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This huge site was a newspaper printers that I saw online had recently closed, so I decided to go for a drive to see what was left. Turns out it was still a live site (the offices) and they was getting the machines ready for sale or to be scrapped. I managed to talk my way into been given permission to take some shots of the place before it was emptied. I spent about 2 hours inside wandering about, which for me was awesome considering I dont get to do much in the way of industrial sites. There was quite a lot still to see and some big machines, some of what wasn't very old at all. A lot of jobs were lost which is always a shame, production got moved to another site in the end. More photos from here on my Flickr
mookster posted a topic in Industrial LocationsI remember this being one of the very first derelict sites I saw reported on aaaaages ago, and in actual fact I assumed it was long gone as there hadn't been any photos surfacing from it for a good few years until my mate popped up one day and said it was still there, so we hightailed it to High Wycombe. De La Rue Printers was established in 1821 by Thomas de la Rue in London. In 1855 it started producing stamps, and in 1860 production of banknotes began. In 1995 the company acquired Portals Limited who for nearly 300 years had been regarded as the leading banknote manufacturer in the world. In 1997 they acquired Harrison & Sons based in High Wycombe as this company had made significant inroads into De La Rue's own printing operations. In 2003 De La Rue acquired the printing operations for the Bank of England situated in Debden. Only a few years after acquiring the High Wycombe factory from Harrison & Sons De La Rue closed operations there, it closed in the early 2000s and was totally demolished in late 2011/early 2012. De La Rue are currently the world's largest banknote printer, printing money for over 150 national currencies as well as producing stamps, passports, driving licenses, travelers cheques and vouchers etc. It was a great place for a mooch, largely stripped but massive and with enough variety to keep you occupied for ages. What's behind the enormous blast proof steel door? An enormous eff-off huge vault! More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157627873017244/
After a rammed weekend of full on splores with my besty PS this was a place that ide wanted to lookaround for some time..After probably gaining the most cheekiest ever entry in we literally couldnt beleive what we were looking at...they just shut the doors on this place and walked out the doors...totally facinating...you could almost hear the machines whirring away and the workforce busy at their stations...I yet again did my excited ninja routine and managed to shoot off only a few pics so im hoping PS has some to add...A fab splore Tink as always.... i hope you enjoy my pics as much as we enjoyed this one...thankyou for looking in