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  1. Lately I have seem to have developed a real penchant for sprawling, rusty industrial stuff... So a visit to this one was LONG overdue! And ive not seen pipes quite as big as this since them big blue buggers at Pye!! An absolute must if youre into your 'Industrials'... ...Shoreham Cement Works... ... ... As always... Thanks for lookin' in!
  2. After unfortunately failing to regain access to a mint hospital building that we’d taken a brief look around only a week before, my friend Mole and I decided to go a little further afield. Our next target was a paper mill that’s scheduled to be demolished, but, as is always the case with me, a security guard appeared from nowhere as I was on top of the gate. Starting to become frustrated, we decided to just drive around. We discovered a nice little hotel, but kept on driving. Ending up in the middle of nowhere, we eventually made it to Dufftown, where a number of mothballed distilleries lie. We took a brief look at them, but ended up opting for the disused cement works on the hill overlooking the village. Try as I might, I can’t find any information about this place at all, unfortunately. In terms of area covered, it's pretty big, but there aren't all that many buildings. A handful aren't used anymore, but this is the only one worth taking your camera out for. We wandered around for a while, getting completely coated in cement. It looks like someone has opened up the little control room at the back since previous Explorers were here, a year ago. It’s very small, but has a great control board inside. Doesn’t look like anything at all was removed from this room, the cupboard drawers are still full, and uniforms are hanging off hooks. I climbed to the top at the back, but didn’t bother to take any photos. There isn’t much else to say, really. We got covered in cement, wrecked our lungs a little more, and had a lot of fun in the process.
  3. Shoreham Cement works June 13. Due to security presence, we were confined to the one building...but what a big building to be stuck in! Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed!
  4. 2013: I believe some of this is still there. 2010: Visited with True British Metal and his mate. Closed in 1986, this site located in Rural Oxfordshire used to be an industrial mecca! Producing Cement from 1928 till 1986, it was operated by the Oxford and Shipton Cement Company, until Alpha Cement bought out in 1938, running till 1978 when it was taken over by Blue Circle Industries. Half demolished, the site is now of scientific significance, and parts of it look live! What a great day out! But Sun, cloud, heavy rain, hail, repeat in circle! What weather we had! More at http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157623936147425/
  5. Something a little closer to my home now seeing as the first thread came from Belgium! This place has sat semi-demolished since the mid 90s, a survey was carried out which found the quarry home to numerous rare fossils and wild flora and fauna so is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Most of what you see when wandering is what you get, there aren't many interiors to explore and all the ladders to the higher parts are cut off well above ground level but on a sunny cloudless unseasonably warm spring day like when I visited it's a lovely wander. I would LOVE to get up the top of the chimney but the only ladder to the top is cut off far above the ground and has sat rusting on the outside for 20 years.... More photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/ ... 294127658/ I also took a few film snaps on my T70 with Kodak ISO200 Colorplus film from Poundland. I don't have a very good scanner so the quality isn't the best, they look much better in person.
  6. About 5 years ago i heard of this tunnel in a small village a couple of miles away from me. And subsequently went and had a look for myself. Sadly at the time i didn't take a camera, or do much of a report. So 5 years later decided to go back, more to play, but hey ho thought il do a report while i was at. So a little bit of history: Burham works were established around 1850 by Thomas Cubitt. He built the east front of Buckingham Palace, and constructed three thousand feet of the Thames Embankment. Cubitt’s success was due to his then revolutionary method of employing vast numbers of craftsmen as a team under his direct control rather than dealing with independent tradesmen. This enabled him to build a reputation for meeting deadlines on time and on budget. Cubitt set up the Burham works towards the end of his life in order to provide a guaranteed supply of good quality bricks. It was one of many works along the banks of the Medway, in which Halling cement works was the last remaining in the area. All that remains of this and many other cement works is the pits and one long tunnel roughly 750m long. There are rumours that the majority of the pits had tunnels, and that they were used as air raid shelters during the war. This tunnel was dug to access a large chalk pit dug into the hillside below Bluebell Hill. The tunnel was hand dug, with a brick lined roof. The pits supplied chalk to APCM's Burham Cement Works which commenced making Portland cement in 1854 and ceased operation in 1938. After the pit had closed in 1938, the pit into which the tunnel leads was used by the army during WWII as a firing range and grenade range. After the war ended, the pit lay empty. Except for some locals using it to race bikes, and posiable cars. The small train that used to work in the quarry. The pit today The north portal Into the depths The original sleepers The 1st blocked passage The 2nd blocked passage, which used to be a ventilation shaft The other ventalation shaft And finally play time! Sorry about amount of pictures, tried to make it interesting, i know its been done before, but i like this tunnel.
  7. This was another part of the recent roadtrip myself, Muffie and Frosty have been on. Thanks to Clebby for suggesting this to us, we didn't know it was in the area. Partially live still, we accidently ran into the live section without realising it. How the guy driving the forklift we were in clear view of didn't see us I'll never know. The Works is still used as a distribution centre, the equipment in the silos seems very much active as does the railway siding. The cement production facilities however have been idle now for more than a year, and are practically decomissioned now - asides from the odd light on here and there, most of the rest of the power is now off. However there's still a few panels buzzing away to themselves. A great explore, spent several hours here and we still know we missed bits. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Check out the insane pressure! 9. 10. 11. British engineering at it's best. If it can't be fixed, wrap it in PVC tape - that usually does the trick! 12. 13. Some parts still look live. 14. 15. 16. Everything on this site, as you'd expect, is covered in massive layer of dust. 17. Equipment under the silos seems very much active, things clicking away and buzzing at us. 18. Thanks for Looking, Maniac.
  8. It's been a long time coming this, I've had my eye on this place for years (literally) just waiting for the right time to crack it. Well the time was right this weekend! After several recces of the site over the last few months, and a close study of the plans we were ready to give it a shot. The origenal plan was to do it in a week or so's time, but Shadow and me decided to stop on our way to Nottingham, as we were driving virtually past it on the way it seemed rude not to - it was well worth it! Just a shame we were pushed for time as the light was fading and we also needed to get back on the road if we wanted to get to shadows house at anything resembling a decent hour so we only spent about an hour on site. I had already explored the tunnel on the site with CaveZombie a few months ago, and the tunnel door which was wide open when we visited is now welded shut, so just as well we grabbed the chance to look at that when we did! The CEMEX plant at Halling is the last of the cement works on the Medway to close. While the main production plant closed in 2000, a small team has continued to grind clinker (cement in lump form) brought in by road from elsewhere. The clinker grinding operation is now planned to end when CEMEX UK opens a new 1.2 million tonnes per annum grinding and blending facility on the Thames at Tilbury. I believe the tilbury plant came online late in 2008 (or at least it was scheduled to) which makes the facility at Rochester redundant - although when we were looking round the site some of it did look very live still. However a vast majority of it is being cleared by demolition crews. The plans are, yep you guessed it, houses! 550 of them to be precise. For those who are interested there's more information on the CMEX website. http://www.cemex.co.uk/su/pdf/Cemex_Panels.pdf The developers have had to reduce the number of houses from the origenal 700 they wanted to build to 550 due to local objections. The planing permission was only formerly applied for in September last year as stated in this document for those that like to read these things; http://www.medway.gov.uk/ddc20080903r.pdf so it's going to be a while before development startes properly I think. Anyway, on with the photos; 1. The plant looms out of the distance 2. As you get closer you realise how massive this place actually is. 3. 4. 5. Inside the buildings, the lights are still on 6. 7. The cement rotory kiln all still in place, just as I hoped! 8. 9. Look up and this sight greets you, pipes, tanks, valves and switches all over the place 10. 11. 13. 14. 15. Underneath the massive rotory kiln 16. Cimmney closer up - it's 375 feet high - took me friggin ages reading a 1974 planning document to find that information. I don't think it's climbable thou, or if it is I don't know where the ladder is! There's a lot more of this site to see, but we just didn't have the time to do it on this occassion. We saw the main bit thou which was much more complete than I thought it would be given it's been standing for 8 years+ now. There is also a 600 metre long tunnel on site, which used to have a conveyor running through it. The door to this has now been welded shut, but if you want to see my photos from inside it that were taken a month or so back when the door was still open, they're here viewtopic.php?f=12&t=842 Thanks for looking! Maniac.
  9. I know I said a couple of day to post this but what the hell here it is. Some of the pics are HDR. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  10. visited with Fluff, Zombie and Jesus, huuuuuuuuuge place words can't describe how big it is, begs a return visit Such an awesome place