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    • By Andy
      I wanted to visit the building for more than two years, but I was never before in the area of this country. And I would probably not flew there this summer, if would not have been reports that the building is to be restored soon. Meanwhile, I doubt this message; but at least the rumor has had the consequence, finally to realize the visit.
      Currently, the former casino can only be visited with permission. Even at night a guard was present.
      The building was commissioned around 1900 and it was built between 1904-1910. Because maintaining was too expensive, the casino closed in 1990.
      Allegedly, already in 2013 the EU has approved 10 million € for the renovation. If this is true, it is surprising that nothing has happened within the last three years. I asked the town council by email  whether there are plans for a renovation in the near future, but I'm still waiting for an answer.








































    • By Baldrickthecunning
      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.

      Mr. B
    • By Frosty
      Just chucking this back up as redoing all my reports, visited with fortknox0, history is on his report, truely a special place!

      Sorry its pic heavy!
    • By AndyK!
      The history of Coalbrookdale foundry dates back all the way to 1572 when the land was passed to John Brooke who developed coal mining there on a substantial scale. A blast furnace was built at the site to produce iron, which blew up in 1703. It remained derelict until the arrival of Abraham Darby I in 1709. Abraham Darby I set about rebuilding the Coalbrookdale Furnace, using coke as the fuel. His business was that of an iron founder, making cast iron pots and other goods, an activity in which he was particularly successful because of his patented foundry method, which enabled him to produce cheaper pots than his rivals. The furnace was the first coke-fired blast furnace to operate successfully for a prolonged period of time.

      The Coalbrookdale Foundry – this area has since been converted into a museum
      Following the death of Abraham Darby II, Abraham Darby II was brought into the business as an assistant manager when old enough. The Company also became early suppliers of steam engine cylinders in this period. Experiments took place with the application of coke pig iron to the production of bar iron in charcoal finery forges. This proved to be a success, and led to the beginning of a great expansion in coke iron making.
      In 1768, the company began to produce the first cast iron rails for railways. In 1778, Abraham Darby III undertook the building of the world’s first cast iron bridge, the iconic Iron Bridge, opened in 1780. The fame of this bridge leads many people today to associate the Industrial Revolution with the neighbouring village of Ironbridge, but in fact most of the work was done at Coalbrookdale, as there was no settlement at Ironbridge in the eighteenth century.

      Workers boots hung on the front gate
      The blast furnaces were closed down, perhaps as early as the 1820s, but the foundries remained in use. The Coalbrookdale Company became part of an alliance of iron founding companies who were absorbed by Allied Iron founders Limited in 1929. This was in turn taken over by Glynwed which has since become Aga Foodservice. Castings for Aga Rayburn cookers were produced at Coalbrookdale until its closure in November 2017.

      Delivery yard, where the raw materials and scrap iron arrive

      One of the two cupolas, seen from the melt shop delivery yard

      Archive image of molten iron being taken from the cupola

      Number 1 cupola. This mini blast furnace melted the iron ready to be cast.

      Number 2 furnace

      Above the furnaces

      Compressors which blew air into the cupolas 

      Rear of the furnaces

      Ladles hanging from an overhead rail system for transporting molten iron

      One of the ladles

      Moving into the casting area where we find racks of moulds

      Patterns laid out on the floor

      Patterns laid out on the floor

      The main casting shop contains a fair bit of automated casting equipment

      Beside the production line with wagons on rails for transporting castings

      Casting production line

      Casting production line

      End of the casting line

      Casting machine, where the molten iron is pored into

      Archive image of molten iron being poured into cast

      Automated production lines

      Automated production lines

      Tanks and conveyors

      Towards the end of the factory we find more machinery

      Forklift trucks

      Cherry picker

      Extraction hoods in an old part of the site

      The workshops shop contained a handful of machines

      Dress in the machine shop

      A pair of drills

      More drill-presses

      Finally, some of their finished products – an Aga in the canteen along with a Rangemaster fridge