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Dyson Thermal Technologies, Stannington - July 2015

WildBoyz

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Dyson Thermal Technologies was founded in the early 1800s, in the small valley of Stannington, by John Dyson. Initially it was operated solely by Mr. Dyson, who single-handedly mined clay to make bricks; however, by 1838 the business was listed as John Dyson and Son: Black Clay Miners and Firebrick Manufacturers. In the years that followed, Dyson became known as a high quality, high volume refractory manufacturer in the UK, and as the company grew it also became a manufacturer for ceramics; for the booming steel industry in Sheffield. Unfortunately, however, as technologies progressed in the late 90s and early 00s, which made it more economically viable to run plants that incurred lower energy costs, Dyson’s traditional manufacturing process which relied heavily on using gas fired kilns became increasingly more expensive to maintain. By 2005 a decision was made to move all operations to China and, subsequently, the plant closed down later that year; although the offices continued to operate for some time after the ‘official’ closure date to ensure that the relocation was smooth and efficient.

Our Version of Events

Knowing that Dyson Thermal Technologies has been done countless times before, I can’t say we expected much as we pulled up outside. Nevertheless, we were driven to visit on account of the slither of curiosity that remained somewhere inside ourselves. The day didn’t look hopeful as we set off in the rough direction of Stannington though, as dark clouds loomed in the sky and the windscreen began to blur with a light patter of rain. However, fortunately, when we arrived the rain decided to stop momentarily, so we seized the moment and darted inside as quickly as two sleep-deprived people could manage. Once inside, while staring at a semi-demolished section of the plant, we instantly began to wonder what we were doing and why we’d wasted the time to even get out of the car. But, we decided to persevere and all in all I’m quite glad we did. While the upstairs parts of the plant are almost entirely ruined, downstairs, in the lower sections, the old brick kilns can be found, and they were certainly worth the effort. Additionally, as we made our way around more of the site, other interesting relics of Dyson’s factory began to emerge and, although a lot of it has been vandalised, some fairly photogenic bits and pieces still remain.

Explored with Ford Mayhem.

1: Dyson Thermal Technologies Chimney



2: Lift and Cage



3: Dyson Technologies in Ruins



4: Leftover Pallets



5: Heading Downstairs



6: Office Downstairs



7: Some of the Good Stuff



8: Old Produce



9: Broken Cart



10: Dyson's Warehouse



11: Single Chair in the Warehouse



12: Kiln Area



13: Kilns



14: Looking Inside one of the Large Kilns



15: Workmen's Lockers



16: Storage Area



17: Oil Tankers



18: Dyson from Up Above



19: Looking Down



20: We Have Power



21: Amperes



22: The Red Chair



23: Looking Through to the Garage



24: Scales



25: Former Workshop Area



26: Files and Paperwork



27: Storage Racks



28: 'Leave Only Footprints'



29: Walking Among the Ruins



30: The Chimney



 

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Overall a quality report, what I like about these places is wandering around and reflecting on what's left behind. You've caught this well and of course there's the obligatory recreation material :D

 

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Overall a quality report, what I like about these places is wandering around and reflecting on what's left behind. You've caught this well and of course there's the obligatory recreation material :D
Thanks man. Really appreciate the feedback (y) That was a nice little find downstairs in the office ;)

 

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It ain't a proper industrial report without some baps out! Always nice pics wherever you get to mate (y)

 

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Even though its a bit trashed it still looks like theres loads there!! Done this one a justice mate and i may have to have a jaunt over there at some point (y) Ta for sharing

 

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Even though its a bit trashed it still looks like theres loads there!! Done this one a justice mate and i may have to have a jaunt over there at some point (y) Ta for sharing
Cheers :) Thanks for looking (y)

 

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Epic set this from that place, bits from everywhere, nicely done...

Did you see the weird archway/tunnel that just disappears in to the hillside? May be overgrown now.

 

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Nice stuff, I need to give this place a proper going over as myself and Landie Man gave it a half-arsed look last year at the tail end of a long weekend and we just couldn't be bothered lol

 

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Epic set this from that place, bits from everywhere, nicely done...Did you see the weird archway/tunnel that just disappears in to the hillside? May be overgrown now.
Thanks man, cheers for looking! That must be what I could see through the bush. There's a lot of plant activity going on in certain areas.

 

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Nice stuff, I need to give this place a proper going over as myself and Landie Man gave it a half-arsed look last year at the tail end of a long weekend and we just couldn't be bothered lol
Haha. We almost did the same thing when we arrived, but decided to give it a go anyway and see what was inside. Glad we did in the end.

 

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Damn I missed the soft porn in the green room :D

Like you said, from the road this place looks not worth the effort but when you dig deep there's some cracking little areas. Cool share mate (y)

:comp

 

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Damn I missed the soft porn in the green room :D Like you said, from the road this place looks not worth the effort but when you dig deep there's some cracking little areas. Cool share mate (y)

:comp
You missed one of the good bits mate ;) Loved the kilns downstairs, they were awesome.

 

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Yeah I seen the green room, just not the baps lol. Those big long kilns were awesome, wasn't expecting to find those amongst the rubble :D

 

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Yeah I seen the green room, just not the baps lol. Those big long kilns were awesome, wasn't expecting to find those amongst the rubble :D
Haha, I guess they're easy to miss down on the floor there. Same here, I hadn't seen any photos of the kilns before, so they were a nice surprise.

 

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That looks great. Some places I haven't seen before, although the place is far more trashed now than I remember it. Tbh, I'm suprised it is still standing. Demolition has been on the cards for several months now.

 

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That looks great. Some places I haven't seen before, although the place is far more trashed now than I remember it. Tbh, I'm suprised it is still standing. Demolition has been on the cards for several months now.
That it has. Some of the demolition work began by the look of things, but it's stopped again for some reason or another.

 

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A cool write up, shots and a good level of decay there (y) :comp
I can't imagine it'll be around much longer. Glad I got to see it though, even if it is a bit worse for wear these days.

 
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