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Gillingham Gas Holder No 3 - October 2015

Maniac

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I've been waiting a long time to finally climb this. Not sure what took me so long, but I finally did it recently.

It's hard to find out much about this history of this one. All I know is this is gas holder number 3 (The spiral one that remains is gas holder No 4) and it was constructed sometime in the 1930's by the Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham Gas Company, which were known previously as The Rochester and Chatham Gas Light Company, formed in 1818.

I know it was in use up until the late 2000's as I used to drive past it every day and saw it at is various different heights as the gas volume inside changed. It is however now dormant, its function being replaced by the new high pressure gas storage facility that's been built next door.

This thing is a right royal pain to get to. There's 3 high palisade fences (Yes you heard me right, 3 fences) and an anticlimb grill on the staircase. They really don't want you to climb this thing, so climb it we did. (y) :D

Explored with new explorer marmiteonpizza from another forum.

From the bottom

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Staircase

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From the top

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Modern high pressure gas storage

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You can see the remaining holder No 4 here

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No gas holder climb is complete without a selfie

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Close up

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Thanks for looking

Maniac

 

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Epic shots, I like the one that shows the 21st century solution to gas storage. Sounds like a fun night of palisade hopping

 

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Really nice crisp shots there mate and fair play, you wouldn't catch me up one of those bloody things! :)

 

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Really nice crisp shots there mate and fair play, you wouldn't catch me up one of those bloody things! :)
Thanks :)

They're really not that bad, this one in particular has a nice set of steps instead of a ladder to the top. (y)

 

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Thanks :) They're really not that bad, this one in particular has a nice set of steps instead of a ladder to the top. (y)
Well maybe I'd have a go in that case then, and maybe a parachute too just in case :D

 

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Some epic shots there [MENTION=208]Maniac[/MENTION], have you got your mojo back? :lol:

Ps. By the way marmite on pizza sounds like a disgusting combination, you can tell your friend I shan't ever be trying that :OMG:

 

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Some epic shots there [MENTION=208]Maniac[/MENTION], have you got your mojo back? :lol: Ps. By the way marmite on pizza sounds like a disgusting combination, you can tell your friend I shan't ever be trying that :OMG:
Cheers Damo. :)

Maybe so. Half my problem was not having anyone local to just pop out with, and the fact I just won't go places on my own. Hopefully be knocking a few places off the list soon. (y)

Yeah, not sure if that's top of my list either. I'm trying to get him to sign up on here. :)

 

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very cool stuff dude :) need to have a bash at a gas holder sure the closest one to me is up the m5 in brum i should go take a look at :D

 

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very cool stuff dude :) need to have a bash at a gas holder sure the closest one to me is up the m5 in brum i should go take a look at :D
They are worth it purely from the POV of they won't be there forever. Most of them are due to be dismantled in the next few years so go climb one while you can. (y)

 
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