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  • Birthday 12/09/1985
  1. History In the 1950s, two coal fired power stations were built on a site off Twyford Road, between Willington and Findern. The stations were privatised and sold to National Power in the early 1990s and eventually closed in the mid-1990s. At its height the Station consumed a million tonnes of coal a year, although most of the stations were demolished in 2001, the five 425ft cooling towers continue to dominate the skyline of the local area. The site is earmarked for a large residential development, pending the results of a public inquiry. The construction plans have been met with local opposition, perhaps due to the site's proximity to the River Trent's flood plain. The Explore Explored here solo. This was was on the hit-list for quite some time, but I heard recent rumours regarding demolition happening here at the end of this month, therefore I prioritised it and made a last minute decision to come here on my first available opportunity. I thoroughly enjoyed this visit, the towers are as mentioned earlier are a staggering 425ft and dwarf anything in sight for miles around, the odd piece of rusty machinery accompanies certain chimneys. To get a real appreciation of the scale, you have to stand inside the chimneys themselves – Any sound made whilst inside is amplified and echoes around the circular walls, the birds roosting on top of the chimney were probably just blackbirds, but sounded like banshees. Despite claims of demolition, I did not see any signs that is may be happening anytime soon. Pictures Thank you all for viewing, I hope you enjoyed, The Lone Shadow
  2. History Thoresby colliery opened in 1925. The first two shafts in 1925 were sunk to 690 metres (2,260 ft). The shafts were deepened by 109 metres (358 ft) in the 1950s. After privatization of the National Coal Board in the 1990s the mine was taken over by RJB Mining (later UK Coal as UK Coal Thoresby Ltd). Coal seams worked by or available to the pit included the Parkgate seam (from 1977 after closure of Ollerton Colliery); the Deep Soft seam; and the High Hazels seam (working ceased 1983). At one time the pit produced up to 100,000 tonnes in a week, making profits of £50m a year, but by April 2014 it was announced that the pit would close in July 2015. The colliery's 600 employees had been reduced to 360 by the time of the closure in July 2015. Following this announcement, the government offered a loan of £10m to carry out the manager closure. The reasons for closure were blamed on falling coal prices and a fire at Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire. The Explore Visited here with Session9. So, a colliery has been on the “to do” list for quite a while now and we set off to see this especially as coal mines are soon to be totally extinct from British engineering. Access was easy due to the enormous size of the site, but security is a constant threat with guards and dogs patrolling all day. Once inside, we went straight for cover and moved quietly and strategically from place to place. We tried to remain out of sight for the best part of the day and avoided exposed positions by using the conveyor belts to navigate undetected. However, after looking at some of the freshly made paw prints not even in the conveyors were we safe from being spotted. My guess is judging by the tracks made; security teams let the dogs loose through the conveyors and re-attach them at the other side (saves them from having to wade through instead). We headed towards the coal preparation plant and walking through some muddy coal residue as we went. It got suddenly very deep, so much so that Session9 got completely stuck shin deep in it – It was a case of: Lose the camera or lose both shoes - This was very bad as it was in an extremely exposed position. After a good 10 minutes of trying to escape, a nearby squeegee came in very useful as a makeshift shovel. After regrouping in the coal preparation plant with S9 emptying his mud filled shoes, we continued. The coal preparation was defiantly my favorite part - I’ve never seen anything like it. With large, rusty, old industry being my favorite I was totally in my element here. There are some enormous crank shafts and pieces of oily machinery in there, but the light is very poor and with the contrast of the sunlight outside, it made for difficult photos. After cutting through a few more conveyors and taking a few aerial shots, we headed for the headstock itself. It was well guarded, with CCTV pointing directly at it, whether it was working or not, who knows?? We slipped inside out of sight however and spent a good while photographing the mineshaft as well as the bulk and housing from inside. The shaft office and control room was interesting also. After exiting the headstock, I went to get some aerial shots from on top of it but then spotted security heading our direction. We headed back off into the coal preparation plant again to avoid being spotted and soon afterwards decided that it was time to leave. About a 5-6 hour total exploring time, but plenty left to see still. Pictures Coal Preparation Plant The Headstock The Shaft Control Room Looking Up Looking Down Thank you all for viewing. The Lone Shadow
  3. History George Barnsley & Sons Ltd was founded in 1836 and were originally situated on Wheeldon Street, Sheffield. By 1849 they had moved to the Cornish Works, which were much larger premises. They specialised in the manufacture of files and cutting tools for use in the shoe making industry. There are a number of family names that are known to have deep roots in the Sheffield area, and the Barnsley name is undoubtedly one of them. In 1650 George Barnsley became Master Cutler, a role fulfilled by another George Barnsley in 1883. This George Barnsley was of the second generation of the firm of George Barnsley and Sons, toolmakers. The business grew to become the world’s leading producer of tools for shoemakers. The technological revolution of the 20th century along with the receding British shoe making industry saw a decline in the need for traditional tools. George Barnsley’s survived until 2003 when the premises finally closed. The Explore I first explored George Barnsley back in September 2013 on a multi-explore trip to Sheffield. It was a rushed visit as the darkness was drawing on fast. In the next few years to follow I visited Sheffield several times and repeatedly failed entry here as it has become far less obvious how to get in. This time however, I was determined to succeed and I did my homework well, going equipped with a much appreciated tip-off from @Hamtagger (Cheers mate!). Not thoroughly knowing what to expect and how exposed we would be in front of a housing block, I made a 2am start, picking up @Session9 along the way, before arriving in Sheffield for about 5:45. Entrance was straight forward as planned and we had time for a nice little wander throughout Barnsley to familiarize ourselves on the layout amidst torchlight, making our way slowly upstairs to the rooftop before witnessing a glorious sunrise across all of Sheffield – What a way to start the day, except for the fact I could not toast the morning as I left my coffee flask in the car. Anyway, the explore is glorious; every direction you look, every photo you take is like a painting made of rotting wood and rust. There are several tools, piles of stock and work items that lay about abandoned on worktops as though the workforce decided to up and leave one day, never to return. It remains largely unchanged since my first visit, except for one metal walkway that had collapsed. We spent a good 5 hours in here absorbing the atmosphere and photographing its naturally decayed wooden beauty. George Barnsley, I salute you as one of the most unique and intriguing derelict sites that I have ever seen. Pictures Thank you all for viewing. The Lone Shadow
  4. That is very impressive. One of the best places I have seen in ages!