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Brunner Mond Soda Ash Works, Winnington - May 2015

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Explored with -Raz-, FatPanda & a non member as part of one of our days out.

So first of all a little background - Short and sweet.

Soda Ash (Sourced from Wiki) - "Sodium carbonate (also known as washing soda, soda ash and soda crystals), Na2CO3, is the sodium salt of carbonic acid (soluble in water)."

The production of Soda Ash began on this site in the late 1800's with the buldings being updated and extended as more technologies became available. In 1926 Brunner Monds became part of ICI and stayed part of the industrial chemical manifacturing giant until 1991 when they bought back the rights and became a stand alone company. However in 2006 they were bought out by Tata Chemicals and shortly after the production was ceased.



The Explore;

An unbelievable amount of fun, bridges, cat walks, conveyour belts and control panels ect. Everything you could possibly want in a dirty great industrial splore! Its a little daunting at first but once you find your confidence its brilliant to mish around the rafters and climb around the machinary of the building!



Soda Ash its self is a horrible substance and if you go i suggest a pair of gloves and a very good mask. The mask i had wasnt very good and i had a sore throat for quite a few weeks after, and it makes you skin come out in a strange rash... but its great fun really dont let that put you off :wink:

Please find below a series of photos from the day;





Conrol Panel was still lit up!!











If you got this far thanks for reading (y)

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