This was a surprisingly good explore. We set out origenally just for a recce, but ended up in a full explore.
St Mildreds Tannery stands along side the River Stour in Canterbury City Centre. There are just a few remaning buildings now, the rest have been demolished and are now rapidly becoming a housing estate. The remaining buildings which have been left because they are on the other side of the river from the main housing development, are themselves due to be demolished soon, so we had to get in there and have a look round.
Visted with Swamp_Donkey.
A little History
St. Mildredâ€™s Tannery was established in 1860 preparing and tanning imported hides. From 1988 it concentrated on the dressing, softening and dying of hides. The tannery closed in the early 2000's and has now moved its centre of operations to an industrial estate in Thanet.
The site is rapidly becoming a housing estate, the main tannery site has been demolished for a long time, and is mostly flats now, but there are still these remaining buildings on the other side of the river.
Why is it called St. Mildred's Tannery? Well, it takes its name from St. Mildred's Church which is reputed to be one of the oldest in Canterbury and is practically next door to the tannery site.
There's lots of pigeon shit on the upper levels here and tons of dead pigeons as well, so it wasn't the most pleasent of places to explore. We only explored about half of what is left, as it was getting late and Swamp_Donkey needed to get his beauty sleep.
Apologies for some of these pics, I've had to enhance a lot of them to make them any use! Note to self - must get brighter torch for light painting!
Anyway, enough waffle - on with the pics.
Err, yeah right. . . .
Everything downstairs was a putrid shade of green. Why did they choose these colours!!
Spiral staircase of doom! Actually it was surprisngly stable.
We then entered a massive washroom area which reminded me a bit of the baths in a coal mine. I suppose this was heavy industry and was pretty dirty work.
And this room was next door, all tiled in white.
Compulsory fire extinguisher and dead pigeon shot.
The next room along was a massive manufacturing floor, no machinery left unfortunitely. The space was so big it was impossible to photograph with my little LED torch for lighting, but there was some interesting stuff remaining.
We then had a little explore upstairs.
Hatchway in floor
Obligatory chair shot
Then we found ourselves in the top half of the bit we started in, which had by far the best bits in it, as well as half a ton of pigeon shit. Seriously, we were crunching over the stuff, it wasn't pleasent.
Crane and showing the size of this room.
Then a little room to one end of this space held the best bit of the night.
Thanks for looking!
About 6 years ago myself and Frosty had a go at getting up this. We failed at the time, neither one of us was confident enough to try climbing over the gate half way up.
Fast forward 6 years, I thought I'd have another crack at this while killing some time in Canterbury, then I revisited it again a I had camera issues the first time.
This gas holder is different from most because it was enclosed and as a bonus you can get inside it at the moment as they've cut a whacking great hole in the side. I say was because the actual gas holder that would have been inside the massive structure is gone, they've removed it and the rest of the structure's days are numbered. Want to go and get the best view of Canterbury you'll ever see, go soon, like real soon. Also the acoustics in there are fantastic, I was like a kid in a toy shop making all kinds of noises just to hear the booming echo that just carried on and on and on. . . .
Visited this twice, first time with extreme_ironing and the second time with a non-member, we'll call him 'A'
Not many photos, there's only so many you can take of a gas holder!
There it is! (They are stars, not dead pixels on my camera I promise)
Best view of the Cathedral I think you'll ever see.
Starry Starry night . . . .
Inside where they've stripped out the actual working parts
Thanks for looking,
More holiday snaps!
The Sa Caleta Coastal Battery is a coastal defence consisting of a set of three open gun emplacements built between 1936 and 1937, by the Nationalist (fascist) forces during the Spanish Civil war to protect the approaches to Ibiza Airport.
I knew something was here but found all this more or less by accident 'cause the ruin I found on Google Earth was an excavated Roman Villa!
There is an opening in the cliff face above the beach at Sa Caleta & that attracted my attention.
Sa Caleta Costal Battery gully holes by Infraredd, on Flickr
Sa Caleta Costal Battery gully cliff by Infraredd, on Flickr
Leads back to
Sa Caleta Costal Battery gully exit by Infraredd, on Flickr
Sa Caleta Costal Battery Barracks 1 by Infraredd, on Flickr
Not very well secured
Sa Caleta Costal Battery Barracks inside 1 by Infraredd, on Flickr
Remains of the crappers bit exposed for me
Sa Caleta Costal Battery Barracks bog by Infraredd, on Flickr
round the corner
Sa Caleta Costal Battery Barracks inside 2 by Infraredd, on Flickr
Out the back is this interesting structure
Sa Caleta Costal Battery hellmouth 1 by Infraredd, on Flickr
Sa Caleta Costal Battery hellmouth 2 by Infraredd, on Flickr
At the bottom of the stairs is a corridor to some other stairs & this is how it's laid out here - no rooms at all just up, down & along
Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker corridor 1 by Infraredd, on Flickr
Up and out
Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker corridor stairs by Infraredd, on Flickr
Sa Caleta Costal Battery gun emplacement 2 by Infraredd, on Flickr
Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker corridor down by Infraredd, on Flickr
Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker corridor 3 by Infraredd, on Flickr
& up again
Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker corridor way out by Infraredd, on Flickr
Sa Caleta Costal Battery gun emplacement 4 by Infraredd, on Flickr
& down again
Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker corridor 2 by Infraredd, on Flickr
& out to this one with it's own stairs down
Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker shadow by Infraredd, on Flickr
Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker entrance by Infraredd, on Flickr
More externals including the observation post with no underground access.
Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker 1 by Infraredd, on Flickr
Sa Caleta Costal Battery gun emplacement 1 by Infraredd, on Flickr
Sa Caleta Costal Battery gun emplacement 5 by Infraredd, on Flickr
Sa Caleta Costal Battery observation point 1 by Infraredd, on Flickr
Sa Caleta Costal Battery observation point 2 by Infraredd, on Flickr
Thanks for looking
After looking around CMH we decided to have a look around some old barracks. After nearly getting seen making our way in, we headed towards one of the hangars. The place is fairly large and there is a lot of open ground which I believe was used in the filming of 'World War Z'. Overall awesome day, without getting caught