Ok lets GO back a month, myself and Fishbrain wonder to ourselves if theres a cooling tower whats it cooling ?? Not knowing of the plant only the tower we start to look around the area of the tower eemmmm whats that over the river ?....YUP THAT WILL BE A POWER STATION ......so we try a night time recce .....now lets say the access was not the one i ended up using for this report ...the access we used was fucking outrageous to say the least but we were in .
After looking around in total darkness we made our way back to the van were Tweek and llogical were trying to sleep ....wake up boys we found a power station !!!(so we thought) .We made plans to come back and shoot it in the morning so our next stop was noisy for a night shoot ...
Ok stars .........anyway two hours sleep freezing our nutz of in the van ....time to back to I.M.
DOWNER POWERPLANT FAIL OF ALL FAILS.........
On arrival at I.M. & to our disappointment we saw a large barge in the river being filled by a jcb right in front of out entry point ....FUCK !!
ALRIGHTY THEN .........back to last week a revisit with Illogical,Critical Mess & Host and with a different access still at night and still and serious head f@@k but hey beats the last access . After tumbling around for what seemed an hour we found the control room Host and Critical Mess hit the sleeping bags for some sleep whilst myself and illogical cracked open some beers and had a urbex catch up (TAILS OF FAILS AND EXPLORES)....Now not having any light we didn't know what we were sleeping on or in really just a room i woke up in the morning with 10mm of dust over my face in my ears and in my mouth ....great, any way nuff bitchin bitches on with the photos ...;-)
Big THANKS to Illogical,Critical Mass & Host..........
West Park was a nice site, but every man and his dog knew about it and the same shots used to get taken time and again. Reaperman (of http://abandoned-britain.com/ ) and I decided to do a night visit at a time when the place was extremely popular, and use it more as an experimenting ground for natural and artificially lit shots. Our aim wasn't to cover much ground, but to take shots until they came out right!
It was a good experience and co-ordinating the lighting was good fun. Simply lit with torches and 2 coloured gels.
I'm lacking transport at the moment, so I decided to take a walk and have a revisit of my most familiar UE haunt. Sadly the place has gone downhill fast - it was sealed recently, but they left it a bit late... Once upon a time the site was in great condition, but has sadly become a victim of its popularity with local kids. The building is still sealed up well - so after a comedy entrance, I was inside.
You could hear a pin drop - even though it was pitch dark, it was reassuring to know I would not have any unwanted company, after seeing how well the place is secured. I remember, months ago my girlfriend and I had a nasty shock while on the roof - hearing an angle grinder start up, before an awkward encounter with the culprits downstairs...
There has been a mill on this site for roughly 150 years, with the large silo structures built considerably later. As I recall, the site ceased operation around 2005 due to modernization. The site is now in development hell (the plan was to convert the Grade II listed building into apartments) - the buyer paid too much and couldn't make a profit, and left the whole site unguarded for years.
Anyway, as it was a good night for it, half the photographs are taken from the roof. The other half were taken while I tried not to fall through rotten floorboards...
Thanks for looking!
By he who must rome
First some history
Gawthorpe Water Tower dominates the skyline and can be seen for miles around. It is located at the highest point of the Ossett-cum-Gawthorpe area, mid-way along Chidswell Lane in Gawthorpe. This huge concrete structure was constructed between 1922 and 1928 to store drinking water for the town, which was pumped from the Pildacre Water Works some 1.25 miles away. The 25-foot trough has a capacity of 200,000 gallons or nearly 1 million litres. The pinnacle of the tower is now also used to accommodate colinear mobile telephone aerials and they can be clearly seen in the picture.
Pildacre Colliery was flooded on the 6th November 1910 by a vast inrush of water estimated as entering at 30,000 to 50,000 gallons an hour. The colliery was closed and 250 men and boys were made redundant overnight. This natural and very unexpected event was seen as a potential source for a much-needed new water supply for the rapidly expanding town of Ossett.
Responsibility for Ossett's water supply was undertaken initially by the Local Board of Health, forerunner of the Council before the borough was incorporated, after it came into being in 1873. Short-term arrangements were made with the Waterworks Committee of Batley Town Council for water to be bought from Batley Corporation reservoir near Holmfirth, and on the 20th May 1876, the first sod of the water reservoir at Gawthorpe (seen in the left of the picture above) was cut by Mr. John Whitaker. In the early years of the 20th century, Ossett was still without a permanent source of water. On the 1st June 1907, the Town Council entered into a 30-year contract with the Dewsbury and Heckmondwike Waterworks Board to take a minimum of 2 Million gallons of water per week from its reserves.
As the demand on water in the Ossett area grew, the Dewsbury and Heckmondwike Waterworks Board gave warning that it could no longer guarantee to meet this increasing need. It was this that made Ossett Town Council turn to the vast untapped reservoir of water, which was underground at Pildacre. An Act of Parliament in 1922 gave authority for the new water supply and Pildacre Colliery was bought. The Pildacre Waterworks were opened on the 25th February 1928 by Councillor J. H. Moorhouse, then the Chairman of the Ossett Water Committee.
The two pumping engines installed to draw up the water from the old mine workings and then pump it to the new water tower at Gawthorpe were named Maud and Edith. Engineering contractors for the project were Hathorn, Davey and Co. Ltd.
An element of mystery still surrounds the origins of the water, which poured into the Pildacre pit in 1910. Traditionally, it was believed that the source was an artesian borehole. It was known that miners refreshed themselves from a well at the bottom of the shaft. In more recent times, a leading geologist, Mr. Edgar Morton, who investigated Pildacre said that the mine water was almost certainly surface water, filtered down from an above ground catchment area. By the early 1970s, the water at Pildacre had almost dried up. The surrounding area has become increasingly urbanised and surface water caught on the roads or house roofs is now drained off and channeled ultimately back to the rivers instead of filtering naturally through the ground.
The Pildacre workings continued to provide water for Ossett until September 1974 when the source was transferred to the Fixby treatment works near Huddersfield (Fixby is adjacent to Junction 24 on the M62 West).
Been meaning to do this tower for months and as i was in the area it had to be done, on getting to the gate i was expecting it to be locked but this is an understatement !
WTF !!! came to mind !
To be honest you could climb the gate but why bother, going back down the road a small way I climbed over a wooden farmer’s fence through the trees to my disbelief I was in the grounds of the big tower!
Ending with a look over the near by bakery.