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  1. Hardys and Hansons Brewery The Explore Visited with @Urbexbandoned. After checking out some other potential new sites in the area that day and having no luck with those, we found ourselves near here and decided to swing by and have a look. Was quite surprised to find that it still had quite a bit to be seen despite the fact that demolition seemed to be well under way, and a new housing development was slowly eating into another little piece of British brewing history rectangle monopoly house at a time. The History (Stolen) The Kimberley Brewery was established and operated by the brewer Hardys & Hansons, and has a heritage dating from 1832. It was, at the time of closure, the oldest independent brewery in Nottinghamshire. Samuel Robinson opened the first commercial brewery in Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, England, in a rented bake-house using water from the Alley Spring in what is now called Hardy Street. Stephen Hanson meanwhile built Hansons Limited on Brewery Street in 1847, also using water from the Alley Spring. William & Thomas Hardy were successful beer merchants from Heanor who bought Samuel Robinsons brewery in 1857. The brewery complex which remains today is largely based on the buildings erected by the Hardy brothers in 1861 when they moved out of the old bake-house. In the same year, Stephen Hanson died and his business was carried on by his wife Mary and son Robert. There was much friendly rivalry between the two brewing companies who proceeded to buy pubs throughout the area to supply with their own ales. Both breweries began to run short of water and so by mutual agreement the water from the local Holly Well spring was shared between them. Having been attracted by the supply of excellent brewing water from the Holly Well, both breweries thrived independently until 1930, when under increasing pressure from larger brewing companies, and from a lack of male successors to the Hardy's Brewery, the two companies combined. In 2006, The Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Brewery and all of its public houses were sold in a multi-million pound deal to Greene King brewery, who decided to end the brewing tradition in Kimberley in "a cost effective move" and then sell the Kimberley site. They moved the distribution centre to Eastwood and the continued brewing of a limited number of their beers moved to the main Greene King site at Bury St Edmunds. In December 2010 the site was bought by the Leicester-based Alif Group ahead of an auction due to take place; paying more than the auction guide price of £1.25million, the brewery site having originally been valued at the time of the sale to Greene King at £5 -6 millions. Alif Group are a bathroom wholesaler so it is likely that the site will be used as a store for their products. The Pictures 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. As always, thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  2. Hi from Nottingham!

    Hi everyone! I just signed up this morning, on the recommendation of mrtoby, who tells me this is to place to be. I used to go exploring quite a bit in my younger days, then had a baby, and just getting into the swing of things again now she's fifteen months old. I work as a dog handler in an independent rescue centre. Off to try to work out this new forum-app thing now!! :S
  3. T'was a reet nice day out starting with Papplewick Pumping Station which is a reet nice Victorian water pumping station the Engine House holds the original Twin beam Engines which are independent of each other one for pumping the water up from the 200 foot deep well and the other to pump this water to an underground Reservoir again Victorian built with magnificent arch ways, sadly to day this is no longer in use due to the failing of the Reservoir walls where large cracks can be seen from what is thought to be from Deep Coal Mining within the area. on with the pic's since my last few reports have been heavily steeped in history this one is light in comparison (there will be an in-depth historical write up on my blog later). A fountain within the grounds Victorian Craftsmanship at its best. Pressure clocks for one Engine. On the top floor the Twin Beams. Within the Boiler House lives 6 Lancashire Boilers 2 of which are full originals and the other 4 have had some form of work on them in the past. Time for the Victorian Reservoir. A controller gate valve which is controlled from above ground. There will be a full write up and more pictures and video's in my blog some time soon of the running Engines under steam power, if you want a link PM me on here.....Hope you liked the pic's
  4. NOTE: Dont get your hopes up about this place, its sealed up now The buildings were originally the site of the Beeston Brewery which was founded in 1896 and carried on production until 1922 when it was taken over by Shipstones & Sons and converted into maltings, which served the main brewerys in Nottingham. Beeston was the first pneumatic maltings in Britain. It was constructed in 1878, for Messrs Waite, Corbould and Faulkner of the Beeston Brewery Company. It was closely followed by one for Messrs Flowers and Sons at Stratford-upon-Avon, Two other pneumatic maltings on the same system were constructed shortly afterwards, firstly for Nimmo and Sons at the Castle Eden Brewery, County Durham, and then slightly later for Messrs Sedgwick and Co at Watford. Of these examples, the only building known to survive with at least its original shell is that at Beeston. Two other pneumatic maltings on the same system were constructed shortly afterwards, firstly for Nimmo and Sons at the Castle Eden Brewery, County Durham, and then slightly later for Messrs Sedgwick and Co at Watford. Of these examples, the only building known to survive with at least its original shell is that at Beeston. Unfortunately this traditional floor maltings, which supplied many of the country’s craft brewers, closed in 2000 for redevelopment as residential units. Visited with Raptor Jesus The remaining photo's not shown here can be viewed here: Maltings Thanks for looking RiF
  5. Hey all, heres me and Jesus's latest.. This is one of Nottinghams few remaining tanneries and the only other underground tannery. (The main one is featured in nottinghams city of caves attraction). Originally tunneled out of Sandstone it consists of a few rooms underneath a lace market house as part of the cellars. Then a long passageway with 3 rooms, one of which the tannery, at the far end. When speaking to the owner of this site I found out that this was actually an illegal tannery, and was operating without a permit or license (this was a good 200 years ago) and he actually found a newspaper article on it, stating the William Merrin had been fined. Some of the rooms were extremely photogenic, especially the chair graveyard (I will come on to this) but they were also extremely hard to get all of it into shot considering the confined space.. We also had great fun growling at people through the street level grate onto the pavement and watching their reactions On with the pics! The cellars... Door leading to Merrin's Tannery The bottle of, erm... STUFF!! Long passage Creepy Chair No1 Chair No2, looked a million years old and felt older, would literally disintegrate when touched. This was in the chair graveyard room, the whole room was filled with crumbling bits of wooden chairs. Jesus The tanning baths More cellars, which used to be for storage, still contained some amusing items.. Moi et un old skool phone FTW! A book on how to handle lovebirds, why not? The legendary street level grate, where Jesus practiced his "cave pigeon" impressions and I growled "thats where the tasty humans live" at passers by Vids to come... Thats all for now folks Shadow
  6. In the time after my recent fame in teh nooospaper of doom I received a rather interesting email. From the owner of a derelict factory stating that it was to be redeveloped and that he wanted some photos of it before it was changed forever. Now let me explain, that this is not a report, but only a recce, I cannot possibly show the true scale of this place from a single set of photos, its friggin huuuuuge, god knows how many floors, a unbeatable view over nottingham (as it is on top of a cliff) and most interestingly, a basement level full of machinery that is currently inaccessible, however the owner has agreed to let us abseil down to it through a large hole in the floor The purpose of this visit was to walk around the site with the owner and he could tell us some of the history and warn us of the unsafe bits to let us bring the right kit next time. These photos i took as snaps on the way round. On with the pics! The tower, there used to be a spiral staircase to the top Can't wait to go back
  7. Stupid bloody spur of the moment explores...Gotta love em. Whilst walking back from doing a quick site visit with a dodgy kodak compact from work, I spotted an open door, what good fortune Only got a few pics cos I was due back at work, should hopefully revisit soon, I hope the door is still open Peace, Out Shadow
  8. First report of the new year, and by gum was it worth it I'm sure some of you will recall the lengths at which I attempted to persuade my fellow Nottingham lad BravoZeRo to join me for climbing this. Not to be compared with the likes of that bloody show off Dsankt and his ridicules contribution regarding high stuff, this is a first for me... On with the pics, its basically a bridge over a railway cutting thats currently undergoing restoration. At teh bottom.. Me getting my climbing fix at last.. BravoZeRo touching the top of the arch Nearly at the top Up top Well worth the wait was great fun, can't wait to go back in the day
  9. Some photos I took today on the roofs of Nottingham, as well as some Architectural Photography from around Nottingham Mrs Shadow hehe (aka Shadette) Hope you like, Peace, Out. Shadow
  10. Awesome explore all round. Infiltration much? Had a couple of very close calls haha. Nottingham Forest play their home games at The City Ground, which has been their home, directly across the Trent from city rivals, Notts County, since 1898. Before they settled at The City Ground, which is located on the south bank of the Trent, they played at the Forest Recreation Ground, from which the team takes its name. The City Ground, Home of Nottingham Forest The four stands are: The Main Stand, the oldest stand in the ground. Capacity: 5,708. There were plans to rebuild this stand with a much larger capacity in order to raise the City Ground's capacity to 40,000 if the club regains a Premier League place. This was scrapped when the club planned to build a new stadium. The Trent End, the newest stand, built in 1994. Capacity: 7,500 The Bridgford End, the lower tier houses up to 5,151 away fans, while its total capacity is 7,710 The Brian Clough Stand, which was originally named the Executive Stand but has been renamed to honour Forest's former manager Brian Clough. It is the largest stand in the ground with a capacity of 10,000. The Capital One Corner, located in one corner of the ground between the Brian Clough and Bridgford stands. Before it was named Pinnacle Place, after the club's previous sponsors. The main noise comes from Capital One Corner and the Main Stand's "A" block The ground's combined capacity is 30,602. Right, on with the photos (theres quite a lot of them actually) Hope you like:) Shadow
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