it was like a river there so it was a ankle deep wade and a very close soaking both getting in and out. My brother inlaw worked here until the end and I went down there once to pick up some stuff, I have always wanted to go back and have a look, but from the time I got there I did not feel at ease with the place and after I hour I just wanted out and go to my next stop I had planned. I am not entirely happy with the photos (Which I used my fisheye lens) but I just recon it was just the place, as the next two places they came out quite good. I know one thing for sure, I don't think I will be going back full set as normal here http://www.flickr.com/photos/100221036@N06/sets/72157640157965274/ That's all Folks
  15. Visited on a very rainy afternoon with Voorhees. Really wasn't expecting the huge scale of this place! CWM coke works opened in 1958 in the coal producing town of Beddau. The coke works would process the majority of the hundreds of thousand of tons of high quality, low sulphur coal produced per year, into high grade coke, suitable for foundry use. The coke works was closed in 2002 and has been abandoned since. Thanks for Looking
  16. Evening all, My third visit to this place which is not that far away from me in South Wales. Wasn't really going for myself but two long time explorer non members of this forum, one of which has been caught here twice in quick succession going back a few years before security got a bit slack. As with a lot of revisits, the challenge is to find something new or a different viewpoint to photograph and maybe change lenses. As per the first and second times, security was non existant and knowing most of the site like the back of my hand, took the guys to the areas I was familiar with and also starting at the bottom and working the way up through. The site was extremely overgrown and a lot of stomping down of brambles and weeds had to be done, some of the paths and especially the steps you couldn't even see and were wet with moss and slippery too. But going on some of the areas I found, especially across the top of the coke ovens, the revisit was definately worth it - Especially considering the weather was great too. A bit of history (Found following a Google search) There was originally a colliery named "Cwm Colliery" at this site in Beddau, just south of Pontypridd in Rhondda Cynon Taf, that was sunk in 1909. No coal was actually extracted until 1914, however, and then it came from two shafts, Margaret and Mildred which were over 750 yards deep. In 1928 the colliery was taken over by Powell Duffryn Associated Collieries Limited, and at this point it employed over 1000 men. It operated under their name until 1948 when the National Coal Board (NCB) was established to manage the nationalized coal industry in the UK. The NCB updated the colliery in a massive £9 million redevelopment between 1952 and 1960. This included connection Cwm (pronounced "Coomb") to Coedely Tonyrefail, and of course building a massive Coke works, Cwm Coke. In the 70s, the coke works alone employed 1,500 men and produced some 515,000 tonnes of coke each year. It continued to do so until 1986, when the NCB was privatized. The colliery ceased production at this point, but the coke works were bought buy CPL Industries and continued producing coke right up until 2002. It would have remained open had it not been for the fact it was extremely outdated, in desperate need of modernization and no one was willing to invest in new technologies. On with some photos. Thanks for looking in.
  17. History borrowed: Cwm Coke’s origins lie with the Great Western Railway and it’s insatiable hunger for coal. The GWR sunk pits at the Cwm site in 1909 as well as in other areas of the Rhondda, but Cwm didn’t become known for it’s coke until 1958 when the coking ovens and associated plant for producing coke and refining the by-products of the coking process were installed. During this time the existing colliery site saw a £9 million investment, by the 1970′s the two pits ‘Margaret’ and ‘Mildred’ and the coking plant were the workplace of 1,500 men this combined effort produced 515,000 tons of coke per annum. The colliery continued production of coal right up until privatisation of the National Coal Board in 1986. The coking plant remained in use until 2002 producing the low sulfur coke that the foundries of Port Talbot required. No sign of the man and his doggy, must of got lucky. Rather enjoyed the weekend anyway with da bois and gurls
  18. Explored with Therealindianajones, Tommo, Klempner69 and Marlon Was a great day exploring with great people, Had loads of laughs and outrageous banter, and thanks to the good old welsh weather we also got very very wet
  19. Hi guys, A few of the photos below are from 2 x 8 hours explores that coincided with weekends of Welsh sport so guard and dog was non existant!! This place is a huge abandoned coke works that is just standing there and is likely to be left in the same way for a long time as its massive! Also very atmospheric to walk around while checking around corners If anyone wants to come down to sunny South Wales for this place, then let me know. Some from October 2011 - visited with one of the crew. I feel that looking back, a lot of my earlier UE photos were overprocessed but somethings change over time. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 Some from February - 2012 #8 #9 #11 #12 #13 #14 Thanks for looking in.
  20. This was the last port of call on our 2 day trip to Wales.After a less than sound nights sleep in the car which in my opinion was worse than sleeping at Pool Park the night before we headed in not long after the sun had started coming up ,which would explain some of the shots!Really liked this place and even tho we missed a fewrooms with pipes and gauges as tbh 2 nights sod all sleep and clambering around the walkways in hot sunshine we had had enough and packed up. Relaxed explore in a great location if you like flaky paint ,rust and big hunks of machinery left around. visited with SpaceInvader and Obscurity while St0rm caught up on some sleep back at the car.. Borrowed history On with some pics...
  21. Awesome! Decaying rusty metal - Check! Chimmny - Check! Office full of paper work - Check! Machinery still in situ - Check! That explore has everything! Cheers for posting it Maniac.
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