Slightly different from the norm as we made a late night visit so no available light what so ever!
Thanks to SpaceInvader and Obscurity for a few tips on access used,bit of a shame as that is no longer doable so my self and Urban ginger had to scout for another way in...
Brief history borrowed from Morgan606 as its a good snipit of info
Ditton Research lab was originally opened by The Empire Marketing Board in 1930.
The EMB was formed in May 1926 by the Colonial Secretary Leo Amery to promote inter-Empire trade and to persuade consumers to 'Buy Empire'. It was actually established as a substitute for tariff reform and protectionist legislation and this is why it was eventually abolished in 1933, as a system of imperial preference replaced free trade.
The EMB had three principal aims: to support scientific research, promotion of economic analysis, and publicity for Empire trade.
The purpose of this laboratory was to carry out experiments on the shipping of fruit across the high seas,in order to extend its life over long,seabourne journeys. This is where the "ship on land" experiment originated from.
In 1969 the lab was incorporated into the nearby East Malling Research Station as the fruit storage section.
On with the pics,must admit the pipes and other machinery odds and sods that are left made it worth the late night.
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Hi all wasnt very succesfull with this visit may go back later on next month when the weathers nice n crappy and hopefully I wont get disturbed this time ,This place was some kind of research facility for horticultural type things was wanting to visit after seeing on some of the other forums, had a good look around the outside and wanted to go up the concrete tower that youll see in my exterior shots, anyway here goes
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Wanted to get in here but it was locked,kinda glad I didnt cos it was shortly after this one that I was rumbled and asked to leave
So after a night in a Stoke Hotel, the car was thankfully still there... Me and Ben went on our way to the next site. I hadnâ€™t actually heard of this one but instantly recognised it when I looked UP! Iâ€™d been wondering where that photo had been taken!
The lovely but derped admin block is all thatâ€™s left of the Fisons/Sanofi-Aventi Pharmaceutical Research Site in Holmes Chapel.
Bengers opened the site in 1937, then Fisons researched the drug Intal on site after Fisons took over in the 60s. The site was closed around 2004 when Sanofi-Aventi bought the site and built a shiny new place next door.
The site was sold for Â£13,000,000 in 2012 and plans for Homes and a Shopping Park have not progressed.
PIG RESEARCH CENTRE, STOTFOLD
*** WARNING ***
THE AUTHOR WILL TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INEVITABLE PIG RELATED REFERENCES IN THIS REPORT. THESE REFERENCES MAY PASS AS 'HUMOUR' OR MAY CAUSE OFFENCE DUE TO THEIR CRINGE WORTHY NATURE AND INSENSITIVE INCLUSION
The UK pig industries Development Unit, just outside Stotfold in Bedfordshire was opened by Lord Belstead, Minister of State (Lords), Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods in November 1984.
Over the years it underwent many changes but was always at the forefront of research firmly aimed at delivery of practical opportunities, work which could be quickly disseminated and implemented on working pig farms.
At its peak the unit employed 10 staff and had 300 sows. However major changes in the industry and a fundamental shift in the strategy of the British Pig Executive (BPEX) meant it was no longer needed and over the last six months of its life was gradually wound down
The final piece of research work was completed in May 2007, and the site closed sometime in July 2007
A BPEX Director of Pig Industry Development said at the time: "Stotfold has been a huge asset to the industry over the years and we are sad to see it go. "BPEX carried out a major review of its research and development and unfortunately Stotfold didn't fit into the new perspective."
I have been putting this off for ages and ages, despite living in snorting distance. I guess it never looked very inspiring and reports just showed a right pig's ear of place. Seeing a friend in nearby Ayrsley (i thought about asking if she would like to join me for a swell time, but tactfully this did not happen) meant there was no excuse, so off i trotted:
1. This was the best part of the joint (sorry..).
2. I like this shot, this brought back the bacon for me.
3. This photo was a bit sloppy though.
4. Outside accommodation for the less privileged swines.
12. The remains of piggy abattoir, clearly this has been smoked.
Ok, this mooch will not tickle every ones ribs, but i actually quiet liked it here and despite the main buildings in hock (i really mean lock) down, not a bad wee gander at something a little different.
So, of i chopped (last one i promise), to have a mooch around the nearby Fairfield Hospital (now named Fairfield Park):
13. Fairfield Hospital had the longest corridor at half a mile long in the country. It also had a very long driveway from Arlesey village and the then railway station which was closed and reopened further towards Biggleswade in the 1990's.
14. A lovely old weighbridge situated half way along the driveway. That's about it for anything remotely abandoned here; there is a chapel that looks empty, but is sealed tight and situated right in the middle of busy suburbia.
15. Opened in 1860 and closed in 1999, Fairfield Hospital (later named The Three Counties Hospital) replaced Bedford Asylum to cater for more accommodation.
16. All the buildings are now converted for middle managers and the like, but back in the day all this greeted you. A full compliment of security on a pole at every turn. How i wish i had tried harder!
17. Certainly impressive buildings and pleasing to see so much has been retained.
18. Into the airing court.
Many thanks for looking and thank god those pig jokes have finally bitten the dust (or the leftovers) .