I cannot give the location of this site out, as amazingly, it is under my friends cellar in his house!
I popped down today to take some pictures, it has been covered on underground kent, but rather boringly, so I thought id jazz the place up a little, and it was good practise for me haha
the tunnel itself is entered by some steps from the cellar, then you have a tunnel running to your left and right, about 7 metres each side. At the end of the right side however, there is a small hole in the top of the tunnel that leads up to the garden, this has been covered with some thin plastic, because its hidden in the bushes so nobody will fall down it!
Straight ahead of you is a chalk tunnel that leads down the the well, which is approx 260ft deep. Standing on the well grille and looking up you can see that it would have met ground height, but the owners have now capped the top.
I played with long exposure A LOT, im sorry... im learning
these used to drain water down into the well
These markins were apparently found here
&&&& here is the beast... Can you notice a small hole a few metres down?? hmm
Looking back up, capped off at surface level
Back into the cellar, can anyone think why there is a clear arch in the bricks
Its taken me fooking ages to set all this up so if i might have forgotten anything, if you want to check here my photobucket
My Brother & I were told about the old Dewhurst factory in Ystalfera and wanted to take a look.
We located the place, got in and started walking around, took loads of pics.
We found a boiler room, took a few more and turned to go out of the door.
I looked up and saw the dreaded red blinking PIR light , pointed it out to RB and calmly but speedily left the area.
Once we were outside, we decided to take 5 and wait to see what the response was.
We waited 30mins and no-one turned up and as we turned to leave, I saw the sign over the door of the factory was GMF, we looked to our right and there was the Dewhurst factory.
So we decided to take a look in there as well. both great places, if a bit chavved up and mostly stripped.
The GMF Factory.
A shot down the side.
Obviously had an auction at some time.
Obligatory long distance shot.
I like anything with "controlled" written on it.
Incoming 3 phase.
These ones below are from the Dewhurst site.
Some trashed phone kit.
In the boiler room.
"Arty" shot of the heating pipe.
Interesting fire protection system. ty-wrap melts, releases the wire.
Which releases the lever with the weight on.
Hope you enjoy the pics.
Visited with Shadow, Frosty and Muffie.
This place has been in my mind for years, but it's only recently since moving to Faversham that I went and checked it out, and today being snowbound a local explore was called for. I expected the remaining buildings to be totally stripped, which they pretty much were except for one end of the back building which still housed some of the origenal equipment and thus makes it worth posting.
Firstly a little history.
Founded in the early 1700s by Edward Rigden. Registered in 1902. Merged with George Beer & Co (Canterbury) in 1922 to form George Beer & Rigden Ltd, when the Canterbury brewery was closed and brewing was then concentrated at Faversham.
George Beer & Rigden was then acquired by Fremlins Ltd (Maidstone) in 1948. Brewing ceased at Faversham in 1954, but was resumed in 1961 to meet increased demand. Following the takeover of Fremlins by Whitbread in 1967, Fremlins' Maidstone brewery was closed. Finally, Whitbread closed the Faversham brewery in 1990 and transferred brewing to Cheltenham.
A large portion of the buildings were converted to a Tescos supermarket in 1996, but there's still 2 or 3 buildings left un-used which we were able to have a peek at.
(History from http://www.breweryhistory.com)
Outside Shot. The building housing Tescos is to the Right of this building.
Inside shot, a majority of the buildings look like this, lots of structural re-enforcement. I understand from a friend one of the clauses when Tescos converted the first building into a supermarket was that they made the other buildings safe and re-enforced the structure.
Just behind that blockwork wall is the Tescos cafe.
Success, there's just about enough left to make it worthwhile.
At one end is this dodgey as staircase, but it's worth climbing.
Top of the stairs
Right up in the top of roofspace.
So there we go, not the most amazing place in the world, but another one ticked off the list.
By TheBaronof Scotland
I done my first before and after shot this weekend, only because I saw an old pic after I visited the angle is miles off but I know some people love this type of stuff.............................. so lets have em !!!!
Really looking forward to a thread full of awesome stuff
Unfortunately, I don't know any history.
By the way, all photos were only taken from the outside, through the bars of the windows. Therefore, no access was possible - or if, only by a deep cellar window. But even that wasn't possible because of local residents. So I only took a few photos from the outside and then we drove on.