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  1. Marconi

    For those of you that are interested, here is a lengthy video showing the state of play at the once very enjoyable explore Sad to see it that way, and even more sad to see the newer building has been demolished i suppose you cant keep a building because of its stairs!
  2. The Marconi Radio Factory, Chelmsford This was a return visit after getting busted by plod in March after only 20 minutes. Back then we only touched the out buildings but had seen enough for it to be put on the back burner. With my new baby daughter expected within the week then I was under orders to stay near to home so I could hot foot it back if the "head appeared". Little did I know that I would be spending ten hours in a police cell and wouldn't walk through the front door until the early hours of the next morning The History Marconi's New Street factory was built in 1912 next to the Great Eastern Railway. A railway siding ran across New Street into the factory yard and brought materials in one end of the works and took finished radio equipment out of the other. At the South end of the building two huge aerial masts once stood, the 450ft (137m) high "Marconi Poles" formed Chelmsfords most prominent landmark. During the Second World War the Marconi Company employed more than 6,000 people in Chelmsford. Producing vital military communications equipment, the New St factory became a target for bombing and was hit in May 1941 with a loss of 17 lives. In 1920, two years before the BBC was established, the New Street factory made history as the site of the first official British sound broadcasts including the famous concert by Dame Nellie Melba which was heard all over the world. Right, just to let you all know that the place is PIR'd up to the hilt, sec were on the way almost as soon a we entered and unfortunately we ended up here for nearly 11 hours
  3. The Marconi Radio Factory Visited with Skeleton Key, Priority 7 and Tstranger1066. This was the 2nd stop on our day trip to Chelmsford. The place looks absolutely fantastic, full of bits and bobs, but unfortunately after only 20 minutes we got nabbed by 4 really amicable members of Essex Plod and asked to leave the premises, so it's on the cards for a revisit The History Marconi's New Street factory was built in 1912 next to the Great Eastern Railway. A railway siding ran across New Street into the factory yard and brought materials in one end of the works and took finished radio equipment out of the other. At the South end of the building two huge aerial masts once stood, the 450ft (137m) high "Marconi Poles" formed Chelmsfords most prominent landmark. During the Second World War the Marconi Company employed more than 6,000 people in Chelmsford. Producing vital military communications equipment, the New St factory became a target for bombing and was hit in May 1941 with a loss of 17 lives. In 1920, two years before the BBC was established, the New Street factory made history as the site of the first official British sound broadcasts including the famous concert by Dame Nellie Melba which was heard all over the world. The workers entrance I learned everything I know about attenuation of radio signals and the impact and mitigation of ionospheric anomalies from this book, not to mention two-dimensional ionospheric tomography over low-latitude regions The Gang Thanks for looking
  4. I wanted to go here more for personal reasons than anything else. My mum grew up in Chelmsford, and she and her mum and a lot of their friends all worked for Marconi at different times. Well what can I say it sure is a mess - pikeys and graffiti artists have been at play here. Having said that if you move away from the factory floor areas and into the other areas, it's not actually too bad. It's totally stripped, hardly anything to show what it's purpose was which is a shame. Also it's huge - it really is a pretty big site, you don't realise until you're inside. There must be 4 very large factory floors, with several other large spaces as well as a 5 story high admin block, which although very samey does get better as you go higher. Then there's the very oldest part right at the front. Visited on the spur of the moment with Obscurity and his misses - cheers for a good day people It has to be said, this bit's pretty bland Amazingly all the glass is intact, but the ceilings trashed. Old meets new There's a few bits left I love the roof of this building. Reception area was pretty good, shame it's no where near as neat as it was in earlier reports, but it could be worse. The main lobby of the oldest part. Although it was trashed in parts, I thought it was a pretty good - it would have been fantastic to have seen it in it's prime. Maniac.
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